Kickemuit Middle School

Husky Highlights: Monday, April 27, 2020

Hello KMS Families!

Can you believe this is the last week of April!


Reminders:


Report Cards were posted last Friday on Aspen!


ASPEN Access:


  • If you need to gain access to your ASPEN and have forgotten your login info or you cant see certain info then please email IT @ portal@bwrsd.org.


Broken Device? Email BWRSDTech@bwrsd.org.


Student Attendance:

**A Robo call will go out daily if your student is marked absent in our system- meaning they missed their homeroom check in!

  • DAILY: It is CRUCIAL that your child submits their attendance first thing -by 9AM so they can also then get right to their first class (and then not forget to do it later). If they do not check in they will be marked absent.
  • Going to be ABSENT? If your student is going to be absent, please call the Attendance office: 245-2010 ext 1
  • If your child has consecutive absences with no communication to our office staff then you will receive a check in call from our office staff. Phone calls will come in from a restricted phone number.


Also, please check your contact information in Aspen, phone number and email address, please email either Tammy.borges@bwrsd.org or Melissa.benevides@bwrsd.org if you need that information updated.


We are available to answer any questions that may arise during this time, please feel free to email us!


Thank you,


Your KMS Administration & Support Staff Team


Dr. Rosemary Burns | Grade 8 Administrator ~P: 401.580.5502 E: Rosemary.burns@bwrsd.org

Mr. David Patota | Grade 7 Administrator ~ E: David.patota@bwrsd.org

Mrs. Michelle Clifford | Grade 6 Administrator ~ E: Michelle.clifford@bwrsd.org

Mr. Frank DeVall Jr. | Dean of Students ~ E: frank.devall@bwrsd.org


Mrs. Tammy Borges | Principal's Secretary ~ Tammy.borges@bwrsd.org

Mrs. Donna Cruz | Attendance Secretary ~ Donna.cruz@bwrsd.org

Ms. Melissa Benevides | Front Office Secretary ~ Melissa.benevides@bwrsd.org

Mrs. Bethanie Maduro-Antonio | Guidance Secretary ~ Bethanie.antonio@bwrsd.org

Message from Dr. Burns!

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Dear Families and Students,


This week, our last week in April that includes the first day in May, will be our usual 5 day schedule. See above.


Last week, the Governor announced that we will finish the school year with Distance Learning, which will conclude on June 18. She has indicated that will be a couple of Pause Days and a vacation day - that we should be able to announce soon.


Our blue moods from cabin fever are still with us, especially as we slog through these gray rainy April days. But with obvious brightening colors of goldfinches, the budding of lime green leaves, and the teasing warm days that draw us outdoors to feel the warm yellow sunshine on our faces, our Rhode Island “hope” can’t help but emerge. There are so many unknowns about this virus, but your love, courage and reassuring presence for your children is the greatest tonic they have. Families, please take good care of yourselves! You help improve their learning when you ask your children what they are learning, by looking at their work, checking in on Aspen and in their Google Classrooms. This truly shows that you value their education while at the same time nurtures their ability to problem solve, better understand what they know and what they don’t quite know yet, and provides them a life-long lesson about how to cope at times such as this.


KMS is working hard to provide your children a sense of community, a place of care and a learning environment that is both routine and engaging in real-world activities. Did you know that KMS teachers are meeting everyday to analyze their instruction, review student levels of engagement and planning revised lessons? Everyday our student support professionals - school counselors, school psychologist and school social worker, are working directly with students, families, teachers and administrators to advise, advocate and remind us to celebrate. Administrators are checking into “classrooms”, reviewing lesson plans, and meeting families and school personnel - including daily meetings with district and other school administrators every single day. There are many things that are telling us that our efforts are working, and working very well. There are also areas where we need to improve. Together, we will get better and better. Please reach out to your teachers and/or administrators with your ideas and questions.


