Burlingame Intermediate School

Friday, October 7, 2022

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Dear BIS Family and Friends,

What a fun day we all had! Thank you to PTA and ALL the volunteers for putting on a fun event, the Trojan SuperHero Tournament! The giggles and laughs were really priceless. It is so nice to have students and volunteers having a good time.

I hope you have joined the BIS-PTA too. National PTA® is the oldest and largest child advocacy association in America. For 125 years, PTA has worked with school communities and decision makers to solve the toughest problems in our nation’s history.

Thank you to all the families that gave to the Trojan Tournament Fundraiser. We received $1 donation, all the way up to $150 and more. My goal is to have all families participate with as much support as they can financially, volunteering, organizing, whatever speaks to you. Supporting our school community is all of our responsibility!

High School Parent Nights are this month! Please see the 8th grade section towards the end of my newsletters to see any high school information each week. If your child is going to any high school in the San Mateo Unified School District (SMUSD), don't miss the 8th grade information nights. Burlingame High School is first up on Thursday, October 13th at 6:30 pm. If you want an Intradistrict transfer to another high school in the district, there are very strict deadlines, so don't miss them.

The district needs You!!! We are in need of a new Member for Citizen's Bond Oversight Committee that is: "Active in a business organization representing the business community located in the District"

You can see info here

Bylaws here

Application here

Trojan Time (TT) kicked off this week, with an adjusted Thursday Schedule. (See Below.)

There are so many different choices for students to choose from. Please ask your student about what they chose and how it went. We moved the TT block of time to after Brunch on Thursdays. Ask your child what they thought. This week was our first week so I know teachers wanted to get to know their new group of students.

Identifications Cards (IDs)- Students should have their student ID everyday.

Please have your child carry their BIS ID Card with them. Your student needs the card for library, lunch, and other school related activities. Please share with your student(s) that they will need their ID card daily at school.


Mrs. Erica Gilbert, Principal

Dr. Jermaine Williams, Asst. Principal

Mr. Tony Tsujisaka, Asst. Principal

International Walk to School Day is Next Wednesday, 10/12/22

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Washington, D.C. Trip

I just wanted to clear things up about the Washington, D.C. trip. This trip is not sponsored by BIS school or BSD school district. It is run by a travel company and if our staff is involved in it, it is on their own time and not a duty of their district position.

Like any Tour/Travel Company there is only so much room. Please do not get upset with us.

Thank you.

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Homework Help!

Did you know all of California now has access to HelpNow free online homework help?

The California State Library provides free online tutoring for California K-12 students, available through public libraries. Through HelpNow, live real-time homework assistance is available 24 hours a day by laptop, tablet, or phone from qualified tutors using state curriculum and standards.

24/7 assistance is available in English and Spanish for Language Arts and Mathematics.

Every day between 10:00 am and 10:00 pm, assistance is available in core K-12 subjects in the following languages:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Mandarin
  • Cantonese
  • Vietnamese
  • Tagalog

Tutors can provide a virtual whiteboard, conduct live audio interactions with students, and work with learners on a wide range of concepts. Students are expected to work through the content and learn from the feedback. Tutors do not provide answers — they provide guidance and help. Tutoring sessions may be monitored for completeness and pedagogical effectiveness. All tutors have passed background checks and possess, at a minimum, a bachelor's degree.

Anyone using a computer inside of California can benefit from the live “HelpNow” program. Simply click on this link to get started with a live tutoring session now. The average wait time is 23 seconds.

Additionally, users who have a valid library card can log into the service and receive additional benefits. Learners can request to continue working with their preferred tutors or access a “writing lab” to drop off written work and receive feedback. Students can pose a question and get a written answer returned to them, review past sessions, and send and receive messages to tutors and organize tasks.

The HelpNow app is available on iOS and Andriod platforms via their app stores. The app is designed to function on smartphones as well as tablets.

The HelpNow platform is ADA compliant and offers a toll-free help number and an audio tutoring option. The service conforms to section 508 Standards developed by the Web Accessibility Initiative.

For more information, please email catutoring@library.ca.gov.

Lunch Menus and Lunch Applications for 2022-23

What's on the menu next week? Go to this Link.

Please fill out the Lunch Application for 2022-23

The application is in English and Spanish: Lunch Application Link

Once the form is filled out and turned into the BIS School Office, you will be eligible for a SamTrans Bus Pass (while supplies last) and many other county perks.

More than one student in the district? Only one application per family. Be sure to list all children on the same application.

Questions? Email Don at dkyu@burlingameschools.org

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Transitioning to High School Begins...Class of 2027

It is hard to believe that we need to start thinking about high school for our 8th graders, but we do! Here is the Link to the San Mateo Union High School District website.

The San Mateo High School District has shared the information nights with us for all 6-high schools in the district. Each school offers unique advantages.

Be sure to mark your calendars for the schools you are interested in hearing about.

The meetings will include Highlights:

    • Learn about academic programs, and extracurricular clubs and activities.
    • Meet the staff who will help to guide your soon-to-be 9th Grader.
    • Learn important pre-enrollment and registration dates.
    • Each school will have a unique and informative evening planned for you.

    San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) Enrollment

    Priority Enrollment (P1) is just around the corner! P1 will be from Nov 7, 2022 - Feb 10, 2023. Here are the documents and tutorials to assist you with the enrollment process (ie: tutorial videos, flyers, slides, pamphlets, etc.). All items are available in 3 languages (English, Spanish, Chinese). Families can complete the entire process electronically, appts are NOT necessary unless they are missing documents or need assistance with completing the enrollment.

    Please note: The form will be available on our District website starting Nov 7. The Intra District Transfer/Sibling Transfer form will also be available starting Nov 7.

    Families can contact our office at enrollment@smuhsd.org if they have any questions.

    Enrollment Information English

    Enrollment Information Spanish

    Enrollment Information Chinese

    More information for Enrollment from SMUHSD

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    Mark Your Calendars

    October is National Bullying Prevention Month

    • Mon, Oct 10: No School for Students- Staff PD Day

    • Tues., October 11: BSD Board Meeting 6:00 pm

    • Weds., October 12: International Walk to School Day

    • Thurs., October 13: BIS School Site Council Meeting 3:30 pm

    • Thurs., October 13: BHS 8th grade Parent Night 6:30pm

    • Tues., October 18: BSD Special Board Meeting 5:00 pm

    • Weds., October 19: Unity Day

    • Fri., October 21: Picture Make-up Day (9:00 to 1:00pm only)

    • October 24 thru 28: Group 2 of 6th graders go to Outdoor Education

    • Thurs., October 27: Staff vs. 8th graders Softball, Bayside Park

    • Fri., October 28: Lady Dracula - Fall Play 7:00 pm

    • Sat., October 29: Lady Dracula - Fall Play 7:00 pm

    • Sun., October 30: Lady Dracula - Fall Play 1:00 pm

    • October 31 to November 4: Spirit Week

    • Mon., October 31: Halloween Day

    • Sat., November 5: BCE Fundraising Gala

    • Sun., November 6: Daylight Saving Time Ends

    • Tues., November 8: BSD Board Meeting 6:00 pm

    • Fri., November 11: Veterans Day - No School

    • Thurs., November 17: PTA Meeting 7:00pm via Zoom

    • Fri., November 18: End of Trimester 1

    • November 21 - 25: Thanksgiving Week - No School

    • November 30-December 2: Report Cards Mailed Home