Friday Notes

April 29, 2022

Uniform Swap Tomorrow

Saturday, April 30 from 10:00am-12:00pm

Bring gently used, like-new condition uniform pieces to swap. Remember these items will be worn, as new, by other students. Please launder all items beforehand, and cull any stained, painted, or ripped clothes. Don't have anything to swap? That's okay, it's a uniform take as well!

If you are not able to attend, you may drop acceptable items, bagged at the front of the school today or this evening. They will remain there until the start of the swap tomorrow morning.

Spring Concerts were a Hit!

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Countdown to BASH: Sponsor Spotlight!

SILVER SPONSOR - Stowe CPAs - Justin Wicks (Madame Wicks, French and Harry, Kindergarten) can help you by developing and analyzing your data, allowing you to make well-informed decisions. Uncertainty is not fun, and Justin's goal is to provide you with the information necessary to alleviate financial uncertainties, working with you throughout the year to help build projections, tax estimates, financial analysis, and to keep you compliant with tax preparation services. As an entrepreneur, Justin understands the unique challenges of running a business; the aim is to share that knowledge and experience with you in order for success to be a reality for everyone.

SILVER SPONSOR - Manufacturing Solutions Inc (MSI) - Bethany Salvas (BJAMS alumni parent) provides custom solutions engineered for your unique manufacturing needs so your business can focus on sales, marketing, product improvement, and new product development. MSI can partner with you to transform your product ideas into reality, and components into high-quality products, delivered directly to the end user. Ready to scale your business? Contact Bethany at MSI today!

SILVER SPONSOR - SustainableVT - Eric Bornemann (Fischer, 2nd and Sawyer, 4th) provides a variety of solar services from design to installation. His goal is to educate his customers on solar technology, performance, and financing so you can be sure that you are making sound economic investments. Customized Do It Yourself (DIY) Packages are also available. If you have ever thought of looking into solar, or have in the past but found it was too expensive, give SustainableVT a call!

Summer Tutor Available

Mallory Jones, a BJAMS alumna and local teacher, is offering tutoring services for all ages and in all subjects this summer. She starts her 6 week session on June 20 with a range of days and times available.

Don't delay! Contact Mallory now to reserve your student's spot by phone 802-730-4639 or email

BJAMS Volunteer Work Day

Our friend, Ed Olsen, will be leading the second volunteer work day of the year on Saturday, May 14 from 8:00am-12:00pm.

If you missed the last work day, or if you just can't get enough, please join in to spruce up our school grounds for spring!

Staffing Changes for 2022-2023


Beth Piper (K): Mrs. Piper retired from BJAMS in 2020, but came back for the 2021-2022 school year. We are so thankful for this extra year with her!

Crystal Greene (2): Miss Greene has served our second graders for the last five years! She will be taking a leave of absence for the 2022-2023 school year.

Brian Buczek (PE): Coach Bu has been our PE teacher and athletic director for seven years; he will depart to dedicate more time to his businesses. He promised to join our sub list, though!

Regina Shinners (Upper School ELA/History): Mrs. Shinners has been part of the upper school team for 11 years. We will miss her humor and passion for the humanities.

Tese Ziminsky (Kitchen assistant): Mrs. Z has been part of our school community for 14 years! She will be delivering her daughter Maddy (BJAMS '18, SHS '22) to college in Georgia in the fall and promised to join our sub list!

Michelle Tomlinson (ASP Director): Michelle is leaving the ASP position, but will remain as our Development Assistant. Michelle has served ASP for two years and has done a remarkable job redesigning the program.

Kelly MacMartin (ELA/Math Interventionist): Mrs. Mac is moving to Morocco! She and her family will be living abroad next year, but she promises to check in when they return!


Cindy Nutter (Upper School Math): Mrs. Nutter is returning to BJAMS for 2022-2023 school year! We can't wait to welcome her back!

Kindergarten, Second Grade, PE, Upper School ELA/History, Kitchen Asst, ASP Director, Interventionist: Interviews are underway! We will provide updates as we get contracts signed!

Little LAX'ers Tomorrow

Saturday, April 30

  • K-2 coed from 2-3pm
  • 3/4 girls from 3-4pm

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Claussen's Plant Order Reminder

Order forms and payment are due by Wednesday, May 11. Return to Mrs. Morrison in the front office (K-8) or drop off in the labeled bin in the Pre-K wing.

Last Day of School

We anticipate our last day of school for the 2021-2022 school year will be June 8 (1/2 day).

ASP Corner

Remember to register for the month of May!

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Pre-K students have started to hand sew their own emoji pillows!
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Come explore the world of fabric arts in this fun-filled course! Over the course of four classes, students will explore wool processing, wet felting, fabric dying, and more. Students will learn the techniques of each craft as they discover and develop their own creativity through enriching projects. This is the perfect opportunity to get a little messy while learning more about the rich traditions of fiber arts!

Rachel Lemay (Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Dance Education from NVU-Johnson in 2019) will be leading this series. Rachel is passionate about reaching every student in her classroom and making sure that all have the freedom to access their own creative expression through the arts. Most recently, Rachel was a long term substitute Art teacher at HPES. When not working, she enjoys being active outdoors and of course, making art!

Community News

Spring Meet & Greet at Rice

What: Rice Spring Meet & Greet

Where: Rice Memorial High School, 99 Proctor Ave, So. Burlington

When: Thursday, May 12 from 5:30-6:30pm.

Mix and mingle with other incoming students and families and meet faculty and staff at Rice's mini open house. Hear from a current student, parent, and the school principal. Learn more about Rice's outstanding academic programs, athletics, and student life in a no-pressure setting. There will be games and entertainment set up for students too. Parents of rising 8th graders and high schoolers are encouraged to attend.

Please RSVP by 5/9 by contacting Stacy Bessette: or visiting:

Raise the Woof!

It's time to let your talent shine for North Country Animal League!

Enter NCAL's Raise The Woof talent show for your chance to win a $1,000 GRAND PRIZE (2nd prize: $500, 3rd prize: $250), all the while helping homeless animals! Your special talent can be just you, a group act, and may even include your pet! To participate or learn more, visit the Raise the Woof webpage.

Learn about NCAL's summer camps, volunteer opportunities, scholarships and pet adoption program HERE>>.

Coming Up Next

May 11 - Plant Fundraiser Order Deadline

May 14 - Volunteer Work Day

May 17 - Step Up Day for students

June 7 - Awards ceremony, times TBD

Event Series:

May 20 - Gr 7/8 Social Club, 6 pm - 8 pm

June 3 - Gr 5/6 Social Club, 6 pm - 8 pm

June 6 - Gr 7/8 Coffee House, 6 pm - 8 pm

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