W.E.B. Du Bois Regional Middle School

Week at a Glance, News and Notes

12/4/2020-12/11/2020

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 continuing with most students on a fully remote learning model through next week at the middle school.

We started the week remotely for all students based on the district shift for the middle and high school.  Though we are all connecting remotely, and we miss the kids in person, this Distance Learning model does offer a four day a week synchronous class schedule: kids are in classes all week because we can have larger groupings for classes.  The students are sharing that they like having the larger groups as a change from their smaller cohorts.

The district will make a decision by the end of next week about the following week.  We may stay remote through December or we may come back into the Hybrid Learning model on 12/17.  The district and the school will message out the details once a decision is made.  I just wanted to make sure you know where we are in planning and decisions.

Below are two links I shared last week and I am resharing for context:

  1. An overview of the learning model

  2. The student schedule for each day

Most students will be remote next week.  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 have reached out to those families 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 are now attending 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 are back in their larger learning cohorts: the two groups split across Group B and C synchronous days are now together in class for all four days.  Wednesdays remain a full remote and mostly asynchronous learning day.  Students have a remote Crew check-in.  We also have designated Office Hour sessions on Wednesdays for students to connect with their teachers with questions or to get help on school work.

Teachers sent out links to Google Meets for class sessions.  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.

Thank you for your continued understanding and support as we navigate school in a global pandemic!  Enjoy these days with family.  As always, please feel free to reach out to me with questions or feedback.

Have a good weekend!

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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

Ben Doren

Principal

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Monday, Dec. 7

Remote Learning Day:  Group B and C

In-person Learning Day: Group A

Tuesday, Dec. 8

Remote Learning Day:  Group B and C

In-person Learning Day: Group A

Wednesday, Dec. 9

Remote Learning Day for all

Crew check in and Office Hours

Thursday, Dec. 10

Remote Learning Day:  Group B and C

In-person Learning Day: Group A

Friday, Dec. 11

Remote Learning Day:  Group B and C

In-person Learning Day: Group A

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Flu Shots

Please remember that students will be expected to have received a flu vaccine by December 31,2020 for the 2020-2021 influenza season, unless either a medical or religious exemption is provided. Please send either the paper documentation or have the documentation faxed to the school health office.  Please see attached flier for the Berkshire Health Systems drive thru Flu Clinic offered this Saturday December 5th at Fairview Center. Reservations are required and it will be their last flu clinic of the year.  Vaccines may also be available at your pediatrician’s office or local pharmacy.  Please call or email me if you have any questions.  413-644-2324 or Hilary.Bashara@bhrsd.org

fairview_flu flyer 12.05 2020.pdf

News from the yearbook club!

The Cover Contest deadline is approaching and we still have ZERO submissions! See flyer for details.

Yearbook Club is still looking for yearbook staff. Open to ALL grades!

Contact Mrs. Malone-Smith Katharine.malone-smith@bhrsd.org

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