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BMS Connected Learning Newsletter 12.14.2020
Andrew Anderson
Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Barrington Middle School 

“We are BMS”

BMS Connected Learning Newsletter: December 14, 2020

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.

Common Commitments: 

To empower ALL students to excel, The BMS Learning Community will provide:

  • A safe, caring, and supportive learning environment;

  • A challenging curriculum supported by current technology;

  • The best research-based strategies to meet the unique educational, physical, emotional, and social needs of the 10 to the 14-year-old learner; and 

  • A deliberate and specific approach to meet the individual needs/abilities for each performance subgroup of our student body.

BMS Spotlight on Learning:

This week we would like to shine our BMS Spotlight on Mrs. Melanie Roy and Mr. Mark Davis. This past week, Melanie and Mark planned and hosted our family hour of code event! In addition, Melanie and Mark have created and shared our Media and Technology Literacy Canvas dashboard for all BMS Students and Teachers to access. Great work Melanie and Mark. Thank you for all that you do. 

In addition, this week we would like to shine our BMS Spotlight on Mrs. Kerri Thurber. Mrs. Thurber is being recognized by one of her students. The student says: 

“Mrs.Thurber is always making my day in the classroom and if I do say so myself she makes 

the whole class happy. She also makes everything fun and even during COVID-19 she has been happy and made me happy.”

Keep up the great work Mrs. Thurber! 

Do you know of a BMS Faculty/Staff member that is shining bright! If you do, please complete the form below and we can include the nomination in an upcoming newsletter. 

BMS Spotlight Nomination 

BMS Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, December 16, 2020: Start of Trimester 2 (new allied art classes and new dismissal rotation)

  • Thursday, December 24, 2020: Sunday, January 3, 2021: Winter Break 

  • Monday, January 4, 2020: Return to School for Students (Gold/Odd Day)

  • Wednesday, January 13, 2020: PTO meeting via Zoom link

BMS Standing Items

BMS Daily Calendar 2020-2021: 

Please see a link to our BMS Daily Calendar 2020-2021

 

Student Daily Attestation Weekly Reminder: 

This is just a weekly reminder that you must screen your child for temperature, other symptoms, and risk factors for COVID-19 each day before sending them to the bus or building. 

  • If the student has any signs of illness or risk factors, they will remain at home, and the parent/guardian will contact the school nurse. 

  • Barrington Public Schools requires you to use the Student attestation form daily to screen your child.  

  • Please see this link for additional information. Student Attestation

Change from Distance Learning to In-Person Learning:  

We ask that if you decide to switch learning models, that you continue to email me but I also request that you complete linked form: Student Learning Model Change Request 

 

In-Person Participating in Distance Learning:  

An in-person student should only be participating in distance learning under three conditions.  

  • The first condition is your child is sick and not able to come to school in-person but is still able to participate in class.  

  • The second condition is if your child is quarantined due to a household member having Covid-19 symptoms or has tested positive for Covid-19.  

  • The third condition is if your child is required to quarantine per RIDOH guidelines. 

Distance learning should not be used as a tool for your child not to come to school “just because”.  If your child fits one of the three conditions above, please call the school to notify them of the circumstance, and it is also recommended to email the teachers before the start of the school day so they can make sure they are prepared for an additional distance learning student. If your child does not fit into one of the three conditions above, the teachers will not let them into their Zoom class.

 

Masks:

We are asking families to send in two masks with your students daily.  This is helpful in case the mask breaks or becomes soiled throughout the day.  It is also helpful to have a spare mask in your student’s backpack in case a student gets out of the car and realizes they have forgotten their mask.  We appreciate your help with this.  

 

BMS Daily Announcements: 

Linked below you will find some exciting information regarding our daily BMS announcements and student groups at BMS! In addition to being featured in our weekly Connected Learning Newsletters, you can also find important student information in our BMS Morning Announcement spreadsheet linked below: 

BMS Morning Announcements 

 

BMS New Information

BMS Fast Five 12/7/2020: 

Please click the link for this week’s BMS Fast Five! 5 things about BMS in less than 5 minutes! 

