Friday Notes

September 16, 2022

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Calling All Substitute Teachers

Substitute teachers play a vital role in the continuity of learning for our students when teachers are absent and they are essential to the smooth operation of our school.

Could YOU be our next substitute teacher? Do you know someone who might be interested?

Working as a substitute teachers gives BJAMS families and friends a chance to experience our school from a new and interesting perspective. Please let us know if you would like to explore this unique opportunity with us!

Reach out to Kristie in the front office to learn more.

First PTO Meeting: What a turn-out!

Thank you to all the parents for your enthusiastic attendance! The BJAMS PTO is a ton of fun and work! It truly takes a village to plan and execute the fundraising and free events throughout the year.

Remember there is something for everyone, and you don't even have to go to a single meeting! What? That's right! Keep up to speed by reading PTO Meeting Minutes and see how you can pitch in for various events by reading Friday Notes and following the links to the signup sheets.

Homecoming is, well, COMING!

Homecoming is an outdoor event with a harvest theme. We will host a few soccer events, listen to music, play harvest games, enjoy food from various vendors, and engage with art stations - fun for the whole family! Here is what you can expect:

  • There is no ASP on this day: Please make arrangements to ensure your student is supervised by 3:15 pm. Events/activities begin at 4:00 pm
  • Soccer Schedule - coming soon
  • Food: Nepali Cuisine, Morrisville Fire Department, and Green Mountain Kettle Corn will be selling food; cash payment is preferred.
  • Games: Games will include pumpkin ring toss, candy corn bowling, pumpkin tic-tac-toe, pumpkin crafting, harvest tattoo, Cookie Love sale and maybe more!

  • PTO Station: BJAMS apparel shop

  • Playground/Nature Trail: The playground is open for family-supervised use - the nature trail is closed! Students (even if supervised) are not permitted to use the nature trail during Homecoming.

  • Homecoming is a dress down day for students and staff - we ask that folks wear school colors (burgundy and/or gold)!

Homecoming is coming quick and there is a LOT TO DO - follow this link to the PTO's first event signup sheet.

Thank you, Catholic Financial Life

Established by a group of Catholics searching for a way to help and support one another in times of need, Catholic Financial Life is the second largest Catholic not-for-profit financial services organization in the United States!

Catholic Financial Life's local Chapter St. Jean N443 blessed our school with several boxes of school supplies and books for our teachers and classrooms collected from area churches. WOW!

Thank you so much!

Soccer Info

We are still waiting for the completed game schedule for our 3/4 and 5/6 Teams. Here is the confirmed schedule for this weekend for these two teams:

  • 3/4 Team: Hosting Hardwick at BJAMS on Saturday, 9/17 at 9am

  • 5/6 Team: Traveling to Cambridge Community Center to play FFSC at 11:15am on Saturday, 9/17

We have added two new matches for our 7/8 Team and these are now fully confirmed:

  • Monday 9/19, BJAMS travels to Stowe Middle School for a 4:30pm match

  • Thursday 9/22, BJAMS will HOST Stowe MS for another 4:30pm kick off.

Thank you, Country Store on Main!

Cristina Mink, owner of the fabulous Country Store on Main in Stowe, donated TEN $100 gift cards for a monthly faculty/staff appreciation drawing - and today was our first. drawing! Mrs. Wright in PK3 is the lucky recipient of this month's drawing! Please be sure to visit Country Store on Main to check out all of the amazing items - you might even run into Mrs. Wright while you're there! A big thank you to Cristina Mink for her generosity!!!!


A student or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 is required to follow the Vermont Department of Health isolation guidance. Should a positive case be identified in your student's homeroom, the school will notify you via email. Please note: there will be no action required by you. However, if your student develops COVID-19 symptoms, the VT Health Department recommends your student get tested immediately.

If your student is not up to date on her/his COVID-19 vaccines or is not vaccinated, it is recommended to:

  • Test on day 4 or later with two antigen tests at least 24 hours apart, OR

  • Test on day 5 or later with a PCR or LAMP test.

  • Report a positive result to the school.

If you would like a test kit for your student, you may retrieve one from the front office.

Nurse Notes

Did you know this about Vermont?

You may already know that Vermont leads nationwide trends regarding things that help people have happier, healthier lives, but did you know this tradition has a long history?

In 1886 - after seven legislative attempts in a row - Vermont created its Public Health Department out of a need to protect the public from diseases caused at that time mostly by unsafe water supplies and contagion. It incorporated the statistics garnered over the prior 30 years. Twelve years later in 1898, the Vermont Lege created the Laboratory of Hygiene (LoH). The LoH was charged with examining water, milk, and all food products for chemical or bacteriological contamination, and investigation of suspected infectious and contagious diseases. In June of 1899, the first Health Officers School in the entire country was sponsored by the State Board of Health, relying on and building from the work of the LoH.

Each town in Vermont has its very own Health Officer to this day. Click here to learn more about your town’s Health Officer and what they do for Vermonters.

Coming Up Next

September 20 - No school

September 22 - Picture Day

September 29 - Hosmer Point field trip, grades 5-8 - permission slips due Friday, Sep 23

September 30 - Homecoming


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Story Stroll at Lamoille Family Center

Written by Hillary and Chelsea Clinton and beautifully illustrated by Carme Lemniscates, this new book is about Grandma Dorothy’s gardens. Learn how gardens can be a place for celebration and a way to help teach responsibility to the young and old. As well as a place of discovery and for learning new things. Gardens can be homes to creatures large and small. So many different fruits and vegetables gardens give us to help us stay strong. They are a place where we can create beauty and share stories together.

To get a free copy of this book for your own personal library come to the Lamoille Family Center during business hours Monday – Friday, 8am-4pm.


Carry in - Carry out ... use the dog waste system dispenser at the trail head if you bring your furry friends ... supervise children at all times ... enjoy the grounds at your own risk

The Lamoille Family Center

480 Cadys Falls Rd.


Math Tutoring Info

Former upper school math teacher, Gary Carlson, is offering math tutoring for students who could use a boost! He can be reached by phone: (802-851-0595) or by email: In person and Zoom sessions available!
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