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BMS Connected Learning Newsletter 10.1.2019
Andrew Anderson
Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Barrington Middle School 

BMS Connected Learning Newsletter 10.1.2019

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

Upcoming Events: 

(Note: Please review the dates as dates are subject to change due to a number of factors from one newsletter to the next).

  • 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: Sports Night from 7:00pm - 9:00pm (for BMS Students Only)  

Please visit our website to see all upcoming calendar events:

Please see the link for our daily announcements:

BMS Spotlight on Learning: 

This week we would like to shine our BMS Spotlight on Mrs. Justine Currie. Last week, Mrs. Currie, parent volunteer, worked with other parent volunteers to decorate our BMS display cases. Mrs. Currie took this to the next level by paying tribute to our past, present, and future, as well as reaching out to community members for artifacts that reveal a glimpse of our past. Well done Mrs. Currie! You exceeded our expectations. 

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: 

Last week our Assistant Principal Search committee interviewed a number of candidates for our Assistant Principal position. The committee included parents, administrators, cluster teachers, allied art teachers, and staff members. The next steps will include 2nd round of interviews with the BPS Administrative team and a 3rd and final round of the candidate spending time with our learning community during the school day. We are currently in the process of scheduling the 2nd round of interviews. 

PTO Meeting and Parent Aspen Help Workshop:

Following our October 7, 2019 PTO meeting (7:00 pm - 8:30 pm) we will be conducting a Parent Aspen Help Workshop. This workshop’s primary goal/focus is to familiarize parents with the ins and outs of Aspen. Some of the topics discussed will be how to view your child’s current grades/scores, how to see your child’s assessment data, how to see your child’s teachers’ Aspen pages (homework/assignments/etc.), as well as answer any questions you may have. Prior to the workshop it will be helpful if you have your Aspen parent login information. If you need this information please email 

BMS Seeking Crossing Guards: 

If you are interested in serving as a paid BMS Crossing Guard during the morning and/or afternoon, please contact Doug Fiore at 245-5000 or Position entails approx. 10 hours per week at $15.45/hr.  We are hopeful that the additional crossing guards will aid in the safety of our students coming and leaving campus. Thank you for considering. 

BMS Career Day Volunteers Needed:

Sign Up and Save The Date to be a Career Day Presenter at BMS on Friday, March 27th from 9am-1pm!

On Friday, March 27, 2020 our 8th graders will have the opportunity to participate in a Career Day at BMS. We would love to have a diverse group of presenters representing various occupations that would be of interest to our students.  Please consider educating and inspiring our 8th graders as they learn about future careers!

Thank you for your consideration!   Mrs. Jaime Poirier, 8th Grade School Counselor

BMS Science Olympiad team:

If you like to build, experiment and study science, then join us to find out about the BMS Science Olympiad Team!  All BMS students are invited. The first meeting will be tomorrow, Wednesday, October 2, right after school in the 6th grade break out space.  Click here for the flyer.

BMS Office Information:

The BMS Office is open daily from 8:00 am until 3:45 pm.  As always, students need a note from home given to the office before homeroom on days when they will be dismissed early.  We are very impressed by the number of students, especially 6th graders, that have followed our procedure and come to the office on their own to meet their parents for dismissal!  Well done! 



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:

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. 

News from Nurse Johnson:

Upcoming District Flu Clinics:  

October 10th @ Sowams from 4-6:30

October 29th @ BHS from 4-6:30

For more information click here and for a downloadable registration form click here.

You can also check for other dates at this link:  

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 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:


New Volunteer Orientation and BCI Information:

Please see the links below for information about volunteering in the Barrington School District.  We love our volunteers!

How to Get a BCI

New Volunteer Orientation Schedule

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 New Building Information and Procedures (Family)

Family: Arrival Procedures/Protocols

Family: Operational Procedures 

Club/Advisor Opportunities: 

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. 

Standing Items

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:

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


Next Meeting: 

PTO General Meeting- October 7th at 7pm

Community Information

Support Barrington High School After Prom Program:

Tervis Tumblers for Sale - Only $20!  Click here for more information.

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.