Principal's Message - Burleigh Bulletin 1-14-2022

Mon, 06/07/2021 - 10:25pm

Upcoming Dates

  • January 17 - MLK Jr. Day. No School for Staff and Students
  • January 19 - 3 hour early dismissal
  • January 21 - End of Quarter 2
  • January 24 - Professional Work Day. Schools closed for students
  • February 1 - County Professional Learning Day - Schools closed for students

December Students of the Month

Please help us congratulate the December Students of the Month. Recognized students consistently demonstrate the Three R’s of Burleigh Manor Middle School. Readiness, Respect and Responsibility.

  • 6th Grade - Allison Li, Charlie Ulloa, Claire Wagner
  • 7th Grade - Lila Junker, Emma Baumer, Enxin Chen
  • 8th Grade - Ariela Camacho Bucks, Kareem Mohammed, Showrov Gupta
  • Related Arts - Leila Barton, Natalie Bank, Hannah Elpus

Dear BMMS Parents,

This year, due to health precautions, we will use the Scripps National Spelling Bee’s online testing platform to hold our Burleigh Manor spelling bee via an online spelling test. Participation in the bee is completely voluntary. 

The first step to spelling bee participation for your child is registering for the online testing platform by visiting https://online-test.spellingbee.com. 

Registration Window: Jan. 14th – 20th

I encourage you to watch this video tutorial that will walk you through the registration process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ThKRsffiFc

Once you have registered, I will be able to assign the appropriate test to your child. You will receive an email when the test is assigned. Your child must complete their grade level test before the given deadline. Tests can be taken on any device with a web browser, including desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones. Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge are our preferred browsers. We do not support Safari for desktop or Internet Explorer. Grade level tests will consist of 25 spelling words and 25 vocabulary words. Study lists will be provided for each grade level, but not all test words will be from the lists. 

The students from each GRADE with the highest scores will move on to compete at the school level. This year, our school-level competition will be administered via a separate online test using the same platform. 

Our school champion will then move on to represent BMMS in the next level of the HCPL regional spelling bee program, which also may include online tests in lieu of in-person spelling bee events. 

Remember, the first step to spelling bee participation is to register at online-test.spellingbee.com. Register your child by January 20th as I will begin assigning tests to students very soon. If you have already registered in the online testing platform for another child, you can log in to your account and add an additional child to that same parent account. There is no need to register a different email address for each child in your household. 

Please reach out to me if you have any questions about our school spelling bee program. I look forward to having your child compete to represent our school! 

Sincerely,
Mrs. Kelly Farquharson

Early Dismissal for All Students - January 19 

To provide staff with additional time to address their increased workload and to support employee well-being, the Board of Education approved several 3-hour early dismissal days during the remainder of the school year. The next early dismissal day is Wednesday, Jan.19.

Identify Student Device Needs by January 14 

As HCPSS plans for technology needs in the event of virtual instruction, HCPSS is requesting all families to complete a brief questionnaire regarding your child’s/children’s device needs. The questionnaire is designed to be filled out for each child in the family, regardless of current device assignment. Please contact your child’s school if you need assistance completing the form.

Arriving on Time to School

There has been a recent increase in unexcused tardiness in the morning. Doors open to Burleigh Manor at 7:50AM and period 1 begins at 8:00AM. Students who arrive after 8:00AM are considered tardy and must sign in late with the main office. Parents can either walk in with the student, send a written note or email BMMSabsence@hcpss.org. Students should not be dropped off to walk in without documentation or a parent. Students who have 3 tardies or more in a quarter will see their counselor to problem solve the reasons they are coming in late. The 4th tardy the student will be directed to administration to receive a consequence for tardiness. Our hope is not to have to assign detentions and receive the support from our parents to get our students here on time. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. 

What do I do if My Child Exhibits Symptoms of Covid-19?

Just a reminder that children who exhibit symptoms of Covid-19 may not attend school. If your child has symptoms of Covid-19 and will therefore be absent, please email krista_johnson@hcpss.org and BMMSabsence@hcpss.org. By emailing both of these places, Ms. Johnson, our nurse, will be able to assist you with the proper procedures to follow, and your child’s absence will be documented as an excused illness. 

Please visit the HCPSS website for additional information on self screening, contact tracing and quarantining procedures. Additionally, visit the HCPSS website for more information on the 2021-2022 school year and answers to frequently asked questions.

What Happens if My Child is Identified as a Close-Contact to Someone Who has Covid-19?

This answer varies based on whether or not your child is fully vaccinated, and whether or not your child has any Covid-19 symptoms. Click here for HCPSS' quarantine procedures for students.

