Barbara R. Morgan Elementary School

December 2020 Family Newsletter

Upcoming Calendar Dates:


  • Dec. 4: Alternating Friday School for "M/W" students ~ Holiday Spirit Friday "Flannel Friday" (wear any flannel or plaid print)


  • Dec. 11: Alternating Friday School for "T/Th" students ~ Holiday Spirit Friday "Flannel Friday" (wear any flannel or plaid print)


  • Dec. 11: Deadline for 'Cram the Van' gifts and Giving Tree gifts (unwrapped)


  • Dec. 17-18: Holiday Spirit Days "Deck the Halls" (wear holiday shirts, reindeer antlers, Santa hats) & grade level holiday parties & a virtual sign along scheduled by classroom teachers


  • Dec. 18: Alternating Friday School for "M/W" students ~ Last Day of school in 2020


  • Dec. 19-Jan. 3: NO SCHOOL / Winter Break


  • Jan. 4: School Resumes
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From the Principal...

Dear Parent(s), Guardian(s), & Students,


The chill of winter is upon us. Please help remind your child to bring/wear ‘all 5’ items {coat, snow pants, gloves, hat, boots} as we go outside daily. If your child is in need of any of these winter items; please let our Counselor, Mr. Davydov know (ydavydov@mdsd.org).


In the event of any COVID changes to the school schedule or a Snow Day, you will be notified by phone/email by our automated calling system. Be sure we always have your updated contact information. For a Snow Day, the district will try to make a decision no later than 6:30 AM to activate one of these options:


  1. CANCEL school for the day (for all students)
  2. Implement “2 HOUR DELAY” (Buses pick up 2 hours later than normal and the school day would run from 10:05-3:00.)


Enjoy the upcoming holiday season with COVID safe solutions and the snowy days to come!


Mrs. Berg

vberg@mdsd.org

Giving Tree

We have teamed up with our local McCall community as a school to sponsor a local family this holiday season. If you are looking for a way to support/help a local family, feel free to call our office and we are happy to share wish list items from our tree. You may also drop off any Cram the Van gifts to our office as well. Any donations are due to BRMES by December 11th.

2nd Semester Plan/Intent

Please check your email for an important Second Semester email from MDSD that was sent out on November 17th.


If you are requesting a CHANGE in placement for the second semester (from On-Line to In Person or vice versa), which begins on January 26, 2021, please contact our school office or use this link no later than December 4. If your intent is to continue your child's current plan; nothing is needed from you at this time. For our online students, we are anticipating teaching every other day just as the In-person students do; but will confirm your specific two days once we know what enrollment numbers look like after the change deadline.


While we hope the hybrid model (every other day schedule) will be sustainable for the remainder of the school year, the possibility of moving to a fully on-line option exists. At BRMES, if we move to a fully on-line model at any point, we will continue live instruction through Microsoft Teams with your child's teacher on the same every other day schedule.

Food Drive Thank You

Thank you for supporting our annual food drive. Mrs. Warner's class had so much fun counting and gathering all of our 118 items from the past 2 weeks. We will be delivering soon to the local food bank.

Lost & Found

Has your child(ren) lost any items? Let us know if you see something from the picture below that looks like you know where it belongs.

Microsoft Teams

All BRMES students have a Microsoft account provided by the school district. If we end up going to an all-online schedule; all students will need to know how to login to his/her Microsoft account from home to access Microsoft Teams and connect with his/her teacher for live lessons every other day. We are continuing to teach/prepare ourselves and the students, just in case. There is also a free Teams App you can try as well. Ask your child(ren) or the classroom teachers if you need help.

Powerschool

Powerschool is an excellent tool for parents to keep track of their child's daily schedule, attendance, and grades. Please call us to create an account if you haven't yet done so. Once you have an account, you can download the Powerschool app to use from a mobile device. Our code is: XLLD. Call us if you are needing further assistance @ 634-2219.

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BRMES School Hours:

7:45-8:10: DROP OFF TIMES {Doors open @ 7:45 AM}

8:10: SCHOOL STARTS

8:15: TARDY BELL

3:00: DISMISSAL

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PTA Student T-shirt Winner

Congratulations to Brynlee Caldwell who won our contest and has her art on the new 2020-21 school t-shirt! The ordering deadline has passed. All orders will be delivered to your child at school prior to the Christmas break.

5th Grade: Free Brundage Season Pass Offer

We recently sent out the Brundage registration form to all of our 5th graders; which earns all BRMES 5th graders a free season pass. If you returned your child's registration form, your child's season pass will be ready for pick up at the Brundage Mountain Guest Services office on the first floor of the lodge.

5th & 6th Grades: Idaho Ski Passport

Let your 5th (or 6th) grader ski up to 18 mountains for just $18 with the Idaho Peak Season passport. Now available at skiidaho.us

4th Grade: Free Christmas Tree Permits (& Free National Park Pass)

In coordination with the “Every Kid Outdoors” program, fourth-graders who are participating in the Every Kid Outdoors program can receive a free Christmas tree permit. The U.S. Forest Service is among several federal agencies that support the Every Kid Outdoors initiative which is a nationwide call to action to build the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts. The initiative provides a free pass to all fourth-grade students who first go to this link and complete the application process for a pass, print the pass and call a Forest Service office for curbside service. If utilizing the online system at recreation.gov, enter the pass number when prompted.

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Join the PTA Facebook page

Click on this link to visit the BRMES Facebook page. It includes community & school events and photos throughout the year and allows you to meet other BRMES families.

Valerie Berg, Principal

Barbara R. Morgan Elementary School

McCall Donnelly School District


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