Barbara Morgan S.T.E.M. Academy

September 19, 2021 Newsletter

Important Dates

September

29 - Lockdown Drill (See information below)


October

4 - No School grades K-12 (Teacher Collaboration)

8 - Picture Day! (See information below)

13 - PTO Meeting @ 4:15pm in BMSA Gymnasium

20 - Parent/Teacher Conferences (Evening Only) (No school for 1/2 Day Kindergartners)

21 - No School grades K-8 - Parent/Teacher Conferences

22 - No School grades K-8 (End of First Quarter)


November

22-26 - No School - Thanksgiving Break

Nurse News

In an effort to keep all students, staff and families safe during this pandemic, it is required to keep your students home if they are ill or experiencing symptoms:


  • Fever (100 degrees farenheit) - without having to take any fever-reducing medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen
  • New loss of smell or taste
  • Cough
  • Muscle Aches
  • Sore Throat
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Chills
  • New or Unusual Headache
  • Extreme Fatigue
  • Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea or Loss of Appetite
  • Congestion or Runny Nose


If your child has one of these symptoms, it is required the student quarantines for 10 days from the onset of symptoms. A student may return sooner if a healthcare provider provides a written note or we receive a negative COVID 19 test from a testing facility or health care provider and symptoms have improved over 72 hours.


For current information, please click the West Ada Health Services tab for return to school guidelines: Health Services / Symptom/Illness Flow Chart (westada.org)


Additionally, you are required to inform the school nurse of the following:


  • Your student has a known exposure to COVID.
  • Anyone in your household is displaying symptoms of COVID-19 and awaiting COVID test results or has tested positive for COVID.

School-Based Exposure of Covid 19 Positive

If a student is within 3 feet* for more than 15 minutes of a student who tests positive, they are a close contact and are considered to be exposed. (*This is a recent change from 6 feet.). We will notify families if a student is considered to be a close contact exposure.



QUARANTINE PROTOCALS


If the student was wearing a mask and exposed at school:

  • If your child is not experiencing any symptoms and was wearing their mask at the time of exposure, your child qualifies for the Quarantine Release Program (QRP). On the QRP, the exposed student is released from quarantine to attend school as long as they are showing no symptoms.
  • If the student develops symptoms at any time after exposure, please contact the school nurse for further guidance and keep the student home.


If the student was NOT wearing a mask and exposed at school:

  • If your child was not wearing a mask while exposed at school, he/she will quarantine at home.
  • Please refer to district guidelines for exposures: https://www.westada.org/Page/84985


If your child was exposed outside of school (at an event, club, etc. and/or a household family member testing positive) :

  • Please contact our nurse and she will review the information regarding your child's required 10-day quarantine (from the last date of contact). Even if your child is not exhibiting symptoms, an outside exposure requires quarantine.
  • Please utilize the West Ada School District supports for exposure and quarantine procedures under the Health Services site.


If awaiting Covid19 test results:

Staying Hydrated

Student Water Bottles Needed

We do not have access to our drinking fountains, but we have installed water bottle filling stations that dispense cold, filtered water.



  • Please send a water bottle to school for your child to refill throughout the day.
  • Reusable water bottles with twist tops are preferred as they are more durable and more recognizable by students. (Disposable, plastic water bottles are not recommended, as they tend to get misplaced, mistaken as another student's, are noisy if squeezed frequently, and they leak easily.)
  • Write your child's first and last name on the water bottle.
  • Remind your child to bring home their water bottle nightly, or weekly, so it can be thoroughly cleaned.


If you would like to donate some non-disposable water bottles for students who do not have one, please contact the front office to coordinate drop-off. We thank you!

Student Safety

To keep our students, families, and staff safe, please adhere to the following safety precautions at pick-up and drop-off:


  • Pleases use the crosswalks when crossing in our parking lot or on Sandalwood and Chateau. Watch for children and follow the crossing guards signals
  • Do not block cross walks on Sandalwood, Chateau or in the BMSA parking lot
  • Be mindful not to block neighborhood driveways
  • Adhere to speed limit posting
  • We ask parents to remain OFF campus at drop off and pick-up. Please refer to map below: Pick-up and Drop off in the loop or at the "star" locations.
  • As a safety measure, please keep pets on sidewalks or in vehicles, away from students.


If you have any questions, please inquire with the office or speak with our Safe School Mrs. Brown.


Thank you for your patience and understanding while getting students to and from school safely.

