News From the BSMS Nest

October 29, 2021

Principal's Message

In the Spring of 2018, the Bermudian Springs School District strengthened its commitment to providing a safe learning environment for all students and staff. Since the 2019-2020 school year, Bermudian Springs Middle School students have learned about ALICE through assemblies and classroom conversations. ALICE protocols focus on an active intruder event, preparing students for what to expect and how to react. Best practices to implement ALICE protocols in schools include the involvement of students in the training. Although we are unable to hold assemblies in the traditional sense this year, will continue educating our students on ALICE protocols. In the next week, discussions with students on strategies and options available if an intruder situation occurs have begun. We encourage parents to have discussions at home with students to reinforce that there are options beyond traditional lockdown in an intruder situation. ALICE promotes making an informed decisions based on the information at hand, providing various options with the main goal of evacuating if possible. During the week of November 1st, all students will practice the ALICE protocols and be involved in follow up discussions regarding what other options they could have utilized. We will continue practicing elements of the ALICE drill throughout the school year.


Thank you for your continued partnership!

Mrs. Shelley

Report Cards

Report cards will be posted on 11/3. Please be sure to log into Sapphire when you receive the posting notification to view the document. We encourage you to review prior to conferences so that you can discuss your student's progress with their teacher.

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Resources classes participated in a pumpkin decorating contest during Spirit Week. Students were so creative in developing themes and ideas for their pumpkins. Check out the winning Resources below. Students were given a treat on Friday for all of their efforts.

Winners

1st place- Garfield- Mrs. T. Smith

2nd place- Oscar the Grouch- Mr. Murphy

3rd Place- Angry Bird- Mrs M. Miller

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Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences

Conference Sign-ups are still open. To sign up online, please visit www.myconferencetime.com/bsms . When signing up, please note in the comment section if you prefer an in-person, Zoom, or phone conference. If there are no slots open for a teacher, please reach out to the teacher directly to see what options may be available.


We look forward to meeting with parents/guardians in order to best support all of our students!

Nurse's Updates

Say “BOO” to the Flu! – The Centers for Disease Control advises everyone 6 months of age and older to get their flu shot. Talk to your health care provider today. Stores such as Target, CVS and Urgent Care Centers have Flu Shots available for walk-in.

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month – Know your personal and familial risk factors. Talk to your health care provider about your concerns, symptoms such as increased thirst and urination, risk factors and take precautions to help prevent and manage diabetes. Follow this link for more information: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/community-health-outreach/national-diabetes-month

Please respect others and keep all sick children home from school. Children with fever greater than 100.5°F, vomiting and/or diarrhea should stay home for at least 24 hours after administration of Tylenol/acetaminophen and/or Advil/ibuprofen and symptom-free for 24 hours.

It is Allergy & Asthma season. Monitor all symptoms closely and follow your health care provider’s advice. If your child has asthma, it is extremely important to keep an inhaler at school; please contact the School Nurse for a form for the use of an asthma inhaler at school.

Make the time and effort to eat nutritious foods, getting daily exercise and at least 8 hours of sleep each night as it is necessary for a strong body and mind.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.

Smiles,

Julie Nelson, RN, BSN, CEN, CSN

Middle School Nurse

jnelson@bermudian.org

717-528-4113, ext. 3740

SPORTS

Sports Roundup

Our fall sports season is gearing up! Athletes and coaches have been practicing hard in order to prepare for upcoming competitions. We wish all teams good luck this season!


View this link to get your October Sports Schedules.

Winter Sports

Winter Sports will begin 11/19/21. Sports Physicals will be due by 11/19 and Re-Certification forms should be submitted by 10/26/21.


Click this link below for contact information on coaches.

https://www.bermudian.org/Page/874

Open Court Tennis

Middle School Tennis Open Court will be held on Mondays from 3 to 4:30pm.

Students can go to the office to pick up a sign-up form. You will need to get it filled out before you can come.

