BHS News

September 14, 2020

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BHS Update

Dear Families,


Tomorrow is the first day of school!


We are very excited to welcome back - both those in the building and those learning from home.


Students in Cohort A will attend in person tomorrow, all students will learn from home on Wednesday, and Cohort B will attend in person Thursday and Friday this week.


As you all know, Cohort A will continue to attend in person on Mondays and Tuesdays. All students will be remote on Wednesdays, and Cohort B will attend in person Thursdays and Fridays.


We emailed a letter to all students last week and shared information with them about what to expect as they return to school. I have included that same letter in this newsletter today.



We know that there are many details in the running of a typical school day, and this year we face greater challenges than ever before. We will continue to assess our plans and adjust if needed.


We are trying many things for the first time ever - there are bound to be mistakes and challenges along the way - but we are determined to learn from and grow together as a school community.


Again, thank you for your understanding and support as we work together for a successful start to the school year! We will continue to communicate with you often with updates and any changes.



Sincerely,

Megan Lafayette

Important Dates

September 15 - First Day of School - Cohort A in person

September 16 - All Students Remote (Wednesday)

September 17 & 18 - Cohort B in person.


October 5 - Senior Pictures on the common (if not already done)

October 12 - No School - Columbus Day

October 20 - Cohort A - Picture Day

October 30 - Cohort B - Picture Day

November 6 - Last Opportunity for Senior Pictures (at the school)

Student Drop Off AM - Route

Please follow the signs tomorrow for Student Drop Off.


Students being dropped off by a parent/guardian can enter the building starting at 7:30 (same time for student drivers as well).


Parents/guardians will follow the signs, drive behind the high school, and drop students off along the side of the gym. Students will enter the building at the gym entrance.



Student Pick Up is in the same location as last year. Follow the signs in the staff parking lot for student pick up in the afternoon.


Student Pick up begins at 2:00

Click Document Below to View Student FAQ & Expectations Letter

Notes from the Athletic Director's desk ...



Welcome back members of the class of 2021 thru 24 and a special welcome to the class of 2025! While sports will be different this year, we are prepared to offer all sports, subject to the direction of the Governor and if you do not know already, there will be FOUR SEASONS vs the traditional three...


Fall I - B/G Cross Country, Field Hockey, Co-ed Golf, & B/G Soccer

Winter - B/G Basketball, Cheer, B/G Hockey, B/G Indoor Track & Wrestling

Fall II - Cheer, Football, Unified Basketball, & G Volleyball

Spring - Baseball, B/G Lacrosse, Softball, B/G Track & Field, B Volleyball


There is still time to register for Fall and all seasons are open for registration by following this link https://www.familyid.com/organizations/bellingham-high-school-memorial-school-athletics

And if you still need to pay for this coming season, the Unipay link is https://unipaygold.unibank.com/transactioninfo.aspx?TID=23426


As a reminder, Free and Reduced lunch recipients receive Free and/or Reduced athletic fees but you must apply each year by October. Information on how to apply is on the main web page under food service.


First practices for Fall I will be Sept 18 for Golf @ New England Country Club after school and Sept. 26 for Cross Country, Field Hockey, and Soccer. The coaches have access to registration information and will reach out in the next few weeks to share practice plans. Participants should expect double sessions during the first two Saturdays and single sessions on the first two Sundays as the teams prepare for the upcoming season.


Season practices will be held for the three sports on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and once again the coaches will share practice times. All Soccer and Field Hockey practices will be on the turf or grass adjoining as the back fields are being closed for the season. The golf practice schedule is subject to the availability of the New England Country Club.


Equipment storage will have a new twist this year as there will be no team locker rooms. Students are welcome to leave golf clubs, Field Hockey sticks, gym bags with their practice gear, etc. in the Concession stand by the gym. The door will be open in the morning, locked during the day, and re-opened at 2:00.


Transportation to away events will be provided by the athletic department. If it a family decision to transport to/from away games I must receive a written note indicating those plans and absent approval by other families no teammates may get a ride to/from. We need to avoid the last-minute plans to catch a ride with a family friend. Coaches are handed the notes so that they can track all riders.


NO SPECTATOR POLICY FOR FALL I. By a vote of all 12 Tri-Valley League Principals, spectators are not permitted at games. Using our field as an example, spectators may watch from the exterior of the fence but will not be permitted through the ticket booth gate. With as many as four games per day, there will be significant transitioning and this policy is to be enforced by all Athletic Directors and support staff. To offset this we have ordered cameras and are hoping to have them installed in time to stream the games.


Sports Physicals are still only valid for 13 months from the date of your last physical so if do please make plans asap. Convenient MD across from Market Basket offers these physicals for $20 if you cannot get into your pediatrician quickly.


Schedules are available via miaa.net and we strongly urge you to download the app and flag Bellingham for easy access to updates.


You can follow us on Twitter at BHAMATHLETICS


Finally, no question is a foolish question if you need the answer. The student-athlete handbook, incorporated into FamilyID, is a wealth of information and something that all families should familiarize themselves with but I am always available at mconnor@bpsdk12.org to assist you.


LET'S GO BLACKHAWKS!


Michael Connor - Director of Athletics

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