Principal's Message - Burleigh Bulletin - December 2, 2022

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

Upcoming Dates

  • Dec 13 - Winter Orchestra Concert, 7 p.m., CHS Auditorium
  • Dec 14 - 3-Hour Early Dismissal
  • Dec 15 - Winter Choir Concert, 7 p.m., CHS Auditorium
  • Dec 16 - Winter Band Concert, 7 p.m., CHS Auditorium
  • Dec 23 - Jan 2 - Schools and Offices Closed for Winter Break
  • Jan 16 - Schools and Offices Closed
  • Jan 18 - 3-Hour Early Dismissal
  • Jan 23 - Schools Closed for Students

View, download and/or subscribe to the HCPSS academic calendar online. Please note that the calendar is subject to change and the online calendar reflects the most recent version.


Let's take a moment to congratulate our November students of the month. For the 6th grade, Aiden Okomo, Ghazal Abu-Sneineh and Parker Leonard received the honors. In 7th grade, Sunyou Han, Seoyan (Isabella) Choi and Mia Polyakov were recognized. 8th graders Kaydence Abraham, Kavya Shah and Julia Bachanek were named as students of the month. Finally, from related arts, Maria Waqas, Evy Armstead and Emmie Ulloa earned the award. This is a wonderful accomplishment for these students!


When intolerant and reprehensible Principal Jerry Atrick falls over dead during a blackout, everyone at the Shingleville Malt Shop is a suspect. On Friday, December 9, at 7:00 PM find out which of our zany 1950s characters is guilty of murder! Enjoy some fifties fun and concessions during our intermission. 

Tickets are $6 and only available for purchase online. Please use this link to purchase your tickets for our Friday evening performance. Make sure to print a copy of your paid receipt as your entry ticket to our performance. Doors open at 6:45 PM.


Do you want to learn more about Canvas and Parent Connect? We will hold virtual information sessions for different language groups (Spanish Chinese and Korean) to walk you through how to check your child’s report card and assessment scores, update the family file, schedule parent-teacher conferences,  submit your child’s class placement, ESOL signature, register for summer school and more! If you are interested, please submit the form HERE by December 8. Please feel free to contact our Multilingual Achievement if you have any questions. Hope to see you at the session!


All HCPSS students and staff must stay home if they are experiencing symptom(s) associated with any communicable disease. Families, students and staff should perform daily health checks and stay home if they have symptoms of a communicable disease, including the seasonal flu, COVID-19 and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). Families are encouraged to consider taking advantage of flu and COVID vaccines and boosters.

All students, staff and visitors should perform daily health checks and do not enter an HCPSS bus or building with ANY of the following:

  • fever of 100.4 degrees or higher
  • sore throat
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing
  • diarrhea or vomiting
  • new onset of severe headache (especially with fever), or
  • new loss of taste or smell


Colder temps are here to stay.  Please remind your student to dress appropriately as we will still go outside for lunch and recess and PE as the weather allows. 


We have amassed a large number of water bottles and lunch boxes in the lost and found so far this school year. All turned in water bottles and lunch boxes are lining the windowsill at the back of the cafeteria.There are also quite a few jackets and articles of clothing in the lost and found cabinet in the cafeteria as well. 

Please ask your student if they have misplaced something this year to take a moment to look through the lost and found area. 


The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) now allows local school systems to repurpose inclement weather days as asynchronous school days. At the discretion of the superintendent, HCPSS will use up to three inclement weather asynchronous days during the 2022-2023 school year. One of two additional codes will be instituted to reflect the decision to transition to an asynchronous instruction day:

  • Code Purple Asynchronous Student Day - School buildings and Office buildings open for staff only
  • Code Pink Asynchronous Student Day - School buildings and Office buildings closed

On these Code Purple and Code Pink days, HCPSS curriculum resources for secondary students will be delivered within the Canvas learning management system. Resources will be available for all subjects and courses two hours after the start of the regular school day. 

Secondary Students are expected to: 

  • Log into each course via Canvas 
  • Complete work assigned for each course
  • Indicate attendance by submitting the “attendance assignment” posted in each class/course

Students will receive grades for assignments in accordance with teacher parameters for the assignments. In accordance with Policy 8020: Secondary Grading and Reporting, all asynchronous day assignments must be completed within 10 days.

For more information, please visit HCPSS Inclement Weather Asynchronous Instruction Plan.


Students who arrive after 8:00 AM will need to have a parent come in with them to the main office with their cell phones to sign them in using the QR code posted at the door. At a student's 3rd unexcused tardy they will meet with a counselor to work on strategies to be on time and at a student's 4th unexcused tardy, students can receive a detention.

If your student needs to be dismissed early, please email the day of dismissal stating your student’s name, reason for dismissal, and time you will be picking up your student. When you arrive to pick up your student, you will need your cell phone to complete the QR code posted at the door and your photo ID to present to the front office.

If your student has to be absent from school, please submit a note by emailing the attendance email at stating your student’s name, date(s) of absence and reason within three (3) days of their return to school. If your child has been lawfully absent from school and a note has been submitted, they will have the opportunity to make up missed work. If you would like to submit a Discretionary Absence Form FILLABLE.pdf form, please fill it out and email it to

Please review the HCPSS Attendance Policy for further information. 


We accept lunches, instruments, homework, school projects, keys, or other items as long as they are brought to school before 10:30 AM. Items can be left in the front office and labeled with the student's name and grade.  Lunches that are brought in late are taken to the cafeteria and placed on the stage for students to retrieve.

We are committed to minimizing classroom interruptions throughout the school day. We know homework, projects and instruments are important to our students, so we ask for your help in assisting students prepare for the day the night before, or the morning of, to ensure they have everything they need.


