The Boeckman Buzz

January 8, 2021

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BMS Staff Tiger Stripe

We are excited to announce that now you can give a BMS Staff member a Tiger Stripe by quickly filling out this form. You will select the staff member and your comments will be emailed to them.

Message from Principal Blazek

BMS Community,

The events of the past few days have been difficult for many of us to process, and have caused feelings of confusion, shock, and disappointment in adults and children. At Boeckman, we will remain committed to our community and continue to engage in authentic learning experiences. As a community, it will be important for us to engage in research, conversations, and learn how to move forward from these experiences and fully understand what happened.

As we process the recent violence at the U.S. Capitol, our children may be asking questions and experiencing trauma from watching footage of the events. Dr. Stephen Sroka, president of Health Education Consultants, shared the following tips.

1. Turn off the TV news.

2. Keep routines.

3. Assure kids are safe.

4. Control your emotions.

5. Model good behavior.

6. Offer age-appropriate advice.

7. Look, listen, then speak with hope, honesty, and kindness.

Through all of this uncertainty, it is essential that we be the model for what we would like our children to be. When I look at our youth I am hopeful for what our future holds.

Megan Blazek

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Virtual Parent Support Session

Hello Families of Tween and Teens!

We know the pandemic has presented many obstacles for your student(s) to overcome and we would like to invite you to a virtual parenting support session to help you navigate this stressful time. On Monday, January 11th at 7p.m., counselors from the middle and high school levels will be available to offer some tips to support your student(s) through distance learning. Specific topics include: tips for promoting mental wellbeing at home. The link to the google meeting is:

Please contact Chelsy Newman, Farmington High School Counselor, at if you are unfamiliar with google meetings and need assistance. We hope you can join us!

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Farmington High School Mentors

Parents, Is your learner looking for something different to do? Tired of looking at the same four walls? Looking at the same faces on screens? Are they wanting to shake things up? Maybe find some new faces to connect with? You're in luck! We have some Farmington High School students who want to connect and have some fun with our awesome learners at Boeckman Middle School. This is a regular bi-weekly meeting with high schoolers who want to play some games and hang out online over google meets. Want to know more? Sign up HERE Questions? Ask your school counselor.

Is your family in need of weekend food?

You can sign up to receive a free bag of food every weekend. There are no qualification requirements and your family's privacy is protected. Grab and go weekend food will be available in the BMS main office during distance learning starting Tuesday, Dec. 22nd.

Click on the Every Meal icon below to sign up. By filling out this form we are able to gauge how much food we need to stock for the grab and go weekend food table. Providing your name in the form is optional, but will allow us to ensure your family continues to receive weekend food when we return from distance learning

COVID Reporting During Distance Learning

The Farmington School District will continue to track confirmed cases of Covid19 in students and staff. It is important to call your student’s school, even when in Distance Learning if your student is diagnosed with Covid-19, has symptoms, or has been identified as a close contact.

We need our school community to work together to help stop the spread of Covid-19 in an effort to return students to in-person learning as soon as possible.

School Nurse Contact

Available during school hours Monday - Thursday

Akin Road Elementary 651-460-1706

Farmington Elementary 651-460-9006

Meadowview Elementary 651-460-3106

North Trail Elementary 651-460-1806

Riverview Elementary 651-460-1606

Boeckman Middle 651-460-1406

Dodge Middle 651-460-1506

Farmington High 651-252-2506

District Nurse 651-460-1965

You may continue to access the Farmington Covid-19 dashboard, FAQ’s and family resources


Family Resources

No-cost, at-home COVID-19 testing information
The MN Department of Health is encouraging and providing at-home COVID-19 saliva testing for any person who wants to be tested, with or without symptoms, at no cost, with or without insurance. In-person testing sites, supports, recommendations, and guidelines are also available.

For information please go to the Minnesota Department of Health’s website.

Remain vigilant to reduce the spread of COVID-19

Please remember to wear your mask, practice social distancing, wash your hands, cover coughs/sneezes, and keep your contacts limited to those closest to you and your family. Routine healthcare visits, immunizations, and well-child visits continue to be essential during this time. Contact your child’s health office with any questions or concerns.

Parent How-To Tech Help Video Resources

How to Find Campus Portal

This short video will show you how to find Campus Portal. If you need to set up your account call 651-469-1400

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Parent Ambassadors

Each year our Parent Ambassadors are vital in supporting our school. This year we will be meeting quarterly in a virtual format at the following times. Fill out this link if you are interested in being part of our Parent Ambassadors.

Meeting Dates and Times

Tuesday, February 16th @ 6:30 pm

Tuesday, April 20th @ 6:30 pm

iPad Tech Help

iPad First Aid

This is the first stop for troubleshooting issues with iPads. If you are not able to troubleshoot your issue please make an appointment with Mrs. Tredinnick or call the district tech helpline.

In-Person or Virtual Appointments with BMS Tech Support

Using this link you can schedule an in-person or virtual appointment with Mrs. Tredinnick our BMS Tech Support. These appointments are for iPad Help or Repair.

Phone Number

For help with your iPad or other technology questions that might be able to be solved by phone while off-campus, please call our student and family tech helpline during normal school hours: 651-463-5090. If after school hours, please leave a message and include the student’s name, school, your contact information, and a brief description of the issue.

About us

The mission of BMS, a welcoming, learner-centered community committed to personalization that nurtures curiosity and innovation, is to ensure that each learner exercises agency for continuous personal growth in order to find joy and well-being for their future while positively impacting their communities through a system distinguished by:

  • Personalization that honors the uniqueness of each learner
  • Mistakes and reflection as essential components of learning
  • Openness to new ideas and innovation
  • Safe environments that support a growth mindset
  • Partnering with the community to champion our learners
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