Principal's Update

March 1st - March 5th, 2021

Longer email including details on: Forecasting, Progress Reports, 5th Grade Family Night, etc.

Happy Women's History Month,

I hope you are all well. We had quite the eventful week last week with closing out BHM, LIPI and then the unfortunate incident that had an impact on our community.


We closed out BHM with an assembly which displayed student work via different forms of artistic expression. Our students are absolutely talented! I was amazed at the level of resiliency that our students and teachers have. We listened to Mr. Lampus and the Bluebirds lead our school in Lift Every Voice. Ms. Plank's Ambassadors got us up and grooving to their version of Caravan - I found my feet tapping to the beat. Our 7th graders, as well as Ms. Epifano's Art classes, paired information/facts with a visual representation of prominent Black historical figures (from our past and present). Our students heard words of wisdom from one of our local activists, Cameron Whitten, through their keynote speech.


Last week we opened the doors to our first cohort of LIPI students. I would like to take a moment to thank our families for allowing our students to engage in LIPI, as well as trusting that our staff would (and will continue) take great care of your children.


Last but certainly not least, thank you BMS community for the outpouring of support, care and concern, in regard to the unexpected incident that occurred last week. We always appreciate the way our community comes together to support during times of need.


As we dive into Women's History Month, I would like to encourage you to find a moment of time to connect with your student and discuss one of the many contributions of women, throughout history. Personally, I am using this opportunity to empower my daughters through learning about the impacts of women in our family through our family tree. My children and I will also, dive into the contributions of our local female leaders who make Portland a better place to live.


Moreover, one way that we are celebrating WHM, is by having our annual event dedicated to students who identify as a female, Girls' Night Out (see information below, under the 'Looking Ahead' section ).


Be well,


Robbie Davis

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Looking Ahead (upcoming events)

Forecasting

2021- 2022 Forecasting

Thank you for your patience. As mentioned last week, our BMS forecasting survey is live today.

Please click on the links to complete the BMS Google Forecasting form. See below for information about the forecasting process:



  1. Forecasting forms are due March 19, 2021.
  2. Families should complete the forms together with their children.
  3. Please carefully read through the forms, as there will be one submission per student. In the event that you made and mistake and accidentally submitted your form, you will need to email Ms. Davis at rdavis@pps.net.
  4. Please remember that schedule change requests will not be accepted once the school year begins (unless under unique circumstances).
  5. Please know we try to meet the requests of students; however, there are no guarantees that students will be scheduled for every class in which they forecast for.


Below is a list of documents to support the 2021-2022 forecasting process


5th Grade Family Night

5th grade families will also have various opportunities to learn about the programming offered at BMS. If you have an incoming 5th grade student (or know of a family within the Beaumont boundary), please join us for BMS 5th Grade Family Night/Open House.


5th Grade Family Night Flyer (English version)


Flyer Noche Familiar de 5to Grado (versión en español)


Progress Reports/Missing Assignments

Progress reports are on the way to your mailboxes, as teachers completed them last Friday. Please take a moment to connect with your child about their progress. Remember, progress reports are not final grades, but more so a "temperature check". If your child happens to be missing assignments, please know, it is not too late to complete work and turn it in.


If you have questions about grades, please connect with your student's teacher(s).

Final MAP Testing Update

March 1-5th is the last week for students to finish MAP testing. At this point, all students except those who were opted out or refused to test have started both their reading and math MAP tests. Although some students have finished testing, we have a number of students who still need to finish their tests.


Why do we want students to finish testing? Both the district and our school use the data to make decisions about instruction, which is especially important given the possibilities of how to best structure support for students as we enter the final third of the school year. We only get that data for a student if a student finishes a test.


We appreciate your support and understanding, and we want to respect the decisions you and your student(s) make around completing the MAP test—especially given the larger context of the pandemic and where an individual student may be in regards to mental health. The data from the MAP test is useful, but we also understand if MAP testing may cause additional stress on a student and you therefore don’t want your student to finish testing.


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Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday


Final Week of MAP Testing

1 Make Up Session 5

1:45-2:45


2 Make Up Session 6

1:45-2:45


3 Make Up Session 7

1:45-2:45


4 Final Make Up Session: Session 8

1:45-2:45


5 TBA No session has been scheduled



Please email Chris Bach, our testing coordinator, or me if you have any questions or concerns.
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Announcement from the Yearbook Crew:

8th Grade Baby Ads, Submit by March 5th!

