Kickemuit Middle School

Husky Highlights: Monday, April 13, 2020

Hello KMS Families!

On to Week 4!! Hope you all had a great weekend!

Reminders:


ASPEN Access:


  • If you need to gain access to your ASPEN and have forgotten your login info or you cant see certain info then please email IT @ portal@bwrsd.org.


Broken Device? Email BWRSDTech@bwrsd.org.


Student Attendance:

**A Robo call will go out daily if your student is marked absent in our system- meaning they missed their homeroom check in!

  • DAILY: It is CRUCIAL that your child submits their attendance first thing -by 9AM so they can also then get right to their first class (and then not forget to do it later). If they do not check in they will be marked absent.
  • Going to be ABSENT? If your student is going to be absent, please call the Attendance office: 245-2010 ext 1
  • If your child has consecutive absences with no communication to our office staff then you will receive a check in call from our office staff. Phone calls will come in from a restricted phone number.


Also, please check your contact information in Aspen, phone number and email address, please email either Tammy.borges@bwrsd.org or Melissa.benevides@bwrsd.org if you need that information updated.


We are available to answer any questions that may arise during this time, please feel free to email us!


Thank you,


Your KMS Administration & Support Staff Team


Dr. Rosemary Burns | Grade 8 Administrator ~P: 401.580.5502 E: Rosemary.burns@bwrsd.org

Mr. David Patota | Grade 7 Administrator ~ E: David.patota@bwrsd.org

Mrs. Michelle Clifford | Grade 6 Administrator ~ E: Michelle.clifford@bwrsd.org

Mr. Frank DeVall Jr. | Dean of Students ~ E: frank.devall@bwrsd.org


Mrs. Tammy Borges | Principal's Secretary ~ Tammy.borges@bwrsd.org

Mrs. Donna Cruz | Attendance Secretary ~ Donna.cruz@bwrsd.org

Ms. Melissa Benevides | Front Office Secretary ~ Melissa.benevides@bwrsd.org

Mrs. Bethanie Maduro-Antonio | Guidance Secretary ~ Bethanie.antonio@bwrsd.org

Message from Dr. Burns!

Dear Families and Students,


This week, April 13- April 16 is a shortened school week because Governor Riamondo has determined that Friday, April 17 will be a school Pause Day. Here is this weeks schedule:

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The last day of Quarter 3 is on Thursday, April 16 and Report Cards will be available to families and students via Aspen on Friday, April 24. Families and students should review Aspen in addition to their Google Classrooms to check to make sure assignments are submitted. If you are unsure or have any questions, please contact your teacher(s).


We are keeping close tabs on student attendance. Please contact the Attendance Office if your child is too ill to "come to school". 401.245.2010, ext 1. We will be calling homes of all students who are unaccounted for, and your call will be greatly appreciated.


The weather is beginning to warm up, and on those days without April showers I'm sure students will be anxious to get outside. I know I will be! Please remember the strict rules about maintaining social distancing.


We love you all!


Be safe, be well,

Rosemary (Dr. Burns)


Be RESPECTFUL, Be RESPONSIBLE, Be READY TO LEARN

BE RELENTLESS

SurveyWorks window has been extended!! We want your opinions!

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Looking for the latest BWRSD Community Updates??

4.8.2020 BWRSD Correspondence https://www.smore.com/ybz0t

Click Here!

NO Classes this Friday, April 17th!

BWRSD will be adopting a modified school calendar following the request of Governor Raimondo to have consistency throughout the state. Friday, April 17, 2020, will be strategic pause days for staff. There will be no distance learning instruction on this days. Staff will use those days to work with colleagues.


BWRSD Community Update 3/31/20

Report Cards

Middle and High School Report Cards

Quarter 3 Grading Period Ends - April 16

Report Cards Available to Families - April 24


We will be distributing report cards to families electronically via the Aspen Parent Portal. If you have not yet accessed the Aspen Parent Portal, you should have received an email message today, with your credentials and directions for access to the Parent Portal from the following email address: aspen-sysadmin@myfollett.com. Please make sure to check your SPAM folders if you do not receive it.


Attention AOL users: AOL does not accept messages from aspen-sysadmin@myfollett.com. Please consider using an alternate email address for school communications. Please contact your child's school to make contact changes.


Please email portal@bwrsd.org for assistance if there are any issues with accessing the Parent Portal account.

Next Academic year 2020-2021: Incoming 6th Grade Band & Chorus sign ups!

Do you have a 5th Grader at home that is interested in joining the KMS Band or Chorus in the Fall? If so, please watch this video below and fill out the google form below it!
KMS Music Department - Be A Part of Something Special
KMS 6th Grade Band, Chorus and Music Course Selection

This form is for incoming 6th graders (currently 5th graders)

Curl up with a good book

April Reading Challenge:

https://www3.ride.ri.gov/ReadingChallenge

Governor Raimondo has asked students to read every single day in the month of April! "It will be good for the mind, good for the soul," she said.

KMS students have access to eBooks and Audiobooks through Destiny Discover: follow this link http://guides.rilinkschools.org/kms/ebooksandaudiobooks or

Reading and Borrowing KMS Library eBooks and Audiobooks How-To Guide


Any KMS staff member who would like access can email our librarian, Ms. Galipeau, and she will make you a username and password in order for them to login to Destiny Discover to read online and/or borrow eBooks and Audiobooks.


Need a recommendation?

