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BMS Connected Learning Newsletter 10.15.2019
Andrew Anderson
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Barrington Middle School 

BMS Connected Learning Newsletter 10.15.2019

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, October 16, 2019: Family Book Night from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm (more 

information below)

  • Thursday, October 17, 2019: BMS Basketball mandatory parent & student meeting if interested in trying out, 6:00 pm to 7:00 PM in the student union

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

  • Friday, October 18, 2019:  Deadline to upload 8th graders’ baby pictures

  • Friday, November 1, 2019: Sports Night from 7:00pm - 9:00pm (for BMS Students Only)  PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN DATE

  • Monday, November 11, 2019: Veteran’s Day, No School 

  • Thursday, November 28, 2019 and Friday, November 29, 2019: Thanksgiving Break, No School

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 our Blue Cluster Teachers. Last week Mr. Borgueta, Mrs. Carroll, Mr. Kearns, and Ms. Teoli shared with their students their independent reading project, as well as shown their own personal examples. Great work creating a culture of reading! 

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!

Student Resource Officer Wyrostek News:

Drop-off and pick-up of students is prohibited on the side streets off of Lincoln Avenue (ie: Harrison, Peck, Brown or Standish Avenues).  It is a danger to students and drivers to have students crossing in the middle of Lincoln Avenue and these streets are not wide enough to accommodate parked vehicles.  Parking creates a safety hazard as Emergency Vehicles cannot safely access homes on those streets.

Morning Enrichment Classes (7:10 am-8:10 am):

Registration is now open. You may register online at

Classes will run on Mondays (or a few Tuesdays) 10/28 - 12/16.  

Stock Market Game - learn about investing, from a financial advisor, using this online simulation game. Mr. De la Torre

EagleFit - The EagleFit program will include, but is not limited to: dynamic warm up, muscular strength, and muscular endurance exercises. Functional fitness movements incorporating TRX, BOSU, medicine balls, dumbbells, resistance bands, and much more. Ms. Gower

Volleyball - skills, drills and games - Ms. Scanlon

3D Design and Print - explore 3D digital modeling and design as well as 3D printing - Mr. DiZio

Sketch-Up - explore measurement, design, and architecture principles, involving homes, interior design, furniture and cars.


Assistant Principal Search Update: 

Last week, a few members of the interview committee had the opportunity to visit our Barrington Middle School Assistant Principal at work. This week, the candidate will be spending a ½ day with us at Barrington Middle School.

Torrey Maldonado visit to BMS:

If your child would like to have a book signed by the author, please have your child bring their book to the library with the linked slip  filled out. Mrs. Roy will get their book back to them by the next day.

Message from Student Rep on School Committee: 

Dear Barrington Middle School Students, 

The Barrington School Committee is the only committee in the district to have a student representative. Representing over 2,000 students, the student rep listens to all the different opinions, and advocates on behalf of all 2,000 students.

As your student representative, I would love to have all of you join me in an advisory committee to discuss the changes to the middle school. As the future leaders of Barrington, we must acknowledge that all of us have the power to influence and benefit our community. Called the “Student Advisory Committee to the Student Representative,” students will meet and broach a multitude of topics that they feel are necessary to their success in the Barrington Middle School environment. We will discuss what we love about the changes, what we dislike, and what the school committee could potentially improve on. This feedback will be crucial to the policies the School Committee creates in the future- policies that affect us all in return. 

Additionally, if you have any questions pertaining to the application or school committee concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at 

I am advocating on behalf of all of you, and your voices are vital to our collective success. 


Kelly Kaon 

(BHS Senior, Student Representative to the School Committee) 

 BMS Old Information

Baby Pictures for Yearbook - 8th graders:

8th graders, it’s time to submit your baby pictures for the BMS yearbook!  It’s a tradition at BMS that 8th graders submit baby (or toddler) pictures to the BMS yearbook in their last year at BMS to commemorate how far they’ve come.  Please upload your picture electronically to this link:  Deadline is this Friday, October 18!!!

BMS Yearbook:

Ordering your 2019-2020 BMS Yearbook is open!  Order online now here.  Code:  1540720

BMS Science Olympiad:

Interested in science?  There’s still time for students to check out the BMS Science Olympiad after school group.  They meet each Wednesday after school in the 6th grade break out space. Click here for more information.

Fitness Professionals:

Are you a health and wellness role model in our East Bay community?  Our PE/Health initiative for the 2019-2020 school year is looking for volunteers to share their passion for fitness during “Fitness Fridays” at BMS!  For more information, click here for details.


BMS Seeking Crossing Guards: 

If you are interested in serving as a paid BMS Crossing Guard during the morning and/or afternoon, please contact Doug Fiore at 245-5000 or Position entails approx. 10 hours per week at $15.45/hr.  We are hopeful that the additional crossing guards will aid in the safety of our students coming and leaving campus. Thank you for considering. 


BMS Office Information:

The BMS Office is open daily from 8:00 am until 3:45 pm.  As always, students need a note from home given to the office before homeroom on days when they will be dismissed early.  We are very impressed by the number of students, especially 6th graders, that have followed our procedure and come to the office on their own to meet their parents for dismissal!  Well done! 

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 Torrey 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

Torrey 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. 

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 :)


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

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


Community Information

BHS Homecoming Fair:

October 25, 1 hr before and during the Homecoming Football Game.  At Victory Field. In support of Hurricane Dorian relief.  Food, games, prizes, art, fun!

Sowams School Octoberfest:

Saturday, October 19 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm - Carnival Games, Face Painting, Cake Walk, Mystery Bags, Pumpkin Painting, Bouncy House, Hayrides and more!

Support Barrington High School After Prom Program:

Tervis Tumblers for Sale - Only $20!  Click here for more 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.