Friday Notes

February 14, 2020

School Choice - Attention Parents of 8th Graders

Now is the time to start thinking about where your student will go to high school next year. It's particularly important especially for families who want to participate in the school-choice lottery. There are various deadlines you will want to be be aware of.

Parents in Morrisville and Elmore: You should receive a letter from your local school district with a school-choice enrollment application in the mail or access the application here.

Contact Sheila Jones at if you do not receive your letter or if you have any questions.

Parents in other school districts: Please contact your local public high school now if you are interested in the state's school-choice lottery for your 8th grader to be considered at another public school outside of your residency district. The application window may be closing soon.


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Julia Biedermann (8th grade) won 3rd place - way to go!

2020 VT State Middle School Gymnastics Championships

Pre-K & Kindergarten Screening Events

Do you know a family who is interested in learning more about our early childhood programs?

Pass this information along! Space is limited!

*Currently enrolled students need not sign up for a kindergarten screening. Our current pre-kindergarten students will be screened separately.

$500 from Catholic Financial Life Insurance

CLI cohosted our amazing Christmas Craft Fair this year and, as promised, delivered a check to us today in the amount of $500.00! Outstanding!

Lost & Found - Notice of Donation

We will have lost and found articles on display in the main hallway starting Monday, Feb 17 at pick-up until Friday, Feb 21 at drop-off.

All articles not claimed will be donated to Second Chance Thrift Shop in Morrisville.

No School for Kindergarten on March 12

Due to our Kindergarten Screening on March 12, there is no school for Kindergarten on this day. All other classes will have a half day for Parent/Teacher Conferences with dismissal at noon. There will be NO ASP on this day.

Double Whammy for BJAMS during National School Choice Week 2020

BJAMS won in two categories: Innovative Schools and Innovative Teacher. Brad Ferland, co-chair of National School Choice Week, presented the awards to Mrs. Wilson and Mrs. Nordenson during morning assembly. Here's a synopsis of what Brad said about us:

“There are so many good things to say about Bishop John A. Marshall School. Their history of starting in church basements and successfully fundraising to build a school for a permanent home is very impressive,” Ferland said. “Being the first Catholic School built in Vermont in a 50-year history was monumental. And looking to their core values one finds the essence of their success with integrity, love, dignity, respect for God and neighbor, awareness and response to the needs of others, faith, and respect for order and discipline. The school has a strong parental involvement and support as well.”

These two awards are a testament that BJAMS is filled with wonderful and hardworking students with amazing families, and dedicated and talented teachers that are recognized nation wide. What an honor!

Girls on the Run!

We are happy to offer Girls on the Run to those girls interested in grades 3, 4, or 5! Registration opens on February 17th and longtime GOTR coach, Bernie Quinlan, will be having an informational session for all girls interested in joining on Wednesday, February 19 at 3:15. This meeting will be for those new to the program, but also for those that have participated in the past. We must have enough participants and coaches to make this successful! Assistant coaches are needed too! Please plan on attending the meeting on Wednesday! For more information or if you can't make the meeting, please call Coach Quinlan at 585-0737.

What's all the BUZZ about?

Saturday, March 14 - save the date!

We'll tell you more about it after winter recess. BEE on the lookout in upcoming Friday Notes!

Winter Ball 2020 - let's make it happen!

Our ability to hold the ball will be based on the number of tickets we sell and whether we get help from parents with selling tickets, food donations, decorations, and chaperoning.

Friday, Feb 21 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm

ON SALE NOW - Tickets $5 per person sold in advance during drop off and pick up times

Contact the coordinators to volunteer, donate, or ask questions:

Abby Earle at

Dezaray Draper at

Pirate Princess Dance - Rescheduled - March 14

We will re-post all the details again when it gets closer. Meantime, save the date!

Coming Up Next

Feb 21 - Winter Ball 2020

Feb 24-28 - NO SCHOOL - February Recess - NO ASP during this time

March 2 - DinoMan visits BJAMS! Read about it here.

March 6 - Second trimester ends!

March 12 - No school for Kindergarten ONLY

March 12 - half day with a noon dismissal for grades PK and 1-8 - Parent/Teacher conferences

March 12 - No ASP

Community News

Looking for something do over February Recess?

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Spring isn't that far away...
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