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BMS Connected Learning Newsletter: May 11, 2021

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.

BMS Upcoming Events: 

  • No School Thursday, May 13, 2021 Eid-al-Fitr

  • No In-Person School:  Monday, May 17, 2021, is a professional development day for our faculty and staff.  Students will have a non-virtual day of school.  The work they will do on this day will be posted on your child’s classroom teacher’s Canvas page.

  • Best Buddies Walk-a-Thon, May 15, 2021 (10am-12pm)

  • Year in Review Family Feedback Session 2, May 18, 2021 at 6:00 pm. 

  • Middle School Math Progression Night, May 19, 2021 at 6:00pm. 

Week of May 3, 2021:













Gold Day


Friday Block schedule

Blue Day


Tuesday Block Schedule

7th grade ELA RICAS testing

Blue Day


Wednesday Block schedule

7th grade ELA RICAS testing

No School


Gold Day


Thursday Block Schedule

Odd Day

Distance Learning Day for all students (Canvas)


BMS Spotlight on Learning

This week, we would like to shine our BMS Spotlight on Mr. Schachter. Mr. Schachter is a great math teacher because he always makes math fun. He is also very visual and helps show us the solutions to problems. I love Math class because I feel there is a very good balance between class work and independent work. Mr. Schachter also lets us listen to music during independent work time which I appreciate a lot. (Nominated by a Yellow Cluster Student). 

This week, we would also like to shine our BMS Spotlight on Mrs. Bannon. Mrs. Bannon  is so encouraging and positive all of the time. She cares about each of her students individually, and will stop at nothing for everyone to succeed. She always is up to date on the world and starts the best class discussions. She’s always trying her best to help all students and is very passionate about her teaching. Thank you, Mrs. Bannon, for all you do! (Nominated by Red Cluster Students).

Do you know of a BMS Faculty/Staff/Student 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 

Doodle for Google Winner! 

The Barrington Middle School Learning Community would like to congratulate Keta Douglas as the Winner for Rhode Island in Doodle for Google Competition! LINK TO DOODLE

Keta could have her art on the Google homepage for millions to see. Google is announcing the 54 State Territory winners in its 13th annual Doodle for Google competition, a contest open to K-12 students across the United States to design a Google Doodle inspired by the theme “I am strong because...”

In the next stage of the contest, Google will invite the public to vote for their favorite Doodle from the 54 State and Territory Winners, in order to help determine which students will go on to become one of the 5 National Finalists. Voting will be open from May 10th-May 14th on the Doodle for Google website:

Google will announce these five National Finalists later this month, one of which will go on to become the National Winner and have their Doodle featured on the Google homepage for a day. 

National Finalists will each win a $5,000 college scholarship, Google hardware, and fun Googley swag. 

The National Winner will take home a $30,000 college scholarship and his or her school will receive a $50,000 technology package for their school/non-profit organization.

Great work, Keta! We are all so very proud of you! We encourage our entire BMS Learning Community to vote for Keta!

Monday, May 17, 2021: No In-Person School

 Monday, May 17, 2021, is a professional development day for our faculty and staff.  Students will have a non-virtual day of school.  The work they will do on this day will be posted on your child’s classroom teacher’s Canvas page.

Best Buddies “Rookie of the Year!” 

Congratulations to our BMS Best Buddies Chapter! We recently received the “Rookie of the Year!” recognition from Best Buddies. Great work student leaders, adult leaders, and all of our Best Buddies. 

Best Buddies Walk-a-Thon

BMS will be hosting our first annual Best Buddies Walk on Saturday, May 15th from 10am-12pm at BMS.  This event will be open to our BMS students and families that participate in our Best Buddies program. Please see the information below:

To sign up to be part of the walk click on the link below.  A minimum donation of $10 is required to join a team (Team Name: BMS Buddies).  All walkers (students, parents, faculty/staff) will be required to sign-up and make the minimum donation to walk. All donations go directly to Best Buddies.

Register Here:

As well as sign up using the BMS Link Below: 

BMS Best Buddies Walk participation

Mental Health Awareness Month Led by Student Council:

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and BMS has some exciting plans! These plans include (but are not limited to) bringing in speakers to talk to each grade about mental health, holding a fundraiser, a whiteboard decorating contest, and spirit days. This month, Relax and Rewind Day will also be introduced to students. Our Student Council hopes R&R can take place during FAST. It is suggested to plan a brief R&R activity on Wednesdays and Fridays during FAST for students to settle down. Each week has a theme: week one is arts and crafts, week two is puzzles and board games, week three is physical activity, and week four is movies and decoration. Student Council will provide you with a list of creative ideas for R&R activities that can be incorporated into FAST. 


In addition, to support mental health awareness, the Student Council is asking students/faculty to wear green throughout the month:  Wednesday, May 5th; Friday, May 14th; Tuesday, May 18th; and Friday, May 28th.

Book Drive! 

There is currently a book drive being held from now until May 30th. All donations will go to Books Are Wings, which supplies books to children in need, or Books Through Bars, which donates books to inmates across the country. Paperback books are preferred, and no spiral bound books. Please drop off donations in the designated box on each floor. 

Year in Review Family Feedback Opportunities: 

BMS will continue to provide families with an opportunity in May to provide feedback on what went well this year and opportunities for improvement. The goal of these meetings is to hear from families on what worked well as we navigated learning over this past year and what strategies/practices we want to continue next school year. 

  • Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 6:00 pm (zoom link: will be sent to families the day prior)

Seasonal Allergies vs. COVID-19?  News from the Nurse:

Please click here for a summary of how to identify whether symptoms are related to seasonal allergies or COVID-19.

RICAS Update: 

Grade 6:

Students in Grade 6 will be taking their Math RICAS assessments on Monday, May 10th and Friday, May 14th.  Grade 6 distance learners will also be taking the assessment on these dates.  

Grade 7:

Grade 7 Math RICAS testing, will be administered on Thursday, May 20th and Friday, May 21st.  Grade 7 distance learners will also be taking the assessments on these dates.  

Grade 8:

The Next Generation Science Assessment (NGSA) will be administered on Thursday, May 27th and Friday, May 28th.  Grade 8 distance learners will also be taking the assessments on these dates.  

News from our BMS Media Center: 

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Reading Week Opportunity for BMS Students:

Are you interested in reading a picture book to Barrington Elementary students during their reading week? Sign up to be a BMS Reader to get more information on how we will create videos for students at Primrose, Sowams, and Nayatt. Fill out this form to let us Mrs. Roy and Mrs. Van Leer know that you are interested.


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: 

BMS Media Center Newsletter:

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