BMS Bulletin

Dedicated to Excellence. Prepared for the Future.

week of october 26th--30th, 2020

BMS AND WILLETT'S lunch menus

Breakfast and lunch are free to all students this school year. The State of Ohio is providing this service for our students and families due to the financial struggles that Covid-19 has caused for many Ohio families.


BMS LUNCH MENU


WILLETTS LUNCH MENU


OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER BREAKFAST MENU

LET'S DRESS UP FOR HALLOWEEN ON 10/28 (A-L) and 10/30 (M-Z)!

We would like to have kids and staff dress up for Halloween on 10/28 for A-L, and 10/30 for M-Z--let's have some fun!


The following guidelines will be shared with families:


  • No face paint of any kind
  • Masks that are required daily, will still be required
  • No blood, gore, violence or weapons
  • School dress code is still in effect--no sunglasses, hoods, etc.
  • Nothing that would disrupt the educational process
  • If students do not adhere to these guidelines, they will be asked to change.

BMS BOOK CLUB--OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS (6TH, 7TH AND 8TH)

Book Club: If you love to read books and make friends, please consider joining the BMS BOOK CLUB! Our first novel will be Swindle by Gordon Korman and we will meet to discuss this on Thursday, October 29th from 3:00-4:00. Based on the number of students interested, we will either meet virtually or in person. If you plan on attending, please join the Book Club Google Classroom with the code owqfnsm. Click here to watch the Swindle book trailer!

IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO, PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO UPDATE YOUR CHILD'S SIF (SEE LINK BELOW)

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BRUNSWICK MIDDLE SCHOOL PRIDE STUDENT COUNCIL

IF YOUR CHILD IS INTERESTED IN APPLYING TO BE IN OUR BMS PRIDE COUNCIL (STUDENT COUNCIL), PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR INFORMATION. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT MRS. LAUBENTHAL OR MRS. BRANT AT: BLAUBENTHAL@BCSOH.ORG OR ABRANT@BCSOH.ORG.


PRIDE (STUDENT) COUNCIL INFORMATION

if your child is going to be absent.....

ATTENDANCE:

A-L (last names): 330.273.0340

M-Z (last names): 330.273.0350


Please use the phone numbers above to report an absence. Our mass attendance phone calls go out around 9:25 each morning. As the middle school settles into the school year in two different buildings, our attendance monitors are working hard to verify all absences and communicate with parents. If you happen to call your child off, but still receive an attendance phone call, please be patient with us. We are doing our best to verify attendance for all 1600 students (in two locations) by 9:00. We don't want families to be alarmed if they receive the mass phone call. We will continue to work to streamline our attendance procedures during this transition time. Thank you!

DAILY MIDDLE SCHOOL SCHEDULE

Student Day:

FAMILIES PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION FOR EARLY BIRDS.

Early Birds Arrival 7:15 at Willetts
Early Birds Zero Period 7:25-8:10 at Willetts


BUSSES WILL DROP 6TH AND 7TH GRADERS OFF AT BMS, THEN TAKE 8TH GRADERS TO WILLETTS TO BE DROPPED OFF.


Arrival 8:10 a.m. (all other students)
1st Period: 8:20-9:04 at BMS 8:30 start at Willetts
2nd Period: 9:08-9:52
3rd Period: 9:56-10:40
4th Period: 10:44-11:19
5th Period: 11:19-11:54
6th Period: 11:54-12:29
7th Period: 12:33-1:17
8th Period: 1:21-2:05
9th Period: 2:09-2:55 at BMS 2:45 dismissal at Willetts


8TH GRADERS WILL BOARD BUSSES AT WILLETTS. BUSSES WILL TRAVEL TO BMS TO PICK UP 6TH AND 7TH GRADERS, AND TAKE ALL STUDENTS HOME. STUDENTS MAY NOT GET OFF THE BUS AT BMS TO WALK HOME--AS THIS COULD BE A SAFETY CONCERN.

