Beardsley News

August 13, 2021

IN THIS ISSUE

Message from Mrs. Alberth-Principal

Covid-19 Shield Testing

PTO

Communication

After School Activities

Volleyball Tryouts

Cross Country

Attendance

Physicals needed

Arrival / Dismissal and Parking

Chromebooks and Digital Citizenship

Lunch and Breakfast

Buses

Cell Phones and backpacks

PE Information

Parent Nights

Download the Mobile App

Yearbook Distribution

Contact Information

Welcome to Your School!

From the Principal:


We were excited to welcome all of our students on Wednesday, August 18th! We prepared all summer long for a terrific 2021-2022 school year. I want each of you to know that we are here to engage students in learning that is rigorous and personally engaging. We are also committed to creating an environment where students become socially and emotionally confident citizens in our complex world. I welcome any and all questions and comments as we work together to be the best we can be for our kids.


Warmest regards,

Cathy Alberth

Principal

Covid-19 Shield Testing

District 47 has compiled all the information you will need to know regarding Covid-19 Protocols in this Covid Family Reference Guide- English and Covid Family Reference Guide-Spanish

PTO Information

Welcome to our new families and welcome back to all of you that have been a part of HBMS! Our PTO is so lucky to have such a great group of volunteers that allow us to provide support to the teachers and staff as well as give our kids the best middle school experience possible. This is going to be an exciting year, we are planning some fun events for everyone to enjoy. We would love to add your skills and talents to our ever-growing group of dedicated parents and grandparents to help make them successful. Volunteering is a great way to get involved, meet other parents and staff members, and to keep informed about what is going on at your child’s school. There are so MANY different ways for Parents, Grandparents and other relatives to get involved. Despite daily hectic schedules… there are choices for EVERY parent that is willing to give a little time to the HBMS students. Contact our PTO President, Margie Palmer at MargiePalmer5@gmail.com, if you have any questions!

Ways we communicate

Communication is the key to success. There are several ways we like to notify you of the happenings around the school as well as consult with you regarding your student's progress.


  • Email your teachers/administrators/support staff- Please allow 24 hours for a response
  • ParentVue/StudentVue
  • Monthly Newsletter- Bear News
  • EBlasts- for urgent or timely information
  • D47.org/HBM website- this is a great resource for all things D47 and HBMS
  • D47 app for your phone
  • Google Classroom (your student will have the log in information)
  • Seesaw- You will be asked to log in to your student's homeroom account in the near future (more to come on this)
  • Twitter, Facebook, Instagram
  • BeardsleyLive - YouTube Channel for daily announcements
  • 8 to 18- For all things Athletic!
  • Phone- (815)788-5750

So as you can see, there are several ways to received and share information. In order to receive information, it is critical that your contact information is accurate. Please log in to ParentVue and check to see that the information is correct.

After School Activities

After-school activities start at a variety of times throughout the year. Activities are held primarily on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. This is when our Activity Buses run. There are NO ACTIVITY BUSES ON WEDNESDAYS OR FRIDAYS. Activity buses leave HBMS at about 4:15 and drop students at designated stops, not necessarily their bus stop. Activity buses start on August 26th.


  • Homework club will start the second week (August 30)
  • Cross Country starts the first week of school
  • Volleyball for 7th and 8th graders will start right away
  • You can see the TV Show with the daily announcements by subscribing to our BeardsleyLive Youtube channel.

Volleyball Try Outs!!

Make sure you have a current sports physical if you plan to participate in athletics this year. You also must register through 8 to 18 found on the HBMS website.


Conference Volleyball - 7th & 8th Grade only

If you are interested in trying out for the upcoming Volleyball season, tryouts will take place on the following dates and times. Please make sure that you register on the 8 to 18 website and have a current physical on file before trying out.


Tryout dates & times:

August 16th -- 3:15 to 4:30 pm

August 17th -- 3:15 to 4:30 pm


You will not be allowed to tryout without having completed the above mentioned requirements.


Questions, email: rmhuffman@d47.org

Cross Country Begins Right Away

Make sure you have a sports physical on file if you plan to participate in athletics this year!


Cross Country - All students are welcome!

There will be an information meeting held on Thursday, August 26th: 3:00 - 4:00 PM

Students will meet in the cafeteria after school, and remember to bring active shoes just in case!


Team practice will begin on Monday, August 30th, 3:00 - 4:00 PM. Again, please meet in the cafeteria after school.


Questions, email: dakeenan@d47.org

Attendance

Attendance is a critical piece to student success! If your student needs to be absent, we must hear from you in order for them to be absent rather than truant. Please call (815)788-5758 by 8 am. We can take calls in English or Spanish.


If late to school, please enter through Door 1, Main Office, only. Your student will need to sign in.


Refer to the student handbook on the website (d47.org/HBM) for the make-up work policy.

6th Grade Physicals and Immunizations Required to Start School

Illinois state law requires that children entering Kindergarten, sixth grade and ninth grade must have a new complete physical examination on file with the school health office before the first day of school or the child will not be allowed to start school. Completed forms should be given to your child's school either by mail, email, or they may be dropped off at the school office. For contactless delivery, we have a blue box outside of the door each day until 3:45 pm for you to drop those in. To send by email, go to your school's website Contact Us page and choose Leadership & Office Staff to find the email for your school nurse.

Arrival / Dismissal and Parking

We take pride in being able to safely move 1000 students in and out of the building twice per day in an efficient manner. We are able to have everyone on their way in less than 10 minutes at the end of the day! Impressive huh!? HOWEVER, to pull this off there has to be a process that everyone follows. So we really appreciate you reading and complying with the process. It works!


