Friday Notes

May 27, 2022

The Tragedy in Uvalde, TX

I have written, deleted, written, and deleted my thoughts on this unthinkable and unimaginable tragedy, which claimed the lives of nineteen precious children and two heroic teachers. For me, to write effectively means I must understand the topic; I cannot understand school violence, so writing about this horrific act is a challenge.

Like you, I have yet to become desensitized. Each life lost at the hands of evil is an immeasurable loss, one that is unfathomable. And yet, twenty-one families' lives have been turned upside down. These families hugged and kissed their babies or spouses before sending them off for one of the last days of school, never for a moment thinking that those hugs and kisses would be the last. I am enraged and heartbroken. But I am also determined, and as a school, we are determined.

We are determined to make our communities safer. We are determined to work tirelessly to promote peace, justice, and awareness. We are determined to keep our school safe for the children and families we serve. We are determined to give our children the assurance that they are safe and loved while in our care.

We are determined...but where is the action? Being determined simply isn't enough. Our children's lives depend on effective change and we are called to be the agents of this change.

BJAMS has a comprehensive emergency operations plan. We practice our safety drills in accordance with state guidelines. Each of our staff members are trained using the ALICE program and we recognize the importance of practicing safety drills - Vermont is not immune to the threats of violence; to think so is irresponsible.

Ours is a school community that is unparalleled to any other. Our faculty and staff are among the most selfless people I have ever had the privilege with which to work. Our area priests keep Christ at the center of who we are and what we do. Our Board of Trustees and parent organizations volunteer countless hours to help make our school a better place. And you - our families - are unceasingly supportive of each and every effort we make to keep our school safe.

You can find resources for talking with children about traumatic events, as well as crisis help resources on the Department of Mental Health website.

Prayer in action is love, love in action is service.”

-Saint Mother Teresa

From Carrie Wilson, Head of School

Memorial Day Observance

This morning, our Eighth Graders led our school in a Memorial Day observance that was appropriately somber and meaningful. We exited morning assembly in silence to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our great nation.

Unclaimed Claussen's Flowers

Thanks to a Herculean effort by PTO members and parent volunteers, the Claussen's Flower orders were sorted and grouped in time for pick up yesterday!

If you haven't yet claimed your flowers, please be sure to retrieve them today!

Art Show Help - WE NEED YOU!

16% of our families have signed up to assist with the Art Show set-up this weekend and Monday! A big thank you to those who have signed up - but we need more hands!

Please, please, please lend a hand this weekend to assist our fabulous art program's production of National Parks! Click here to sign up!

No ASP on Tuesday, May 31

Due to the Art Show, we will not offer the After School Program to students.

Upper School Students Learn Life Saving Techniques

Our seventh and eighth graders learned life saving techniques this week, thanks to Dr. Katie Marvin and Josh Dishaw, founder and president of Restart. Students learned CPR, first aid, tourniquet use, and how to administer epinephrine and naloxone.

Scholarship Announcement

Congratulations to Kaileigh Mason, this year's recipient of the Winston Dezaine Distinguished Student Scholarship. Open only to currently enrolled 7th graders, applicants are asked to write an essay that exemplifies how they embody the characteristics of Mr. Dezaine: generosity, compassion, and commitment to community and country. This scholarship covers the full tuition of the recipient's 8th grade year at BJAMS. Below is Kaileigh's winning essay chosen by Mr. Dezaine's nephew, Mr. Everett Dubray.

"Values" by Kaileigh Mason

The title of my essay is “values”. I chose this title because I believe that it describes the life that Mr. Dezaine lived by. In a way, I believe that Mr. Dezaine and my grandparents were a lot alike. For example, Mr. Dezaine and my grandfather worked in mines. My grandfather in asbestos, and Mr. Dezaine in talc. Mr. Dezaine started work at an early age as well as my grandparents.

