BULLDOG NEWS

BMS PARENT/GUARDIAN NEWSLETTER MARCH 2021

Included in This Issue:

  • Upcoming Dates
  • Meet our Student Management Specialists (SMS)
  • Message from Superintendent McIntyre regarding our learning model change on April 6th
  • Family Updates from District 279 COVID-19 Response Team
  • Fireside Chat with Ms. Monette - Topic: What to expect when students return to BMS on April 6th
  • National School Breakfast Week Event March 8-12
  • BMS Celebrated Black History Month in February
  • What's happening around BMS
  • AVID News/Application Information
  • Yearbook Order information/DEADLINE EXTENDED!
  • PACT - Parents and Community Together
  • BMS Wins a $10,000 Grant Vikings Celebration
  • Message from Robert Ritchie, Equity Specialist - National Women's History Month
  • Attendance Information & Reminders
  • Who to Contact

Upcoming Dates

March 9th - PACT Meeting - Virtual 6:00-7:30pm

March 11th - Last day of Trimester 2

March 12th - NO SCHOOL for Students - Mark Reporting Day for Teachers

March 15th - Trimester 3 begins!

March 24th - Fireside Chat - with Ms. Monette, Ms. Havelak and SMS's - Virtual 6:30-7:30pm

March 26th - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS - Staff Prep Day for all student return to school

March 29th - April 2nd - Spring Break - No School

April 5th - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS - Staff Prep Day for all student return to school

April 6th - All students return to school Mondays - Thursdays going forward

BROOKLYLN MIDDLE STEAM SCHOOL STUDENT MANAGEMENT SPECIALISTS:

MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT MCINTYRE REGARDING THE LEARNING MODEL CHANGE


  • Beginning Tuesday, April 6th students in grades 6-12 will return for in-person instruction Monday through Thursday, and will engage in remote learning activities every Friday.
  • To comply with the governor’s executive order and because the Distance Learning Academy is at capacity and cannot accept more students, we will allow students in grades 6-12 who are not comfortable returning for four days a week of in-person learning to participate in remote learning at their assigned school.

I will share the plan’s key ideas below; I want to emphasize that this plan will require sufficient time to implement the tremendous amount of instructional and operations work involved in order to achieve our goal of a safe return for both students and staff.

Factors making in-person learning at secondary possible
In addition to the items below, a wide variety of mitigation strategies, e.g., face coverings, contact tracing, continuous operation of ventilation systems, and handwashing protocols, are well established in our system.

  • Virus case rates in the county and in our local communities have improved.
  • Last week, the state provided updated guidance regarding in-person learning for secondary students. (Several weeks ago, the state revised its guidance for younger students, who returned to in-person learning earlier this month.)
  • Saliva testing for staff is now available in every school building, and staff are encouraged to take advantage of community-based options, too.
  • Nearly 1,000 of our employees have received at least the first dose of vaccine, and we anticipate larger numbers will be vaccinated by April 6.

Why not offer five days of in-person learning for grades 6-12?
The Minnesota Dept. of Education requires that school districts give extra planning time for teachers who provide both in-person and remote instruction. Because our Distance Learning Academy is at capacity and cannot accept more students, secondary teachers in our physical schools will be teaching students both in person and remotely. Therefore, additional planning time will be required. We are joining other districts, including our neighbors Anoka-Hennepin, Elk River and Wayzata, in combining the additional daily prep times into a single day (Friday), with students engaging in remote learning activities while their classroom teachers prepare for the following week.

Why April 6 (why not earlier)?
Our secondary building leaders need time to develop building-specific plans based on the updated state guidance. We will do the best we can to comply with the revised state guidance but I need to be clear that it will not be possible to maintain three to six feet of physical distance throughout the day in each of our secondary schools. Each building will create plans that support physical distancing and efficient movement through buildings to the greatest extent possible.

  • Transportation, food service, and custodial services will work through complex and multi-layered logistics in their respective areas.
  • Our facilities staff will move furniture back into classrooms over a several-day period when students are not present. This is not possible while secondary students are in the hybrid model; spring break provides an appropriate time frame for access to buildings over multiple days when students are not present.
  • The state requires that we designate two non-school days for secondary teachers to prepare for the transition to in-person learning, and I have identified March 26 and April 5 as those staff preparation dates. Secondary students will return for in-person learning on April 6.

