Barbara Morgan S.T.E.M. Academy

Parent Newsletter--September 23, 2020

Fire Drill Tomorrow

We are ready for our first Fire Drill, planned for tomorrow, September 24 @ 10:20am.


Staff have practiced with students to show them how to properly exit the building calmly, how to locate their class area on the fence line and practice social distancing.

Plan for Bringing Grades 1-5 into School Every Day begins next week, September 28


On September 1, the Board of Trustees authorized Superintendent Ranells to gradually bring elementary school grade levels back in-person, full time during yellow operations. Since this recommendation, the superintendent and the district administration have been working on a plan to phase in grades one through five. The plan to phase in full time in-person learning for these grades is as follows:


September 28 - First and Second grade
October 5 - Third grade
October 12 - Fourth grade
October 19 - Fifth grade

This means, beginning next week, First and Second Graders will attend school everyday in the building. We will continue with our building safety plans including: mandatory masks, hand washing/sanitizing when entering or exiting rooms, social distancing, eating in classrooms and Specialists traveling to classrooms to minimize exposure.



Grades 3-5 will continue with the T1/T2 schedule as follows next week:

September 28 - T1

September 29 - T2

September 30 - T1

October 1 - T2

October 2 - T1

Calendar Changes

On Tuesday, September 22, WASD School Board approved the following Calendar changes:



  • October 14 - Full day of school
  • November 3 - NO School
  • November 4-6 Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • November 4 Tuition Kindergarten and Grades 1-5 have school all day (Parent Teacher Conferences in the evening)
  • November 5-6 No school (Parent Teacher Conferences on Nov. 5 throughout the day and evening)


For more calendar information, access this link: https://www.westada.org/Page/2#calendar1/20200923/month

Visitors on campus

Thank you to all families for helping follow our BMSA safety protocols. The drop off and pickup routines have been very smooth and quick.


Please remember, no visitors on the playground or next to classroom doors during school campus hours 8:30 to 4:30. Only staff and students are allowed on the sides or back of the building. This is for the safety of all students and staff that we limit visitors.


If you must get out of your vehicle while dropping off or picking up, we ask that you park in the parking lot and remain in the front of the building. The drop off and pick up loop is designed to enable students to quickly exit and enter their vehicles.


You are welcome to enjoy the playground and fields outside school campus hours.

If you have questions regarding this please contact the main office. Thank you.

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Crosswalk Safety

Please use the crosswalk when crossing the parking lot or streets near the school. Vehicles expect to see pedestrians in these areas, and children need to learn to use them. There are crossing guards in front of the school, at Chateau, Sandalwood, and Linder. Idaho law requires drivers to remain stopped while anyone is in the crosswalk. Don't drive through the crosswalk until the crossing guard is safely back across the street.


Please park in a parking stall if students require more time to unload. When in the parking lot, please use the designated crosswalk. This includes in the morning drop off, at Kindergarten mid-day pick-up and drop off, and at the end of the day.


Thank you for helping keep our BMSA families safe.

Remote Learning Expectations

Please remember, when students are at home learning remotely, it is extremely important students are completing online lessons. Teachers have strategically provided assignments to help reinforce a skill or provided materials that are needed for the next day in class. If students do not do the assignments, they are missing valuable information needed for the next day in class.


Students are required to complete assignments thoroughly and with high quality. If not completed, the assignments will be passed back to the student to redo.


Assignments are also counted for attendance during remote learning. If your child is not completing them, they could be marked as absent.


Please ask to preview the assignments your child has assigned to them or that they have completed on Teams or in Seesaw. Please reach out to the teacher if you have questions.

Picture Day - Next Week


Individual Student Picture Day is next week, Thursday, October 1 and Friday, October 2. Picture packets will be sent home by the end of this week.



Dorian will be here for two days to accommodate the alternate day schedule for Team 1 & 2, as well as those who attend daily.



On Thursday, October 1st we will take pictures of:

  • Kindergarten - all
  • 1st grade - all
  • 2nd grade - all
  • T2 - 3rd grade
  • T2 - 4th grade
  • T2 - 5th grade


On Friday, October 2nd we will take pictures of:

  • T1 - 3rd grade
  • T1 - 4th grade
  • T1 - 5th grade
  • Any one who may have been absent Thursday from K - 2


(*Class photos will NOt be taken at this time.)

BMSA Family Needs

We are currently enrolling students in the following programs:

· Week-end Food Back Pack Program: Students receive a bag of food each Friday, delivered by the Meridian Food Bank.

· Operation School Bell; The Assistance League of Boise donates new clothes, shoes and a winter coat to students. Participants for this program will be signed up on a first-come-first-serve basis.


To participate one or both programs, you may print enrollment/permission forms here: https://www.westada.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=78690 or to request a hard copy sent home with your student, email wright.kristin@westada.org or call 208.855.4432.


Want to help?

We are accepting donations of reusable water bottles and ear buds. If you'd like to donate either of these items, you can send them in with your student. Thanks so much!