SEPTEMBER 17, 2020
Wisdom is knowledge, experience, and good judgment.
“It requires wisdom to understand wisdom; the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.” - Walter Lippmann
We have received some of the nicest and positive emails from our parents in the last few weeks. We have started to share some of the most memorable quotes through our social media platforms. Thank you.
If your academic time with your child(ren) involves tears, let us help you brainstorm ways to make life a little easier. We've been at this for four weeks. We're ALL learning what works and what doesn't work. What works for 20 kids may not work for another. Reach out to your classroom teacher first...better yet, encourage your child to ask the question. If that doesn't help, your grade level counselor and administrator are here to help you both - student and parent.
Half-Way Day - Friday, September 25, 2020
RFB does not send home traditional Progress Reports to be signed but instead asks our stakeholders to participate in Half-Way Day. The objective of Half-Way Day is to advance our half-way point progress reporting methods to provide a more meaningful line of communication between students, parents and teachers. Let’s use our technology to increase the flow of information while decreasing the mis-communication caused by sending home a static grade report. You will be asked to check your child's current academic progress in INow and acknowledge that you have reviewed the grade on the Google Form provided by the academic teams.
COVID Exposed and COVID Positive
Parents, please remember, it is very important to call the health room if your child has been exposed to or is positive for Covid 19 as soon as this information is known. This will help determine if your child needs to stay at home and for how long and if anyone in their class will need to stay home from school as well. It's the best way to contain any potential spread. Thank you.
We appreciate the parents who have already paid the fees. We currently have an outstanding bill for locker servicing which took place this summer and student agendas. All students who are Face-to-Face at any point throughout the course of the school year will be billed for locker use. Student agendas were pre-ordered for each student. If you neglected to pay the hall locker fee or for your agenda, please do so as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, Sept. 25th. Thanks.
Transition to 2nd Nine Weeks
Mid-September - Link will be sent out for Learning Option (F2F/Virtual) change
End of September - Deadline for Learning Option change
Mon., Oct. 19th - Begin 2nd nine weeks
National Junior Honor Society
Congratulations to the 102 8th grade students who met the academic criteria to become a candidate for NJHS. Letters were mailed to the parents of candidates on Monday morning. Candidates must complete the entire application process to be considered for membership. If you have questions, contact your counselor, Ms. Brennita Keith, firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes, we will have a make-up picture day. It has not been scheduled yet.
Virtual students may pick theirs up M-F, 8:15 - 4:00 in the main office of the school. Thank you.
If you have questions or concerns, we are here to listen and will always respond. You can email us directly or through email@example.com
Dr. Tamala R. Maddox, Prinicipal firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Justin Jones, 6th grade Asst. Principal email@example.com
Ms. Donna Burke, 7th grade Asst. Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Sean Colosimo, 8th grade Asst. Principal email@example.com
Dr. Tamala R. Maddox
Contacting and Visiting Us
Our firstname.lastname@example.org email address will continue to be open if you have questions. Our website will be updated frequently with up-to-date information. We request that everyone entering the building wear a mask (of some form) to protect us all. If you need to go beyond the lobby area into the building, we will also need to take your temperature. Thank you for your patience.
STUDENT SCHOOL PICTURES
MAKE-UP PICTURES - We will let you know as soon as we set a date.
INFORMATION FROM OUR SCHOOL NURSE, MRS. SCHMITH
Parents, please remember, it is very important to call the health room if your child has been exposed to or is positive for Covid 19 as soon as this information is known. This will help determine if your child needs to stay at home and for how long and if anyone in their class will need to stay home from school as well. All information that is discussed and obtained will be kept confidential and not disclosed to anyone. (except Dr. Maddox, Mrs. Phillips, HCS lead nurse and Health Department (if necessary)) without your permission.
Please see link below for guidance when your child has to be home due to COVID.
