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As the year progresses, you will receive emails and or voice messages from Blue Ridge.  In case you missed them, you can find them here, with the most recent at the top.

4/5/17
 

SCA Hat Day Food Drive Tomorrow

 

To celebrate Spring break, spread some school spirit, and support our community, the BRMS Student Council Association is holding a “Hat Day – Crazy Hair” food drive on Thursday, April 6th   All students who bring in a non-perishable food item can wear a hat for the day. All food items will be donated to the Tree of Life Food Pantry to benefit local families.

Have a wonderful break!

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 4/4/17
 

Dear 7th Grade Family,

We have had an excellent response to our Holocaust Event!  We are excited to welcome Mr. Sztajer to BRMS tomorrow evening – April 5 at 7:00 PM. Please plan to arrive any time after 6:30 PM for seating.   For families who reserved seats, tickets (1 student and 1 adult) were distributed to through history classes on Monday & Tuesday. Please ensure that these are brought to the event as the  tickets will help facilitate the smooth seating of all attendees. As a reminder, you may park in the Solar Lot and the front bus loop if overflow parking is needed. If the ground is dry enough, you may also park along the perimeter of the Kiss N’ Go lane.

We do still have limited seats available on walk-in basis.  While we cannot guarantee seating, 7th grade students and one parent who did not pre-register may check-in at the designated table in the lobby starting at 6:45 PM. Seats will be given on a first come, first serve basis. Note:  We cannot accommodate additional family members – i.e.  siblings or more than one adult.

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s history teacher of Dean Karin Nixon at karin.nixon@lcps.org.

We look forward to an amazing, history-filled evening

 
 
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3/31/17
 

BRMS Families,

We love to celebrate excellence at BRMS. We continue to create an outstanding recommendation packet for, Art 6 teacher,  Ms. O’Neill,  for Shenandoah Teacher of the Year.  After our previous ConnectEd announcing her nomination, we had a great response indicating interest in supporting her nomination. We are sending this final reminder to send in letters of support from students and/or parents to Mr. Bell (brion.bell@lcps.org) or Karin Nixon (karin.nixon@lcps.org) by April 6th; however, we recognize the week before a break can be busy, so we have set the April 17th as the deadline.  

Criteria for selection which need to be addressed in the nomination packet are:

  • Be committed to students & their learning;
  • Know the subject they teach and how to teach it to students;
  • Be responsible for managing and monitoring student learning;
  • Think systematically about their practice and learn from experience; and
  • Be an active member of the community.

As a Sixth Grade Art Teacher for the past eleven years at BRMS, Ms. O’Neill has touched many student lives – teaching each and every sixth grade student who has attended Blue Ridge starting with the 2006-2007 school year. We are thrilled to recognize her hard work and dedication. 

Sincerely,

Brion Bell, Principal

 
 
 
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3/30/17
 

Dear Parents,


We had to reschedule the 8th grade orientation visit to Loudoun Valley today. The date is to be determined.  Please see the following connectEd message sent from Ms. Ross, Principal at Loudoun Valley.  “Good morning.  This is Sue Ross, Principal of Loudoun Valley High School.  This morning, a Loudoun Valley High School student climbed approximately 20 feet up the water tower across the street and fell.  The student is being transported to the hospital at this time.  We wanted to share this information with you so that you understood the large first responder presence around campus this morning.”

Thank you,
Blue Ridge Administration

 
 
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3/29/17
 

Dear 7th  Grade Blue Ridge Family,

A reminder that we are in the final stages of planning for Mr. Sztajer’s presentation about his  experience  surviving life in concentration camps during World War II. This event is scheduled on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the BRMS auditorium. We encourage all 7th graders to participate. It is an amazing opportunity to hear a first-hand account of this period in history from a holocaust survivor.

Interested?  Reserve your seat here by Friday March 31st.

Already reserved your seats?  Tickets are being distributed on April 3rd (Monday/A-day) and April 4th (Tuesday/B-day) through history classes.  Please ask your student for the tickets.

Note:  Due to limited seating in the auditorium, each family is limited to two tickets – one 7thh grade student and one adult family member.  Seats will be given out in the order requests are received.  

