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BMS Connected Learning Newsletter 10.21.2019
Andrew Anderson
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Barrington Middle School 

BMS Connected Learning Newsletter 10.21.2019

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 23, 2019:  UNITY Day - wear orange for united for kindness, acceptance & inclusion

  • Thursday, October 24, 2019:  Vision Screening for 7th graders

  • Thursday, October 24, 2019: Student Advisory Committee, 3:30 pm in 6th grade breakout space

  • Monday, October 28 - Nov 1, 2019 - BMS Spirit Week

  • Tuesday, October 29, 2019:  RIMSBA Book Club - first meeting; 3:30 pm in 6th grade break out space

  • Friday, November 1, 2019: Sports Night from 7:00pm - 9:00pm (for BMS Students Only)  PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN DATE

  • Monday, November 11, 2019: Veteran’s Day, No School 

  • Thursday, November 21, 2019: BMS Family Deep Learning Walk from 9:00am - 11:00am. 

  • Thursday, November 28, 2019 and Friday, November 29, 2019: Thanksgiving Break, No School

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. Melanie Roy and Dr. Brian Fernandes. Last week Mrs. Roy and Dr. Fernandes hosted our first family book club of the year with nearly 40 individuals (parents and students) who participated in a rich discussion about the book Tight by Torrey Maldonado. In addition, on Friday, Mrs. Roy and our PTO organized an author visit where Torrey Maldonado visited BMS and spoke to our students about respect and choices. Last week was an amazing week. Thank you Mrs. Roy and Dr. Fernandes for building a culture of readers! 

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!

Student Advisory Committee - BMS:

Opportunity for BMS students to get involved!

Looking for BMS students who would like to have their voices heard & exercise their political efficacy.  Discussion topics ranging from start times & bus transportation to setting Social & Emotional goals for the district.

Perfect opportunity to demonstrate leadership in your community!

1st meeting - Thursday, Oct 24 at 3:30 pm in 6th grade breakout space

Sign up sheet in the office.

Lead by BHS Senior and Student Rep to the School Committee, Kelly Kaon

BMS Project Based Learning/Deep Learning Coaching Form: 

Our goal this year is to refine and expand upon the great projects created over the last two years. Heidi Vazquez, Highlander Coach, will meet with cluster teams in 5 week rotations mostly on Wednesdays. One of the goals of the Lighthouse Grant Program was to share out our innovative practices with others.  Our end of the year product will be a website that contains all the content area projects, interdisciplinary projects, and new United Nations Sustainable Development Goal Projects (planned this year, implemented in 20-21.)

Teachers will continue to implement their content area and interdisciplinary project this year aligned to the Deep Learning Principles (Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Character and Citizenship).  In addition, this year teachers will plan a project aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. If teachers would like to implement this project this year, they may, but it isn't required.  

BMS Family Deep Learning/Flexible Space Learning Walk: 

At the end of last year, BMS hosted a Family Learning Walk to see Project Based Learning in action. We had 16 parents and family members attend and got a glimpse of the life of a BMS student. This year, we hope to host one visit during each trimester. Our first visit is scheduled for Thursday, November 21, 2019. If you are interested in attending this year’s Family Deep Learning/Flexible Space Learning Walk please complete the below form. We will need to limit it to 20 parents, and it will be a first come, first served basis. This year, we also be videoing the visit as well. Please note, this visit is not to your child’s classroom, but rather to see teaching and learning happening throughout the school. 

BMS Family Deep Learning Walk (Trimester 1)

Vision Screening for 7th Graders:

On Thursday Oct. 24th the Lions Club Volunteers will be at BMS to assist with vision screenings for all 7th graders, as required by RI State Regulations.  Please encourage your students to wear their glasses/contacts that day. Thank you.

Spirit Week Next Week (starting Monday, October 28):

Monday, October 28 - Friday, November 1

Monday - Comfy / Cozy Day

Tuesday - Wear Red for Red Ribbon Week

Wednesday - Wear Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Thursday - Costume Day - NO MASKS! 

Friday - Cluster Color Day

New Book Club Opportunity:

Students will discuss the nominees for the RI Middle School Book Award.  Great chance to discuss your favorite books and discover new ones! Meetings are every last Tuesday of the month.  First meeting is Tuesday, October 29 at 3:30 pm in the 6th grade break out space.  No need to sign up, just show up!

Assistant Principal Search Update: 

Last week, our Assistant Principal candidate spent some time at BMS touring the building, meeting faculty/students, and getting a sense of our learning community. We are looking forward to next steps with a formal recommendation to our school committee. 

Torrey Maldonado visit to BMS:

Last week Torrey Maldonado, author of Tight, visited with our BMS students. In addition to speaking about his new book, Torrey spoke to our students about respect for self and others, and making choices. Thank you so much to Mrs. Roy and our PTO for making this event possible. Our students were attentive and seemed to get a lot out of his visit. 

 7th Grade Vision Screening: 

The Lions Club will be here with their volunteers to do vision screenings for the entire 7th grade on Thursday October 24th @ 8:45 am.  

They will be setting up in the Student Union and will begin first period.  Students will be called down in alphabetical order by last name. Please ask your students to bring their glasses when called.

 BMS Old Information

BMS Yearbook:

Ordering your 2019-2020 BMS Yearbook is open!  Order online now here.  Code:  1540720

Student Resource Officer Wyrostek News:

Drop-off and pick-up of students is prohibited on the side streets off of Lincoln Avenue (ie: Harrison, Peck, Brown or Standish Avenues).  It is a danger to students and drivers to have students crossing in the middle of Lincoln Avenue and these streets are not wide enough to accommodate parked vehicles.  Parking creates a safety hazard as Emergency Vehicles cannot safely access homes on those streets.

Morning Enrichment Classes (7:30 am-8:30 am - new times):

Registration is now open. You may register online at

Classes will run on Mondays (or a few Tuesdays) 10/28 - 12/16.  Questions?

  • Stock Market Game - learn about investing, from a financial advisor, using an online simulation game. Mr. De la Torre

  • EagleFit - The EagleFit program will include, but is not limited to: dynamic warm up, muscular strength, and muscular endurance exercises. Functional fitness movements incorporating TRX, BOSU, medicine balls, dumbbells, resistance bands, and much more. Ms. Gower

  • 3D Design and Print - explore 3D digital modeling and design as well as 3D printing - Mr. DiZio

  • Sketch-Up - explore measurement, design, and architecture principles, involving homes, interior design, furniture and cars.

  • Volleyball: volleyball has been filled.  Please note that volleyball will be meeting from 7:10 am to 8:10 am

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.


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 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! 


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

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


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.