Brookside Intermediate School
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BIS School Day: 8:40 a.m. until 3:25 p.m. Attendance Office: (440) 949-4233
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candygram pic Candy-Gram Time!
Student Council is raising money by doing Candy-Grams.  A letter and order forms have gone home with students.  The deadline for ordering is 12/18 and the deliveries go out before break.  See Student Council for questions. 
Basketball Youth Basketball Program. Click here to see the flyer/application.
We are starting a new program for the younger students to learn basketball and have fun with their friends.  The program is age appropriate and open to all K-3rd graders.  See you there!! 
Tuba Christmas at the Lorain Palace - 2 PM image Tuba Christmas at the Lorain Palace - 2 PM

Tuba Christmas (FREE SHOW) Sunday, December 16@2PM

Tuba Christmas was founded in 1973 by the great tubist Harvey Phillips to honor his teacher William Bell. Today you can witness over 100 Tuba Christmases all over the country. Come warm up with some hot cocoa and hear the beautiful sound of 100 tubas filling the theater with your favorite Christmas carols. Feel free to sing along with us! From the very first Tuba Christmas in New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink to the Lorain Palace Theater this is a day that you do not want to pass up. IT IS A FREE EVENT!

college plus logo Important News for Students Interested in the College Plus Program. Click Here to see the Parent Memo and Handbook from Ms. Eschke
 Mandatory meeting for parents of new students wanting to participate in  the College + program!
College Credit Plus (CC+)/Cardinal College is an exciting opportunity for students to earn college credit while in high school. All 6th-11th grade parents (students are welcome to attend, but not required) are encouraged to come to hear about the opportunities available for their student through this program on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 6:00PM.

ANY student considering participating in College Credit Plus for the 2019-2020 school year MUST turn in an

Intent to Participate form BY April 1, 2019.        *New and current students*    

night out Parents Night Out
The High School students going to Costa Rica in June of 2019 will be hosting a Parents Night Out on Friday,  December 21st from 5PM-9PM. 
Email Julie Kovalik at jaksheffield@yahoo.com with any questions. 
puzzle District Hiring Classified Substitutes
The district is currently hiring substitute cleaners, kitchen staff, bus drivers, clerical, & monitors. If interested, please email Steve Parker at sparker@sheffieldschools.org. You can complete an application online through the Community link on the district web page.
Cardinal Ticket Winners Announced!!!
CARDINAL HEAD BIS Cardinals of the Month
        Each month the teachers for Brookside Intermediate School select a student from each grade level who excels in the classroom and with The Cardinal Way. The Cardinal Way focuses on being safe, respectful, responsible and a problem-solver. Cardinals of the Month also try to consistently do their very best in the classroom, at lunch and recess and on the school bus. BIS Cardinals of the Month represent our exemplar role models for all students. The following students have been honored as our current Students of the Month:
Is your child not feeling 100% but you're not sure if you should keep them home or not? Please see THIS LINK for more information. 
Click here to see the BIS Student Handbook
This is part of the planner given to all BIS students.  Please refer to it for any questions about procedures and policies.  Thank you 
BIS Brings Home Trophies From Worlds!!!

After earning 5 of the 6 Ohio qualifying spots for Worlds in only its third year of existence, BIS Elementary Robotics sent 4 teams to Louisville Kentucky to compete against the 480 top teams from around the world. Teams 6403W and 6403Z were in the top 25% for much of the competition and achieved some of their highest scores of the year.  Team 6403X was awarded one of 4 Energy Awards and Team 6403V earned one of 4 Design Awards.  Pictures of X and V with their trophies are attached (Click on the red title of this story to see the attachments).  Congratulations to all and their coaches, Mr. Landis and Mr. Rion, for representing our small community so well at the World level!!

Internet Safety Assembly Held at BIS

This morning, the 5th and 6th grade students attended an assembly called “Is It Worth the Risk?” presented by the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  The presentation was filled with techniques, safety tips, relevant internet safety issues, and real-life examples geared toward helping students make educated and informed decisions while online. 

