Viking Family Digest
October 24, 2023
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Dear Parents and Guardians:
As we are looking through our building data, our PBIS team has identified the current most documented behavior is "class disruptions". Our staff and students will be addressing this behavior through XLT lessons over the next few weeks. Staff will be using specific positive praise to reinforce those behaviors that keep class running smoothly-raising your hand, speaking at low voice levels during group work, being on task, etc.
We encourage families to have conversations at home to support our student's positive behavior.
- 10/23-10/31: Spirit Week
- 10/25: CC End of Season Award Party
- 10/25: Informational meeting-Springfield Trip
- 10/27: School Dance (All Grades)
- 10/31: Halloween
- 11/01: DC Trip Meeting for 2025
- 11/02: RBMS Symphonic, Concert and Cadet Bands Fall Concert
- 11/06: No School - Teacher Institute Day
- 11/08: Ukrainian Lunch
- 11/08: Early Release
- 11/10: End of Trimester 1/Term 2
- 11/20-11/21: Student Led Conferences
- 11/20-11/21: Book Fair
- 11/20-11/24: No School
All School Dance
The first school dance will be held on Friday, October 27th from 2:30pm to 4:00pm at RBMS. Dance is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. Ticket cost is $5.00. If you bring a canned good to donate to the food pantry, ticket price will be $4.00. The Dance will be held in the RBMS Gym.
The Dance theme is black out - wear as much black as possible. No COSTUMES are allowed for the dance - costumes can be worn on Halloween, Tues. Oct.31st.
Dance Tickets will be sold at lunch on Wed. Oct 25th, Thurs. Oct 26th and Fri. Oct 27th. or tickets can be purchased at the door.
If you are having trouble purchasing a dance ticket, please email or talk to your Core 1 teacher.
We are excited to share that The Break is partnering with District 47 to provide a safe place for our students to have fun, connect and find acceptance in their after school program. Transportation will be available after school. We are limited to 20 spots daily (until The Break is able to expand this service). As a result, all 3 middle schools will have a daily sign up sheet (much like the activity bus sign up but this will be shared among all 3 middle schools). This will be a first come, first serve basis.
Families will need to enroll their child at The Break.
Step 1: The Break Registration Form
Step 2: RSVP on the home page The BREAK Home Page RSVP For Day/Event Would Like To Join
Membership at the BREAK is $10/month and that can be paid online when you register and there is an option for recurring membership fees. Nobody is ever turned away if they are unable to pay!! It is a simple process and they simply need to send a request to email@example.com.
For additional information please refer to https://www.clbreak.com/ We are so grateful for the support of the Crystal Lake community and excited for this opportunity for our students!!
Current 8th Graders: Enroll Now for High School
If your student plans to attend a D155 High School next school year, you need to log in and complete the enrollment process by November 21, 2023. Your student will not be able to select their classes for freshman year unless they have been enrolled through the district’s New Student Online Enrollment system. Parents & Guardians should have received an email from D155 on October 18. For more information, please visit D155’s Enrollment webpage, click here.
For those of you participating in the Community Harvest Food Drive, I would plan to leave that in until your bin is picked up.
Current seventh grade students - Springfield April 2024
- Current seventh grade students have the opportunity to travel to Springfield, in April 2024, to tour the many monuments, museums, and historical sites this amazing city has to offer.
- You and your student(s) are cordially invited to an informational meeting about the April 2024, Springfield Trip on Wednesday, October 25, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. During the meeting, we will talk about travel dates, potential tour itinerary, and tour cost. We will also have time to answer any questions you may have. Enrollment for the tour will open after the meeting.
- These tours are such a great educational opportunity for students and I hope to see a lot of seventh graders (and parents) at the meeting to hear all about it!
Community Harvest Food Drive
RBMS is proud to support the Crystal Lake Food Pantry and looks forward to participating in the Community Harvest Food Drive again this year, a combined effort of the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce and the Crystal Lake Community. Click here to see this year’s flyer for suggested donations. Monetary donations are also appreciated: checks can be made payable to the Crystal Lake Food Pantry. Donations will be accepted until Friday, November 17th.
With the current events in the world, we wanted to share an article with helpful tips to help guide your child through traumatic experiences.
Are you ready to go to Washington, D.C.?
Attention current 7th grade students! Are you ready to go to Washington, D.C.? How about going to the next Presidential Inauguration? That’s right! It’s your turn!
There is an informational meeting on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at 6:00pm, to announce and open enrollment for Bernotas’s January 2025 Presidential Inauguration/Washington, D.C. Tour! The details of the tour - including dates, cost, and itinerary - will be presented at this meeting. This tour is only open for students who will be in eighth grade during the 2024/2025 school year.
Come to the meeting to learn about this once in a lifetime opportunity to see history as it happens! Contact Mr. Jonker with any questions. firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: RBMS Main Gym
When: Wednesday, November 1, 2023
Time: 6:00 pm
RBMS Holiday Assistance
This year Bernotas Middle School is partnering with a community partner to provide assistance during the holidays. They provide household items, clothing as well as gifts for our families. If you need some assistance during the holiday season, please print and complete the attached form. Return the form to Bernotas Middle School no later than Friday, NOVEMBER 3rd. The completed form can also be scanned to email@example.com. If you do not have access to a printer please let us know and a paper copy will be mailed to you. Please note that all names received will be confidential and there is no guarantee that assistance will be provided. The agency will contact your family directly for delivery of requested items. Hope for Holidays Form 2023.pdf
Student Led Conferences
Student Led Conferences for all grade levels will be held in person during November on the following dates:
Monday, November 20, 2023 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday, November 21, 2023 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Please be on the lookout for a communication from your child’s school/teacher with more information.
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, RBMS Feedback link. We appreciate you being a part of our team to improve our practice, ensuring student success.
Lost and Found
We have a variety of lost items and would like to find their owners! Lost and found is located outside the cafeteria. Please ask your child to check this area if they're missing anything. Any electronic items found, jewelry, glasses, watches, or house keys, are located in the front office. Please claim your lost items. All items not claimed will be donated Nov 17th.
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.