W.E.B. Du Bois Regional Middle School

Week at a Glance, News and Notes

5/14/2021-5/21/2021

Note from the Principal:

A beautiful Friday for a great week.  I have said it before and I will say it again: it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good to have the kids back at school.  Most are here in person, and some are still connecting remotely, but we are ALL in school.  The energy is good here, and really helps the flow of learning.  This has been a loooong year, and we are glad we get to be together for the end of the school year.

See below for updates and reminders on traffic flow for pick up and drop off.  It is very important if you use a personal vehicle to transport your child.  Please read the guidelines right below.  In addition I want to remind you about how seriously we take the safety of your children.  This importantly is about the pandemic this year, but we also maintain high standards for emotional safety as well.  In this unusual year please let us know if you have concerns or if you want some help for your kid.  You can reach out to the student’s crew leader, to our school adjustment counselor, Dom Sacco, or to me or Miles–really to anyone.  We want to make sure everyone is safe.

 

Eighth grade parents please see the update on the date of graduation.  I moved it up a day to Monday, June 7, at 6:30 pm, so we could have a rain date.  I always order a sunny, clear sky for the ceremony, and so far every year have had a good delivery!

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, May 17

Regular School Day

Tuesday, May 18

Regular School Day

Wednesday, May 19

Early Release School Day for all students: Regular start time (7:45 am), Early Release at 1:00 pm.

Thursday, May 20

Regular School Day

Friday, May 21

Regular School Day

Lunch Menu

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School Calendar 2021-2022

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Dropping Off and Picking Up: Help us keep the flow!

Drop off and pick up in personal vehicles is going well, and most days it flows quite well.  Some days it gets gummed.  Below are some simple guidelines that will help keep the flow.  Some are what we shared before and some are new from what we have learned these past weeks.

  • 7-8 grade students use the back parking lot loop.

  • 5-6 grade students use the front car loop.

  • Families with 5-6 and 7-8 graders use the front loop for both for one stop.

  • Use the driveway to get to the back loop, front loop or on the line for the front loop, BEFORE 7:45 am and 2:45 pm.

  • AFTER 7:45 am and 2:45 pm you will get on line to get into the driveway to access the front or back loop.  Once the bell rings at those times we need to keep clear paths and a safe flow.

  • ALWAYS PULL UP AS FAR AS YOU CAN in the loop, even if it means the students have to walk a bit farther to get in your vehicle.  This REALLY helps the flow keep moving, and the people behind you really appreciate it!

  • Do not drive around the line to get into the loops. This is very dangerous. Stay in line.

  • Only make a RIGHT hand turn into the driveway.  In other words get on the line, even if it means driving down Monument Valley Road and turning around to get on line.

  • Do NOT make a left hand turn to get into the driveway.  The left turn from Monument Valley Road slows the exit lane from the school, which backs up the whole system flow.  If there is a line waiting it also cuts off people who already have been waiting their turn to get in.

Graduation Update: Date change and rain date

I am changing the date for graduation to a day earlier.   We will hold an outdoor, in-person graduation ceremony.  The date will be Monday, June 7, at 6:30 pm.  The rain date will be the following evening (Tuesday).  The high school graduation is that previous Saturday, and the district will have a set up that is safe and socially distanced for families–we will get to use the set up to keep it safe.  That way we can take advantage of the equipment from the high school graduation even if it rains on Monday.  This is a week earlier than our usual graduation, so the eighth graders will continue to come to school and attend classes until their last day the following week. More details and a survey for eighth grade families coming soon.   The other grades will also do closure activities for the year, and have a chance to meet “next year’s teachers” before we break for summer.

Writing Contest Sponsored by the Laurel Hill Association

The Laurel Hill Association – http://laurelhillassociation.org/ – is sponsoring a writing contest for 8th grade students in Stockbridge’s schools: W.E.B. Du Bois and Berkshire Country Day. The students entering the contest will write an essay or poem on one of the following topics: 1. What do you think is the greatest threat to the natural environment? If you were in charge what would you do to address the threat? Or 2. What inspires and brings you joy in nature?  The winners will be judged on originality and quality of ideas, as well as style.  There will be a prize of $200 for the best essay, $200 for the best poem, $100 each for two honorable mentions. Maximum 900 words.  The Laurel Hill Association will offer the winning works to The Eagle and the Edge for publication.

Water Bottles!

Please send students to school with a water bottle.  The fountains are closed per Department of Health protocols, and our water bottle filling stations are great.  We have a few bottles on hand for kids who forget or break theirs.  But we are finding that students are coming to the office as a source for the bottles, and we do not have enough.  Hydration is the key to a flowing mind!

Pool Testing

We are pool testing and it is going well.  If you want to sign up your children, please complete this survey.  As a reminder, we are doing the simple and easy swab in the lower part of the nostril.  Participation is optional and it gives us another valuable tool to manage Covid-19.  If you have questions, please reach out to our school nurse, Hilary Bashara, at Hilary.Bashara@bhrsd.org, or by phone.

Portrait of a Graduate at Berkshire Hills

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

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#‬

Yearbooks

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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:

  • BayPath ABA webinar May 2021

  • American Red Cross Learn to Swim lessons at BSRCC

Recent flyers:

  • Connecting to Nature:  Ages 8-12

  • RSYP:  Parenting in the Pandemic and Tools to Help

Older flyers:

  • GB Girls Softball Registration

  • Lee Youth Lacrosse Grades 3-8

  • Fifth grade return letter

  • GB Libraries Newsletter

  • BSRCC-Hip Hop Dance Flyer

  • Food Distribution on Wednesday

  • Utility Assistance

  • COVID-19 Housing Resources

  • GB Girls Softball Registration

  • CMC Berkshires Jeff Foote Talk

  • ENGIN Program Resources for Middle School Girls interested in Engineering

  • BC Splash

  • 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

  • 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