Friday Notes

January 14, 2021 - a Thursday Notes



Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

We have all heard, at least in part, his “I Have a Dream” speech, but Dr. King put his words into action. From December 5, 1955, when he led the Montgomery bus boycott, until his tragic assassination on April 4, 1968, Dr. King campaigned passionately for the equal and civil rights of all people, and an end to racial discrimination. In 1994, federal legislation was signed into law declaring a national MLK Day of Service be observed.

On Monday, let us not only recognize why this day is so important, let’s find a way to contribute to Dr. King’s pursuits and other meaningful causes through our deeds. Click here to make a commitment to serve, find volunteer opportunities, and learn more about the MLK Day of Service.

Parking Lot Safety Reminders

If you are picking up at Pre-K, do NOT drive around the cars in line until you reach the circle. Driving on the wrong side of the driveway poses a danger to folks heading up the hill to leave after pick up. This danger will increase as we get more snow and the banks encroach on the driveway.

We recognize the back up of cars sometimes reaches the lights. To mitigate this extreme back up, we remind K-8 pick up drivers to continue to pull forward - past the main doors - even if you see your student or are close to their exterior classroom door. We must keep the flow of cars moving to the best of our collective ability.

Max speed on the hill in both directions is 15 MPH. You should be going much slower than that in the stretch in front of school during pick up time.

Thank you for doing your part to keep things moving safely.

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Is Your Child Safe: Front Seat, Back Seat, Booster Seat

In Vermont, your child must pass both of these milestones:
  1. Be at least 8 years old
  2. Must pass the 5 step booster test below

The 5 Step Booster Test:
  1. Does the child sit all the way back against the vehicle’s seat?
  2. Is the lap belt below the stomach, touching the thighs?
  3. Is the shoulder belt centered on the shoulder and chest? Crossing at the collar bone and not against the neck?
  4. With feet on the floor, do the child's knees bend comfortably at the edge of the vehicle's seat?
  5. Can the child stay seated like this for the whole ride?

If you answer “NO” to any of these questions, your child needs a booster seat in order for the shoulder belt and the lap belt to fit properly and provide the best crash protection.

Vehicle seat and seatbelt configurations vary. Be sure to conduct the 5 step booster test in every vehicle that your child rides in. Your child may need a booster in one car, but not in another. Booster seats must be installed in the rear seat of your vehicle and must be used with the lap and shoulder restraints fitted properly. It is highly recommended that no child under the age of 13 ride in the front passenger side seat.

Check out Vermont's "Be Seat Smart Program" for more information on this topic and so much more!

School Choice: a notice to parents of 8th graders

What is School Choice?

In 2012, a new law was passed allowing Vermont's students to apply to attend any public high school in grades 9-12. Before then, a student could only attend the public school in the region where they lived.

Parents who reside in Morristown and Elmore can expect a letter and application in the mail shortly after Jan. 22, 2021. Your contact is

Parents in all other towns or school districts: Please contact your local public high school for your program contact, information, and application deadline.

Catholic Schools Week is almost here!

Be on the lookout for fun events and themed dress down days, scheduled for February 1 - 5 in next week's Friday Notes!

Coming Up Next

Jan 15 - No School - No ASP - Tuition Plan B payment due

Jan 18 - No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Jan 29 - Enrollment 2021-22 opens for currently enrolled BJAMS families

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