BMS AND WILLETTS mask expectations

  • All students and staff will be required to wear a mask while attending BCS.
  • The mask should cover the chin, mouth, and nose at all times.
  • Students will be asked to wear their masks on busses, in all classes, and in all hallways.
  • There are exemptions for medically fragile students--please contact me if you would like additional information on how to apply for this exemption.
  • Staff has been asked to work socially distanced "mask breaks" into each school day--outside when possible, and always 6ft. apart.
  • When students are not wearing masks (breakfast and lunch), they will be socially distanced (6ft.)
  • If a student's mask breaks, the school will provide a mask--but is is probably a good idea to send your child with 2 masks.
  • If a student refuses to wear a mask, s/he cannot remain at school--as our top priority is the health and safety of our students and staff.
  • Students who repeatedly refuse to wear mask may face consequences such as: detention, in-school suspension, and out of school suspension.

BMS AND WILLETTS office procedures in the Covid Era

We are trying to limit the number of people/parent/families coming in our buildings.
  • If a child forgets a homework assignment, s/he can turn it in the next day without penalty.
  • If a child forgets her/his lunch, s/he will be provided with the full district lunch. Please communicate with us if there are special dietary needs that require a lunch to be dropped off--thank you!
  • If a child is dropped off late to school, there is no need to come inside to sign the child in.
  • If a child needs to leave early from BMS, parents can come in the vestibule and sign the child out through a sliding glass window.
  • If a child needs to leave early from Willetts, please use the buzzer outside and directions will be given.
  • If you have a question regarding access to the building, please contact the us at 330.273.0500.

Covid Communication

If a student at Willetts or BMS tests positive for Covid, or is presumed positive and awaiting test results, all families will receive communication regarding the incident. This will be done at the direction of the Medina County Board of Health--but will come from Mrs. Palchesko, the BMS Principal, who is working with Mr. Niedermeyer, the Assistant Superintendent.


ADDITIONALLY--families whose child is on the same team as the student that tested positive or who is awaiting test results, will receive an additional communication--so families are aware that their child may have been in class with the student who tested positive or who is awaiting testing.


We are following the guidelines/protocols put in place by the Medina County Board of Health, and we will personally notify all students/families based on our contact tracing guidelines. We are unable to release individual student names. Thank you for your support and understanding as we navigate these waters and strive to keep our students and staff safe.

BMS AND WILLETTS ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL--UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Arrival

  • Students who would like breakfast may enter the building at 8:00am--all other students may enter at 8:10.
  • Buses will unload students at 8:10 a.m.

  • Eighth graders will be shuttled over to Willetts


Car Riders

  • All cars must enter the BMS parking lot from Manhattan Avenue

  • No cars will be permitted to enter the BMS parking lot from Pearl Rd.

  • Cars will follow loop around the parking lot, and drop students off at the cross walk in front of the building.

  • Cars will exit the BMS parking lot on Manhattan Avenue (see map below)

  • All cars will drop students off in the back of Willetts as they normally do.

  • Cars will continue to drop off in back at Willetts--see map below.


Dismissal

  • BMS students will be called in two waves--and board busses in the front of the building. THIS PLAN MAY CHANGE FOR MONDAY 10/26--THE GOAL. IS TO HAVE BUSSES PICK STUDENTS UP IN THE BACK OF BMS. THIS WILL NOT IMPACT CAR RIDERS YET. A NEW PLAN WILL BE COMMUNICATED WHEN IT IMPACTS CAR RIDERS--THANK YOU!
  • Willetts students will board busses in the front of Willettts
  • Busses will be dismissed first at 2:45 at Willetts and make their way to BMS 2:55 (or as close to normal time as possible)
  • As they arrive at BMS, 8th graders will board their actual busses--to be taken home.
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cleaning, washing and sanitizing......AT BMS AND WILLETTS

All Classrooms & Common Spaces will be sprayed nightly with an electromagnetic spray.

Rooms will be supplied with large containers of hand sanitizer for staff and student use. We are encouraging our staff to work hand washing and hand sanitizing breaks into the school day. Please encourage your child to thoroughly wash hands and use hand sanitizer appropriately. Students are able to carry their own personal hand sanitizer to be used only by them throughout the day. Thank you!

BCSD Daily Self Health Assessment FOR STUDENTS AND STAFF

Before entering a Brunswick City School District building students and employees MUST complete this health assessment at home.

  • Do you have a fever (temperature over 100ª) without having taken any fever-reducing medications?

  • Do you have a loss of smell or taste?

  • Do you have a cough?

  • Do you have muscle aches?

  • Do you have a sore throat?

  • Do you have congestion or a runny nose?

  • Do you have shortness of breath?

  • Do you have chills?

  • Do you have a headache?

