Principal’s Newsletter Week 19 January 28th, 2019

WEEK OF JANUARY 29th, 2019

What’s Happening?

Good Afternoon Berkeley Parents,

We are officially halfway through another school year and while we see the end in sight, there is lots of work ahead for our students. We have finished out Winter MAPS assessments and right around the corner is the 8th grade writing SOL. SOL Bootcamps will be kicking off after school starting in the month of March for our Spring SOLs. We have our BMS Kindness challenge this and we are currently selling bracelets in three different colors for $1.00. This week starts with an A Day on Monday, January 28th, 2019.

BMS Kindness Challenge

Great News! Berkeley will be participating in the  Great Kindness Challenge this year!

The Great Kindness Challenge is one week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible on campus.

#BMSBEKINDALWAYS  bracelets will be sold throughout the month. Proceeds will go to CHKD.

Price: $1.00

Collect all three colors

Spirit Week for the Kindness Challenge:

Monday, Jan. 28- Multiple day Monday- Dress like twins, triplets, etc.

Tuesday, Jan. 29- Tie Tuesday- Wear your favorite bowtie or necktie

Wednesday, Jan. 30- Winning words Wednesday- Wear clothing with kind words

Thursday, Jan. 31- Thoughtful Thursday Dream of Kindness- Wear appropriate pajamas

Friday, Feb. 1- BMS Spirit Day- Red, White, or Black clothing

After School Help

Students who need additional help may stay after school with teachers to get more help. Buses are provided and leave at 5:00 PM. Tuesdays are for Math and Science, Wednesdays are for Related Arts, and Thursdays are for Social Studies and English. All students are encouraged to stay to get that more individualized instruction. We will be reaching out to you and your child if they need additional support. After school is a great time to get a concept that you didn’t get the first time around. After School will continue starting next week.


If there are specific problems with your bus run, please call the main office at the school 229-8051 and report them to transportation 565-0808.


Boys and Girls Basketball Schedule for the Week: Games start at 4:30 PM

Thursday             January 31    Playoffs                Boys @ Grafton and Girls @ Hornsby    4:30

Baseball Tryouts on February 18th and Softball Tryouts on February 11th

Item Drop Off

Items that are brought to school will be sent down to your student during advisory period. We would like to limit the interruptions in the school day. If you bring something to your child, report to the main office and they will take care of getting it to them in a timely fashion.


The BMS Counseling Department sent letters home with current eighth grade students about high school planning meetings. We will begin individual planning meetings from January 14, 2019 until March 1, 2019. We will meet with eighth grade students and families for 15-20 minutes. If you would like to attend this meeting with your student, please contact your students’ counselor to schedule an appointment. Here is our contact information:

Ms. Ewing (A-K): 757-229-8051, extension 21115 (email:

Dr. Dodson (L-Z): 757-229-8051, extension 21150 (email:

If you email your student’s counselor, please include your child’s name in the subject box. We look forward to working with your family to plan your student’s ninth grade schedule!



Congratulations to the following Berkeley Middle School Band Students who earned a spot in the 2018-2019 All District Band for District 8!

Elyce Gilstrap- Clarinet

Alyssa Horsley- Clarinet

Mackenzie Miller- French Horn

Connor Loy- French Horn

Nathan Cummings- Tuba (1st Chair)

Luke Pelletier- Snare Drum

Caden Blackhurst-Trumpet

District 8 includes all schools in WJCC, York County, Poquoson, Gloucester, Smithfield, Hampton, Newport News, Matthews, and all private schools. Approximately 350 middle school students auditioned, and 90 students made the band, 7 of which were Berkeley MS Students!   These students will perform a concert at Kecoughtan High School on February 2nd.


An update to the Musical was sent out by Mrs. Gallant to all parents and students. Please look at the update in the email to see changes that were made.

Block Part y Booth Information:

The Berkeley PTA invites ALL BMS staff and school groups to host an activity booth at


Friday, May 3, 2019

3:15 pm – 6:00 pm.

If you have an interest in reserving space for your group’s activity, please let us know.

Each group will receive 75% of their activity’s ticket sales.

Your group will be responsible for:

providing staffing for your activity and all set-up/clean-up

collecting tickets during the event

determining the ticket price for your activity, with tickets being sold for 2/$1.00

Please respond to Angie Whitehead, Block Party Chair, by Friday March 29, 2019

Contact Name:

Contact Email:

Name of Activity:

Activity Description:

# of Table & Chairs needed:

Special Requests:

RSVP or questions:

Angie Whitehead  

804-892-6678 mobile

PTA Notes

Congratulations to all the participants in the 50th annual Reflections Arts Contest. These talented young artists were celebrated with a gallery and reception during our January PTA meeting. Participants who were unable to attend received their awards in the library on Tuesday.

The January issue of The Bulldog Press is now available on the PTA website. Take a look for updates on 6th, 7th, and 8th grade activities, PTA events, and more:

Did you know that the BMS PTA’s Mini Grants Program provides funds to support the creative initiatives of our teachers? The program’s goal is to enhance the educational experiences of Berkeley students with small, targeted grants. All teachers are encouraged to apply. Our latest mini grant will fund the purchase of a full set of microscope slides for seventh grade students studying plant cell biology.

Is your child a budding chef? Power Platesis the Virginia PTA’s student recipe program to encourage healthy eating habits. Students can enter recipes in one or more categories (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert, Snack). The deadline to enter the judged competition is February 4. Student entry forms and rules are available at

Remember to clip and save Box Tops for Education, and submit them by February 15 for a chance to win a Blaze Pizza gift card. Collect Box Tops in ziptop baggies or envelopes marked with student name AND homeroom teacher’s name. For every TEN box tops you send in, your child’s name will be entered into a drawing for the gift card.

The next PTA meeting will be held on Monday, February 11 from 6-7pm in the BMS Media Center. Meetings are a great place to learn about the activities, events, and opportunities provided by the PTA. All are welcome!

Save the date for the next BMS Spirit Night at Moe’s, February 21, 6-9pm. Join your friends for dinner at Moe’s to support your school. Go Bulldogs!

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