September 11, 2020
Week One - CHECK!
Please Do Your Part!
- Did your child take any non-essential trips to a yellow or red zone? Traveling to red or yellow zones requires a 14-day quarantine or a test after 7 days.
- Is your child unwell or have any unexplained symptoms consistent with COVID-19? Please keep your children home if they are not feeling well. It will save you a trip to school to pick up midmorning or midday. It will also keep others healthy.
- Did you administer fever-reducing medication/cough medicine to your child before arriving at school? This will impact our temperature screening and could put others at risk.
- Has your child come in close contact with anyone you know has COVID-19? Close contact is defined as within 6-feet for 15 minutes or more.
We learned yesterday that individuals in Stowe schools may have been exposed to others who have tested positive for COVID-19. Reading this news after being in school less than a week was heartbreaking. I cannot stress this enough: we all must do our part to keep the risk to our community as low as possible. While I recognize that despite our best efforts, exposure is still possible, I am asking that we work to minimize this possibility. I know it's a lot to ask and that the disruption of our pre-COVID lives is tough. However, this pandemic requires us all to pitch in and do our part. Being in school five days per week for in-person learning is well worth the sacrifice!
Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures
- Students must remain in the vehicle until their health screenings are complete.
- Parents: do not "cut" in line during drop off. If you see a line, wait your turn.
- Ensure your students are ready to exit your vehicle once the screening is successfully completed. This allows us to move cars up and avoid a back up.
- Don't idle: lungs are hard at work!
- Please place your car magnet on the passenger side of your vehicle (or in a spot that is easily visible) at pick up. This helps us get your children out to your vehicle quickly.
- Be sure your doors are unlocked and you are ready to receive your child.
- Once your children are buckled, off you go!
Would you like to join the PTO? Please let us know or join us at our first virtual meeting:
Monday, September 14th at 9:00 am
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link.
Thanks to the generosity of the BJAMS PTO and the hard work of the Building and Grounds Committee: Ed Olsen, Brian Tomlinson, and Ed Leriche-Forkey for all the new play structures in the Pre-K playground.
BJAMS School Community Garden Project
This year, we are developing a garden project that will pave the road for years to come.
Starting on September 16th and happening every Wednesday during the After School Program from 3:30-4:30 through November 4th. Please see the ASP calendar for more detail on each segment.
Special thanks to:
The New England Grass Roots Seed Grant https://grassrootsfund.org
The UVM Extension 4H Program (Lamoille County)
Green Mountain Landscaping
Michelle MacDonald, Master Gardener
Elly Ventura, Outreach Manager at Lamoille Solid Waste Management
* ASP Corner *
Exciting things are happening in BJAMS After School Program
Upcoming Enrichment Activities:
Monday- Role Playing Game with Mr. Stein
Tuesday- Learn to Knit with Mrs. Dunham
(Welcoming 3rd. graders and up)
Wednesday- The BJAMS Community Garden Project
Thursday- ART 101 with Mrs. Tomlinson
Friday- S.T.E.M- Creating Flying Objects with Mr. Stein
Stay tuned for our new ASP calendar.
Soccer Update from Coach Buczek
Hi BJAMS Families,
Bishop Marshall will start our fall soccer program on Monday, September 14th. Our soccer program will look a little different this season to ensure we remain in compliance with the most current COVID-19 guidelines. This season I will train all players in their respective age group once a week. All teams are co-ed.
1st & 2nd....Monday........3:20-4:30
3rd & 4th.....Tuesday.......3:20-4:30
5th & 6th.....Wednesday..3:20-4:30
7th & 8th.....Thursday......3:20-4:30
We ask that our players bring shin guards, facial coverings, a filled water bottle, and sneakers/cleats for the training sessions. Some of the training sessions might have to be moved to Friday so that I get a chance to enjoy some of my son's soccer matches. I will be sure to reach out in advance.
In the event our area can reach Step III in the next few weeks, we will consider scheduling matches, based on recommendations from our school nurse and medical resources. Our first priority is to keep school open for in-person learning five days per week and we do not want to do anything to jeopardize that.
Coming Up Next
Sep 14 - Picture Day
Sep 14 - First PTO Meeting
Sep 16 - Community Garden Project starts
Oct 5 - No School
Oct 13 - Picture Retakes
Oct 17 - Fire Drill
Oct 24 - Clear the Halls Drill