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BMS Connected Learning Newsletter 5.4.2021
Andrew Anderson
Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Barrington Middle School 

“We are BMS”

BMS Connected Learning Newsletter: May 4, 2021

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

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.

BMS Upcoming Events: 

  • 5th Grade Family Special Education Overview, May 5, 2021 at 6:00 pm.

  • Screenagers: The Next Chapter virtual showing, May 5, 2021 at 7:00 pm

  • 5th Grade Family Orientation, May 11, 2021 at 6:00 pm.

  • Best Buddies Walk-a-Ton, May 15, 2021 (time TBD)

  • Year in Review Family Feedback Session 2, May 18, 2021 at 6:00 pm. 

  • Middle School Math Progression Night, May 19, 2021 at 6:00pm. 

Week of May 3, 2021:

Monday 

5.3.2021

Tuesday

5.4.2021

Wednesday

5.5.2021

Thursday

5.6.2021

Friday

5.7.2021

Blue Day

Even

Students see all classes

Blue Day

Odd

Tuesday Block Schedule

7th grade ELA RICAS testing

Blue Day

Even

Wednesday Block schedule

7th grade ELA RICAS testing

Gold Day

Odd

Thursday Block Schedule

Gold Day

Even

Friday Block Schedule

 

BMS Spotlight on Learning

This week, we would like to shine our BMS Spotlight on our amazing administrative professionals. Last week we celebrated Administrative Professional day and I can honestly say BMS would not be what it is if it were not for Mrs. Amy Skadberg, Mrs. Caron Martin, Mrs. Kelly Nelson, and Mrs. Kathy Bulman. From answering phone calls, setting up meetings, following up with parents, making sure Dr. Anderson knows where to go next :) and offering a warm welcome and a bright smile, our Administrative Professionals are simply the best. Thank you for all that you do for our BMS Learning Community. 

This week, we would also like to shine our BMS Spotlight on students Emma Pautz, Phoebe Terrell, Avery Cannon, and Abigail Goblick for organizing an amazing Climate Change month for our Learning Community. From organizing fundraisers, to planning for guest speakers, to climate change facts each day, and the development of a number of resources/activities teachers could choose from, the Youth for Climate Change Leadership and Group planned for a very informative and successful Climate Change Month. 

Finally, we would like to shine our BMS Spotlight on students Teddy Alessandro, Nick Clark, Owen Clark and Matthew Clegg for competing and winning as a neighborhood team at the recent First Lego League competition. The team won the Rhode Island Project Innovation Award at the virtual state competition. Great work students. 

Do you know of a BMS Faculty/Staff/Student 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 

Teacher Appreciation Week: 

This week, Barrington Middle School looks to celebrate our amazing educators. Below is a week-long plan created by our PTO. Please help celebrate our teachers! 

  • Monday: Candy treat bags for all faculty & staff provided by the PTO

  • Tuesday: #WearRedForEd, students wear red in support of National Teachers’ Day

  • Wednesday: Parents & students say thank you to teachers, staff, administrators through notes, e-mails or kind words

  • Thursday: Students bring a flower in for teachers, staff, & administrators

  • Friday: Cookies for all faculty & staff provided by the PTO

DEI-themed Art Show a Big Success: 

The DEI-themed Arts Show was a great success! We had a number of middle school students who submitted pieces of work/art into the showcase sponsored by BHS. Please see a link to the art showcase below! 

2021 DEI Arts Showcase! 

Mental Health Awareness Month Led by Student Council:

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and BMS has some exciting plans! These plans include (but are not limited to) bringing in speakers to talk to each grade about mental health, holding a fundraiser, a whiteboard decorating contest, and spirit days. This month, Relax and Rewind Day will also be introduced to students. Student Council hopes R&R can take place during FAST. It is suggested to plan a brief R&R activity on Wednesdays and Fridays during FAST for students to settle down. Each week has a theme: week one is arts and crafts, week two is puzzles and board games, week three is physical activity, and week four is movies and decoration. Student Council will provide you with a list of creative ideas for R&R activities that can be incorporated into FAST. 

 

In addition, to support mental health awareness Student Council is asking students/faculty to wear green throughout the month:  Wednesday, May 5th; Friday, May 14th;Tuesday, May 18th; and Friday, May 28th.

Book Drive! 

There is currently a book drive being held from now until May 30th. All donations will go to Books Are Wings, which supplies books to children in need, or Books Through Bars, which donates books to inmates across the country. Paperback books are preferred, and no spiral bound books. Please drop off donations in the designated box on each floor. 

Best Buddies Walk-a-Thon Save the Date! 

Our BMS Best Buddies Chapter will be hosting a Walk-a-Thon at BMS on Saturday, May 15, 2021. Please stay tuned for more information on how to participate and contribute! 

Wrestling Update: 

The Middle School Wrestling is not able to run this school year due to COVID 19. We expect to have our programs fully operational in the Winter of 2021-2022. Although we cannot have competitions, we would like to have some training sessions for those middle schoolers interested in improving their skills. There will be weekly sessions over the next 4 weeks at the high school. Space is limited due to COVID protocols. We would ask that an athletic physical within the past 10 months be provided. All participants must have a negative Binax test weekly in order to participate. Make sure you complete the consent form for BinaxNow testing at the Middle School.

Sessions on Tuesday and Thursday will be from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at Barrington High School.

Middle School Wrestling Registration

Screenagers Virtual Showing:

There will be a virtual presentation of Screenagers: the Next Chapter Wednesday, 5/5/21 at 7pm presented by the East Bay Regional Prevention Coalition, Barrington Public Library and The BAY Team. After the viewing there will be a panel discussion about the impact of device use by teens with Student Assistance Counselors: Joanne Royley of BHS, Katie Hamel of BMS and Christine Bandoni of Mount Hope HS. To register for the event please use this link:   Register Here!   

Year in Review Family Feedback Opportunities: 

BMS will continue to provide families with an opportunity in May to provide feedback on what went well this year and opportunities for improvement. The goal of these meetings is to hear from families on what worked well as we navigated learning over this past year and what strategies/practices we want to continue next school year. 

  • Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 6:00 pm (zoom link: will be sent to families the day prior)

Seasonal Allergies vs. COVID-19?  News from the Nurse:

Please click here for a summary of how to identify whether symptoms are related to seasonal allergies or COVID-19.

Upcoming BMS Zoom Events for 5th Grade Families:

In order to prepare families for their students’ transition to the middle school next year, BMS administration and faculty will be hosting a few informational open houses on Zoom.  Click here for specific topics and dates.

RICAS Update: 

Grade 6:

Students in Grade 6 will be taking their Math RICAS assessments on Monday, May 10th and Friday, May 14th.  Grade 6 distance learners will also be taking the assessment on these dates.  

Grade 7:

Students in Grade 7 will be taking their ELA RICAS assessments on Tuesday, May 4th and Wednesday, May 5th. Grade 7 Math RICAS testing, will be administered on Thursday, May 20th and Friday, May 21st.  Grade 7 distance learners will also be taking the assessments on these dates.  

Grade 8:

Students in Grade 8 will be taking their Math RICAS assessments on Tuesday, May 11th and Wednesday, May 12th.  The Next Generation Science Assessment (NGSA) will be administered on Thursday, May 27th and Friday, May 28th.  Grade 8 distance learners will also be taking the assessments on these dates.  

News from our BMS Media Center: 

BMS Weekly Trivia:

5/3 BMS Trivia

5/4 BMS Trivia

5/5 BMS Trivia

5/6 BMS Trivia

5/7 BMS Trivia

 

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!

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