The Boeckman Buzz

October 23, 2020

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Message from Principal Blazek

BMS Families,


I hope you had an enjoyable Fall break, but wow did the weather turn to winter this week. We anticipated with cold weather we would need to provide storage for winter gear, and unfortunately, the snow came earlier than expected. Our building operations team has worked with all of our Tiger Connections teachers to determine what type of storage they would like in their classrooms for winter gear. The storage has been ordered and we are hoping to have it in the building within the next week. The storage is only intended for winter gear, and all other personal belongings and valuables will need to be carried with them throughout the day. Please make sure all winter gear is labeled with your child's name.


This is also a good time to mention that we have noticed that a lot of learners have overflowing backpacks. Next week, our teachers will be doing a backpack cleanout and ask kids to only keep the necessary items in their backpacks. For example, students who are not using their larger binders do not need to carry them.


Finally, I want to draw attention to the climbing COVID numbers in Dakota County and the need for all of our families to be diligent in practicing the 3Ws and health checks. Our goal is to keep children in school. Our hybrid model has helped us reduce the need to contact trace and quarantine. When we do have a positive case we have to contact trace back 48 hours from the onset of that individual's symptoms. If the person with a positive case has been in school during those 48 hours we have to complete contact tracing of their school day and determine who needs to be quarantined. To help us keep learners and staff in school it is important that if anyone in the household is symptomatic, waiting for a test, or is positive for COVID that all household members stay home from school and other activities involving members outside of our household.


We are all in this together and thank you for being our partners in making this a successful school year.


Thank you,

Megan Blazek

Socktober Amazon Drive & Crazy Sock Day Tuesday and Thursday!

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Free At-Home COVID-19 Saliva Tests

Now in Dakota County, we have access to ordering a free at-home COVID-19 saliva test. You can order a test online that will be shipped to your home, along with a prepaid package to return it.


When you are ready to take the test, you will log onto a website and do a video visit with a health care provider to receive instructions on how to take the tests.


The following link will give you more information: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/testsites/athome.html

Social-Emotional Survey Coming Soon

Please see the letter, linked HERE. Students will be asked to complete this survey during one of their Tiger Connection classes by the end of October. The data provided by students completing the survey can ensure that the actions our schools are taking are working, and help decide whether to continue or change what we are doing. Please see the letter for more details, linked above.

Looking for 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, November 17th @ 6:30 pm

Tuesday, February 16th @ 6:30 pm

Tuesday, April 20th @ 6:30 pm

Week at a Glance Reminder – Check Boeckman Website!

We want to make it as easy as possible for learners and parents to know what is happening in school. Each team is committed to keeping their Week at a Glance updated with teacher contact information, times for virtual coaching sessions, codes to access those sessions, and a snapshot of what is happening in each class. Week at a Glance documents can be found on the Boeckman website, under the “Academics” tab.

Boys Swim and Dive Parent Meeting

Boys Swim and Dive is going to host a Parent Meeting for all current and interested parents on Oct. 29th, at 6:30, via a Zoom meeting.


Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/76798005133?pwd=R3JuMWxabGNmakxhc0NKSUtjdWRTQT09

Meeting ID: 767 9800 5133
Passcode: swim20

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

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.

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