Ruth Hale Barker Middle School

Our Mission

The Faculty, staff, and students at Barker Middle School will create and maintain a safe learning environment. As Barker Bruins, we promise to be enthusiastic, self-disciplined learners who will be respectful, considerate, and encouraging to others regardless of background, race, gender, or socio-economic status.

Bruins have P.R.I.D.E.-Problem-Solving Skills, Responsibility, Integrity, Determination, and Empathy.

Letter From The Principal

Upcoming Dates

March 2021

  • Spring Pictures Day March 5, 2021

  • Spring Break March 22, 2021 - March 26, 2021

April 2021

  • Book Fair April 5, 2021 - April 16, 2021

  • Aspire English/Writing Tests April 13, 2021 - April 14, 2021

  • Aspire Math Summative April 20, 2021

  • Aspire Science Summative April 21, 2021

  • Spring MAP Reading Test April 27, 2021 - April 28, 2021

Counselor's Connection

Local Little Free Pantries

The Little Free Pantry movement is a solution to immediate and local need. Whether a need for food or a need to give, mini pantries help feed neighbors, nourishing neighborhoods. They are open 24/7. Take what you need, give what you can!

Barker Little Free Pantry: 500 SE 18th Street, Bentonville.

Second Street Pantry: Intersection of A street and 2nd Street

"I" Street Pantry: Between McDowell Animal Clinic and Neighborhood Church, Bentonville.

Creekside Middle School Pantry: 209 SW 28th Street, Bentonville

(Located by the playground area)

177 NW 3rd Street Pantry, Bentonville

Snack Pack Program

We partner with Samaritan Community Center (SCC) to provide snack packs to kids that need food over the weekend. The center distributes 6,000 Snack Packs each week to 165 schools in four counties throughout NWA during the regular school year. If your child could benefit from receiving a Snack Pack please email Marisa Snow, msnow@bentonvillek12.org .

Barker Gives Back

Mission: To help support Barker students who are in need.

Background: Barker Gives Back is a group of parents who are willing to help meet needs of Barker students such as providing food, clothing, supplies, time, etc...

We are in need of the following items:

Pop Tarts, Granola Bars, Fruit Snacks, Instant Oatmeal

Volunteers:

If you would like to be a participating volunteer in this wonderful program please

email msnow@bentonvillek12.org. You will receive an email notifying you of our students current need.

Choose Love

The Choose Love Movement is teaching children and adults around the world how to change an angry thought to a loving one, and live a life filled with “Courage + Gratitude + Forgiveness + Compassion-in-Action.”

During advisory time twice a week our students are discussing and learning about social and emotional skills through the Choose Love curriculum. If you are interested in learning more about this program, please watch this video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c22KiY5orRk

They offer a free “At Home “curriculum as well. All information can be found on the website www.chooselovemovement.org.



Please reach out if you need any assistance or help with your child

Marisa Snow msnow@bentonvillek12.org

Cassie Hamaker chamaker@bentonvillek12.org

Bentonville has opened up the online app for parents to fill out the free and reduced form. https://www.lunchapp.com/

If you have any questions please email Marisa Snow

Nurse News

Reminders from the Nurse

Make sure your student has a clean mask on daily.

Remind them to make sure nose and mouth are covered by mask.

Always keep hands clean by hand washing or using hand sanitizer.

Keep 6 ft away from other students when possible.

Remember to take your students temperature daily and monitor for any COVID-19 symptoms on a daily basis. Please keep your student(s) home if you think they may be sick. If thee are any questions regarding symptoms, please call the school nurse.

Let's remember hand washing Tips!!

Wet your hands with clean, running water.

Use soap and lather up for about 20 seconds.

Make sure you get in between fingers, on the backs of hands, and under nails.

Rinse and dry well with a clean towel.

When coughing or sneezing remember to DAB!! Cough and sneeze into the elbow so that germs don't get onto your hands!!

Encore Spotlight

Library

Library Book Returns:

Students if you still have a book checked out from last year - from Barker - or your former school, please drop it in the book drop located in the cafeteria immediately. We realize things got crazy in the spring and you may not have had a chance to return your books. It's not a problem! Just place them in the book drop and we'll get them checked in for you or returned to your old school where they will check them in for you. Thank you!

P.E.

Kona Ice will be here during PE class on Friday December 18th. Please send money with your student if you would like to support our PE fundraiser. Please remember to have your child bring a jacket since we will be outside for PE class several days each week.

