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Newsletter: Nov 4th

Ballston Spa Middle School News

Reminder of Upcoming Dates

November 11- Veterans Day - No School

November 13th - Quarter 1 Marking Period Ends

November 16-19 - Picture Week ( See below for details)

November 24th - Report Cards are released

November 25-28 Thanksgiving Holiday Break


BSMS Picture Day Information: November 16-19, 2020

Picture Days for the 2020-2021 school year will be held during the week of November  16th -November 19th. ALL students need to have their picture taken for our student  database, student ID cards, and the yearbook regardless if they do not order a portrait  package. Students will be photographed on specific days based on their last name and  physical education class period regardless of their hybrid/full remote status – please  refer to the schedule below.

If you plan on ordering a picture package, the order form and payment should be  brought to the photographer on the scheduled picture day. Please note that picture  packages will be mailed to families by the photographer this year and so the mailing  address/contact information need to be correctly fill out on the order form. Online pre order will also be accepted at

Contact Mrs. Gouvitsas ( or Mrs. Bolster (  with any questions.


When will my child get their picture taken?

In-Person students will have their photo taken during their scheduled PE class in the  Auxiliary Gym at the Middle School; based on their last name and PE period. If a  student misses their assigned picture day, a re-take day will be scheduled in January. 

∙ Students (Last Names A-K) who have gym periods 1-4 will have their photos  taken on Monday, November 16th.

∙ Students (Last Names A-K) who have gym periods 5-8 will have their photos  taken on Tuesday, November 17th

∙ Students (Last Names L-Z) who have gym periods 1-4 will have their photos  taken on Wednesday, November 18th

∙ Students (Last Names L-Z) who have gym periods 5-8 will have their photos  taken on Thursday, November 19th.

Fully remote students will follow the same schedule above but come after school  hours on the day they are assigned, 2:45-5:00, based on their last name and PE period.  If they can’t make it on the day assigned then they may call the main office and come a  different day between 2:45-5:00. No specific appointment time required, but please  remember to keep a safe distance while waiting. The photographers will be set up in the  Middle School Auxiliary Gym. Students will use the main entrance of the MS and follow  signs to the MS Aux Gym. Only the student will be allowed to enter the building, and  must have completed/passed the daily wellness screening.


Quarter 1 Marking Period

A reminder to parents that the quarter 1 marking period is coming to a close. Please take time to visit SchoolTool to check on your child’s progress. Quarter 1 officially ends on November 13th and Quarter 1 Report Cards will be viewable in SchoolTool on November 24th.


Chromebook Reminders

  1. Keep up the good work with bringing fully charged Chromebooks to school each day.
  2. Please use the Student/Parent Technology Help desk feature on the Scottie’s Dashboard to submit questions and tech support with the Chromebook or other technology issues

Other Reminders

  1. Camera’s On – As we continue to refine our teaching in this new reality we are refining practices.  Realizing the importance of interaction between student and teacher we as a district have embraced turning Cameras on during google meets. If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to Principal Laszewski.
  2. We would like to remind parents to please discuss with your student internet safety and appropriate use, we ask that you please reinforce the importance of internet privacy for themselves and others.
  3. Early Release or Absences - Parents please send in notes to attendance when your child has an appointment and will miss a class or two – even if they are remote we need the documentation.
  4. Late to School - If a student is dropped off after 7:35 (or 7:40) they need to use front entrance.
  5. Attendance to class - We cannot stress to families the importance of student attendance in all of their classes. Absences from classes can negatively impact a student’s learning and grades. Please check to be sure your child is attending the mandatory google meets and classes with their assigned teachers.


Message from BSMS PTA

The BSMS PTA Fundraiser ends this Friday. Please have all packets returned tomorrow, November 5th, as there is no in person classes Friday.

If you did not receive a packet, no worries, shop with this link.

All items ordered will be delivered to your home.

BSMS Book Fair is up and running, now through November 15th.

Please support our book fair. This is a great way to purchase holiday gifts.

All items purchased will be delivered to your home.

Please consider joining the BSMS. All memberships will be done online this year.

Please click on the link below to become a member.

Thank you for your continued support



A Salute to our Veterans

Did you know?

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the” war to end all wars “- World War I. The United States Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for Veterans Day to become annually observed. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans with a focus on the  living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime. In a typical year one would see parades and celebrations honoring our Veterans, including the laying of wreaths at various monument sites including those in Arlington Cemetery in Virginia.

Of the 1.3 military men and women who serve and protect the U.S., these citizens come from all walks of life; they are parents, children, grandparents, friends, neighbors and coworkers, and they are an important part of our communities. Currently we have approximately 18.2 million living veterans who have served during at least one war. We hope on November 11th, that you take time to thank a Veteran by doing something for them; some great ways to honor our Veterans could include, simply taking time and asking a soldier about their story, writing a thank you note, or simply properly hanging an American Flag.

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. - John Kennedy

With Honor, respect and gratitude to all of our Veterans and their families, a heartfelt thank you.