If you have questions about the event, please contact your child’s history teacher.

 
 
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3/22/17
 

Dear 7th Grade Blue Ridge Family,

We are excited to share an amazing opportunity for 7th Grade students! Mr. Rubin Sztajer, a holocaust survivor, will visit BRMS on Wednesday April 5, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the BRMS auditorium. He will share his experiences of surviving life in concentration camps during World War II. This living history experience directly supports the 7th Grade History curriculum.

Interested?  Reserve your seat here no later than Friday, March 31.

Note:  Due to limited seating in the auditorium, each family is limited to two tickets – one 7th grade student and one adult family member.  Seats will be given out in the order requests are received.  Tickets will be distributed through history classes on April 3(A-day) and April 4 (B-day) to the event.

If you have questions about the event or requested tickets but can longer attend, please contact your child’s history teacher.

 
Ms. Cassidy

Mr. Dillon

Mrs. Mueller

Mrs. Stevens

 

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3/2/17

Dear Blue Ridge Families:


The final four performances of Blue Ridge Middle School's musical production will be held this weekend. Showtimes are Friday, March 3 at 7:30; Saturday, March 4 at 2:30 and 7:30; Sunday March 5 at 2:30. 

The musical is receiving rave reviews. One theatergoer wrote, "I have seen this show at two community theaters, two dinner theaters, and the Kennedy Center and in my humble opinion this one outshines them all." 

Tickets remain for all shows, with limited availability for the Sunday matinee. Tickets are $10 each and available online (brms.ticketleap.com/Joe), at the door, or an order form is attached to this email. Paper orders must be turned into the Blue Ridge Middle School office by noon on Friday, March 3. 

 

Thank you!

 
 
 
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 3/2/17

Good Evening Parents,

Students participated in a PBIS lesson today.  As a school, we continue to focus on the importance of a growth mindset.  The focus of today’s lesson was the role of mindset in resolving disagreements. We all have differing opinions, a growth mindset facilitates positive interactions – working collaboratively with one another by embracing alternative perspectives as a positive instead of negative.

Students worked collaboratively to complete a team building challenge.  Groups then reflected on their ability to work together, explained how they handled challenges that surfaced, and identified instances of both growth and fixed mindset related to the activity.

If you would like to continue this conversation at home, please consider talking about the following questions.  We have attached a graphic that serves as a review for students on the difference between a growth versus fixed mindset.

Ø  When you face challenges in your life, what type of mindset (growth or fixed) do you tend to have? 

Ø   Based on what you learned today, what type of mindset allows for the most success?  Growth or fixed?  Why?

     Thank you for your continued support,

PBIS Team

2017 Growth vs Fixed Mindset Chart 
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2/22/17

Blue Ridge Family,

Great things continue to happen at Blue Ridge – both in the classroom and beyond!  I’d like to take a moment to share the efforts of our 6th grade students and staff to raise awareness of homelessness in Loudoun County.  Using their study of literature in language arts as a springboard for this project, students have been collecting donations of non-perishable goods and clothing that will be donated to Project Mobile Hope to support homeless youth in Loudoun.  Last Friday, the Project Mobile Hope bus visited BRMS and students heard directly from the program’s founder & CEO, Donna Fortier.  For more information about this event, I encourage you to read the following article that was published in Loudoun Now!

http://loudounnow.com/2017/02/17/class-project-spurs-middle-school-students-to-help-those-in-need/

 

If you’d like to support the 6th grade students’ effort, donations of non-perishables and gently used clothing will be accepted through this Friday, February 24th. Students may place donations in the collection boxes located in each house area. 
 

Brion Bell, Principal

 
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2/21/17

 

Dear Blue Ridge Parents:

 

Blue Ridge Middle School's musical production Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat opens this Friday, February 24th.  There are two weekends of performances:  Friday Feb 24 and March 3 at 7:30, Saturday Feb 25 and March 4 at 7:30, Saturday, March 4, Sunday Feb 26 and March 5 at 2:30.  Tickets are $10 each and are available online (http://brms.ticketeap.com/Joe) or through the house secretaries.  Tickets will also be on sale during lunch February 21-24.

