W.E.B. Du Bois Regional Middle School

Week at a Glance, News and Notes

3/19/2021-3/26/2021

Note from the Principal:

Spring is literally around the corner!  It was kind of nice today, and I got to take some time outside with some recess groups.  It is amazing how kind students are to each other in the midst of this odd year.  Recess is not what it was before when we had a full grade out with the freedom to go where you wanted from a range of options.  Now you have to stay with your pod in the designated recess area for today, which rotates from the field to the playground to the ball court.  But kids don’t bat an eye, just the balls!  The kids on the field kicked a soccer ball, the kids on the court played four square and frisbee, the kids on the playground did the swings and the bars.  They adapt.  Quite a lesson and a model for us adults, and what I love about working with kids–they have such joy and application at heart.  Recess is often an overlooked time as well as lunch for learning.  But it is an essential time for figuring our informal social interaction, sharing, resolving disagreement and finding new connections.  Kids are even reporting they like eating in the small groups for lunch.

A reminder that the students are coming back to school five days a week in the near future!  I will share our plans next week once we know the details of when and how.  But by April 28 we should all be back at school!  I imagine there will be lots of questions, so once we have a solid plan I will share it out, and hold a forum for families, which will also be recorded.  Stay tuned!  We are excited about coming back!!!

I am giving you another heads up that we will hold Family Conferences in early April.  They will occur on the afternoon of 4/6 and the evening of 4/7.   Crew Leaders will reach out for times and make appointments to have an online conference.  I will detail the format next week, and here is a synopsis: you will connect with your child’s Crew Leader to get an overview of their experience and growth in classes and as a student, as well as an understanding of what to expect for next year.

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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Monday, March 22

Hybrid Learning Day:  Group B In Person (Group C Remote and remote classes)

Tuesday, March 23

Hybrid Learning Day:  Group B In Person (Group C Remote and remote classes)

Wednesday, March 24

Remote Learning Day for all-Crew and Synchronous Learning 8:00-9:30

Thursday, March 25

Hybrid Learning Day:  Group C In Person (Group B Remote and remote classes)

Friday, March 26

Hybrid Learning Day:  Group C In Person (Group B Remote and remote classes)

Lunch Menu

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Crazy Socks for World Down Syndrome Day

The world will be celebrating individuals with Down Syndrome on Sunday March 21st by wearing crazy socks! We challenge each crew to do the same on Monday March 22nd to join in on the fun of celebrating World Down Syndrome Day! Let’s see you rock your socks!

Eighth grade High School Open House for enrollment and scheduling

Monument Mountain Regional High School will hold a virtual Open House on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 7PM. The event will acquaint current eighth graders and parents/guardians with the course opportunities available at the high school, explain the scheduling process, present co-curricular activities and other opportunities for students and answer questions families may have as the students begin to make a transition to the high school. To attend the event, please use the following link:

meet.google.com/oir-kpdj-fmk

 Students coming from Du Bois Middle School will sign up for classes during the school day over the next couple of weeks after the Open House. If you are a student and family NOT coming from DuBois Middle School, we ask that you contact Becky Campetti in the Monument Mountain Guidance Office at 413-528-3346, extension 3110 or email her at becky.campetti@bhrsd.org to start the registration process. This can be done any time after the Open House.

CMC Berkshires Jeff Foote Talk

Looking for ways to help a loved one or community member dealing with substance use? Railroad Street Youth Project and the Southern Berkshire Health Coalition present the CMC Berkshire’s Jeff Foote, phD, on the Invitation to Change Approach. The link to the live recording of our community forum held on January 25th or 2021 is now available on the Railroad Street website. RSYP

ENGIN Program Resources for Middle School Girls interested in Engineering!

ENGIN (Engineering. Girls. Innovation) is a STEM outreach program for girls started by Miss Hall’s School students with the support of the National Academy of Engineering. During the five-week-long program, middle school girls will explore four types of engineering, hear from women engineers and innovators, do fun hands-on activities, and receive educational resources that will help them learn more about STEM. You can learn more about ENGIN here: https://enginmisshalls.wordpress.com/.  Website: https://enginmisshalls.wordpress.com/

See poster and schedule below.

BC Splash

BC Splash is a 1-day event held at Boston College each semester where students in grades 7-12 can take fun, engaging classes that are taught and designed by our undergraduate and graduate students! In response to COVID-19 our event will be virtual and free of charge this semester, but we have put together a great day and fantastic lineup of classes over zoom for the students. They can take classes such as The Science Behind Photography, Intro to Irish Mythology, How to Win Any Argument, and many others! BC Splash will be held virtually on Sunday, March 28th from 9:30am – 4:15pm.

Students can register at our website, bcsplash.learningu.org   See flyer below.

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

Yearbooks

Order at jostens.com

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:

  • CMC Berkshires Jeff Foote Talk

  • ENGIN Program Resources for Middle School Girls interested in Engineering

  • BC Splash

  • Beginner’s Ballet @ BSRCC

Recent flyers:

  • Southern Berkshire Health Coalition – Parent Subcommittee

  • Great Barrington Little League Registration Information

  • Great Barrington Libraries Newsletter

  • Berkshire Hills Youth Soccer House League Spring 2021

  • Berkshire Hills Youth Soccer Travel League Spring 2021

  • BSO Virtual Concert 2021

  • STEM Opportunity:  FREE Virtual Engineering Program for Middle School Girls

  • Babysitter Training Certification

Older flyers:

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

  • ZOOM Dance Classes – BSRCC

  • Food Pantries & Meal Sites in Berkshire County

  • Project Safe Childhood in the Berkshires Education Series – Internet Safety – Resources

  • 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

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