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BMS Connected Learning Newsletter 3.23.2020 (BMS Distance Learning Special Edition)
Andrew Anderson
Monday, March 23, 2020

Barrington Middle School 

BMS Connected Learning Newsletter 3.23.2020 (BMS Distance Learning Special Edition)

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

Mission:

Barrington Middle School’s Mission is to empower all students to excel in character, citizenship, collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking, so that they may positively impact the future.

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, March 23, 2020:  BMS Math Information Night for grades 5,6,7 (more info to come)

  • Wednesday, March 25, 2020:  Distance Learning and Trimester 3 begins

  • Friday, March 27, 2020:  Report cards posted in Aspen

  • Friday, March 27, 2020:  Sports Night sponsored by the 8th Grade Field Trip from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Student Union

  • Monday, March 30, 2020:  PTO meeting at 7:00 pm in Room 1202;  agenda includes presentation by our Student Assistance Counselor, Katie Hamel and members of the East Bay Tobacco Youth Council on the dangers of vaping 

  • Wednesday, April 1, 2020:  Cluster Picture Day (more information to come)

  • Friday, April 10, 2020:  No School - Good Friday

  • Friday, April 17, 2020:  Deadline for ordering BMS Yearbook (info below)

  • Thursday, April 23, 2020:  BPS Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast for all district volunteers from 9:00 am to 11:00 am upstairs in Barrington Town Hall 

Note: Activities that have been missed due to not being in school will be re-evaluated/re-scheduled once we return back to school. 

Please visit our website to see all upcoming calendar events: https://www.barringtonschools.org/o/middle-school

Please see the link for our daily announcements: 

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1jwaOwOZT5EgdBudGLs0_p0jomJmd6-ee1ifxFR2ySKo/edit?usp=sharing

BMS Spotlight on Learning: 

This week we would like to shine our BMS Spotlight on our custodial staff.  They have been working tirelessly to ensure that every part of our building has been cleaned and sanitized so that it will be ready for when we return to school.  Thank you for all of your hard work to ensure the health and wellness of our faculty, staff, and students. 

BMS New Information

Distance Learning Special Edition 

Distance Learning:

This week we know you have received a lot of information and resources related to BPS Distance Learning.  On Wednesday, March 25th, students will begin their Distance Learning experience. We are here to support our students in any way that we can throughout this process.  If you have not had a chance, please review the following links with your child(ren) so they will feel prepared to begin their virtual learning next week: 

BMS Distance Learning VLOG (Student) (Screencastify) 

BMS Distance Learning Slide Deck (Student) 

BMS Distance Learning on a Page

BMS Distance Learning Schedule: 

Students and teachers will be following their regular schedule. On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, we will follow a “Wednesday Even Day” schedule. Your child will know exactly what this means. Please see a link to the schedule below: 

BMS Distance Learning Schedule 

Student Attendance:

Students are expected to check in to the BMS Homeroom Google Classroom by 8:40 am each day and to attend all of their classes throughout the day.  Attendance will be taken each period. We understand that there may be times when students are participating and completing their work, but cannot attend a session. In this instance, they will receive credit but will need to email the teacher before the end of the day.  If your child is tardy please help to remind them they should check into the BMS Homeroom Google Classroom before they log-in to their scheduled classroom. If your child has not already joined the BMS Homeroom Google Classroom please ask them to do so using the classroom code: 5jckokf 

If your child will be absent or tardy, please send an email to bmsattendance@barringtonschools.org to report this.  In the subject line please put your student(s) First and Last Name.  Please report absences or tardies by 8:30am.  The attendance email will be monitored daily by the office staff. Please see the linked document for our complete Daily Attendance protocol. 

BMS Family/Student Distance Learning Questions:

We have provided you with an abundance of information related to Distance Learning.  As questions come up please submit them using the BMS Family/Student Distance Distance Learning Questions form.  Please check the BMS Family/Student Distance Learning Questions and Answers document for updates and answers to your questions.    

IEP, 504 and Parent Meetings:

If you had a previously scheduled IEP, 504 or Parent Meeting we will be rescheduling these with you soon.  Mrs. Bulman will begin reaching out to parents to reschedule IEP and parent meetings starting this week. Meetings will take place with parents via Zoom.  If you have questions about IEP or parent meetings please reach out to Mrs. Kathy Bulman: bulmank@barringtonschools.org.  Mrs. Nelson will be reaching out to reschedule 504 meetings starting this week.  Meetings will also take place via Zoom. If you have questions about 504 meetings please reach out to Mrs. Kelly Nelson: nelsonk@barringtonschools.org.