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BMS Connected Learning Newsletter 12.7.2020
Andrew Anderson
Monday, December 07, 2020

Barrington Middle School 

“We are BMS”

BMS Connected Learning Newsletter: December 7, 2020

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


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.

Common Commitments: 

To empower ALL students to excel, The BMS Learning Community will provide:

  • A safe, caring, and supportive learning environment;

  • A challenging curriculum supported by current technology;

  • The best research-based strategies to meet the unique educational, physical, emotional, and social needs of the 10 to the 14-year-old learner; and 

  • A deliberate and specific approach to meet the individual needs/abilities for each performance subgroup of our student body.

BMS Spotlight on Learning:

This week we would like to shine our BMS Spotlight on Mrs. Jane Iodice. We would like to thank Jane for organizing frequent BMS clothing drives to support our Blue and Gold School Pride. Each Friday, our faculty/staff sport our school colors (Blue and Gold) and thanks to Jane, we are sporting some great apparel. In addition, this year, Mrs. Iodice has organized our annual faculty Secret Snowman event. Thank you Jane for your school spirit and school pride! 

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 

BMS Upcoming Events

  • Week of December 6, 2020: Inclement Weather Packets will be sent home. 

  • Wednesday, December 16, 2020: Start of Trimester 2 (new allied art classes and new dismissal rotation)

  • Thursday, December 24, 2020 - Sunday, January 3, 2021: Winter Break 

  • Monday, January 4, 2020: Return to School for Students (Gold/Odd Day) 

BMS Standing Items

BMS Daily Calendar 2020-2021: 

Please see a link to our BMS Daily Calendar 2020-2021

 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 “just because”.  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.


We are asking families to send in two masks with your students daily.  This is helpful in case the mask breaks or becomes soiled throughout the day.  It is also helpful to have a spare mask in your student’s backpack in case a student gets out of the car and realizes they have forgotten their mask.  We appreciate your help with this.  

 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 


BMS New Information

BMS Fast Five 12/7/2020: 

Please click the link for this week’s BMS Fast Five! 5 things about BMS in less than 5 minutes! 

BMS Fast Five 12.7.2020

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 and also at our virtual bookshelf form:

Inclement Weather Learning Packets: 

Based on guidance provided by the Governor of Rhode Island, this school year, there will be no Snow Days! In the event of learning needing to be cancelled due to inclement weather and/or power outages, Barrington Public Schools will send an announcement and identify it being either a “zoom” distance learning day for all students, or a “non zoom” distance learning day. In a “non zoom”  distance learning day students, will engage in these skilled based and non technology dependent packets This week, students will be bringing home their inclement weather packets. Please keep these packets in a safe place/space. 

Please stay tuned for information on distribution of packets for our full time distance learners. 

Computer Science Education Week

December 7-11 is the annual celebration of Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek). This week is a call to action to inspire K-12 students to learn computer science, advocate for equity in computer science education, and celebrate the contributions of students, teachers, and partners in the field. This year's theme shines a light on how computer science can serve as a catalyst for social justice (#CSforSocialJustice).

Social justice is primarily centered around improving the lives of groups historically marginalized based on race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, and disability. Without access to rigorous computer science, digital and media literacy, and STEAM courses, underrepresented students have limited opportunities and aspirations to develop computational thinking. 

We would also like to welcome our students and families in the K-8 community to our annual BMS Hour of Code Family Night event, on Wednesday, December 9th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. We will have a variety of activities for exploring coding and offering prizes. The virtual event is free to attend via Zoom through this direct Link or manually entering:

Meeting ID: 868 3295 6224

Passcode: bmshoc2020

12 Days till Winter Break:

Winter break is almost here, lets have some fun and spread some holiday cheer! Please see the attached calendar with some winter/holiday fun leading up to the December break. 

12 Days till Winter Break Fun

Trimester 2 Lunch and Dismissal Rotation: 

With each Trimester, we will be rotating our lunch and dismissal rotation. Beginning December 16th, 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 






































Calling all 8th graders - your baby/toddler pictures wanted for the yearbook!

As is customary for our 8th graders at BMS, we are asking ALL 8th grade families to virtually upload a baby picture of your son or daughter for the BMS Yearbook. The deadline for the baby photos to be uploaded is MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2020.  Please use this Google Form to upload your pictures. Please contact Mr. Kearns, BMS Yearbook Advisor, at with any questions.    


Seeking Volunteers to Share Hobbies/Interests with BMS Students:

Please help us brighten the winter months by sharing your time, talent, and interests with a small group of middle school students.

- 4-5pm, on Zoom

- day of your choice, between January and March

- small groups 

- background check required

- ideas include: crafts, model building, kitchen chemistry, yoga, knitting, nurse/doctor, vet, Google Sketch-Up, design

If interested, please complete this form.



BMS Media Center Newsletter

Click here for the monthly BMS Media Center newsletter!



 BMS Old Information

BMS PTO Membership Drive

When you join the BMS PTO you join a community that encourages student achievement and enriches their learning environment. 

