Weekly News

November 20, 2020

Calendar Items

Monday, November 23 - Silver Day Last names M-Z at school

Monday, November 23 - Girls Basketball games Away @ Prairie Star

Monday, November 23 - Mathcounts in room 313 3:00 - 3:30

Tuesday, November 24 - Green Day Last names A-L at school

Wednesday, November 25 - No School

Thursday, November 26 - No School

Friday, November 27 - No School

Monday, November 30 - Distance Learning resumes for all students

December Calendar

The December calendar for Green and Silver days is included below. Please feel free to print this out to help students plan their schedules for distance learning. This information is also available on our school website’s calendar.

Here is a link to the spreadsheet where this document lives: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qYm3NSa__v9QV8-V79P-HgaAuxbE0JFD/edit#gid=750102449

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Math Counts will meet on Monday, November 23 from 3:00-3:30 in room 313 or via Zoom


Meeting ID: 980 9023 5797


Community Service Project

We have some wonderful Aubry Bend Families that are experiencing some really hard times right now. Job layoffs and furloughs, changes in marital status, changes in living situations, medical bills, and the uncertainty of these times are putting huge strains on many in our community.

We want to help! We are trying to help 3 of our ABMS families prepare for the winter and upcoming holidays. Attached below is a spreadsheet of needs by family. If you are able, please sign up by adding your name next to any of the items on this wishlist. Giftcards at the bottom will be split between all 3 families.

All UNWRAPPED donations can be brought to Aubry Bend and left in a plastic tub outside of our main entrance (no entering the school building). This tub will be put out around 7:30am and put inside around 4pm. It will not be left out overnight.

You may also shop online and ship items to Aubry Bend. If you choose this option, please address it to:

Aubry Bend Middle School

c/o: Kim Vail

12501 W 175 Street

Overland Park, KS 66221

**Please include gift receipts when possible, in case something doesn't fit and must be returned.

**Please label items as "teen girl #1" to make sorting and wrapping easier.

Deadline for drop offs or shipping is December 16th.

Please contact Kim Vail at KSVail@bluevalleyk12.org with any questions! THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT!


KCTC Survey

Attention 6th and 8th Grade Parents:

Ourschool will soon be administering the Kansas Communities That Care Student Survey. This survey is taken by 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th-grade students statewide. We believe this survey is a valuable tool to help us understand how students behave, think and feel about alcohol, marijuana and other drug use, bullying, and school safety. The KCTC survey measures teen substance use, delinquency, and related problem behaviors and the factors that predict those problems in schools and communities. In addition, it provides a baseline for participation in, perception of, and attitudes toward positive behavior. The survey gives us insight into the problems students face and shows what we can do to help them succeed.

The information is essential for planning effective prevention programs in our school and community and provides data for local and state grant funding and reporting.

You may also be interested to know the following:

1. It is completely anonymous. Students will not be asked for their names on the questionnaire, nor will anyone be able to connect any individual student with his/her responses. School staff will not see anyone student’s responses, but only summaries of results. To further guarantee anonymity, results will not be reported on any particular question without sufficient response from enough students.

2. Participation is entirely voluntary. Your child may decline to participate in the survey or may simply skip any particular question they do not wish to answer.

3. Annual participation is important. Even if your child has participated in previous surveys, annual data is extremely helpful in determining the effectiveness of previous efforts and changes in program areas.

If you would prefer your student NOT take this survey, please fill out the following Google Form using the link below by November 20th:


6th Grade Students attending ABMS and PSMS

Contact Info for PSMS VirtualEd Teachers

7th Grade Students attending ABMS and HMS

Contact Info for HMS VirtualED Teachers

8th Grade Students attending ABMS and OMS

Contact Info for OMS Virtual Teachers

· Invest in ABMS/PTO membership - Any and all support is very much appreciated!! Log into ParentVue to donate.

· AMAZON SMILE - Did you know you can support ABMS by shopping through Amazon Smile? It's an easy way to help, but you must shop through our link.

· "BE IN THE KNOW WITH ABMS PTO"- Be sure to follow us on FB (@AubryBendMSPTO) and twitter (@AbmsPto).

· SPIRIT WEAR - Get ready to shop! Our ABMS online store is officially back OPEN!! Think winter birthdays, holiday gifts, mid-year growth spurt, etc.... so many reasons to shop. Place your order by midnight November 22 and we will have the items early December to distribute before winter break. https://mccwebstores.com/2522/shop/home

· PIE DROP- In lieu of the annual holiday cookie exchange this year, the PTO will be hosting a Pie Drop for the ABMS staff. Look for more details and a sign-up genius to come out the week of December 4.

· HOLIDAY BAGS - THANK YOU to everyone who has signed up to fill a bag! Please have them returned no later than December 14. Bags are still able to be dropped off at school during our remote learning period after Thanksgiving. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f44a9a723a4f58-abms

Curbside Checkout Continues!

As we enter back into Distance Learning we will continue to offer curbside checkout service from the ABMS library. Our library web page provides information and a short video on how to place a hold for Curbside checkout. Axis 360 eBooks are also available to all ABMS students.

ABMS Library Webpage Link

Axis 360 eBooks

Library Notices

Overdue notices were emailed to students this week. Many of the overdues are from last school year. We appreciate everyone’s efforts in returning these books to the library.

