W.E.B. Du Bois Regional Middle School

Week at a Glance, News and Notes

1/22/2021-1/29/2021

Note from the Principal:

Happy Friday!  As you know from Peter Dillon, our Superintendent, we will return to Hybrid Learning next week on Thursday.  We have over 80% of our families respond to the survey I shared last Friday.  If you have not responded, please do so as soon as possible.  Your responses help us plan for the safety of your children as well as the best groupings for learning based on the remote and in-person balance.  Here is the link to the Du Bois Middle School In-Person/Remote Preference Survey: https://forms.gle/iDLQ4DeYmTJFGQiQ7

Monday and Tuesday, January 25-26, will continue to be Remote Learning Days like they have been for the past few weeks.  Students have a full day of school in the remote schedule 8:00 am – 2:10 pm.

Wednesday, January 27, we will have a series of morning activities for all students.  Students will start with their regular remote Crew session for attendance, and then attend a remote All School assembly to explain the transition to Hybrid.  Then students will do team activities or jump right to Crew–there will be time for students to learn more about Hybrid and ask questions about returning to school.  We will share that information with your children and families early next week.

Thursday and Friday will be Hybrid Learning days, and we continue into the following week and beyond.  The school day will be from 7:45-2:45 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

  • Fifth and Sixth grade will return to four day a week Hybrid.  Students attending in-person will follow a similar schedule to what they experienced when we were in Hybrid before, but just be here every in-person day instead of two days a week.  There are a few minor changes, which we will review in the All School and Crew sessions on Wednesday.  We will take the time needed to re-teach how to be in school in the building through the first weeks of this Hybrid model.  Students attending remotely will also have a similar experience, logging into sessions with their classmates and teachers.  It is four days of synchronous learning.

  • Seventh and Eighth grades will continue much like they did in Hybrid previously.  Group B will attend synchronously (in-person or remotely) on Monday and Tuesdays.  Group C will do the same on Thursday and Friday.  Group D will attend on their Group days remotely.  Group A will attend four days a week.  The big shift will be that on remote days students will attend Crew, Math and World Language, so that students will have those classes synchronously four days a week, some days in-person if they come to school on their Group days, and two days remote.  This is so these subjects can have the benefit of daily practice.  The other classes are retaining their two day Group sessions to take advantage of small class sizes to go deeper with curriculum.

  • Wednesdays will be partly synchronous starting February 3.  In seventh and eighth grade students will have a short Crew attendance and check in session, then attend a cycle of classes through the weeks for additional synchronous class time.  Fifth and Sixth graders will have a mix of Crew and class support time.  We will no longer hold office hours due to the shifted schedule.

I will send a detailed overview of the Hybrid Learning Model, with the above explanation along with schedules and explanations this weekend.  We will hold a Family Forum on Monday to review, and I will record it to share with families that are not able to attend the forum live.  See below for the link to the Zoom forum.

As always, if you have any questions please email me at ben.doren@bhrsd.org.  If you have questions about classes please email your child’s teacher, and if you have questions about the grade please email your child’s Crew Leader.

Have a good weekend!

Ben Doren

Principal

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Du Bois Family Forum

Monday, January 25, 6-7 pm

Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/95349283356?pwd=UEUxL1pJYUptdmhhZ1pZUlBJejRhUT09

Meeting ID: 953 4928 3356 Passcode: 0WkKKN

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Learn about the transition back to Hybrid Learning, how it will be the same and different, ask questions and get informed!  We will record and share out for families that are not able to join Monday evening.

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Monday, Jan. 25

Remote Learning Day for all

Tuesday, Jan. 26

Remote Learning Day for all

Wednesday, Jan. 27

Remote Learning Day for all

All School and Crew sessions to review transition to Hybrid

Thursday, Jan. 28

Grades 5 & 6 Hybrid Learning Day:  All students (In-Person and Remote)

Grades 7 & 8 Hybrid Learning Day:  Group C In Person (Group B Remote and remote classes)

Friday, Jan. 29

Grades 5 & 6 Hybrid Learning Day:  All students (In-Person and Remote)

Grades 7 & 8 Hybrid Learning Day:  Group C In Person (Group B Remote and remote classes)

Lunch Menu

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CLuB Program

From the program: We still have space at April Hill and Berkshire South for families looking for a solution for their kids while we are in fully remote learning, or when we transition to Hybrid for students in 2-day a week schedule. Please use the link to apply to the program if you are interested. We are having a wonderful time, we have free hot lunch every day, we have time to work on remote learning work every day, and we have volunteers from the Southern Berkshire Literacy Network as well as Flying Cloud Institute staff helping students with homework. We have winter gear for everyone who needs ANYTHING. We are doing science every day and the kids are thriving.  The program is FREE to students on free/ reduced lunch program. Please call the program at 413-717-7422 if there are question. Link: https://www.communitylearningintheberkshires.org/apply

Food Service Update & Reminder

Please be advised that starting on Wednesday February 3rd we will be revising our food timeframe for pick-ups and deliveries to 9 am to 12 noon until further notice.

As a reminder to families receiving grocery deliveries – we are asking that you please keep your driveways, walkways, stairs or other house access clear for our staff.  Please keep these areas safe.  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.  Many thanks as always, Katherine Sullivan, Director of Food Service (413)644-2325 or (855)255-8666.

UPDATE–Student Portraits for Grade 5 students and Retake Day

We have an updated schedule for student portraits retake day and for all 5th grade students.  If we are back in hybrid learning, we will follow this schedule.

Tues. Feb. 23–Cohort B Gr. 6-8.  Retakes for students in grade 6-8 Cohort B.  Or if your Cohort B student was absent for picture day, they can have their picture taken this day.

Tues. Feb. 23–Cohort D.  If your student does not attend in person, and you would like to have their picture retaken, or if you didn’t get your picture taken during our first picture day, please email julie.duffin@bhrsd.org or call 413-644-2300 ext. 2300 to make an appointment.  Appointments will start at 3:00.

Fri. Feb. 26–All grade 5 students and any 6-8 Cohort C retakes.  Or if your student was absent for picture day, they can have their picture taken this day.

Food & P-EBT Update: January

P-EBT benefits were issued to EBT or P-EBT cards on 12/30/20. For questions, additional information or to request a new/replacement card please visit https://www.map-ebt.org.

See flyer below for a list of Food Pantries & Meal Sites in Berkshire County.

Hand Hold Massachusetts, a program from the MA Department of Mental Health

You know your child better than anyone. But even you have a few questions.  COVID-19 is putting incredible pressure on families. You might be noticing your child is struggling in new ways, or that old problems are getting worse. Should you worry about your child’s behavioral health? We’re here to help you figure that out.  Follow this link to see advice and resources for families like ours: https://handholdma.org/  And as always, please reach out to us at school if you have concerns about your child or want help or advice on your child’s health.

News from the yearbook club!

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

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

Ski Butternut Program

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

School Calendar

The school calendar can be found here:  https://www.bhrsd.org/school-calendar-2020-21/

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:

  • Parent Education Workshop, Monday, Jan. 25 – SBCHC

  • ZOOM Dance Classes – BSRCC

Recent flyers:

  • Food Pantries & Meal Sites in Berkshire County

Older flyers:

  • Yearbook Order Form

  • Attend BFAIR & UCP Present: Listen to My Actions

  • Yearbook Cover Contest

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

  • 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