Viking Family Digest
September 12th, 2023
The Viking sports and clubs are up and running! Volleyball and Cross Country have started to compete with games at home and away. Viking Clubs have also started this week, with some new additions! Be sure to visit our website for a list of clubs and watch the daily news under "daily announcements". An important part of middle school, is trying new opportunities - and our clubs and sports are a great way for our Vikings to do this. We encourage our families to partner with us and talk with your Viking to see how they can get involved!
- 09/11 - 09/22: Fall 2023 FastBridge Assessments
- 09/12: PTO Chipotle Fundraiser
- 09/13: PTO Meeting
- 09/13: District 47 Job Fair
- 09/15: District 47 Job Fair
- 09/18: Be Seen/Be Heard
- 09/19: SOS @ RBMS 7th Grade
- 09/20: Early Release @ 1pm
- 09/21: SOS @ RBMS 8th Grade
- 09/27: Secure and Teach Drill
- 09/29: End Term One
- 10/03: Ukrainian Lunch Bunch
- 10/05: Fall Picture Day Retakes
- 10/06: Year Book Orders Due
- 10/09: Columbus Day - No School
- 10/11: Lockdown Drill
- 10/11: PTO Meeting
- 10/18: Early Release - 1pm
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and next week is National Suicide Prevention Week. As we all know the pandemic has impacted everyone's mental health, especially adolescents. Many citizens have felt isolated and alone during these times. This is why, now more than ever, it is important to be aware of warning signs and ways to help those in need. This article identifies warning signs and actions you can take.
Bernotas students will be taking FastBridge assessments at least 3 times this year. Our first screeners will be taking place on Tuesday, September 12th and Thursday, September 14th. Here are some tips to help your child be successful with showing their full understanding of the content being assessed:
Ensure your child charges their Chromebook the night before testing
Get a healthy and filling meal for dinner the night before and breakfast and lunch the day of testing
Turn off technology early and get a good night’s sleep
Remind your child to do their best so we can best support their learning and meet their needs
Message from our Building Leadership Team
Your Bernotas Leadership Team would like to inform you of our building-wide academic and social-emotional goals. Your student(s) participated in a grade-wide community PBIS kick-off assembly, which focused on maintaining a respectful community. Each grade level has decided to focus on being responsible by being on time and prepared to class. A second goal was also established, waiting your turn to talk in class. Students are recognized by staff when exhibiting these behaviors by receiving Thor Hammers, which they can spend at the THOR Store on Fridays.
In academics, our student(s)’ grade-level teachers will gather to discuss the FastBridge results and create goals to ensure continuing success in all classrooms. When goals are finalized, they will be communicated to you so you can team with your student(s) and teachers.
Dean Deet's: Respect Agreements
One of the tools we use to support students in having a voice is talking circles. Talking circles can be about any topic and give us the opportunity to listen to others with the purpose of understanding. We have been utilizing talking circles recently to create respect agreements.
Respect agreements address behaviors that rules can’t: our pet peeves. In a classroom, most problems are caused by people, students and teachers, unknowingly getting on each other’s nerves. Creating a respect agreement is a collaborative process that requires the input of the group it is intended for. Once created, the respect agreement is a visual reminder of the implicit understandings reached by the class.
Ask your student if they have been involved in a respect agreement talking circle and what they think and feel about the process. They have so many wonderful ideas to share!
Be Seen and Heard Program
In accordance with a state mandate regarding Erin’s Law (Public Act 96-1524), Crystal Lake Elementary District 47 will be teaching the Be Seen and Heard©2.0 curriculum, a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse awareness program for students in grades K-8. Be Seen and Heard©2.0 is an age-appropriate, engaging curriculum created by professional speaker Victor Pacini that focuses on the difference between safe and unsafe touch and the importance of having trusted heroes, someone the child trusts and can turn to for help. To learn more about Erin’s Law or the Be Seen and Heard©2.0 curriculum, visit www.erinslaw.org or www.victorpacini.com. Victor has created an informational video for families regarding his Be Seen and Heard©2.0 curriculum. To view, please go to:
It is important to emphasize that, due to the sensitive nature of this topic, the information associated with this program is presented thoughtfully and varies depending upon a student’s grade level. Bernotas will present this program on Monday, September 18th.
If your child is not in attendance on the day and time of the presentation and we have not received an opt out notice from you, your child will be scheduled for a make-up presentation with a school clinician sometime within a few weeks of the above presentation date. For any questions about the content of the program or Erin’s Law, please contact Dr. Carolyn Stadlman in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment at (815) 788-5036.
Cell Phone Policy
- As a reminder, cell phones and all mobile devices, including smart watches, MUST be TURNED OFF and put away in their locker from 7:40am-2:14pm.
- If your child needs to contact you, please remind them to come to the office and ask for permission. If they follow this expectation, we will happily let them use the phone. If we find that the students are using their phones without permission, we will enforce our school procedures.
- Cell phones and mobile devices can be turned on at the end of the school day (after dismissal bell) and should be used primarily to communicate with parents/friends who are assisting with transportation.
- Cell phones and mobile devices may not be used during transition times or between classes.
- Consequences of cell phone violations can be found here.
TUNE IN to the D47 Podcast!
Join Dr. Kathy Hinz on episode 2 of 'Deep Dive with Dr. Hinz' as she talks with Dawn Dvorak, Head of Youth Services, and Ashlee Tominey, Youth Services Librarian, at the Crystal Lake Public Library! https://bit.ly/D47Podcast
Communication from D155
School Event Safety
At school events, the district is investing in enhanced communication and signage, an app that allows attendees to report concerns at events, and additional security guards at home football games. District 155 will not allow anyone to re-enter school events and no bags, no balls, no outside drinks or food will be allowed (unless for medical purposes). The Crystal Lake and Cary police departments will continue to have a police presence at District 155 home football games. At Crystal Lake Central, middle and elementary school students will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian in order to enter the stadium.
What’s Happening in the LMC?
All ELA classes visited the LMC for a library orientation
Students are allowed to checkout two books for three weeks
Primary + Secondary Source lessons in 7th grade SS classrooms
Paraphrasing and Citation lessons in 8th grade SS classrooms
Small groups and large groups visited the LMC for various learning opportunities and activities (read aloud, extra support, etc.).
Science Fiction books will be our SPOTLIGHT genre!
Golf Club is starting up in September. Please completed the Golf Club Permission Slip. There is a cost of $5.00 per session. Students will ride the school bus to Turnberry Golf Club 9600 Turnberry Trail, Village of Lakewood at 2:15pm. Students will need to coordinate rides home promptly at 3:30pm. Please contact Mr. Krol.
Does your student stay after school for sports or clubs? We offer activity buses. Activity buses run on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. All activity buses leave Bernotas Middle School at 4:15 pm from the front of the building and all drop off times are approximate. Activity Bus Schedules.
Car Pick Ups: If you are picking up your student from a sport or club at 4 pm please be aware of the elementary buses that are loading. If the STOP sign is out and the lights are flashing, do not pass the bus.
- Chipotle Food Fundraiser
- Tuesday, September 12th 4pm-8pm. 5006 Northwest Hwy Ste A, Crystal Lake
- The Bernotas PTO meets on select Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. in the Bernotas Middle School Library. All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend! The 2023-2024 meeting dates are:
- September 13th (Fall Fundraiser)
- October 11th (Conference Dinner Planning)
- March 13th (8th Grade Dance Kick-off Meeting)
- April 10th
- May 8th (Elections/Budget Approval)
No Fuss Fundraiser
If you are interested in joining a committee, or have a question about the PTO, please contact Sarah Kovarik at firstname.lastname@example.org.