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Parent Pick-Up and Student Check-Out Protocols

As you know, our parking lot and neighboring streets are very congested during drop-off and pick-up times. Please be patient and kind to those in lines, walking, and providing safety support.


Our buses are on a tight schedule for pick-up and drop-off, as they have multiple stops and they shuttle our students to and from neighboring schools. Much like an airline with connecting flights, our shuttle buses often have connecting shuttles that students must catch before departure. If you are in the pick-up/drop-off line, please stay to the right as much as possible to allow buses to get around our line of cars.


We have seen an uptick in parents coming into the office to release their child from school 10 to 15 minutes before school is out in order to "beat the rush". We cannot allow this to happen, as it is very disruptive to our classrooms, causes congestion in our lobby when bus riders are exiting, as well as overwhelming our office staff. Our busing students are released at 3:40pm, so we need the office to be clear of visitors in order to focus on getting buses loaded and departed on time.


If you need your child released early from school for an appointment, please call ahead to let the front office know and plan to pick up your child by 3:30pm at the latest. Parents are required to come into the building to check out their child, so please do so by 3:30pm.


Reminder: Currently, masks are required when entering our building. If you do not have a mask when picking up a student, you will be provided one.


Thank you for your support in keeping our students, staff and families safe.

Lockdown Drill Information

LockDown Drill is scheduled for September 29, 2021

At BMSA, the safety and welfare of our students and staff are our highest priority, which is why we teach and practice safety drills throughout the school year. On Wednesday, September 29, the Meridian Police Department and surrounding departments, will join us in conduction a lockdown drill. These drills allow us to evaluate our plans and to improve our response skills. Please do not be alarmed if you see several police vehicles in our parking lot on this date.


We encourage positive talk about the drill, just as we do for our fire drills. As students practice, they become more familiar with the processes and protocols of each drill. Thank you in advance for your support with our drills.


For more information about West Ada School Safety, please visit: https://www.westada.org/domain/7803

Counselor Corner!

Hi BMSA Families!

The first couple of weeks I spent time in each classroom introducing myself to the students and explaining my role as the counselor and how I can help them. Some of your students may have brought home a little tent with some helpful reminders of how I can help them as their school counselor. Attached is a copy of the BMSA School Counseling Program that offers a brief overview for families of how the school counselor can help your student and their families both inside and outside of school.


My next two lessons I will be reviewing the Zones of Regulation with the students along with strategies they can use to help with emotional regulation. Information on the Zones of Regulation and how this emotional regulation tool can help students and families at home can be found here.


Classroom teachers and staff have also been reviewing the ROAR pledges with students, as well as the 7 Habits of Happy Kids. The first couple weeks of school we focused on our Respect Pledge. Our Habits the first couple of weeks were Habit 4 "Think Win-Win" and Habit 5 "Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood." Last week we focused on our Ownership Pledge, which we will continue this coming week. Last week our Habit was Habit 1 which reminds us to "Be Proactive" and this coming week we will be learning more about Habit 7 "Sharpening the Saw." Information about the ROAR Pledges can be found here and 7 Habits can be found here, which can both be found on BMSA's website.

BMSA FAMILY NEEDS

We are currently enrolling students in the following programs:


· Week-end Food Back Pack Program: Students receive a bag of food each Friday, delivered by the Meridian Food Bank.


· Operation School Bell; The Assistance League of Boise donates new clothes, shoes and a winter coat to students. Participants for this program will be signed up on a first-come-first-serve basis.


To participate one or both programs, you may print enrollment/permission forms here: https://www.westada.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=78690 or to request a hard copy sent home with your student, email shuck.emma@westada.org or call 208.855.4432.


Want to help?

We are accepting donations of reusable water bottles and ear buds. If you'd like to donate either of these items, you can send them in with your student. Thanks so much!

Individual School Picture Day - October 8

We are excited to have Dorian Studios as our photographer this year.


Picture Day is Friday, October 8 and picture order forms will be sent home closer to picture day, but a preview of the picture packages are above.

Welcome Our New PTO Board Members

We are excited to announce our 2021-2022 PTO Board Members:


Jessie Horney and Casey Mason ~ Co-Presidents

Sarah Mason ~ Treasurer

Meghan Anderson ~ Secretary


We are in the process of updating our BMSA PTO website and will have more information coming soon, but until then, please visit: https://www.westada.org/Page/60465.


If you are interested in joining PTO, please fill out the information on this link and you will be contacted by a PTO representative soon.


To contact any of the PTO board members, please email: ptobmsa@gmail.com.