Our return to in-person learning won’t be “school as usual”
While we are planning for full in-person learning for all grades (except for the Distance Learning Academy), we will not be returning to school as it was prior to last March. The governor’s executive orders, including those regarding large gatherings such as athletic events, still apply to schools. Our daily school operations--including the way students move through buildings, sanitation procedures, face coverings, and more--will still reflect the realities of the pandemic. Someday, life will return to “normal” but until then, pandemic mitigation strategies will still be a daily presence in all our schools.

What’s next?
We will now proceed to flesh out the implementation details. We know a tremendous amount of effort will be required to implement this shift, and we will seek to do it extremely well for the benefit of our students, staff and families.

Respectfully,
Cory McIntyre
Superintendent

MARCH FIRESIDE CHAT

MS. MONETTE'S GUESTS: MS. HAVELAK, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AND OUR SMS'S, MR. BILBRO, MS. KALK & MR. GREEN


TOPIC:

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT WHEN STUDENTS RETURN TO SCHOOL TOGETHER APRIL 6TH


Day A & Day B students will be returning to school together four days a week beginning Tuesday, April 6th. This brings some concerns and questions for some families about how BMS will look and operate safely.


Please join our Principal, Ms. Monette, Assistant Principal, Ms. Havelak, and our three Student Management Specialists, for a virtual Fireside Chat on Wednesday, March 24th from 6:30-7:30pm to hear about how school will look for your student. This panel will also be able to answer any questions you or your student may have regarding the change in learning models and return to school four days a week.


DATE: Wednesday, March 24th

TIME: 6:30 - 7:30pm

WHERE: Google Meet joining info

https://meet.google.com/nti-bygw-pkx

Or dial: +​1​ ​7​3​7​-​8​0​8​-​4​8​0​1 PIN: 3​7​4​ ​9​6​0​ ​3​4​7​#

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PLEASE JOIN US FOR THIS INFORMATIVE QUESTION AND ANSWER FIRESIDE CHAT.

NATIONAL SCHOOL BREAKFAST WEEK HAPPENINGS

To celebrate national School Breakfast week March 8-12, the Nutrition Department will be handing out bookmarks with breakfast as well as put a Golden Ticket in one lucky student's school breakfast at each school. The student with the Golden Ticket will receive a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card!


FYI - Students must participate in School Breakfast during the week to have a chance to receive a Golden ticket.


At the end of the week, a Grand Prize Golden Ticket will be placed in a school breakfast at one elementary school and one secondary school.


Make sure to look for the Golden Ticket in your breakfast bag. If you are the lucky one to find the ticket, bring it to your teacher or lunch staff to receive your prize.

BMS CLASSES CELEBRATED BLACK HISTORY MONTH IN FEBRUARY

MORE BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS BMS STUDENTS PARTICIPATED IN

CHOIR:

Mr. Streng's choirs and Making Music classes participated in the Vocal Essence Witness Program, which celebrates the history and contributions of African American musicians.


EL:

Ms. Houge's student read about a man from Kenya who was part of the remote Maasai tribe and now teaches and writes in the US.


COUNSELING:

Counselors held pop-up events each Friday in February with a strong focus on Black History. One of the events was on the Legacy of Chadwick Boseman and on historically Black Colleges and Universities.

WHAT'S HAPPENING AROUND BROOKLYN MIDDLE STEAM SCHOOL...

PHY ED CLASSES GO SNOWSHOEING!

AVID NEWS FROM MS. OLSTADT


The AVID students (and their teacher!) were SO excited to return to the building this past month! We are proudly wearing our AVID t-shirts, recruiting for incoming 7th grade classes and continuing to learn about ourselves, how to do school and the path to college. Look out world—we are on our way!


Families can also learn more about the AVID program by checking out the www.avid.org website or reach out to Stacy Olstadt at olstadts@district279.org or 763.569.7700.

YEARBOOK ORDERING INFORMATION AND EXTENDED DEADLINE

It is not too late to order your 2020-21 BMS Yearbook!! You don't want to miss out on this year's yearbook as it has been a school year like no other!!


TO ORDER THE 2020-21 BMS YEARBOOK:


VISIT: ybpay.lifetouch.com YEARBOOK ID CODE: 10341421


ORDER DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENCED TO: SUNDAY, MARCH 28, 2021


If you have any questions contact Ms. Beth Romano, Yearbook Advisor at RomanoB@district279.org

P.A.C.T NEWS - PARENTS AND COMMUNITY TOGETHER

THANK YOU BMS Bulldog community

We raised almost $500 on our Chipotle Fundraiser, our first ever!!! And received a $100 personal donation!!!


