The Boeckman Buzz

November 13, 2020

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Message from Principal Blazek

BMS Families,


As previously announced in Superintendent Berg’s email, we will be transitioning to Distance Learning for K-12 learners on Dec. 1st. We encourage families to print and use our Distance Learning Matrix to provide structure at home around our school’s core values. Nothing is going to change for our Farmington Academy learners. Below is the information about the change to distance learning for our hybrid learners.


Hybrid Learners

Your child will continue with their assigned schedule of classes. We will be maintaining our structure of six teachers supporting your child as relationships have been established with peers and teachers in those classes.


There will be a slight change in the daily schedule to facilitate having all learners learning from a distance. Please click here: Distance Learning Daily Schedule to see the schedule. I would encourage you to print the schedule to have it in a location that is convenient for your child.


Everyday:

  • Tiger Connections - Google Meets M-F - begins at 9 am daily

  • Tiger Flex - Google Form and/or Google Meets


Virtual Class Meeting Day (Hybrid In-Person Days)

Each course will have a weekly Google Meets class meeting that will be 15 minutes or less. Teachers will be available and working directly with students during their class time on the daily schedule.

  • Learners are expected to attend the weekly class meeting on Google Meets. If they are absent, a recording will be provided through Schoology.

  • Virtual class meetings will be a connection point for all learners to build excitement around the content and continue fostering the relationships established within each class.

  • Direct instruction will be provided as a recording to provide flexibility to learners. These recordings will be posted in Schoology.


Virtual Coaching Day (Hybrid Remote Day) - Google Meets with teachers during established virtual coaching time. Please reference the new Distance Learning Daily Schedule to see the times of the virtual coaching sessions.


Flex Learning Days - Tiger Connections at 9:00-9:10 and then WIN Times from 9:10 - 10:00. Information about WIN sessions will be communicated through Schoology announcements.


Attendance

Attendance phone calls will continue to be made for learners that do not engage in Tiger Connections daily. It is expected for your child to engage in all classes. If your child is ill and not able to engage in learning they need to be called in sick to our attendance line at 651-460-1405.


If there are barriers to your child participating or engaging during the school day, please contact the office. 651-460-1400. We want to partner with you in supporting your family through this time.


Student Support

Counseling and support services will be available both in-person and virtually. We know that the social-emotional health of our students is important as they work to engage in distance learning. Resources and counselor contact information can be found here.


This link will take you to the BMS Virtual Calm Room.


Week at a Glance

Each team will continue to provide weekly plans and these will be communicated at the team level. Teams will provide the google meet codes for class meetings directly on these planning documents. The weekly plans by the team can be found here.


Targeted In-Person Support

Some of our learners with targeted needs will be invited for in-person learning support on designated days. This is a targeted group of students and staff will be reaching out to families of those students identified.


Please find here the Distance Learning Considerations our staff will be using when planning for distance learning experiences.


Thank you,

Megan Blazek

BMS Virtual Book Fair

November 16th-30th


Usborne Books & More provide quality, educational, and engaging books that make kids excited to read and learn. Stock up on resources to help your children engage in learning and reading at home! Books also make the best gifts!


All orders will be placed online and shipped directly to your home! Order with this link:https://k9007.myubam.com/1903655


Our school earns up to 50% in FREE books from purchases, so please invite grandparents, family, and friends to participate and support literacy and our students.


Want to help and buy books for a teacher’s classroom? Search for the teacher’s name and shop their wish list!

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Parent How-To Tech Help Video Resources

How to Find Campus Portal

This short video will show you how to find Campus Portal. If you need to set up your account call 651-469-1400

Free At-Home COVID-19 Saliva Tests

Now in Dakota County, we have access to ordering a free at-home COVID-19 saliva test. You can order a test online that will be shipped to your home, along with a prepaid package to return it.


When you are ready to take the test, you will log onto a website and do a video visit with a health care provider to receive instructions on how to take the tests.


The following link will give you more information: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/testsites/athome.html

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Looking for Parent Ambassadors

Each year our Parent Ambassadors are vital in supporting our school. This year we will be meeting quarterly in a virtual format at the following times. Fill out this link if you are interested in being part of our Parent Ambassadors.


Meeting Dates and Times

Tuesday, November 17th @ 6:30 pm

Tuesday, February 16th @ 6:30 pm

Tuesday, April 20th @ 6:30 pm

About us

The mission of BMS, a welcoming, learner-centered community committed to personalization that nurtures curiosity and innovation, is to ensure that each learner exercises agency for continuous personal growth in order to find joy and well-being for their future while positively impacting their communities through a system distinguished by:


  • Personalization that honors the uniqueness of each learner
  • Mistakes and reflection as essential components of learning
  • Openness to new ideas and innovation
  • Safe environments that support a growth mindset
  • Partnering with the community to champion our learners

iPad Tech Help

iPad First Aid

This is the first stop for troubleshooting issues with iPads. If you are not able to troubleshoot your issue please make an appointment with Mrs. Tredinnick or call the district tech helpline.


In-Person or Virtual Appointments with BMS Tech Support

Using this link you can schedule an in-person or virtual appointment with Mrs. Tredinnick our BMS Tech Support. These appointments are for iPad Help or Repair.


Phone Number

For help with your iPad or other technology questions that might be able to be solved by phone while off-campus, please call our student and family tech helpline during normal school hours: 651-463-5090. If after school hours, please leave a message and include the student’s name, school, your contact information, and a brief description of the issue.

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