ABMS Teen Advisory Group (TAG)


Calling all 7th & 8th grade book lovers (Virtual and In-Person students)! The ABMS TAG Library Club has begun! If interested in being part of this exclusive group please check the link below. Included is a Google form for your child to submit and be entered into the Canvas page. Participants help choose the Trendy 12 book list for middle schools in Blue Valley!


ZOOM attendance for Flex AND Intervention during distance learning

Starting November 30, all students must log in to zoom for sixth grade flex and intervention (daily) at 7:41am. They should go to canvas and join the zoom of their first core class of the day.

***PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR STUDENT to set an alarm to get to zoom at 7:41am daily, starting November 30.


ELA students analyzed the various types of informational text (Non-Fiction) this week. We also reviewed the “Author’s Purpose” for writing informational text, and how it applies to the messages conveyed by the author. We ended the week by reading part of a Diary Memoir titled, “Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life in Wartime Sarajevo”, written by a young girl in Bosnia during the early 1990’s. Zlata chronicled her personal experiences during the Bosnian War. Students then connected this text to their own life by creating diary entries related to the Pandemic we are experiencing now.


Math classes continued a discussion around rational numbers and how to graph them on number lines. We finished the week with an introduction to inequalities. We will continue with inequalities next week and into the week after Thanksgiving Break.


Science moved on to our unit about the history of Earth. We will be learning about the geologic time scale in the next week.

Social Studies

We are learning about ancient India's beliefs. Ask your student about the concepts of karma and reincarnation.


Students have been starting to learn about Scrooge's character, in A Christmas Carol, and the personal/social awareness he is lacking. Some students are reading the novella version of the story while other have opted to read a play version. Ask your student what they think about Scrooge and what characteristics he seems to be missing. Also inquire about the 1830's in England. You might ask, if they think Dickens used history or altered it in his story.


We’ve been practicing the distributive property and combining like terms to include our integer rules. Wait for an announcement from your teacher about an assessment before or after Thanksgiving Break!


Students have continued to explore cell processes! We will review before the break, and continue to review after Thanksgiving and assess over diffusion, osmosis, cellular respiration, and photosynthesis! This week, some students say goodbye to Ms. DeWalt. We will miss her!

Social Studies

We are finishing up our discussions on Geospatial Technologies and completing Unit 1. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


We will be reading a short story and a poem about people's journeys that are very different than our own. We will be paying particular attention to how the authors' word choices affect the mood and tone of the texts.

Farris science

Atoms, compounds, and molecules.

Moss Science

Physical and Chemical properties

Social Studies

All classes are continuing are inquiry into motivations, innovations and conflicts of Westward Expansion


Math 8: Introduction to functions and interpreting features of a proportional graph.

Algebra 1: Moving into solving multi-step inequalities & rational equations

By now I am sure our families know that our students will be in the distance learning mode after Thanksgiving break. While we all hoped that the spread of COVID would slow and the curve would flatten, I am actually encouraged by the progress we’ve made at school since August.

The progress I am talking about is the perseverance and grit our students have shown during the switch between distance and hybrid and the positive attitude they have shown when receiving the news about the change in learning mode. This week in reference to the switch to distance learning, I heard a 12-year-old say, “I think it will be better this time because I know what to expect. I need to get out of bed and get more involved in the class. I should treat my day like a school day instead of a day at home.” Wow! That is pretty perceptive and spot on!

This week our teachers had discussions about time management, organization and effective study habits to use during distance learning. We engaged students in the process of pre-problem-solving. We asked questions like, “What was the most challenging part of distance learning before? How can we work together to eliminate or lessen that challenge this time? What do you need to do? What can I do to help?”

I don’t know why after all these years I find myself amazed and dumbfounded by the honesty and intuitive nature of middle school kids, but I am. They are smart, funny, honest, compassionate, and interesting. They want to learn. They like school, friends and teachers. And, given the opportunity, they’ll ignore their entire to-do list to have a little fun or take a nap. (Please tell me you laughed at that part.)

Hallelujah for the normalcy adolescents bring to our lives. With so many whacky things going on in 2020, isn’t it nice that our adolescents are still moody, unpredictable, emotional, apathetic, and hilarious?

The changes we will encounter in the next couple of weeks are going to be fine. We are prepared, we are experienced, and we are ready. No matter the mode, our kids always need our support, and our staff is always ready to support them. Our first voyage into distance learning was in September…remember that? It seems like 600 years ago, but here are a couple of reminders to help you prepare for this next mode:

· Identify a “professional” place in the house where your student can have a successful school day. This should not be a bedroom or game room with lots of distractions (remember the nap comment above?)

· Keep the routine you established for hybrid in-school days. Get up, get dressed, eat breakfast, get to school.

· If there’s down-time during the day when Zoom is not required, use that time to complete assignments, work on long-term projects, or study for upcoming work.

· If any needs come up, reach out to a teacher, counselor, or administrator for support.

We can do tough things. We already have, and I’m 100% positive we’ll continue to get better and better at teaching and learning in whacky times!

Thank you for your kindness, your support and your commitment to ABMS! We love our community and want you to know that you can depend on us.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Diana Tate, Principal