Barbara R. Morgan Elementary School

November 2018 Family Newsletter

Upcoming Events:

  • Nov. 1: NO SCHOOL (Teacher Work Day)
  • Nov. 2: NO SCHOOL (Teacher Training Day)
  • Nov 4: Time Change​
  • Nov. 5, 6, 7: Book Fair Open until 3:45 PM (with an adult present)
  • Nov. 7: 2nd Quarter PTA meeting 12:00 noon in Computer Lab​
  • Nov. 8: Early Release @ 1:15
  • Nov. 8: Parent Teacher Conferences 2:00-8:00 PM
  • Nov. 8: Book Fair Open until 8:00 PM (during Parent Teacher Conferences)
  • Nov. 9: NO SCHOOL (Parent Teacher Conferences 8:00-12:00)
  • Nov. 9: Book Fair Open until noon (during Parent Teacher Conferences)
  • Nov 12: Opera Idaho Assembly @ 10:00 AM​

  • Nov 13: 3rd Annual Student Craft & Food Fair 3:30 – 5:00 PM​ ​

  • Nov 21, 22, 23: NO SCHOOL ~Happy Thanksgiving!

Principal Update

Hello November!


I can't believe we just completed our 1st quarter of the school year already! Time sure flies when we're having fun. As we begin the 2nd quarter, I'd like to share with you some of the things I am most thankful for at BRMES:


  • Our School Family ~ what great kids, staff, and families we have.
  • Outdoor Learning Opportunities ~ the outdoor classroom, walking path (Walk-tober), frisbee golf, walking field trips, and all of the adventures in the forest around the school.
  • Volunteers ~ the log book is already filling up - amazing support.
  • PTA ~ another successful Tortoise & the Hare, and a t-shirt contest and craft/bake sale coming soon.
  • New Programs/Ideas ~ Monday Morning Meetings are up and going, art, Spanish, Miss Meg's lessons, 5th grade leadership, and soon we'll be adding ukelele's in music class and the PALs program (see below).


Take a moment this month to appreciate what you are most thankful for and enjoy the joy of learning with your child(ren). I am especially grateful to your continued support for the staff and your child(ren).


Mrs. Berg

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Parent Teacher Conferences ~ Sign up online (or call us)

You should have received an email with a link to schedule your child's parent teacher(s) conference for November 8th or November 9th. Click here for the link OR call the school office if you need help signing up (208)634-2219.

Walk-tober Results

Way to go BRMES students, staff, and parents who helped us by participating in Idaho's Walk-tober challenge! We walked approximately 8.400 laps from October 1-31 at lunch time recess on our new awesome walking path (which will soon turn into a bike path as well). This equated to just over 1,680 miles!


Thank you to Rich Prittie, Katie Wright, Yadi Spangenberg, Stephanie Day, Cora Coleman, Kim-e Weller, Pat Berg, and Lisa Montague for being a 'tally mark' volunteer to help us track all those laps!

NEW! Playground Activity Leader (PAL) ~ Help Wanted!

Our Playground Activity Leader (PAL) Program is a new program we are launching this month. It is a volunteer program where caring adults are available during lunch time recess to be a positive role model and play/converse with our elementary aged students. This program will help develop self-esteem, strengthen peer relationships and promote positive school interactions.


We are hoping to find 1-2 volunteers per day to be an outside Playground Activity Leader one day per week/month or whatever you can do. Times vary from 11:15-12:15 or 12:00-1:00 on all school days. Activities you could do (but are not limited to):


  • Play a game (ie. basketball, soccer, frisbee golf, 4 square, football, jumprope, hoola hoop, etc.)
  • Walk and Talk
  • Sit and Talk
  • Chalk Art on the sidewalks
  • Explore nature on the playground
  • Help a child on the buddy bench
  • Enjoy the playground equipment (ie. monkey bars, swings, tire swing, etc.)



How do you get started?


  1. Simply use this online link to submit your information electronically OR print and turn in the interest form from our website here.
  2. Share our PAL program with any adults in the community who could be interested (ie. senior citizens, neighbors, retirees, community groups, working parents who need a lunch ‘break’, etc.)
  3. Wait for a response from our school team. You will be sent the handbook, wait on a background check verification, and sign an agreement.
  4. On your first day, we will have someone to show you around and get you started.
  5. Log your volunteer hours and you're done...until the next time!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive

Watch for the dates for our annual Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive (coming in November)!

My School Bucks: Free to sign up!

Please take a moment to sign your child up on myschoolbucks.com. This is a free program that allows you to see your child’s cafeteria activity. Set up low balance alerts and even pay on-line if so desired. Please keep payments up to date or let us know how we can help.

Substitutes & Paraprofessionals

We continue to look for substitutes and often regular paraprofessionals to join our team. Please consider applying if you would love to work with children in a school setting. The applications and specific job openings can be found on our district website.

BRMES School Hours:

7:45-8:05: DROP OFF TIMES {Please drop students off after 7:45 AM}

8:05: 1st BELL & Classrooms Open

8:10: SCHOOL STARTS

8:15: TARDY BELL

3:00: DISMISSAL

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Holiday Craft and Food Fair

  • Tuesday, November 13th from 3:30-5:00 in the gymnasium
  • All items are made by kids and sold by kids! (Handmade items only, please.)
  • Fill out a participation form and return it to the office by Monday, November 5th.
  • Parents and siblings, don't miss this amazing event! Come shop and support our creative students.

2nd Quarter PTA Meeting

  • Wednesday, November 7th at noon
  • We will vote on winners for the T-shirt contest.
  • COME JOIN US! All are welcome.
Idaho's 5th and 6th Grade Ski Free Passport

Click the link above for more information on how your 5th or 6th grader can ski for free at 18 different Idaho resorts this season.

How can your family help raise funds for teacher supplies?

Mrs. Berg, Principal

Barbara R. Morgan Elementary School

McCall Donnelly School District


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