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News from the Principal - February 22, 2021

Hello!  Welcome to the “3rd First-day of School” in the 2020-2021 School Year.  Truly, a year for the history books.  We were so thrilled to see students back on campus today and humbled by the efforts and resilience of our educators entering into Hybrid 2.0 where they are doing what they’ve never done before, teaching in person and via Zoom at the same time.  Our mantra right now is to stay grounded, orient ourselves to yet another iteration of teaching and learning, and go slow so we all feel calm, connected, and part of a learning community like we’ve never seen before.  We appreciate your patience and welcome feedback.  Please look for “Parent Listening Sessions with the Principal” sign-ups the week of March 15th.

We are preparing to launch our BHMS Annual Food and Fund Drive in partnership with Open Door.  According to Feeding America and the US Census, we know that 630,000 Minnesotans face food insecurity.  This means, 1 out of 9 Minnesotans face hunger, including 1 of 6 children.  Food security is critical in sustaining our families and students so they can show up ready to learn.  Our goal this year is to collect 2021 pounds of food and $2021 dollars to support families in our community.  The Open Door is, “dedicated to ending local hunger through access to healthy food.”  The official kick off will be this Thursday and Friday, February 25 and 26.  If you’d like to “jump start” our campaign by making a monetary donation, you can do so with ease by following this link.  Thank you for your support!

Donate via Fundly

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Message from the Nurse

As we return to in-person learning opportunities, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our school district's illness protocols. Keep your child home if they are showing any symptoms of illness AND if anyone is the household is showing symptoms of illness. Contact our school nurse, Molly McQuown, if your child or anyone in your household is ill. Ms. McQuown can be reached at 651-905-5817.

The Home Screening Tool for COVID-19 Symptoms can be used each morning before sending your child to school.

The district's COVID-19 Operational Plan for Students, Families & Guests offers information on all topics related to COVID-19.

The Minnesota Department of Health's COVID-19 Decision Tree will guide our school staff in responding to student's with illness.

District 196 Online Learning Academy
for 2021-2022 School Year

Interested in the new 196 Online Learning Academy?  District 196 will be sending information regarding the 196 Online Learning Academy (K-12) for the 2021-2022 school year on Wednesday, February 24. 

Xtreme Adventures One on One!

The City of Eagan is offering an afterschool program to help middle school students with their school work and is infused with recreation games, art , fitness and other fun activities. 

A limited number of students will have the opportunity to work one-on-one, via zoom with City of Eagan recreation staff. One on one time will be scheduled weekly up to two (2) hours with staff/student on an individual basis. For example, one student can schedule one-on-one program time with a staff member Monday & Wednesday from 4-5:30 p.m. every week.

Please complete the attached documents to apply for this program. Program dates are March 1 through May 21. Fee is $65 per person.  This program is offered at a reduced rate due to Federal Grant funding. In addition, fee options are also available. Please contact Loudi Rivamonte at the City of Eagan, lrivamonte@cityofeagan.com  or call 651 675-5515 for additional information. 

Library Media News

Which teacher reads while being pulled by sled dogs?  Try great reads to celebrate Black History Month, learn the title of BHMS Alum’s latest book, draw with famous illustrators, and more—just click on this edition of Booked for the Week.

Student Lunch Cards

If your student is planning on eating at school for breakfast and/or lunch, please have them bring their lunch pin card to school.  If they have lost/ forgotten their lunch pin card, let us know and a replacement one will be provided within the week.

Food Services Programs

Information on the following programs is available on the BHMS Food Services webpage

  • Free and Reduced Priced Lunch

  • Emergency Nutritional Benefits for 2021

  • Every Meal meal kits

  • SNAP Outreach

More information on Food Services Programs>

Free Food Distribution from Farmers to Families

Berean Baptist is once again serving as a distribution location for Farmers to Families.  This organization is providing boxes of fresh produce and dairy to any who have need. There is no intake process or proof of financial need required.  The food in the box includes things like potatoes, onions, apples and carrots, liquid whole eggs, yogurt, cheese, hot dogs, and sausage and an entire gallon of milk.

Distribution is scheduled for Friday,  February 26 from 2-6 PM.   All distribution is done in the parking lot at  Berean Baptist Church, 309 County Rd 42 E, Burnsville. Volunteers are able to provide a touchless service for anyone who drives through.  Please email kayl@bereanbaptist.com with any questions.

Who do I go to for help? 

Technology 

Student Resources 

bhms.district196.org/academics/student-resources

 

Tech Help Form 

district196.org/techhelp 

Student Schedules/ Grades

 jay.williams@district196.org  

nicole.tompkins@district196.org 

Contacting Teachers

Staff Directory 

bhms.district196.org/families/staff-directory  

Contacting Counselors

6th Grade 

james.fischer@district196.org 

 

7th Grade 

jill.heasley@district196.org 

 

8th Grade 

mary.beck@district196.org 

Contacting Administrators

Principal 

anne.kusch@district196.org 

 

Asst. Principal 

jay.williams@district196.org 

 

Asst. Administrator 

jeff.smith@district196.org 

 

Important Dates

March 12

 End of Tri 2

March 17

 Teacher Workshop - No School 

March 22 - 26

 Spring Break - No School