Barbara Morgan S.T.E.M Academy

Parent Newsletter ~ January 16, 2021

Important Dates

January:

18 - No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day/Human Rights Day

25 - Early Release 2:10pm

28 - On time online enrollment application Closed


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

Reminder: No School this Monday, January 18 because of MLK Jr./Human Right's Day. Tuesday, January 19 will be a full day of school.

Celebrating the Light We See


At BMSA, we understand our role in partnering with parents to raise resilient, compassionate, citizens who have the skills to understand other's perspectives, communicate their own, respectfully disagree, and seek win-win solutions.


With Martin Luther King Jr. Day/Human Right's Day on Monday, January 18, we wonder what more we could be doing to help create a more compassionate and inclusive world. Martin Luther King Jr. encouraged people to, "Be the Change you Wish to See in the World." In times of struggle, Mr. Rogers told us to "look for the helpers." We can let circumstances dampen our light, or we can look for and celebrate each other's light.


At BMSA, we see so much light, so much helping. Every day, we have opportunity to hear other's perspectives and share our own. When conflicts, mistakes, and challenges naturally arise, students and staff encourage each other to handle them mindfully and learn from them. Parents and staff collaborate to understand what students need. Parents talk to their students about their days, seeking to understand and support them.


Thank you for partnering with us in this community. We ask that you continue to communicate with staff if you see a need that we may not. We want to take care of every member of our community and, in order to do that, we rely on input from all sources. We care and we will listen.

Lottery Application Available Now through January 28

HELP SPREAD THE WORD: If you know of any families interested in enrolling at BMSA for the 2021-2022 school year, now is the time! Please encourage your friends and families to visit our BMSA website and complete the School of Choice lottery application, which will be available through January 28th.


The Barbara Morgan STEM Academy lottery draw is set to be held on Monday, February 8 at WASD headquarters.


More information about School of Choice applications can be found on the district website: https://www.westada.org/domain/84 or by calling BMSA directly.

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Mindful Mornings Mon-Thurs in the BMSA Gym

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.

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 just around the corner!

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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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Free Breakfasts and Lunches through the Rest of the School Year

We are thrilled to share that students can continue to enjoy free breakfasts and lunches throughout the rest of the school year. Our kitchen staff put a lot of love into the meals they serve!