Friday Notes

November 8, 2019

Gearing up for the big moooove!

We will be moving Pre-kindergarten over to their new location and we will be moving Kindergarten back to their home base, in the current Pre-kindergarten room on Friday, November 8. We are very excited for both classes to begin in their permanent homes on Monday, November 11! We are also looking forward to ASP moving to their new location in the addition on November 11.

New Arrival and Dismissal Guidelines for Pre-K and ASP

Monday, November 11th will be the first day of classes happening in our new space! This means some slight changes to our drop off and pick up of students for both our pre-k and our after school program.

Pre - K - Parents will continue to use the main front entrance for drop off and pick up of students and will proceed down the hallway to the new pre-k classroom. The main entrance of the new wing may be used for exiting only.

After School Program - Students will be picked up from the new after school space starting November 11th using the red exterior door under the overhang of the new wing.

Parking - The new parking lot may be used by parents for drop off and pick up only at this time. The paving isn't yet complete so please no longer term parking.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

We had a very successful work day on Saturday, November 2, 2019! A huge shout-out to: Ed and Sue Olsen, Leon Bouramia '16, Luc Truso '16, Michael Borello '16, Jeremy Bradley, Liam Wilson '16, Carrie Wilson, Ben Olsen, Shane and Jessica Semprebon, Paul Wolters, Kevin Dorain, Kevin Clark, Crystal Greene, Janelle Germaine, Gabby Hopkins, Lilli Biedermann, Julia Biedermann '20, Max Biedermann, Emily Nordenson '22, Jen Nordenson, and Rob and Kristie Morrison. We could not have done it without your help!

All Saints Day - a Holy and Wholly Wonderful Day!

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Veterans Day Assembly

The VFW will be at BJAMS on Monday, November 11, 2019 at 8:05 am in honor of Veterans Day and the presentation of awards for the Patriot's Pen essay contest. The 6th-8th graders all participate in this essay contest that encourages young minds to examine America's history, along with their own experiences in modern American society. We hope you can join us in honoring our veterans and students.

Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On Wednesday, November 13th we invite our BJAMS community to be a part of our dedication ceremony, official ribbon cutting, and blessing of our new early childhood and after school program. The ceremony will begin following our weekly 8:05 Mass. Please come join us for Mass and follow us out to the new wing to take part in this momentous occasion!

50/50 Raffle, benefiting our amazing 8th graders!

Our eighth graders are selling 50/50 raffle tickets before and after school until November 25th. Each ticket costs $1, or you can purchase 8 for $5! The grand drawing will be November 26 at morning assembly, so be sure to purchase your tickets, guaranteeing a big pot of cash for the winner. Proceeds will benefit the 8th grade trip to Boston in the spring.

Christmas Craft Fair Sign-Ups for Grades 6-8!

On October 24, each upper school family received an email from Mrs. Wilson regarding the upcoming Christmas Craft Fair, which is scheduled for Saturday, December 7, 2019. The email explained that we will need donations for the kitchen and student and parent helpers the day before and the day of the event. Please click here for the shift sign up and please click here for the kitchen contributions. This is a major fundraiser for the upper school and would not be possible without your support! Thank you very much!

Grandparents' and Special Friends' Lunch - Thursday, November 21, 2019

Our annual Grandparents' and Special Friends' Lunch is fast approaching! Mrs. Gentle, Mrs. Fisher, Mrs. Z, and their amazing group of volunteers (like YOU) will host roughly 300 guests, filling their bellies with delicious turkey, potatoes, stuffing, and pie! We will have three sittings:

Pre-K through Grade 2: 11:00-11:45; Grades 3-5: 11:45-12:30; Grades 6-8: 12:30-1:15.

Families are asked to contribute the items indicated below. Please put all items in the multi-purpose room on Thursday morning, Nov. 21 (the day of the luncheon) when you drop off your students.

All contributions are per student!

Pre-K - 2 packages of small dessert plates

K - 2 pounds of butter

1 - 2 packages of Thanksgiving themed dinner size napkins

2 - 1 quart of half and half

3 - 1 pumpkin pie (pre-cut into 8 equal slices)

4 - 3 cans of cranberry sauce

5 - 1 fruit pie (pre-cut into 8 equal slices)

6 - 1 fruit pie (pre-cut into 8 equal slices)

7 - 1 package of plastic cups (6-8 oz)

8 - 2 cans of whipped cream

We will need lots of help on the day of the luncheon! Please sign up in the main lobby of the school to lend a helping hand!

The Grandparents' and Special Friends' Luncheon is by donation for our guests; student accounts will be charged the regular lunch fee, if applicable.

We will soon be asking families to communicate with their child's homeroom teacher who will be attending the luncheon to allow us to adhere to our safety policy.

Artistically Speaking...

Coming Up Soon


The Advanced Ensemble is rocking it out for a cause – much needed band equipment – and we’re looking for fanatic sponsors! You can sponsor by the student, the hour, or the whole event. Come cheer, listen, and rock a chair if anyone starts to snooze! The event is taking place in the BJAMS band room on Nov 15 from 3-9pm.

Please direct your donations to Holly Boucher and contact her with any questions at

Nov 11 - Veterans Day - Special Assembly

Nov 13 - Ribbon Cutting, Dedication, and Blessing of new wing

Nov 15 - Rock-A-Thon Advanced Ensemble fundraiser

Nov 21 - Grandparents' and Special Friends Luncheon

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