  • Have you experienced any new gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of appetite in the last few days?

  • Have you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, been diagnosed with COVID-19 or placed in quarantine for possible exposure to COVID-19 within the last two weeks?

  • Have you been asked to self-isolate or quarantine by a medical professional or local public health official in the last two weeks?

  • If you answer yes to these questions, we encourage staff and students to stay home, and contact your physician for guidance.

BMS AND WILLETTS NURSES OFFICE, CLINIC, ISOLATION CLINIC, AND RETURN TO SCHOOL

Whenever possible, our staff will treat non-Covid issues within the classroom (such as giving a student a band aid). If this is not possible, the student should be sent to the clinic.


The nurse will assess and determine if the student will stay in the clinic; or if the student is experiencing Covid symptoms, the student may be taken to the Isolation Clinic (conference room next to the clinic at BMS, and room 200 at Willetts). The Isolation Clinic will be used for students who are signing out due to possible Covid symptoms. All other sign in and outs will be done in the main office.


Students who remain in the clinic will include those with non-Covid symptoms, those in need of daily or as-needed medication, diabetic care and/or supplies, need for ice, Band-Aid, basic First Aid or minor injury.


If a student presents with Covid symptoms (fever/chills, sore throat, cough/shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle/body aches, headache, loss of taste/smell, congestion/runny nose, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, shaking/chills), the student will go to the the isolation clinic, and will be monitored as symptoms require. As stated above, the Isolation Clinic is the office conference room next to the clinic at BMS and room 200 at Willetts. Students will NOT be left alone in the Isolation Clinic--they are being isolated from other students due to possible Covid symptoms (thus the name).


Any student sent to the Isolation Clinic will remain masked, wash hands upon arrival and before departing and sit at least 6 ft. away from others whenever possible. The student will be given a form outlining symptoms and “return-to-school” information. Students will remain in the Isolation room until their parent/guardian arrives to pick up. Parents will be given a form on the procedures for returning to school. The student will be signed out from the Isolation clinic.

for your reference....

GRADE LEVEL PRINCIPALS

COUNSELOR CONNECTION

Students will also be asked to bookmark the Counselor Meeting Form to use when they would like to meet with their school counselor.


In addition to the services the school counselors provide, Brunswick Middle School is fortunate enough to have Sarah Billittier, Student and Family Support Specialist and counselors from OhioGuidestone in our building to assist with the needs of our students. If you feel your child could benefit from meeting with one of our counselors, or have any questions regarding these programs, please contact your child’s grade level counselor.


6th Grade Counselor- Bridget Butzier bbutzier@bcsoh.org- currently out on maternity leave

7th Grade Counselor- Kathy Rhoads krhoads@bcsoh.org

8th Grade Counselor- Heather Keller hkeller@bcsoh.org

bms winter sports tryouts!

Winter Sports are right around the corner. Below is information on the start of winter sports practices and tryout information for Brunswick City Schools Middle School Athletics.

For students trying out and participating in winter sports please make sure you have the following completed:

  1. You have a Final Forms account https://brunswick-oh.finalforms.com
  2. Parent Forms are signed
  3. Student Forms are signed
  4. You have selected your winter sport
  5. You have an updated OHSAA physical on file and make sure it is stamped

*Please turn physical into building secretary*


Hydration:

  • There will be no common water stations permitted.
  • Each athlete must have their own filled water bottle; there will be no sharing of water bottles permitted.

Sanitation:

  • Prior to an individual or group entering the facility, Individuals should sanitize their hands before participating in any workout or practice.
  • Shirts and shoes are to be worn at all times.
  • Athletes are to maintain 6 ft. between themselves at all times when not playing on the court or field
  • Daily attendance will be taken by a designated coach.

Masks:

  • Athletes must wear a mask to and from practice
  • Athletes may remove masks when participating in physical activity.

Restrictions/Limitations:

  • Locker rooms are closed and athletes must come prepared to begin tryouts
  • Restrooms will be open


Boys Basketball

7th grade Boys Basketball: OPEN GYMS 10/20 & 10/22, 5pm-6:30pm, BHS West Gym

8th grade Boys Basketball: OPEN GYMS 10/20 & 10/22, 6:30pm-8pm, BHS West Gym

7th grade Boys Basketball Tryouts

10/31 @ BHS WEST GYM, 12pm-3pm

11/2 @ BMS GYM, 3:30pm-5:00pm

8th grade Boys Basketball Tryouts

10/31 @ BHS WEST GYM, 9am-12pm

11/2 @ BMS GYM, 3:30pm-5:00pm

At a date determined by the coaches, players will be split into Blue & White teams (Blue & White is not an A team, B team structure; teams will be evenly split).

