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District Announcements
Title I Parent Night-Wednesday, Sept. 17 @ 5:30 PM-BRMS
Health Screenings

Per Arizona Statute: Title 36.  PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY, Chapter 7.2 ARTICLE 1 PROGRAM OF HEARING EVALUATIONS AND SERVICES and Rule: Title 9.  HEALTH SERVICES Chapter 13 ARTICLE 1. HEARING SCREENING, all public, private and charter schools in Arizona make available to its students a systematic screening of hearing and recommends screening of vision.  These screenings will be taking place primarily in the first couple months of school, but may occur throughout the school year for the mandated grades, special education students, and all newly enrolled students.  If, for any reason, you do NOT want your child screened, please contact the appropriate health tech to exclude your child.  
SchoolFusion Parent Registration

Blue Ridge Parents.....

Please take advantage of all of the phenomenal benefits available to you on our websites by signing up for your own SchoolFusion account.

All you have to do is click on the Parent Registration tab on the left menu of the District Website, complete the online registration form, and then click the 'Click here to register' button.

Once registered, you will have a quick and easy way to communicate with BRUSD teachers and staff through the SchoolFusion system, receive daily email notifications and a dynamic calendar listing of important assignments and events in your child's classes and across the District, as well as instant access to homework assignments, projects, tests and other information that are essential to your child's success.

Communication between parents, teachers, and students is critical to maximizing academic achievement, and staying connected is now easier than ever with the BRUSD SchoolFusion website solution!

School Announcements
Attention BRMS Dads!

BRMS is looking for some amazing Dads to become Campus DOGS (Dads of Great Students). If you are willing to give up some time in the morning and afternoon working with the public and children and have an upbeat and positive attitude, this is right up your alley. This is a volunteer experience that would be worth your time. We need Dads willing to complete a volunteer packet and fingerprinting in order to volunteer at the school. Campus DOGS will assist with monitoring the parking lot, traffic flow in the pick-up and drop-off area, and walking the halls before and after school. This is an incredible opportunity for Dads to be involved in the school.

If this is of interest to any Dads, please stop by and see me. Volunteer packets are available in the office. This packet needs to be completed prior to fingerprinting. Fingerprinting is done on Fridays after 1:00 p.m. Please check with Mrs. Lopez to arrange a time to be fingerprinted. We look forward to having some DOGS assisting at the school.

Thank you-
Alicia Phillips
BRMS August Highlights
Greetings BRMS Parents and Community!

Fall is definitely just around the corner. The mornings and evenings are cooler, and the sun is rising later in the morning. The mosquitoes are quite obnoxious and annoying this year. One could play dot to dot on some of our students who have been a feasting ground for mosquitoes. I decided the other morning to begin highlighting accomplishments at the Middle School at the end of each month. We need to celebrate all the awesome things happening at BRMS. Bear with me as the list is lengthy....
  • BRMS receives a "B" label thanks to a solid and dedicated group of educators and students. What an awesome accomplishment!
  • Testing for Accelerated Reader and CBAS are completed. Students begin reading and testing to increase their reading levels. Thank you Mr. Alvidrez, Mrs. Schimmel, and Mrs. Bortz for getting this program up and running.
  • New staff hired on at the middle school. Welcome Emily Neumann (5th), Michele Gagnon (6th), Frank Girardi (PE), Jose Ortiz (Art), and Monique Freeman (Special Education).
  • Chess Club, 4-H Mentoring Program, and Model Building in full swing. Great student participation.
  • Training and sharing on Fridays for teachers and staff on reading and classroom management strategies. Teachers are sharing strategies acquired from workshops this summer with their colleagues. August 29th another Professional Development Day in Snowflake for teachers.
  • Grade levels meeting and collaborating weekly.
  • Parents are supporting the importance of uninterrupted instructional time. Thank you so much for acknowledging and supporting this endeavor parents.
  • Library receives books donated by Simon and Schuster.
  • AR Millionaire Mountain Board sees some activity from Natalie Larson and Brant Hughes. Natalie has read 254,457 words and Brant 447,793,
  • Title I Reading and Math have completed screening students and programs have started up.
  • Accelerated Programs at all three grade levels.
  • Nick Worth has taken on the fifth and the sixth grade strings program. It is such a huge success that the program has been capped out. No more room!
I want to thank our parents and community for continuing to support BRMS. It is a pleasure to work with such an awesome group of children. I am also blessed to have such an amazing staff. I look forward to an amazing year.

Enjoy this gorgeous weather!
Alicia Phillips

Important Announcement for Parents
This year BRMS will be promoting healthy snacks and food at school. Effective the beginning of the 2014 – 2015 school year, food items to celebrate student birthdays will no longer be permitted due to an increase of students with food allergies, illnesses, food reactions, and childhood obesity. Parents are encouraged to bring in items that are nonfood based such as school supplies to share with their class for birthday recognitions. Because our school values uninterrupted instructional time, we appreciate your support in this new practice. Healthy snacks are becoming a common practice in many school districts across the nation and in Arizona schools.

BRMS has designated three scheduled parties for the school year:
·         December  - Winter Celebration
·         February – Valentine’s Day
·         May – End of the Year
These parties will have a healthy snack theme to promote healthy eating. We will continue to allow students to bring in a healthy snack during the morning break and ask that students not bring in soda or sugary items to consume at that time.

Thank you for supporting our school with this endeavor. If you have further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Alicia Phillips, Principal

Important Immunization Information
Any student needing required immunizations must be up to date on all immunizations by Wednesday, August 13, 2014. Documentation must be provided to the school per Arizona Revised Statute 15-872. If immunization requirements are not completed students will be suspended from school attendance until immunization requirements and documentation are provided to the school per ARS 15-872. Please contact your primary health care provider or health department to schedule an appointment.