Instructional Supports for Students in Quarantine

Students who must quarantine have several opportunities to continue learning and receive supports, which will help them easily transition back to instruction once they return to school.  At Burleigh Manor, teachers will post their virtual check-in days and times on their Canvas pages.

Vaccination Clinics for HCPSS Students Aged 5 – 11

HCPSS is working with the Howard County Health Department and several local pharmacies, to provide students ages 5-11 the opportunity to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

Information about upcoming clinics is available on the HCPSS website and will be updated as new clinics are added. Vaccination remains the most effective strategy to save lives and end this pandemic so I encourage you to make an appointment for your child if you have not already done so.

Answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine can be found on the Howard County Health Department’s website. Additional information can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Vaccination Clinics for HCPSS Students Aged 5 – 11

HCPSS is working with the Howard County Health Department and several local pharmacies, to provide students ages 5-11 the opportunity to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

Information about upcoming clinics is available on the HCPSS website and will be updated as new clinics are added. Vaccination remains the most effective strategy to save lives and end this pandemic, so I encourage you to make an appointment for your child if you have not already done so.

Answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine can be found on the Howard County Health Department’s website. Additional information can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Lost and Found Items

If your child has lost any items (jackets, water bottles, notebooks, etc.), please have him/her check the lost and found box in the cafeteria. If the items are not claimed by Friday, January 28, they will be donated.

Clothing to Cash:  Collection Bins

Clean out those closets and bring us your unwanted clothing, textiles, purses, accessories and shoes!!  BMMS has a Clothing to Cash collection bin.  The white bin is the 1st bin you come to that is located on our walkway as you drive down our campus, on the right just as you are turning left to go towards CHS and is marked for BMMS.  Super easy access, convenient pull off location.  Make this part of your monthly/semi-annual/yearly routine.  The funds generated from your donated items will directly benefit and support our programs here at Burleigh Manor Middle School.  It is a win, win!!  Please click HERE for more information and a flier you can send to local family and friends.

For additional ongoing fundraising programs that will benefit BMMS and BMMS PTA, please click HERE.

Important Resources

If you have an immediate need for help with depression, suicidal thoughts, or other serious mental health issues, please contact:

  • Grassroots Crisis Intervention at 410-531-6677
  • The Maryland Crisis Hotline: Dial 211 and then choose option 1
  • The Crisis Text Line: Text 741741 and a trained counselor will respond.
  • The National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255

Community News and Events

Please visit the Community News and Programs page for announcements of upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations.

FREE Parenting Classes: Raising preteens and teens is tough. Wouldn’t it be great if adults could take a class that taught us how to help our kids avoid risky behaviors, all while learning how to say no to drugs and alcohol? There is! Guiding Good Choices is an evidence-based, interactive prevention program that provides families with the skills and knowledge to reduce the risk that their children will use drugs and alcohol or engage in other dangerous behaviors. HC DrugFree is pleased to present this popular parenting class for Howard County parents, guardians, and grandparents starting February 2. This program will meet via Zoom for 5 classes (February 2, 9, 16, 23, and March 2) from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Adults should plan to attend all 5 sessions. Topics include How to Prevent Drug Use in Your Family, How to Develop Healthy Beliefs and Clear Standards, Avoiding Trouble: How to Say No to Drugs, Managing Conflict: How to Control and Express Your Anger Constructively, and How to Strengthening Family Bonds. The class is free, but registration is required:  www.surveymonkey.com/r/GGCFebMar2022 

For more information, email Parenting@HCDrugFree.org. Visit www.hcdrugfree.org.

FREE Life Skills Classes for Students: Back by popular demand!!! HC DrugFree is providing a highly interactive skill-based program designed to promote positive health and personal development for youth in grades 6-9. For slightly younger or older students, please register and we will consider each request. We encourage siblings and friends to take these classes together! This program uses developmentally appropriate, collaborative learning strategies to help students achieve competency in the skills that have been shown to help students resist substance use (tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs), violence, and other high-risk behaviors. To be sure your student receives numerous perspectives, our instructional team consists of dedicated adults and older students sharing situations they may face in high school, college, and beyond. Classes will be held via Zoom Tuesdays February 8, 15, 22, and March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Registration is required. Please sign-up ASAP as space is extremely limited! For more information: Email LifeSkills@hcdrugfree.org, visit www.hcdrugfree.org, or view downloadable flier.​​​​​​​

Parents: If you are interested in learning more about what is happening in Howard County, the many free resources HC DrugFree and other organizations offer, or how your student can volunteer as they learn skills and receive more community service hours, then sign up for our free newsletter to get updates on events as well as information to keep your family safe and informed. www.hcdrugfree.org.