BMS Fast Five 12/14/2020

Book Bites:

Need a book to read?  Our awesome BMS Media Center staff recommends 6 books each week!  The recommended book list is available through blog form at http://www.mrsmelanieroy.com/ and also at our virtual bookshelf form: https://bit.ly/3lW9Q5e

Inclement Weather Learning Packets: 

Last week, in-person learners received their inclement weather packets. We ask that you keep these learning packets in a safe place. 

Beginning on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 Distance Learners (families) may pick up their packets between 9:00am and 5:00pm at the tables just outside of the front office. 

Few additional notes:

  • We do ask that individuals who are picking up the packets adhere to social distancing and wear masks. 

  • Just in case your child’s packet is not at the table, please write your child’s name/grade/cluster on the clipboard. 

  • Be sure to check if there are multiple folders for your child. In some instances, children may have multiple folders. 

  • Due to the Trimester switching on December 16, 2020, Allied Art teachers will be passing their inclement weather packets to their in-person learners by Friday, December 18, 2020. Allied art packets will be made available to distance learners when we return to learning in the new year. In the meantime, please have your child check his/her allied art’s Canvas page for information regarding inclement weather activities.

12 Days till Winter Break:

Winter break is almost here, lets have some fun and spread some holiday cheer! This week, we will be continuing our fun. Please see the attached calendar with some winter/holiday fun leading up to the December break. 

12 Days till Winter Break Fun

 

Change in Learning Model:  Lately, we have been receiving questions from parents about having their child change from in-person instruction to distance learning.  When you make the decision to change models, you need to commit to four school weeks in the new model.  The purpose of committing to school weeks is to give the new learning model time and for the student and teacher to get into a new rhythm and routine. 

The only times a person can change from in-person to distance learning are when: 

  • The first condition is your child is sick and not able to come to school in-person but is still able to participate in class.  

  • The second condition is if your child is quarantined due to a household member having Covid-19 symptoms or has tested positive for Covid-19.  

  • The third condition is if your child is required to quarantine per RIDOH guidelines. 

You cannot have your child models change without prior approval or for a day or two.  When a family goes on vacation, participating in distance learning is not an option, as vacations cannot be sanction by school districts.  If you are committing to four weeks of distance learning, and learning will not be interrupted, you may make a request for distance learning.  To change learning models, please complete this form and email me at andersona@barringtonschools.org

Prior to returning to in-person learning, we ask that you complete this form and email me at andersona@barringtonschools.org. This request may take up to two weeks, as we have to plan for a safe re-entry. 

Student & Family Norms for Learning Online

  • Be respectful, responsible, and safe- The rules from your school apply to your online environments as well. Keep your language respectful, compliment others for positive contributions, and be safe with your information.

  • Consider your Digital Footprint- Anything recorded or posted online is out there for anyone to find and use, positively or negatively. Make sure what you put out there shows you in a positive light.

  • Consider your background and microphone- Can students hear you clearly? Is there anything in your background that could distract them from the conversation? iS everything within the frame appropriate for a school setting?

  • Don’t share your personal or private information- Keep personal information off the internet that others can use like your full name, birthdate, address and phone number. Never share your username or password.

  • Don’t record other students in Zoom or other applications/platforms, or share any of their personal or private information.

  • Write and read postings carefully to avoid unnecessary confusion- Remember that your peers cannot see your body language or hear your tone of voice, so you need to keep your language direct and respectful.

  • Students, ask for help if you get lost- If you are having a hard time following what’s being talked about or don't understand a part of the conversation, please let others know so they can help you get back on track.

  • Families allow students to independently participate. If you have questions, please contact the teacher outside of ZOOM via email or Canvas. Remember that it takes away from learning time for all students and all students online can hear your conversation.  