For all Grades 6-8 Students: The 2020 Rhode Island Middle School Book Award Project: http://guides.rilinkschools.org/kms/2020RIMSBA

All students who have read at least three books can vote for their favorite book. The last day to vote is April 30, 2020.


For all Grades 6-8 Students: KMS Library Reading Resources, including eBooks/Audiobooks/Animated books in languages other than English from The Global Storybooks Portal and The Spanish Experiment: http://guides.rilinkschools.org/kms/reading


For Grade 6 Students - Kids Reading Across Rhode Island: https://ribook.org/krari/


Any Questions? Need extra support? Please email our Librarian, Ms. Galipeau at nicole.galipeau@bwrsd.org

Chromebook running slow?? Don't forget to refresh your chromebooks!

Push down the refresh key and then, while holding down the refresh key, tap the power button. This allows your device to process updates and load screens faster!
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BWRSD Online Tech Support for Families

Please continue to email BWRSDTech@BWRSD.org for support during this time of Distance Learning. The email account is accessible 24 hours per day, and you can expect a response within 1 school day. The most common issue for not being able to access apps such as STEMscopes is that they may not be going in through CLEVER or that families need to have students login to the Chrome browser with their BWRSD credentials. Here are directions.


If you have a broken device please email BWRSDTech@bwrsd.org.

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Google Communications

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Bristol Warren Regional School District uses Google Apps for Education (GAFE). Please ensure the device your student is using has Chrome dowloaded as the browser, it will be helpful when having to access anything related to school. All Chromebooks have Chrome as its browser.


Please check in with your child(ren) and ensure they understand the apps below- they can be found in the waffle icon located at the top right corner of the google main page.

Google Classroom

This is where all your child's classes will be. Their teachers will use this to post lessons and assignments.

Google Calendar

Students can use this calendar to see teacher invites to google meetings

Google Mail ~ GMAIL

Please ensure your child is checking their school emails DAILY. This is where important information will be sent out from staff.

Google Hangout ~ Google Meet ~ Google Chat

Google Hangouts houses both Google Meets & Google Chats


Google Meets are video chats with a group


Google Chats is a chat room (no video)


Google Drive

Google Drive is where all Google Docs & Google Sheets should be saved. They should save them to the drive instead of the device itself just in case they need to switch out their device for any reason during distance learning.

Google Sheets, Google Docs & Google Forms

Google Sheets can be compared to Excel (just has a different layout and capabilities). Same with Google Docs that is comparable to Word. Google forms can be used to take surveys, give a quiz, etc. Google Slides is similar to Powerpoint- it can be uses to make slide shows with information, videos and pictures.

2020 Yearbook!

Message from the Yearbook editor!!

Some way somehow we are still going to make this a GREAT yearbook, but we NEED your help! We need photos, lots of photos, your child playing KMS sports, photos they may have taken in school, any photos you have for this year. Photos of our kids doing distant learning,at home.

Teachers, parents- any photos from this year. Please email them to us as at kmsparentsgroup@gmail.com

Also yearbook sales have been extended to April 24th!! Please contact me with any questions or concerns!!!


www. YBPAY.LIFETOUCH.COM

CODE 1588020


Lindsay Ayers - 717-873-1232

KMS yearbook editor!!

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Important Info from Nurse Welchman

April 2020


From The KMS Nurse


Dear KMS Students, Parents, Guardians,


I want to check in and let our KMS family know that I am thinking of you everyday during this challenging time.


If you need anything, have any questions or concerns please reach out to me. (CONTACT INFO BELOW)


Although we may feel stressed or anxious at times, there are some things we can do to help ourselves deal with this.

  1. Try and maintain a routine and create a schedule for yourself.

  2. Schedule at the same time daily the time you: wake, eat, learn/study, exercise, spend time with family, watch TV, go outdoors, and bedtime. This actually helps us stay focused, feel better and decrease anxiety.

  3. Limit TV time and online/social media time and know that some information online and on social media may be inaccurate and cause anxiety

  4. Talk about your feelings with your family at home and share any thoughts you have.

  5. Know that our state and health officials are encouraging us to practice social distancing and stay home to keep us safe and well.

  6. Share any new information with me, your Team, teacher, guidance counselor, administrator anytime.


I hope you are all enjoying remote learning and finding the positives.


Although this new way of learning remotely has its challenges, it also has its benefits.

  1. Not having to wake up so early

  2. Eating meals on your own schedule.

  3. Not having to worry about what you are wearing, how your hair looks and about that new pimple that just appeared on your face this morning.

  4. Shorter school day

  5. Going outside whenever you want….when it’s not raining. Seems like we have had more rain lately.

  6. Studying from the comforts of your own bed, couch etc

  7. Freedom to use the bathroom without a PASS

  8. Freedom to walk around without a PASS

  9. Not having to rush through the halls and worry if you will be late to class.

  10. Still being able to stay connected and in touch with friends and KMS staff online


Erin Welchman M.Ed, BSN, RN, RICSNT

Kickemuit Middle School

525 Child Street

Warren, RI 02885

Tel. 401-245-2010 Ext 2009

Fax. 401-254-5960

email: erin.welchman@bwrsd.org


PLEASE Like the Bristol Warren Regional School Nurses @ Bristol Warren School Nurses

https://www.facebook.com/bwnurses/

Earth Day~ April 22, 2020

Please consider participating even if it is just in your neighborhood!
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Kickemuit Middle School

Be Respectful..

Be Responsible..

Be Ready to Learn..

Be Relentless!

#partofthepack