W.E.B. Du Bois Regional Middle School

Week at a Glance, News and Notes

11/27/2020-12/4/2020

Note from the Principal:

Dear Du Bois families and students,

Peter Dillon, our district superintendent, just sent a message alerting you that we will be moving most students to a fully remote learning model starting this Monday, November 30, for at least a week.

Below are three links:

  1. An overview of the learning model

  2. The student schedule for each day

  3. Link to the Family Forum I will hold on Saturday at 3 pm.  I will record and share it so folks can access it if you cannot make it online for the forum.

Most students will be remote.  We will continue to bring in a small cadre of students who have demonstrated needs for in-person learning: these are students in the Group A designation.  I will reach out to those families over the weekend to clarify schedules and other details.  Students in Groups B and C will connect remotely through Google Meets, as students have been doing this whole school year for remote Crew sessions and when we were remote at the start of the year.

The big change is that students will now get to attend classes four days a week–Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday–synchronously.  That means a student is engaged in class every synchronous day.  We can do that in a remote model because we can have larger class sizes without health or safety concerns in the Distance Learning model.  Students will be back in their larger learning cohorts: the two groups split across Group B and C synchronous days will now be together in class for all four days.  Wednesdays will remain a full remote and mostly asynchronous learning day.  Students will have a remote Crew check-in.  We also will have designated Office Hour sessions on Wednesdays for students to connect with their teachers with questions or to get help on school work.

Teachers will send out links to Google Meets by Sunday afternoon to use on Monday.  Students will find those links in their school Google Email and Calendar.  Teachers will continue to use the Learning Management System (LMS) to post links and instructions for assignments.  Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have questions about a class.  Reach out to your child’s Crew Leader if you have questions about the grade in general.

Please review the documents I shared below.  Join me for the forum or watch the recording.  As always, please feel free to reach out to me with questions or feedback.

Thank you for your understanding and support as we navigate school in a global pandemic!  Enjoy these days with family.

Ben

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Ben Doren, Principal

W.E.B. Du Bois Regional Middle School

313 Monument Valley Road

Great Barrington, MA 01230

(413) 644-2300

mvrms.bhrsd.org

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Link to Family and Student information on Distance Learning model:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QGERyNTwPV8yBums4yeq1xLtyGSBrq23ZPdK3pUm42Q/edit

Link to Student version of Distance Learning schedule:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1GZSHZIv9iGLHZh2YdhS8e3g1ift3rUZjZeedimmkoW8/edit#gid=1469726958

Link to Family Forum on Saturday at 3 pm:

Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/99130446085?pwd=ZXNleWtBVENaRzVrNlRlREY5cnVEdz09

Meeting ID: 991 3044 6085 Passcode: YZ%aT4

One tap mobile +16465588656,,99130446085#,,,,,,0#,,718553# US (New York)

Ben Doren

Principal

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Monday, Nov. 30

Remote Learning Day:  Group B and C

In-person Learning Day: Group A

Tuesday, Dec. 1

Remote Learning Day:  Group B and C

In-person Learning Day: Group A

Wednesday, Dec. 2

Remote Learning Day for all

Crew check in and Office Hours

Thursday, Dec. 3

Remote Learning Day:  Group B and C

In-person Learning Day: Group A

 Friday, Dec. 4

Remote Learning Day:  Group B and C

In-person Learning Day: Group A

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YEARBOOK Cover Contest

For 8th grade students.  See flyer below.

Scholastic BookFair News

DuBois Middle School will host a virtual Scholastic Book Fair Monday, November 23rd through Sunday, December 13, just in time for holiday shopping OR stocking up on books for winter.  This video shows you how to tour the fair, visit the interactive bookshelves, and shop the entire Scholastic Store of thousands of books.   Enjoy this Scholastic video which previews some exciting new books which are sure to be popular.  Follow this link to our Bookfair homepage.   All purchases will be shipped directly to your homes and benefit our school library.  Please contact our Library Media Specialist, nancy.kane@bhrsd.org if you have any questions.

Ski Butternut Program

Ski Wednesday’s for BHRSD students at Ski Butternut.  See flyer below.

School Calendar

Our 2020-2021 school calendar was recently updated.  You can find it here:  https://www.bhrsd.org/school-calendar-2020-21/

Food Service Distribution Info for holidays

As the holidays approach, we will be making some minor adjustments to our food distribution schedule.

Wednesday, November 25th (day before Thanksgiving) – Modified Schedule – 8 am to 11 am for pick-ups and deliveries.

Wednesday, December 23rd (last day before vacation week) – Modified Schedule – 8 am to 11 am for pick-ups and deliveries.

Lastly, if we should have “winter weather” on a Wednesday and the road conditions are not safe, we would not be able to have pick-ups or deliveries. Thank you for your understanding.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact me directly.  Kathy.sullivan@bhrsd.org (413)644-2325.

Flyers and School Letters

Flyers and School letters are available on our website at this link:  https://mvrms.bhrsd.org/category/families/flyers/

This week’s flyers:

  • Attend BFAIR & UCP Present: Listen to My Actions

  • Yearbook Cover Contest

Recent flyers:

  • BSRCC’S Shining Star flyer for families that need help this Holiday season

Older flyers:

  • Berkshire Museum – 24 hour Pajama Read-a-Thon

  • Ski Wednesday’s at Ski Butternut

  • SC COVID Situation Webinar – Description for Registration Nov 5 2020

  • Family Newsletter from Great Barrington Libraries

  • Ballet, Tap and Hip Hop at BSRCC

  • Holiday Food Service Schedule

  • Ski Butternut Program Proposals

  • Warm the Children Donations

  • STEM Week:  Berkshire Museum

  • Flu Vaccination Clinics

  • Great Barrington Family Resource Center Information

  • Parent Support Group

  • Homework Help

  • Weekly Activities

  • Mindfulness Mondays

  • Babysitter Training @ BSRCC

  • Family Forum Video and Thank You!

  • Health Office letter

  • 5th Grade Family Letter

  • Grade 6 Letter to Families

  • Letter to Grade 6 Parents – Important!

  • Team Green Welcome Letter

  • Team Orange Information Letter

  • Help with P-EBT Card Use

Julie C. Duffin
Principal’s Secretary
W.E.B. Du Bois Regional Middle School
313 Monument Valley Road
Great Barrington, MA  01230
413-644-2300