Top Gun News

September 22-October 1

News From the CORE Classes

Social Studies

We are wrapping our geography unit on regions and states in the next few weeks. Students are working on student recognition and geography terminology. We are also almost finished with our citizenship unit based on the novel Schooled. The kids are also working with various technology skills including presentation tools and general computer skills. I appreciate their hard work!


Math

We are finishing up powers of 10, multiplying by 10s and multi-digit multiplication this week. I have several students who could benefit by practicing their basic multiplication facts. They really have to be able to recall them quickly in order to master the standards that we are working on and those we will be working on. I have found several apps that are fun and also helpful for fact practice: “Bubble Pop Math Challenge, Quiz Dungeon, Number Run, Mayan Multiplication and Mathopolis are some of the ones that they can try.



Our next unit is division. (Multiplication facts are so important for division!)



Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.



Literacy

I am so proud of the kids for participating in our performance of the poem Squished Squirrel. I’ve seem improvement in the completion of our reading logs, however, we still have a few not completed. We are finishing the novel study of Love that Dog and moving into narrative writing. In addition, we are focusing on sophisticated words, transition words, and commas in a series.



Science

We are doing a unit on matter and will start a unit on physical change in the coming weeks. The students are working hard!

News from BFMS



BFMS Dates to Remember…




September 24: Beef O’ Brady’s Spirit Day (see below)



September 26: BFMS Farmer’s Market Day (see below)



September 29-October 3: Book Fair






Nutrition Myth Busters- Target audience: students and parents
Gluten, food dye, and coconut, oh my! With so much information circulating in the media about food trends and diet tips, it's hard to get the facts straight. Get ready for some nutrition myth debunking and to separate the science from the silliness.
Free diner served after an informative presentation. All district families are invited. Register Here



OEP REPORT: The Office for Education Policy released lists of the Overall Top 25 Arkansas Schools in three categories-elementary, middle and secondary, for literacy and for math. Benchmark data from 2014 is the criteria used to name schools to the lists. You may beam with pride as Bright Field Middle School is on both lists! For more information go to http://bit.ly/1pgsPRR




Shoparoo! The easiest and fastest way to earn money for your child’s school!



Snap pictures of your receipts from any store, big or small, that sells grocery items to earn Roo Points (cash donations) for your school. Whether you’re shopping at a supercenter, dollar store, or local convenience store - it doesn’t matter where you shop or what items you buy - Shoparoo will make a cash donation for every receipt! Submit up to 20 grocery receipts within a rolling 7 day period. It’s SO easy. Anyone with a smart phone can do it. We have over 600 students in our school with only 208 supporters signed up! Let’s see how many supporters we can get to by the end of September!!!!!





DIRECTIONS:



Download the FREE ‘Shoparoo’ app on your smart phone



Set up your profile (select the school and grade)



Shop



Snap a picture of your receipt using the app



Earn points!!!





If you have any questions on how to load the app, or how the app works, please contact Amy Heffington at 418-7208 or aheffington@bentonvillek12.org.





BFMS Remind 101



BFMS PTO: text @bfmspt to 918-289-2470



BFMS General notifications: text @bfmsr to 918-532-6026





BFMS and Social Media



Facebook… like “Bright Field Middle School Library” & “Bright Field Middle School PTO”



BFMS now has a Twitter account! To find on Twitter all you have to do is search for BFMS14 and follow.





Immunization reminder



Students who are 11 years old or older as of September 1st 2014 need a Tdap vaccination to be compliant with the state requirements to attend school. If your child has had this vaccination please send proof to the school nurse by October 1st 2014.



Library Card Month September is the "Smartest Month at BPL" with Library Card Sign-Up Month! Library card holders have access to a world of resources from books, DVD's, and CDs to valuable resources online including language learning, research, music and more. Come sign up today. Photo ID and proof of residency required. Bring your public library card to school to be entered into a drawing with Mrs. Moss. Winner will receive a paperback book of his/her choice at this month’s book fair.





Spirit Days at Beef O’Brady’s….You can eat at Beef’s all day on those days and they will donate a percentage of all receipts turned in to our school’s science dept. Please put this on your team/school calendar so parents can know about these days





Caring and Sharing Application Information



· Rogers: Registration is at the Central United Methodist Church on New Hope. Dates are September 29th and 30th; October 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 10th. Time: 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.





· Bentonville: Registration is at the First United Methodist Church on NW A Street. Dates are October 13th – 17th; October 20th and 21st. Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.





· Applications available online at www.sharingandcaringkids.com or pick up an application in the lobby outside the office.





Bentonville Basketball Club


For more information go to: http://bentonvillebasketballclub.org/



Flyers can be found in the office.





BFMS Farmer’s Market



BFMS will be selling vegetables after school on Friday Sept. 26th. Apple Seeds Inc. will donate all the vegetables for us to sell. Yay. It will be donation based so bring a few dollars to buy some organic veggies. The money raised will go towards building six benches in the garden for students to sit and read, draw/paint or fill out worksheets for class. See the attached flyer for even more great information.






Book Fair Volunteer Sign-up



If you would like to volunteer to work at this fall’s book fair, you may sign-up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084ba8a62b0-book/355776






September Events at Bentonville Public Library




Choral Night at BHS Supporting Bentonville Bright Futures



Snack Pack Donation Items Requested



October 13, 2014 BHS Main Gym Begins at 7:30 p.m.



Why Snack Packs?



Many of our students leave for the weekend and may not have enough food to eat until they return to school on Monday.




What are some Snack Pack ideas?



· Pudding Cups



· Fruit Cups



· Individually wrapped peanut-free snacks: cheese crackers, granola bars, fruit chews, animal crackers, instant oatmeal packets, graham crackers, dried fruit & cereal



· Ramen Noodles



· Microwavable Macaroni and Cheese and/or Soup



· Juice Boxes



· No time to go to the store? Monetary Donations to support Bentonville Bright Futures will also be accepted.




Where do I donate items?



Look for the Bright Futures boxes located by the entrance to the gym. Also, check out the Bright Futures table in the lobby for more information about this exciting, new program.




“Giving Back for a Brighter Future”

BFMS Archery and Fishing Club

Bright Field & Stream Club begins October 1st. The club is associated with the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission’s Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs program and the Arkansas National Archery in the Schools Program. We are also excited to be partnering with Cabela’s for this club!


Our club will meet once a month and have lessons in fishing, archery, and at least one fishing outing during the year. The club is sponsored by Mr. Knoble, Coach Paskiewicz, & Coach Holland. We meet the first Wednesday of each month from 2:50-4:00 in the gym, beginning on Wednesday, October 1st. Please pick students up in front of the school by 4:00. We hope to see you there!