Barbara R. Morgan Elementary School

September 2021 Family Update

September Calendar of Events:

  • Sept. 6: Labor Day, NO SCHOOL
  • Sept. 9: 1st Quarter PTA Meeting in Cafe @ 8:15 (All parents invited)
  • Sept. 17: Fall Bike to School Day ~ Meet at Post Office @ 7:40 AM / Ride Bikes to school together (Pick up bikes before dismissal time).
  • Sept. 17: Tortoise & the Hare Fundraiser! This is our one and only fundraiser all year! Let's get our kids excited to raise money and participate in a healthy fitness challenge. (Watch for paperwork to be coming home)! See below in PTA section for more information and times.
  • Sept. 23: Individual Picture Day with Lifetouch (a new company from past years) / Watch for packet information soon
  • Oct. 1: No School (Teacher Training Day)

Hello BRMES Families,


I am so excited to provide you a regular monthly family newsletter and tell you what a great week we had.


I think I can speak for all of my staff how great it was to see all of our students, new and old, come back to school full time. We miss those sweet smiles and faces; but we know we will see them again, soon, we all hope. Our new 'Hollywood Stars' theme is sure to keep it fun for all!


I want to share with you how enrollment is looking at BRMES and can assure you we've been busy answering those phones and emails as fast as we can. Open enrollments from out of our attendance boundary are becoming more and more difficult to accept as we just keep growing. We added 53 new students to BRMES this year in grades 1-5 . We have maintained three teachers at each grade level.


Current Enrollment: 410

Kindergarten: 53

1st Grade: 57

2nd Grade: 81

3rd Grade: 74

4th Grade: 69

5th Grade: 76



As things are constantly changing, we will also continue to adjust in any way we can to ensure we are doing all we can for the safety of ourselves and our students.


We are committed to making this a great year! Please reach out to the school at (208) 634-2219 or email me at vberg@mdsd.org with any questions you have.


Mrs. Berg

Principal

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Mask Clarification:


  • Physician's Exemption: We must have a physicians signature on file if your child has a condition that exempts them from mask wearing. All other students & staff, when indoors, are mandated to wear a mask.


  • MUSIC Clarification: We do not have band or choir at BRMES, but an instructional music classroom similar to a regular classroom. Masks are required in elementary music class. When 4th and 5th grades begin their recorder unit(s), instruction will occur outside without masks with safe social distancing.


  • PE Clarification: Similar to music, our students in PE start with an instructional lesson where masks will be required. When physical activity begins; masks may come off so students can breathe and run freely away from each other. Many of our PE lessons are also outside where masks are not required.


  • Lunch: We will continue to utilize our outside lawn for lunch for all students until the weather forces us inside.
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Student Drop Off {Arrival} Information:

7:45-8:15: DROP OFF/PLAYGROUND OPEN: The doors will not open until 7:45. Only BRMES students (& staff) will be permitted in the building. Students will go directly to the cafe for a breakfast bag or outside until 8:05. Mornings are chilly so either delay drop off or send kids with layers. At 8:05 a bell rings to direct all students to go to their individual classrooms. Masks are required when inside the building. Students who arrive after the 8:15 bell will be marked tardy.

8:05: CLASSROOMS OPEN

8:15: TARDY BELL


ABSENCES: Please call {634-2219} or email (dgeibel@mdsd.org) if your child(ren) will be absent. Automated calls will go out to all unverified absences, shortly after attendance for the safety/accountability of all students.

Dismissal Procedures

3:00: SCHOOL ENDS/BELL RINGS


Safety is our number one priority and we ask for your patience as we continue to make adjustments daily to help the dismissal process run smoothly.


Here are the BRMES dismissal processes we are currently using:


1. Buses: Students load buses at 3:00 from the west doors. Buses strive to leave BRMES by 3:10. Students need to be registered through Harlow's to ride the bus. We have registration forms at the school or you can contact Harlow's (634-1089). We encourage everyone to utilize the busing system as it is quickest and safest.


2. Walking/Biking: Students are dismissed out the north playground doors and then proceed to walk/bike home from there. Parents may meet their child(ren) on the playground to practice a safe route from school. This includes any students walking to the middle school.


3. Pick Up Students: These students are dismissed out the front/main doors at 3:00. All students will be directed to the west side of the front doors to wait for their adult or vehicle from the grass lawn. Students must stay back on the grass until their vehicle is in the loading zone. Please pull as far forward as possible in the loading zone before stopping. We will load kids from the curb size into vehicles.


If you need to send a message to your child with a change of dismissal plans; please call (634-2219) the school by 2:30 to give us enough time to deliver the message. It does count against your child's attendance if they are checked out before 3:00.

Powerschool Help?

Powerschool is an excellent tool for parents to keep track of their child's daily schedule, attendance, and grades. Download the Powerschool app to get started. Our code is: XLLD


If you had it installed from last year; try to log out and re-login to get connected to the 2021-22 information. Call us if you are needing further assistance @ 634-2219.

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Current Openings:

I love getting parents hired to work with our awesome team in our school. So many options!


  • Kitchen (part time, student days only)
  • Kitchen (full time, with benefits, student days only)
  • Substitutes (you choose your days, student days only)
  • Art Teacher (part time, student days only, ideally 3 days once or twice a month)
  • Nurse (part time or full time, student days only)


Apply online or call our office for more information! These are all great jobs for any stay at home parents/grandparents looking for work that allows you to work/see your kids.

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Fall Bike to School Day (w/ Volunteer Sign Up)

On Friday, September 17th, BRMES students are invited to meet at the post office at 7:40 A.M. with his/her bike and helmet (no skateboard or scooters) to pedal to school with students and staff. Parents are welcome to ride along or volunteer as safety monitors along the route. Students will follow the "safe route" to bike to school. Students are invited to use the bike trail during his/her lunch recess this day as well. Please let the teacher know if your child is riding bike home after school or retrieve the bike before the end of the day dismissal.
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Tortoise & the Hare Fundraiser (with Volunteer Sign Up)

Students will be walking laps at Sabala Field on the Payette Lakes Middle School grounds on Friday, September 17th. This is our one and only fundraiser for our PTA. The rest of the year, as a PTA we just come together to decide on what events and things we can do for our kids with our earned profits. Students will have 30 minutes to walk or run laps and earn a bracelet for each lap he/she completes. We are trying to encourage BIG participation this year and have many more exciting incentives to get kids to ask family and close friends for a donation. Our BRMES families are invited to come watch or sign up to volunteer.


10:30-11:00: 4th Grade

11:00-11:30: 5th Grade

11:45-12:15: 3rd Grade

1:00-1:30: Kindergarten

1:30-2:00: 2nd Grade

2:00-2:30: 1st Grade


This year we are adding fun prizes for students and classes that bring in pledges/donations.

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PTA Meeting Schedule & Details

1st Quarter BRMES PTA Meeting is Thursday, September 9th at 8:15 am in the cafeteria. All parents invited.


Click here for link to our 2021/22 schedule of events

Join the PTA (Annual Membership Drive)

Interested in joining the PTA by November 1st ($15.00)? Your fee helps continue our PTA group with insurance and dues and grants you a 'voice' anytime there are decisions to be voted on.

Check out this link to join today.

Follow us on Facebook

Click on the link here to visit the BRMES PTA Facebook page. It includes community and school events throughout the year and allows you to meet other BRMES families.
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Valerie Berg, Principal

Barbara R. Morgan Elementary School

McCall Donnelly School District


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