What's going on? Superintendent Owens from Burr Oak Comm. Schools and Superintendent Ebert from Sturgis Public Schools are pairing up for the celebrity DJ hour from 10am to 11am for the United Way Radiothon! When: The 18 hour event kicks off at 6 a.m. on Thursday, May 27th and goes until midnight Why: To raise money for St. Joseph County United Way What you can do: Call or go online to donate and remember every little bit helps This is a community effort at its best. Be sure to call and support!
Burr Oak Community Schools is currently seeking to hire for the following positions. Part Time Special Education Teacher Elementary School Teacher High School English 2- Full Time Paraprofessionals
Reminder: Friday May 21 - school starts at 8 as usual, announcements in the courtyard at 8:30 with Minnesota Viking Tyler Conklin, and community clean up from 9-2 for middle school and high school. Grades 1-4 will release at noon. Buses will run at noon and 2.
Information and Reminders: Friday (May 21) is Community Clean Up Day. School still starts at 8 a.m. Clean up for MS and HS students will go from 9 to 2 p.m. Elementary grades will still be released at noon. Thank you to Tyler Conklin for supporting Burr Oak! He will be in town to take part in the community clean up and we hope to see many community members out and about doing their part. Friday (May 21): Seniors will need to be on campus by 7:50 for scheduled activities and graduation practice. Sunday: Baccalaureate is at 2 and graduation begins at 3. Graduation is invite only this year due to the limited number of people we can have in the gymnasium. Masks will be required by all attending. (As of today, schools still have different guidance than the general public regarding Covid prevention strategies and vaccinated individuals.)
Reminder Parents: Tomorrow we kick off NWEA testing for students K-11. Please make sure your children are here and ready to test by 8 a.m and that they have their devices (Chromebook and iPads) with them and fully charged.
In case your MS child did not give you the letter shown below, we would like to remind you: May 14, 2021 Dear Parents/Guardians The afternoon enrichment activities have definitely provided an opportunity for students to get back some of the social interaction of school and I believe we all enjoyed the time. However, beginning Monday, May 24, we are going to change our focus to helping students make up/catch up on missing work before the end of the school year. Middle School teachers will be available to students Monday-Thursday until 2 o’clock for any students that need the extra help or time to complete their work. If you would like to have your student stay, please send a note, call, or email one of the middle school teachers so we know that your child is staying after school and we can keep track of the attendance. We care about the success of your child and feel that this way is the best to help them succeed. Please call the school if you have any questions. Thank you for your cooperation in this unconventional school year. Sincerely, Jan Summey firstname.lastname@example.org Deb Rifenburgh email@example.com Troy Sutton firstname.lastname@example.org Karrie Randol email@example.com
Please read the updated letter from Mrs. Owens.
Meet up and eat up schedule!
Here is information for GSRP registration.
We love our teachers at Burr Oak Community Schools! I am thankful for all of their hard work. I am thankful that many continue to stay in our community for many years. I am thankful for how much heart they put into preparing kids for the future. If you have a few minutes to spare, a few kind words and a thank you can mean a lot to a teacher. Send a shout-out on Facebook, an email, or quick text message to a teacher or to all of our teachers and let them know how much they are appreciated. (emails are located on our webpage - burroakcs.org) ~ Mrs. Owens
Details on kindergarten registration.
Bobcat Families, We have a busy couple of days ahead of us! Softball and baseball are in Litchfield tonight, the softball team has their home tournament tomorrow beginning at 8:30 a.m., and then the high school prom is Saturday evening (closed to the public). I would like to remind students and parents of a few things. 1. Display excellent sportsmanship at all times. 2. Students, make good choices before, during, and after prom. 3. Parents, please monitor your kids after prom. We love our Bobcat families and want to see everybody safe while having a great time! Mrs. Owens
Hello Bobcat Families: As all of you know, we are doing our best to keep the school doors open for kids to be on campus and Covid continues to make this challenging. Please, please, please continue to be vigilant and monitor for symptoms and keep students home when there are symptoms or exposure. Exposure is within 6 feet for 15 minutes of a Covid positive person. If you are confused about this, please call the school and we will talk you through the decision. Symptoms are: fever or chills, nasal congestion or runny nose, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, headache, nausea, diarrhea, stomach ache. If in doubt, keep kids home. Mrs. Owens
Information on girl scouts.
Tonight's baseball and softball competition against Climax-Scotts has been postponed due to inclement weather. Make up date will be announced soon.
Just some reminders as we navigate our way through the ever changing health department guidelines for schools. 1. If a student has been identified through contact tracing as a close contact of a Covid positive person, said student must remain in quarantine for 14 days even if said student had a negative test. (It used to be 10 but due to the increase in positive school-aged students in our tri-county area, the local health department has gone back to 14 days.) 2. Close contact is defined as: within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more within 2 days prior to illness onset. 3. Please be vigilant about social distancing and masking up. We very much hope to remain in person for learning, but could be forced to go remote if too many students test positive. For example, if 8 Burr Oak HS students were to test positive around the same time, that would be enough to mandate remote learning for 14 days for all HS students. Thank you for your support. And remember, everybody, including the health department, is doing the best they can with the information they currently have. Mrs. Owens
It's testing day! Juniors are taking the SAT today, the Work Keys Wed., and the MSTEP Thursday. Grades 8-10 are taking the PSAT(prep and predictor for the SAT) Grade 5 is taking the MSTEP ELA portion today and Wed. and Math next week. All we expect is that kids do their best! The data we get from these tests helps us make decisions regarding curriculum. There will be a make up day in a couple of weeks if your student was unable to make it today. Have a great day!
We hope everybody had a great spring break! On Monday April 12, 2021 Burr Oak Community Schools will resume in person learning as scheduled on campus at 8 a.m and release at noon. We continue to consult with our local health department on Covid related matters. Reminders: High School mandatory study hall will continue as scheduled from 12 to 2. Middle School Enrichment begins this week. Grades seven and eight are on Monday and Wednesday and grades five and six are on Tuesday and Thursday. All afternoon activities are from 12 to 2 for those students who opted to be involved.
High school families, some of you should have, or will be receiving a letter about mandatory study hall Monday through Thursday from 12:00-2:00pm. This is an opportunity for students to make up credit and bring any failing or almost failing grades up. If you have any questions please feel free to call 269-489-2213.
*3/23/21 Vaccine Update* BHSJCHA has now opened up vaccinations for COVID-19 to anyone who resides in Branch, Hillsdale, or St. Joseph County ages 16 and older. Appointments can be scheduled at bhsj.org/events/341 .