Barbara R. Morgan Elementary School

January 2020 Family Newsletter

January Events:

  • Dec. 23-Jan. 3: NO SCHOOL / Winter Break
  • Jan. 6: School Resumes@ 8:05
  • Jan. 13-16: Winter Benchmark/Assessment Week for all students
  • Jan. 17: End of the 2nd Quarter
  • Jan. 20: NO SCHOOL (Human Rights Day)
  • Jan. 21: NO SCHOOL (Teacher Work Day)
  • Jan. 23: 4th & 5th Grade Geography Bee in the Gym @ 9:15
  • Jan. 25: Winter Carnival Parade (we hope to have a snow creation at BRMES too)
  • Jan. 27: 5th Grade @ MOSS
  • Jan. 30: PTA 3rd Quarter Meeting @ 8:15
  • Jan. 31: Idaho All-State Honor Choir event @ NNU (for selected 4th/5th gr. students)

Principal Update

Dear Parent(s), Guardian(s), & Students,


Merriest wishes this holiday season!


It is hard to believe we are nearly half way through another school year. Our school elves have been reporting to Santa just how amazing these kids are in school. You should be proud! Thank you for supporting good learning habits at home. During the winter break, please set some goals to:


  • read daily
  • practice math facts
  • utilize any of our online programs found under 'students' on our website
  • and enjoy the outdoors and your friends/family



See you back in school on Monday, January 6th!


Mrs. Berg, Principal

New Bus Routes (January 2020)

Please check out the new bus route schedules which will begin on January 6, 2020.


See new routes on our district website or click here.

Thank you to everyone for...



  • supporting and giving to 3 local families with gifts for their whole family
  • donating $250.00 through our Student Council candy gram sale to help finish purchasing the gifts for the Giving Tree
  • to the private donations who helped pay down many lunch account deficits
  • 114 donated boxes of cereal were given to the local food bank
  • and to our 2 school elves, that simply reminded us of our school expectations and brought smiles to our faces daily this past month!


We sure have a lot to be thankful for and our students loved learning about the spirit of giving {and receiving}!

Send "5" items daily

Please send children to school with '5' items for outside play, daily.


  1. Hat
  2. Boots
  3. Coat/Jacket
  4. Snowpants
  5. Gloves/Mittens

School Closure/Delay Reminders

In the event of a Snow Day, you will be notified by phone and email through our automated calling system. The district will try to make a decision no later than 6:30 AM to either:


  1. CANCEL school for the day (for all students)
  2. Implement “2 HOUR DELAY” (Buses pick up 2 hours later than normal and the school day would run from 10:05-3:00.)

2020 Camp Invention Information

We will be hosting another Camp Invention for current K-5 students. Camp will be at BRMES June 15-19 from 9:00-3:30 and costs $230 (before discounts). Sign up at invent.org/camp. You can use an early bird discount of ELEVATE25 if you sign up online by March 31 to save $25. An extended day option can be added for $80 as well for children to participate from 8:00-5:00. Alumni families should have a different discount code emailed to you as well.

Save the Date for Spring Testing

For those of you who like to plan ahead, we picked our mandated state spring testing dates in hopes you will help us by having your child in school on these dates:


Kindergarten: May 6

1st Grade: May 14

2nd Grade: May 14

3rd Grade: April 30, May 5, May 7, May 12 & May 14

4th Grade: April 30, May 5, May 7, May 12

5th Grade: April 28, April 30, May 5, May 7, May 12

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3rd Quarter PTA Meeting: Jan. 30th @ 8:15

  • Thursday, January 30th @ 8:15 A.M.
  • Come help nominate our 2020/2021 PTA Officers
  • Nominations for secretary and treasurer positions will be open
  • PTA is a great way to get involved, make new friends, and make a difference
  • All BRMES families are invited!

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 skiidaho.us
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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

Join the PTA Facebook page

Click on this link to visit the BRMES Facebook page.
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BRMES School Hours:

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

8:05: 1st BELL & Classrooms Open

8:10: SCHOOL STARTS

8:15: TARDY BELL

3:00: DISMISSAL

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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