Brittany Woods Broadcast

September 25, 2020

Message From the Principal

Dear Families,

It's hard to believe that we are ending week 5 of school and approaching the halfway point for the quarter. It feels like we are really beginning to find the groove of school in a virtual platform. We are definitely learning something new every day about schooling and in constant movement to ensure that we are engaging kids in the learning. Your feedback is very important to our continued growth. Please don't hesitate to reach out to any of us to share how things are going or if there is something we can do to make learning better for your kids. In the coming weeks, we will hold a BW conversation with families just to check in and also provide updates about what is happening at our school.


Be well and have a great weekend!

With gratitude,
Grace

Virtual Curriculum Night

In case you missed the email yesterday, please click this link to view our Virtual Open House. You will see a map of our building and teacher's names in the areas where their classrooms are located. Enjoy your visit and we hope to see you in person soon.

National Bullying Prevention Month Productions

With Distance Learning this fall, the BWMS Drama Department has moved to online, student auditions for our upcoming production of "BW's National Bullying Prevention Month Productions." The presentation is scheduled to be live via Zoom on Oct. 29, 2020.


Online auditions are open Sept. 24 through Oct.1, 2020, and include completion of an online form available at www.ucityschools.org/BWDramaAuditions that includes uploads of: 1) a 30 second to 1-minute dramatic monologue video (MP4 or MOV formats preferred) and 2) a playbill photo (JPG or PNG preferred)


If you have any questions, please email the BWMS Drama Instructor Ms. Lydia-Rae Wehmeyer at lywehmeyer@ucityschools.org or call 314-290-4322.

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BW Gear Fundraiser

The BW Gear website/store is live and you can officially order your BW Gear! There is a wide variety of items and new designs. We also get a kickback from the items sold, that will come back to our school. You will order online like last year, however, this year they will send your items to your house. Please see some of the available items below and click here to visit the store!

Wednesday U Time 1st Quarter

On Wednesdays, students are engaged in asynchronous learning and teachers are engaged in professional development and meetings during the morning. In the afternoons, from 12:30-3:00pm, teachers will be holding office hours to meet with students to answer any questions or reteach. Please email your teacher and let them know that you would like to make an appointment to meet with your teacher.

Online Tutoring Available

Free online tutoring is being offered by St. Louis County Library from 10 AM - 10 PM.


Tutor.com connects students in grades K-12 with live tutors in a safe and secure online classroom. Students can access academic tutoring, homework help and test prep assistance. Resources are also available for early college students, adult learners and job seekers. Anyone with a valid St. Louis County Library card can use tutor.com.

Live tutoring is available from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. every day of the week. Students may also upload a document 24/7 to receive tutor feedback.

To get started, visit tutor.com and log in with your last name, library card number, and PIN.

This program is part of the Digital Equity Initiative, announced in July 2020 by St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page.

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A Note from the Nurse

Hello Brittany Woods Middle School Families!


My name is Dena Bashiti and I will be your student’s new school nurse at Brittany Woods. I have been a school nurse for the past 12 years working with all ages and grade levels, but my favorite place has always been amongst middle school-aged children. They are rapidly growing and changing, and I understand the great challenges they are presented with emotionally and physically and how that can translate into the classroom. I will advocate for your student’s overall health and wellness, and assist them to understand the importance of the mind-body connection. University City is an amazing community and I am so excited to be a part of it! Please see the information below that is sent to all families in our District, with specific requirements for middle school-aged children:


The health care team of the School District of University City welcomes all new and returning families. We also would like to remind families of the importance of annual physicals and up-to-date immunization records. Vaccine preventable diseases have the potential to increase when the number of vaccinated children starts to decline. This puts our children at increased risk of catching these diseases. During a pandemic, it is best to be fully vaccinated to minimize the risk of becoming infected with preventable diseases.


Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Bureau of Immunization, states requirements remain the same for 2020-2021 school year enrollments. All immunizations must be up-to-date before school enrollment. This also includes virtual enrollment because children who do not receive all of their vaccines are still at risk of being exposed to diseases.


Students entering 8th grade need a Tdap booster (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis) and at least one dose of MCV4 (Meningococcal) to meet the requirements. You can scan the updated immunization record directly to my email or fax to Brittany Woods, the number is listed above.


The health team is also recommending an annual flu vaccine for all children 6 months and older. Pediatric offices and clinics are open for physicals and vaccinations. Please make your appointment as soon as possible. If you do not have a private doctor, North County Community Health Center, 4000 Jennings Station Road has a walk-in immunization clinic Monday-Friday. The phone number is 314-615-9700. A flyer is located on the district website or Peach Jar.


If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to meeting you and your students in the near future!


Stay Safe and Healthy,

Nurse Dena

Contact Information

Grace Lee, principal – glee@ucityschools.org

Pablo Flinn, 6th assistant principal – pflinn@ucityschools.org

Kellie Willis, 6th counselor – kwillis@ucityschools.org

Yvonne Rooks, 7th assistant principal – yrooks@ucityschools.org

Emily Bardot, 7th counselor – ebardot@ucityschools.org

Cate Pautsch, 8th assistant principal – cpautsch@ucityschools.org

Rashaad Davenport, 8th counselor – rdavenport@ucityschools.org

Stephani Hudson, SSD area coordinator – shudson@ucityschools.org

Allegra Grawer, school social worker – agrawer@ucityschools.org

Dena Bashiti, school nurse- dbashiti@ucityschools.org

Tech support- wo@ucityschools.org

Brittany Woods Main Office – 314-290-4280