January 22, 2022

The Beckwith Chronicle

D.L. Beckwith Middle School News


Dates to Remember

11/8     Girls basketball try-outs 2:30-4:30

11/9     Girls basketball try-outs 2:30-4:30

11/9    School Committee 6:30pm

11/10     Early Dismissal at 11:30 a.m.

11/10     Parent Teacher Conferences

11/4-11/12   PTSA Book fair

11/11     No School - Veterans Day

11/15      Boys basketball try-outs 2:30-4:30

11/16      Boys basketball try-outs 2:30-4:30

11/17     PTSA meeting at BMS

11/22    Term 1 Report Cards available           

11/23   School Committee 6:30pm

11/24   Early Release at 11:30 a.m.

11/25-11/26   No school- Thanksgiving recess

Beckwith Believers
The Beckwith Believers are proud to announce that they have started up their club this year competing in two fall bocce games. The first game was hosted at Beckwith on October 13th against Norton Middle School. Our second game was away at Case Middle School on October 20th where we faced both Norton and Case Middle School bocce teams. Both events were packed full with great competition, good sportsmanship and a whole lot of fun. Our athletes had a great time making new friends and for some, engaging in a new sport! Our athletes are Mackinley Garcia, Ainsley Zibrida, Raegan Baer, Grace Griffin, Maggie Kazanjian, Grace Callaghan, Gia Papa, Riley Kazanjian, Brayden Cheverie, Bailey D’Alessio, Alexis Flood, Robert Monteforte, Campbell Cordeiro, Katie Silva, Marissa Rioux, Brendyn Murphy, and Taylor Pierce. Way to go Believers!!

Messages from Mrs. Mondor, School Nurse
First, to the parents of 7th graders: Students in 7th grade need to provide documentation to the School Nurse of having a physical within the past year as well as proof of having received the Tdap booster, 2nd Varicella vaccine & the Meningitis vaccine. All of these are requirements set forth by the Department of Public Health.  Students are subject to exclusion without this proper documentation.  Please send in as soon as possible or email to cmondor@drregional.org

Mrs. Mondor also wants you to know that this fall, Beckwith Middle School students will be screened for scoliosis. This is a requirement under MGL Chapter 71, Section 57. Any parent/guardian who wishes to opt-out of this wellness check for their child must do so in writing. Please send this documentation to the school nurse Mrs. Cathy Mondor.

Library News
The BMS Library is busy! Students are visiting with classes and during directed study. In September, over 300 books circulated at BMS!!!!  Here's the BMS Library link.  Don’t hesitate to email me with a question: jfernandes@drregional.org. Mrs. Fernandes, Librarian

PTSA BMS Fall Book Fair
The book fair will be open for parents to shop in-person during parent teacher conferences on Thursday November 4 from 5:30-8:00pm and Wednesday November 10 12:30-2:30pm and 5:30-8:00pm. Students will be allowed to shop during the school day 11/5-11/12. Online shopping will begin on 11/5 and run through 11/18 at www.scholastic.com/bf/dorothylbeckwithmiddlesch1

E-wallet is a safe, cash-less way to shop the book fair. Teachers can also create e-wallets and share with families to help build their classroom libraries.

PTSA needs parent volunteers to help work the book fair. Here is a link to sign up. If a parent would like to volunteer but can only work a portion of a scheduled block please contact Christine at cedarling@comcast.net. All volunteers must wear a mask while inside the school building and have an up-to-date CORI.  Https://volunteer.scholastic.com/#/signup/DS9kPbVxY

Principal’s Message
Dear Beckwith Middle School Families:

I hope this newsletter finds you and your family doing well and enjoying the beautiful Fall weather!

October has been a very busy and fast month.  Here are some highlights from my vantage point:

I have observed students involved in engaging learning in their classrooms.  I have seen students working on examining the environmental context and implications of sea turtle rehabilitation centers, working in math center rotations, enlarging and reducing figures on the coordinate plane, conducting chemical/ physical change labs in science, division of rationals, presenting “Shark Tank” inventions from Golden Age of India, identifying and discussing the narrative point of view in texts, providing coordinate directions to locate countries and regions on google earth, creating animated graphics, painting leaves and studying positive and negative spaces.  There is a lot of good learning taking place and I congratulate the students for their hard work and the teachers for their thoughtful planning.

This month has also seen our students actively participating in afterschool activities.  Our ACE Fall program is filled with great choices, we have cheered our boys and girls soccer teams on and our incredible Beckwith Believers team has shown us how to compete in Bocce with enthusiasm and sportsmanship.

There are a few key upcoming dates to keep in mind. 

The district has two Professional Development training dates in early November.  As a result, our students will be dismissed early (11:30am)  on Monday, November 1st and not have school on Tuesday, November 2nd. 

Please remember to sign up for parent teacher conferences with your child(ren)’s teachers.  An email was sent to all families that included the electronic sign up links. Conferences will be held on November 4 and November 10.  Please note that students will be dismissed early on Wednesday, November 10 (11:30am) to open up afternoon and evening parent teacher conference times. 

Two other items to please note:

Agenda planbooks arrived yesterday!   We are so happy they have finally arrived, it is hard to put into words!  We have been waiting for months and now it is my pleasure to ask you to look for your child(ren)’s agenda and parent portal log-in information label which is on the inside cover of the agenda. 

Please make sure to take a few minutes to fill out my Parent Entry Plan Survey.  Please clink on this link:   PARENTS ENTRY PLAN SURVEY

Thank you for your support and collaboration!

Frederick A. Randall


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