The Mission to Mars GT seminar is looking for a few volunteers who are experts in their field to help students develop a mission plan. If you are an expert in any of the following fields (or a related field) please email Mrs. Berkeley ( or Ms. Page ( 

  • City planning/Urban Development
  • Engineering/Aerospace


Are you interested in volunteering at BMMS this school year - maybe chaperone a field trip or help in a classroom? We value our volunteers and the contributions they make to our students and school.  According to Howard County Board of Education Policy, all volunteers must complete a Confidentiality Training Course about protecting the privacy of our students, staff, and schools and must complete the Child Abuse and Neglect Training for Parents. Please complete this course and training before registering to volunteer at your child’s school. The course takes about 5 minutes to complete. Please turn both of your completion certificates into the front office at the school when you are finished. You can email the certificates to Course and training can be found HERE.


HCPSS has again partnered with the Howard County Government and the Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland to provide free RTA bus access to students. This supports students who use public transportation to get to jobs and other services and destinations throughout the county. The passes are not intended to take the place of school buses for transport to school. Please contact Melissa Morton ( at Burleigh Manor Middle School, if interested. To determine if the bus route serves your area, please find the bus route map here: Bus Routes

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 first 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 to local family and friends.

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


Burleigh Manor Middle School will be accepting online payments for activities through out the year in an effort to help simplify how parents pay for school related activities.  You will need to set up a profile for each of your students.  For more information please click HERE. You will need to click on the sign in tab (icon top right corner of page that is a person with a gear) to set up your account. 


Parents/guardians who work on a federal property in Maryland and/or are a member of a uniformed service can qualify HCPSS to receive federal funding by completing the Impact Aid form online by Dec. 12. Impact Aid supplements the HCPSS operating budget to enhance the teaching and learning that takes place in Howard County classrooms.


  • Deadline for students to submit their artwork to the PTA reflections program is TODAY - Friday, December 2. Submit your entry form and artwork to this Google form.
  • Monday December 12 - We are continuing our annual tradition of providing cookie packages for each of the 90 Burleigh Manor staff members. Please consider signing up to bake 3 dozen of your favorite holiday cookies to help fill the boxes for staff members. Cookie donations can be dropped off at Christine Fritz's front porch (3652 Cragsmoor Court) on Friday, December 9 through Sunday, December 11, by 11:00 p.m. You can also drop off your cookies at the BMMS front office from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. on Monday, December 12. Thank you for your help in showing our appreciation to the BMMS at the holidays. Sign up here.
  • Friday December 16 and Monday December 19 - Each year, the BMMS PTA helps the teachers and staff by providing complimentary wrapping for the gifts for the staff members' families. The staff members bring in their unwrapped gifts and the PTA members spend the morning wrapping the gifts. Please review the available donation and volunteer slots and help if you are able. Thank you! Sign up here.
  • See the full list of PTA announcements online at our webpage - Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

ARL INFORMATION NIGHT - ARL - Career Academy Info Session -  December 13, 2022

Current 8-11 grade students and their parents/guardians are invited to attend in-person information sessions on HCPSS career academies on Tuesday, December 13, at the Applications and Research Laboratory, 10920 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, MD. The evening will include two 15-minute information sessions and a visit to a third academy beginning at 6:30 p.m. Participants will learn how Career and Technical Education (CTE) career academies provide high school students with opportunities to earn college credit, scholarships, and industry certifications, participate in worksite and mentorship experiences and become creative problem solvers by participating in hands-on project-based learning.

Complete information on all career academies is available online. Students/parents are encouraged to review the Career Academies Overview.

Schedule - Agenda

  • 6:30-6:45 p.m. - Session I
  • 6:50-7:05 p.m. - Session II
  • 7:10-7:30 p.m. - Open to visit any academy

Participating academies include:

  • Aerospace Engineering: Project Lead the Way
  • Agricultural Science
  • Animation and Interactive Media
  • Apprenticeship Maryland (for current 11th graders)
  • Architectural Design
  • Automotive Technology
  • Biotechnology
  • Civil Engineering: Project Lead the Way
  • Construction
  • Cybersecurity Networking
  • Finance
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Professions
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning

Parking is available at the Applications and Research Laboratory and Homewood School lots.


The Council of Elders and the Howard County Public School System have partnered to sponsor the following 2022–23 parent workshop series:

  • December 10: Social and Emotional Well-Being
  • January 28: Healthy/Unhealthy Relationships: Managing Peer Conflict
  • March 11: Substance Abuse Prevention

All sessions will be held virtually 9–10:30 a.m. Additional details regarding each session are forthcoming. Click PDF icon TCOESaveDate.8.22.pdf for more information.


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


  • HC DrugFree is excited to announce our upcoming virtual town hall, “How Much is Too Much? Finding a Balance between Academic Performance and Student Well-Being” on Monday, January 9 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. The event is open to students in grades 8-12 and parents, guardians, and grandparents of middle and high school students. Learn skills and strategies to help students better cope with academic pressure and stress just in time for mid-term exams. There will be a Q&A at the end of the presentation. Registration is required: For more information about the town hall or to download a printable flier visit  Members of the Teen Advisory Council (TAC) can earn community service hours for attending this event. If your student is interested in joining TAC, please visit to learn more and download an application. Virtual Town Hall for Parents and Students Flier
  • 8th – 12th Grade Students: HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council is open to all Howard County students in grades 8 through 12. This is a great opportunity to help prepare younger students for success in high school while allowing older students to develop their leadership and mentoring skills.The registration form is available at the website. Community service hours available. Email your registration form to or mail a hard copy the office. To register for the upcoming meeting on Monday, November 14th, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. click on the TAC Registration links next to each date
  • Know What’s Happening in Howard County: Sign up for HC DrugFree’s newsletter at to get updates on events as well as information to keep your family safe and informed.