W.E.B. Du Bois Regional Middle School

Week at a Glance, News and Notes

Sept. 20 – Sept. 24, 2021

 

Note from the Principal:

Week three was solid.  We are back in the swing of things, and school is busy.  That feels good, because we spent a year with not enough kids in the school building.  I am glad we have to manage “busy” these days!  

Next Tuesday is a special evening.  Please join us for “Meet the Teams” night–details below.  If it is threatening to rain I will make the call by Monday afternoon to postpone a week, as we are holding it outside this year to be safer.  

Please drop me a note if you have feedback or questions at ben.doren@bhrsd.org

Be well and enjoy the weekend!

Ben Doren

Principal

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Monday, September 20

Regular School Day

 

Tuesday, September 21

Regular School Day

 

Wednesday, September 22

Half Day of School Today–11:25 Dismissal

 

Thursday, September 23

Regular School Day

 

Friday, September 24

Regular School Day

 

Lunch Menu

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School Calendar 2021-2022

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Meet the Teams night format

We will start by the tables near the back parking lot to gather everyone.

  • Tuesday, September 21 from 6-8 pm
    • 6:00 Gather outside for a full community welcome and introduction
    • 6:15 Community Partner share and Bookfair the following week!
    • 6:30 Families join teams outside for informative program
    • 7:30 Families return for Q&A with Ben and Miles, and Community Partner tables
  • The Du Bois Welcoming Crew and Community Partners will join us to celebrate families and make this feel like a big endeavor we are doing together.
  • The Du Bois Welcoming Crew has already helped several families connect to school and community resources.
  • Helpful information: 
    • Meeting outside will be safer and attract more families to join us.
    • You can be masked or unmasked outside.
    • Please bring portable lawn chairs if you want seating, or you can stand.
    • We will send home links to websites or attached information pages after the evening from your student’s team.

We are trying to bring back community events and keep it as safe as possible.  Thanks for your patience and understanding as we try to figure out how to do this pandemic school thing well.

 

Project Connection

The Project Connection fall session will start Monday, September 27 and run through December 2nd.  You may review program offerings and registration information in English or Spanish by clicking on the link here:  Project Connection DBM Fall 2021.

The enrollment application can be completed by CLICKING HERE. You can also copy and paste this link into your browser: https://forms.gle/k3xGNN2nxqk9vUsW6

If you have any questions, please send an email to either:  Brian Rembisz – DBM Site Coordinator – brian.rembisz@bhrsd.org or Tom Kelly – BHRSD 21st CCLC Program Director – thomas.kelly@bhrsd.org

 

School Picture Day – Date Change

You may have already been contacted by Josten’s regarding school picture day this year.  They have asked us to change the date to Thursday, Oct. 14th.  

 

Safety Reminders

Please see the Covid-19 email from our Superintendent about district protocols for safety across the schools and staff for more information.  You will also continue to get updates from the district about how we are approaching health protocols to ensure safety for all students, staff, families and our community.  This year we will continue to run our COVID Pooled Testing program. If your student or members of your household are unvaccinated, we strongly encourage your student’s participation, and anyone can participate in the pool testing regardless of vaccination status. Please use this LINK for more details and to complete the electronic consent formEach student in your household will require an individual consent.  The link defaults to Muddy Brook.  Select the drop down for your child’s school — Muddy Brook, Du Bois, or Monument Mountain.  The video is available in multiple languages–click the link on the top right to choose the language you want.  

 

Water Bottles

Our water fountains are open, but many students prefer to use their own water bottles.  Please send a water bottle to school with your child.  We have water bottle filling stations available at our water fountains.

 

Questions and Answers

Here is who to contact with certain types of questions:

  • If you haven’t received the information packet with your child’s schedule from the school, call the main office  at 413-644-2300 ext. 2301 or email our Guidance Secretary at Debra.Spence@bhrsd.org.
  • If you have a question about the grade program please email your child’s Crew Leader or call the school to leave a message for them.
  • If you have a general question about your child’s schedule or about the school, please call or email our Guidance Counselor, Kevin.Costello@bhrsd.org.
  • If you have a question about a particular class please contact the teacher.
  • If you have a question about PowerSchool login or use, call the main office  at 413-644-2300 ext.2301 or email our Guidance Secretary at Debra.Spence@bhrsd.org.
  • If you have a question, and not sure who to ask, just call the main office  at 413-644-2300 ext. 2300 or email our school secretary, Julie.Duffin@bhrsd.org 

Du Bois Family Welcome Crew

We sent an email to families about the Welcome Crew.  This is a group of parents, guardians and community folks who want to make our middle school a welcoming place for all families.  Please see this note for information if you missed the email.  Join us!  And ask questions to the group if you want information or connection.

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 7:40 am and 2:40 pm.
  • AFTER 7:40 am and 2:40 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.  

 

Verizon Hot Spots are Here

Verizon has upgraded their hotspots with newer devices.  Some towns have recently upgraded Internet service, and the need for hotspots may have changed.  New hotspots are available to families, if you need one.  Please let us know by emailing Julie Duffin julie.duffin@bhrsd.org to arrange a time to pick it up.

 

Tools for Schools

We can earn points from Price Chopper and Market 32 now through December 31st.  Please go to:  https://www.rewards.pricechopper.com/ to register.  You will need our school code:  14036.

 

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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:

  • Flying Cloud Institute:  SMArt Kit Flyer
  • Parent Child+: Equal Possibilities from the Start
  • Yearbook Cover Contest
  • Project Connection Fall Packet

 

Recent flyers:

  • Action Adventures Out of School @ BSRCC
  • Ballet Ages 5-8 @ BSRCC
  • Berkshire Hills Youth Soccer House League Registration

 

Older flyers:

  • Ski Butternut Student & Family Season Pass Application
  • Concert at St. James Place Sept 12th