The presentation’s main theme was “THINK BEFORE YOU POST!”, which was supported with discussions about protecting oneself (information, content, and data) and the harm caused by cyberbullying.  Another significant theme was warning students about the devious ways strangers can obtain your information and coerce you to become a victim.  The presentation concluded with a discussion about the importance of taking action and reporting anything suspicious or harmful that they see online to a trusted adult.

We encourage you to continue this conversation with your children about internet safety.  We are looking to have a similar presentation for parents in the near future.  Our speaker offered the following tips for parents:

  • Do not allow your child to password protect or otherwise hide their activity on any device with internet access.
  • Talk to your child about online sexual victimization and potential online dangers.
  • Do not allow your child to give out identifying information on their profile such as name, address, school name or phone number.
  • Set rules for internet use for your children.  Discuss them and make sure that they are followed.
  • Regulate the amount of time your child spends online.  Excessive use, especially late at night, may indicate a problem.
  • Instruct your children never to arrange a face-to-care meeting with someone they meet online.
  • Review messages on your child’s social media accounts and cell phone. 
Changes to AM Drop-Off and Dismissal Pick-ups at BIS

February 23, 2018

Dear BIS Families,

We have looked at some of our student pick-up and drop-off procedures to see if there is anything that can be done more safely or efficiently.  Our staff is always putting students first and we thank you for your patience and understanding as we try a few new procedures.  As always, we have numerous staff members with two-way radios stationed at various points of the building and grounds during drop-off and pick-up.

Morning car rider drop-offs can be hectic for parents, as there is a small window between 8:30 AM when the school can be open for students and the tardy bell at 8:40 AM to begin the learning day.  The doors will be locked at 8:40 AM.  We know that parents have other children to drop-off elsewhere and many have jobs to be on-time for.  We started the year like last year, with staff members opening the car doors for one or two cars at a time to help keep things moving in a very friendly manner. 

We heard a concern that this method may be unsafe and we considered the concern seriously.  We then allowed parents to simply stop one at a time with staff supervising at the school entrance.  This method often proved to be too slow, especially on days with bad weather and heavier car rider traffic.  Students were coming in well after the day was set to start.

Our new practice was tested last week and the feedback was positive. 

1.     To start some days, we may additionally open the northwest door, which is just down from the primary door (towards the BHS/BMS Campus).  This will help us move some of the initial long lines coming in from Harris Road. 

2.     Once we have helped the line out with this second door, we can close the door and cars will then resume drop-off as before, with the cars stopping one at a time at the primary door letting students out.

3.     This new plan will just ask for a little flexibility on the part of the drop-off cars as sometimes a second door is used and sometimes only the primary door will be in use.  You will always know when the second door is being utilized as staff members will be waving you forward to another staff member supervising the second door.

One final note about car lines, please do not enter the car line from the opposite direction, or drive around other cars, or drop your student off early. It is not safe for our students. We have been advised by the Sheffield Village Police Department to prevent this scenario.

Considering recent national events, we have also decided on some enhancement measures for the end of the day. 

1.     As our building nears dismissal at 3:25 PM, students are moving throughout the building, and staff is preparing for dismissal.  Students are systematically dismissed as either walkers, car riders or bus riders. 

2.     Except for emergency situations parents may have, parents or guardians are not allowed to wait in the lobby to meet their student for dismissal.  If you need an early dismissal prior to 3:10 PM, please arrange that as usual with a note and/or message.  After 3:10 PM, you will need to pick up your student(s) in the car rider line if they are not a walker or a bus rider.

Thank you for your understanding and support. Please call me if you have any questions or concerns. 

bus Bus Routes 2018-19
Click HERE to see the bus routes for the 2018-19 school year. 
Those Pesky Varmints- Lice
Head lice have become more and more of a problem over the last few years. 
school bus Transportation Reminder
Any change in dismissal procedure, such as picking up a child during or after school or a change in after school child care, must be stated in writing to the child’s teacher daily. Also, have you discussed a “Plan B” with your child in cases of an emergency? If your child arrives home, and for some reason you are not there, they need an alternate plan of safety in place.  
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