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BMS Connected Learning Newsletter 9.23.2019
Andrew Anderson
Monday, September 23, 2019

Barrington Middle School 

BMS Connected Learning Newsletter 9.23.2019

The BMS Learning Community is Respectful, Responsible, and Ready to Succeed! 

Upcoming Events: 

(Note: Please review the dates as dates are subject to change due to a number of factors from one newsletter to the next).

  • Wednesday, September 25, 2019: BMS Open House from 6:30 pm - 8:12 pm. 

  • Monday, September 30, 2019: No School Rosh Hashanah

  • Monday, October 7, 2019: BMS Picture Day 

  • Monday, October 7, 2019:  Volunteer Orientation from 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm, BMS

  • Monday, October 7, 2019: BMS PTO Meeting from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm in the BMS Student Union

  • Wednesday, October 9, 2019:  No School Yom Kippur

  • Monday, October 14, 2019: No School Columbus Day 

  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019: Family Book Night from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm (more information below)

  • Friday, October 18, 2019: Torry Maldonado Author Visit to BMS

  • Friday, October 25, 2019: Sport’s Night from 7:00pm - 9:00pm (for BMS Students Only)  

Please visit our website to see all upcoming calendar events:

Please see the link for our daily announcements:

BMS Spotlight on Learning 

This week we would like to shine our BMS Spotlight on Mrs. Connie Oswald, Mrs. Ouellette, Mrs. Scott, and Ms. Taglione for their kindness and collegiality. Last week, Mrs. Oswald Mrs. Ouellette, Mrs. Scott, and Ms. Tags covered lunch duty for their allied art colleagues. This simple gesture goes a long way. Thank you Lime Cluster for making a difference! 

BMS New Information

Mrs. Melanie Roy’s Library Blog: 

Please take a look at Mrs. Roy’s Library Blog. Mrs. Roy will be regularly updating her blog and making it available to faculty/staff, students, and families. Thank you for sharing Mrs. Roy!

Assistant Principal Search Update: 

This week will be conducting interviews for the Assistant Principal Position. The interview committee includes Superintendent Mr. Messore, Principal Anderson, Parent representatives, faculty representatives, and staff representatives. The interview committee is hopeful and optimistic that we will have a new Assistant Principal shortly. 

Family Book Club: 

We are excited to announce the first BMS Family Book Club of the year! We will be reading and discussing Tight by Terry Maldonado. Please join us on Wednesday evening, October 16, 2019 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. You may obtain a copy of the book through the public library or pick up a copy at Barrington Books. Please sign up using this link

Terry Maldonado will be visiting BMS on Friday, October 18, 2019 to work with students and their teachers! A huge thanks goes out to our BMS PTO for making this great opportunity happen. 

BMS Science Olympiad team:

Students interested in joining the BMS Science Olympiad team are invited to the meeting on Wednesday, October 3 after school in the 6th grade break out space.

Bike Safety: 

 Barrington Middle School is fortunate to have nearly 350 bikers ride to school each day. This truly is a testament to our greater community! My number one goal/priority is student safety and today I ask you for your help. If your child bikes to school can you please remind them of the following: 

  1. To wear a helmet at all times. This is a state law. 

  2. To stick to the sidewalks as they bike onto/off campus. Biking on the parking lot, over grass, in the driveway, and the street is dangerous. 

  3. To abide all traffic laws. It is important that bikers stop at lights, signs, and streets prior to crossing. 

  4. To cross at designated crosswalks and wait to be cross or when it is safe to cross. 

Over the past few days I have received a number of emails expressing concerns of bike safety. As a school community we will continue to do the following: 

  1. Remind students of bike safety and bike laws. 

  2. Speak directly to students who are not meeting our bike expectations. 

  3. Continue to evaluate our pedestrian patterns on and off campus. 

  4. Seeking SRO support for the lemonade/ice cream trucks. 

I am confident as we transition into the next phase of construction our traffic and pedestrian patterns will improve.  As always, I welcome your feedback, questions and concerns. 

News from Nurse Johnson:

Upcoming District Flu Clinics:  

October 10th @ Sowams from 4-6:30

October 29th @ BHS from 4-6:30

For more information click here and for a downloadable registration form click here.

You can also check for other dates at this link:  

Most CVS, Rite Aid, & Walgreen stores also have walk-in, no charge flu vaccines as well.

and.....don't forget the 'do-it-yourself' vaccine.....HANDWASHING :)


BMS Old Information

BMS Picture Day: 

This year the BMS and PTO made a shift away from Lifetouch to Coffee Pond for our picture providers. Our picture day by Coffee Pond is scheduled for Monday, October 7, 2019. Order forms will be sent home with students this week.  If you’d like to order online, please click here:

BMS Media Center Student Procedures: 

  • 8:10-8:40am Monday - Friday: Get a pass from Mrs. Van Leer or Mrs. Roy in the library media center the day before, tuck it into your backpack, and show it to a teacher assistant in the morning to come upstairs. 

  • Any time your teacher allows you throughout the day: Your ELA teacher has library media center passes available to give you when you come to an agreement on a good time to come to the library media center to check out a book.

  • 3:20 - 4:10pm Monday - Thursday: You do not need a pass to come to the library media center after school.  (note: late bus will be arriving at BMS for 4:15pm each day) 

  • Note: Before school (8:30 am) students may also get a pass from the front office to see our STAT team if they are having issues with their chromebook. 

Join the Health & Wellness Committee:

BMS is seeking one parent to represent BMS as a member of the Barrington district Health and Wellness Committee.  The first meeting for the committee is October 2nd at 8:00 am. The committee will be meeting November, January, March, and June.  If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete the application through this link:


New Volunteer Orientation and BCI Information:

Please see the links below for information about volunteering in the Barrington School District.  We love our volunteers!

How to Get a BCI

New Volunteer Orientation Schedule

BMS New Building Information and Procedures (Family): 

As we transition to our new building, our procedures and operational logistics will continue to evolve. Linked below is a helpful folder for families to reference. 

BMS New Building Information and Procedures (Family)

Family: Arrival Procedures/Protocols

Family: Operational Procedures 

Club/Advisor Opportunities: 

BMS is seeking to fill our Robotics Coach and Science Olympiad coaching position. Please see the schoolspring link below for more information. In addition, please feel free to pass this link to your friends and colleagues. 

Standing Items

Bus and Transportation: 

This year, bus routes were included on your child’s aspen account. If you have any questions about your child’s designated bus our route, please access the following website: e new handbook and bus stop change request form can be found on our new website transportation page:

Bus schedules are also available online at Barrington Bus Schedules

News from PTO

PTO BMS Directory: 

Please sign up for the PTO BMS Directory- instructions and link below:-


BMS PTO Membership: 

Please consider joining the BMS PTO visit


Next Meeting: 

PTO General Meeting- October 7th at 7pm

Community Information

Barrington Public Library

Many programs are happening in October at the library for Middle and High Schoolers!  Please click here to a folder with all of the happenings.