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BMS Connected Learning Newsletter 3.22.2021
Andrew Anderson
Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Barrington Middle School 

“We are BMS”

BMS Connected Learning Newsletter: March 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:

  • March 30, 2021-BMS PTO Meeting, 7:00 pm, link will be added to the BMS calendar closer to the date

  • March 31, 2021- Student Yearbook photos need to be uploaded by this date

  • March 31, 2021- Best Buddies March Activity

Week of March 22, 2021:

Monday 3/22

Tuesday 3/23

Wednesday 3/24

Thursday 3/25

Friday 3/26

Monday

3/29

Gold Day 

Even

Students see 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

Gold Day

Odd

Students see all classes

 

BMS Daily Calendar 2020 - 2021 (Updated 3/14/2021)

 

Trimester 3 Lunch and Dismissal Rotation: 

Beginning March 26th we will be following the schedule below for dismissal.  It is important to note the new dismissal times if you are picking up your student to help with traffic.  

Trimester 1 

(9/15 - 12/15)

Trimester 2

(12/16 - 3/25)

Trimester 3

(3/26 - 6/25)

Lunch Rotation 

7th grade

11:18- Red 

11:50- Orange

12:20- Razz

8th grade

12:48- Green

1:18- Purple

1:48- Blue

7th grade

11:18- Razz

11:50- Red

12:20- Orange

8th grade

12:48- Blue

1:18- Green

1:48- Purple

7th grade

11:18- Orange

11:50- Razz

12:20- Red

8th grade

12:48- Purple

1:18- Blue

1:48- Green

Dismissal Rotation 

3:00

Lime 

Orange

Red

3:07

Yellow

Aqua

Purple

3:14

Razz

Blue

Green 

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

 

Morning Drop off:

Just a friendly reminder, as the nicer weather approaches we ask that when you drop off students in the morning you pull all the way forward to allow as many cars to drop off at one time.  It is helpful for students to have their masks on so they are ready to exit the car to expedite the process.  Please note, the school day begins at 8:40, the front and back doors close at this time.  Any student arriving after 8:40 will need to enter through the main entrance.  Thank you for your help with this. 

 

BMS Spirit Week:

Next Week, 3/29-4/1 we will be having a BMS Spirit Week.  Please see the link below for the theme for each day.  We encourage all students and staff to participate.  Students that participate and submit a picture will be entered into a raffle drawing for a gift card.  

BMS Spirit Week 3/29-4/1

Submit your Spirit Week pictures here

2021 SurveyWorks:

This is a gentle reminder of the 2021 SurveyWorks. We are asking all families to take some time to complete SurveyWorks.  The survey is open until March 30th. We greatly value your feedback as this helps us to identify steps for continuous improvement. If you have questions please email Rebecca Silveira: silveirar@barringtonschools.org

Please use the link below to complete the survey.

bit.ly/ridefamily 

State Assessment Information: 

Below you will find a link to some important information regarding our upcoming State Assessments: Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System (RICAS) for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students and the Next Generation Science Assessment (NGSA) for our 8th grade students. 

BMS RICAS and NGSA Information 


BMS Trivia: 

3/22 BMS Trivia

3/23 BMS Trivia

3/24 BMS Trivia

3/25 BMS Trivia

3/26 BMS Trivia

 

Book Fair:

The Scholastic Book Fair is here!  We will be running a virtual book fair this year, meaning all sales will be conducted through the BMS Scholastic Book Fair page and the books will be shipped directly to your home.  We’ll have over 6,000 titles from which to choose, including books for younger children.  For book-only orders totaling $25 or more, shipping is free!

Click here for the BMS Book Fair Online Link to set up your family’s e-wallet.  The fair will open from March 22-April 4.  Any questions? Please contact Book Fair Parent Chair, Jodi Multer, at  JodiHelman@gmail.com or text at 917-623-7652.  Help support BMS with a purchase at the book fair!

 

BMS Yearbook:

We will still be producing a yearbook this year!  For ordering information and how to upload your student’s picture, please click here!

BMS Standing Items

BMS Spotlight on Learning: 

This week we would like to shine our BMS Spotlight on Mrs.Orrall. Mrs.Orall is such a hard working teacher and she never fails to make her students happy. She is really funny, smart, and kind and I think she deserves this award because she is one of the best teachers I've ever had. (Submitted by Student Anna Simmons) 

This week we would also like to shine our BMS Spotlight on Mrs. Kelly Nelson. Last weekly, Mrs. Nelson took the time to print certificates for all BMS Spotlight recipients since the start of the school year. Thank you Kelly for making our Spotlights feel extra special. 

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 

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 03/14/2021): 

Please see a link to our to our updated BMS Daily Calendar 2020 - 2021: BMS Daily Calendar 2020 - 2021 (Updated 03/14/2021)

Week of March 29, 2021: 

Monday 3/29

Tuesday 3/30

Wednesday 3/31

Thursday 4/1

Friday 4/2

Gold Day 

Odd

Friday Block Schedule 

*Adjusted to make up for Good Friday

Blue Day

Even

Tuesday Block Schedule

Blue Day 

Odd

Wednesday Block Schedule 

Gold Day 

Even 

Thursday Block Schedule 

No School

Good Friday

 

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 

U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps - Spring enrollment now open!

The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) is a youth program that helps middle/high school students gain a competitive edge to stand out and excel beyond their peers when applying to college, military academies, scholarships, and job opportunities. We are a team that strives for excellence! Our mission: create leaders with character. We are officially supported by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard. Boasting over 350 units and 12,000 Cadets Nationwide, the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps offers a place for youth to come together to build camaraderie, work on their physical fitness, develop leadership skills and discipline, all while learning hands-on skills from experts in their fields following a "learn-do-learn" learning model.  Click here for more information.

Raise Your Hand! A new community facilitated by The Barrington Prevention Coalition

The purpose of this new community is to seek answers and support for questions that are on your mind as our Barrington children navigate school during these uncertain times.  Our team of informed community members will do its best to answer your anonymous questions or find resources to help.  Let’s start a dialog!  Click here for the informational flyer and click here for the link to the community.

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