Friday Notes

May 13, 2022

Oh, what a night!

What a wonderful community we have! Thank you again to all of our BASH 2022 sponsors, donors, guests, bidders, teachers, administration, and community!

Our event couldn't have been the success it was without your support! We had a wonderful time filled with laughter, fun, new and old friends, and great food. We missed everyone that couldn't join us this year, and there's always next year!

Let's Go Play! BASH 2022 raised a whopping $9,547 and those dollars will be allocated to our new playground project!

BJAMS Volunteer Work Day Tomorrow

Spring has sprung, so some general sprucing up is in order. Our friend, Ed Olsen, will be back and is looking forward to seeing you there!

Tomorrow - 8:00am - 12:00pm

Come when you can - Leave when you need!

Please bring along basic yard and garden implements like rakes, shovels, and even a wheel barrow - if you can fit it - and other small gardening tools, too. A couple buckets and rags might be helpful too.

We're hoping for a nice turn out to make fast work out of a few key tasks:

* weeding * spreading mulch * bush pruning * fertilizer spreading * washing the entryways *

Music Residency Next Week

BJAMS PTO is thrilled to announce that our school will be hosting Vermont musician Jon Gailmor for a weeklong songwriting residency starting Monday!

Participation will include Pre-K3 through 8th-grade students and is an exciting opportunity to develop or further their knowledge of meter, rhythm, rhyming, and more! Students will share in creative brainstorming and song lyric writing sessions. Once composed, lyrics will be put to melody, culminating in an original song.

We are very excited to see our student's creative and musical talents shine!

Updates Coming Soon!

Our administrative team has been busy with interviews and reference checks - we will post updates as we draw closer to filling our vacancies.

ASP Corner

Remember to register for the month of May!

On Tuesday, we welcomed Rachel Lemay for our first Fiber Arts Class through the help of the River Arts in Morrisville. She led the students through a tie dyeing frenzy of color and smiles!

Community News

Aqua Duck Family Fun Day

What: Family Fun Day!

Where: Parade leaves from The Baggy Knees Center to The Swimming Hole, Stowe

When: May 21 @ 9:00am

The Swimming Hole is celebrating its 20th anniversary! Head Coach, Jeremy Bradley (BJAMS dad to Ashton, Grade 8) will be leading a parade - though you may not recognize him!

There will be a Duck Regatta, Water Safety Education presentation, and family fun day! The event is free to community members and promotes the importance of water safety skills for the whole family, vital to know before hitting Vermont’s waterways this summer.

See the flyer below for more information or visit

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Nurse Notes

Tick-Tock, check your socks!

We all know warmer months bring out the bugs – including ticks! Did you know Vermont has around 14 different species of ticks? Only 5 are known to bite and transmit disease to humans, and of those, 99% of the trouble lies directly with the Black-Legged Tick.

They live in wooded areas, and fields with tall grass and brush. Their favorite hosts are white-footed mice, deer mice, chipmunks, shrews, and white-tail deer. Most of us are all familiar with the dreaded Lyme disease ticks carry and transmit, but they are also responsible for Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, and Powassan Virus. Anaplasmosis is curable, but serious and sometimes fatal, symptoms tend to appear 5-21 days after a bite, and are rather like severe flu symptoms. Babesiosis symptoms appear one to four weeks after a bite, and in addition to the flu-like symptoms, it can also cause a type of anemia that can turn urine dark, and possibly cause jaundice.

Lyme is the most common, and therefore most dreaded, but only about 25% of adults, and 50% of kids, get the “bullseye” rash we hear about. Which means you may not know you have Lyme until other symptoms present themselves, such as: fever, chills, headache, fatigue, and muscle or joint aches. In the absence of the “bullseye” rash, there may be swelling of the lymph nodes.

Prevention is key! Wear protective clothing when going out and, use a spray, cream, balm, or other deterrent that helps keep pests like ticks away. Be sure to do thorough skin checks after coming back inside. If you should find a tick attached, remove it as soon as possible, as the more time it has to feast, the more time it has to infect also.

Tick removal: please do NOT use petroleum jelly, nail polish, or glue to try and suffocate it, and don’t try to set it on fire with a match! These measures may make your situation worse instead of better. Please DO use fine-tipped tweezers, needle-nose pliers, or tick-removal tool; firmly grasp the body of the tick without squishing it, as close to the skin as possible, and pull upwards and straight back in a smooth motion. You should feel a bit of a “pop” as it releases and is removed. Don’t be alarmed if bits of mouth or leg are left behind, you will be washing the area, and your hands, thoroughly with soap and water afterwards. If you want to save the tick for testing, place it in a baggie; otherwise dispose of the tick by wrapping it in tape or toilet paper and flush it. Don’t pop it with your fingers, as minute openings in your skin may actually allow pathogens from the tick to enter your body despite being removed. Advise your personal care practitioner you have been bitten, and follow any instructions given to you, which initially will be observation for symptoms, and can progress from there if necessary.

Coming Up Next

May 14 - Volunteer Work Day

May 17 - Step Up Day for students

May 31 - Art Show, time TBD

June 3 - PK3 and PK4 Graduation, Last Day for PK3 and PK4, noon dismissal for PK3 and PK4

June 3 - 8th Grade Graduation, 6pm

June 7 - Awards ceremony, times TBD


Event Series:

May 20 - Gr 7/8 Social Club, 6 pm - 8 pm

June 2 - Gr 5/6 Social Club, 6 pm - 8 pm (This date is DIFFERENT than what was previously published.)

June 6 - Gr 5-8 Coffee House, 6 pm - 8 pm (Not just 7/8)

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