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BMS Connected Learning Newsletter 2.22.2021
Andrew Anderson
Monday, February 22, 2021

Barrington Middle School 

“We are BMS”

BMS Connected Learning Newsletter: February 22, 2021

The BMS Learning Community is Respectful, Responsible, and Ready to Excel! 

Mission:

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.

BMS New Information

BMS Upcoming Events:

  • BMS Best Buddies Activity: Wednesday, February 24th

Week of February 21, 2021:

Monday 2/22

Tuesday 2/23

Wednesday 2/24

Thursday 2/25

Friday 2/26

Blue Day

Even

Monday schedule- all classes

Blue Day

Odd

Tuesday Block Schedule

Blue Day

Even

Wednesday Block Schedule

Gold Day

Odd

Thursday Block Schedule

Gold Day

Even

Friday Block Schedule

BMS Daily Calendar 2020 - 2021 (Updated 12/29/2020)

 

BMS Variety Show: 

If you have not yet had the opportunity to watch this year’s BMS Variety Show, I encourage you to pop some popcorn, sit back and relax, and enjoy the amazing talent. Below you will find a link to the video: 

BMS Variety Show: 2021

 

Canvas Parent Tutorial Video: 

Over the past few months, we have received feedback from parents regarding Canvas and how to best navigate Canvas as a parent. Linked below you will find a Canvas Parent Tutorial created by our BMS Canvas Ambassadors. A special thanks to Mr. Chris Keller for putting the video together. 

BMS Canvas Parent Tutorial Video

 

Eagle Gazette: 

Please see a link to our most recent issue of our school newspaper the Eagle Gazette. Great work to the Eagle Gazette staff for yet again, an amazing publication. 

Eagle Gazette 

 

BMS Library Trivia Links: 

Our library trivia continues. Please see a link to this week’s trivia. 

Monday 2/22

Tuesday 2/23

Wednesday 2/24

Thursday 2/25

Friday 2/26

 

 

BiNax Testing Schedule: 

BMS continues to implement their full Asymptomatic testing schedule for those who are 12 years and older who wish to be tested. Testing will begin promptly at 8:20 am in the BMS Student Union. When students who are testing arrive at school, they are to report to the student union. Please note that students will not be called down to the student union, they are to independently report to the student union the day of their scheduled test. One time consent to test must be completed prior to testing: Barrington Middle School BiNax Consent Form

 

  • Monday: Staff and Distance Learning Athletes 

  • Tuesday: Grade 6 (Aqua Cluster) and 7th/8th Grade Blue Group (A-D)

  • Wednesday: Grade 6 (Yellow Cluster) and 7th/8th Grade Blue Group (E-K)

  • Thursday: Grade 6 (Lime Cluster) and 7th/8th Grade Gold Group (L-Q)

  • Friday: 7th/8th Grade Gold Group (R-Z)

Note: BMS Winter Student Athletes who are not Distance Learners will report to testing on their designated testing day. 

Please see a link to our school’s plan. 

BMS Cover Letter for BiNax Testing 

 

Pick Up Times and Back Parking Lot: 

This is a friendly reminder of our pick-up times for our students. We do ask that families adhere to these times as best as possible as it reduces the number of vehicles waiting in line at one time. 

 

Trimester 2

(12/16 - 3/25)

Trimester 3

(3/26 - 6/25)

Dismissal Rotation 

3:00

Razz

Blue

Green 

3:07

Lime 

Orange

Red

3:14

Yellow

Aqua

Purple

3:00

Yellow

Aqua

Purple

3:07

Razz

Blue

Green 

3:14

Lime 

Orange

Red

 

In addition, if you are picking up in the back parking lot, we ask that your child does not walk across the driveway to a waiting car. Please pull all the way around and pick your child up in the loading zone along the sidewalk. Furthermore, we ask that families do not pull into the kitchen parking lot to turn around/cut the line, as this has the potential for an accident. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. 

BMS 2021 Yearbook Information:

We are excited to announce that this year we will have a BMS Yearbook! Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year, we will not be having our traditional school pictures, but rather we will be calling on each of you to help populate the yearbook with your picture. Please see the link below for important information and instructions.

How to Upload A Student Photo to the 2021 BMS Yearbook

How to Order the 2021 BMS Yearbook

It is important to note that we do have a hard deadline for photos to be uploaded. Photos need to be uploaded by March 31, 2021. Unfortunately, there will be no extensions to this deadline. Please see Mr. Kearns in room 2221 or email (kearnsb@barringtonschools.org) him with any questions. 

 

BMS Best Buddies:

Our February Best Buddies Activity will be taking place on Wednesday, February 24th at 4:00pm.  If you are interested in participating please complete the google form below.  Once you have registered, a zoom link will be sent to you at 3:15pm on Wednesday prior to the activity.  

Sign up for our BMS Best Buddies February Activity

 

BMS Extra Curricular Opportunities

  • Intro to Engineering on Zoom- Wednesdays Feb 24-April 14, 4-5pm, $50, www.myschoolbucks.com and also email Mrs. Texeira at texeiraj@barringtonschools.org

  • NEW!- Free Theater Workshop https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0448A5AC22A4FB6-join- Wed, Feb 24, 4-5pm Zoom;   Sign up for this unique opportunity to interact with award-winning Troubadour Theatre Company members from Los Angeles, who will introduce Shakespeare through a hysterical modern lens.This virtual "field trip" promises to be an experience you won't forget (and you might impress your teachers afterwards!).  Be prepared to laugh till it hurts as the Troubies break the "fourth wall" and blow up ZOOM. Be there-eth or be square-eth. 