One last thing I need to share. A group of our specialist teachers - Art, Wellness, STEM, Inquiring Minds, Librarian came together to problem solve around student engagement and support students to coordinate their learning among multiple courses and disciplines. We are #KMSteams & #KMSproud of them and so excited about how students will participate in an important project that will make a difference. Stay tuned!



Be safe, be well,

Love,


Dr. Burns

2 Week Challenge #KMSteams

Fabric Face Covering Design Challenge

Art (Camara), Wellness, STEM, Inquiring Minds & Library team up:


This challenge will take two weeks for the students to complete as we want to be sure that students are not over-stressed by this!

Week 1 (April 27 - May 1)

Part 1. bit.ly/kmsffcdc1 - Engage and Investigate

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KMS FFC Design Challenge ENGAGE

3 MORE DAYS! SurveyWorks window has been extended until April 30th!! We want your opinions!

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Looking for the latest BWRSD Community Updates??

Click Here!


Latest BWRSD Updates

4.23.2020

Report Cards were delivered VIA Aspen Friday, April 24th!

Middle and High School Report Cards

Quarter 3 Grading Period Ends - April 16

Report Cards Available to Families - April 24


We will be distributing report cards to families electronically via the Aspen Parent Portal. If you have not yet accessed the Aspen Parent Portal, you should have received an email message today, with your credentials and directions for access to the Parent Portal from the following email address: aspen-sysadmin@myfollett.com. Please make sure to check your SPAM folders if you do not receive it.


Attention AOL users: AOL does not accept messages from aspen-sysadmin@myfollett.com. Please consider using an alternate email address for school communications. Please contact your child's school to make contact changes.


Please email portal@bwrsd.org for assistance if there are any issues with accessing the Parent Portal account.

Virtual Support Day Pictures!

2020 Yearbook!

LAST CALL TO ORDER! Must Order by FRIDAY, MAY 1st!

Message from the Yearbook editor!!

Some way somehow we are still going to make this a GREAT yearbook, but we NEED your help! We need photos, lots of photos, your child playing KMS sports, photos they may have taken in school, any photos you have for this year. Photos of our kids doing distant learning,at home.

Teachers, parents- any photos from this year. Please email them to us as at kmsparentsgroup@gmail.com

Also yearbook sales have been extended to April 24th!! Please contact me with any questions or concerns!!!


https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/

CODE 1588020


Lindsay Ayers - 717-873-1232

KMS yearbook editor!!

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Please click the title above or the link below for more information!

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Next Academic year 2020-2021: Incoming 6th Grade Band & Chorus sign ups!

Do you have a 5th Grader at home that is interested in joining the KMS Band or Chorus in the Fall? If so, please watch this video below and fill out the google form below it!
KMS Music Department - Be A Part of Something Special
KMS 6th Grade Band, Chorus and Music Course Selection

This form is for incoming 6th graders (currently 5th graders)

Last week of April Reading Challenge!

Log your reading on RIDE website!

April Reading Challenge:

https://www3.ride.ri.gov/ReadingChallenge

Governor Raimondo has asked students to read every single day in the month of April! "It will be good for the mind, good for the soul," she said.

From our Librarian:

KMS students have access to eBooks and Audiobooks through Destiny Discover: follow this link http://guides.rilinkschools.org/kms/ebooksandaudiobooks or

Reading and Borrowing KMS Library eBooks and Audiobooks How-To Guide


Any KMS staff member who would like access can email our librarian, Ms. Galipeau, and she will make you a username and password in order for them to login to Destiny Discover to read online and/or borrow eBooks and Audiobooks.


Need a recommendation?

For all Grades 6-8 Students: The 2020 Rhode Island Middle School Book Award Project: http://guides.rilinkschools.org/kms/2020RIMSBA

All students who have read at least three books can vote for their favorite book. The last day to vote is April 30, 2020.


