October Updates for BRIJHS

October 3, 2021

Happy October!

Homecoming week is October 11-15th. It will look a little different this year for BRIJHS, but we will still participate in the dress up days for the week. The daily theme should be announced soon. The parade is at 6 pm on Wednesday, October 13. The football game is Friday, October 15, at 7 pm. We hope to see many fans that night!

Student Council has been making plans for the year and is excited to kick off their fundraiser for the year with Fannie Mae candy. The entire Jr. High is encouraged to sell as the money directly benefits the student body. And they are even more excited to plan the first school dance in a year and a half! All dances are only open to 7th and 8th graders that currently attend BRIJHS. If you would like to chaperone, please contact Andrea Weedman.

Our second annual Read-A-Thon will begin October 18. Students in grades 4-8 will have an opportunity to earn prizes for reading and raise money for PBIS. Thank you to Baum, Heartland Bank, and ADM Grain for being corporate sponsors!

Information will come home soon as to how 4th-6th graders will celebrate Halloween.

On October 18, all students will have presentations aimed at preventing bullying. This is a Tier 1 intervention to help make BRIJHS the best school possible.

Thank you for letting us work with your children every day,

Katie Nichols

Important Dates


4: Girls’ BBallvs. St. Malachy, 5:30 p.m.

5: Girls’ BBall @ Argenta-Oreana, 6 p.m.

Fannie Mae Candy Sales begin

8: Teacher Institute Day-No School

11: Columbus Day-NO SCHOOL

12: Girls’ Basketball @ Lexington, 5:30 p.m.

13: Garden Club, 3:15-4:15

14: Girls’ Basketball vs. Fisher, 5:30 p.m.

15: End of 1st Quarter

Q1 PBIS Reward Day

18: Bullying Prevention Present. for Grades 4-8

Picture Retakes

Girls’ Basketball vs. LeRoy, 5:30 p.m.

Boys’ Basketball Practice Begins

Read-A-Thon begins!

19: Girls’ Basketball @ Deland, 5:30 p.m.

20: BOE Meeting @HS Library, 7:00 p.m.

21: P/T Conferences 3:30pm-6:45 p.m.

Girls’ Bball vs. Corpus Christi, 5:30 p.m.

25: Girls’ Bball @ Ridgeview, 5:30 p.m.

26: P/T Conferences 3:30pm-6:45 p.m.

Girls’ Basketball @ Epiphany, 5:30 p.m.

28: Girls’ Basketball vs. Tri-Valley, 5:30 p.m.

29: Report Cards Go Home

7th and 8th grade DANCE-6-8 pm!

Athletic Information:

Girls' Basketball games are underway and we get to have home fans this year. Come out and support our players! The cost is $3 for adults. Students wearing Blue Ridge wear are on 50 cents. Boosters has the concession stand up and going as well.

Boys' Basketball practice will begin October 18. Students will sign up in PE if they are interested. It is open to 7th-8th graders. If we have openings, 6th graders may be allowed to try out for the team.

We are still hiring!

You may have noticed an increase in Now Hiring signs when you go to your favorite restaurant or shopping center. Schools are also experiencing a shortage of workers.

If you or someone you know is looking for work, we have positions open. As a district, we are currently looking for:

  • Bus Drivers
  • Substitute Bus Drivers
  • Bus Aides
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Substitute Teachers
  • Spanish Teacher

Please contact me if you are interested in applying.

Click the link below to find the lunch menu:

Our Garden Club has been hard at work.

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After School STEM Club for girls

We are partnering with Girl Scouts of Central Illinois to offer several after school programs. The first one is on Thursdays from 9/23-10/14. Girls in 4-5th grade will combine technology with hands-on activities to build rockets, program ozobots, experience virtual reality goggles and more!

The program will last from 3:15-4:15. It is free and we encourage all girls to sign up. Permission slips went home. If you have any questions, you may also email or call Audra Cottrell at acottrell@girlscouts-gsci.org or 217.725.3700.

This is a free program and we have plenty of room! You can also call me if you have questions or want to sign your daughter up.

KOTRT: Knights of the Round Table

On Friday, we had our first KOTRT session of the year. This is a school-wide SEL program that we started in the fall of 2019. Due to COVID, we took a break from it last year.

All of the adults in the building have a small group of students that we meet with for an hour once a month. There are about 2 students from each grade level in each group. This allows for students to get to meet other students, work on specific skills, and get to know staff better as well. In addition, each student has a buddy within the group. An older student is partnered with a younger student for certain activities we do.

Our first session included a circle, a getting to know you activity, and charades. We also named our groups.

Here is a picture of my group!

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The Green Bean Giants!


BRIJHS is a PBIS school. This means that we have a Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports program.

One part of this program is our Certificates of Valor. These are positive behavior referrals. If your child brings one home, we hope that it makes in on the fridge and is celebrated!

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