 

BMS Standing Items

BMS Spotlight on Learning: 

This week we would like to shine our BMS Spotlight on Mrs. Elaine Van Leer, Wesley Van Leer, and all of our BMS Variety Show Performers for their contributions to the amazing BMS Variety Show. The week prior to break, we premiered the 2021 BMS Variety Show. Thank you to Mrs. Van Leer for organizing and producing the show, thank you to Wesley for editing the show together, and finally thank you to all of the performers for sharing your amazing talents with our learning community. 

Do you know of a BMS Faculty/Staff 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 Fast Five 2/1/2021: 

Please click the link for this week’s BMS Fast Five! 5 things about BMS in less than 5 minutes! 

BMS Fast Five 2/22/2021

Book Bites:

Need a book to read?  Our awesome BMS Media Center staff recommends 6 books each week!  The recommended book list is available through blog form at http://www.mrsmelanieroy.com/ and also at our virtual bookshelf form: https://bit.ly/3lW9Q5e 

BMS Media Center Newsletter:

Click here for the monthly BMS Media Center newsletter!

 

BMS Daily Calendar 2020-2021 (updated 12/29/2020): 

Please see a link to our to our updated BMS Daily Calendar 2020 - 2021: BMS Daily Calendar 2020 - 2021 (Updated 12/29/2020)

 

BMS Daily Announcements: 

Linked below you will find some exciting information regarding our daily BMS announcements and student groups at BMS! In addition to being featured in our weekly Connected Learning Newsletters, you can also find important student information in our BMS Morning Announcement spreadsheet linked below: 

BMS Morning Announcements 

Barrington Community Information 

COVID-19 Related Standing Items

Student Daily Attestation Weekly Reminder: 

This is just a weekly reminder that you must screen your child for temperature, other symptoms, and risk factors for COVID-19 each day before sending them to the bus or building. 

  • If the student has any signs of illness or risk factors, they will remain at home, and the parent/guardian will contact the school nurse. 

  • Barrington Public Schools requires you to use the Student attestation form daily to screen your child.  

  • Please see this link for additional information. Student Attestation

Change from Distance Learning to In-Person Learning:  

We ask that if you decide to switch learning models, that you continue to email me but I also request that you complete linked form: Student Learning Model Change Request 

 

In-Person Participating in Distance Learning:  

An in-person student should only be participating in distance learning under three conditions.  

  • The first condition is your child is sick and not able to come to school in-person but is still able to participate in class.  

  • The second condition is if your child is quarantined due to a household member having Covid-19 symptoms or has tested positive for Covid-19.  

  • The third condition is if your child is required to quarantine per RIDOH guidelines. 

Distance learning should not be used as a tool for your child not to come to school for reasons other than listed above.  If your child fits one of the three conditions above, please call the school to notify them of the circumstance, and it is also recommended to email the teachers before the start of the school day so they can make sure they are prepared for an additional distance learning student. If your child does not fit into one of the three conditions above, the teachers will not let them into their Zoom class.

Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing at BMS: 

BMS continues to  implement their full Asymptomatic testing schedule for those who are 12 years and older who wish to be tested. Testing will begin promptly at 8:20 am in the BMS Student Union. One time consent to test must be completed prior to testing: Barrington Middle School BiNax Consent Form

  • Monday: Staff and Distance Learning Athletes 

  • Tuesday: Grade 6 (Aqua Cluster) and 7th/8th Grade Blue Group (A-D)

  • Wednesday: Grade 6 (Yellow Cluster) and 7th/8th Grade Blue Group (E-K)

  • Thursday: Grade 6 (Lime Cluster) and 7th/8th Grade Gold Group (L-Q)

  • Friday: 7th/8th Grade Gold Group (R-Z)

Please see a link to our school’s plan. 

BMS Cover Letter for BiNax Testing 

Learning Model Change Request:

We ask that if you decide to switch learning models, that you complete the linked form below, as well as email your school’s principal. If your child needs to quarantine upon return from a vacation, we do ask that you change learning models for 4 weeks by completing and submitting the form below. Please note that your child will commit to the learning model for a minimum of 4 weeks.

Student Learning Model Change Request 

Distance Learning Start Date 

Earliest Re-entry Date 

Week of December 21, 2020

Week of January 25, 2021

Week of December 28, 2020

Week of January 25, 2021

Week of January 4, 2021

Week of February 1, 2021

Week of January 11, 2021

Week of February 8, 2021

Week of January 18, 2021

Week of February 22, 2021

(note: school vacation week is February 15, 2021)

Week of January 25, 2021

Week of March 1, 2021

Week of February 1, 2021

Week of March 8, 2021

Week of February 8, 2021

Week of March 15, 2021

Week of February 15, 2021

(school vacation week of February 15, 2021)

Week of March 22, 2021

Week of February 22, 2021

Week of March 22, 2021

Week of March 1, 2021

Week of March 29, 2021

Week of March 8, 2021

Week of April 5, 2021

Week of March 15, 2021

Week of April 12, 2021

Week of March 22, 2021

Week of April 26, 2021

(school vacation week is April 19, 2021)

Week of March 29, 2021

Week of May 3, 2021

Week of April 5, 2021

Week of May 10, 2021

Week of April 12, 2021

Week of May 17, 2021

Week of April 19, 2021

(school vacation week of April 19, 2021)

Week of May 24, 2021

Week of April 26, 2021

Week of May 24, 2021

Week of May 3, 2021

Week of May 31, 2021

Week of May 10, 2021

Week of June 7, 2021

Week of May 17, 2021

Week of June 14, 2021

Week of May 24, 2021

Week of June 21, 2021

Week of May 31, 2021

Week of June 21, 2021