Barrington Middle School

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BMS Connected Learning Newsletter: May 18, 2022

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.

Important Dates:

  • Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - Virtual 5th Grade Family Info Night from 6:00 - 7:00 pm

  • Monday, May 30, 2022 - No School/Memorial Day

  • Thursday, June 2, 2022- One Amazing Night at BMS from 5:00pm - 7:30pm

  • Tuesday, June 7, 2022 - Spring Chorus Concert at 7:00 pm

  • Thursday, June 9, 2022 - Spring Band Concert at 7:00 pm

  • Thursday, June 23, 2022 - 8th Grade Bridging Ceremony from 1:00 - 2:00 pm

  • Thursday, June 23, 2022 - Last day of school for students

Stay Connected with BMS:

This Week’s Schedule: 

Week of May 18, 2022







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Grade 6 Block

Grades 7&8 Nonblock Even

Grade 6 Block

Grades 7&8 Nonblock Odd

BMS Spotlight on Learning!

This week, we would like to shine our BMS Spotlight on Mrs. Kathy Bulman and Mrs. Lynn Vargas. Sometimes arranging for daily coverages can be a challenging task. Luckily, we have Kathy and Lynn to help! Both Kathy and Lynn are so organized and are there to do whatever is asked of them to ensure that our students are properly supervised. I am grateful to work with such wonderful people. Thank you, Kathy and Lynn, for everything you do to support me, our students, and to help BMS run smoothly!

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 

~New Items~

The following items are new to this week’s newsletter! 

Memorial Day Speech: 

Attention students! We have a unique opportunity for students to participate in an exciting essay writing contest. Winners of the contest will have an opportunity to read their speech during our Town’s Memorial Day Parade events. We are asking for submissions to be emailed/shared with Dr. Anderson by Monday, May 23, 2022. The essay prompt found below: 


Prompt: In a multi-paragraph DOUBLE SPACED essay (2-5 paragraphs), answer the following: What does Memorial Day teach us about service and sacrifice?  How can we embrace these ideals in our own lives? Word count: 500-750 words


Note: students were informed of this exciting opportunity during their ELA and SS classes. 

Gettysburg Address: 

Attention Students! We are looking for one student to read the Gettysburg Address during the Town’s Memorial Day Parade events. If you are interested in reading the Gettysburg Address, please email Dr. Anderson by Monday, May 23, 2022. 

Cluster Preference Form/Information: 

I can’t believe we are at the point of the year where we are getting ready to transition from this school year to the next school year. On Thursday, May 19, 2022, we will be sending home Cluster Preference Form/Information to our families. These forms will be due by Wednesday, June 1, 2022. 

Did you read a good book? 

Students and Staff, please consider creating a one-minute video talking up a book you’ve enjoyed reading from the BMS Library. Here is the Flipgrid code to join. Videos are due by Friday, May 27th. Thanks for helping recommend the next great read to the BMS community!

One Amazing Night:

BMS is excited to be hosting its One Amazing Night fundraiser evening again!  Please join the BMS learning community for our only fundraiser of the year on Thursday, June 2 from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm!  The night includes academic showcases, choral and band performances, an obstacle course, henna tattoos, an opportunity to practice opening a locker, student art exhibits, our annual Book Fair, diverse food options and much more!  Many events are free and the BMS building will be open to host many of our activities, including our brand new auditorium.  Food items and some activities will require tickets that are available for purchase that evening. (Please note, this is not a drop-off event.)

Volunteer Opportunities: 

We are planning some pretty exciting events for our 8th-grade students. Linked below you will find a sign-up genius to help support/volunteer to make these activities extra special. Thank you in advance for considering.

BMS Community Garden- Volunteer Interest

Would you like to help create the new BMS Community Garden?  Please click here for the signupgenius!   Additional opportunities to interact with the garden will be available at a later date.

Questions about the garden?

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! 

To bring attention to this important cause, BMS is holding a Mental Health Awareness week (May 16-May 20). Throughout the week, there are opportunities for students to take 15-minutes to practice a different skill that can positively impact their own mental health. The daily events are as follows: 

Monday: Students have an opportunity to visit a Relaxation Station/ Sensory Room that will be set up in the conference room in the Counseling Office

Tuesday: Blowing bubbles outside to practice breathing regulation

Wednesday: Creating art collaboratively: students will create a collaborative art piece 

Thursday: Outdoor scavenger hunt: students go outside to explore nature as a tool for grounding 

Friday: Random acts of kindness day: an opportunity to perform a random act of kindness will be presented during all lunch periods

In addition to the opportunities for practice, there will be facts, tips, and tricks shared on the morning show each day. Feel free to check out our info here:

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Rodrigues at

Empty Bowls Event:

As part of BMS One Amazing Night (Thursday, June 2 from 5-7:30), the BMS Art Department will be hosting an Empty Bowls Event. Art students have made ceramic bowls throughout the year as a reminder of the many empty bowls that exist in households around the world as many families fight hunger. For a suggested donation of $5, beautiful handmade ceramic bowls will be given to you as you enjoy soup generously donated by Blount Fine Foods. All proceeds go to the Rhode Island Food Bank.