Viking Family Digest
October 11, 2022
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Fall Fastbridge Reports
In ParentVue under documents you will find your child's FastBridge results from testing done this fall. If you have any difficulty accessing ParentVue, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will assist you.
As we enter Term 2 of the school year, we have begun academic XLT rotations. During the first term, XLT consisted of Social-Emotional Lessons (SEL) through Second Step and PBIS programs. SEL days will continue in Term 2 on Mondays and Tuesdays. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays have shifted to academic days where students are grouped to extend learning opportunities or receive interventions.
Empowering All Students Through Restorative Action
Referrals/ODRs (Office Discipline Referrals)
Have you ever had your student or a teacher mention a referral before and wonder what that means? Referrals are documentation of behavioral incidents and parent contact. Referrals are NOT a consequence. They help us look at behavior trends for individual students and groups of students to determine the types of support that can be provided so that our learning environment is respectful, responsible, and safe.
We are very excited to begin recruiting students for our Peer Council. Peer Council is a voluntary, student-led process in which a small group of trained council members provide positive peer influence to students with referrals to understand the impact of their actions and find ways to repair the harm they have caused. Teachers will be submitting student recommendations for Peer Council. Once recommendations have been received, we will ask those students, if interested, to apply to be on the council. They will go through extensive training to learn the restorative process and we hope to be up and running by January 2023.
RBMS Holiday Assistance
This year Bernotas Middle School is working with a community partner to provide assistance to families in need during the holidays. Assistance will consist of providing household items, clothing, and holiday gifts for families. If you need assistance during the holiday season, please print and complete the Hope for Holidays form linked below. Return the form to Bernotas Middle School no later than Friday, November 4th. The completed form can also be scanned to email@example.com. If you do not have access to a printer please let us know and a paper copy will be mailed to you. Please note that all names received will be confidential and there is no guarantee that assistance will be provided. The agency will contact your family directly for delivery of requested items.
Last month was Suicide Prevention Month and October is Bullying Prevention Month. As many know, bullying is a major contributing factor to suicidal ideations in adolescents. According to StopBullying.gov, "Research indicates that persistent bullying can lead to or worsen feelings of isolation, rejection, exclusion, and despair, as well as depression and anxiety, which can contribute to suicidal behavior." According to StopBullying.gov, "About 20% of students ages 12-18 experienced bullying nationwide." The following article is meant to help understand bullying behaviors and learn ways to teach our kids to stop bullying.
News from the LMC
The Bernotas Library Media Center will be working with Anderson's Bookshop a great deal this year. On Tuesday, October 25th afterschool, there will be a VIRTUAL, pre-recorded, author visit with Alan Gratz. We will listen to one of our favorite authors talk about his new book, Two Degrees, and his life as an author. (If your student read Gratz' book, Refugee, they won’t want to miss this event and the opportunity to order his new book!) Students should see Mrs. Brogan for details or to order a copy of his new book. Book orders are due by October 12th (see links below):
The LMC will also host a book fair through Anderson's this fall. The carts filled with books will be here November 16th! Families, students, and staff will be able to purchase books through November 30! More information will be shared soon. Please email questions to Jenna Brogan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FYI About Early Release Days - Please Read
Wednesday, October 19th is an early release day. Please note: We have received reports from Downtown Crystal Lake and the Crystal Lake Police Department that some D47 middle school students are creating disturbances (vandalism, stealing, etc.) in downtown Crystal Lake after school on early release days. Crystal Lake businesses welcome D47 students after school, but they are expected to be respectful and responsible. If your child is planning to go downtown with friends, please talk to them about this and stress the importance of respecting our local businesses, their customers and our community. Thank you!
Social-Emotional Learning Event for Multilingual Families
On Monday, October 24th, D47 multilingual families are invited to a social-emotional learning event hosted by School Districts 47, 155 and 26. Topics include social media use, depression and anxiety in young people. More information can be found here. You can register for this event here. Childcare and translations will be provided and food will be served. If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Morton at email@example.com or 815.788.5030.
Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee (BPAC) Meeting
All District 47 multilingual families are invited to attend the first Bilingual Parent Advisory Council (BPAC) meeting of the year on Wednesday, October 26th at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the district's CORE Center, located at 300 Commerce Dr. in Crystal Lake. Parents will learn about bilingual programming and academic support in District 47; the English Language Learner identification and assessment process; and the bilingual service plan submitted to the Illinois State Board of Education each year. If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Morton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815.788.5030.
Student Led Conferences
Student led conferences for all grade levels will be held in-person in November on the following dates:
- Monday, November 21, 2022: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
- Tuesday, November 22, 2022: 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Please be on the lookout for a communication from your child’s teacher with more information.
DC Trip for Current 7th grade students
Current 7th grade students will have the opportunity to go on a four-day tour of Washington, D.C., next fall, October 2023. If you are interested in finding out more about this trip, the informational meeting for the 2023 Washington, D.C. tour will be on Thursday, October 20, 2022, at 6 p.m. in the RBMS Main Gym. Enrollment will also open at that time. This meeting is for interested families of current 7th grade students who will be in 8th grade next school year. Please contact Mr. Jonker with any questions, email@example.com.
10/11/22 and 10/13/22: Boys Basketball Tryouts 4:00pm - 5:30pm
10/11/22: Cheer Workshop 2:30pm - 4:00pm
10/12/22 & 10/13/22 Cheer Tryouts 2:30pm - 4:00pm
10/12/22 - VB @ LMS
10/15/22 - 7th Grade VB Tourney @ Heineman
10/15/22 - 8th Grade VB Tourney @ Marlow
10/15/22 - City League (CL) VB @ HBMS
10/15/22 - XC State Normal, IL
10/17/22 - Dance Team 1st Practice
10/18/22 - City League (CL) Basketball 1st Practice 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Please note that District 47 uses 8 to18 online registration for all athletics. Click the link to create your account today if you are new to 8 to 18 or to add your RBMS student to your existing account. 8 to 18 Sign Up Link. The following is required prior to try-outs for all sports:
Note: Students will not be allowed to try out for a sport without completing the above requirements.
Digital Safety Community Webinar
The Illinois Attorney General's Office is hosting Digital Safety Community Webinars throughout the year. Digital Safety webinars are for parents, educators, and community members that are open to the public. The next webinar is "Helping My Child Navigate Online Aggression," on October 18th at 6:30 pm (CT). To register for the upcoming webinar, click here. For more information about the Digital Safety webinars, click on this link for the flyer.
PTO Spirit Wear
BERNOTAS SPIRIT WEAR IS HERE! Order your Viking swag now through October 14th! Just click on the link to order online: RBMS Spirt Wear. Delivery of spirt wear will occur the week of October 25th. Note: when ordering please indicate your student's name and core 1 class teacher.
PTO Fundraiser: Mark Your Calendar!
On October 24th, Bernotas will kick off the fall fundraiser for a DAY OF AWESOMENESS! Students will be able to raise money for AMAZING prizes, and will have an opportunity to celebrate during school with a fun-filled day of music, MORE PRIZES, and lots of fun to burn off all extra energy! March 23, 2023 is Bernotas' DAY OF AWESOMENESS!
Lost and Found
We have a variety of lost items and would like to find their owners! Lost and found is located outside the cafeteria. Please ask your child to check this area if you're missing anything. Any electronic items found, such as jewelry, glasses, watches, or house keys, are located in the front office. Please claim your lost items. All items not claimed will be donated Nov 16th.
Thank you for reinforcing these expected behaviors at home.
Your PBIS Restroom tidbit for today is: We are respectful when we use the facilities as intended.
Your PBIS Restroom tidbit for today is: We are responsible when we use the nearest restroom.
Your PBIS Restroom tidbit for today is: We are responsible when we use supplies appropriately.
Your PBIS Restroom tidbit for today is: We are responsible when we go, flush, wash, and go.