Barrington Middle School

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BMS Connected Learning Newsletter: Week of 9.17.2023

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, স্বাগত, καλως ΗΡΘΑΤΕ, ಸ್ವಾಗತ

 , مرحباً

To BMS! 

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. 

Let’s Celebrate the Languages Spoken at BMS

Important Dates:

  • BMS Start with Hello Week - Monday, September 18 - Friday, September 22, 2023

  • Yom Kippur observed/No School - Monday, September 25, 2023

  • Picture Day - Wednesday, September 27, 2023

  • BMS Open House- Thursday, September 28, 2023 

Stay Connected with BMS:

~ BMS Current and Relevant News ~

BMS Start With Hello Week:

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. 

  • Monday, September 18 - Positive Message Day  Wear a shirt with a positive, uplifting message!

  • Tuesday, September 19 - Mental Health Awareness Day  Wear Green

  • Wednesday, September 20 - Wear Tie Dye and Wave Hi! Students are encouraged to wear tie dye and wave hi to someone new. 

  • Thursday, September 21 - Cluster Color Day! Show unity within your cluster by wearing your cluster color!

  • Friday, September 22 - Wear Your Blue and Gold Day  Wear your Blue and Gold to show unity and inclusion at BMS!

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

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.   

  • Wednesday, September 20 at Barrington Middle School (6:00-8:00 PM)

  • Thursday, October 5 at Barrington Middle School (6:00-8:00 PM)

  • Saturday, October 21 at Barrington Middle School (12:00-2:00 PM)

  • Wednesday, October 25 at Barrington Middle School (6:00-8:00 PM)

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 Open House Schedule: 

The BMS Open House will be during the evening of Thursday, September 28, 2023.  This evening is for adults only.  We welcome caregivers to open house during the following times:

  • 6th grade caregivers::  5:30 pm to 7:50 pm

  • 7th grade caregivers:  6:00 pm to 8:20 pm

  • 8th grade caregivers:  6:00 pm to 8:20 pm

BPS Gun Safety Message:

We would like to take this opportunity to remind families of the importance of firearm safety and gun storage. Evidence strongly suggests that secure firearm storage is essential to any effective strategy to keep schools and students safe. Research also shows that secure firearm storage practices are associated with up to an 85 percent reduction in the risk of unintentional firearm injuries among children and teens. Barrington Public Schools is committed to providing a safe and secure learning environment for all students and urges families to read the linked information regarding firearm safety and storage so that we may partner in keeping our community safe.

~ BMS Activity Corner ~

Best Buddies Back to School Bash and National Award Presentation!

Our first school wide event to celebrate inclusion and friendship! 

Who: All BMS students are invited!

When: Wednesday, September 27th at 3:15-4:15 pm

Where: Student Union

What: Awards ceremony to celebrate Barrington Middle School's award:

National Outstanding Middle School of the Year!

If you want to join Best Buddies, please sign up here: Best Buddies Sign Up- Click Here

We can't wait to see you there!

Investment Club:

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 on Tuesday September 19, 2023 at 6PM.  If you have any questions about registration please email Ms. Kara Scanlon at 

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 3) 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 ( with any questions.

BMS Chess Club:

Starting October 2, 2023

What: A fun and friendly hour of chess.

ALL abilities welcome!

When: Monday Afternoons from 3:25 -4:20pm

Where: Room 1202

We will have a few boards to share but  please bring your own if you can. Email  Mrs. Ellis with any questions:

BMS Science Olympiad:

Is your child interested in STEM, problem solving, and creative thinking? The BMS Science Olympiad Club may be a perfect fit for them! Science Olympiad gives students the opportunity to compete in team-based STEM competitions at the state and national level. To learn more, please attend the Zoom Parent Information Meeting on Tuesday, September 26th at 6:00 pm. (Zoom link will be included in next week’s Connected Learning Newsletter). You can also reach out to with any questions.

Meetings will be held in the 6th Grade Breakout Space every Wednesday from 3:15 to 4:15pm!

BMS Best Buddies:

Back to School Bash and National Award Presentation!

Our first school wide event to celebrate inclusion and friendship! 

Who: All BMS students are invited!

When: Wednesday, September 27th at 3:15-4:15 pm

Where: Student Union

What: Awards ceremony to  celebrate Barrington Middle School's award:

National Outstanding Middle School of the Year!

If you want to join Best Buddies, please sign up here: Best Buddies Sign Up- Click Here

We can't wait to see you there!

