July Edition

July 30, 2021

Uniform Swap Scheduled - Mark Your Calendars!

Where: BJAMS outdoors at the main entrance

When: Saturday, August 7

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This is a great opportunity to score gently used uniform items - free of charge! Please feel free to take what your child needs and leave what they have outgrown (washed & folded) for others.

PK and K Reminders and News

The PK and K Social

Come by, meet the teachers, families, and students who will be in our PK-3, PK-4, and K classes this year. The PK and K Social is on Monday, August 16 from 4 pm-5pm* and will be held outdoors on the school playground.

*If it's rainy, we will need to cancel the event.

Adapted Schedule for the First Week of School


Monday, August 30: Full class* - Early Dismissal @ 12:30 PM

Tuesday, August 31: Full class* - Early Dismissal @ 12:30 PM

Wednesday, September 1: Full class* - Early Dismissal @ 12:30 PM

Thursday, September 2: Full class* - Regular Dismissal @ 3:00 PM

Friday, September 3: No School

*We will notify PK-3 families by August 10 if we need to split the class the first week.


Monday, August 30: First Half of the Class* - Early Dismissal @ 12:45 PM

Tuesday, August 31: Second Half of the Class* - Early Dismissal @ 12:45 PM

Wednesday, September 1: Full Class - Early Dismissal @12:45 PM

Thursday, September 2: Full Class - Regular Dismissal @ 3:00 PM

Friday, September 3: No School

* See Mrs. Nichols & Mrs. Brown's First Week of School Schedule Letter to review which 1/2 day your student will be attending.


Monday, August 30 & Tuesday, August 31: First Half of the Class* - Regular Dismissal @ 3:00 PM

Wednesday, September 1 & Thursday, September 2: Second Half of the Class* - Regular Dismissal @ 3:00 PM

Friday, September 3: No School

* See Mrs. Piper's Summer Letter to review which days your student will be attending.

The Pre-K Playground Has a Fence!

Thank you to our outstanding volunteers, led by Michelle Hines-Tomlinson and Ed Olsen!

Health and Safety Protocols

While we are excited and encouraged by the progress Vermont has made with regard to the pandemic, we know that there will be some guidance issued by the Agency of Education and the Vermont Department of Health to keep Vermont students and teachers safe and healthy as we enter the fall.

At the time of this publication, we have not received guidance relative to masks. Once we have this information, we will share that with all of you, via email.

Last year, we had an efficient drop-off and pick-up procedure, as we were not able to welcome families into the building. Along with the mask guidance, we expect to receive guidance regarding visitors in the building, which will impact how you drop-off and pick-up your student(s). Once we have this information, we will share the drop-off and pick-up procedures with you, via email.

We anticipate that our students will be able to eat and socialize during their designated lunchtimes! Here is the schedule your student(s) will likely follow:

  • 11:20: PK-3, PK-4, and K will enjoy lunch in the Early Childhood Wing
  • 11:30: Grades 1-4 will enjoy lunch in the multi-purpose room
  • 12:05: Grades 5-8 will enjoy lunch in the multi-purpose room

Summer Open House!

Do you have a friend interested in enrolling their child at BJAMS? Tell them about our upcoming Summer Open House on August 3rd at 9:30am.

They may register for the event here.

Don't forget! We offer a $250 tuition referral discount if a new family names you as their referring family when they apply. This credit is applied to your 2021-22 tuition in December after the family completes their first trimester.

New Family Orientation

Mrs. Nordenson will host a New Family Orientation on August 16th at 3pm just before the K and PK social. All new families enrolled in PK - 8th grade are invited to attend. This is an opportunity for new families to tour the school and to ask questions about the upcoming school year.

Soccer Update

We are anxiously awaiting the athletics update from the Agency of Education and Vermont Department of Health regarding sports guidance for the fall. To assist with our planning process, here is a preliminary update with where we are with regard to fall soccer.

  • We are hoping to gather some preliminary numbers for our teams. Please take a moment to complete this form to let us know if your student in grades 1-8 is interested in playing this fall.

  • We are seeking coaches for our 3/4 and 5/6 co-ed teams. Ideally, practices will happen after school, one or two days per week with games typically on Saturdays. If you're interested, pleases reach out to Coach Bu at bbuczek@bjams.org.

  • We would like to hold our first training(s) the first week of school. We will confirm a training schedule once we have a bit more information regarding coaching, player interest, and state guidance.

Upper School Math Update

We are pleased to welcome Mr. Joshua Hunt to the BJAMS teaching faculty! Josh is a native of Barton, Vermont and currently resides in Burlington. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Northern Vermont University and joins us with four years of teaching experience, including teaching middle school math and high school biology. Please join us in welcoming Josh to the BJAMS family!

A Letter from the PTO and Development Teams

Click on the file below to read the letter. Lots more information can be found on our PTO homepage.

BJAMS Apparel

The BJAMS online apparel store will be open for business August 1-10. This may be the only time this year that the store will be open. Place your order here: BJAMS Online Apparel Store.

We anticipate orders will be received at the school in the first week of September. Stay tuned for pick up details!

Attention Parishioners of Blessed Sacrament Parish

There will be a mandatory meeting on Thursday, August 19 at 4pm for registered, Blessed Sacrament parish families, seeking tuition assistance for their child(ren) enrolled at BJAMS and/or Rice. Please RSVP to the Blessed Sacrament parish office.

Questions? Please reach out to Fr. Jon Schnobrich.

Food Service and Meals Program Info

How to sign up for Breakfast and Lunch

We ask that all families sign up for breakfast and lunch in advance to ensure adequate ordering and preparation.

Click here to learn how to sign up for breakfast and lunch.

After School Program

Don't forget: pre-registration is required this coming year for partcipation in our After School Program.

Click here for ASP registration forms.

Click here for the ASP Family Handbook.

Summer Letters & Assignments

We know that students are in 'summer mode' - and we encourage students to enjoy their break! Just don't forget about summer assignments! Be sure to go to our website at bjams.org > current families > summer letters & assignments 2021. There you will find letters from teachers to parents and students as well as summer assignments.

General information plus meeting schedule, agendas, and updated minutes