February 2, 2017 News
February 2, 2017 News
Recently, the middle school students visited the iRobot Corporation headquarters in Bedford, MA to learn more about robotics and the process of how a prototype becomes a product. This is all in preparation for their STEM unit on prosthetic hands.
After serving nearly six years on Bay Farm’s Board of Trustees, Christina Brown has decided to step down from the Board in order to dedicate more time to other personal interests. Christina has always been a passionate advocate for the school, and she brought considerable educational expertise to her work for the Board. The Board has benefited greatly from her participation and leadership over the years, particularly in her role as co-President since May 2016. With Christina's departure, Brian Sack will serve as the (sole) President of the Board, and Dan Varisco will serve as the Vice President. Both of their terms run through June 2017.
Due to the blizzard this week, the school dance will not take place on Friday night. We hope to reschedule it for March. Stay tuned!
Nicole Johnson, Bay Farm middle school student, was named a finalist of The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)’s Patriot’s Pen Award after winning first place at the local Marshfield VFW Post. She attended a special awards presentation on January 17th in Marshfield.
The goal of the Patriot’s Pen Award is to encourage students to reflect on American history and their own perspective and experiences. Students had to write a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief. Nicole wrote an essay expressing her view on the theme, “The America I Believe In”.
Each year more than 100,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The first-place winner from each state competes to win one of 46 national awards totaling $46,000. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. in March.
After 18 years of working at Bay Farm, Lexa Kandola, Bay Farm’s digital specialist, has announced that she plans to move to Minneapolis, MN for personal reasons. Her last day at Bay Farm will be February 15th.
As you all know, Lexa has consistently been an indefatigable, flexible, and multi-talented force for good in the Bay Farm administrative team for a long time, handling more responsibilities than one could begin to list, including graphic design and layout for Bay Farm communications, administration of database systems, email and phone systems, staff training in IT, yearbook production, and many others. She will be very difficult to replace, but Lexa has kindly agreed to help us out remotely, if necessary, as we make the transition.
Please join the Bay Farm staff in thanking Lexa for her many years of dedicated work at the school. Join us on Thursday, February 9th at 4:15pm in the Great Room for a “thank you/farewell” event as we wish her well on her move and new adventures.
Bay Farm's Summer Program is now open for registration. Our summer sessions offer creative arts, cooking, drama, music, science, tennis skills, swimming, and much more for children ages 18 months to 15 years. This year, our Summer Program runs from June 12-August 18th. Come for one week or all weeks! You can view the Summer Program brochure here.
New this year for Bay Farm parents: You can register online for the Summer Program. Simply log onto the parent portal of the website. On the left column, you will see School Forms Online (log into SFO). When you click on that tab, you will see the summer form.
Our Summer Theater workshop will present DreamWorks’ Madagascar JR. Children entering grades 1-8 are invited to be a part of this program that will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 20 - August 12 from 3:30-6:30pm. Students will learn a variety of theater skills, from acting and singing, to set and costume design and many aspects of back-stage production. They will perform in three full theatrical productions of Madagascar JR on August 10th, 11th, and 12th. You can view the Summer Theater brochure here.
Save the date for Bay Farm's Annual Auction to be held on Friday, April 7th at 7:00 pm at the Alden Park Bar & Grill in Plymouth. Our auction is an important event where we celebrate the accomplishments of our outstanding students. It is also an important component of Bay Farm’s annual fundraising efforts, so your involvement is greatly appreciated.
In addition to attending the evening event, you may wish to be a sponsor or donate an item, such as a bottle of your favorite wine, gift certificates, tickets to sporting events, or one-of-a-kind items. If you would like to support the auction, please click here to view donation and sponsorship forms or stop by the office. We hope you will consider supporting Bay Farm, and, of course, attending this wonderful event. Auction sponsorships and items are due no later than March 24th.
Bay Farm is offering February Vacation Camp during February break (Feb. 21-24) from 8:30am - 12:00pm or 8:30am - 3:00pm. The camp is open for children from 3 to 14. Karen Howland will be running the camp and is planning a week of fun games, cooking projects, arts and crafts, and outdoor fun as long as the weather cooperates. Click here to download the sign-up form. The deadline to sign up for camp is Wednesday, February 15th.
In the event of an emergency or severe weather preventing Bay Farm from opening or requiring an early dismissal, you will receive an email notifying you. In addition, there are four ways to get information regarding Bay Farm Montessori Academy’s opening or closing plans.
|Internet||www.bfarm.org or www.wcvb.com/weather/closings or http://www.myfoxboston.com/category/295505/school-closings or http://whdh.com/school-closings/|
|TV||FOX 25 (Ch6), WHDH/NBC (Ch7), or CW (Ch56)|
|Radio (am)||WPLM (1390AM) in Plymouth|
Emergency No. 1-781-897-5715 (a recording will play)
When power lines are down, it can be difficult for the school to get the word out and for families to access the information.
If the weather is bad and the School is open, families are encouraged to use their own best judgment and to travel only at their own discretion.