October 2, 2020
NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, OCT. 5
We hope you enjoy your long weekend!
Trunk-or-Treat is coming soon!
What is Trunk-or-Treat?
This is a fun, PTO-sponsored event where BJAMS families sign up to adorn the trunks of their vehicles with Halloween and Fall inspired decorations. Families hand out candy to our PK-8 students who come dressed up in their Halloween costumes. Traditionally, the event is scheduled at the end of October and lasts one hour; it is lots of fun for the whole family!
How will Trunk-or-Treat look this year?
This year, our event will need to be organized differently to ensure that all participants are adhering to the current COVID-19 guidelines. We will work to provide a safe and healthy event for our participants by keeping the event under Governor Scott's gathering threshold. We may need to stagger the event's attendance; all will depend on projected participation. To help us achieve that goal, we are utilizing Google Forms to learn who plans to attend. Please take a moment to complete this very brief survey to help us plan our event: click here.
When will I learn more about this event?
Once we have the survey results, we will publish other important details, which will include date, time(s), set-up details, and treat guidelines.
Picture Retake Day - new date!
Kiddo(s) not feeling well?
PLEASE NOTE: Nurse Chris will be away October 2-October 22.
Sick Work vs. Quarantine Work
If your child is required to quarantine for five or more school days, he or she will receive links for live lessons that will be recorded for viewing either live or later. These links will be posted in your child's Google Classroom. Please be sure to communicate with both your child's teacher(s) and the school office if your child's travel will require quarantine.
Check the weather!
Holiday Wreath Fundraiser
The tradition continues...the PTO is selling live wreaths for the holiday season.
Be sure to check your child's backpack today for the order form.
Please return the forms and payment by Thursday, October 22nd.
We truly appreciate your continued support.
To quarantine or not to quarantine, that is the question
Please remember that our approach to COVID-19 and subsequent policies are lifted directly from the VT Department of Health guidelines as published on their website. To be fair, it takes more than just a couple visits to become familiar with the website and how the information is organized; however, the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have the answers you need - from the experts - is worth the effort.
If you have a question after school hours or over the weekend that may impact your child's ability to attend school, we may not be able to answer that question in time. Remember our resource is your resource. Please take some time to get to know the VT Department of Health's website. The more eyes on it, and more knowledgeable we become, the stronger we'll be in this together. Thank you for your continued vigilance in keeping our school healthy.
Box Tops for Education
Technology Survey Reminder
BJAMS School Calendar
Update regarding soccer games
Make the fun happen and register now and create a team for the BJAMS Run Wild Virtual 5K race!
To ensure your preferred t-shirt size, register by Oct. 12th.
Official registration deadline: Oct. 22nd
Event dates: Oct. 24th & 25th
Time to get your flu shot
It’s more important than ever to get your flu shot this year ─ when both flu viruses and the new coronavirus may be spreading at the same time.
There are many more unknowns this year, like how common it would be to get the coronavirus and the flu, or if having the flu makes you more susceptible to getting COVID-19. We also don’t know whether a surge in cases of COVID-19 and the flu could happen at the same time — overwhelming our health care system and putting people at risk.
There is no shortage of flu vaccine this year. Many health care providers and pharmacies have doses available, and if they don’t yet, they will soon.
Who should get a flu shot? Anyone over 6 months old, with rare exceptions. And it’s especially important for anyone in a high-risk group or who has underlying health conditions.
Where can I get my flu shot? Through your provider, your local pharmacy, or look for a clinic near you. If you don’t have insurance, reach out to your local health office.
Find a flu shot at healthvermont.gov/flu.
COVID-19 Testing Data for Colleges/Universities and Schools
PreK-12 Schools: A table of School-Based COVID-19 Transmission is now available at healthvermont.gov/currentactivity. The table is updated weekly.
Colleges/Universities: The Department of Financial Regulation’s School Reopening web page includes links to each Vermont college and university with information about their COVID-19 testing results.
Second Installment from the USCCB's Pastoral Letter Condemning the Sin of Racism
Coming Up Next
Oct 5 - No School
Oct 9 - Fire Drill
Oct 16 - Alice Drill
Oct 20 - Picture Retakes
Oct 22 - Wreath orders due
Oct 23 - No School
Oct 30 - Half Day; Dismissal is at 12:00 sharp (no ASP available on half days)
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