BWMS Parent Update

9/25/2020

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Happy Fall!

Families,


Can you believe that today Friday 9/25/20 is just beyond the mid-point of the 1st quarter? We call these Grade Update Days and we encourage all parents to log into PowerSchool to check the progress of their student's performance. Have a conversation with your student about how things are going and what they are learning. Find out how they take advantage of the multiple opportunities to be successful at BWMS with formal reassessment practices. Also, information about signing up for a conference on Tuesday 9/29/20 is posted below.


Have a great weekend & Go Eagles!


Sincerely,


Mr. Josh Frame

Reminder for 7th Grade Families

All 7th grade students are required to have an updated Tdap and meningitis vaccine. We would ask that parents provide written proof of immunization or a letter of objection to the school within the first two weeks of school but no later than October 1. Please contact our School Nurse at MeganTruax@bwls.net or the office with any questions.

Important Updates

  • STAR reports should be sent home Today Friday 9/25/20 from LA and Math teachers with Tiered supports marked on the form. For more information, please check out the STAR Assessment Parent Guide.
  • Mid point of the 1st quarter is Friday 9/25/20. We call these Grade Update Days and we encourage all parents to log into PowerSchool to check the progress of their student's performance.
  • The first Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences are on Tuesday 9/29/20. The information and sign up is listed below.
  • Missed your chance to sign up for the first conference day, we have you covered as the sign up for the Thursday 10/8/20 will be released soon.

Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences - 9/29/20

We're using SignUpGenius to organize our upcoming September 29th BWMS VIrtual Conferences.


Here is how it works:


Click on this link to go to our invitation page on SignUpGenius

Choose your spots - SignUpGenius will send you a confirmation email and reminders.


We look forward to speaking with you. Please find the corresponding BWMS teachers with the conference times available. You may choose to sign up to meet with just one (1) teacher or the whole team depending on your needs. If you wish to meet with a team of teachers together, please select two time slots for all of the teachers at the same conference time. Please remember to include Co-Teachers when signing up for a time slot.


Our teachers will either forward you a link to the Google Meet or call you on the time of the conference. We thank you for partnering with us to Inspire and Guide your student in 2020-21. If you do not find your student's teacher listed they will be available for the next conference that will be held October 8th.


Note: If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact the BWMS Office and we can sign you up manually.

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A Note from the District Nurse

It is that time of the year again- Flu season is just around the corner. With COVID-19 pandemic this, it is even more important to protect your child from viruses like influenza. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children age 6 months and older get their influenza vaccine by the end of October. Receiving the influenza vaccination before the flu is within the community is an important in helping protect your child and community in fighting influenza. The AAP recommends either flu shots or flu mist as options for children for the 2020-2021 influenza season.

  • Children 9 years and older only need 1 dose, regardless of prior vaccination history.

  • Children 6 months through 8 years of age:

    • Need 2 doses if they received fewer than 2 doses of any type of influenza vaccine prior to July 1, 2020. The time between doses should be at least 4 weeks. Two doses should be administered to children who receive their first dose before their ninth birthday, even when they turn nine years of age during the same season.

    • Require only 1 dose if they have previously received 2 or more doses of any influenza vaccine prior to July 1, 2020. The 2 doses do not need to have been received during the same influenza season.


Influenza vaccination this year is particularly important to reduce the burden of respiratory illnesses and hospitalizations of children and youth and to prevent overwhelming the capacity of the US healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Please contact your health care provider or the Delaware General Health District (740-368-1700) to schedule your appointment to receive your child’s vaccinations. Thank you for helping keep the Big Walnut students and staff safe and healthy.


  • Megan Truax BSN, RN, LSN

Virtual Learning Program News

Teaches have started posting weekly assignments and expectations via Schoology each week. Students should log into Schoology daily and be available for the Live Sessions according to the schedule listed in the attached handout was shared with students today during our VLP orientation.


VLP Updates

  • Please find the VLP Attendance Update which includes more details specific to attendance procedures and guidelines for our VLP students.
  • Parents should check their student's progress in PowerSchool and monitor their student's achievement in the 1st part of the 1st quarter. Reach out to your teachers with any questions.



All information for VLP can be found on our website: http://www.bwls.net/VirtualLearningProgramVLP.aspx

Substitutes Needed...

Are you looking for a way that you can make a positive impact in Big Walnut Schools? The district is in need of substitute custodians, food service workers, and bus drivers. If interested, please visit our Job Opportunities page to apply.


Training will be provided to all substitutes - potential drivers will receive all training necessary to meet licensing requirements for drivers. If you have any questions, please contact Ron McClure at 740-965-8967.

DACC Virtual Chats

Parents of 6-10th graders: Thinking college and career? Attend an upcoming virtual session to learn more about the "super electives" your kids can take later in high school via the Delaware Area Career Center. Zoo school, engineering, pharmacy, nursing, bioscience, cybersecurity, app development, digital design and more! THREE online sessions starting on 10/1. RSVP and more details here.

Service Opportunity

Enjoy serving others and making them feel great, Consider helping at the Delaware County Make A Difference Day. This is a county-wide day of service for all ages that will be held on Saturday, November 14th from 9am-12noon. Registration is open until Sunday, October 25th. Volunteers will help older adults with outdoor chores. Health and safety guidelines are in place for this year including:

  • Groups of no more than 10
  • Masks required
  • Packet/assignment pick up prior to event (Sunbury location at Jessica Forman's office)
  • Drive through paperwork drop off after assignment is completed
  • Hand sanitizer wipes provided

Volunteers will receive a great t-shirt and the satisfying feeling knowing they've helped our community!


Here's the link to our website registration:

Here's the Flyer:

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Upcoming Events

September

25 Grade Update Day

25 STAR reports Sent Home

29 Virtual Conferences, 4:00-7:30


October

2 SOAR Cart

8 Virtual Conferences, 4:00-7:30

14 End of 1st quarter

16 No School Conf Comp Day

19 Art Contest for Yearbook thru Nov 2nd

22 Report Cards Posted 8am

BWMS SOARing Staff Award

The SOARing Staff Award and used to recognize a Big Walnut Middle School Staff Member who goes above and beyond to support the mission of BWLS to inspire and guide each student to his or her maximum potential. If you would love to recognize a staff member, please submit their name and reason on the following form... HERE.

HEALTH AND SAFETY UPDATE | COVID-19

Please see the attached health and safety update from District Nurse Megan Truax.



Health and Safety Update

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Military-Connected Families

Big Walnut Schools are committed to seeking out our military connected families and assisting those families as needed. Should an immediate family member currently be serving in the military, please let us know. Please complete the Military Connected Student Information Form.


We have several events each year to bring our military connected families together. Please check our district website and weekly newsletters for additional information on those events.

Stay Connected with BWMS w/ Schoology

  • BWMS will send out Announcements Periodically throughout the week to keep others informed using the new school communication and learning management system - Schoology - https://schoology.bwls.net/home.
  • BWMS Families code: 8VWG-XH43-BRB6Z
  • BWMS Athletics: 2KDR-2KDW-322JB
  • BW-VLP Schoology Family Group: 86C8-CC76-PTNC4

Athletic Updates

Reminder that all athletes should have their final forms complete and hard copy of the physical submitted prior to participation.


All information for BWMS athletics can be found at bigwalnutathletics.net

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