Thank you so much!

 

See attachment! 

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2/16/17 
 
Good evening,

Student safety is a priority to us at BRMS. We need all parents that use or may use our kiss-n-ride lane to be aware of parking lot safety.   

BRMS requests that you please use the Kiss and Go lane exclusively for pick up and drop off of Blue Ridge students. Stay in the Kiss-n-Go lane the entire time pulling as far forward as posible to allow cars behind to move up. Drop off and pick up students along the sidewalk, not just at the end by the steps.  Do not park in front of teacher's cars and invite your child to walk through the lot to your car to avoid the Kiss-n-go lane. This blocks cars in the Kiss-n-go lane from turning towards A-street, it's unsafe, and it blocks in staff leaving for the day. 

We want to provide the highest level of safety for our students.  Our Kiss-n-go lane, if used properly, is regulated, structured, and supervised.

Please refrain from parking on local streets and having students walk to you by crossing connecting public streets in neighborhoods adjacent to Blue Ridge. Off campus pick-ups create areas where school staff are not available to ensure safety standards. Furthermore, some of these communities are private property.

Our Kiss and Go line is empty each day between 3:45 - 3:50pm and it offers the safest available method for a student to leave our building.

 

We appreciate our community’s support to keep our campus and community safe.

 

Regards, 

 

Brion Bell, Principal

 
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2/13/17
 

Dear Parents,

The Student Council will be celebrating Valentine's Day by having its first ever Snack Drive. On Tuesday, February 14th students are encouraged to wear pink or red and bring in prepackaged snacks. Snacks will be collected and distributed by our family liaison to local families in need. Suggested snacks include prepackaged granola bars, cookies, goldfish, crackers, fruit snacks, chips, pretzels or juice boxes. Be sweet and bring in a treat!

 

Thank you,

Blue Ridge SCA

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2/10/17
 

Good evening, 

Students participated in a PBIS lesson on Thursday.  As a school, we are focusing on the importance of a growth mindset.  Through a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work-brains and talent are just the starting point.  The alternative mindset is a fixed mindset, believing we can’t do something we aren’t good at. Having a growth mindset creates a desire to learn and teaches resiliency skills that are necessary to achieve personal success.  

The lesson’s objective was to help students understand the importance of a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset.  Students were asked to reflect on challenges they have faced and overcome, and shared if a growth mindset allowed them to persevere.  Please visit our school website PBIS page, https://www.lcps.org/Page/161394 for more details regarding this lesson.  We have also attached a graphic that students discussed today during class that explains growth versus fixed mindset.

We encourage you to continue this conversation with your child at home.  If you would like to continue this conversation at home, please consider talking about the following questions. 

Ø  What actions can a person take to improve their ability to achieve success?

Ø  Share challenges or setbacks you personally have experienced with your child. Has having a growth mindset helped you achieve personal success in your life?

Thank you for your continued support,

PBIS Team

2017 Growth vs Fixed Mindset Chart 
 
 
 
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2/6/17
 

Hello Seventh Grade Parents/Guardians,

On February 8th and 9th during 7th grade FACS & Tech Ed, I will meet with all students regarding 8th Grade course scheduling and creating a high school class plan. Scheduling will be done through Parent/StudentVue under “course requests”.  You may view the classes your child is signed up for and make changes to electives.  The core classes listed are the classes that the current 7th grade teachers have recommended your son or daughter for in eighth grade.  If you would like to make changes to these classes or have questions, please contact me.  All course changes must be done by the final deadline of June 2nd, 2017. 

I have attached the course selection form that was provided to each student today for your reference.  You may view the Middle School Program of Studies, which has all the classes with a description listed and other helpful information, by clicking on this link:

 

https://www.lcps.org/cms/lib/.../PoS%202016%20MS%20Final.pdf

 

The high school class plans are completed in a program called Family Connections/Naviance which you can access from home (see the attached flyer for help).  The students recently used this program for their career exploration lesson last month.  You can see the outcome from this lesson in the program. 

