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BMS Connected Learning Newsletter 10.28.2019
Andrew Anderson
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Barrington Middle School 

BMS Connected Learning Newsletter 10.28.2019

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).

  • Monday, October 28 - Nov 1, 2019 - BMS Spirit Week

  • Tuesday, October 29, 2019:  RIMSBA Book Club - first meeting; 3:30 pm in 6th grade break out space

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

  • Monday, November 11, 2019: Veterans Day, No School 

  • Thursday, November 21, 2019: BMS Family Deep Learning Walk from 9:00am - 11:00am. 

  • 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 Dr. Brian Fernandes, Mrs. Maureen Kelsey, Mrs. Julie Gladding, and Mrs. Diana Ouellette for the leadership during last week’s data days. Brian, Maureen, Julie, and Diana did a great job presenting data and leading data based decisions. Thank you for your leadership and guiding us in making the best decisions for our students. 

This week, from an anonymous source, we would like to shine our BMS Spotlight on Ms. Becky Trahan. Becky is always willing to help all members of our learning community with our technology needs. She is always diligent, timely, and thoughtful. Thank you Becky for being such an important role in our learning community. 

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: 

I am pleased to inform you that last week our School Committee appointed Ms. Rebecca Silveira as our new Assistant Principal at Barrington Middle School. Becky will be starting at BMS on November 4, 2019. She is coming from Ferry Middle School in Johnston where she was an Assistant Principal, and prior to that, she was a teacher leader at Portsmouth Middle School. She is excited to be joining our learning community and supporting all of you. Finally, I would like to publicly thank our search committee for their hard work, dedication, professionalism, and commitment to finding our new Assistant Principal. 

RICAS Results: 

I can’t begin to express how proud I am of our learning community with regards to our RICAS scores. In one year, we improved from 70% to 80% in ELA and from 60% to approxiately 70% in mathematics. What I am most impressed with is that our focus has been, and will always be, teaching and education the whole child. We do what we do because we know it is best for our students, and not for test scores. Over the next few months there will be plenty of time to dive into the data and discuss opportunities for growth and improvement, but for now, I congratulate our students, families, and teachers for a job well done! 

Spirit Week Next Week (starting Monday, October 28):

Monday - Comfy / Cozy Day

Tuesday - Wear Red for Red Ribbon Week

Wednesday - Wear Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Thursday - Costume Day - NO MASKS! 

Friday - Cluster Color Day

Sports Nights: 

This Friday night will be the first Sports Night of the year. Please see the below helpful hints. Looking forward to a fun evening! 

What are Sports Nights?

  • Sports Nights are opportunities for students to socialize outside of school hours. 

  • Our student DJs provide music in the student union and the gymnasium is open for basketball. In addition, students have the opportunity to play air hockey, various board games, and foosball. Proceeds from ticket sales and snack sales go to student counsel and clubs/clusters. 

  • Sports Nights are chaperoned by the Principal, Assistant Principal and Teachers. 

What are Sports Nights Procedures/Expectations: 

  • Only BMS students may attend.

  • Students need to be present all day during the day of a Sports Night to attend.

  • Tickets are $5 at the door. It is helpful for students to have exact change. 

  • Students may bring additional money for snacks.  

  • Appropriate attire (Click here for a link to the BMS Handbook for more specific information.).

  • BMS Expectations apply.

  • Drop off: Front bus loop or side parking lot; not before 6:50pm.

  • Pick up: Students are dismissed at 9:00pm. Parents may pick up in the front bus loop or side of the building. 

  • Cell phone rules: No cell phone use in Sports Night. If they need to make a call, please have your child see one of the chaperones. 

  • If for some reason a student needs to leave early, the student may only be picked up by his/her parent. 

Morning Enrichment Classes (7:30 am-8:30 am - new times):

Registration is now open. You may register online at

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

  • 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; Mondays at 7:30 am starting 11/4

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

  • New!  Volleyball on Thursdays from 7:10 am to 8:10 am


BMS Partners in Learning:

Join us and be a Barrington Public Schools Partner in Learning! 

If you have a career or hobby that you would consider sharing, please let us know by clicking on the link below.


BMS Old Information

New Book Club Opportunity:

Students will discuss the nominees for the RI Middle School Book Award.  Great chance to discuss your favorite books and discover new ones! Meetings are every last Tuesday of the month.  First meeting is Tuesday, October 29 at 3:30 pm in the 6th grade break out space.  No need to sign up, just show up!

BMS Yearbook:

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

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.

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! 


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


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