For P.E., both virtual students and in person students, don't forget to wear the appropriate footwear for the P.E. activity for that day. Typically, that means that flip flops, sandals, or any open toe shoe is not fit for P.E. All students should remember that P.E. expectations are still the same for everyone, virtual or in person.

Technology

In person Students:

Please make sure that students bring their own earbuds / headphones for use in tech class, this helps cut down on sharing. If a student is absent on a day that they have tech class, all assignments are uploaded onto their Google Classroom page every week that they can access from anywhere. Therefore, assignment due dates will not change even if they miss class.

Virtual students:

Don't forget, to check your Google Classroom for tech weekly! Remember, we will post a new assignment every Monday, and have due dates every Friday unless otherwise noted in Classroom. In Google Classroom both tech teachers have posted about scheduled Google Meets for the upcoming weeks. More will be discussed during those times so be sure to show up on time!

PTO Updates

Dear Barker Parents,

This school year promises to be the most unexpected in history. We want to invite you to join Barker PTO and help us support our students and staff during these unique days.

Why should you join PTO?

Every year, we pick a project on which to focus our fundraising efforts. Last year, our PTO was able to purchase a therapy dog for our school. You will be hearing about Barley in the future from Mr. Hipp. This year, our project will be staff appreciation and support for both our blended and virtual teachers. By joining PTO, you can help us encourage our teachers and show them our appreciation.

How will my donations be used?

Our PTO does something special for our staff every single month. This year, with Covid-19 regulations, we will have to rely heavily on store bought and catered items. SOme of our plans include hosting two - three catered lunches throughout the year (one lunch for 60 staff members is about $600). We will sponsor several free snack and supply carts throughout the year featuring teachers' favorite snacks, beverages and office/room supplies (one cart can have up to $500 of products on it). Plus, we will give each staff member a gift valued at $10 during their birthday month, and more as the year progresses! Even if we move to full time virtual learning for everyone, we will continue this project. For example, last spring we placed appreciation signs in each teacher's yard and delivered a gift card to them.

We hope you will join PTO and help us carry out our goals. We have several different membership levels as well as a way to volunteer to be on our sign up genius lists when specific products are needed. Click on the link here to join, volunteer and pay online. Due to Covid-19, please do not send any money to school. Online payment only! DO NOT DELAY, our membership drive ends September 11!

We look forward to working with you this year. Mark your calendars to join our meetings on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 11:30 a.m. More details on where and how we will meet will be announced soon. If you have any questions please email barkerpto@gmail.com

Sincerely,

Shannon Holman

PTO President.

From the Office

PBIS

At Ruth Barker Middle School, we use PBIS to support positive behavior at school. Our focus is on three things: Safety, Responsibility, and Respectfulness. We have identified appropriate behaviors in these three categories throughout the school building: technology, arrival/dismissal, classrooms, hallways, playground, cafeteria, restrooms, gym, and bus. During our advisory time each morning, we teach and review the behavior expectations. You can see our expectations on the Barker Behavior Matrix.

An important part of PBIS is providing positive recognition to students for meeting our expectations. We use a points-based system for recognitions. Students can be awarded points by any staff member who catches them doing the right thing and then use their banked points to "purchase" different types of rewards from our PBIS store.

We use an app called PBIS Rewards to track student points, and parents can have access to the app to follow their student's progress. You will be receiving an email at the first of next week with directions on how to download the app and connect your student to your account. Here is a short video on PBIS Rewards with more information. Click here for "Spanish version of the video."

School Policies

Please help us in our efforts to provide a safe learning environment for our students and staff by observing these policies:

· Visitors to the building MUST have a photo ID scanned into our Raptor system every year. Please have your ID available when visiting our building or checking a student out of school.

· Students may only be checked out of the building by a parent or individual who is listed on the emergency contact card and presents a valid ID.

· Please make sure the emergency contact card on file has at least one valid phone number. This number will be used to contact you in the event of an emergency or student illness.

· Student messages and transportation changes must be called into the office by 2:15. No student check outs after 2:30.

· Gifts may not be delivered to students. Per the middle school handbook: No deliveries for any celebratory or special occasion will be accepted by any Bentonville school. This includes flowers, balloons, singing telegrams, cookie bouquets, party invitations etc.

· When your student has to be absent from school, please call our office to report the absence at 479-696-3300.

In the event of snow, please refer to the official Bentonville Schools' website, Facebook, and Twitter for closings and delays.


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