You can contact the Nurse Schmith in the health room at 205-439-2230 or email at email@example.com
Thank you for allowing us to keep your child safe and healthy while at school.
All students, virtual, in person, and in all grades, are welcome.
Our first Spirit Night is scheduled for September 22nd at the Chick-fil-A at the Grove (near the Target shopping center) from 4pm-7pm. Bumpus will receive 10% of all sales during that time period. Drive-thru and curbside. Give Mom a day off from the kitchen and support Bumpus!
BUMPUS SPIRIT WEEK - SEPT. 28 - OCT. 2, 2020
MySchoolFees opened last Tuesday. Please pay your child's school fees online as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, Sept. 25th.
Please remember that Face to Face students using lockers MUST pay the Locker Fee of $10.00. (It is listed under Optional Fees this year because our virtual students who are not using lockers don't have to pay it.) We have the lockers serviced each year and must collect this money to pay the bill for that service. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!
PARENT HOME PORTAL INOW INFORMATION
ATTENDANCE - MRS. PHILLIPS
Attendance questions? Please email Mrs. Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (205) 439-2268
- For the first 4-week staggered schedule: Please make every effort to make appointments on the student's virtual days so valuable, in-person instruction is not missed.
- A parent/doctor note is still required within three (3) days of returning in order to excuse an absence or check-in/out and can be dropped in the excuse boxes in the main lobby or throughout the school.
- Anticipated absence forms need to be filled out entirely with parent and all teachers signatures, and turned into the 2nd floor office for approval at least three (3) days prior to the anticipated absence in order for it to be excused. Anticipated Absence Forms should include all consecutive school days within the requested time (including in-building and out-of-building days). Students can pick up the form in the 2nd floor office or download it off the Attendance page on the Bumpus website, have parents fill out and sign, and then have students bring it to school for the teachers to sign prior to turning back in to the 2nd floor office for approval.
NEWS FROM OUR COUNSELORS
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people ages 10 – 24. It is also one of the leading causes of PREVENTABLE death. We lose approximately 130 young people nationwide in this age group to suicide each week. FOUR out of FIVE teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs. That means in 80% of these cases we have an opportunity to intervene and possibly save a young person who is at-risk.
If you are immediately concerned about your child or a friend, text Crisis Text Line at 741741 or call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). These services are free, confidential and available 24/7.
Mrs. Catherine Bruno - 6th grade Counselor email@example.com
Mrs. MaryAnn Grear - 7th grade Counselor firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Brennita Keith - 8th grade Counselor email@example.com
The Crisis Center 205-323-7777 (24 hrs) TEXT 205-328-5465
Teen Link 205-328-LINK (5465) Kids Line 205-328-KIDS (5437) available 3-10pm
The Trevor Project 866-488-7346 Jeffco DHR 205-423-4900
Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233 Shelby Co DHR 205-669-3000
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800 273-TALK (8255) OR text TALK to 741741
PIRC (Psychiatric Intake Response Center) - 205-638-PIRC (7472)”
DATES TO REMEMBER!
9/17 - Football vs Lib Park @ HHS
9/18 - XC @ Heardmont Park
9/22 - SPIRIT Night - Chick fil-A 4-7 pm @ The Grove (by Target)
9/23 - Volleyball vs Hewitt Trussville (home)
9/24 - Football vs Berry @ SPHS
9/25 - Progress reports - Half-way day
BUMPUS 2020-2021 DEBATE TEAM
SCHOLARS' BOWL TRYOUTS
ATHLETIC TICKETS - PURCHASE THROUGH GOFAN
PE Instagram : bumpus_bucs_p.e
CROSS COUNTRY - The Cross Country Team will be competing in the Spain Park Invitational on Saturday September 26th.
CONGRATULATIONS - Allyson Crow of Team 7-2 and Catherine Wallace of Team 8-2 competed in the Chickasaw Cross Country Invitational Meet last weekend in Moulton, Al. Both girls represented Bumpus in incredible fashion.
