Viking Family Digest
September 19th, 2023
Hello Viking Families!
How quickly the year is going! The end of next week, September 29th, marks the end of Term One. Over the next ten days we ask that you team with us and have conversations with your Viking at home regarding assignments and grades.
- Do they have any absent/late/missing assignments in any of their classes?
- Have them show you their StudentVue and Google Classrooms.
- Access your ParentVue with your Viking.
- Have your Viking talk to their teachers if they have any questions. Can they stay after school for help? Can they stay in for help during recess?
Grades for Term One will be available for Families to view on October 11th.
Thank you for teaming with us to communicate the importance of their hard work!
- 09/19: SOS @ RBMS 7th Grade
- 09/20: Early Release @ 1pm
- 09/21: SOS @ RBMS 8th Grade
- 09/27: Secure and Teach Drill
- 09/29: End Term One
- 10/03: Ukrainian Lunch Bunch
- 10/05: Fall Picture Day Retakes
- 10/06: Yearbook Orders Due
- 10/09: Columbus Day - No School
- 10/11: Lockdown Drill
- 10/11: PTO Meeting
- 10/18: Early Release - 1pm
BPAC Technology Night Open House
We invite our multilingual families to a Technology Open House on Friday, September 29th from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. This event is designed to bring the community together to learn more about the technology tools that keep you connected to your child’s school. Information will be available at stations for families to stop by & visit. Pizza and light refreshments will be served and the entire family is welcome! Click here to register.
Signs of Suicide (SOS)
On Tuesday, September 19th, and Thursday, September 21st, seventh and eighth-grade students will receive the Signs of Suicide (SOS) lessons and screener questions during PE/Health time.
SOS is an evidence-based youth suicide prevention program that teaches middle and high school students to identify warning signs of suicide and depression. Trusted by thousands of schools nationwide, SOS can be delivered in a single class period. It encourages students to ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell) if they are worried about themselves or a friend.
Because of this screening process, RBMS students experiencing significant emotional difficulties are discovered and provided with intervention.
Deet's from the Dean
Tardy to School
We have started having conferences with students that have been tardy to school at least 3 times. After the conference, we ask that the student take home a trifold paper and have a discussion at home about getting to school in enough time to be in their CORE 1 seat by 7:40.
If there is a 4th tardy, the second student conference is more detailed and we record the reason for the tardy, in addition to strategies to overcome those challenges. Upon the 5th tardy to school, the student has a lunch/recess detention where a staff member supports them further with their morning plan. From there, we continue to host additional tardies to school with lunch/recess detentions. Tardies to school reset at the end of the trimester. (Trimesters are 2 terms.)
As we launch the 2023-24 school year, we’d like to remind families that teachers, staff and principals prioritize teaching and learning and engaging with students during the school day. They are not expected to monitor their email while school is in session. Please allow 24-48 hours for an email response. If your concern is urgent, please contact the school’s main office.
YOUR feedback is very important to us. The way we grow and learn is through positive feedback. If you have been in the building, or have any general feedback, for us please use the QR code or this link. We appreciate you being a part of our team to improve our practice, ensuring student success.
Cell Phone Policy
As a reminder, cell phones and all mobile devices, including smart watches, MUST be TURNED OFF and put away in their locker from 7:40am-2:14pm.
If your child needs to contact you, please remind them to come to the office and ask for permission. If they follow this expectation, we will happily let them use the phone. If we find that the students are using their phones without permission, we will enforce our school procedures (see below).
Cell phones and mobile devices can be turned on at the end of the school day (after dismissal bell) and should be used primarily to communicate with parents/friends who are assisting with transportation.
Cell phones and mobile devices may not be used during transition times or between classes.
Consequences of cell phone violations:
First offense: A student using a cell phone or electronic device will be asked to surrender the phone/device to a school staff member who will turn it into the main office. Students will be reminded of the D47 cell phone procedure, receive a written warning, and may pick up the phone/device at the end of the school day.
Second offense: A parent must pick up the student’s cell phone/device from the main office and the student will receive a second written warning.
Third offense: A student must refrain from bringing the cell phone/device to school OR drop off the cell phone/device in the main office at the beginning of the school day. The phone/device can be picked up in the main office at the end of the day. Students will also receive another written warning.
What’s Happening in the LMC?
All ELA classes visited the LMC for a library orientation
students are allowed to checkout 2 books for 3 weeks
Primary + Secondary Source lessons in 7th grade SS classrooms
Paraphrasing and Citation lessons in 8th grade SS classrooms
Small groups and large groups visited the LMC for various
learning opportunities and activities (read aloud,
extra support, etc.).
Science Fiction books will be our SPOTLIGHT genre!
Dance Team 2023: Open to 7th and 8th Graders
Dance team/pom pon tryouts for 7th and 8th graders will be held on Friday, September 29th. The informational meeting will be on Monday, September 25th in Mrs. Geib's Room 33. Students must be registered on SNAP! formally 8 to 18 and have a current physical on file. Students will not be able to try out without both of these. Questions? Google Classroom PU3AXM2. Contact Mrs. Geib firstname.lastname@example.org. 2023 Dance Team Schedule
Cheerleading: Open to 7th and 8th Graders
Bernotas cheer tryouts will be held on October 10th, 11th, and 12th. The 10th and 11th will be workshops to learn and practice the tryout cheer and dance as well as get to know one another. The 12th will be the day of the official day of tryouts. In order to participate in the workshops and tryouts, your student MUST have a current physical on file at the school and be registered in SNAP! formally 8 to 18. Please email Coach Terry with any questions at email@example.com. Hope to see you there! 2023 Cheerleading Schedule
Does your student stay after school for sports or clubs? We offer activity buses. Activity buses run on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. All activity buses leave Bernotas Middle School at 4:15 pm from the front of the building and all drop off times are approximate. Activity Bus Schedules.
Car Pick Ups: If you are picking up your student from a sport or club at 4 pm please be aware of the elementary buses that are loading. If the STOP sign is out and the lights are flashing, do not pass the bus.
Thank You PTO!
The door wraps purchased last year from funds raised by the PTO were installed and they look AWESOME! The Students and Faculty love them.
If you are interested in joining a committee, or have a question about the PTO, please contact RBMSPTO.
No Fuss Fundraiser
The No Fuss Fundraiser helps raise money without asking students to sell door-to-door, deliver goods, or inconvenience family & friends. Please support our PTO with your donation & help us achieve our goals to provide for Bernotas this school year! To make a ‘no fuss’ donation, please consider using Venmo @BernotasPTO_10 or PayPal firstname.lastname@example.org. Cash/Check (payable to ‘Bernotas PTO’) donations are also gladly accepted. Students will receive a fundraiser flyer with more information. Contact the PTO if you have questions or would like a 501(c)3 tax deduction letter. We are still accepting donations.