Monument Valley Regional Middle School

Week at a Glance and News and Notes

Note from the Principal:

Spring at the start of the week!  Then Summer to end the week!  The kids are bouncing with energy, and we try to harness their middle school engines as we approach the end of the year.  This was a really productive week with a lot going on: great projects, field trips and time to delve into learning.  We had an evacuation drill today—the students did very well.  Please let me know if you or your child has any concerns about how we do safety planning.  Last week’s Vaping workshop went very well.  We had many parents and guardians join one of the two sessions.  I think there is interest in having more of the information sessions and dialogues.  And a reminder that on Wednesday May 23 we are showing Screenagers at the high school auditorium at 6 pm.  This should be a very informative film and also spark interest in further discussion and learning for families.  Please bring students with you to this film—it is good for all to see.  And a reminder that we have a Parent Advisory Council meeting this Monday, May 7, at 3 pm.  I also rescheduled the morning session for Wednesday, May 16, at 8:15 am.  Please join us to share ideas, ask questions and propose activities that will help our families.

Have a good weekend, get outside, and enjoy the fresh air with your children!

Week at a Glance:

Monthly Lunch Menu:

http://mvrms.bhrsd.org/food/lunch/

 

Monday, May 7

Regular School Day

Tuesday, May 8

Regular School Day

Wednesday, May 9

Regular School Day

Thursday, May 10

Regular School Day

Friday, May 11

Regular School Day

Donate Clothes to help raise money for Charley’s Fund

Have any used or unwanted clothing?  Want to support Charley’s Fund in our fight against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy? Bring your used clothing, outerwear, or footwear to the donation box in the main lobby. Just look for the signature bright green and purple colors! Your donations will be sold in a Clothing sale  on Saturday, May 19th from 9am to 3pm in the field adjacent to the Monument Mtn. Greenhouses. Spread the word and come and shop!  Charley’s Fund – Team Monument thanks you for your support.

Screenagers coming in May!

We are pleased to announce that our school is hosting a showing of the film Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age (https://www.screenagersmovie.com/) next month.  This is a popular film that really help parents and guardians understand the role of devices and social media in your child’s life, and guides you on teenage development and appropriate limits and expectations you can set for your kid.  It has been shown several times in the area, and all over the country, and parents from our Parent Advisory Council thought it would be a great idea to bring it to us.  We will screen the film and then have a Question and Answer session about devices at home and at school.  Please join us if you want to get informed, but also if you want to get connected to other parents working through this with their teenagers.  Also join us if you are getting ready to embark in this teenage journey with your younger kids.  We will also be inviting the elementary and high school families, as well as families from districts around the area.  Many thanks to Ivy Cote, a Monument Valley parent, for leading this initiative and getting the resources together through a Go Fund Me campaign to show the film to the community.  And thanks to Evan Smith, also a Monument Valley Parent, for helping to set up the funding site and creating the poster and promo materials.  This event is happening because several parents chose to follow an idea to fruition—please join our Parent Advisory Council if you have an idea that you think can help the school community.  We hope this film event will be the start of a fruitful conversation around devices, screen time and social media use for our children.  Please share your ideas with me via email, ben.doren@bhrsd.org, or join us at our Parent Advisory Council so we can continue to address what you need and want to discuss.  Our next council meeting is on Monday, May 7 at 3 pm.

What: Screenagers, Growing Up in the Digital Age, a film screening and Q&A

When: Wednesday, May 23 at 6 pm

Where: Monument Mountain Regional High School Auditorium

Who: All families who are interested in seeing this film, as well as folks interested in discussing, getting good answers and sharing ideas

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

 

Big Y Education Express

If you are a Big Y shopper, please go to bigy.com and register for Education Express.  It is a simple way for our school to earn valuable school supplies.  See flyer below for step by step instructions.  https://www.bigy.com/

 

IMPORTANT DATES:

Thurs. 5/17                         Orchestra Concert                           7pm

Fri. 5/18                                Half Day of School                            11:30 Dismissal

Wed. 5/23                           Screenagers @MMRHS                 6pm

Thurs. 5/24                         Chorus Concert                                 7pm

Mon. 5/28                           No School-Memorial Day

Wed. 5/30-Fri. 6/1           Grade 8 trip to Washington DC

Wed. 6/6                             Band Concert                                     7pm

Fri. 6/8                                  Dress Up Dance Gr 6-8                   6:30-8:30

Tues. 6/19                           8th Grade Graduation                     6:30

Wed. 6/20                           Last Day of School—1/2 Day        11:30 Dismissal

 

Flyers:

Flyers are available on our website at this link: http://mvrms.bhrsd.org/category/families/flyers/

This week’s flyers:

Last week’s flyers:

  • GB Reads
  • Snappers Swim Information
  • Berkshire South Swimming and Gymnastics
  • Berkshire Soccer School

2 weeks ago:

  • 50th Walk for Hunger Information
  • Screenagers

Older Flyers:

  • Blue Rider Stables’ February Break Program
  • Upcoming Programs at BSRCC
  • Relevance and Rigor~Meeting the Needs of Our Students in the 21st Century-Dr. Bill Daggett
  • Hancock Shaker Village:  Baby Animals on the Farm
  • Simon’s Rock Summer Youth Programs
  • River Walk March for Science and Call for Student Presenters
  • Camp Hi-Rock:  Info Session Flier & Teen Leadership
  • Camp Hi-Rock:  Teen Leadership Backpacking & Rock Climbing Trips Flier
  • Spring Baseball Clinics
  • Cradles to Crayons:  Donation Guidelines
  • Camp Hi-Rock: Local Info Session
  • Camp Hi-Rock: Backpacking & Rock Climbing Leadership Development Trips
  • Girl Scout Camp Flyers
  • Girls Afterschool Volleyball
  • Great Barrington Girls Softball Registration
  • Free Tax Prep
  • Boys Lacrosse:  Gr 5/6 & 7/8 @ BCD
  • Lee Youth Lacrosse
  • Great Barrington Little League registration
  • Red Cross Swim Lessons/Adapted Swim @BSRCC
  • Camp Hi-Rock
  • Spotlight on the Arts
  • Babysitting Course
  • Eighth grade Washington DC Trip Calendar fundraiser
  • Blue Rider Stables Winter Spring After School Flyer
  • Vacation Week/ Family Friendly Exhibition Norman Rockwell Museum
  • BSRCC Crafternoons
  • BSRCC Survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AAdaycamp
  • Big Y’s Education Express
  • Berkshire Lingua Summer Language Program
  • The Flu:  A Guide For Parents
  • BHYSC Spring Travel Soccer
  • Girls on The Run
  • MVRMS Yearbook Order Form

Debra Spence

Guidance Support, Power School Data Coordinator & Attendance

Monumnet Valley Regional Middle School

313 Monumnet Valley Road

Great Barrington, MA 01230

PH: 413-644-2300 x3301