Allyson and Catherine finished 19th and 22nd in a field of over 250 girls.
GIRLS GOLF - Any 7th and 8th Grade girls interested in playing golf, please email or call Coach Heard to get more information!!
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org Office Phone - 439-2258
Tryouts for Girls Basketball, 7th and 8th graders, will be held after school on Monday, October 5th and Tuesday, October 6th after school from 3:30-5pm. Please make sure you login to Dragonfly and get all your info in BEFORE tryouts! You cannot tryout if you do not have the necessary documents uploaded. Please see Coach Holden or Coach Hudson if you have any questions. Thanks, and Go BUCS!'
7th and 8th Grade Boys Basketball tryouts will be Oct. 19-20 from 3:30 - 5:30 in the Competition gym. All students must have an AHSAA physical and Hoover consent form on file. Rides MUST be here on time for pickups. Any questions, please contact Coach Jeffries at email@example.com or 205- 439-2235.
BUMPUS BOWLING TEAM - Congratulations to our new 2020 Bumpus Bowling Teams!!!
It is going to be an awesome season!
GIRLS - Fiza Bolani, Madelyn Bridges, Gracie Jones, Paige Lunsford, Afra Oduk, and Kaliegh Reamsma.
BOYS - Abood Jabr, James Latham, Steven Liu, Vaughn Morris, Blake Pyatt, Connor Shotts, and Rowan Steinmehl.
WRESTLING - All 7th and 8th graders interested in wrestling, see Coach Smith in room A220, at the start of your ETA. Google Classroom code: zwrlcrq
BUMPUS FACE MASKS
Spirit shirts are available for purchase through MySchoolFees (MSF). They are available in ADULT SIZES ONLY. AS-AXL are $15 and 2XL-3XL are $17.
If you have a friend or family member that would like to purchase a spirit shirt, but they do not have a child at Bumpus, they may still purchase the shirts on MSF’s. The shirts are available under the public fees section. To access, the person would need to create an account on MSF (if they do not have one) and add Bumpus Middle School. If they already have a MSF account, they would just need to add Bumpus Middle School. Click the “show public items” tab, click “Bumpus Middle”- show fees and then select “spirit shirt”. Contact the School Bookkeeper with any questions regarding MSF.
Our first Spirit Night is scheduled for September 22nd at the Chick-fil-A at the Grove (near the Target shopping center) from 4pm-7pm. Bumpus will receive 10% of all sales during that time period. Drive-thru and curbside.
The Whole Scoop
October 1st- Save the date!! 4pm-8pm
Thank you to everyone who has made a direct donation to the PTO. Thanks to your generosity, the PTO has been able to assist Dr. Maddox with making COVID related purchases for our school. Items such as mobile air purifiers, student and faculty lanyards (for masks) and spray bottles (for sanitizing cleaner) have been purchased.
It’s not too late to make a direct donation! You can do this by going to MySchoolFees (MSF).
Bumpus Color Run
Our Bumpus Color Run has been moved to March 12th! Registration will open in January! More details to come.
Fax # - 205-439-2201 Email address - firstname.lastname@example.org
Help spread facts
The impact of the new coronavirus disease, COVID-19, is being felt all over the world. With lots of information being rolled out, it’s important to receive and share accurate information, so that you can take the necessary steps to keep yourself and those around you safe.
We believe we are better when we work together. That’s why we have designed a range of social media posts and poster templates to help our community share accurate information from the World Health Organization.
#stopthespread with these handy tips.
Follow these tips from the World Health Organization to keep yourself safe and help contain the spread of the virus.
1. Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
2. Avoid touching your face, eyes, mouth, and nose.
3. Avoid contact with people who are vulnerable. And if you can’t, wear a mask.
4. Cover your cough with the bend of your elbow.
5. Disinfect surfaces you regularly use.
6. If you feel unwell, stay at home and call your healthcare provider.
7. Only share information from trusted sources.