Barrington Middle School
BMS Connected Learning Newsletter: Week of 9.25.2022
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.
Hoşgeldiniz, benvenuto, bienvenidos, bienvenu, 欢迎, mirëseardhje, ברוך הבא, xoş gəlmisiniz, 환영하다, добро пожаловать, خوش آمدید
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.
Message from Dr. A:
We look forward to seeing you this Thursday (September 29, 2022) at our BMS Open House. On Wednesday, September 28, 2022, your child will be coming home from school with a copy of their schedule to follow Thursday evening.
Order of Events:
Stay Connected with BMS:
BMS Weekly Schedule
Week of September 25, 2022:
What is New at BMS!
(note: the following information is new)
BMS Open House:
On Thursday, September 29, 2022, BMS would like to invite you to our Open House. The 6th and 7th/8th Grade Schedules are slightly different as we will be providing our 6th-grade families with a Canvas/Aspen overview prior to the evening starting and the 7th/8th-grade families with a Canvas/Aspen overview at the end of the evening. Students will be bringing their schedules home from school on Wednesday, September 28, 2022.
6th Grade Schedule:
7th/8th Grade Schedule:
BMS Picture Day:
Picture day will be Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at BMS. Coffee Pond will be our photographers this year. Click here for easy online ordering information. Paper order forms are also available in your student’s core classes or in the office.
Did you know that independent reading at BMS is “trending?.” At BMS we are working towards building a culture and a love for independent reading. All students are asked to carry with them an independent reading book. Throughout the day/week students will be provided with uninterrupted time to read their independent reading book. Please be on the lookout for more information from your child’s cluster/teachers.
Chromebook Insurance Update:
The option to purchase Chromebook insurance is extended until October 2nd. There are options for purchasing insurance for one, two, or three years to cover things like accidental damage and theft that would otherwise be the responsibility of the family. If you are interested in purchasing optional insurance for your student’s Chromebook, please click here for more
On Monday, October 3, 2022 at 3:15 pm. All are welcome to meet at the BMS garden to chat with experts from the Land Conservation Trust about our native pollinator plants.
BMS Best Buddies:
Any BMS student is invited to join our BMS Best Buddies program! Steps to sign up to be in our Best Buddies chapter may be found at this link: Sign Up Now!
All students are invited to the Best Buddies events. These will be held every fourth Wednesday of the month in the cafeteria from 3:15-4:15 pm. Join BMS Best Buddies to celebrate friendship and inclusion while playing games, doing crafts, and having fun!
BMS Best Buddies Sign Up! Check with your parents/guardians and then fill out the application. Please apply prior to October 15, 2022.
Leadership Opportunities: Secretary, Treasurer, Events Coordinator. Please apply below if you are interested.
Complete the google form by October 15, 2022.
Videos to Watch:
What to expect at BMS Best Buddies: Enjoy!
BMS Newcomers Program:
Is your family new to the Barrington Middle School Community?
If you have recently moved to Barrington or your child has transferred to Barrington Middle School from another school district or from a private school, check out this opportunity!
We know how overwhelming it can be for kids to change schools. To assist in this transition, we are offering newcomers groups for students during the school day to orient them to what BMS has to offer.
I am in the process of checking in with all newcomers and giving them a form for parents/guardians to review. If you’d like your student to participate, your son/daughter may be eligible to participate in a newcomer’s group, as available. I look forward to connecting with you. In the meantime, feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns:
Kelley Clancy, LMHC
Phone: 401-247-3160 ext. 1036
New Volunteer Orientation:
If you are a new volunteer in any Barrington Public School, have completed a BCI, and have
never attended a Volunteer Orientation in our district, it is required that you do so prior to
volunteering. Please plan to attend one of the following New Volunteer Orientation sessions:
Tuesday, October 4: BMS - 6:00pm
Thursday, October 6: Sowams - 9:00am
Friday, October 7: Primrose - 9:00am
Tuesday, October 11:Nayatt - 9:00am
You may attend any orientation. It does not have to be at your child’s current school.
If you are unable to attend a scheduled session, you must contact Barrington Public Schools
Volunteer Coordinator, Anita DiMatteo (DiMatteoA@barringtonschools.org) to schedule an orientation.
This past Tuesday, Commissioner Infante-Green visited Barrington Middle School and awarded the school with the Green Ribbon Recognition. This is a great recognition for the entire community as it highlights the work and investment that has gone into making BMS an energy-efficient, high quality learning environment. Please view some pictures below highlighting Commissioner Infante-Green’s visit.
The students featured in this picture represent our Community Service Club, Student Council, Climate Change, and Garden Club.
Commissioner Infante-Green visits Mr. Blasi’s Science class, as students were conducting a lab focusing on the importance of data and observation.
Oldies but Goodies
(note: information previously seen, but still relevant)
If you choose to drop-off and pick-up your student from BMS, please see this map for directions. Please note that the last early dismissal of the day is at 2:45 pm.
Early Pick-Up Reminders:
Notes or emails to firstname.lastname@example.org 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, even with permission by note. ID and a physical presence is required to dismiss your student early. Please click here for full details about dismissing your student early from school.
Welcome to the new school year from the BMS PTO! We are excited for the new year and a return to many of the events and activities that have been missed over the past couple of years. Here are a few PTO updates to start off the year:
Let’s Celebrate our Amazing Learning Community
(note: below you will find our standing/weekly BMS Spotlight on Learning)
BMS Spotlight on Learning:
This week, we would like to shine our BMS Spotlight Reagan Pires and Samantha Drury. While leaving school on Friday afternoon, Reagan and Samantha came to the rescue to help Mrs. Texeira and Mr. Henderson. Mrs. Texeira was packing her car to bring food to Tap-In (Thank you, Mrs. T) and several apples fell out of a box and rolled through the parking lot. Reagan and Samantha got off their bikes and helped both teachers pick up the apples. They were the only two among a handful of students to stop and help. While it may have seemed like a small deed, it was a great show of kindness and support. Thank you Reagan and Samantha for spreading your kindness.
This week, we would also like to shine our BMS Spotlight on Barbara Nozaki. Every morning Mrs. Nozaki brings the positivity with her dj and dance skills. One of the first encounters of students and families is Mrs. Nozaki’s enthusiastic greetings and catchy tunes. This gets the day started on the right foot for everyone. Thank you, Mrs. Nozaki, for always bringing the energy, passion, and fun starts each day!
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.
Community Flu Clinics:
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
4:00pm – 8:00pm
Cafeteria of Sowams School
364 Sowams Road
Barrington, RI 02806
Thursday, November 3, 2022
4:00pm – 8:00pm
Cafeteria of Barrington High School
220 Lincoln Avenue
Barrington, RI 02806
Participants: Community Clinic (ages 3 and up)
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 first and second informational posters.