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BMS Connected Learning Newsletter 1.25.2021
Andrew Anderson
Monday, January 25, 2021

Barrington Middle School 

“We are BMS”

BMS Connected Learning Newsletter: January 25, 2021

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 the BMS Spotlight on Joey DiZio. Each and every day, Joey comes to BMS with a pleasant and positive attitude. He spends his morning checking in with students and leaves the building with a warm goodbye. We've caught Joey multiple times using his personal break time to meet with students and share his love of art. Joey's passion for teaching and learning is infectious and our students are so lucky to have him at BMS! (Nominated by the Yellow Cluster).

This week we would also like to shine the BMS Spotlight on Mrs. Kelsey Carroll. I think Mrs. Carroll deserves a BMS spotlight because she always works really hard for her students to try and make our lessons fun and educational. Also, even though she is home right now, she has made it so it's like we are with her. (Blue Cluster Student) 

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

  • Tuesday, January 26, 2021:  8th grade parent/guardian orientation for Barrington High School (please check the high school’s calendar on their webpage for the link)

 

BMS New Information

Week of January 25th, 2021:

Monday 1/25

Tuesday 1/26

Wednesday 1/27

Thursday 1/28

Friday 1/29

Odd Day

Independent Distance Learning for all students

Blue Day

Even

Tuesday Block Schedule

Blue Day

Odd

Wednesday Block Schedule

Gold Day

Even

Thursday Block Schedule

Gold Day

Odd

Friday Block Schedule

 

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 

BMS Media Center Newsletter:

Click here for the monthly BMS Media Center newsletter!

Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing at BMS: 

Beginning the week of January 24, 2021, BMS will begin Asymptomatic testing for those who are 12 years and older who wish to be tested. Please see a link to our school’s plan. 

BMS Cover Letter for BiNax Testing 

Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing at BMS (BMS Winter Student Athletes): 

Attention BMS Winter student Athletes. Please see the linked document below regarding specific testing instructions for our BMS Winter Student Athletes. 

BMS Basketball BiNax Testing 

BMS Fastbridge Winter Testing: 

This week we will continue our FastBridge Screening Assessments for all students.  This assessment is completed online with an internet-connected computer or tablet. In addition, your child will need headphones for the computer-based directions. Please see the link below for additional information regarding testing. 

Fastbridge Directions BMS Families 

BMS Annual Variety Show

Calling all performers, magicians, comedians, filmmakers and anyone who has a talent to share!  This unique school year has opened up a new opportunity for us to take our Annual Variety Show online.  If you would like to submit a video of you performing your act or if you have a video to share, please see additional information on this Google Form. Submissions are due January 29th. Open to all BMS students and staff. 

 For your health and safety, you should not meet with others in person to practice or make a video, however, we encourage groups to rehearse and create videos together online. We encourage individual acts.  If you have any questions please speak to Mrs. Van Leer or email bmsvarietyshow@barringtonschools.org

BMS Winter Enrichment

Check out these awesome 8-week Zoom enrichment classes!

Virtual Enrichment Classes- Space is Limited- Register Now- www.myschoolbucks.com

**Students may only register for ONE class so that more students have a chance to participate.**

Fee= $50

New!  Virtual Winter Workouts  Feb 1 - March 10

Mr. Gunness

- open to all -no prior experience necessary

- guided virtual workouts/ twice per week with virtual weekend runs

- weekly challenge workouts and optional individual runs

- students can record or track their progress with recognition for different milestones

- email larsongunness@gmail.com to sign up.

New!  Free Intro to Fencing- Zoom, Tue 2/9, 4-5pm, FENCING REGISTRATION

All classes are virtual and will be held on Zoom.

Dates vary- classes begin week of January 19  

Questions? texeiraj@barringtonschools.org

 

Game Show/Book Scavenger Hunt

THIS THURSDAY 1/28 

4-5pm on Zoom 

GAME SHOW REGISTRATION

 

Youth for Climate Action Club

Youth for Climate Action is a club that looks to find ways to keep Barrington Middle School students aware of the climate change crisis, and it works to bring changes to BMS and our community. If you are interested, please consider joining our club. We meet on Thursdays from 3:45 to 4:30 pm.  Fill out this form to join: Form

Kick-off and Author Event for the RI Center for the Book (virtual event):

The Rhode Island Center for the Book has announced Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You as this year's Read Across RI title. Information for the virtual kick-off and virtual author event with Jason Reynolds can be found here

Virtual Author Meet & Greet

We will discuss the story, From the Desk of Zoe Washington and play a Kahoot before talking with the Author Janae Marks. Participants are encouraged to bake a cupcake before this program to show the group.  Recommended for kids in grades 4 through 6. Thursday, February 18 at 3:00 pm.

