Barrington Middle School

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BMS Connected Learning Newsletter: Week of 10.2.2022

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, स्वागत हे, స్వాగతం, வரவேற்பு, 

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

Message from Dr. A: 

This week was an exciting week at BMS. We began our new advisory program. Students were arranged by grade level in small groups of 10 to 12 students and assigned to an advisor (BMS Faculty or Staff member). Students will be meeting with their advisory group twice a month from 10:20 to 10:40 am. BMS Advisory is a school-wide program focused on building relationships amongst/with students and expanding their networks of trusted adults. Please see some additional information below. 

Important Dates:

  • No School - Monday, October 10, 2022 - Indigenous Peoples’ Day

  • Parent Learning Walk - Monday, October 17, 2022

  • BMS Unity Day - Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - wear orange to show unity for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion 

  • 6th/7th Grade Sports Night: Friday, October 21, 2022 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm 

Stay Connected with BMS:

BMS Weekly Schedule

Week of October 1, 2022:
















No School

Yom Kippur

Gr. 6 Even Block 

Gr. 7&8 


Gr. 6 Odd Block 

Gr. 7&8 Non-block

What is New at BMS! 

(note: the following information is new)


This week, we began our new advisory program for the 2022 - 2023 school year. Our students were placed by grade level in small groups of 10 - 12 students with an advisor. 

BMS Advisory is a school-wide program focused on building relationships amongst/with students and expanding their networks of trusted adults. 

Students will meet with their advisory groups twice a month on Mondays from 10:20 am to 10:40 am. 

Parent Learning Walk:

Dr. Anderson will be hosting several “Family Learning Walks” throughout the year to provide an opportunity for families to see Project Based Learning in action and to get a glimpse of the life of a BMS student. Our first visit is scheduled for Monday, October 17, 2022. Register for this and other Parent Learning Walk dates on this form.  We will need to limit it to 20 parents, and it will be a first come, first served basis. Please note, this visit is not to your child’s classroom, but rather to see teaching and learning happening throughout the school. 

Canvas/Aspen Family Information: 

Last week, during our Open House, we hosted a Canvas/Aspen Family Information Session that was well attended. Below you will find the information reviewed that evening. The links will bring you to useful information to learn more about these informative tools. 

BMS Canvas/Aspen Family Overview (Slide Deck) 

BMS Canvas/Aspen Family Overview (Video) 



Technology Support

BMS Movie Club:

Does your student like movies? Would they like to talk about movies after school? The BMS Movie Club will be meeting monthly after school in the library from 3:20 pm - 4:10 pm. On Thursday, October 13th we will be talking about The Wizard of Oz. Check your public library for a DVD copy, or your favorite streaming services. Fill out this form if you plan on attending. Please email Mr. Altieri or Mrs. Roy if you have any questions.

BMS Community Service Group:

The BMS Community Service group is sponsoring its first community outreach of the year.  Please donate the following items from now until this Friday, October 7th. Collection boxes are available in classrooms or in the office. 

6th Grade:  Boxed Items:  Pancake mix, Pasta, Rice

7th Grade:  Canned foods:  Soups, Fruits, Veggies

8th Grade:  Cereal or Snack Bars

BMS Yearbook Club:

Students can now join the Yearbook Club.  If they are interested in helping to produce this year’s BMS yearbook, contact Mr. Kearns at  Meetings are on the 1st & 3rd Monday of every month from 8:00-8:30 A.M. in room 2221.

BMS Student Council:

Students can now join the Student Council.  If they are interested, contact Mr. Kearns at  Meetings are on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of every month from 8:00-8:30 A.M. in room 2221.

BMS Investment Club:

The BMS Investment Club meets on Monday mornings from 7:45 to 8:20 in Mrs. Polando's room, Room #1202. All students are welcome. Please contact Mrs. Polando if you have any questions (

BMS Yearbook:

Time to order your BMS Yearbook!

  1. Visit

  2. Click on tab “Yearbook”, then Yearbook Order.

  3. Password:  BMS23

BMS Yearbook - 8th Grade Baby Pictures:

It’s tradition!  See how much the 8th graders have grown! Each year we have pages in the yearbook dedicated to 8th grade baby/toddler pictures and it’s always fun to see how far they’ve come.  Please complete this form and upload your child's baby/toddler photo directly. To avoid confusion, please ensure only one photo is uploaded per student.

PLEASE NOTE: You need to be signed into your or your child's gmail account. If not, you will not be able to upload the photo.

CoffeePond Picture Day Follow-up:

Picture Day on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 went very smoothly.  Picture packages are expected to be delivered to BMS in about 4 to 6 weeks.  Picture retake day will be on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 if you'd like to have your student's picture redone (or if they were absent on September 28).  Please send in your picture package with your student on that day. 

If you have any questions about ordering, reordering or just in general, please contact CoffeePond directly at 800-632-2323, extension 0 or email  We cannot accept paper orders in school any longer but it is not too late to order.  Contact CoffeePond at the numbers above.

Oldies but Goodies

(note: information previously seen, but still relevant)

Drop-off/Pick-up Instructions:

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 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.

PTO Corner: 

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:

  • Join the PTO: Become a member of the BMS PTO for $20 through our BMS online store. Proceeds go directly to the school and PTO programs and membership is required to vote at PTO meetings.

  • Volunteers needed: We are in great need of volunteers for the board (President, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary) and committees (Book Fair, Hospitality, Fundraising, One Amazing Night, Variety Show, 8th Grade Celebration). Please email if interested or with any questions with no pressure to commit.

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 on Kyle, Christain Smith, and Lucas Enos for DJing our first Sports Night of the year! Thank you for providing the music and getting the students to dance! 

This week, we would like to shine our BMS Spotlight on the Making a Difference Squad for their Kindness Gram campaign. The M.A.D. Squad raised nearly 400.00 in Kindness Grams and all proceeds will be going to an organization that supports suicide prevention. Each month, the money raised from the Kindness Grams will go to a local charity. Great work M.A.D Squad Students and Teachers! 

This week, we would like to shine our BMS Spotlight on our Allied Art teachers! Thank you for sharing your talents and passion. Thank you for creating an environment where students can make connections, create, and explore. The BMS Learning Community is lucky to have such amazing teachers! A few of them are found below sharing their school spirit! 

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 

Around Town

(Community News)

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)


Register at  or click here for the informational flier


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.