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5TH GRADE NEWS

Iron Chef in the Classroom

Ms. Harbold's classes have been taking part in "The Iron Chef" competitions. Students are gathering information and creating Google slides to present to the class. It is a riveting, fun, and creative manner to review concepts and information. "The Iron Chef" directly reflects the One to World concept by preparing students to glean information and present it in a digital format with a creative flair. Students also are learning how to perfect their slides to be more professional, captivating, appealing all while presenting their knowledge of the topics. Thanks to Mrs. McMillian for her tech coaching influence!
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7th GRADE NEWS

Ancient History with Mrs. Weaver and Mrs. Gilliam

7th grade Ancient History students in Mrs. Weaver’s and Mrs. Gilliam’s classes are working on a choice activity as a follow up to their study of Ancient Egypt. While many are creating new gods or goddesses based on animals found in Pennsylvania, others are rewriting fairy tales set in Egyptian times.


The classes used virtual reality to tour around the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. The students had to summarize their findings. They also enjoyed learning to fold paper pyramids using a short video. They were learning about the mummification process and the afterlife.

Mrs. Smith and Ms. Caruso's Science Classes

7th grade students in Mrs. Smith's & Ms. Caruso's classes took time to research four different scientific careers of their choice. Once research was completed, students illustrated their four scientists in action!


One thing students learned through this project is that not all scientists work in labs!

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8th Grade News

Mrs. Miller's Pre Algebra and Algebra classes

Mrs. Miller’s Pre Algebra and Algebra classes showed off their basketball skills while reviewing for their Unit Tests!


It was awesome to see students working so hard to show they were prepared for the test, but even more awesome to see how they supported and encouraged not only their teammates, but players on the opposing team!

Mrs. Miller's Pre Algebra class reviewed for the Unit 1 Test by completing a Carousel Activity! The idea of a Carousel is that students read a problem, solve it, and then move “around and around” the room to locate the answer. Along with the answer, they also uncover a letter to a 'secret code' and are presented with the next given problem to continue to cycle.
Students searched high and low, in every corner, and round n' round to find all of their clues. At the end, they decoded a secret phrase -- which was an encouraging message in support of their efforts for the test!

Silent Slapper

Students in Mrs. Neil’s classes review their knowledge of our short story “The Amigos Brothers” by playing Silent Slapper. Students were split into two teams and worked as quietly as possible to find the answers in the story before having to run up and “slap” the correct answer on the table.


Let’s just say it wasn’t as “silent” as I would’ve hoped, but it was still fun! :)

Escape Room!

Students in Mrs. Hahn's ELA class worked as detectives on a digital “escape room” to learn about the life of Edgar Allen Poe and to reinforce comprehension of his short story “The Tell Tale Heart”. Students solved puzzles to find clues, and used resources in the room to solve the clue and unlock the locks in the room.

Ms. Tarr - Art

Mr. Morning

Students in STEAM were tasked to follow the Software Development Cycle to plan and design a life cycle of an organism of their choosing using Scratch. Students were paired in teams of two or three to implement a design that showcased the movement an organism goes through in their life.


A link was created for the 5th grade animations: Check them out!

https://sites.google.com/bermudian.org/mrmorningssteamclass/home

News from the Band Room

Just a reminder that Mrs. Danielson's band students and their families can find all the information they need about band, from vendors to lesson schedules to the handbook, on her band website: https://sites.google.com/bermudian.org/bandattheberm


Mrs. Shanna Danielson

Bermudian Springs ES/MS Band

LIFETOUCH PICTURES

Lifetouch completed an accidental reprint of student photos. These were handed out to students this week at no additional cost.


Picture retakes are scheduled for Monday, Nov. 1st. Please return the original pictures if you are having your picture retaken.

PTO NEWS

Get involved!

Did you always want to be a part of the glamorous BSMS PTO? Here's your chance! Check out the sign up sheet to help in the book fair and/or bring a treat for the teachers. Have you been hoping for an opportunity to get more involved with the Middle School PTO? Contact one of our Board members and we will find a spot for you!

https://www.timetosignup.com/bsmsvolunteers/view/1263820


Have you seen the fun Pura Vida bracelets in our school colors? These are great gifts, or just wear them yourselves. We have them available for $8 in the office.


The next PTO meeting is Monday 11/01 in the PTO Room at 6:30.


We will not be holding a PTO meeting in December.