Illnesses at Home:  

If there is a person at home who is symptomatic and requires a Covid-19 test, the children in the household cannot come to school until the negative PCR (not the rapid) test comes back or, in the event of a positive test, until quarantine is complete.  Please communicate regarding household illnesses with our school nurse teacher, Mrs. Johnson, via email (johnsonj@barringtonschools.org) or phone call (401.247.3160).  

Trimester 2 Lunch and Dismissal Rotation: 

With each Trimester, we will be rotating our lunch and dismissal rotation. Beginning December 16th, we will be following the schedule below for dismissal.  It is important to note the new dismissal times if you are picking up your student to help with traffic.  

Trimester 1 

(9/15 - 12/15)

Trimester 2

(12/16 - 3/25)

Trimester 3

(3/26 - 6/25)

Lunch Rotation 

7th grade

11:18- Red 

11:50- Orange

12:20- Razz

8th grade

12:48- Green

1:18- Purple

1:48- Blue

7th grade

11:18- Razz

11:50- Red

12:20- Orange

8th grade

12:48- Blue

1:18- Green

1:48- Purple

7th grade

11:18- Orange

11:50- Razz

12:20- Red

8th grade

12:48- Purple

1:18- Blue

1:48- Green

Dismissal Rotation 

3:00

Lime 

Orange

Red

3:07

Yellow

Aqua

Purple

3:14

Razz

Blue

Green 

3:00

Razz

Blue

Green 

3:07

Lime 

Orange

Red

3:14

Yellow

Aqua

Purple

3:00

Yellow

Aqua

Purple

3:07

Razz

Blue

Green 

3:14

Lime 

Orange

Red

 

Calling all 8th graders - your baby/toddler pictures wanted for the yearbook!

As is customary for our 8th graders at BMS, we are asking ALL 8th grade families to virtually upload a baby picture of your son or daughter for the BMS Yearbook. The deadline for the baby photos to be uploaded is MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2020.  Please use this Google Form to upload your pictures. Please contact Mr. Kearns, BMS Yearbook Advisor, at kearnsb@barringtonschools.org with any questions.    

 

BMS Media Center Newsletter

Click here for the monthly BMS Media Center newsletter!


 BMS Old Information

Seeking Volunteers to Share Hobbies/Interests with BMS Students:

Please help us brighten the winter months by sharing your time, talent, and interests with a small group of middle school students.

- 4-5pm, on Zoom

- day of your choice, between January and March

- small groups 

- background check required

- ideas include: crafts, model building, kitchen chemistry, yoga, knitting, nurse/doctor, vet, Google Sketch-Up, design

If interested, please complete this form.

Questions? texeiraj@barringtonschools.org

 

BMS PTO Membership Drive

When you join the BMS PTO you join a community that encourages student achievement and enriches their learning environment. 

We believe in building partnerships between our families and our school.

We believe that together we can help our children be successful.

Please show your support and get involved with the PTO

 

The BMS PTO Directory and Membership site is now open:

To join the BMS PTO:

• Go to barringtonmiddlepto.org

• Click on “JOIN US BECOME A PTO MEMBER”

• Follow the prompts in the BMS Store to purchase membership

*$20 per family

To add your information to the BMS PTO Directory*:

• Go to barringtonmiddlepto.org

• Click on “Add your name to the BMS directory” and please use

the password: BMS2020 (case sensitive)

• You will be asked to put in your name and email address and

choose a password then check the “terms of use” checkbox.

• Click on “Create a new family unit”. (Unless you see someone

from your household already registered – then select that

household).

• Fill out the form with your Contact Info and Household Info.

Once you have entered all your information, hit SAVE. Note:

DO NOT PRESS CONTINUE.

• Expand the “Family info” section and click “Add a Child”. Here

you can enter your child’s first and last name and select your

child’s grade and classroom. You can leave email blank; then

click “SAVE CONTACT” at the top.

• Repeat step 9 for any additional children.

• When finished adding all children, select “SAVE” and then

“CONTINUE”.

*6th Grader Directory information did not transfer from HMS and will need to be re-entered

Students are Encouraged to Join in on the Fun! 

