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Principal's Message 11/4/20

Hello BTM Community,
We are approaching the end of our first quarter (November 10th is the last day).  We are seeing a great deal of success and we see that some students are struggling to overcome the challenges they are facing during our Continuous Learning 2.0.  If your child is feeling challenged or feeling like they aren’t sure what to do next, we are here for them.  Please help them contact their teachers who are willing to find ways to re-engage them and get them moving toward the right track.  Teachers are available for “Study Club” or “Office Hours” from 1-2:30 and are eager to support!!!  I have some information below about some things that are happening at BTM.

Mr. Turner - Mr. Turner is on leave until mid-January.  We are missing him and adjusting without him.  Thank you for your patience as we make adjustments in his absence.

CLUBS!!! - We have several clubs starting up and more to come.  Please see the information on the 7th and 8th grade Student Canvas Pages!!!

A Message from Ms. Koday and Ms. Giroux, Our Yearbook Advisors
This year we need your help to fill up our yearbook pages! Throughout this year we will be asking students, parents and teachers for images we can use. In your student's grade level Canvas courses, there will be surveys and picture links. For parents, we will use the same link for images https://images.jostens.com/415464267.
Our first pages will be about sports. Even though we don't have school sports, we know lots of students are still participating in them whether they are organized or just for fun at home! We would love to see pictures! Please submit any images you would like to share through the link above. Please make sure to include all relevant information so we can give recognition in the yearbook. 
We will be sending out requests for more pictures soon!
Thank you,
Mrs. Giroux and Ms. Koday

Please email Mrs. Giroux with further questions. 

A message from Karla Rios about College Bound Scholarships

Hello Brier Terrace Families,
Our College and Career Readiness Specialist will be hosting a College Bound informational on Tuesday, October 20thfrom 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM through zoom. During this informational, we will be going over the requirements to apply for College Bound and next steps in how to obtain your student’s College Bound form. For more information, feel free to reach out to Karla Rios. The zoom link will be copied at the bottom of this email. 

Karla Rios- CCR Specialist



Zoom Link: https://edmondsschools.zoom.us/j/88358585217?pwd%3DZEkvVm81RS9vR3grNzFjU3hkM2h2UT09

Passcode: 731078

A message from our PE/Health, and Counseling Departments:

Dear Parent / Guardian,  
During this challenging year, school staff are working to teach students about mental health and how to seek help if they are worried about themselves or a friend. We are using a program called SOS Signs of Suicide. The program teaches students about this difficult topic and encourages them to seek help. 

SOS has been used by thousands of schools over the past few decades. Studies have shown that it effectively teaches students about depression and suicide while reducing the number of students’ self-reported suicide attempts.  

Through the program, students learn: 

  • that depression is treatable, so they are encouraged to seek help  

  • how to identify depression and potential suicide risk in themselves or a friend 

  • to ACT (Acknowledge, Care and Tell a trusted adult) if concerned about themselves or a friend 

  • who they can turn to at school for help if they need it  

Students will watch age-appropriate video clips and participate in a guided discussion about depression, suicide, and what to do if they are concerned about a friend. Following the video, students will complete a response slip which asks whether they would like to talk to an adult about any concerns. School staff will conduct brief meetings with any student asking to talk. 

We encourage you to visit www.sossignsofsuicide.org/parent for information on warning signs for youth suicide, useful resources, and some of the key messages students will learn.   


FOOD DRIVE INFO from our Leadership Class:

Hey, BTMS Families, 

The BTMS food drive is here and the community needs your help!

Here are some things the Mountlake Terrace Food Bank needs:

  • Non-perishable goods (No Dairy)

  • Hygiene Products

  • Dish soap and laundry soap

  • Coffee

  • Fresh produce

  • Dairy

  • Grains

  • Cooking oil

  • Condiments

  • And Peanut Butter and Jelly!

Dates: November 9th- November 20th, 8am-2:30pm.
Where: Drop off at BTMS drive thru donation bin in front of Main Office during regular School hours (8am-2:30pm)

Who: The Mountlake Terrace Food Bank

Power Outage Plan! 
Here’s what to do if your child’s teacher is not able to log into Canvas or if your child is not able to log into Canvas due to a power outage (or other reasons):

What should students and families do?  

  • Log into Seesaw or Canvas – look for a message from your teacher.

  • Continue work on previously assigned learning activities.

  • Participate in asynchronous learning activities that have been previously assigned or are posted in Seesaw or Canvas. 


NOTE: If a teacher’s power or internet goes out during class, log off of Zoom. Work on known learning activities or assignments.


Elementary students should try logging back into the Zoom session after 15 minutes, and then try again in 30 minutes.  If this doesn’t work, try again for the next scheduled Zoom meeting (p.m. or following day). 


Secondary students should try logging back in after 15 minutes and again after 30. Students should attend other classes according to their regular schedule.

To the extent you are able: 

  • Call your school’s attendance line to report power is out.

  • Participate in learning activities that have been previously assigned or provided as possible activities for this situation.  

  • Document activities and report them to the teacher once power/internet returns.

Link to Staff Pictures Slide Show:


7th graders- Please click on the following link to join the 7th grade canvas course. Links to general resources and announcements for ASB/Journalism/etc. will be posted in this course.


8th graders- Please click on the following link to join the 8th grade canvas course. Links to general resources and announcements for ASB/Journalism/etc. will be posted in this course.



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