Cougar Chronicle

Ed 15 December 14, 2020

Lily Barret's Patch is GOING TO SPACE!

Anne Arundel County Public School System’s SSEP Mission 13 to ISS Patch Design Competition engaged 6th grade students from four Middle Schools. Over 850 students were engaged in lessons designed by a committee of Art teachers that combined Art Standards with the history and tradition of Mission Patches. Students were charged with including symbols that best represented SSEP and Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Over 850 patches were submitted at the school level and evaluated with a rubric. Finalists were judged by a District-level committee comprised of the Coordinator of Visual Arts, the Coordinator of Science as well as a prominent Artist from the greater community.

We are proud to announce that the winning patch was designed by Lilly Barrett from Wiley H. Bates Middle School in Annapolis, Maryland. Her use of perspective and Anne Arundel County symbols made her patch the design which best represents AACPS’s Mission 13!.

Second Step

Our student's continue to experience social emotional lessons in their wellness block from Second Step. They also provide resources to support parents. We hope you enjoy this 3 minute wellness video on self compassion. It is so important to remember to take time for yourself at this time of year.

Winter Well-Being Week 1: Self-Compassion


The Bates Plunge team is currently ranked 11th but we want to be in the top 10! The Polar Bear Plunge has been a major fundraiser for the Special Olympics of Maryland for 25 years. This year, they are facing an uphill battle as the plunge will not be able to take place at Sandy Point State Park and will be completely virtual this year. We are inviting our Bates family to join our plunge team! It is free to join and you simply decide how you'd like to 'plunge!' If you raise at least $50, you get an amazing sweatshirt too. The best part is that it is an easy fundraiser that you can email to friends and family or post on your social media pages and it is for a great cause!

BONUS: If our Bates Blizzard Plungers raise $5,000 or more, Ms. Hicks will plunge into the frosty Magothy River and record it for all to see!!!!

If you are interested, follow these steps to join our team:

You can freeze for a great cause AND help us get Ms. Hicks in the river 🙂


Teachers will input interim grades by December 18th. Please check parent portal and discuss grades with your student. This is a good time to set goals for the remainder of the marking period. Please encourage your student to use Office Hours and Academic Support Clubs as needed!

Academic Support During Club Time!

During the 2nd quarter, in addition to our clubs, we will be offering academic support during club time (11:10-11:50 M/T/Th/F). These will be by drop-in codes according to the days and organized by grade. Please see the attached sheet for grade level/content drop ins and directions on how to join. Students do not need to have the teacher leading the support in order to 'drop in!'


Check out the December PBIS incentives and JOYFUL photo contest below!

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Bates Students Start Seats and Feets Drive

Looking for MIDDLE SCHOOL sizes!

A group of Bates Students are making a difference in their community. Gemma Love, Kendall Golder, Tanner Crosby, Trevor Price, Grace Feldmann, and Elaine Jeffries wanted to help local children whose families are accessing help through the West Annapolis Pop Up Pantry. They decided to collect underwear and socks for Annapolis kids.

Donations can be dropped off at Michael E Busch Annapolis Library, Hillsmere library, and Eastport Library.

Check out their AMAZON WISH LIST. Financial Donations are being collected through PAYPAL

Questions? Contact

Bates Parent Feeds Everyone!

Bates parent, Monica Alvarado, along with an interfaith group launched Feed Arundel last spring. The agency brings together Annapolis Restaurants and food pantries by providing money to restaurants to make ready-made meals that are delivered by the food pantries.This work has kept our restaurants alive and bellys full! Check out the article in the Capital HERE.

Text FeedAnneArundel to 76278 to donate or if you would prefer, the local pantry is looking for adult and infant diapers, wipes, hygiene products, cleansers, black beans, Masaseca and tortillas. These items can be dropped of at Bread and Butter Kitchen. Questions?, Contact Sarah Daniels-Larson,

Bates Food Pantry

The Bates Food Pantry will be RESTOCKED starting in DECEMBER. Pantry Items will be distributed during LUNCH PICK UP on THURSDAYS.