Thank You,

Todd Peterson

7th Grade Counselor

Blue Ridge Middle School

 
 
 
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2/5/17
 

7th Grade BRMS Families,

The 7th Grade Ida Lee Social is right around the corner!  The event is Saturday, February 11 from 8:30-10:00 p.m. This activity is open to all BRMS 7th grade students – no friends or siblings, please. Activities include wallyball, basketball, swimming, and water rock wall climbing. There will also be snacks and water provided by the PTO.

It is not too late to RSVP. Simply print the attached flyer and return the completed form to the House C office.  Permission slips will also be accepted at the door, but for planning purposes the PTO encourages students to turn forms in to the school ahead of time.

We thank all volunteers who have offered their time and/or snacks.  Donated items will be collected in the BRMS main office until 12:00 p.m. on Friday. Items may also be brought to the door on the evening of the event if necessary. While most slots are covered, we are still seeking a few parents to assist with the evening as well as a few snack donations.  Please sign up at: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090C4CA5AD22AA8-7thgrade 

Important Event Details:  

  • All students must be signed in by an adult and picked up in the building.
    • Drop off begins at 8:15 p.m.

Per Ida Lee, we cannot access the facilities until 8:30 p.m; students will wait in the main entryway until we have access.

  • Pick-up no later than 10:00 p.m.
  • Students who require medication (i.e. inhalers and epi-pens) need to bring these items to the event.  Medication from the BRMS clinic will not be available during this PTO sponsored event.
  • All school rules apply. Students should behave as they do at school.
  • School dress code applies. Tops, bottoms and tennis shoes are required in all areas with the exception of the pool.  Students who plan to swim should wear a swimsuit under their clothing and bring a towel.
  • Student may bring cell phones for contact purposes – taking pictures during the event is prohibited.
  • The PTO and/or BRMS are not responsible for any missing items. Lockers will be available in swim area locker rooms:  25 cents for small lockers 50 cents for large lockers. (Coins allow one lock.)

Event Questions or allergy concerns?  Email the event coordinator Monica Greene at mrgreene@verizon.net.

The BRMS PTO

7th Grade Social Flyer
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 1/30/17
 

BRMS Math Tournament Team Information

Good evening,

The math department is excited to share a great opportunity! Students in grades 6th, 7th & 8th who are interested in using math skills to compete against other LCPS middle school students are invited to learn more about becoming part of the BRMS Math Tournament Team. The attached flyer contains information about this competition. Additional details about the selection process will be provided to all students who express an interest in being part of the team.

 

The deadline to return the completed interest form is February 10th.

 

Sincerely,

BRMS Math Teachers

 
 
 
 
 
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1/30/17
 

Dear BRMS Families,

There is a considerable increase in the use of the Kiss N’ Go due to the colder weather. With student safety in mind, we need to remind all drivers to follow the established route for drop-off and pick-up shown in the diagram attached. Please open the attachment to view the diagram.

 Drivers who enter via the staff parking lot or choose to go straight after dropping students off in non-sidewalk areas are creating a safety concern. Additionally, these drivers are blocking the flow of traffic for drivers exiting via the established Kiss N’ Go route leading to frustration in our school community.

Kiss N’ Go Reminders:

  • Enter the Kiss N’ Go loop from the marked entrance to the of the building and loop around the building.
  • Drop-off and pick up ONLY on the sidewalk areas adjacent to the school.  Student should NOT cut across the parking lot at any time.
  • Drop off early to eliminate congestion that is occurring near the 8:35 tardy bell. The building is open at 8:00 a.m. for students.
  • The traffic patterns are not directed by staff as we are monitoring students within the building, attending meetings, etc.  We as ask our community to respect all families by following the established expectations.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation. We appreciate your commitment to student safety and creating a positive school community. 

 

2017 Kiss N' Go

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1/24/17
 

7th Grade BRMS Families,

We are excited to share an upcoming PTO Event for 7th grade students! The Second Annual 7th Grade Social will be held on Saturday, Saturday, February 11th at Ida Lee from 8:30-10:00 p.m.  This is a great opportunity for BRMS 7th graders to spend time outside of school socializing with friends – while they enjoy swimming & activities in the gym area. The event, which is sponsored by the PTO, is free of charge and open to all BRMS 7th graders. J It promises to be a fun-filled night for the class of 2022! Please see the attached flyer for more information.

