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Good Afternoon Berkeley Parents,

Parents, this is the last week of school prior to the Spring Break and we will be cruising to the end of the year after that. We have a half day dismissal 12:20 PM on Friday, March 29th. We hope that you can join us on Monday for the PTA digital families community event starting at 6:00 PM. This week starts with an B Day on Monday, March 25th, 2019.

Pennies for Patients Fundraiser:

Please help us raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by donating any loose change or bills to your homeroom class!  You can give in person or give on-line at https://events.lls.org/pages/va/BerkeleyMiddleSchool-2019.  Look on the left hand side and scroll down to donate to a classroom or student and search for your homeroom teacher.

If we raise over $750, the homeroom that donates the most money wins a free lunch for their class from the Olive Garden.  Fundraiser ends on Friday, March 29.

Digital Families Community Event

Raising children in the age of smartphones and social media brings new challenges and concerns for all families. That’s why the BMS PTA is inviting you to the Digital Families Community Event, which promotes safer and more responsible use of online technology among children and families.

During this event your family will learn together about the importance of digital safety and online behavior through various workshops. Some of the things you can expect to talk about are healthy online habits, digital privacy, and how to be a connected as a family online.

A light meal will be provided, and childcare is available for younger siblings.

Free tickets are limited, so sign up now: http://bit.ly/digitalBMS

Volunteer opportunities available for adults and students: http://bit.ly/digitalBMS-help

Half Day-

Friday, March 29th 2019 is a half day of school for students. They will not have lunch and will be dismissed at 12:20 PM. Please make plans accordingly.

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 you need assistance for SOL prep, we also want you to stay after school.

Transportation

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.

Sports

3/25- Baseball and Softball game at Page Middle School 4:30 PM

3/28- Baseball and Softball game home against James Blair Middle School 4:30 PM

Cost of entry is $3.00.

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 Dance Change-

The 8th grade dance originally scheduled for Friday, May 31st, 2019 will be moved to Saturday, June 1st. This change was made because BMS relay for life team which includes teachers and students will be at that event and we did not want anyone to miss this event.

BAND/THEATER/ORCHESTRA/CHOIR

Band-

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

Orchestra-

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)

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:  3/27 and  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.

PTA News

Digital Families Community Event

You still have time to grab your free tickets for the Digital Families Community Event–tomorrow, March 25, 6-8pm in the BMS Media Center. This is a workshop-style event with fun, family-friendly activities that promote healthy online habits, digital privacy, and how to be our best selves online.

Thanks to a sponsorship from the National PTA and Facebook, we’ll provide dinner and some awesome giveaways. Check out our door prizes on the BMS PTA Facebook page: BerkeleyMiddlePTA

Sign up now to reserve your spot: http://bit.ly/digitalBMS

PTA News and Events:

Follow the PTA on Twitter (@Berkeley_PTA) and Facebook (BerkeleyMiddlePTA) for updates and events.

Digital Families Community Event: 

Monday, March 25, 6-8pm.

RSVP: http://bit.ly/digitalBMS

Volunteer: http://bit.ly/digitalBMS-help


2019-20 BMS PTA Board

Serving on the PTA is an outstanding way to stay connected to your child’s school. The nominating committee will present a slate of candidates for committee chair and officer positions at the April 15 PTA meeting. If you are interested in any role–small, medium, or large–please contact Lori Jacobson at . No experience necessary–all are welcome!

BMS Block Party

Friday, May 3th, 3-6pm

We’re in search of adult volunteers to help NJHS students sell tickets during lunch on May 1, 2, and 3. Please contact Angie Whitehead if you’d like to be involved: .

8th Grade Dance

Saturday, June 1, 6-9pm

Please note that the dance date was changed so that 8th graders could participate in Relay for Life on May 31.

Next PTA Meeting

Monday, April 15, 6-7pm

BMS Media Center

Amazon Smile

If you’re already shopping on Amazon, one extra step could help Berkeley! Go to smile.amazon.com, select Berkeley Middle PTA as your charity, and then shop as usual. Your Prime membership is still in effect, and Berkeley receives a portion of proceeds.
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