If you would like to VOLUNTEER to help create bags, contact Amy Beller. If you would like to donate items to the food pantry, check out our WISHLIST (Please keep in mind that the building will be closed over winter break).

Support the PTA through AMAZON SMILE

Are you planning to do some Amazon Shopping this holiday? Shop through Amazon Smile and a percentage of your purchase supports our PTA

When you are shopping on Amazon, use Amazon Smile, and designate Bates as your Charity. Amazon Smile will donate 0.5% of your purchases to the Bates PTA. 1. Go to 2. Sign in toyour Amazon account (If you are new to Amazon, you will need to create an account). 3. Under “Select a Charity”, go to “pick your own”, and type in “Bates Middle School”. 4. Select “Wiley H. Bates Middle School PTA”. 5. You must shop through Amazon Smile *not Amazon* for Bates PTA to receive donations.

The Sharing Foundation

The Sharing Foundation has been supporting Bates Families for many years. In previous years, you may have seen a Toy Bucket for donations in our front lobby. This year the Sharing Foundation is virtual! Please check their website for more information regarding their Virtual Toy Drive!


Let's make this yearbook one to remember! Since Ms. Grimail (yearbook advisor) is unable to be everywhere to take photos of our school year memories, she needs YOUR help! Students, Families and, Parents of Bates Middle School--please, use this google form to submit photos to add to our 2020-2021 yearbook!

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Ms. Grimail via email (

Google Form for Photo Uploads:

Check out the quick resource within the google form on HOW TO TAKE A PORTRAIT for the yearbook! ALL Bates students will need to submit their own portrait to add to the yearbook (must be current & following the guidelines)!

*Information about ordering a yearbook will be coming out soon! Stay tuned to PTA emails, Cougar Chronicle, and ConnectED messages for further information!*

In the Community

Food Access Line | 410 222 3663

Food Access Warm Line has EXPANDED SERVICES!

In addition to helping you find food resources, they also assist with finding resources for car payments, utilities, hotel fees, and other possible expenses.

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More Resources

Blessed Tech Ministries is providing a water bill relief program for homeowners in the city of Annapolis. Check out their site for more information.

Lighthouse Shelter Resource Pantry

The Lighthouse Shelter hosts a pop-up pantry 7 days a week from 7a.m.-7p.m. Food, clothing, baby items, hygiene items available

Anne Arundel Work Force Development continues to offer the Humanitarian Relief Funds. Additionally, they have added support for childcare.

Childcare Assistance

If you cannot return to work, cannot fully work, or cannot participate in workforce services due to childcare costs we can help! We are providing childcare assistance for low-income parents with kids, both school-aged and younger, to help our residents obtain a new job and/or maintain current employment. You must be eligible for workforce development services to qualify for assistance. The eligibility criteria include Anne Arundel County resident, eligible to work in the US, employment status, and income limitations. Assistance will be provided in the amount of up to $250 per week per child depending on childcare costs. You will have to verify your employment status or be actively participating in workforce services to qualify. Start by completing our intake form here.

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Upcoming Food Distributions

· People's Park, 44 Calvert Street Annapolis, MD, every Tuesday in November, 12:00pm -2:00pm

· Asbury United Methodist Church, 87 West St Annapolis MD, has a food giveaway every Wednesday & Friday 9am-11pm

· Heritage Baptist Church, 1740 Forest Drive Annapolis MD, has food giveaway every Tuesday 9:30am-11am (must provide id and proof of residency)

· First Baptist Church of Annapolis, 31 W. Washington Street, gives away pantry bags and restaurant prepared meals every Saturday, 11 am - 1 pm

Delivery and transportation options are available for those unable to pick-up in person. Call Office of Emergency Management at 410-260-2211 to Schedule a Fresh Food Delivery Option.


Every day from 12 to 12:30 PM!!

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Join the PTA!

Make a difference in your child's education by being informed about their school, join the Bates PTA!! Join online, by going to Join the PTA - Bates PTA

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Word Part of the Week

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Wiley H. Bates Middle School

Katherine Hicks, Principal

Amy Beller, editor

We are better together!