Viking Family Digest
September 5th, 2023
What a great turn out at Parent Night! It was a busy night. We hope you had a great experience walking your student's schedule and getting from class to class in the three minutes!
This week we conducted several of our safety drills, dates listed below. It is important that we practice the procedures several times a year. Our Vikings did a great job being respectful, responsible and safe!
- 09/05: Ukrainian Lunch Bunch
- 09/11 - 09/22: Fall 2023 FastBridge Assessments
- 09/12: PTO Chipotle Fundraiser
- 09/13: PTO Meeting
- 09/18: Be Seen/Be Heard
- 09/20: Early Release @ 1pm
- 09/27: Secure and Teach Drill
- 09/29: End Term One
- 10/03: Ukrainian Lunch Bunch
- 10/05: Fall Picture Day Retakes
- 10/06: Year Book Orders Due
- 10/09: Columbus Day - No School
- 10/11: Lockdown Drill
- 10/11: PTO Meeting
- 10/18: Early Release - 1pm
The Dean's Deets
Attendance: Making a Morning Plan For Success
Mornings can be hectic! Here are some tips for setting your student up for success so they can be on time to school. They can:
Plan clothes for the week on Sunday or the night before
Pack lunches at night.
Charge Chromebook near your backpack
Pack as much as you can in your backpack at night
Make a checklist for the morning that includes all necessary tasks
Go to sleep earlier than you do on the weekends
Set an alarm at night and put it across the room from you
Pick a time to leave the house that allows you enough time to be in CORE 1 at 7:40
Be Seen and Heard Program
In accordance with a state mandate regarding Erin’s Law (Public Act 96-1524), Crystal Lake Elementary District 47 will be teaching the Be Seen and Heard©2.0 curriculum, a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse awareness program for students in grades K-8. Be Seen and Heard©2.0 is an age-appropriate, engaging curriculum created by professional speaker Victor Pacini that focuses on the difference between safe and unsafe touch and the importance of having trusted heroes, someone the child trusts and can turn to for help.
To learn more about Erin’s Law or the Be Seen and Heard©2.0 curriculum, visit www.erinslaw.org or www.victorpacini.com. Victor has created an informational video for families regarding his Be Seen and Heard©2.0 curriculum. To view, please go to:
Peace of Mind Video for Parents - English
Peace of Mind Video for Parents - Spanish
It is important to emphasize that, due to the sensitive nature of this topic, the information associated with this program is presented thoughtfully and varies depending upon a student’s grade level. Bernotas will present this program on Monday, September 18th. If you prefer your child not participate in this personal safety instruction, please submit your objection in writing to your child’s principal, Kellie Marks by Monday, September 11th.
If your child is not in attendance on the day and time of the presentation and we have not received an opt out notice from you, your child will be scheduled for a make-up presentation with a school clinician sometime within a few weeks of the above presentation date.
For any questions about the content of the program or Erin’s Law, please contact Dr. Carolyn Stadlman in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment at (815) 788-5036.
School Safety Drills
The health and safety of our students and staff are our top priority. Under the Illinois School Safety Drill Act, all public schools are required to conduct a variety of safety drills annually. Drills practiced include fire (3), evacuation (1), shelter-in-place (1), and law enforcement (lockdown) (3). See below for our fall drill schedule:
- Secure and Teach: September 27th, 2023
- Lockdown: October 11th, 2023
Preparing for various scenarios in advance helps empower staff and students in the case of a real emergency. While the chance of an incident happening is unlikely, we care about the well-being of our students and staff and are required by law to educate our school community to ensure emergency preparedness for all.
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.
District 47 to Host Job Fair
District 47 is hosting a job fair on Wednesday, September 13 from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday, September 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m at the CORE Center, please help us spread the word! We are hiring bus drivers, paraprofessionals, and substitutes. Click here for more information.
D155 Creative Career Expo
Calling all middle school students! If you have an interest in exploring careers like architecture, art, graphic design, culinary, film, marketing, performing arts and more, this is your opportunity to attend free workshops and connect with industry professionals. Saturday, October 28 at Prairie Ridge High School from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Click here to register.
We would like to know how many of our families utilize the D47 mobile app!
Do you use the D47 mobile app?
PBIS Kickoff Assemblies
We had our PBIS expectation Assemblies last Friday!
Classroom Goal: Wait your turn to talk by
Raise your hand and wait to get called on
Write down an idea or question so you don’t forget it
Think, "Do I need to share this now?"
Hallway Goal: Responsible: Be sure you have all class belongings, including homework
Make a list of all classes + required materials + post on your locker door
Before Core 1, gather materials for the 1st “chunk” of your day
After lunch, gather materials for the 2nd “chunk” of your day
During passing period think, ”What class is next? What do I need?”
LMC (The Library)
Hello RBMS families,
My name is Mrs. Brogan, and I am the librarian at RBMS! The library (LMC) is open and students have been busily searching for an independent reading book (IDR). All students have toured the library and learned all that we will do together this year.
The LMC in middle school is quite different from elementary school. The library is open all day and available to students and staff for multiple purposes (book checkout, research, group or independent work time, etc.). Throughout the day, I will join classrooms and meet classes or groups of students in the LMC. Something else that is different, is the variety of books students have access to. In elementary school, students want to read about middle school activities, and in middle school, they want to read about high school students and situations. Please know we have books with more mature content and are considered YA (young adult) books. I ask that you have conversations with your child about what you deem appropriate. This will be different for all families, and that is OK. I also encourage you to ask your child about what he/she is reading and continue that dialogue to learn more about your growing and changing middle schooler. As I get to know your child as readers and individuals, I will be able to encourage new genres, authors, and formats.
If you have any questions, please email me at email@example.com. Thank you.
Golf Club is starting up in September. Please completed the Golf Club Permission Slip. There is a cost of $5.00 per session. Students will ride the school bus to Turnberry Golf Club 9600 Turnberry Trail, Village of Lakewood at 2:15pm. Students will need to coordinate rides home promptly at 3:30pm. Please contact Mr. Krol.
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.
- The Bernotas PTO meets on select Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. in the Bernotas Middle School Library. All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend! The 2023-2024 meeting dates are:
- September 13th (Fall Fundraiser)
- October 11th (Conference Dinner Planning)
- March 13th (8th Grade Dance Kick-off Meeting)
- April 10th
- May 8th (Elections/Budget Approval)
If you are interested in joining a committee, or have a question about the PTO, please contact Sarah Kovarik at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 8th Grade Dance: Chair Needed
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 email@example.com. 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. Donations are due Thursday, September 7th.
Sodexo “So Happy” App for Parents
Download the app “So Happy” for free on the App Store or Google Play Store. So Happy allows you to view what’s on the menu in your child’s cafeteria, and look at the health information on the menu items (calories, nutritional information, and allergens). Click here for more instructions on how to use the app.