Dear Monument Valley families,

I hope all is well with your family in this extraordinary time. I want to make sure you have updated information on a regular basis, which for now will be daily. School will be closed for three weeks through April 6, 2020, as per Governor Charlie Baker. There will not be activities for students or families, nor access to school or district buildings, during this time period.

The District will be providing lunch, along with breakfast for the following morning, to students in our district community beginning tomorrow.  These meals will be available to all students who would benefit from the service. Food will be distributed daily from 11:30am-12:30 pm at Monument Valley Regional Middle School, where you will drive up to the front circle to pick up.  If you need this resource and cannot make it to Monument Valley for pick up, we will have other pick up locations – in front of the West Stockbridge Town Hall, behind the Stockbridge Town Hall, in front of the Housie Dome and behind the Great Barrington Fire Department.  Please stay in your car and the meals will be brought to you.

Many of you have already reached out to our Food Service Department and have requested meals for your students.  Please be advised that meal service will be distributed on a daily basis (Monday – Friday) and is restricted to students currently enrolled at BHRSD (1 breakfast & 1 lunch per student per day).   Our meals at this time will be “cold” (ie. PBJ, Deli Sandwiches, or similar food that we feel is safer for transport) to the locations already designated. If you have any questions or concerns please email the Food Service Department at meals@bhrsd.org or contact Kathy Sullivan – Director at (413) 644-2325 or (855)255-8666.  At this time, we are unable to provide meals to adults, but have received significant community interest and many food donations and are working towards being able to provide those foods to you on a weekly (1 time/week) basis, likely on Fridays.

While students are home in the next few weeks they can access (enrichment) resources for learning on each of our school websites.  The work for Monument Valley is at this link:

https://mvrms.bhrsd.org/team-resources/

On the webpage you will find a link to get to your child’s class websites. The websites for each Grade Team and for Exploratory classes have two sections. One is for the “Marching Work” and the other is for “Blizzard Bags” on each site. Each school is providing enrichment activities for students to do so they can stay current on important skills and content.  The activities are aligned to our current curriculum. The work is not for any particular credit, but like a summer reading assignment, the activity will keep students fresh and ready to return to school.  Feel free to supplement with ideas and activities you think are relevant and will be interesting to your child. We have also provided helpful links to other learning resources that might interest students.

We want to make sure that families are safe and secure, and that students have the ability to maintain their education through this situation.  Please reach out to me at ben.doren@bhrsd.org if you have any questions, concerns or want to share information. The more we do this together, the better off we all are.

Thank you,
Ben

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Ben Doren, Principal
Monument Valley Regional Middle School
313 Monument Valley Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230
(413) 644-2300
mvrms.bhrsd.org