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BMS Parent/Guardian Newsletter December 2021

INCLUDED IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Upcoming Dates
  • Principal's Corner
  • The Bulldog Way
  • STEAM & Classroom Happenings
  • After School Activities Highlights
  • Family Resources
  • Who to Contact

UPCOMING DATES

Monday, December 20 – Friday, December 31st Winter Break

Monday, January 3rd – School resumes

Thursday, January 6th – Fiddle Fest Concert 7:30pm PC Auditorium

Monday, January 17th – Martin Luther King Day – No School

Wednesday, January 19th – Choir Concerts: 6th & 7th Grade at 6:00pm/8th Grade at 7:15pm in PC Auditorium

Thursday, January 20th – District Middle School Honor Band Concert 3:00pm at Osseo Middle School

Friday, January 28th – Mid Trimester 2 Progress Report Cards distributed to students

Monday, January 31st – Staff Workshop Day – NO School for students

Tuesday, February 1st – Tri 2 Parent Teacher Conferences – Virtual

Thursday, February 3rd – Tri 2 Parent Teacher Conferences – Teacher Classrooms

Wednesday, February 9th – 8th Grade Band/ Solo Ensemble/Orchestra Concert – BMS North Gym 7:00pm

Monday, February 21st – Conference Release Day – No School

PRINCIPAL'S CORNER

Hello Brooklyn Middle STEAM School Families,


It is hard to believe that we are in Trimester 2 already! Where do the days go! As I reflect on these past several months, I am reminded of something I read from a Principal Leadership Magazine (September 2021). The article was about Wellness: How to Foster Leadership and Resilience in These Times. Renowned writer, leader, teacher, coach and podcaster Elena Aguilar stated, “all of the stressors that have occurred over the past 18 months have reminded us that we all have resilience to weather the storm that has battered us”. She provided several strategies in this article to build resiliency in ourselves and I would like to take this time to remind each of you, each of you have resilience: that you can do this, and we all got this STILL! Here are some of her strategies:


1). Self-Talk: Tell yourself: Right here, right now, everything is ok.

2). Breathe: Breathe slowly. Learn the science behind the power of breathing. For the most effective breath, exhale longer than you inhale.

3). Recognize, name, and accept your emotions: Consider your emotions as friends. What are you feeling (sad, lonely, frustrated, overwhelmed)? Listen to them. Learn from them.

4). Stay connected: Be sure to connect with friends or family. You don’t want to suffer from a “loneliness pandemic.” Ask yourself: Who can I connect with who will be nourishing to my soul, to fill me up?

5). Take Care of Yourself: Sleep, eat and exercise. Ask yourself: What is one thing you can do today to help myself?

6). Practice perspective: Look at the lives of other people who have suffered. You don’t need to diminish your own suffering. Use “and” as in, “What they went through was hard AND what I am going through is hard too.”

7).Be kind to yourself: See strategy #1!

8). Distract yourself: Use a healthy distraction like reading, cooking, exercising, or even binge-watching shows on Netflix. You get bonus resilience points if you create something as a healthy distraction!

9). Look for bright spots: Our brains are designed to latch onto negative thoughts. Ask yourself: What has been one bright spot in my day?

10). Practice Gratitude: Practice Gratitude for yourself, for others, for anything.

11). Practice Maybe: Remember that what is occurring now is not the end of the story. ‘Maybe’ there is more.


During time of crisis and uncertainty, we often focus on the negative, but there is a power to changing the narratives for ourselves and to recognize that we have the power to make this change that will make a difference in our lives and the lives of others. Parents, please make sure that you too are keeping your “resiliency tank” full!


Sending each of you and your families Bulldog Love from Brooklyn for a wonderful New Year!


Remember that December 20, 21 and 23 are non-school days. The school calendar has been changed for these three days to extend the break for staff, students and families. We will see students again on January 3, 2022.


Kim Monette, Principal

The Bulldog Way

Engaging BMS Families In Digital Citizenship Through Common Sense Media

Help Kids Balance Their Social Media Lives:

From phones and tablets to streaming movies and YouTube, tech and media are everywhere. Kids love easy access to TV shows, games, and information. Parents and caregivers love that kids can stay in contact while they explore their independence. But it's easy to overdo it when the phone never stops pinging and the next episode plays automatically. Families can keep media and tech use in check by following a few simple practices. Click here to check out these five tips!
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STEAM HAPPENINGS

We have so much to celebrate and take pride in our amazing accomplishments here at BMS! Take a look at all the STEAM integrated activities and projects going on around our school!