Basics: STUDENT SAFETY!

  • No parking, drop off or pick up allowed in the church parking lot

  • Please cooperate with our staff serving on bus duty. They are trying to help kids be safe.

  • Plan ahead so your students are not tardy. The drop off line tends to get long at 7:30am. Students are considered tardy if they are not in their seats by 7:40. If Tardy, please have student enter Door 1 to sign in at the Main Office.

  • Students can be dropped off as early as 7:15 am

  • Please do not block the bus exit at the end of the day. If buses can’t move, no one moves. They are cleared out of the circle drive before cars can come through to pick up.


Arrival: 7:15-7:40

If you are dropping off your student, please proceed to the upper parking lot on Oak Hollow Rd. Only buses are allowed in the circle drive. Here you will go through the parking lot and drop your student off in the parking lot (not on the street) to walk down the sidewalk to the blacktop area. Please allow enough time in the morning as there is often a backup on Oak Hollow Rd. and we want all of our students in their homeroom classes no later than 7:40 to avoid being tardy.


Dismissal: 2:14

If you are picking your student up, drive on Oak Hollow Rd. to the upper parking lot. Here you will wait in line until all of the buses are loaded and dismissed. Do not block the exit for the buses or no one will be able to move. Once all of the buses pull away at approximately 2:25, the cars will be motioned to enter the circle drive in the opposite direction from the upper parking lot. Once the circle drive is filled with cars, students will be dismissed from Door #2 to get in their cars. Once students are safely loaded FROM THE CURB SIDE ONLY, we will motion more cars to pull forward to collect their students.

IMPORTANT: Students may not be dropped off or picked up in the church parking lot or on Oak Hollow Road. This creates a serious safety hazard as students have to cross multiple lanes of moving cars and buses.


Parking:

We have 4 visitor parking spaces marked with a V in the lower lot. You are welcome to park there or in any open space in either the lower lot or the upper lot. Please do not park at the church unless directed to do so on special events such as Parent Night. Our neighbors at the EFCCL graciously share their parking lot on those special days, but ask that we use our own property otherwise. When using the church parking lot on special events, please respect the property by only parking in designated spaces between parking lines. When visiting HBMS, parking is allowed on Oak Hollow, taking into consideration the "no parking" yellow curbs.


Bicycles and skateboards must be walked on school property. It is highly recommended that you lock up your bike. There is a bike rack on the northeast corner of the building. Skateboards can be stored in the student office for the day for safe keeping.

Chromebooks and Digital Citizenship

Chromebooks were issued at Bear Camp or will be issued on the first day of school. Students are responsible for taking care of their Chromebooks, including having them fully charged each day. Talk as a family about a routine that works for you to charge the Chromebooks and get them to school each day. Appropriate use is expected and will be reviewed by each classroom teacher. We use a system called GoGuardian to monitor student's Chromebook use. Parents can access this system as well and see what their children are doing on their Chromebooks. More information will come out on that as we get the year started. We teach good digital citizenship - Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Smart.

Lunch and Breakfast

We will be providing lunch and breakfast each day. There is no charge for a lunch or breakfast for any student this year. Additional Milk will need to be purchased. Students are welcome to bring a lunch from home. Allergy-sensitive spaces are set aside for students requiring a safe allergen-free space.


Students will be able to sit with their friends at lunch at HBMS, but they will be socially distanced and will have a seating chart in order for us to contact trace if the need arises.

Riding the bus

If your student requires transportation you will be able to see their bus route in ParentVUE beginning Friday, August 13th at noon. Students riding the bus will be expected to follow the rules of the bus posted in the Student Handbook on the website. Masks are required on the bus. Cameras are also active on buses. Students may only ride their own route. No notes are accepted for friends to ride another student's bus due to capacity limits and safety. If you have a special need, please call the office and we will work with you.

From the PE Department

Hi, Beardsley Bears and Parents!


In order to keep you all up to date on what is going on in your student's Physical Education class, we have organized a newsletter of our expectations, grading, and other important information.


Please click the following link to explore! https://drive.google.com/file/d/11YInvXiYGNIs04Cjo0znklQnYNEIAqNW/view?usp=sharing


Parent Nights- Mark Your Calendar!

Tuesday, Sept 7th - 6th Grade - 6:00-7:30

Wednesday, Sept 8th - 7th & 8th Grade - 6:00-7:30


Your student will bring home a sheet of paper showing their schedule for you to follow. This is a great night for you to meet all your student's teachers and ask any questions you may have.


This is an evening just for parents to meet the teachers and learn about the curriculum and instruction for the year.


We hope to see you there!

Download our Mobile App

Follow this link for an instructional video!


https://youtu.be/hX1Zk1EW1uw

Cell Phones and backpacks at School

All cell phones and smartwatches must be turned off and in a backpack or locker at all times while in the building. Students will be issued a lockable locker and can also carry a small backpack from class to class as a mitigation measure this year. No cell phones should be visible in the school and should always be turned off. Parents, please call the office and we will get a message to your student rather than texting or calling them during class.


PLEASE NOTE: With the fast-paced change in technology, District 47 will treat any electronic device that has the capability to call, text, and take pictures, which causes a disruption to the school environment, as a cell phone/smartwatch violation at any grade level.

Contact Us!

www.d47.org/HBM


Office (815)788-5750

Administrators:


At Hannah Beardsley Middle School we...

Build relationships

Engage in critical thinking

Accept and celebrate our differences

Reach for opportunities and interests

Strive for excellence and integrity