To participate, print the flyer and return the completed bottom half of the form to the House C office by Friday, February 3rd.  Students may also stop by the House C office to pick up a print copy of the flyer.

In order to make the evening a success, the PTO is seeking volunteers and/or donations of snacks and water.  To make this process easy, a Sign-Up Genius webpage has been created.  It can be accessed by clicking on the following link:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090C4CA5AD22AA8-7thgrade 

Event Questions or Concerns?  Email the event coordinator Monica Greene at mrgreene@verizon.net.  

 

 2017 7th Grade Social Flyer 

 
 
 
 
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 1/19/17
 

Dear Blue Ridge Families,

Please see the attached flyer for Bingo Night on January 20.  We look forward to seeing you there! If you did not pre-register, no problem, walk-ups are welcome. We have plenty of space and fun for everyone!

BRMS Admin. and PTO


Bingo Flyer 

 
  
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1/10/17
 

Creative Writing Club Opportunity

Good afternoon,

BRMS is excited to announce “Poetry Out Loud” which is being sponsored by the Blue Ridge Middle School Creative Writing Club.  Participants in this after-school activity will work with written and spoken word by writing original poems, learning famous poems and songs, and creating a dramatic team performance.  The session is limited to the first twenty participants to complete and return the attached flyer along with the $55 session fee.  See the flyer for specific information about meeting dates & times.

We encourage you to check out the work of Creative Writing Club students who participated in the “This I Believe” International Writing Project this past fall by visiting the following link:  https://www.lcps.org/Page/184941. Students enjoyed this opportunity to express themselves, and we have no doubt this upcoming session will also appeal to our student writers!

Have a good evening.
Brion Bell, Principal


File attachments:
Creative Writing Club Opportunity2017.pdf

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12/10/16
 

Good Afternoon Parents,

Yesterday, Blue Ridge students participated in a PBIS circle-talk lesson.  During the lesson, students reflected on their personal strengths as well as challenges/setbacks that stand in the way as they strive to achieve goals. The lesson’s objective was to recognize that in order to grow and reach your full potential, it is important to identify the challenges and setbacks experienced along the way and overcome these obstacles.  Through perseverance, individual growth happens.

We encourage you to ask your child about his/her experience during the class discussion. Some questions we suggest to foster our home-school connection are:

·         What are your strengths?  What choices did you make in order to achieve these strengths?

·         Describe challenges or setbacks you have experienced.

·         Describe one way you were able to overcome a challenge or setback in order to find personal success.

Thank you for your continued support,

PBIS Team

 

 

 
 
 
 
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11/16/16

Dear BRMS families,

The year is rapidly progressing – the second quarter is in full swing! Today students received report cards and envelopes with fundraiser tax-receipts for families who donated to the Bucks for Bulldogs Campaign.  Please ask your student(s) to share his/her grades and to provide you with the fundraiser envelope that was sent home for participating families. (Note: Car magnets for donations of $35 or more are in the envelope.) If you have grade related questions, please contact your child’s teacher(s) or encourage your child to meet with the teacher during resource.  Fundraiser questions should be directed to Karin Nixon at karin.nixon@lcps.org.

This week we celebrate American Education Week (AEW). Many great things happen at BRMS each day – AEW provides the opportunity to highlight educational excellence.  Already this week, we’ve recognized student achievement at our 1st Quarter Character Counts Award ceremony, held an assembly for 6th Grade Students to Skype with author Lauren Tarshis, and hosted a Parent Coffee. (Be sure to keep up with what is going on at BRMS by visiting our school calendar at https://www.lcps.org/Page/2873.) We look forward to additional student recognition as well as a Code Walk for our 6th & 7th grade students who are coding during 6th Grade Keyboarding as well as the 7th Grade Coding at the Middle School (CAMS) course.  We also recognize the many students who are members of the BRMS running club in the BRMS running and ran in the Turkey Trot this past weekend. Whether at school or in the community – bulldogs continue to do awesome things!

