Barrington Middle School
BMS Connected Learning Newsletter: Week of 9.10.2023
The BMS Learning Community is Respectful, Responsible, and Ready to Excel!
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.
Ласкаво просимо, bienvenido, benvenuto, 欢迎, Bem-vindo, स्वागत, வரவேற்பு,
Hoş geldin, welkom, Witamy,
добро пожаловать, maligayang pagdating,
خوش آمدید, Bi xêr hatî
This year, we would like to celebrate and recognize the various languages spoken at Barrington Middle School. If you would like to include the language spoken in your home, please complete the following link.
Stay Connected with BMS:
~ BMS Current and Relevant News ~
BMS Health Opt Out Letter/Information:
Barrington Public Schools recently approved a new Sexual Health Education and Services Policy and a School Health Education Topics Notification and Opt-Out Protocol.
The Sexual Health Education and Services Policy is part of a larger coordinated school health and wellness initiative in our district and reflects our commitment to providing a health curriculum that is both developmentally appropriate and age-appropriate. In accordance with this policy, the health education curriculum adopted by Barrington Public Schools will be developed by educators and reviewed with teachers, students, school nurses, administrators, parents, and Barrington community members. It will be medically-accurate, evidence-based, and bias-free, and in alignment with national and state health education standards.
We understand that discussions about health education topics can be sensitive. The School Health Education Topics Notification and Opt-Out Protocol, in compliance with state laws, ensures you have access to the health education topics scheduled for your child’s class and the ability to choose whether or not to opt your child out of certain topics.
Please see a link to the complete letter below:
Note: We will also be sending this letter home as a standalone letter.
Throughout the week of September 18, 2023, BMS students and staff members are encouraged to perform random acts of kindness and say hi to people you may have never interacted with throughout our BMS learning community.
BMS Picture Day:
BMS Picture Day is scheduled for Wednesday, September 27, 2023. Order forms are available in cluster teacher classrooms or the front office. Online orders are welcome at coffeepond.com.
RISAS Parent Newsletter:
Please click here for the Rhode Island Student Assistance September Newsletter!
Save the Date: Learn About the Future of Barrington Schools:
The Barrington School Building Committee is hosting a series of community meetings in preparation for Stage II of its Necessity of School Construction application. Each meeting will include a short presentation and community discussion. This is an opportunity for you to learn about the future of school construction projects in Barrington that address the District's facilities needs.
These events are open to all Barrington community members. You are encouraged to attend the meeting date that best fits your schedule. For those unable to attend in person, all meetings will be livestreamed and recordings will be made available to watch on replay.
~ BMS Activity Corner ~
The first meeting will take place on Monday, September 18 in room 1202 at 7:45am. All students are welcome to come and learn how to invest and make money. Sign-up Link.
BMS Fall Enrichment:
BMS Fall Enrichment will be live for families to register on myschoolbucks.com on Tuesday September 19, 2023 at 6PM. If you have any questions about registration please email Ms. Kara Scanlon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BMS Fall Tennis:
BMS Fall tennis is continuing for the next few weeks. All abilities and grade levels may sign up for any day (but please limit your student's sign up to one day per week). There will be six weeks of tennis total (this is the sign-up for week 2) and each week will focus on a different set of skills culminating in some games between classmates. There is no cost to participate! There will be a new sign-up link in the Connected Newsletter each week so keep an eye out for that. You must sign-up each week if you are interested. Please reach out to Riley Spillane (email@example.com) with any questions.
~ BMS Spotlight on Learning ~
This week, we would like to shine our BMS Spotlight on Mrs. Lema and our summer MAD Squad. Thank you for your dedication to the BMS Garden all summer. They raised various squash, green beans, lettuce, and kale which are all still growing strong. (Nominated by Ms. Texiera)
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 Older but Current News ~
~ BMS Standing Items ~
This year, each week we would like to invite all of our students to join BMS Faculty/Staff in showing BMS pride and school spirit by the following:
Barrington Lions Club Peace Poster Contest:
For over three decades, Lions clubs around the globe have been sponsoring a very special art contest in schools and youth groups. Creating peace posters gives children everywhere the chance to express their visions of peace and inspire the world through art and creativity, bringing peace to the world one child at a time. Please click here for the informational poster and rules. Submissions due by October 27, 2023.
Barrington Day of Caring:
Monday, October 9, 2023 from Noon - 4:00 pm
Barrington Day of Caring is a community-wide event with volunteers consisting of individuals, families, friends, or teams who are mobilized to work with the residents of Barrington to provide much-needed support and assistance.
Town and local civic leaders partner together to organize the event. Along the way, relationships are built as volunteers work together by getting to know one another and the neighbors they serve. No skill set is needed to volunteer. However, your expertise is welcomed.
Questions or concerns? Email us at dayofcaringRI@gmail.com
More info: www.barrington.ri.gov/326/Day-of-Caring
Community Bike Path Painting Event:
This creative community painting event will feature:
– Volunteers can sign up in advance – using the Online Form at www.barrington.ri.gov/communitypainting
through Thursday, September 21, 2023 at noon, or in-person the day of the event.
The Barrington YMCA is offering two clubs starting soon! Call 401-245-2444 for more information.
The Dungeons and Dragons club will meet on Friday evenings from 5:00 to 6:15 pm starting on Friday, September 8, 2023 to Friday, October 27, 2023.
Magic the Gathering club will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:15 to 7:00 pm starting on Tuesday, September 5, 2023 to October 24, 2023.
For the Birds...
A collaboration with Barrington Middle School & The Land Trust
Join us at our Kick-Off Event on Thursday, October 5 @ 6:30 PM in the Barrington Town Library Teen Room
Crafts, Snacks, Timeline of events to come
Unveiling of our “smart” birdhouse
Raffle & more!
*Inspired by the book, Where have all the Birds Gone? by Rebecca E. Hirsch
Barrington Youth Basketball Association:
REGISTRATION OPEN! Visit www.bybahoops.com to REGISTER!
The Recreational League Program allows youth who are both new to the game and experienced and are interested in learning the fundamentals, to continue to learn new skills, while participating in a fun atmosphere. This commitment is optimal for families who travel on weekends during the winter months, but whose child is still interested in playing the sport of basketball. Playing time will be equal among all players.
The season will begin November 27th and end with a tournament on February 17 th . Divisions in the recreational league program will be divided by grades (3/4), (5/6), (7/8). Each team will have a one hour practice during the week and a game on Saturday.
**Early Bird Special $25 OFF if register before September 15 th **
The Competitive Travel Program provides an opportunity for players in Grades 3-8 that have experience playing basketball, advanced skills, and are seeking an opportunity to play in a highly competitive league. Players and families must be willing to make an increased time commitment for practice and games.
TRYOUTS are scheduled for the weeks of September 18th and 25th with two sessions per grade.
Attendance at both tryout dates is strongly encouraged, and a third date may be offered if there are
extenuating circumstances. A tryout schedule is posted on the league website. There will be a $40 fee to register for tryouts, if your child does not make the team, it will be refunded. The season begins the week before Thanksgiving and runs until mid-March. All teams will play in post-season tournament. Players are required to participate in 70% of Recreational League practices. An exception will be made for players on the Middle School Team. Registration for this league includes the Recreational League Fee!
Must register before September 16 th to be eligible for tryouts!
**Scholarships are available upon request**
Coaching Opportunities Available! Please register on the league website for consideration!