Principal’s Newsletter Week 20, Feb 4th 2019


What’s Happening?

Good Evening Berkeley Parents,

As we get set to watch the Superbowl tonight, we should reflect upon the different stories of the players and how hard work and determination have helped get them to the ultimate stage. Players had to work hard in and out of school and they have good mentors and role models around them to keep them on track. No matter who you are rooting for tonight, you have to appreciate the road that each player has traveled to get to this point. With that being said, I challenge students to work hard and put in the work this second semester and hope that they achieve their goals. This week starts with an B Day on Monday, February 4th, 2019.

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.


Winter Season is over… Great seasons by the boys and girls basketball teams!

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.

Valentine Dance-

Tickets will be on sale this week for the Feb 8th dance. 6th and 7th grade students are only allowed to attend this event.

8th Grade Behavior-

There are certain times  in the year that student behavior is addressed as a group by administration. Quarterly we hold assemblies and we address it before major breaks and events. Recently, we have had some of our 8th graders taking far too long to get to some of their classes and some not attending them for large amounts of time. Students will be addressed this week regarding these bad habits and in addition to school based discipline, students who continue down this path will not be permitted to attend the major events at the end of the year. These include the block party, 8th grade formal, and the Stepping Up ceremony.  Please have a conversation with your student about these events and the proper behavior to be able to attend them.


This is a call for any parent who is interested in volunteering in the school. If you are interested, please send me an email at :

In particular, I would like any available dads who can pop in and serve the school for an hour of your time. I look forward to hearing from you and I can give you the details.


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!



Upcoming Orchestra Events:

Cookie Dough Fundraiser:

Orders due back by Feb. 15/ Delivery March 5

BMS 7th & 8th Grade Orchestra:

District VIII Middle School and High School Orchestra Festival/ Performance Assessment – Saturday, March 9 at Jamestown HS

BMS 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Orchestras:

Spring trip to Kings Dominion Music Festival Competition –

Saturday, April 27

BMS Orchestra Spring Concert:

Thursday, May 9 at BMS (7:00PM)


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.

Library notes-

Girls’ Coding Club

Girls’ Coding Club is coming to BMS in partnership with the Society of Women in Computing from William and Mary.

When: 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/10 Wednesday, 3:15-4:45 pm

Where: BMS Library

All girls welcome ~ No prior experience necessary. Sign up in the Library!

Please contact Tonia Eriksen if you have any questions.


Help us earn money for our makerspace and technology. More information can be found on the school website and in the packets sent home this week. Please contact Tonia Eriksen if you have any questions. Fundraiser link…

PTA Notes

Is your child a budding chef? Power Plates is the Virginia PTA’s student recipe program to encourage healthy eating habits. Students can enter recipes into a judged competition. The deadline to enter is February 4. Student entry forms and rules are available at

Turn in your Box Tops by Friday, 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.

All are welcome to attend the next BMS PTA meeting 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.

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!

All BMS faculy, staff, and school groups are invited to host an activity booth at the annual BLOCK PARTY, Friday, May 3, 2019; 3:15-6:00 pm. Each group will receive 75% of their activity’s ticket sales. If you’d like to reserve space for your group’s activity, please contact Angie Whitehead, Block Party Chair, by Friday March 29, 2019 ( or 804-892-6678).

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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