We are trying to bring back our afterschool programming (when allowed).

Bulldogs let’s make this happen!!!

We are BMS PACT... It’s PTO reimagined at the Middle School level. Have you been wondering how to stay involved post elementary...PACT is it!! We are looking to bring some of our afterschool programming back, strengthen our STEAM programming, and do as many things as possible to financially and socially support our kiddos, teachers, support staff, and administrators of our Bulldog family.


Fifth Grade parents are wanted and welcomed!!!

Have you seen those welcome back signs, community activities, and teacher activities happening in other district schools? Do you remember all the fun elementary school activities? Well, we’ve got this, with the help of each other. Middle school is a super short time, but we have the opportunity to make some great things happen for these kiddos.


We have our next PACT (virtual) Meeting on March 9th 6-7:30

We will be working on our budget... developing a few specific fundraising ideas and planning a welcome back activity for the April 6th "return" to school!

The Meeting will be held virtually at this link

https://meet.google.com/xgq-bzzf-jef

Or dial: +​1​ ​3​8​6​-​4​0​1​-​8​7​1​4 PIN: 7​3​9​ ​9​3​9​ ​8​5​0​#


Stay tuned for the next community dinners featuring Zapas, Thai Express, Daily Dose, Mad Jacks, and many other local restaurants.

Do you have a favorite restaurant, own one, or work at one? Let us know...we support!!!

We can be reached via email at BMSpact@gmail.com

Sign up to get regular information or link to a specific committee here


We are Brooklyn Middle School Parents and Community Together

VIRTUAL VIKINGS EVENT WAS HELD TO CELEBRATE THE $10,000 MIDWEST DAIRY GRANT AWARDED TO BMS

MESSAGE FROM ROBERT RITCHIE, EQUITY SPECIALIST

Celebrating Women


According to the National Women's History Alliance, states began declaring the whole month of March as Women's History Month since 1986, when a more national push finally made headway. The following year, Congress declared March 1987 as the first official Women's History Month.


Throughout history, women have made important contributions to our country, but have been overlooked and overshadowed when compared to men simply because of their gender. In observance of this year’s Women’s History Month, and paying tribute to recognize contributions and accomplishments of women, here is an NUA priming activity, A-Z Taxonomy, for students to identify and respond with their answers after visiting the National Women’s History Museum website

ATTENDANCE INFORMATION

Attendance Reminders for Distance Days during HYBRID Model:

  • Students who are quarantining or ill must notify the school and students can complete work online for EACH class for attendance
  • Students need to complete attendance form ONCE on non in-person days AND complete work for each class period
  • Students need to check in to Advisory on Friday mornings, their Asynchronous day
  • Teachers submit attendance the next day for the previous day
  • An automatic email is generated by the system and will go out the day after the student was absent

Attendance Reminders for In-Person Days during HYBRID Model:

  • Students need to be at school on their assigned days to be marked present
  • Students who are quarantining or ill must notify the school and students can complete work online for EACH class for attendance

  • Students are expected to be in class on time each hour
  • Teachers will take attendance and report any absent students and submit that day
  • An automatic email generated by the system and will go out if the student was absent from classes


Using ParentVue to track your child’s attendance

If you have any questions about attendance for specific periods of the day or full day, you can see this in ParentVue. This will show what classes students are being marked absent for. Please connect with your child’s teacher(s) if you see a conflict with your child being marked absent.

WHO TO CONTACT

School Office: 763-569-7700...............................BMS Website: https://bms.district279.org/#


Attendance: 763-569-7616………………………………..Transportation: 763-391-7244


6th Grade

Liz Johnson, Counselor 6th Grade .......Email: JohnsonElizabeth@district279.org

Larry Bilbro, SMS 6th Grade......Email: BilbroL@district279.org


7th Grade

Judy Anderson, Counselor 7th Grade.....Email: AndersonJ@district279.org

Rachel Kalk, SMS 7th Grade……..Email: KalkR@district279.org


8th Grade

Annessia Xiong, Counselor 8th Grade A-L & DLA Sb-Z...Email: XiongAnnessia@district279.org

Liz Johnson, Counselor 8th Grade M-K......Email: JohnsonElizabeth@district279.org

Judy Anderson, Counselor 8th Grade S-Z .......Email: AndersonJ@district279.org

Donnay Green, SMS 8th Grade.......Email: GreenD@district279.org


District Tip Line.........763-391-8660