Barbara R. Morgan Elementary School

September 2019 Family Newsletter

September Calendar of Events:


  • Sept. 2: No School, Labor Day
  • Sept. 12 : Individual Picture Day {Watch for ordering packets to come home or order online via code on our webpage}
  • Sept. 20: Bike to School Day - Meet at the Post Office at 7:40 AM {Volunteer Sign Up below}
  • Sept. 20: Tortoise & the Hare Fundraiser (Walk/Jog-a-thon) @ PLMS Track {see times & Sign Up below}
  • Sept. 27: MDHS Homecoming Parade travels through our BRMES parking lot around 1:55 PM
  • Oct. 4: No School {Teacher Training Day}

Welcome to the 2019-20 School Year

What a great first week of school we had!


Thank you for helping with all the details of getting your child(ren) ready for this time of the year. If you didn't make it to the school for our Open House night to set up your child's lunch account, register for busing, meet the teacher or staff, or need anything else, please call or stop by. You can keep track of school information from our website and calendar (found on the website which can sync to a smart phone, if you choose) as well as utilizing the Powerschool app.


Please help me welcoming our 75 Kindergarten students, 30 new students in grades 1-5 and quite a few new staff members at BRMES this year. Our enrollment is currently 419 students.


We are committed to making this a great year!


Mrs. Berg, Principal

Arrival / Drop Off Information:

7:45-8:05: DROP OFF TIMES {Please drop students off after 7:45 AM. Students will be directed to the playground or cafeteria until 8:05.} Parents are welcome to stay with your child(ren) until the 8:05 bell.

8:05: 1st BELL & Classrooms Open

8:10: SCHOOL BEGINS BELL

8:15: TARDY BELL


ABSENCES: Please call {634-2219} or email (dgeibel@mdsd.org) if your child(ren) will be absent. Automated calls will go out to all unverified absences, shortly after attendance for the safety/accountability of all students.

DISMISSAL PROCESS:

3:00: SCHOOL ENDS/BELL RINGS


Students are directed to go home the way the classroom teacher has on file, unless they have a note from the parent/or office for that day. If you need to send a message to your child with a change of dismissal plans; calls should be made to the school by 2:30 to give us enough time to deliver the message. It does count against your child's attendance if they are checked out before 3:00.


Here are the six dismissal options:


1. Buses: Students walk directly to buses to load at 3:00. Buses strive to leave BRMES campus quickly to load at PLMS at 3:05. Students need to be registered through Harlow's to ride the bus. We have registration forms at the school or you can contact Harlow's.

2. Woodlands Neighborhood: These students are dismissed to walk/bike home through the north doors at 3:00.

4. Pick Up Students: These students are dismissed out the front/main doors at 3:00. All students will be directed to the west side of the front doors to wait for their adult or vehicle from the grassy area. Students must stay back, away from the traffic. Two crosswalks/guards are available to safely cross students with his/her adult(s) once you are ready. If you choose to stay in your vehicle, in the loading zone, please do not leave your vehicle unattended and simply pull forward as soon as space allows. We load up to 6 cars at a time who are passed the crosswalks, on the curb side of vehicles from our new loading zone area.

5. PLMS/Fox Ridge Neighborhood/Walking/Biking Students: These students will be permitted to walk/bike towards PLMS as soon as they are ready as long as they give right away to the buses.

6. PLCA {After School Program} for registered students, in the cafeteria.


Safety is our number one priority! We ask for your patience and heightened awareness (and no cell phones) during arrival and dismissal times.

Powerschool Help?

Powerschool is an excellent tool for parents to keep track of their child's daily schedule, attendance, and grades. Download the Powerschool app to get started. If you had it installed from last year; try to log out and re-login to get connected to the 2019-20 information. Call us if you are needing further assistance @ 634-2219.

Substitutes Needed

If you are interested in being a substitute teacher/staff member, we invite you to complete an application online at our district website (www.mdsd.org). We are always looking for substitutes in all areas:
  • Caferteria/kitchen
  • Classrooms
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Custodial
  • and more!

Outside Playground Volunteers Needed

If you love to chat and play with kids and can give up 30-45 minutes per week (or month), consider signing up as a Playground Activity Leader (PAL). Shifts are anytime from 11:30-1:00. You simply tell us your ideal time block while our students are outside to come play, walk, talk, and make every child feel included! Use this online link to submit your information electronically OR print the information from our website and bring in the registration form. Our kids need PALs! Tell anyone you know looking for a volunteer opportunity!
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2019-20 PTA Officers & Committee Leaders:

President: Beckie Wayne

Vice-President: Chelsey Lazenby

Secretary: Janell Hodsdon

Treasurer: Kim-e Weller

Newsletter: Holly Recher

Box Tops: Dana Snyder, Brooke Caldwell, Debbie Newstadt, Stacie Hetinga, and Jen Gray

Grant Review Team: Rich Prittie, Nish Weiseth, Amanda Tyler, Angela Butti, and Debbie Newstadt

Bike to School Day

Join us on Friday, September 20th for our annual fall Bike to School Day. Students are invited to meet at the post office at 7:40 A.M. with your bike and helmet to ride to school with Mrs. Berg and other staff members. Parents are welcome to ride along or volunteer as safety monitors along the route. Students will learn the "safe route" to bike to school.


Volunteers are needed. Please sign up here!

Tortoise & the Hare Jog/Walk-a-Thon Fundraiser

This event is scheduled for Friday, September 20th. Each grade level will participate on the PLMS track during a specific 30 minute block of time. Parents/young siblings are welcome to join in the fun too! Sign Up here!


10:00-10:30: Grade 5

10:30-11:00: Grade 1

11:00-11:30: Grade 4

12:30-1:00: Kindergarten

1:00-1:30: Grade 3

1:30-2:00: Grade 2


This is our one and only fundraiser for Barbara Morgan students all year! Students will be coming home with a pledge sheet/directions this week. You simply ask a few family or friends if they will 'sponsor' your child. Each student then participates for 30 minutes on the track during the Sept. 20th Tortoise & the Hare event to fullfill their pledge. {ie. Grandma will donate/pledge $1.00 per lap or just give $5.00 total for doing it.} Sponsors can turn in money to your child right away if they just give a flat fee or they can pay once they know how many laps your child completes during the event. Checks are to be written to BRMES PTA. All money and pledge sheets will be due to classroom teachers/school office no later than Tuesday, October 1st.

PTA Meetings 2019-20

Everyone welcome!


1st Quarter: Thursday, August 29th @ 8:15 AM

2nd Quarter: Wednesday, October 30th @ 8:15 AM

3rd Quarter: Thursday, January 30th @ TBD

4th Quarter: Thursday, April 9th @ TBD

Box Top Information

For over 20 years, Box Tops for Education has given families an easy way to earn cash for their school with products they already buy. 10 cents is earned per box top turned in. The next generation of collecting Box Tops has arrived, with the advent of a user friendly app! Download the new phone app today. https://www.boxtops4education.com/


Parents who can't or don't want to download the phone app can drop off their cut box tops so they can be digitally scanned in. Cut Box Tops are only valid for 15 days after purchase. So make sure to get those in ASAP to our school (teachers will help get them to the PTA mailbox).

Interested in Joining the PTA by November 1st ($15.00)?

Join Today (online or use the form below)
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PTA Facebook page

Click on the link above to visit the BRMES Facebook page. It includes school events and photos throughout the year and allows you to meet other BRMES families.

Harlow's Bus Service

Click here for more information on bus routes or how to contact Harlow's.

Valerie Berg, Principal

Barbara R. Morgan Elementary School

McCall Donnelly School District


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