Cougar Chronicle

Ed 13 November 30, 2020

Strengthening Families

All this forced at home time can certainly cause stress, however, it is also an opportunity to strengthen families connections. Here are three ways to positively cope according to The Greater Good Science Center.

Create structure around work and school. Setting up (if possible) quiet spots for students to do their school work and a separate space for you to do your work can help establish boundaries around work/school and home time. If possible, keep work areas somewhere where you can close off the end of your day physically -- whether this means shutting a door or putting items away until the next day. Set an end time for your work/school and stick to it!

Connect to your clan. Use this forced togetherness to really be together. Set up a family night to watch a movie, have families meals without electronics, take a family walk outside to get some vitamin D and exercise. All this together time can be seen as an opportunity to really connect as a family.

Embrace not having somewhere else to be. Take advantage of the extra time you have not having to commute to work or school. You can choose to look at all the events your missing or focus on the positive aspects of being together with not much to do!

If you would like to consider a HOLIDAY GIVING project -- please see below for some ideas to support Bates Families that up ARE UP TO DOING SOMETHING GOOD!


No one likes feeling behind on their work! A tip for helping your student keep caught up is to use the "View Your Work" feature. From the "Classwork tab" in google classroom, students click on "View Your Work" to see all assignments that have been assigned and which work is considered missing.

Check Out the below video on GOOGLE READ AND WRITE!

Read&Write for Google Chrome - A how to guide for students


Bates Students Start Seats and Feets Drive

A group of Bates Students are making a difference in their community. Gemma Love, Kendall Golder, Tanner Crosby, Trevor Price, Grace Feldmann, and Elaine Jeffries wanted to help local children whose families are accessing help through the West Annapolis Pop Up Pantry. They decided to collect underwear and socks for Annapolis kids.

Donations can be dropped off at Michael E Busch Annapolis Library, Hillsmere library, and Eastport Library.

Check out their AMAZON WISH LIST. Financial Donations are being collected through PAYPAL

Questions? Contact

Bates Parent Feeds Everyone!

Bates parent, Monica Alvarado, along with an interfaith group launched Feed Arundel last spring. The agency brings together Annapolis Restaurants and food pantries by providing money to restaurants to make ready-made meals that are delivered by the food pantries.This work has kept our restaurants alive and bellys full! Check out the article in the Capital HERE.

Text FeedAnneArundel to 76278 to donate or if you would prefer, the local pantry is looking for adult and infant diapers, wipes, hygiene products, cleansers, black beans, Masaseca and tortillas. These items can be dropped of at Bread and Butter Kitchen. Questions?, Contact Sarah Daniels-Larson,

Bates Food Pantry

The Bates Food Pantry will be RESTOCKED starting in DECEMBER. Pantry Items will be distributed during LUNCH PICK UP on THURSDAYS.

If you would like to VOLUNTEER to help create bags, contact Amy Beller. If you would like to donate items to the food pantry, check out our WISHLIST (Please keep in mind that the building will be closed over winter break).

Support the PTA through AMAZON SMILE

Are you planning to do some Amazon Shopping this holiday? Shop through Amazon Smile and a percentage of your purchase supports our PTA

When you are shopping on Amazon, use Amazon Smile, and designate Bates as your Charity. Amazon Smile will donate 0.5% of your purchases to the Bates PTA. 1. Go to 2. Sign in toyour Amazon account (If you are new to Amazon, you will need to create an account). 3. Under “Select a Charity”, go to “pick your own”, and type in “Bates Middle School”. 4. Select “Wiley H. Bates Middle School PTA”. 5. You must shop through Amazon Smile *not Amazon* for Bates PTA to receive donations.

The Sharing Foundation

The Sharing Foundation has been supporting Bates Families for many years. In previous years, you may have seen a Toy Bucket for donations in our front lobby. This year the Sharing Foundation is virtual! Please check their website for more information regarding their Virtual Toy Drive!


Let's make this yearbook one to remember! Since Ms. Grimail (yearbook advisor) is unable to be everywhere to take photos of our school year memories, she needs YOUR help! Students, Families and, Parents of Bates Middle School--please, use this google form to submit photos to add to our 2020-2021 yearbook!

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Ms. Grimail via email (

Google Form for Photo Uploads:

Check out the quick resource within the google form on HOW TO TAKE A PORTRAIT for the yearbook! ALL Bates students will need to submit their own portrait to add to the yearbook (must be current & following the guidelines)!

*Information about ordering a yearbook will be coming out soon! Stay tuned to PTA emails, Cougar Chronicle, and ConnectED messages for further information!*

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Math Questions??

Ms. Heath wants to invite you to her office to learn all about the Math Curriculum and how you can access help! Click on the picture below to visit her virtual office then click on “Grade Level” to check out what your student is learning in Math!

In the Community

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Upcoming Food Distributions

· People's Park, 44 Calvert Street Annapolis, MD, every Tuesday in November, 12:00pm -2:00pm

· Asbury United Methodist Church, 87 West St Annapolis MD, has a food giveaway every Wednesday & Friday 9am-11pm

· Heritage Baptist Church, 1740 Forest Drive Annapolis MD, has food giveaway every Tuesday 9:30am-11am (must provide id and proof of residency)

· First Baptist Church of Annapolis, 31 W. Washington Street, gives away pantry bags and restaurant prepared meals every Saturday, 11 am - 1 pm

Delivery and transportation options are available for those unable to pick-up in person. Call Office of Emergency Management at 410-260-2211 to Schedule a Fresh Food Delivery Option.

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Join the PTA!

Make a difference in your child's education by being informed about their school, join the Bates PTA!! Join online, by going to Join the PTA - Bates PTA

Bates Spirit Store is Open (till Dec 6th) - Great Holiday Presents!!

Bates Middle School is excited to offer an online Spirit Store!! You can pick from a variety of clothing options, to include t-shits, flannel pajamas, zip ups, and more. The Spirit Store is open now and will close on Dec 6, 2020. All items will be shipped directly to you house in time to make a nice holiday present. Proceeds will be used to support your PTA.

While we are offering hooded sweatshirts (which are always popular), please remember that no hooded sweatshirts are allowed to be worn at school (even spirit wear) when we open. CLICK HERE TO SHOP!

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Word Part of the Week

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Wiley H. Bates Middle School

Katherine Hicks, Principal

Amy Beller, editor

We are better together!