Barbara Morgan S.T.E.M. Academy

October 19, 2021 Newsletter

Important Dates


October

20 - Parent/Teacher Conferences (Evening Only) (No school for 1/2 Day Kindergartners)

21 - No School grades K-8 - Parent/Teacher Conferences

22 - No School grades K-8 (End of First Quarter)

25-29 Red Ribbon Week (See information below)


November

2 - Voting Day - Click here for Levy Information

10 - PTO Meeting

11-21 - Virtual Book Fair (See information below)

22-26 - No School - Thanksgiving Break

Reminder: No School October 21-22, Thursday and Friday of this Week

Parent-Teacher Conferences

We are excited for Parent-Teacher Conferences this week. Conferences are a wonderful opportunity to showcase student work, to discuss learning goals, and to help strengthen home and school connections.


*As a reminder, due to Parent/Teacher Conferences, students do not have school October 21st and 22nd. Mrs. Journeaux's students do not have school on October 20, 21, and 22.

Red Ribbon Week - Oct. 25-29

Celebrating Healthy, Drug-Free Lifestyles

At school next week, teachers and staff will promote a drug free and healthy lifestyle to students. Teachers and students are invited and encouraged to watch a short K-9 demonstration video from our local Meridian Police Department, as well as tie a red “ribbon” onto our chain-link fence by the parent pick-up loop outside the school.


Please partner with us and discuss this message at home. The easiest way to help keep our kids’ drug-free is through prevention and by being proactive. Below are some tips from www.drugfree.org. To see the full article, entitled Drug Prevention Tips for Every Age, visit https://drugfree.org/article/prevention-tips-for-every-age/


Tips for conversations with your early elementary school child:


• Talk to your kids about the drug-related messages they receive through advertisements, the news media, and entertainment sources. Ask your kids how they feel about the things they’ve heard — you’ll learn a great deal about what they’re thinking.

• Keep your discussions about substances focused on the present — long-term consequences are too distant to have any meaning. Talk about the differences between the medicinal uses and illegal uses of drugs, and how drugs can negatively impact the families and friends of people who use them.

• Set clear rules and explain the reasons for your rules. If you use tobacco or alcohol, be mindful of the message you are sending to your children.

• Work on problem solving: Help them find long-lasting solutions to homework trouble, a fight with a friend, or in dealing with a bully. Be sure to point out that quick fixes are not long-term solutions.

• Give your kids the power to escape from situations that make them feel bad. Make sure they know that they shouldn’t stay in a place that makes them feel uncomfortable or bad about themselves. Also let them know that they don’t need to stick with friends who don’t support them.

• Get to know your child’s friends — and their friends’ parents. Check in occasionally to make sure they are giving their children the same kinds of messages you give your children.


Red Ribbon Spirit Week Dress-Up Days, October 25-29:



Monday, October 25th

Rally in Red – Students and staff wear red and our Red Ribbon Week bracelets


Tuesday, October 26th

"Peace Out to Drugs"

Students and staff wear tie dye


Wednesday, October 27th

"Kicking Drugs to the Curb"

Students and staff wear fun socks


Thursday, October 28th

"You Have the Power to Be Drug Free!"

Students and staff wear their favorite superhero t-shirt


Friday, October 29th

"Your Future is Too Bright for Drugs!"

Students and staff wear neon colors

Always wanted to work at BMSA?

We have a few paid positions working directly with students within our classrooms. We would love to fill those positions with people who love BMSA, so please forward the following information to anyone you feel would be interested.



PBI Paraprofessional:

37.5 hours per week

In this position, you would be working directly with our Positive Behavior Intervention (PBI) teacher to support individual students as they work towards social and academic goals. Certain qualifications apply. Click the link below for more information:


https://www.applitrack.com/meridian/onlineapp/default.aspx?AppliTrackPostingSearch=location:%22Barbara+Morgan+STEM+Academy%22&AppliTrackJobId=19095&AppliTrackLayoutMode=detail&AppliTrackViewPosting=1


Substitutes Needed:

We are always in need of loving substitutes. This is a wonderful way to get involved within our school and have the flexibility of choosing the days you work. The job posting is an applicant pool for the entire district, but you can specify you would like to only sub at BMSA if you choose.


https://www.applitrack.com/meridian/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Substitute&AppliTrackJobId=18378&AppliTrackLayoutMode=detail&AppliTrackViewPosting=1



Please contact Principal Wright for more information: 208-855-430 or wright.lauri@westada.org.

