Friday Notes

November 12, 2021

Veterans Day

We celebrated Veterans Day on Thursday, November 11 with an outdoor ceremony, led by our eighth graders. Eighth grade students recounted the history of Veterans Day and also described the symbolism of our flag. We retired our school's American flag, which provided 5 years of service, and raised its replacement at our morning ceremony.

A Thought on Vaccinations

The recent news that Pfizer's COVID vaccine is available for students ages 5-11 has many families thinking about whether the vaccine is right for their student. It comes as no surprise that some signed up their student right away. Some are undecided. Some have opted against it.

Since VDH guidance allows vaccinated students to remain in school while awaiting test results, we are enthusiastic about this opportunity - it keeps our students in school! However, we fully recognize that this is a family decision and we support all families, regardless of the decision they make.

We ask that you have the conversation with your student that the choice whether to vaccinate is up to each individual family. There have been some unkind exchanges between students whose families have chosen to vaccinate and families who have chosen not to vaccinate. It is important that we use this opportunity to model tolerance and respect for others' points of view. We don't have to agree, but we have a responsibility to be respectful.

Test to Stay

The Test to Stay program is for students identified as close contacts who are asymptomatic, unvaccinated, and age 5+ only. Parental consent is required to participate. Please set up your unvaccinated student in the testing dashboard AND complete the consent form:

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Consent Form

You may also print this paper copy and return the completed paper copy to school:

Important note: we are given tests to accommodate one class at a time; as such, we will use the tests in order of need.

Unstuffed Turkey Trot

The countdown is on and we could use your help! Not a runner or a walker? Why not lend a hand as you cheer on participants? We are still looking to add helpers in the following areas: timing, recording, and water station - no experience necessary! Please contact Michelle Tomlinson if you can help out.

Those wishing to donate non-perishable food items to support the Lamoille Community House in advance of the race may drop off items on Friday, November19 at drop-off or pick-up at the entrance of the school.

Check out Mrs. Wilson's running shoes!

Come light up the night with us!

Did you enjoy last year's holiday event? Are you new to BJAMS and looking to contribute in a fun and creative way?

Why not join the planning committee for this year's BJAMS Light Up the Night festivities?

WHEN: Saturday, November 20th at 10:30am

WHERE: BJAMS outdoors

This will be a short and informal meeting to get things off the ground and brainstorm for a bit.

You may direct questions and RSVP to Rachael Grant at or just show up.

We look forward to seeing you and we're excited to see this year's event take shape with your help!

Celebrating a Birthday?

In lieu of cupcakes or other sweet treats, we invite students to mark their special day with a dress down day. Your student may dress in casual wear (modest, please) - no uniform - on their birthday.

If your student's birthday falls on the weekend, then make it that Friday! If your student's birthday falls during the summer, make it a half-birthday and dress down at the 6-month mark!

Your student may bring store-bought, prepackaged, individually wrapped treats to share with their class. No homemade baked goods, please.

ASP Corner

Have you registered for ASP in November yet?

Please be sure to sign up your students each month. Doing so helps the ASP co-directors to schedule staff, plan activities, and more.

You can click the button at the bottom of this newsletter to go to the registration page.

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Cupcake Decorating Details

Monday, Nov 15 - Kindergarten and Grade 1

Tuesday, Nov 16 - Grade 2 and up

ASP registration is required to participate in the cupcake decorating classes (regular ASP fees apply).

Please send a separate email to Michelle Tomlinson to sign up for this special offering.

Learn to Sew Classes in ASP

* Extra class just added * Nov 11, Nov 18 and now Dec. 2

ASP registration is required to participate in the Learn to Sew classes (regular ASP fees apply).

Please send a separate email to Michelle Tomlinson to sign up for this special offering.

Coming Up Next

November 19 - Trimester I ends

November 20 - Unstuffed 5K

November 24-26 - No School - Thanksgiving Break

December 3 - Report Cards

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