Friday Notes

November 22, 2019 - Happy Thanksgiving

Grandparents' and Special Friends' Luncheon was tremendous!

What a wonderful gathering! We enjoyed visiting with our grandparents, special friends, parents, and siblings. There was hustle and there was bustle. Servers were gleefully a-scooping, and a-dishing platefuls of delicious seasonal foods and others served up miles of desserts with whipped cream! Our bellies were full for sure, but so was our school - with laughter, joy, and thanksgiving.

Our Grandparents' and Special Friends' Luncheon wouldn't be the enormous success that it is without the collective, and Goliath-sized effort of our entire BJAMS community. All of the volunteers who participated helped, in big ways and small, to make yesterday what it was. Greeters, coat hangers, utensil rollers, table setters, tray passers, food servers, clean uppers and beyond. We thank each and every one of you for all you did to contribute to our most anticipated day of the school year.

A big, no, we mean ENORMOUS, shout-out to our mighty kitchen! With few people, and from a tiny space, came a feast fit for kings, and they fed the multitudes! Our most heartfelt thanks to Heather Gentle and her support team of amazing helpers!

Thank you, one and all, for making our day so special! We all are so very blessed!

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Sticky note of thanks for the Schoop and Piper families for sharing their maple syrup with our kitchen!

If you missed the opportunity to contribute your food item to our special day, please consider depositing it in the food box in our lobby - all donations go to the

Lamoille Community Food Share.

25¢ Dress Down Day - Tuesday, November 26

To enjoy a dress down day this coming Tuesday, please give a quarter to the eighth graders who have been tirelessly selling 50/50 raffle tickets. You may bring in your quarters on Monday or Tuesday!

The Music Dept. needs you...well, and your truck!

The Music Dept. is seeking a volunteer to transport the risers from BJAMS to Spruce Peak for the Christmas Concert being held Dec. 12. The risers can be moved Wed., Dec. 11 or during the school day on Thu., Dec. 12.

Please see or contact Holly Boucher at or Brooke Wright at

Basketball Registration Forms Needed!

Students interested in playing basketball this season must hand in their registration forms no later than Tuesday, November 26. Forms are found at the bottom of Friday Notes. We are still looking for coaches, so if you're interested, please reach out to Coach Bu at

Open Gym Notice

Monday, Nov 25 from 3:15-4:15 for Upper school girls with Mr. Earle

Collection for Christmas Craft Fair Basket Raffle

Each year the coordinators of the Christmas Craft Fair collect donations from each of the classrooms and build wonderful, themed gift baskets that are then raffled off at the fair. The proceeds go directly to the students' activities bank. Find your student's theme below and have some fun with it!


1st & 2nd - PASTA DINNER






8th - DATE NIGHT - Rated G, please

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Christmas Craft Fair Sign-Ups

We still need donations for the kitchen and student and parent helpers from Grades 6-8 the day before and the day of the Christmas Craft Fair. Please click here for the shift sign up and please click here for the kitchen contributions for the event. This is a major fundraiser for the upper school and would not be possible without your support! Thank you very much!

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Shop with a Smile!

As you begin to shop for the holidays don't forget to shop with a smile - an Amazon Smile! By shopping with Amazon Smile and selecting Bishop John A. Marshall School as your charity of choice, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price right back to BJAMS! Just be sure you start each shopping session at, to have the 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases given back to BJAMS.


For those of you that sold and bought for the Yankee Candle fundraiser! Stay tuned for the arrival of orders after Thanksgiving Break.

Midterm Exams for grades 6-8

Mark your calendars! Midterm exams will be given December 16, 17, and 18. As a reminder, the first two days of exams are half days, with the final day being a full day. Dismissal on December 16 and 17 for students in grades 6-8 will be at noon; dismissal on December 18 will be 3:00. We will publish the actual schedule shortly - keep your eye on Friday Notes!

Medical Alerts


lower school - two confirmed cases in as many weeks. See these Friday Notes for more general information and what to look for with strep throat.


lower school - one confirmed student case plus one family member (not enrolled). Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that can cause mild to severe illness in people of all ages. Depending on the case, doctors often treat pneumonia with medicine. Pneumonia is still the leading infectious cause of death in children younger than 5 years old worldwide. Common signs of pneumonia include cough, fever, and difficulty breathing. To help prevent pneumonia follow good hygiene practices like frequent hand washing, covering your mouth and nose when sneezing, and disinfecting hard surfaces.

Information in BJAMS' Medical Alerts is sourced directly from the CDC website. Please consult your family doctor with any questions or concerns you may have regarding strep throat or pneumonia.

Coming Up Next

Nov 25 - last day for 50/50 raffle

Nov 27-29 - Thanksgiving Recess

Community News

BJAMS Alum on stage!

Peoples' Academy Stage Company presents The Pajama Game starring BJAMS Alum Onika Bedell this Friday and Saturday only!

Peoples' Academy, 11/22 & 11/23 at 7 pm - donations only at the door

You are invited to Rice's 90th Annual Stunt Nite on November 26, 2019 at the Flynn Theater!

See the enduring tradition of Stunt Nite, a unique Rice event, considered by all to be the highlight of the school year! Middle school students get FREE tickets to the 4 pm matinee. Additional matinee tickets can also be purchased. This offer is only available through the Rice Admissions office. Contact Katie Chapa at or (802) 862-6521 ext 2246 for more information or to claim tickets.

Spruce Peak Performing Arts

  1. Vitaly: An Evening of Wonders on Friday, November 29, 2019 – 3pm & 7pm. Vitaly blends art and illusion with a captivating style and recently appeared on Penn & Teller’s hit TV show Fool Us where he stumped the hosts with one of his diabolically clever creations. Vitaly is hailed as one of the most unique and innovative illusionists in the world.
  2. Fractured Mythology February 24-28, 2020 a camp for ages 6 to 12. Drawing from several traditions campers will create their own rollicking legend. The week includes theater games, development of acting skills and learning about technical theatre (e.g. singing, dancing). Camp size is limited, so register at or call 802.760.4634 asap