Bay Creek Beat
September 9, 2015
I hope everyone had a relaxing and fun Labor Day Weekend! The month of September is National Emergency Preparedness Month. I wanted to take this opportunity to share a few information items with you just in case we ever have an emergency at Bay Creek during school hours.
If there is ever a need to evacuate the Bay Creek campus, we have two locations available for our students. Our first evacuation location is Trip Elementary School and our back up location is Chestnut Grove Baptist Church on Rosebud Road. We do have the capability of getting students home from both of these locations with the Gwinnett County buses. Parents who choose to pick their students up from these locations should follow these procedures:
- When arriving, at either location, there will be support staff directing traffic. Please follow traffic patterns and park in the designated areas.
- Enter the main entrance and follow signs or support staff directing you to the area designated for your child’s grade level. Once there the grade level counselor will verify your id and call for your student. If you have students in more than one grade level, let the counselor know and they will relay the message to the other grade level counselor so you do not have to go through multiple lines.
- Communication is a key tool to make sure you have the most up to date information. Please make sure you have signed up for the communication tools listed below so you are always up to date on the latest events.
In Gwinnett County, we practice hard and soft lock downs. During both lock downs we do not permit parents or any unauthorized individuals entrance in to the building. We can also not permit students to be checked out during an active lock down. These restrictions are to ensure that our students are kept safe and secure. We will be practicing hard and soft lock downs in the next few weeks. I will communicate with parents so you are aware of the upcoming events.
General Reminders and Updates for all Students
- Twice a year middle schools release early. The first early release dates are September 23rd and 24th. On September 23rd, teachers will hold conferences with parents. If a conference is scheduled for your child, you will receive an invitation to attend the conference. If you do not receive an invitation for a conference, but would like to schedule a conference, please reach out to your child’s homeroom teacher to request a conference. In middle school the teachers meet with parents as a team, so all four academic teachers and possibly one or more connection teachers will be present for the conference.
- This year we will not be sending home any paper progress reports. Parents will need to use the parent portal to access and review your child’s grades. Twice each semester parents will be sent a link to complete a form verifying that you have reviewed current grades.
- Students will attend their 1st club meeting next week on September 15th. Students with missing work are not permitted to attend clubs until their work is submitted. Remind your child to make sure they have turned in all their work so they can attend clubs. As you check the parent portal, if you see any “NTI” listed in the grade book that means your child did not turn in the assignment. Take time to review the parent portal a few times each week.
Bay Creek Communication Tools
If you are looking for ways to locate updates and upcoming events at Bay Creek, there are several different ways we will communicate with parents listed below. As the district has moved to the eCLASS platform, teachers no longer have individual webpages. As parent access is not yet available, we encourage parents to log into their child’s eCLASS page and review homework and upcoming classroom assignments.
a. The Bay Creek Web Page: www.baycreekrams.com/home.html
b. Like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bcmsrams
c. Download the Connect 2 Grayson App for your iPhone or Android device.
d. Sign up to receive reminders and emergency information through Remind.com. (Directions for Remind.com can be found on the Bay Creek Web Page.)
e. View current grades and other specific individual student data through the Parent Portal. (Parent portal accounts can be obtained by completing the account form at the reception desk. Picture I.D. is required.)
Grade Level Specific Information
- Save the date: 6th grade dance is scheduled for October 16th!
- I have some unfortunate news to share regarding the 7th grade field trip to Rock Eagle. The district is not approving overnight field trips to locations that are within a certain mile radius of the school. Unfortunately, Rock Eagle falls within the specified radius and was subsequently removed from the list of locations allowable for overnight field trips. I know that the overnight field trip has been a tradition and that so many for our 7th graders look forward to this trip. I am very disappointed to share this news with you.
I am working with the 7th grade science teachers to come up with some other options for a field trip. At this point we are asking parents to wait on requesting a refund until we have finalized our “Plan B” option. Once we have more information to share on Plan B, we will communicate that with parents and students. If you want your child to participate in the Plan B, we can apply the money already paid to that trip and refund any balance to the parent. If you have any suggestions on locations or ideas for the trip, please share them with your child’s science teacher.
Again, I am so sorry that we are unable to take an overnight trip t0 Rock Eagle Trip this year.
- CogAT: Reminder that all 8th graders will be taking the CogAT on September 16th – 18th from 9:30 am – 12:00 noon. Student checkouts during testing are not permitted. Please make sure your child is present for testing as students perform their best when they take the test during the main administration. CogAT scores are an important tool used throughout the rest of your child’s educational career to make placement decisions.
Ten Powerful Things To Say To Your Kids
Rachel Macy Stafford, author of Hands Free Mama and Hands Free Life, has developed a list of what she calls Soul-Building Words that have helped her nurture her children. She says that by using these words, she has been able to develop a closer relationship with her children and help them thrive. Give some of these words a try and watch your child’s face light up.
You make my day better.
You make my life better.
I love spending time with you.
Seeing your face makes me happy.
This time is all yours.
How can I be a better parent to you?
Nothing is more important than being with you right now.
How can I help?
Take your time. You don’t have to rush.
Keep going. You’ve got this.
Be kind to yourself. You are doing the best you can.
Mistakes mean you are bravely learning and growing.
It may not be the outcome you hoped for, but I noticed your effort and it was quite remarkable.
I believe in you.
- Thank you from the PTSA on our very successful fall fund-raiser. We’re waiting on the final numbers to come in before we share the amount we raised.
Basketball & Cheerleading
- We are currently in the recruitment cycle for Girls and Boys Basketball and Cheerleading. Only 7th and 8th grade students are allowed to participate in middle school sports. Visit our web site for more information.