Friday Notes

October 30, 2020

HALF DAY TODAY - PICK UP AT 12 PM

News and Citizen

You may have noticed that our school was mentioned in the most recent edition of the News and Citizen's "police blotter." Last week, we asked the Morristown Police Department to do a drive through check-in during after school hours, as we did part ways with an employee last week. At no time were we concerned for the safety of our students or staff. We apologize for creating any unease within our community.

All Saints Day Video

We are aiming to publish this wonderful compilation in next week's Friday Notes.

Fall Conferences

By now, you have been given the opportunity to sign up for fall conferences. Please reach out to your child's homeroom teacher if you have any questions or need to reschedule.

Travel Survey

You know who you are and we know who you are...still waiting on 8 surveys to determine the best approach to our school's instructional delivery after Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks. Please complete the survey NOW if you have not already done so. Not completing the survey will force us to categorize your plans as traveling out-of-state for both breaks.

Click here to access the survey.

Breakfast and Lunch - please read!

We have noticed a significant increase in compost this year. While we are thrilled that the piggies up the road are eating well, we are more concerned that our students are not eating enough! Please be sure to review the breakfast and lunch menu carefully and consider packing breakfast and/or lunch on days that the menu is offering options your child does not typically enjoy. We want to make sure our kiddos are getting the nutrients they need to learn and grow!

Outdoor Gear

The weather is changing and our students need to bring the appropriate gear to stay warm both inside and outside of the classroom! Please remember to send your student to school with coats, hats, mittens, and ski pants (once the snow flies). Since we keep windows cracked to encourage fresh air circulation, some classrooms feel chilly. Please encourage your child to wear their school-approved sweatshirt or sweater.

BJAMS Ski/Ride Program - Cancelled

There will not be a BJAMS ski/ride program this year due to the pandemic. We hope to start back up next year, though!

Basketball Update

Similar to our fall soccer season, we are currently working on developing a skills clinic for students interested in basketball this winter, coached by Mr. Buczek. Details will be available in next week's Friday Notes.

Snow Days? A Thing of the Past?

With the efficiency of technology, some are wondering how our school might approach snow days. Some schools and districts are opting to create work for students to complete, should the weather prevent students from coming to school (basically, distance learning due to challenging weather conditions). We discussed this possibility as a staff and we agreed that there is a certain magic to snow days that we want to maintain for our students. So, for the time being, snow days will be snow days!*

*The fine print: should we find that this season presents an abundance of inclement weather days, we may make an adjustment to our plan!

Are You Interested in Subbing at BJAMS?

BJAMS is home to some of the best kids and teachers in all of Lamoille County! How would you like the opportunity to work with them and help BJAMS at the same time? Here's your chance! We are looking for substitute teachers and would love your help! If interested, please email Carrie Wilson to schedule a Zoom session to learn about the wonderful opportunities here at our school.

Daylight Savings Time!

Don't forget to turn your clocks back one hour on Sunday!

We are Looking for a Match!

December 1, 2020 is the National Day of Giving- Giving Tuesday.

This year the school will be campaigning for the BJAMS Kitchen Project.

We are looking for a company, charitable trust, stocks, or family business that would consider matching the donations made for this day or match up to a percentage or certain monetary value.

This is the number one way to accelerate our campaign and help our kitchen with much needed renovations including flooring, additional work space, upgraded appliances, and more.

Please consider being the perfect match for our school!

For more information email mtomlinson@bjams.org or jnordenson@bjams.org

How Does Contact Tracing Work?

This very brief video provides a great explanation of how the Vermont Department of Health works to engage with the community in this important process.
How Contact Tracing Slows the Spread of COVID-19

What’s the Difference Between COVID-19 and the Flu?

Influenza (flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. One important difference is that there is a vaccine for the flu!

It’s more important than ever to get your flu shot this year – when flu viruses and the new coronavirus are spreading at the same time. Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, and testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis.


Flu and COVID-19 share many characteristics, but key differences include:


  • COVID-19 seems to spread more easily than flu and causes more serious illnesses in some people.
  • It can take longer before people show symptoms of COVID-19, and people can be contagious with the COVID-19 virus for longer.


Learn more about the similarities and differences from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


The Vermont Department of Health encourages everyone older than 6 months old (with rare exceptions) — and especially people in a high-risk group or who have underlying health conditions — to get their flu vaccine. Learn more about the flu and find a flu shot.

ASP CORNER

New Faces at ASP!

We are pleased to welcome two new staff members to our exceptional team! Please join us in welcoming Kay Siongco and Leah Merriam to our team.

Pumpkin decorating made possible by The Grants

Many thanks to the Grant family of Vermont Dog Boarding and Behavior for providing these pumpkins to the After School Program. We had a spooktacular time decorating our pumpkins!
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Sixth Installment from the USCCB's Pastoral Letter Condemning the Sin of Racism

Trunk or Treat TONIGHT

Friday, Oct. 30th, 5:30-6:30pm

680 Laporte Road

Morristown, VT

Key note: Trunks must be set up no later than 5:15pm


A few reminders:


  • All attendees must be masked (costume masks do not count as being masked).
  • All attendees must have an adult present the entire time their student is present.
  • Physical distancing must still be practiced.
  • Like all school events, this is an alcohol-free, smoke-free, and vape-free event.
  • If you have signed up to be a trunk, please be considerate of allergies when picking up your candy to distribute.
  • We will have a few teal pumpkins that will have non-food items for distribution.
  • The school will not be open, so please be sure to have your student use the restroom before arriving.
  • Please bring tongs from home to distribute your candy/items. This will aid in keeping everyone safe!

Coming Up Next

Nov 2 - PTO meeting, 9 am

Nov 5 - Half day - virtual conferences - pick up at 12 pm sharp - no ASP on this day

Nov 12 - Clear the Halls drill

Nov 20 - Trimester ends

Nov 25 - 27 - No School - Thanksgiving Recess

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