Through a given week, your child’s teachers may be seen wearing a positive motivational message, their alma mater’s colors, and Blue and Gold to show their school pride. We would like to formally invite our students to join in on the fun: 

  • Motivational Message Monday- We encourage you to wear your favorite motivational message proudly!

  • Wednesday College and Career Day- Students are encouraged to wear their favorite universities colors/names and/or support different careers and occupations. 

  • Friday School Color Day (Formally known as Blue and Gold Day)- Students are encouraged to wear blue and gold on Fridays to show our school pride. 

 

#BMSShines: 

Over the past year, BMS has adopted the hashtag: #BMSShines. Throughout a given week our faculty/staff capture the great things that are happening at BMS by taking a picture, offering a caption/description, and tagging it with #BMSShines. If you are on Twitter, we encourage you to follow along as well. 

Individual Learning Plans: 

BMS students, in conjunction with their school counselor, have been using Richer Picture to create an Individual Learning Plan (ILP). Students will be creating an ILP each year from 6th to 12th grade.  The ILP is a student-directed planning and monitoring tool that customizes learning opportunities throughout their school experience, broadens their perspectives, and supports the attainment of goals. Richer Picture has created an interactive and dynamic tool that hosts the ILP and maps each student's unique set of interests, needs, learning goals and a plan for meeting graduation requirements. 

Please see a link below with additional login information: 

BMS ILP Letter 2020

 

Canvas Tips for Parents:

Please see the link below with Canvas helpful tips for parents.

Canvas tips for parents

Updated BMS Blue/Gold Calendar: 

Please see our updated BMS Blue/Gold Calendar. In order to help with clarity, we alternated each day to either be Odd or Even. As you will notice, due to the number of days off in November, there will now be 3 Even Mondays in a row, followed by 2 Odd Mondays in a row.

BMS Daily Calendar 2020 - 2021

Student Attendance/early dismissal:

If your child is going to be absent from in-person learning or distance learning we ask that you contact the main office to let them know.  If your child needs to be dismissed from school (distance learning) we ask you to follow the same procedure.If your child needs to be dismissed from In-person learning, we ask that you send us a note indicating who is picking up your child and at what time. It is important that we have accurate attendance records.

Canvas:

We are moving away from Google Classroom and beginning to use Canvas this year. We will be sending out specific directions to login and use Canvas. For now, we wanted to provide you with these introduction videos.

Unlike Google Classroom, you and your children will only have to log in to 1 Canvas Account to see all of your child's teachers at the elementary level and your child's courses at the secondary level. 

 

Students’ Canvas Overview

https://community.canvaslms.co...

 

Parents’ Canvas Overview

https://community.canvaslms.co...

Notes about Screening Students: 

  • Families and caregivers will screen students at home using a self-attestation form

    • Fever is defined at 100° F or above related to this self-attestation form.

    • If a student has a low-grade fever, less than 100℉ before school, do not send your child to school and monitor at home for symptoms of illness or if increasing fever develops.

    • Remain in close contact with the school nurse or principal

    • If feeling well enough to learn, students monitored at home may engage in distance learning.

  • All students must stay home if they answer “Yes” to any screening questions before school

  • If a student screens positive for any COVID-19 symptoms, the student’s parent/guardian should seek medical advice from the student’s healthcare provider and inform the school of the student’s absence and inform the school nurse (COVID-19 point of contact) at the school.

  • School staff (and bus drivers) should observe students throughout the day and refer students who may show signs of being symptomatic to the school nurse for assessment. 

  • Nursing staff will monitor students who are symptomatic in isolation rooms until parents arrive and provide instructions for the next steps. Parents must pick up their children within one hour for the safety of all members of the community.

Barrington Community Information 

A Book, Snack and Author Talk sponsored by the Barrington Teen Program at the public library:

Join local author Peter Johnson, Thursday, December 17 at 6:30 pm on Zoom as we discuss his novel Twas the Night Before Krampus which just happens to take place in Barrington!  Click here for more information.