W.E.B. Du Bois Regional Middle School
Week at a Glance, News and Notes
Note from the Principal:
What an extraordinary year it has been! A little over a year ago a global pandemic indelibly changed all of our lives. School shut down, then we went remote for the rest of the spring. We came back, kind of, in the fall, and have been in a hybrid mix of in-person, synchronous and remote for months. It has been hard for students, hard for families and hard for educators. But I am so proud of our community. We stepped into this challenge. Families figured out child care balanced with work, we all learned how to connect and collaborate on a screen, we struggled with how to wear a mask and eat silently and be “socially distanced” for safety but not for comfort, and we all learned patience in the face of the unknown. It has been quite a journey.
I think we are heading into one of the last phases of the pandemic. We get to come back to school because it is safe for most people to be in our building. On Monday, April 5, we get the fifth grade back full time, five days a week. On Wednesday, April 28, a few days after April break, we get the sixth, seventh and eighth grades back at Du Bois, full time, five days a week! I will send a note today in a separate email to fifth grade families detailing the transition, and hold a family forum for fifth grade families next Wednesday evening, and record it to share with folks who are not able to join online for the forum. The week of April 5 I will also share the transition plans for the return of the sixth, seventh and eighth grades after the break. Families will still be able to choose remote attendance for their children through the end of the year; we understand that for some families it is not medically sound or you still do not want your children to return yet to in-person learning.
Family Conferences will occur on the afternoon of 4/6 and the evening of 4/7 for sixth, seventh and eighth grade families. We are postponing fifth grade conferences until after the transition back to full time in person school. Crew Leaders will reach out for times and make appointments to have an online conference. 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 questions or concerns about a specific class please reach out to the teacher at any time. This conference is to help you understand how the year has gone for your child, what support you can provide to your child through the end of the year so they can grow to their potential in our program, and what to expect as we look to next year.
As always, if you have any questions please email me at email@example.com. 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!
Monday, March 29
Hybrid Learning Day: Group B In Person (Group C Remote and remote classes)
Tuesday, March 30
Hybrid Learning Day: Group B In Person (Group C Remote and remote classes)
Wednesday, March 31
Remote Learning Day for all-Crew and Synchronous Learning 8:00-9:30
Thursday, April 1
Hybrid Learning Day: Group C In Person (Group B Remote and remote classes)
Friday, April 2
No School. All schools, programs and district offices closed.
Food Service Update
With all Pre-K-grade 5 students returning to school full-time (5 days/week) on April 5th, we will be suspending our weekly food distribution and deliveries on Wednesdays. Our last day will be Wednesday, March 31, 2021. If you continue to need food support, please review the attached flyers for information on SNAP, WIC & local food pantry resources. If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact Kathy Sullivan directly firstname.lastname@example.org, 413-644-2325 or 855-255-8666.
The Project Connection Spring session will start Monday, April 12th. We will continue to offer remote programs five days per week, with a limited number of onsite programs available after school Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Course information and application forms will be posted to the school website next week.
Please make note that 2nd Trimester Report Cards will be mailed home on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. Thank you!
Portrait of a Graduate (and recess!)
Back in the Fall of 2018, Monument Mountain Regional High School was awarded the Mass IDEAS grant from Nellie Mae and the Barr Foundation and received a follow-up grant last spring. Through the work in these grants, both the high school and the District have begun the process of programmatic redesign. Last year, we were beginning our conversations on Portrait of a Graduate. Unfortunately, our work was set back by COVID and the adjustments that were necessary. We are now turning the corner and it’s time to re-engage in the work. We need ALL DISTRICT families to be at the table for these conversations in order to build a shared vision for our community that will serve the next generation of graduates. We will be hosting a series of Family Forums over the next four months and into next year and invite you to join us to learn with us, look critically at our success and areas of growth, and provide feedback and input in moving us forward. The dates and topics are:
March 30: Proficiency & Portrait of a Graduate and Programmatic Changes
April 13: Follow up session
April 27: Student and Family Voice & Governance
May 11: Follow up session
May 25: Advisory & Crew – intentional culture building & support
June 8: Follow up session
June 16: Launch of the Portrait of a Graduate development
Our first Family Forum will be next Tuesday, March 30th. There will be two virtual one hour sessions at 8:00 am and at 6:30 pm. You can access the forum through this Google Meet Link:
Meeting ID: meet.google.com/jwi-ofii-viq
Phone Numbers: (US)+1 530-420-7438 PIN: 235 939 320#
Many schools across the commonwealth, the country and the world publish a Portrait of a Graduate. The portrait details what a student can understand, know and do after growing through our program. The obvious one is the portrait of the high school graduate, but we will also publish the portrait for the end of elementary and middle school. The effort is part of a progressive view of learning where students know what they need to do to be proficient and masterful in life and learning. It also moves us away from learning models from the last century that are not helpful as we prepare our children for life in our communities after they finish high school. The district is putting together materials to explain what this looks like, and will share in the coming weeks and months, and into next year. Part of that will be a video presentation. We will be taking videos of students at recess and in other aspects of the school day to bring some positive energy to the presentation!
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 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.email@example.com
Order at jostens.com
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:
Food Distribution on Wednesday
COVID-19 Housing Resources
GB Girls Softball Registration
CMC Berkshires Jeff Foote Talk
ENGIN Program Resources for Middle School Girls interested in Engineering
Beginner’s Ballet @ BSRCC
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
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
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