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January All-School Meeting Wrap Up

The All-School Meeting held on January 21 began with an introduction of our new teachers, Hari Berzins and Lucia Gruber. Hari is returning to BMS to teach social studies with the Unknowns. They will be working on developing and running a TED-x Floyd event later this spring. Lucia is bringing music and movement to all our students in enrichment classes every Monday. Parents were also reminded that students must be picked up from their classrooms at the end of the school day. If someone other than a child's parent is going to pick the child up, a parent must contact a member of the staff before hand.

Our third session of the Friday Enrichment Program was scheduled to begin January 18, but due to the weather it has been delayed a bit. This session is focusing on science and art with teachers Corey Avellar and Winter Koeppe. At the end of the session, students will present their work in a science fair. It isn't too late to sign up! Contact the office if your children are interested in joining.

Another exciting opportunity coming up is for parents. The BMS Parenting Group is starting again on Thursday, January 31, from 3:15 to 4:30 at school. Everyone is welcome (you don't have to be a BMS parent to attend), and we will be discussing the first Chapter of The Whole Brain Child by Daniel Siegel. We will also be taking some quiet time together, so even if you have not read the book you are welcome to join us. The book is available at Notebooks in Floyd.

School Director Shelly Emmett took a few moments to review some upcoming calendar items and mentioned that the two snow make-up days scheduled for later in the year are canceled unless we have a need for them.

  • Valentine's Day Special Person Tea: Feb 14 at 1:30 (by invitation)
  • Mid-Winter Break: Feb 18-22
  • Spring Celebration: March 21 at 2:00 (everyone is welcome)
  • Parent Conferences: March 27-28
  • Spring Break: April 1-5

Board Trustee Jamie Reygle spoke about two fundraising events the Board Development Committee is working on. First, the committee is working on a scholarship fund drive. You probably received a letter in the mail about this. If there is anyone you'd like us to send this letter to, please let Jamie know.

The committee is also working on the upcoming 4th Annual Mardi Gras Ball. Jamie listed a few ways you can help (besides coming to the party and having a great time!)

  1. Spread the word! If you are on Facebook, invite all your friends to the event! If you aren't, invite them the old fashioned way!
  2. Volunteer! We still need about 15 volunteers to help with security, parking, the info booth, the auction, and helping with the bar. Work a three hour shift, and enjoy the rest of the show for free! Volunteers don't have to be BMS parents, so please let your friends know, too.
  3. Sell tickets! If you'd like to earn a free ticket to the event, talk to Jamie about selling tickets. For every 10 you sell, you get one for yourself for free!
  4. Donate (or find someone to donate) items for the silent auction and/or for prizes (e.g., best costume, best dancer).

Next, Kristan Morrison, the president of the Board, mentioned some board news. She shared the recent appointments to the board of Trustees Jack Wall, Kamala Bauer, Susan Slate, and herself. She also spoke about the ongoing workshops the board has been engaging in to help build a stronger organization. Finally, she invited everyone to attend Board meetings, which are set for the second Wednesday at 6:30 pm. Keep an eye out for notices as meetings come up.

To wrap up the meeting, Shelly introduced the topics for the 2013 BMS Summer Camps. Watch for more info coming in the next few weeks!

  • Mystery Camp: June 17-21 - Students will solve various mysteries all week, leading up to a big mystery at the end of the week. They will have a chance to participate in making footprint molds, fingerprinting, fiber analysis, evidence collection, informant interviewing, and intelligence analysis.
  • BMS Radio Show - Local Traditions: June 24-28 - Students will explore local traditional crafts, music, storytelling, and traditional skills and will present what they've learned in a live radio show at the end of the week.
  • Circus Camp: July 8-19 - Students will have the opportunity to try all sorts of circus-related games and skills and will put on a real circus at the end of the session. For returning Circus Campers, this will be a chance to refine skills worked on last summer and try out new skills, too!

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