Principals’s Newsletter Week 21, February 11th, 2019


What’s Happening?

Good Evening Berkeley Parents,

As we head into the middle of February, we will start our Write talks program. It will bring in various community members to serve as guest speakers while teachers can sit and provide feedback to students about their writing before the upcoming SOL. This will take place on February 14th and 15th. This week starts with an A Day on Monday, February 11th, 2019. Please be reminded that Monday, February 18th is a Holiday and there is no school for students.

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.

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. The program will be called TOP DAWGS and will feature parents who can supervise during lunch periods, mentor, and talk about their careers to our students. If you have yet not replied, please send me an email with your interest.


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!



February 13th: Club Picture Day ( please wear your red band polo.)

6th Grade: 8:45AM, 7th Grade 9:10AM, 8th Grade 9:20AM

February 13th 8th Grade/High School Collaboration Workshop 9:45AM-12:00PM*Rescheduled date

February 21st:  After school rehearsal for 7th and 8th grade band 3:10-4:30PM

February 26th:  After school rehearsal for 7th and 8th grade band 3:10-4:30PM

February 26th: Black History Month Performance. Wear your red band polo shirt.*times to be announced

February 28th:  Pre-Assessment Concert at Lafayette High School 7:00PM Students arrive at 6:30PM

March 7th:  After School Rehearsal for 7th and 8th Grade Band 3:10-4:30PM

March 13th:  Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association Concert Band Assessment at Warhill High School 10AM-12:00PM 6,7,8th Grades.

March 25th:  Payment due for students participating in the Kings Dominion Competition.


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)


Important dates

March 1 Tickets go on sale for cast members family/ friends and BMS students.

March 14 Elementary school preview performance 10am-12pm

March 15 Legally Blonde Jr. Performance 7pm – House opens at 6:30pm. Tickets sold at the door beginning at 6:00pm.

March 16 Legally Blonde Jr.  Performance 7pm – House opens at 6:30pm. Tickets sold at the door beginning at 6:00pm.

March 17 Legally Blonde Jr.  Performance 2pm – House opens at 1:30pm. Tickets sold at the door beginning at 1:00pm.

Library/Technology News

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 last week. Please contact Tonia Eriksen if you have any questions. Fundraiser link…

PTA Notes

  • 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).

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