As we look forward to the Thanksgiving Break (November 23-25), Blue Ridge wishes you a safe, happy holiday.

 

Sincerely,

 

Brion Bell, Principal

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11/10/16

Good Evening Parents,

 

Today BRMS began the 2nd quarter focusing on character through grade level assemblies. Thank you to our PTO for sponsoring this event. “Worth it”, presented by Camfel Productions, was a high-energy show that included video clips, music and discussion centering around the importance of making choices that are worth it! 

 

Some themes covered through the presentation are listed below.

  • Making “worth it” decisions can be difficult - there are many distractions that can stop you from making the right choices. Types of distractions include friends, social media, and peer pressure.
  • Identifying personal strengths and being confident are key factors in good choices.  You must feel “worth it” to avoid being distracted by the opinions of others.
  • Surrounding yourself with positive people is important - choose friends that help you make  “worth it” decisions.
  • Both positive and negative energy are contagious – choose to be positive!
  • Safe practice while using social media.

 

Please ask your child about his/her takeaways from today’s message.  Discussion questions to continue to foster the home-school connection include:

  • What’s worth it to you?
  • What are your goals, for quarter two, this school year, middle school and beyond? What choices do you need to make to get closer to your goals?
  • What can distract/impede you from reaching a goal or making good decisions? 

Thank you for your continued support,

The PBIS Team

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 11/2/16
 

Dear Parents,

 

Throughout the month of October, Blue Ridge staff recognized National Anti-Bullying Month. Students and staff engaged in conversations, lessons and activities that focused on how we treat each another. Our PBIS team and teachers continue to be committed to helping students recognize the importance of making good choices and being kind to each another. 

Last Friday, students participated in a PBIS lesson that focused on using technology and highlighted some of the challenges faced when communicating electronically.  

Classes discussed the following topics:

 

  • Give an example of how you use technology to communicate or share personal experiences.
  • Share an example of a challenge you have had (or someone else has had) while communicating electronically.
  • Share pieces of advice you have (or have heard) that will help others have positive experiences when communicating electronically.

 

We encourage you to continue this conversation at home by asking your student about these topics.

 

Thank you,

The PBIS Team

 
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10/31/16

 

Spirit Day Food Drive Update  

 

Good evening,

We are excited to share that our Blue Ridge students and staff donated 809 pounds of food today to the Tree of Life Food Pantry today! This food directly benefits our community, and we hope our students recognize the impact their donations have on others.  Thank you to our Student Council Association (SCA) for planning and implementing our “Character Day & Spirit Day” food drive and to the numerous students & staff who participated by donating – many choosing to also dress in character.

Our student-led SCA will be planning additional spirit days throughout the school year to allow students and staff to show their bulldog pride. Often these days will be linked to a food drive component since BRMS is committed to making a difference in the community.   

What we do matters!

Thank you,

The BRMS Staff

 
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10/14/16 
 
Good Evening Parents,

 

This morning our Blue Ridge students participated in a PBIS lesson.  Students continue to focus on digital citizenship along with character.  We tie the digitial citizenship lessons into cyberbullying, including how students create a digital footprint.  Today’s lesson focused on fair use and copyright as it pertains to student projects.

Please ask your child about what they experienced today.  Some discussion questions to continue the home-school connection might be:

·     How does digital media play a role in your family? How is it used to communicate? How it is used on a daily basis in society? How do most Americans receive news or daily updates? Is that source reliable?

 

Thank you,

The PBIS Team

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10/7/16
 

Good Evening Parents,

 

Blue Ridge Middle School students experienced a circle talk PBIS lesson this morning.  As a school we have engaged the students in multiple lessons to raise awareness around National Bullying Prevention month.  Today’s lesson focused on kindness and actions we can all take to create a positive impact on one another.  

 

Students discussed the following prompts or questions:

 

·         Share a time that someone was kind to you or a kind act you have witnessed.

·         What are examples of ways someone may mistreat or bully someone else?