We believe in building partnerships between our families and our school.

We believe that together we can help our children be successful.

Please show your support and get involved with the PTO


The BMS PTO Directory and Membership site is now open:

To join the BMS PTO:

• Go to


• Follow the prompts in the BMS Store to purchase membership

*$20 per family

To add your information to the BMS PTO Directory*:

• Go to

• Click on “Add your name to the BMS directory” and please use

the password: BMS2020 (case sensitive)

• You will be asked to put in your name and email address and

choose a password then check the “terms of use” checkbox.

• Click on “Create a new family unit”. (Unless you see someone

from your household already registered – then select that


• Fill out the form with your Contact Info and Household Info.

Once you have entered all your information, hit SAVE. Note:


• Expand the “Family info” section and click “Add a Child”. Here

you can enter your child’s first and last name and select your

child’s grade and classroom. You can leave email blank; then

click “SAVE CONTACT” at the top.

• Repeat step 9 for any additional children.

• When finished adding all children, select “SAVE” and then


*6th Grader Directory information did not transfer from HMS and will need to be re-entered

Students are Encouraged to Join in on the Fun! 

Through a given week, your child’s teachers may be seen wearing a positive motivational message, their alma mater’s colors, and Blue and Gold to show their school pride. We would like to formally invite our students to join in on the fun: 

  • Motivational Message Monday- We encourage you to wear your favorite motivational message proudly!

  • Wednesday College and Career Day- Students are encouraged to wear their favorite universities colors/names and/or support different careers and occupations. 

  • Friday School Color Day (Formally known as Blue and Gold Day)- Students are encouraged to wear blue and gold on Fridays to show our school pride. 



Over the past year, BMS has adopted the hashtag: #BMSShines. Throughout a given week our faculty/staff capture the great things that are happening at BMS by taking a picture, offering a caption/description, and tagging it with #BMSShines. If you are on Twitter, we encourage you to follow along as well. 

Individual Learning Plans: 

BMS students, in conjunction with their school counselor, have been using Richer Picture to create an Individual Learning Plan (ILP). Students will be creating an ILP each year from 6th to 12th grade.  The ILP is a student-directed planning and monitoring tool that customizes learning opportunities throughout their school experience, broadens their perspectives, and supports the attainment of goals. Richer Picture has created an interactive and dynamic tool that hosts the ILP and maps each student's unique set of interests, needs, learning goals and a plan for meeting graduation requirements. 

Please see a link below with additional login information: 

BMS ILP Letter 2020


Canvas Tips for Parents:

Please see the link below with Canvas helpful tips for parents.

Canvas tips for parents

Updated BMS Blue/Gold Calendar: 

Please see our updated BMS Blue/Gold Calendar. In order to help with clarity, we alternated each day to either be Odd or Even. As you will notice, due to the number of days off in November, there will now be 3 Even Mondays in a row, followed by 2 Odd Mondays in a row.

BMS Daily Calendar 2020 - 2021

Student Attendance/early dismissal:

If your child is going to be absent from in-person learning or distance learning we ask that you contact the main office to let them know.  If your child needs to be dismissed from school (distance learning) we ask you to follow the same procedure.If your child needs to be dismissed from In-person learning, we ask that you send us a note indicating who is picking up your child and at what time. It is important that we have accurate attendance records.


We are moving away from Google Classroom and beginning to use Canvas this year. We will be sending out specific directions to login and use Canvas. For now, we wanted to provide you with these introduction videos.

Unlike Google Classroom, you and your children will only have to log in to 1 Canvas Account to see all of your child's teachers at the elementary level and your child's courses at the secondary level. 


Students’ Canvas Overview


Parents’ Canvas Overview

Notes about Screening Students: 

  • Families and caregivers will screen students at home using a self-attestation form

    • Fever is defined at 100° F or above related to this self-attestation form.

    • If a student has a low-grade fever, less than 100℉ before school, do not send your child to school and monitor at home for symptoms of illness or if increasing fever develops.

    • Remain in close contact with the school nurse or principal

    • If feeling well enough to learn, students monitored at home may engage in distance learning.

  • All students must stay home if they answer “Yes” to any screening questions before school

  • If a student screens positive for any COVID-19 symptoms, the student’s parent/guardian should seek medical advice from the student’s healthcare provider and inform the school of the student’s absence and inform the school nurse (COVID-19 point of contact) at the school.

  • School staff (and bus drivers) should observe students throughout the day and refer students who may show signs of being symptomatic to the school nurse for assessment. 

  • Nursing staff will monitor students who are symptomatic in isolation rooms until parents arrive and provide instructions for the next steps. Parents must pick up their children within one hour for the safety of all members of the community.

  1. Barrington Community Information 

A Book, Snack and Author Talk sponsored by the Barrington Teen Program at the public library:

Join local author Peter Johnson, Thursday, December 17 at 6:30 pm on Zoom as we discuss his novel Twas the Night Before Krampus which just happens to take place in Barrington!  Click here for more information.