~ BMS Spotlight on Learning ~

This week, we would like to shine our BMS Spotlight on our BMS Morning Show! The BMS Morning show does a great job of keeping our community informed. It is a great working environment and really should be recognized for all the great work that it does.(Nominated by a BMS Student)

This week, we would like to shine our BMS Spotlight on Mrs. Place. I believe Mrs. Place deserves the BMS Spotlight because she is a kind and caring teacher who is very supportive and always makes me feel great. (Nominated by a BMS Student) 

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 

~ BMS Older but Current News ~

~ BMS Standing Items ~

BMS Procedures

  • Dropoff/Pick Up Process - If you choose to drop-off and pick-up your student from BMS, please see this map for directionsBus Eligibility Guidelines

  • Early Dismissal:  Handwritten notes brought to the office before homeroom or emails to are needed every time you need to dismiss your student prior to the end of school.  Middle School level students are not allowed to bike home early, even with permission by note.  ID and a physical presence is required to dismiss your student early. Please note that the last early dismissal of the day is at 2:45 pmPlease click here for full details about dismissing your student early from school.

  • Daily Announcements:  Click this link daily to find out important information about upcoming clubs, sports, enrichment activities and more!

BMS Pride: 

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: 

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

  • Wednesday College and Career Day- Faculty/staff and students are encouraged to wear their favorite university colors/names and/or support different careers, trades, and occupations. 

  • Thursday Cluster Color Day: Faculty/staff and Students are encouraged to proudly wear their cluster colors. 

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

Community News

Breast Cancer Fundraiser:

Hello Students, Family, Faculty, and Friends, 

My name is Kasey Dillon, I am a senior at Barrington High School. For my senior project, I wanted to combine my passion for volleyball and helping people. I am so excited to be hosting a breast cancer awareness fundraiser with pre-game day t-shirt sales and a game-day raffle during our volleyball home game on October 10th, 2023 at 6:30 pm vs Middletown! In light of October being breast cancer awareness month, I am hoping to raise $5,000 to donate towards breast cancer research. For every $150 we raise, one patient can receive a mammogram and access to basic care without fear of cost. I have set up a donation website with more information, but feel free to reach out to me with any questions. 

On October 10th, I would like to paint the town PINK. Please consider purchasing a special volleyball breast cancer awareness T-shirt. I plan to place the order on September 15th so please place your order by that day. Your t-shirt will count for your admission into the October 10th volleyball game! All t-shirts must be pre ordered ahead of time by clicking HERE (again, deadline is Friday, September 15th). Even if you can’t attend the game that day, it would be amazing to see these shirts around town on October 10th in support of breast cancer research. All profits from the night will go towards my donation goal!

Email me if you have any questions or concerns. I hope to see everyone at the match (BHS GYM, October 10th @6:30pm) and thank you for your purchase and donations! 

Come for a set, or come for the whole game…but most importantly come to support Breast Cancer Research! Please help me spread the word so we can help others. 

Thank you for your support,

Kasey Dillon

Class of ‘24

Barrington Girl Scout Registration Day:

Saturday, September 23rd, 11am to 1pm

Kids Kove Playground

281 County Road, Barrington (behind the library)

All girls in K-12th grade and their parents are invited to come discover what's great about Girl Scouts and register for the upcoming year!

Adults can participate in the fun too! Change the life of a Girl Scout by becoming a troop leader or a volunteer today!

Click here for more information.

Barrington Scouting:


Scouting features outdoor and family activities, adventure, fun, hands-on learning, friendship and strong values!

Multiple chances to visit us!

September 19 or October 3, 2023


461 County Rd, Barrington, RI

September 23, 2023 – 10:00-2:00PM

Barrington Town Hall

283 County Road, Barrington, RI

Questions? Contact Dara at Financial Aid available

$25 discount for new Scouts registration from September 1-23, 2023 ~ Use code JOIN25 at

Town of Barrington Logo Design Contest:

Current and past Barrington residents are invited to showcase their skills and creativity by submitting their own original ideas for the town logo.  The entry form and submission guidelines are available online at  Submission deadline is September 29, 2023 by noon.

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 Education Foundation:

Welcome back to school! BEF is looking for one parent liaison from each school to serve as a "bridge" for information shared between the school and our organization. If interested or would like more information, parents can email BEF at  We look forward to seeing you at the Open Houses! 

BEF is a local non-profit that champions extraordinary educational opportunities in BPS. The BEF board is volunteer based and provides funding for innovative, educational teacher grants, not ordinarily funded by the existing school budget.  Since 1992, with the help of our business partners and local community, BEF is able to serve all six Barrington Public Schools.

Please follow our pages on FB and Instagram to see our grants and happenings throughout the year. If you’d like to receive our monthly mailing, please send us an email request to:

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

More info:

Community Bike Path Painting Event:

This creative community painting event will feature:

  • Painting the “Wheel Crossing” design by artist Kathy Palazzo on the bike path connector, and chalk coloring for children.

  • A safety demonstration from the Barrington Police Department.

  • Snacks for participants, and more!

– Volunteers can sign up in advance – using the Online Form at

through Thursday, September 21, 2023 at noon, or in-person the day of the event.

YMCA Clubs:

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:


Recreational League Program:

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 **

Competitive Travel Program:

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!