·         Describe ways we can use kindness or be an Upstander to help others.

 

It is always our goal as a school to continue to foster our home-school connection.  Please ask your child about what they experienced today and use our prompts/questions to create a family dialogue at home.  

 

Thank you,

The PBIS Team

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10/2/16
 

Dear Bulldog Parents,

In recognition of National Bullying Prevention month in October, Blue Ridge Middle School students are encouraged to participate in our “Hats off to Kindness” and Blue Shirt Day.  On Monday, October 3rd, students who wear a blue shirt can also wear a hat throughout the school day.  Our goal is to promote kindness and awareness of how we treat each other.

 

Please remind your student to wear a blue shirt on Monday, October 3rd, to help us kick start a month of focusing on kindness, because as Bulldogs, “What you do Matters!”

 

Video Intro to Blue Shirt Day:

http://www.stompoutbullying.org/index.php/campaigns/blue-shirt-day-world-day-bullying-prevention/celebrity-blue-shirt-world-day-bullying-prevention-videos-2016/laura-marano/

 

Thank you,

BRMS Counseling Team

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9/30/2016
 

Good Evening Parents,

 

This morning our Blue Ridge students participated in a PBIS lesson.  Today’s lesson focused on cyberbullying.

Each grade level focused on learning objectives geared toward the specific needs of each age group with staff facilitating lessons based on the discussion points below.

 

6th Grade

  • Students discussed the important role of an “upstander” and reviewed multiple ways to help others affected by a cyberbullying situation. 


7th Grade

  • What are the benefits and risks of presenting your identity in different ways online? Discuss how people portray themselves online and if it is helpful or hurtful towards themselves or others.

 

8th Grade

  • When can teasing “cross the line” and become a harmful situation? Students discussed warning signs of cyberbullying and reflected on steps to take when reacting to online bullying.

 

Ask your child about what they experienced today.  Some discussion questions to continue to foster our home-school connection may be:

·         What kinds of online behaviors could be considered bullying?

·         Do you feel good about how you portray yourself online?

·         Talk about a piece of advice you would say to a friend who feels like they’re being bullied online.

 

Thank you,

The PBIS Team

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9/28/16

6th Grade BRMS Families,

We are excited to share an upcoming PTO Event for 6th grade students! The Second Annual 6th Grade Social will be held on Saturday, October 22nd at Ida Lee from 8:30-10:00 p.m.  This is a great opportunity for BRMS 6th graders to spend time outside of school socializing with friends – both old and new – while they enjoy swimming & activities in the gym area. The event, which is sponsored by the PTO, is free of charge and open to all BRMS 6th graders. J It promises to be a fun-filled night for the class of 2023! Please see the attached flyer for more information.

To participate, print the flyer and return the completed bottom half of the form to the House B office by Friday, October 14th. Students may also stop by the House B office to pick up a print copy of the flyer.

In order to make the evening a success, the PTO is seeking volunteers and/or donations of snacks, water and paper goods.  To make this process easy, a Sign-Up Genius webpage has been created.  It can be accessed by clicking on the following link:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0d44abae22ab9-brms .

Event Questions?  Email the event coordinator Heidi Grisius at heidibaughman@comcast.net or Mary Litton Thornton at marylittont@aol.com.  

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8/24/2016

Dear Blue Ridge Family,

We are eagerly awaiting our first day of school on August 29th and are pleased to announce that students can access a draft of their schedules through ParentView. It is important to recognize that changes may occur as new enrollments continue and classes are balanced. If you notice errors in the schedule, please be assured that our counselors are continuing to review and finalize classes; please check ParentView for updates.  

Sixth grade students will receive a printed copy of their schedule during our 6th Grade Open House on Thursday, August 25th, from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm. That's today!! We hope to see all 6th grade students during our open house.  When all grade level students arrive at BRMS next Monday, they will report directly to their assigned homeroom. At that time, students will receive their official schedule.  

If you are unable to access ParentView, please call your child’s House Secretary: 6th Grade – Mrs. Hickman, 7th Grade – Mrs. Kerley, and 8th Grade – Mrs. Smith.


 



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