Southeast Asia Gallery

8th grade students showcasing their creative and inspiring projects at the Southeast Asia Gallery Walk.

Gateway to Technology

Check out the engineering design process students used below to create their own gingerbread houses!

Brown Bag Lunches

Students sign up through one of their classroom teachers to have a pizza lunch and learn about career related experiences.

And more STEAM FUN!

After School Activities

Students highlight their after school program activities. Friendly reminder: there are NO drop in activities. Students need to pick up forms and register through the teacher of the activity.

FAMILY RESOURCES

Park Center Activities Reminder

This is a reminder that all middle school students MUST have a parent/guardian with them to attend any Park Center athletic activity.

Calendar Change and Winter Break:


Winter break extended to a full two weeks
This school year has again been a year like no other. It’s taken some time for both students and staff to adjust back to school in this challenging environment. Everyone is tirelessly working to do their best.


For the health and wellbeing of all, Osseo Area Schools is adding some time to winter break in order for everyone to re-energize. Winter break has been extended to a full two weeks and now includes Dec. 20, 21 and 22 as non school days. School will resume on Monday, Jan. 3 as originally planned.


As a result of the calendar change, additional modifications were needed to meet state learning requirements. The professional development days on Monday, Jan. 31 and Monday, May 2 will now be online student instructional days. Attendance will be taken virtually and students will be expected to work on teacher-provided learning activities during these days. In addition, all high school seniors will now be required to attend school through Wednesday, June 8.


Thank you for your flexibility with these calendar changes. Having some extra time to recover will help kick the new year off in a stronger fashion.


Face coverings/masks to be worn through Jan. 31
Our schools and communities continue to see an increase in COVID-19 cases. The highest weekly numbers of positive COVID-19 cases among staff and students were recorded over the last few weeks of November. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has categorized Hennepin County’s transmission level as high. This transmission level has been seen since the Delta variant emerged late last summer.


The school board reviewed the district’s COVID-19 Preparedness Plan at the Nov. 16 school board meeting. A new face covering/mask resolution was proposed during that time because of the current state of COVID-19 in our schools and communities. This included a modified expiration date of Jan. 31, 2022. The school board voted on and approved the resolution. This means that staff and students in early childhood through grade 12, as well as visitors, will continue to be required to wear a face covering/mask inside all school facilities until Jan. 31, 2022.


Every effort is being made to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 so that staff and students can continue to attend school as planned. This is a layered approach, which includes a number of strategies and tools from masking to distancing to ventilation. Please visit the COVID-19 Hub for details on the multitude of ways Osseo Area Schools staff, students and visitors are working to mitigate COVID-19.

The COVID-19 vaccine is a mitigation tool as well. Access was recently expanded to children ages 5-11. Hennepin County Public Health (HCPC) is offering vaccine clinics for 5-11 year olds on Sunday, Nov. 21 and Tuesday, Nov. 30. Visit HCPC’s website to register for these clinics. Check out the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)’s Vaccine Connector for additional vaccine offerings for all school-age children.


As always, Osseo Area Schools is committed to providing a safe and healthy learning environment for staff, students and visitors. The district will continue to stay up-to-date with the latest COVID-19 information, which includes consulting with health officials and reviewing county, state and federal health guidance.


Thank you for persevering through this challenging time. Your continued efforts to work collectively are greatly appreciated. Thank you for your continued help in creating safe school environments.

WHO TO CONTACT

School Office: 763-569-7700...............................BMS Website: https://bms.district279.org/#


Attendance: 763-569-7616………………………………..Transportation: 763-391-7244


6th Grade

Annessia Xiong, Counselor 6th Grade .....Email: XiongAnnessia@district279.org

Donnay Green, SMS 6th Grade.......Email: GreenD@district279.org


7th Grade

Liz Johnson, Counselor 7th Grade ......Email: JohnsonElizabeth@district279.org

Larry Bilbro, SMS 7th Grade......Email: BilbroL@district279.org


8th Grade

Judy Anderson, Counselor 8th Grade .......Email: AndersonJ@district279.org

Rachel Kalk, SMS 8th Grade……..Email: KalkR@district279.org


District Tip Line.........763-391-8660

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