My father wanted me and my brother to have a good education, so when I was little my parents brought me to Bishop Marshall. One year into starting school at BJAMS, my father was killed in a car accident when I was only in Pre-K. My gram and grandpa still wanted me to attend Bishop Marshall because they believed that they would teach kindness and respect. Mr. Dezaine was a very good man who believed in BJAMS and what they teach us.

I hope that when I graduate from Bishop Marshall that I can be a hard worker and person like him. I am beyond thankful for the friends I’ve made and the teachers that have provided me with a good education. Learning everyone in this country can be successful, respect for God, myself, and others. When I become successful, I hope to be able to give something back to others less fortunate, or in need of a hand up, just like Mr. Dezaine.

Rice Memorial High School Musicians Visit BJAMS

We were treated to a spectacular concert this week by the students of Rice Memorial High School!

It's right around the corner!

The last day of school Fun Day is almost here, and we are heading outside for some good ol' fun and games. Ben and Jerry's ice cream or sorbet will be served, too!

Pre-K parents are welcome to return with and accompany their students for this day of fun too! 8th graders are also welcome to attend and will be supervised as a class.

PTO does need some helping hands. Please see the sign up sheet to schedule for the morning.

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Be on the Lookout: PINK EYE!

Pink eye is making its unwelcome way through the school. Take a moment to read more about its signs, symptoms, and treatment here. And remember: if your student is diagnosed with pink eye, s/he must be on medication for 24 hours before returning to school.

Field Trip!

Mrs. Semprebon's Fourth Grade class visited our State Capitol and Ben & Jerry's this week.
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Yearbooks are Here!

Yearbooks are going home with your eldest student today.

If you missed your chance to order early, you can still get a yearbook directly through shutterfly online. [Click here to place your order]

Questions or concerns? Please email Kate Curran.


It was the 7/8 Social - what more need we say?

May Crowning (better late than never?)

First Communicants honored our Blessed Virgin Mary in our May Crowning ceremony held on May 18.

ASP Corner

No ASP May 31 (due to Art Show)

Fiber Arts Series

This week we learned the magic of wool and felting. The Davis Family donated wool from their sheep so students could smell and feel wool directly from the animal. Students learned how to make felt, and create flat pictures and balls.

Community News

5th Annual Opioid Forum

5th Annual Opioid Forum

Wednesday, 6/1, at 6:00 pm

Green Mountain Tech Center in Hyde Park

We have an amazing group of community partners (Prevention, Law Enforcement, Harm Reduction, Treatment and Recovery) who are excited to share their work and build connections across the region (Lamoille Valley).

The evening will begin with a beatiful personal story of recovery, highlight area resources, and end with a resource fair where you can learn about and access needed support. Only together can we prevent and reduce substance misuse and support those on the road to recovery! Please join us for an evening of connections and inspiration. (Registration is helpful for planning purposes, but not required.)

Healthy Lamoille Valley Coalition Meeting

Equity and Substance Prevention

June 9th, 3:30-4:45

We will take a look into how substance industry tactics increase inequality and risk factors, such as stigma, discrimination, and life stressors lead to disproportionate use. We will then hear from partners about their equity work in the community.

There are two primary goals of this meeting:

1) To help bring the substance lens to the equity work being done in our region by providing information and learning about the work of others.

2) To inform future HLV work around equity.

To register email

Coming Up Next

May 31 - Art Show 6-8pm - NO ASP

June 3 - PK3 and PK4 Graduation, Last Day for PK3 and PK4, noon dismissal for PK3 and PK4

June 3 - 8th Grade Graduation, 6pm

June 7 - Awards ceremony, Grades K-4: 8:05; Grades 5-7: 2:00


Event Series:

June 2 - Gr 5/6 Social Club, 6 pm - 8 pm (This date is DIFFERENT than what was previously published.)

June 6 - Gr 5-8 Coffee House, 6 pm - 8 pm (Not just 7/8)

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