Barbara Morgan S.T.E.M Academy

Parent Newsletter ~ January 31, 2021

Important Dates

February:

3-24 KHC (Kids Heart Challenge) Fundraiser

3 - KHC Kickoff Virtual Assembly

8 - BMSA Lottery Draw for the 2021-2022 school year at WASD District Headquarters

15 - No School - President's Day

26 - KHC Wrap-up Virtual Assembly (Watch Mr. Walberg and Principal Wright get SLIMED!)


March:

22-26 - No School - Spring Break

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Mindful Mornings Mon-Thurs in the BMSA Library

We know that taking just 10 minutes a day to practice mindfulness can help us in so many ways (increased self-regulation, compassion, ability to focus, make good choices, and tolerance for uncomfortable situations to name a few).


That's why we Counselors are excited to provide an opportunity for students to practice mindfulness throughout the week. As we begin this program, we are starting with just 15 students at a time to provide a safe place where students can physically distance. If you're interested in having your child attend, go to Counseling Services / Mindful Mornings (westada.org) for details and to sign up, or go straight to the sign up page https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0F4FA8A622ABF58-mindful



Beginning January 19th, we will hold 10-minute sessions beginning at 8:35, Mondays-Thursdays. If there is more interest than capacity, we will explore other ways to provide this opportunity to more students. *Masks and social distancing is required.

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Northeast parking lot closed for drop offs

Safety of students is our top priority. With that in mind, the Northeast staff parking lot is closed in the mornings from 8:40 to 9:10. Please use the student drop off loop, Sandalwood walkway entry by the garden, Chateau entry, or shuttle service to drop off students.


Shuttle buses depart every morning at 8:55 from Paramount C16, Prospect C12, Hunter C29, Peregrine C01, Pleasant View C31, Willow Creek C30, and Meridian Elementary C08.


Students must be with an adult when walking across all parking lot locations. No students will be allowed to cross the parking lot crosswalk without a parent at the other end of the crosswalk. Thank you for helping keep students safe.

Semester 2 Lockdown Drill This Week

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Our school staff and students will be participating in our second semester Lockdown Drill sometime this week. The drill is often less than 15 minutes and will be supervised by the Meridian Police Department.

Yearbook pre-sale is on now!

Order Your BMSA Yearbook Today!

Order your BMSA Yearbook today for discounted pricing.

  • If purchased between January 5th - March 5th, yearbooks will be $20 each.
  • After March 5th, they will be $25 each until sold out.
  • Yearbooks will be distributed in June.



Order online at:


https://commpe.pictavo.com


School ID # is 95423

KHC - Kids Heart Challenge is on NOW!

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KHC - Kids Heart Challenge (formerly Jump Rope for Heart)

Our KHC fundraiser is just around the corner but families can sign up to participate now. To register, visit www.heart.org/KHC. Then type in our schools name: Barbara Morgan STEM Academy.


During the KHC event, students will learn about and participate in heart and brain healthy activities, with PE and Health lessons provided by Mr. Walberg. Our fundraiser will kick-off with a Virtual Assembly on February 3 and will conclude with a Virtual Wrap-Up Assembly on February 26. One student from each grade level, who fundraises the most donations, will get to SLIME Mr. Walberg and Principal Wright, LIVE during the assembly.


More information will be sent home on February 3.

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BMSA is hosting Camp Invention this summer!

The fun, hands-on activities at this year’s Camp Invention program, Recharge, are just what children need this summer. At BMSA, we’ll be hosting this wonderful program during the week of Aug 2nd to Aug 6th for students entering grades K-6.

https://www.invent.org/programs/camp-invention

Discover all the fun you’ll have at camp: https://youtu.be/aX4r8bQSsJA

Kits for Kids

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Children's Museum fundraiser for Kits for Kids - STEAM box kits


The CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF IDAHO inspires and nurtures future explorers, innovators and critical thinkers. The need for quality hands-on educational material is overwhelming during this pandemic and the staff of the Children’s Museum is reaching out to children in need by assembling Kits for Kids and distributing them throughout the Treasure Valley.


Each kit contains quality materials for building, exploring, creating, and are given FREE to children ages 4-7 living in shelters and low-income families in the Treasure Valley. Your donation of $20 per kit, will provide a child with games, activities, and projects that are both educational and fun! Donations on this site will help fund Kits for Kids living in the Treasure Valley. Every $20 donation will provide a kit filled with games, puzzles, and activities. Kits are valued at $35+ but priceless to a child in need. You are invited to unlock the power of imagination and help us, help those in need, by donating today.


For more information, please visit The Children's Museum of Idaho website:



https://www.cmidaho.org/ or donate to Kits for Kids by accessing: https://k4k.raiseitpro.org/#/home

We're Hiring!

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We Need You

We are in desperate need of some noon duty coverage. This position only requires 1.75 hours daily to help supervise students while they eat and play at lunch time. For more information, please contact Sarah Brown at 208-855-4430 or brown.sarah@westada.org.

We are looking for someone to support our PBI students and classroom.

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. If interested, but not able to commit to full time, please contact Principal Wright for more information: 208-855-4430 or wright.lauri@westada.org.