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The Baker Blast November 17, 2019

Above: Mrs. Costello's 8th grade Math students are studying slope. During this unit they participate in a lab using a stuffed monkey launcher that they propel down the hallway, measuring the distance and tracking the data. To learn more about this lesson, please see the Screaming Monkey Lab information below.

Activities Calendar

Watch DOGS

Dads With Kids Pizza Night

Thank you Dads for showing interest in the Watch D.O.G.S. program. It was nice meeting those of you that attended the parent engagement night at Baker. We also appreciate those of you that signed up at Parent Teacher Conferences to express interest. We are excited about starting the Watch D.O.G.S. program at Baker and look forward to seeing you and your student at the Dads With Kids Pizza Night launch event Thursday, November 21st at 5 pm in the Media Center.

If you did not have an opportunity to sign up and would like to participate in the Watch DOGS program, there is still an opportunity for you to get involved. We would like to invite you to our Dad’s with Kids Pizza Night launch event. During this launch event we will discuss the Watch D.O.G.S. volunteer opportunities, the schedule, the sign-up procedures, and requirements for participation. If you are planning to attend, please click on the registration link below and click on the number of people in your party. We would like to ensure that we order enough pizza.

Wellness Weekend

It is easy to get caught into the cycle of all work and no play with the increased demands on our professional and personal lives. Our students also face similar demands and stressors. Prolonged stress can have a negative impact on our physical and emotional health.

Proper self-care is important and includes taking the time to unwind and destress. We are encouraging a Wellness Weekend Wednesday, November 27th through Sunday, December 1st. Please take this time to refresh, relax, unwind and enjoy a well-deserved break with family and friends.

Screaming Monkey Lab

Mrs. Costello's Screaming Monkey Lab is a huge hit with her 8th grade students. She created this lesson to help teach her students slope while making it fun and engaging. The Screaming Monkey Lab allows students to place a monkey launcher on their first two fingers, pull back on the legs to stretch the rubber band arms of the monkey and launch it. The monkey makes a screaming noise as it travels through the air.

The students are required to measure and recorded the length of the exposed rubber on the monkey's arms prior to each launch. After determined a starting point for the amount of exposed rubber and launch angle that they wish to use, the students repeated several trials while changing the length of exposed rubber. After each launch the students recorded the distance that the monkey travelled to interpreted the rate of change.

Washington DC Trip

Washington DC Trip: February 14th - 18th

For additional information and questions please contact Contact - Mr. MacIntosh - zmacintosh@troy.k12.mi.us

Winter 1 Season

The Boy's Basketball season has officially started. Practices are underway and both teams are gearing up for their season opener on the road at VanHoosen, Monday, November 18th. Last week we had our Winter 1 Sports Parent Meeting. There was a great turn out and we appreciate all of the parents who braved to cold weather to come out and spend the evening with us. Please see the schedule below for the dates and times of our games.

Replacement IDs

If your student has lost or misplaced their student ID, they can get a new one printed in the main office at any time for $5. Please see one of the administrative assistants in the main office throughout the day.

This Week at Baker

Counseling Resources

IAE Counselor Visit

Save the Date IAE Counselors 12/18/19

The counselors from International Academy East will be visiting Baker on December 18th during 2nd hour to present and meet with any interested 8th grade students. This meeting is for students only. The International Academy will be hosting a separate information night for parents.

Cold Weather Preparation

With cold weather and the holidays quickly approaching, we wanted to take a moment to reach out to any families that may be in need of assistance regarding clothing, food, etc. Please connect with your child’s counselor for more information. There are many local programs and support systems to help during difficult times. All information is kept confidential.

The Baker Middle School Parent/Teacher Organization provides comprehensive services and support to students, parents and teachers to enhance the learning environment and experience. They provide support and funding for activities within Baker, TSD and the Troy community. If you would like to learn more information about the PTO and how you can get involved, feel free to join us for one of the PTO Board Meetings.

PTO Board Meeting Dates

  • Monday 11/25
  • Monday 1/27
  • Monday 2/24
  • Monday 3/23
  • Monday 4/27
  • Monday 5/18

The Bobshop

Hello and welcome to the Baker Bob Shop!! We really appreciate you signing up to volunteer. The shift runs every school day from 11:15am - 1:00pm. On these days we need one Shop Keeper, with the exception of Tuesdays and Fridays. These are Candy Days and usually very busy, so we ask for two Shop Keepers.

Don't worry if you have not volunteered in the past. There are directions in the Bob Shop, and Jennifer Molotky is there most days as a noon aide. She is overseeing the Bob Shop this year and is happy to help anyone who needs it!

Please review the slots using the link below and sign up where you can. Be mindful to let everyone have a chance to take a spot so as to be fair. Again, we really appreciate your willingness to help out and have fun Shop Keepers!! Feel free to email or text me any questions.

Kristin Kennaugh

Kroger Rewards & Amazon Smile

The Baker PTO has the opportunity to raise a significant amount of funds every year through purchases regularly made at Kroger and Amazon! Many of you already make purchases through these companies. They are willing to donate a portion of the proceeds back to Baker. These funds go directly into the classroom, impacting all Baker students. If you have not registered yet with Kroger or Amazon, simply click on the links below to find out how. Please consider asking your family and friends to sign up for this FREE benefit for our Bobcats. Thank you for support of the Baker PTO.

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