Fundraiser- Cakes and Pies-YUM!

Be on the lookout for our newest winter fundraiser. Starting this week, your student will bring home a packet with Pellman’s cakes and pies along with Driven coffees and honey sticks. These items will be delivered before Christmas and will be an incredible gift for anyone on your list. The coffee will even be printed with our Bermudian logo on it! Order forms are due 11/19.

Giant Gift Cards

Giant gift cards are available in the office. The PTO gets a percentage of the sale when you purchase them through us. It's a great way to help our PTO while shopping as you usually do at Giant.

Flocking?

If you would like to Flock someone in our District with Flamingos in their front yard, we are doing this fundraiser all year! Does someone have a special birthday or anniversary? Let us know what day you would like the Flock to land and we can help surprise your favorite people.
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SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR

The Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the Media Center from October 29th - November 8th. The hours will be from 8:00 - 2:00 each school day. The Book Fair will be open during Fall Parent/Teacher conferences.


November 4th; 1-6:30

November 5th; 1-3:00.

Upcoming Events

10/29 - 2 hr early dismissal

10/29-11/8/21 - Scholastic Book Fair

11/1 - Fall Picture Retakes

11/1 - PTO Mtg in PTO Rm- 6:30pm

11/3- Report Cards posted

11/4- 2 hr early dismissal

11/5- No school for students

11/4-5- Fall Conferences

11/7- Daylight Savings

CAMPUS LIFE

Campus Life is an after school club sponsored by Mason Dixon Youth for Christ that meets each Tuesday after school in the cafeteria from 2:45-4:20pm.


The November 2nd Club's theme is Friendship. For more information, text Perry Motter at 443-340-5954 or e-mail perry@masondixonyfc.org

School Bus Safety Poster Contest!

HELP PROMOTE SCHOOL BUS SAFETY!

It’s time for the 2022 National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest and PennDOT needs your help to spread the word. This is a great opportunity for students to learn about school bus safety while promoting it to others.


Details for entering thiscontest are found at the following link:

http://www.dot.state.pa.us/Public/DVSPubsForms/BDL/BDL%20School%20Bus%20protected/posterContestGuidelines.pdf

Happenings at Trone Memorial Library

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Wimpy Kid drive thru

Author Jeff Kinney is signing his new books in Harrisburg at a Wimpy Kid drive thru Friday, 11/05/21.

Click on the link below for further details.

https://www.midtownscholar.com/calendar/2021/11/5/big-shot-drive-thru-tour-with-jeff-kinney

Technology Help

If your student is having troubles with his/her iPad, or any of the programs utilize by the district, our techonoloy department can help. Students can bring their iPad to Mrs. Smith in the media center for troubleshooting. In addition, the email studenthelpdesk@bermudian.org can be used in order to contact the Technology Department for help.

Attendance Excuses / Educational Trips

A reminder that a written excuse is required for all tardies and absences. Upon returning to school after an absence, students must report to the office with written documentation signed by their parent or guardian. All written excuses must be provided within five school days of the absence.


Please feel free to complete this form if your child will be absent, tardy, or a scheduled early dismissal. Google Form for Absences. A paper excuse will not be needed in the office if this form is electronically submitted.


Absences will be marked as unexcused until an excuse is provided. Excessive unexcused absences can result in truancy situations and/or fines.


For an early dismissal, please notify the office that you have arrived by using the intercom in the vestibule. A staff member will escort your child to meet you.


Family Educational Trips

All trips must have prior approval in writing.

Please request a family trip form from the office, complete it, and return to the office for pre-approval by the building principal no later than a full week prior to the trip. Neglecting to gain prior approval for the educational trip will result in the recording of unexcused absences for those days absent from school. Requests for educational trips for PSSA testing dates will not be excused.

**The maximum number of days allowed to accumulate for educational trips is 10 days per school-year.

Principal's Contact

Mrs. Jennifer Shelley (jshelley@bermudian.org) (ext. 3710)


Mr. Mark Herb (mherb@bermudian.org) (ext. 3711)

School Counselor

Ms. Sherri Umbaugh (sumbaugh@bermudian.org)