Click here for more information.

Travel:  

Some families opted to travel during the holidays and vacation week.  Depending on where you traveled depends on whether or not a quarantine is required.  The list of “hot states” may be found here.  Maine, New Hampshire, and Florida are some of the states on this list.  Traveling to these states requires a quarantine for 14 upon returning to Rhode Island and before being able to return to in-person instruction.  As a district, we have opted not to accept a negative test for returning to in-person instruction.  Your child is able to participate in distance learning while quarantining.  If you have traveled, please let me know so I can let teachers know who will be distance learning. (Please include the date you returned to RI in your email to me.)  

Return to Rhode Island

Able to return for in-person instruction

December 26

January 11

December 27

January 11

December 28

January 12

December 29

January 13

December 30

January 14

December 31

January 15

January 1

January 19

January 2

January 19

January 3

January 19

January 4

January 19

January 5

January 20

January 6

January 21

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 for reasons other than listed above.  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.

Learning Model Change Request:

We ask that if you decide to switch learning models, that you complete the linked form below, as well as email your school’s principal. Please note that your child will commit to the learning model for a minimum of 4 weeks.

Student Learning Model Change Request 

Distance Learning Request Date 

Earliest Re-entry Date 

Week of December 21, 2020

Week of January 25, 2021

Week of December 28, 2020

Week of January 25, 2021

Week of January 4, 2021

Week of February 1, 2021

Week of January 11, 2021

Week of February 8, 2021

Week of January 18, 2021

Week of February 22, 2021

(note: school vacation week is February 15, 2021)

Week of January 25, 2021

Week of March 1, 2021

Week of February 1, 2021

Week of March 8, 2021

Week of February 8, 2021

Week of March 15, 2021

Week of February 15, 2021

(school vacation week of February 15, 2021)

Week of March 22, 2021

Week of February 22, 2021

Week of March 22, 2021

Week of March 1, 2021

Week of March 29, 2021

Week of March 8, 2021

Week of April 5, 2021

Week of March 15, 2021

Week of April 12, 2021

Week of March 22, 2021

Week of April 26, 2021

(school vacation week is April 19, 2021)

Week of March 29, 2021

Week of May 3, 2021

Week of April 5, 2021

Week of May 10, 2021

Week of April 12, 2021

Week of May 17, 2021

Week of April 19, 2021

(school vacation week of April 19, 2021)

Week of May 24, 2021

Week of April 26, 2021

Week of May 24, 2021

Week of May 3, 2021

Week of May 31, 2021

Week of May 10, 2021

Week of June 7, 2021

Week of May 17, 2021

Week of June 14, 2021

Week of May 24, 2021

Week of June 21, 2021

Week of May 31, 2021

Week of June 21, 2021

Barrington Community Information 

EAST BAY LACROSSE REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

  • Please click the REGISTER NOW button at www.eastbaylax.org to register for youth lacrosse program serving Grades K-8 in the East Bay area. 

  • EARLY BIRD rates will be available for two weeks (1/4/20 - 1/18/20).

  • Regular registration rates will apply thereafter.

  • Registration CLOSES March 1st (or when divisions are full).

  • PRICING:  Grades 1/2, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8: $185 early bird rate, $235 regular registration rate. Ladysharks & Landsharks (K & Older Pre-K): $95.

  • Please note that several teams are filling up fast and we will need to form wait lists.

  • East Bay Lacrosse is closely monitoring and following all RIDOH protocols in close conjunction with RIYLL and US Lacrosse.

Book Scavenger Hunt: 

**Another Fun and Free Virtual Winter Offering**

Brought to you by the Barrington Public Library 

Thursday, January 21, 4-5pm on Zoom "Book Scavenger Hunt"

Ms. Paglia, the BPL Teen Librarian, will be your host as you search through any book of your choice for text, using the prompts given in a timed fashion. Vote for your favorite response- Person with the most points will receive a free YA book in the mail (limited to what is on hand that day).

Registration is required below- DO NOT CONTACT THE PUBLIC LIBRARY.  Questions? texeiraj@barringtonschools.org Register here

 

BMS Standing Items

BMS Daily Calendar 2020-2021 (updated 12/29/2020): 

Please see a link to our to our updated BMS Daily Calendar 2020 - 2021: BMS Daily Calendar 2020 - 2021 (Updated 12/29/2020)

 

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