Dear 8th Grade Parents,
Welcome to the new school year! We are so excited to kick off the year with this outstanding group of young people as the new leaders in the middle school!
The 8th grade will participate in our annual beginning-of-year trip by visiting Bear Mountain State Park on Thursday, September 27. 8th grade teachers will be coordinating an exciting program centered on leadership, which includes outdoor cooperative games, team-building activities, and time for quiet reflection. Students will set goals and formulate plans to act as leaders of the Middle School, helping to set the tone for the year.
Please plan ahead: students should arrive at school by 7:45 on Thursday, September 27. We plan to leave at 8:00 AM sharp and return around 3:30 PM that afternoon.
Students will be expected to pack their own lunch. Each advisory will be coordinating their own “potluck style picnic” ; please email their Advisors directly with any questions pertaining to this.
BFS policy requires all students to have an up-to-date physical exam and immunization record in Magnus before school begins. The log-in to the secure Magnus site is at https://secure.magnushealthportal.com/. Students with incomplete health profiles on Magnus will not be able to attend the trip. If your child has emergency medications, such as Epipens (bring 2) or inhalers, they must bring them on the trip; please check expiration dates on these medications. Please note that, aside from these emergency medications, students are not allowed to carry any other medication. If your child needs to take medication (prescription or OTC) during the day, please contact me (email@example.com) and Alicia Christian (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible.
A packing list has also been included below. Additional information will be given to students during Advisory next week, but feel free to contact me with questions.
On Friday, September 28 the 8th Grade students will engage in a day-long leadership conference at Brooklyn Friends School to reflect on their experiences at Bear Mountain, collaborate with their peers, and establish year-long goals pertaining to leadership in their final year of Middle School. Programming for this day will start at 8:00 and end at 3:30, like a regular school day.
The teachers are looking forward to spending this time with the 8th graders and seeing them develop their leadership in our community.
MS Dean of Student Life
Bear Mountain State Park – What to Bring/Wear
Clothes for being active outdoors. (Check the weather!)
Hiking shoes (or sneakers that you don’t mind getting dirty/wet)
Lunch (will be organized by advisory group)
2 Epipens and/or inhaler, if needed
Bug Repellent (Deet free)
Snack for the bus ride
Up to $10 for vending machine snacks
Please do NOT bring the following items:
Alcohol, drugs, knives
Electronics (video games, phones, etc.) Ebooks are ok.