For all Grades 6-8 Students: KMS Library Reading Resources, including eBooks/Audiobooks/Animated books in languages other than English from The Global Storybooks Portal and The Spanish Experiment: http://guides.rilinkschools.org/kms/reading


For Grade 6 Students - Kids Reading Across Rhode Island: https://ribook.org/krari/


Any Questions? Need extra support? Please email our Librarian, Ms. Galipeau at nicole.galipeau@bwrsd.org

Local Libraries E-books!

Rogers Free Library, Bristol: https://rogersfreelibrary.org/e-books-audio-books/


George Hail Free Library, Warren: https://georgehail.org/ebooks

Chromebook running slow?? Don't forget to refresh your chromebooks!

Push down the refresh key and then, while holding down the refresh key, tap the power button. This allows your device to process updates and load screens faster!
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BWRSD Online Tech Support for Families

Please continue to email BWRSDTech@BWRSD.org for support during this time of Distance Learning. The email account is accessible 24 hours per day, and you can expect a response within 1 school day. The most common issue for not being able to access apps such as STEMscopes is that they may not be going in through CLEVER or that families need to have students login to the Chrome browser with their BWRSD credentials. Here are directions.


If you have a broken device please email BWRSDTech@bwrsd.org.

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Important Info from Nurse Welchman

April 2020


From The KMS Nurse


Dear KMS Students, Parents, Guardians,


I want to check in and let our KMS family know that I am thinking of you everyday during this challenging time.


If you need anything, have any questions or concerns please reach out to me. (CONTACT INFO BELOW)


Although we may feel stressed or anxious at times, there are some things we can do to help ourselves deal with this.

  1. Try and maintain a routine and create a schedule for yourself.

  2. Schedule at the same time daily the time you: wake, eat, learn/study, exercise, spend time with family, watch TV, go outdoors, and bedtime. This actually helps us stay focused, feel better and decrease anxiety.

  3. Limit TV time and online/social media time and know that some information online and on social media may be inaccurate and cause anxiety

  4. Talk about your feelings with your family at home and share any thoughts you have.

  5. Know that our state and health officials are encouraging us to practice social distancing and stay home to keep us safe and well.

  6. Share any new information with me, your Team, teacher, guidance counselor, administrator anytime.


I hope you are all enjoying remote learning and finding the positives.


Although this new way of learning remotely has its challenges, it also has its benefits.

  1. Not having to wake up so early

  2. Eating meals on your own schedule.

  3. Not having to worry about what you are wearing, how your hair looks and about that new pimple that just appeared on your face this morning.

  4. Shorter school day

  5. Going outside whenever you want….when it’s not raining. Seems like we have had more rain lately.

  6. Studying from the comforts of your own bed, couch etc

  7. Freedom to use the bathroom without a PASS

  8. Freedom to walk around without a PASS

  9. Not having to rush through the halls and worry if you will be late to class.

  10. Still being able to stay connected and in touch with friends and KMS staff online


Erin Welchman M.Ed, BSN, RN, RICSNT

Kickemuit Middle School

525 Child Street

Warren, RI 02885

Tel. 401-245-2010 Ext 2009

Fax. 401-254-5960

email: erin.welchman@bwrsd.org


PLEASE Like the Bristol Warren Regional School Nurses @ Bristol Warren School Nurses

https://www.facebook.com/bwnurses/

RI COVID-19 Info

4/22/20, the State launched the Rhode Island COVID-19 Self-Checker, a web-based, mobile friendly tool to help Rhode Islanders make decisions and seek appropriate medical care. The platform offers a symptom self-checker, a personalized risk assessment that takes into account exposure and preexisting conditions, and detailed next-step guidance. YOU WILL NOT GET A CALL FROM A HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL BASED ON YOUR ANSWERS!! The tool is intended to help individuals who are at risk, suspected, presumed, or confirmed positive for COVID-19 infection make decisions, seek appropriate medical care, and take steps to protect themselves and others. This tool is available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese at covidselfcheck.ri.gov or through RIDOH's COVID-19 webpage.


https://covidselfcheck.ri.gov/welcome

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