Barrington Middle School 

“We are BMS”

BMS Connected Learning Newsletter: August 30, 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.

Important Dates:

  • Wednesday, 9/1/2021 - Grade 6 Voluntary Transition Day

  • Thursday, 9/2/2021 - Grade 7 & 8 Voluntary Transition Day

  • Friday, 9/3/2021 - No School

  • Monday, 9/6/2021 - No School (Labor Day)

  • Tuesday, 9/7/2021 - No School (Rosh Hashanah)

  • Wednesday, 9/8/2021 - First Day of School! 

  • Thursday, 9/16/2021 - No School (Yom Kippur)

  • Friday, 9/24/2021 - Principal Luncheon (parents/guardians welcome at 12:00 pm for informal opportunity to ask Dr. Anderson questions they have)

  • Wednesday, 9/29/2021 - BMS Picture Day

BMS Welcomes! 

We are excited to introduce you to our newest members of our BMS Learning Community! 

Filled Positions:

  • Assistant Principal: Elliott LeFaiver 

  • BMS Clerk: Lynn Vargas

  • Nurse: Madeline Crowell

  • Reading: Patricia Ridlon

  • Special Education: Riley Spillane (Purple Cluster)

  • Special Education/Life Skills: Christine Moniz

  • Student Assistance Counselor: Jordan Donahue 

  • World Language: Maria Sanjurjo Takacs

Pending Positions: 

  • 7th Grade ELA

  • 8th Grade Science

  • Teacher Assistant 

Voluntary Transition Days (Overview): 

September 1 and 2, 2021, are designated as voluntary transition days for our students.  These days are devoted to teachers and staff getting to know your child. Your child will also have the opportunity to know the school, teachers, and classmates.

  • September 1, 2021: 

    • 6th Grade Students will report to school (8:40 am - 3:15 pm)

  • September 2, 2021: 

    • 7th/8th Grade Students will report to school (8:40 am - 3:15 pm)

  • Busses (am/pm) will be available for students who are eligible for bus. 

  • Lunch will be provided to students who choose not to bring lunch.

Voluntary Transition Days (Anticipated Attendance): 

We are excited to meet with our 6th-grade students for their voluntary transition day scheduled for Wednesday, September 1, 2021, and our 7th/8th-grade students for their voluntary transition day scheduled for Thursday, September 2, 2021. 

We do ask that you complete the below form (by 4:00 pm on Tuesday, August 31, 2021) regardless if your child is attending, as the information provided will help finalize our plans. Please note, as referenced above, students will be in school for the entire day (8:40 am to 3:15 pm). 

6th Grade Voluntary Transition Day (Anticipated Attendance)

7th/8th Grade Voluntary Transition Day (Anticipated Attendance)

Student Schedules: 

Recently our schedules were posted through aspen. It is important to note, that although the schedules look complete, our school counselors and administrators will still continue to make changes to schedules over the course of the next few days. What that means is that your schedules may change. We need to post the schedules for our teachers to be able to access their Canvas pages. 

We are aiming for our 6th-grade schedules to be finalized Tuesday evening (August 31, 2021) by 8:00pm; and our 7t/8th-grade schedules to be finalized Wednesday evening (September 1, 2021) by 8:00pm.

We ask that you give us the time to continue to work in the schedules over the next few days prior to emailing us. Once the schedules are complete, and if you see discrepancies, please, by all means, reach out to your school counselor after Thursday, September 2, 202. 

6th Grade School Counselor: Mrs. Nary (

7th Grade School Counselor: Mrs. Poirier ( 

8th Grade School Counselor: Ms. Sleboda (

Once schedules are complete, we will send a confirmation email to our students and families. 

Start and End Times

  • Student Drop Off Time: 8:20 - 8:39

  • School Start Time: 8:40

  • School End Time: 3:15

  • Dismissal Time for Walkers: Beginning at 3:00 pm (See information below)

  • Dismissal Time for Bus: Beginning at 3:05 pm (students will be called when individual busses arrive)

BMS will follow a staggered dismissal for walkers/bikers/car pickup schedule for the first two weeks of school and then we will reassess. 

  • Beginning at 3:00 pm: Lime Cluster, Orange Cluster, Red Cluster 

  • Beginning at 3:07 pm: Razz Cluster, Blue Cluster, Green Cluster 

  • Beginning at 3:14 pm: Yellow Cluster, Aqua Cluster, Purple Cluster 

Student Drop Off/Pick Up Procedures for the First Day of School:

Students can enter the building beginning at 8:20. Students can be dropped off on the side of the school (via the tennis court entrance) or off of Lincoln Ave at the rear of the building. Students can be picked up in the same areas.

Lunch Programs: 

Our 6th Grade Students will be eating lunch in their classrooms and our 7th/8th graders will be eating in the Student Union a cluster at a time. 

School lunches will continue to be provided to all interested students at no cost through Chartwells. Students who are engaged in distance learning, or who are isolated or quarantined, should reach out to their principal for instruction on picking up lunch, if interested. We request that all families who qualify or think that they may qualify for free or reduced lunch complete the linked form. Completion of the form allows us to support our students and our programs.

COVID-19 Protocols: 

Full COVID Protocols will be available on the District website by clicking here on 8/25/2021. Please note that all staff, students, and visitors will be required to wear a mask in the building. All visitors will be required to show proof of vaccination, as well. The District will be hosting a Virtual Family Forum on 8/30/2021 at 6PM to present the full plan and to answer questions.

Link to Student Voluntary Proof of Vaccination

Link to Student Voluntary Consent for COVID testing (Testing is required for athletes and musicians who are unvaccinated)

Summer Learning Activities:

Below you will find the link to our BMS Summer Learning activities students need to complete.


This link can also be found on the front page of the BMS website.


If you have any questions please reach out to the BMS main office.  

Transportation Information: 

Specific transportation information was sent out by the District on 8/23/2021. Student information can be found in Aspen under demographics followed by the bus tab. Please forward all transportation questions to Melissa Resendes at

Many health and safety measures will remain in place on school buses.  Masks will continue to be required on school buses for students and drivers.  Buses will also continue the practice of maximizing ventilation, and we will continue to operate buses with windows partially open. Students will be assigned seating, and household members will be assigned to sit together where applicable. 

Chromebook Troubleshooting: 

Over the past week, I have received some emails from students regarding having difficulties connecting to the internet with school issued devices. If you are having difficulties connecting, please follow the steps listed below: 

  1. Open chrome 

  2. click the 3 dots on the top right of the screen

  3. go to help, about chrome os

  4. click check for any updates

  5. let the device update and it will prompt you to restart


If that doesn' t work please fill out this form and someone will reach out