Principal’s Newsletter Week 28, April 8th 2019

WEEK OF APRIL 8th, 2019

What’s Happening?

Good Afternoon Berkeley Parents,

I hope that everyone had a relaxing and restful Spring Break. I had the opportunity to get some rest and watch my UVA Cavaliers make it through the madness with an opportunity to play in the National Championship game tomorrow night. The break has given us an opportunity to get some family time and to recharge our batteries for the last 9 weeks of school. We have 45 days of school left and our school SOL testing windown opens the second week of May. This week starts with an A Day on Monday, April 8th, 2019.

School Book Fair:

Book Fair

April 12th – April 19th

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.


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.


Wednesday       April 10                 Home  vs Queens Lake                 4:30

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.

Builders Club:

There will be a Builders Club  meeting on Wednesday April 10 at 5:30 in the Media Center. Please plan on attending if you are interested in this new club at BMS.

NJHS applications were distributed in March and are due to Mrs. Underwood by April 22.  Induction ceremony will be May 6.



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:    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 and Events:

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

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!

Bulldog Press

The deadline for submission to the next issue of the Bulldog Press is April 8. Lead teachers, program leaders, and PTA committee chairs should send updates to Heather Del Negro ( To see past issues of the Press, see the PTA’s webpage:

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, 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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