Barbara R. Morgan Elementary School

November 2019 Family Newsletter

Upcoming Events:

  • Nov. 1: NO SCHOOL (Teacher Work Day)
  • Nov 3: Time Change​
  • Nov. 4, 5, 6: Book Fair Open until 3:45 PM (students must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Nov. 7: Early Release @ 1:15
  • Nov. 7: Book Fair Open until 7:00 PM (during Parent Teacher Conferences)
  • Nov. 7: Parent Teacher Conferences 2:00-7:00 PM (Sign Up Online)
  • Nov. 7-22: Cereal Drive for local Food Bank
  • Nov. 8: NO SCHOOL: Parent Teacher Conferences 8:00-12:00 noon (Sign Up Online)
  • Nov. 21: Parent Core Subjects Information Night 6:15-8:00 PM
  • Nov. 22: Eagle Pride Assembly @ 2:15
  • Nov 27, 28, 29: NO SCHOOL ~ Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Dec. 6: Craft & Bake Sale @ BRMES Gym from 3:30-5:30 PM

From the Principal...

Hello November!

I can't believe we just completed our 1st quarter of the school year already! Time sure flies when we're having fun. As we begin the 2nd quarter, I'd like to share with you some of the things I am most thankful for at BRMES:

  • Our School Family ~ what great kids, staff, and families we have.
  • Outdoor Learning Opportunities ~ the outdoor classroom, walking & bike trail, frisbee golf, walking field trips, and all of the adventures with MOSS in the forest around the school.
  • Volunteers ~ so many of you giving so many hours to help at school.
  • PTA ~ record number of members, another successful Tortoise & the Hare, and a t-shirt contest and the Craft & Food Fair coming soon.
  • New Programs/Ideas ~ Eagle Pride Assemblies will be monthly to gather in the gym as a school to set goals and celebrate, our art & Spanish programs, and Ms. Meg and Ms. D's kindness work. We also love our 5th grade leadership clubs and have a new All-State Honor Choir!

Take a moment this month to appreciate what you are most thankful for and enjoy the joy of learning with your child(ren). I am especially grateful for your continued support at BRMES!

Mrs. Berg

Sign Up for Parent Teacher Conferences {Nov. 7 & 8}

Use this link to book your Parent Teacher Conference for either November 7 or 8 or call the office (634-2219). We would love to meet with 100% of our families!

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Core Subject Parent Night

Thursday, November 21st from 6:15-8:00 PM we will be hosting a new to us event! We invite parents to come learn about our curriculum and strategies we are teaching your child(ren) to help you experience the same learning. We hope you will be able to join us for a fun, informational parent event.

Cereal Drive {Nov. 7-22}

We will be doing a Cereal Drive for our local food bank from November 7-22. We welcome any cereal donations during this annual food drive. Our 5th Grade Student Council will work with our local food bank to deliver the donations.

Music Program Update 19-20

This year we were able to add a new music teacher to our school with the addition of Mr. Vance. We have decided to create new traditions with more music performances. There will be no December performances this year. Instead, we hope you will enjoy the many other musical opportunities in our community.

The 2019-20 BRMES Music Performances will follow this schedule:

Kindergarten: Graduation Program (May 2020)

1st Grade: Spring Play Performance (May 2020)

2nd Grade: Classroom Plays (May 2020)

3rd Grade: Outdoor & Camp style performance (May 2020)

4th & 5th Grade: Joint music performance at 7:00 pm on Thursday, March 12th

We are excited about these changes in our music program and the new learning opportunities they provide our students at BRMES.

Our Counselor, Mr. D.

Mr. Davydov (Mr. D.) is our school counselor. He works with students to ensure they are enjoying school and accessing their education to the best of their ability. By utilizing a comprehensive Response to Behavioral Intervention (RTBI) program that is bolstered by an evolving Positive Behavior and Intervention Support (PBIS) system, Mr. Davydov is able to help parents, teachers, and students make data based decisions to successfully accomplish students' social emotional goals.

Check ins with students, group and individual counseling sessions, and classroom discussions are some of the activities that Mr. D. uses on a regular basis. Counseling sessions can include training in friendship skills, anxiety mitigation, executive functioning, divorce or grieving issues.

Contact Mr. D. at for any counselling needs.

Lost & Found

We have so many great lost & found items from during the day, after school events and the buses! Please stop by to look or check the PTA Facebook page for some pictures of some of the items. It helps us greatly when we find a name on the items.


Powerschool is an excellent tool for parents to keep track of their child's daily schedule, attendance, and grades. Download the Powerschool app to get started. Our code is: XLLD. Call us if you are needing further assistance @ 634-2219.

BRMES School Hours:

7:45-8:05: DROP OFF TIMES {Please drop students off after 7:45 AM}

8:05: 1st BELL & Classrooms Open




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Student Craft & Food Fair ~ December 6th

  • Friday, November 6th from 3:30-5:30 in the gymnasium
  • Handmade items only!!!
  • We ask that all items be MADE and SOLD by students
  • Please fill out a participation form that is being sent home Monday the 4th and return it to the office by Monday, November 25th
  • Don't miss this amazing event! Please come shop and support our creative and entrepreneurial students!!!

2019-20 PTA ~ Tshirt Winner

Congratulations to our student artist, 2nd grader Alice Hopkins, for her winning t-shirt design! To the other artists that submitted pieces, they were all excellent. Please continue to create and inspire others through your art!

Order forms will be coming home soon OR you can order online HERE. All orders must be submitted and paid for by November 29th.

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Tortoise and Hare Results

Our PTA raised $2741.00 from Tortoise & the Hare this fall. Way to run/walk/jog and support our great school!

Box Top Information

For over 20 years, Box Tops for Education has given families an easy way to earn cash for their school with products they already buy. 10 cents is earned per box top turned in. The next generation of collecting Box Tops has arrived! Download the new app today and scan in your grocery receipts @

For those who are still turning in paper boxtops, please look for the new boxtops mailbox in the front lobby!

3rd Quarter PTA Meeting

  • Thursday, January 30th @ 8:15 AM
  • COME JOIN US! All are welcome.

5th Grade Ski Idaho Program

Let your 5th (or 6th) grader ski up to 18 mountains for just $18 with the Idaho Peak Season passport. Now available at

2019-20 PTA Officers & Committee Leaders:

President: Beckie Wayne

Vice-President: Chelsey Rissling

Secretary: Janell Hodsdon

Treasurer: Kim-e Weller

Newsletter: Holly Recher

Box Tops: Dana Snyder, Brooke Caldwell, Debbie Newstadt, Stacie Hetinga, and Jen Gray

Grant Review Team: Rich Prittie, Nish Weiseth, Amanda Tyler, Angela Butti, and Debbie Newstadt

Thank you for your donations!

We would like to thank the following local businesses for donating to PTA in the 2019-20 school year:
  • Dandy Lion Consignment
  • Mountain Java
  • Crawford-Olson Real Estate (Shelly DeMoss)
  • Quaking Aspen Articles
  • Ruby's Kitchen
  • McCall Sports Exchange
  • Mountain Renewal
  • Spa Del Sol

Join the PTA Facebook page

Click on this link to visit the BRMES Facebook page. It includes school events and photos throughout the year and allows you to meet other BRMES families.

We hope you enjoyed a bedtime story, read by Mrs. Steers (2nd grade teacher) on Sunday night!

Harlow's Bus Service

Click here for more information on bus routes or how to contact Harlow's.

Valerie Berg, Principal

Barbara R. Morgan Elementary School

McCall Donnelly School District

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