Virtual Book Fair

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Support our Library by shopping Our Virtual Book Fair

We're excited about our Fall Book Fair which is virtual this year so that you can order from the comfort of your own home. This is a great opportunity to grow your child's at-home library. Books make great gifts, too! Share the link with grandparents and other family or friends as a great gift idea.


BMSA's Virtual Book Fair: November 8-21, 2021


Book Fair Homepage: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/bmsa

Our Lost and Found is Overflowing!

Have you been looking for your child's jacket, favorite waterbottle, pair of glasses, or other items?


There is a very good chance your child's items are in our Lost and Found. We encourage all students and parents to take a peek within our Lost and Found for their long-lost items. Please mask-up before entering the Lost and Found breezeway.

BMSA Spirit Wear Available

Order your BMSA Spirit Wear today!

We are excited to announce BMSA Spirit Wear is available for purchase in youth and adult sizes. Check out the hoodies, sweatshirts, t-shirts and masks by clicking on the link below:


https://www.bonfire.com/bmsa-pto-fundraiser/


Proceeds go directly to BMSA's PTO to support staff and students directly.

Join PTO today!

We recognize, due to Covid-19 safety regulations, volunteering is limited. However, you can get connected by joining BMSA's PTO. Our PTO supports our teachers, staff and students, by helping create a caring and supportive network with a goal of providing educational and social services, funding classroom supplies/materials, and organizing school and community events.


If you are interested in joining PTO, please fill out the information on this link and you will be contacted by a PTO representative soon.


For more information or to contact any of the PTO board members, please email: ptobmsa@gmail.com.


We are in the process of updating our BMSA PTO website and will have more information coming soon, but until then, please visit: https://www.westada.org/Page/60465.

Nurse News

*Face shields are only allowed with a medical mask exemption from a doctor.



In an effort to keep all students, staff and families safe during this pandemic, it is required to keep your students home if they are ill or experiencing symptoms:


  • Fever (100 degrees farenheit) - without having to take any fever-reducing medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen
  • New loss of smell or taste
  • Cough
  • Muscle Aches
  • Sore Throat
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Chills
  • New or Unusual Headache
  • Extreme Fatigue
  • Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea or Loss of Appetite
  • Congestion or Runny Nose


If your child has one of these symptoms, it is required the student quarantines for 10 days from the onset of symptoms. A student may return sooner if a healthcare provider provides a written note or we receive a negative COVID 19 test from a testing facility or health care provider and symptoms have improved over 72 hours.


For current information, please click the West Ada Health Services tab for return to school guidelines: Health Services / Symptom/Illness Flow Chart (westada.org)


Additionally, you are required to inform the school nurse of the following:


  • Your student has a known exposure to COVID.
  • Anyone in your household is displaying symptoms of COVID-19 and awaiting COVID test results or has tested positive for COVID.

Counselor Corner!

In-class Social-Emotional Learning lessons this week!

Last week and this week your students are/will be learning about our empathy tool from our ToolBox tools that we use as part of our social-emotional learning lessons here at BMSA. Here is a letter to parents from ToolBox about this particular tool. Your student will also be taking home an activity worksheet to connect the lesson at home as well. We appreciate you reinforcing this tool at home and outside of school! Please contact Counselor Emma with any questions.

BMSA FAMILY NEEDS

Hi BMSA families! I wanted to share several resources we have available to students and their families in need:


- Week-end Food Back Pack Program: Students receive a bag of food each Friday, delivered by the Meridian Food Bank. This is provided throughout the school year. Link to permission form can be found here.


- Operation School Bell: The Assistance League of Boise donates new clothes, shoes and a winter coat to students. Participants for this program will be signed up on a first-come-first-serve basis. The date for this is Thursday, November 4th. Link to this form can be found here.


- Thanksgiving Food Boxes: Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides Thanksgiving food boxes to families in need during the Thanksgiving holiday. Link to application is here.


- BMSA Giving Tree: December holiday assistance - gifts provided by other BMSA families. Link to application is here.


To participate one or more of these programs, you may also request a hard copy sent home with your student by emailing Counselor Emma at shuck.emma@westada.org or call 208.855.4432.


Want to help?

We are accepting donations of reusable water bottles and ear buds/headphones. If you'd like to donate either of these items, you can send them in with your student. Thanks so much!