It's time to submit your baby ads for the Yearbook. Find for that adorable photo to submit and send off your 8th grader to High School with a wonderful memory or message. Please pay via SchoolPay, cost is $15. All payments and photos must be submitted by March 5th, submit HERE (baby ad link). No late submissions allowed. Thank you, Yearbook staff!

Junta para padres - Drogas y Alchol/Parent Meeting - Drugs and Alcohol

La reunión de padres se llevará a cabo el

Miércoles 17 de marzo.

El tema será Drogas y Alcohol (la reunión será en español)


Join Zoom Meeting
https://pps-net.zoom.us/j/88272137306

Meeting ID: 882 7213 7306
Dial by your location
253 215 8782

English

The parent meeting will be held on

Wednesday March 17th.

The topic will be Drugs and Alcohol (the meeting will be in Spanish)


Join Zoom Meeting

https://pps-net.zoom.us/j/88272137306

Meeting ID: 882 7213 7306

Dial by your location

253 215 8782

Meeting ID: 882 7213 7306

Mindfulness at BMS

6 Week Mindfulness Series

The Beaumont Counseling Team is offering a 6 Week Mindfulness Series, hosted by Ria Goodwin, in order to introduce those interested to the concepts and practices of Mindfulness. Each week will cover a different mindfulness concept, starting with an Introduction to Mindfulness, with each following week having a specific focus: Breath Awareness, Body Awareness, Focus on Gratitude, Kindness Towards Self & Others, and Open Awareness. We will be learning and practicing on Wednesdays at 1:45, starting February 17th and ending March 31st, using Google Meet, with a meet code of Mindfulness. If you have any additional questions or would like more information please contact Ria Goodwin at rgoodwin@pps.net

Girls' Night Out

Girls' Night Out

Virtual Girls Night Out will be Friday, March 12th from 4:00-5:30 pm. Things will be a little different this year, but we’re still planning on having lots of fun together so we hope you join us.

There are 75 open spots so get your Form turned in early. Submit your Google Form by 4pm Tuesday March 9th. The event will include an art activity, SEL Counseling activity, Kahoot and an escape room, plus a goody bag with art supplies and a treat. Join the fun and attend Virtual Girls Night Out on March 12th from 4:00-5:30, Google forms due by March 9th.


See you there.

Ms. Mittelstadt, Ms. Goodwin, Ms. Davis, and Mrs. McMillan


Questions? Contact jmittels@pps.net or rgoodwin@pps.net

Math Help and Resources

Is your student having trouble completing their asynchronous math work? Are you having trouble helping them? Our Instructional Math Specialist, RaeAnn Suckow, has put together a website that might help. Here is a sampling of what you will find there:

  • Information on DreamBox

  • Information on Free Tutoring done by PPS high school students

  • Links to resources by grade level, course, and unit

  • Information about Multnomah County Library live homework help

  • Visual Math Dictionaries and other tools

You can find the website here.

If you have any questions about the website, DreamBox, or other math related topics please contact RaeAnn Suckow at rsuckow@pps.net.

Successful Schools Survey

Successful Schools Survey

It is time to make your voice heard once again. The portal for the Successful Schools Survey is open for families.This survey is very important because:

  • Only time we hear from students, staff, and families system-wide

  • Gathering these data will help us understand experiences at our schools

  • School climate is a key component influencing outcomes for students

  • We will be able to see improvements from last year to understand how our work in schools has changed perceptions

  • We will use results to identify areas for improvements

Following link to complete the survey: surveys.panoramaed.com/portlandor/ppsfamily

The survey is available in Spanish, Russian, Somali, Vietnamese, and Chinese. If you cannot complete an online survey we are able to provide you with a paper copy. Call Beaumont Middle School at 503-916-5610, or email the School Climate Specialist at ericjohansson@pps.net.

Community Resources

School Based Resources

Food Box Distribution

If your family would like a food box, please complete the Food Box Request link. Please know even if you are not able to complete the survey, you are most welcome to pick up a box. As a reminder, food boxes are distributed every Wednesday, from 3:30PM- 5:30PM (enter on the Fremont side of the street and drive around to the gym).


West Psychological Services

The pandemic has brought up different feelings for many of us. If your child is in need of therapy or counseling services. There is help available, please connect with your child's school counselor; they can support you through the process.


District Resources