Girls Basketball

7th grade Girls Basketball: OPEN GYMS 10/19 & 10/21, 5pm-6pm, BHS West Gym

8th grade Girls Basketball: OPEN GYMS 10/19 & 10/21, 6pm-7pm, BHS West Gym

7th grade Girls Basketball Tryouts

10/23 @ BHS WEST GYM, 5:00pm-6:00pm

10/26 @ BHS WEST GYM, 5:00pm-7:00pm

10/27 @ BHS WEST GYM, 5:00pm-7:00pm

8th grade Girls Basketball Tryouts

10/23 @ BHS WEST GYM, 6:00pm-7:00pm

10/26 @ BHS WEST GYM, 7:00pm-9:00pm

10/27 @ BHS WEST GYM, 7:00pm-9:00pm

At a date determined by the coaches, players will be split into Blue & White teams (Blue & White is not an A team, B team structure; teams will be evenly split).

Wrestling

Wrestling: OPEN MATS will be announced at a later date. Please check back soon for updates.

Wrestling: Practice begins November 13, 5:30 pm, BHS Wrestling Room

Coach Tom Krebs tkrebs@bcsoh.org

Cheerleading: Tryouts complete (Coach Elizabeth Rinkes, erinkes@bcsoh.org and Coach Sarah Zenczak, szenczak@bcsoh.org)

As a reminder, all student athletes are required to have a pre-participation physical completed, turned in, and verified by the BHS athletic training staff, as well as all Final Forms must be completed by both parent and student athlete (Final Forms Instructions). Student athletes are encouraged to turn in physicals to the BHS athletic office ASAP. Submitting your physical on day one of practice does not guarantee that the athlete will be permitted to practice/tryout on that day. Winter sports physicals must be received by 3:00pm on Wednesday, October 21st to practice/tryout. *Please turn physical into building middle school secretary*

The OHSAA physical form can be found in Final Forms at the conclusion of the parent and student sign-off forms. If all forms are complete, Final Forms will conveniently pre-populate many of the fields on the physical form which can then be printed and taken to your appointment.

While not common, the following are the items we see missing most when physicals are turned in that can delay the athlete beginning participation. Please check that these are complete when visiting your doctor.

-Missing the doctor’s signature and/or date by doctor’s signature.

-Missing office stamp from the provider

Mandatory Winter Sports Parents Meeting: The OHSAA requires that all schools hold a mandatory pre-season meeting for each sports season. The athletic department will be holding the Winter Sports Parents Meeting in a virtual format and will be sending that presentation to parents at the beginning of November.

Pay-To-Participate Fees: The athletic department is currently accepting participation fees. Participation fees for winter sports are due by Tuesday, December 1st. If you have any questions about participation fees, please contact the building secretary at the school your student attends.

Middle School Winter Sports Picture Days:

Monday, November 30th: ALL SPORTS TEAMS

Game Schedules: All games schedules can be found on our athletic department website, www.bluedevilathletics.org

Any questions regarding middle school athletics should be directed to Mr. Brian Braskie, Middle School Athletic Director, bbraskie@bcsoh.org or please contact the Athletic Department at 330-273-0496.

Go Big Blue!

BMS Daily Announcements

Are you feeling out of the BMS information loop? Does your son or daughter forget to share or provide information, or do their answers leave you asking even more questions? Your worries are over! The BMS Daily Announcements are available daily on our website. Please check in there first to gather information and have your questions answered. As always, if you have additional questions or concerns, feel free to reach out. Thank you!


LINK TO ANNOUNCEMENTS

ISSUE 24

Have questions on Issue 24, the Brunswick City Schools operating levy on the ballot in November? We want you to have the answers! On Wednesday, September 30th, a panel of school district leaders will host a Facebook Live Town Hall. We want the community to have every opportunity to go to the polls informed!! The event will kick off at 7:00 pm. If you would like to submit questions beforehand, please use the Issue 24 Questionnaire posted on the BCSD website under "District News." Community members will also be able to submit questions during the event using the comment function in Facebook.

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