The Boeckman Buzz

December 11, 2020

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Message from Principal Blazek

Today I had the opportunity to meet with all of our teams and learn more about how the first few weeks of distance learning have gone for our learners that were in the hybrid model. They had A LOT of good news to share. They shared almost all learners are attending their class meetings and they were even more pleased with the high level of engagement and participation during these meetings. This is a marketed change from last spring and we plan to continue building off this. We would like to see more of our kid's faces during Google Meets. If your child is able to and is comfortable turning on their camera please encourage them to do so.

On Class Meeting Days teachers are designing learning opportunities that take place during the dedicated class time. This will include small groups, 1:1 meetings, and independent work. On Virtual Coaching Days, teachers are designing asynchronous learning opportunities which teachers support through their virtual coaching times.

Learners are expected to engage in these learning opportunities and to attend any small group Google Meets or 1:1 meeting they are asked to be at. They are also expected to engage with their teachers during virtual coaching if they have questions or want to connect. We would appreciate your support in sharing with learners the expectation to attend all learning opportunities they are asked to be at and to use virtual coaching hours. We are finding there is a misconception that students only need to attend the 15-minute class meetings.

We have developed tools for you to use at home when discussing distance learning expectations. Below we have the Distance Learning Matrix and the Day in the Life of a Student Example linked. Individual teams have developed more specific schedules for their classes that have been shared with your learner.

Finally, through hybrid and distance learning, we have been putting extra focus on developing time management and communication skills. It was great to hear how well our learners are doing managing their time, consistently attending their Google Meets, and communicating with their teachers when they cannot be at Google Meets or need help. These are key skills that will important to their success in the future.

Thank you for your continued partnership.

BMS Staff Tiger Stripe

We are excited to announce that now you can give a BMS Staff member a Tiger Stripe by quickly filling out this form. You will select the staff member and your comments will be emailed to them.

Is your family in need of weekend food?

You can sign up to receive a free bag of food every weekend. There are no qualification requirements and your family's privacy is protected. Grab and go weekend food will be available in the BMS main office during distance learning starting Tuesday, Dec. 22nd.

Click on the Every Meal icon below to sign up. By filling out this form we are able to gauge how much food we need to stock for the grab and go weekend food table. Providing your name in the form is optional, but will allow us to ensure your family continues to receive weekend food when we return from distance learning

Dakota County is assessing safety near schools – Your input is needed

Dakota County, in collaboration with MnDOT, is conducting a study to proactively address safety for students traveling to and from the 48 schools in Dakota County next to county and state roads. The study and recommendations are focused on pedestrian and bicyclist safety.

The county is currently hosting a virtual open house to share preliminary recommendations of the study. You can view the draft recommendations for your school and share your feedback. The virtual open house materials are available now on the project website. The open house will be available for comments until at least December 11. Open house materials are provided in English and Spanish.

Visit the virtual open house now at:

Virtual Book Fair Extended

Our Virtual Book Fair has been EXTENDED through TODAY!

Usborne Books & More provide quality, educational, and engaging books that make kids excited to read and learn. Stock up on resources to help your children engage in learning and reading at home! Books also make the best gifts!

All orders will be placed online and shipped directly to your home! Order with this link:

Our school earns up to 50% in FREE books from purchases, so please invite grandparents, family, and friends to participate and support literacy and our students.

Want to help and buy books for a teacher’s classroom? Search for the teacher’s name and shop their wish list!

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COVID Reporting During Distance Learning

The Farmington School District will continue to track confirmed cases of Covid19 in students and staff. It is important to call your student’s school, even when in Distance Learning if your student is diagnosed with Covid-19, has symptoms, or has been identified as a close contact.

We need our school community to work together to help stop the spread of Covid-19 in an effort to return students to in-person learning as soon as possible.

School Nurse Contact

Available during school hours Monday - Thursday

Akin Road Elementary 651-460-1706

Farmington Elementary 651-460-9006

Meadowview Elementary 651-460-3106

North Trail Elementary 651-460-1806

Riverview Elementary 651-460-1606

Boeckman Middle 651-460-1406

Dodge Middle 651-460-1506

Farmington High 651-252-2506

District Nurse 651-460-1965

You may continue to access the Farmington Covid-19 dashboard, FAQ’s and family resources


Family Resources

No-cost, at-home COVID-19 testing information
The MN Department of Health is encouraging and providing at-home COVID-19 saliva testing for any person who wants to be tested, with or without symptoms, at no cost, with or without insurance. In-person testing sites, supports, recommendations, and guidelines are also available.

For information please go to the Minnesota Department of Health’s website.

Remain vigilant to reduce the spread of COVID-19

Please remember to wear your mask, practice social distancing, wash your hands, cover coughs/sneezes, and keep your contacts limited to those closest to you and your family. Routine healthcare visits, immunizations, and well-child visits continue to be essential during this time. Contact your child’s health office with any questions or concerns.

Parent How-To Tech Help Video Resources

How to Find Campus Portal

This short video will show you how to find Campus Portal. If you need to set up your account call 651-469-1400

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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, February 16th @ 6:30 pm

Tuesday, April 20th @ 6:30 pm

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.

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
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