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BMS Connected Learning Newsletter 10.7.2019
Andrew Anderson
Monday, October 07, 2019

Barrington Middle School 

BMS Connected Learning Newsletter 10.7.2019

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).

  • 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: Torrey 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 Ms. Kylie McPherson, Mrs. Diana Ouellette, Mr. Eric Altieri, Mrs. Melanie Roy, Mrs. Kristin Willet, and Mr. Alex Tainsh for opening their classrooms for our learning walk this past week. BMS opened their doors to educators throughout the state to see flexible space in action. Thank you for opening your doors and showing our visitors what teaching and learning is all about at BMS! Well done! 

BMS New Information

Baby Pictures for Yearbook - 8th graders:

8th graders, it’s time to submit your baby pictures for the BMS yearbook!  It’s a tradition at BMS that 8th graders submit baby (or toddler) pictures to the BMS yearbook in their last year at BMS to commemorate how far they’ve come.  Please upload your picture electronically to this link:  Links to order a yearbook will be coming next week.

BMS Yearbook:

Information and a link to order your 2019-2020 BMS yearbook will be coming next week.

BMS Science Olympiad:

Interested in science?  There’s still time for students to check out the BMS Science Olympiad after school group.  They meet each Wednesday after school in the 6th grade break out space. Click here for more information.

Fitness Professionals:

Are you a health and wellness role model in our East Bay community?  Our PE/Health initiative for the 2019-2020 school year is looking for volunteers to share their passion for fitness during “Fitness Fridays” at BMS!  For more information, click here for details.

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 we will be conducting 2nd interviews with the BPS Administrative team, and a 3rd and final round of the candidate(s) to spend time with our learning community during the school day. 

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 Old Information

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 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! 

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 Torrey 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

Torrey 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. 

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

BHS Homecoming Fair:

October 25, 1 hr before and during the Homecoming Football Game.  At Victory Field. In support of Hurricane Dorian relief.  Food, games, prizes, art, fun!

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.