Barrington Middle School
BMS Connected Learning Newsletter 9.23.2019
The BMS Learning Community is Respectful, Responsible, and Ready to Succeed!
(Note: Please review the dates as dates are subject to change due to a number of factors from one newsletter to the next).
Wednesday, September 25, 2019: BMS Open House from 6:30 pm - 8:12 pm.
Monday, September 30, 2019: No School Rosh Hashanah
Monday, October 7, 2019: BMS Picture Day
Monday, October 7, 2019: Volunteer Orientation from 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm, BMS
Monday, October 7, 2019: BMS PTO Meeting from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm in the BMS Student Union
Wednesday, October 9, 2019: No School Yom Kippur
Monday, October 14, 2019: No School Columbus Day
Wednesday, October 16, 2019: Family Book Night from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm (more information below)
Friday, October 18, 2019: Torry Maldonado Author Visit to BMS
Friday, October 25, 2019: Sport’s Night from 7:00pm - 9:00pm (for BMS Students Only)
Please visit our website to see all upcoming calendar events: https://www.barringtonschools.org/o/middle-school
Please see the link for our daily announcements:
BMS Spotlight on Learning
This week we would like to shine our BMS Spotlight on Mrs. Connie Oswald, Mrs. Ouellette, Mrs. Scott, and Ms. Taglione for their kindness and collegiality. Last week, Mrs. Oswald Mrs. Ouellette, Mrs. Scott, and Ms. Tags covered lunch duty for their allied art colleagues. This simple gesture goes a long way. Thank you Lime Cluster for making a difference!
BMS New Information
Mrs. Melanie Roy’s Library Blog:
Please take a look at Mrs. Roy’s Library Blog. Mrs. Roy will be regularly updating her blog and making it available to faculty/staff, students, and families. Thank you for sharing Mrs. Roy!
Assistant Principal Search Update:
This week will be conducting interviews for the Assistant Principal Position. The interview committee includes Superintendent Mr. Messore, Principal Anderson, Parent representatives, faculty representatives, and staff representatives. The interview committee is hopeful and optimistic that we will have a new Assistant Principal shortly.
Family Book Club:
We are excited to announce the first BMS Family Book Club of the year! We will be reading and discussing Tight by Terry Maldonado. Please join us on Wednesday evening, October 16, 2019 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. You may obtain a copy of the book through the public library or pick up a copy at Barrington Books. Please sign up using this link.
Terry Maldonado will be visiting BMS on Friday, October 18, 2019 to work with students and their teachers! A huge thanks goes out to our BMS PTO for making this great opportunity happen.
BMS Science Olympiad team:
Students interested in joining the BMS Science Olympiad team are invited to the meeting on Wednesday, October 3 after school in the 6th grade break out space.
Barrington Middle School is fortunate to have nearly 350 bikers ride to school each day. This truly is a testament to our greater community! My number one goal/priority is student safety and today I ask you for your help. If your child bikes to school can you please remind them of the following:
To wear a helmet at all times. This is a state law.
To stick to the sidewalks as they bike onto/off campus. Biking on the parking lot, over grass, in the driveway, and the street is dangerous.
To abide all traffic laws. It is important that bikers stop at lights, signs, and streets prior to crossing.
To cross at designated crosswalks and wait to be cross or when it is safe to cross.
Over the past few days I have received a number of emails expressing concerns of bike safety. As a school community we will continue to do the following:
Remind students of bike safety and bike laws.
Speak directly to students who are not meeting our bike expectations.
Continue to evaluate our pedestrian patterns on and off campus.
Seeking SRO support for the lemonade/ice cream trucks.
I am confident as we transition into the next phase of construction our traffic and pedestrian patterns will improve. As always, I welcome your feedback, questions and concerns.
News from Nurse Johnson:
Upcoming District Flu Clinics:
October 10th @ Sowams from 4-6:30
October 29th @ BHS from 4-6:30
You can also check for other dates at this link: https://www.thewellcomp.com/publicclinics.aspx
Most CVS, Rite Aid, & Walgreen stores also have walk-in, no charge flu vaccines as well.
and.....don't forget the 'do-it-yourself' vaccine.....HANDWASHING :)
BMS Old Information
BMS Picture Day:
This year the BMS and PTO made a shift away from Lifetouch to Coffee Pond for our picture providers. Our picture day by Coffee Pond is scheduled for Monday, October 7, 2019. Order forms will be sent home with students this week. If you’d like to order online, please click here: www.coffeepond.com.
BMS Media Center Student Procedures:
8:10-8:40am Monday - Friday: Get a pass from Mrs. Van Leer or Mrs. Roy in the library media center the day before, tuck it into your backpack, and show it to a teacher assistant in the morning to come upstairs.
Any time your teacher allows you throughout the day: Your ELA teacher has library media center passes available to give you when you come to an agreement on a good time to come to the library media center to check out a book.
3:20 - 4:10pm Monday - Thursday: You do not need a pass to come to the library media center after school. (note: late bus will be arriving at BMS for 4:15pm each day)
Note: Before school (8:30 am) students may also get a pass from the front office to see our STAT team if they are having issues with their chromebook.
Join the Health & Wellness Committee:
BMS is seeking one parent to represent BMS as a member of the Barrington district Health and Wellness Committee. The first meeting for the committee is October 2nd at 8:00 am. The committee will be meeting November, January, March, and June. If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete the application through this link: https://forms.gle/wZgauY1XnmB4r9px6
New Volunteer Orientation and BCI Information:
Please see the links below for information about volunteering in the Barrington School District. We love our volunteers!
BMS New Building Information and Procedures (Family):
As we transition to our new building, our procedures and operational logistics will continue to evolve. Linked below is a helpful folder for families to reference.
BMS is seeking to fill our Robotics Coach and Science Olympiad coaching position. Please see the schoolspring link below for more information. In addition, please feel free to pass this link to your friends and colleagues.
Robotics: www.schoolspring.com Job ID: 3121096
Science Olympiad: www.schoolspring.com Job ID: 3112939
Bus and Transportation:
This year, bus routes were included on your child’s aspen account. If you have any questions about your child’s designated bus our route, please access the following website: e new handbook and bus stop change request form can be found on our new website transportation page: https://www.barringtonschools.org/o/barrington-schools/page/transportation--429
Bus schedules are also available online at Barrington Bus Schedules
News from PTO
PTO BMS Directory:
Please sign up for the PTO BMS Directory- instructions and link below:-
BMS PTO Membership:
Please consider joining the BMS PTO visit
PTO General Meeting- October 7th at 7pm
Barrington Public Library
Many programs are happening in October at the library for Middle and High Schoolers! Please click here to a folder with all of the happenings.