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Dear BIS Family & Friends;

May 20, 2022


Dear BIS Family and Friends,

It has been another great week at BIS. CAASPP Testing is moving to week 2 of English/Language Arts Testing. If your child(ren) didn't test this week they will be testing next week. Mr. Moore is tracking absences for make-up testing and we are trying to get them done as efficiently as possible. Please have your child be ready to do their best on the test, it is our collective report card when we get the results. If you have any questions, please let us know.


We had our last incoming 6th grade parent tours today and I cannot thank my Tour Crew enough! Ingrid Gauthier, Eileen, Conway, Gretchen KIndburg and MIchele Tatos. The feedback from the elementary schools has been very positive about the tours and the Zoom Meetings. Thank you so much!


On Wednesday, I took part in a webinar presented by Yondr with Dr. Twenge - Teens & Smartphones: Finding the Balance. It was very interesting and confirmed much of my gut feelings about our students and the pull of technology on their attention in class, as well as with their social and emotional IQ. The presenter talked about flip phones for her own kids, to help keep track of them, but refused to buy them a smartphone. She currently has 2 high school students. As parents, we all need to decide how we will raise our kids, and when they will get a phone or smartphone, but the research is telling us that it is affecting how our children are progressing in school, in their social life, and in their own emotional self-talk. This is a huge issue in adolescents. Everything looks great, people look happy, filters used to look beautiful on InstaGram, TikTok or other social media, but reality is not so kind. It is important to me that we raise our children to be honest, humble, silly and kind. I also want them to love themselves, accept who they are or keep trying to figure that out. How can we ensure this?


When school first opened this year, we were all wearing masks and students would not respond or give eye contact when we were saying, "Good Morning" or "Hello", etc. It still happens today, less often, but many of our children do not know how to respond to a friendly conversation starter from peers and adults alike. I always want my students to be kind and respectful people when they are out and about in the world. Holding a door open for someone, saying excuse me when accidently bumping into someone. I may be old fashioned, but it is always nice to have eye contact, and a smile. I hope you will share some of these adages with your own children so they will learn to be kind, love themselves and grow to be confident humans.


Have a wonderful weekend.


Erica Gilbert, Principal Dave Moore, Asst. Principal Jermaine Williams, Asst. Principal


Next Friday, May 27th is a 1:30pm dismissal. Please pick up your students at 1:30pm. 

Monday is Memorial Day, No School! 


8th Grade Carnival 6/10/2022 - We need some Volunteers and Helpers

Our 8th graders are putting on a carnival for our 6th & 7th graders from 1:45 to 2:45pm. We could use some parents to volunteer to help during the Carnival, as well as need some items you may have at home like a popcorn machine? If you are available and willing, please contact Ms. Bruzzi at Please be sure you are on the cleared volunteer list with TB, Vaccination and Fingerprinted. We appreciate the help!



About 40 yearbooks left...Come into the office to purchase one before they are all gone.


End of the Year is coming fast...*Turn-in Computers, Chargers, Hot Spots and Textbooks

This is a reminder your student will need to return the school issued Chromebook, charger and hotspot and textbooks at the end of this school year no later than June 10th.  If you have a Chromebook that is not in use, please check it into the front office anytime to avoid the rush on June 10th.  Make sure you get all of your items in and any required fees paid.

*Failure to return these items could delay issuance of class schedules in August! or for 8th graders, report cards and completion certificates.



May 25th from 7:00-8:30pm California PTA will be hosting a screening of Angst, followed by a Q & A with experts. Angst is a film based mental health support program CAlifornia PTA is showing in collaboration with California Department of Education. Please register HERE to get the link.


Summer Events for Teens at the Burlingame Public Library

Teen Tuesdays are back! All classes start at 4pm and finish by 5:30pm. Register for each session individually using the following links:

Acrylic Pour Art on June 14:

Summer Reading Bookmarks on June 21:

Breakfast is Served No-Cook Cooking Class on June 28:

Lunch is Served No-Cook Cooking Class on July 12:

Mini Succulent Pot Painting on July 19:

Dessert is Served No-Cook Cooking Class on July 26:

Menlo School Journalism Workshop Opportunity. June 27-July 1, 2022, 9:30am to 12:30pm. No experience is needed!  The cost is $25 per student, and financial aid is available. Visit the MSJW website for more info!




Summer is here and it’s the perfect time for youth riders to save with the SamTrans Summer Youth Pass.

The Summer Youth Pass is a great deal for passengers 18 years old or younger with the fare offering unlimited rides from June 1 to August 31 for just $40. That amounts to savings of $41 when compared to three Youth Monthly passes.

The Summer Youth Pass is available for purchase from May 20 through July 15 and can be used until August 31!

Visit for full details!


SamTrans is hosting a virtual community meeting Tuesday, May 24 on the Youth Unlimited Pilot Program. SamTrans staff will provide information on the pilot program granting free SamTrans bus passes to low-income students, share results of the program thus far and allow the public to provide their feedback. This will all help SamTrans with evaluation of the program and determine its future.

To participate, here are the details below:

Tuesday, May 24

5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Languages: English, Spanish


Call in option: 669 900 6833

Zoom webinar ID: 867 8674 3949

Requests for translation and interpretation for languages other than Spanish must be made 72 hours before the event by emailing or calling Customer Service at 1-800-660-4287. You can reach us at the same email and phone number for any questions or if you need any further information.


Mark Your Calendars:

Tuesday, May 24th:  SONG TRYOUTS 2:15pm School Office Conference Room- We are looking for different performers to sing/play at the Graduation Ceremony the theme song, “Good Old Days”  and the “Star Spangled Banner.” 

 Tuesday, May 24th: SPEECH TRYOUTS 2:15pm Staff Room - Admin Building - Want to speak at graduation?  Write and practice a speech that reflects on the theme and ideas found in the theme song! 

Tuesday, May 24th: Pop-up Meditation for Staff and Parents 4:00pm BIS Library

Friday, May 27th1:30pm Dismissal

Monday, May 30: Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, May 31:  Board Meeting @ DO 

Wednesday, June 1: 7th & 8th Grade Band Concert 6:30p BIS-MPR

Friday June 3rd:  PROGRAM COVER CONTEST - Entries Due - Create an original design for the Graduation program cover representing the theme song “Good Old Days.”                       

Friday, June 3: 6th grade Cadet Band Concert 6:30p BIS-MPR

Saturday, June 4th:  8th Grade Great America Trip - NOT Sponsored by BIS or BSD

Monday, June 6: Jazz Concert 6:30p BIS-MPR

Wednesday, June 8: 7th & 8th grade Choir 6:30p BIS-MPR

Thursday, June 9: 6th grade Choir 6:00p BIS-MPR

                                  Open House 6:30-8:00p

                                  BIS Art Show Rm 7-3 6:30-8:00p

Friday, June 10th: 8th grade Carnival for the 6th & 7th graders 1:30-3:00pm

                                   8th grade Celebration Party 6:30pm

Tuesday, June 14:  Board Meeting @ DO 

Wednesday, June 15: Last Day of School, Minimum Day 12:00 Noon Dismissal 

                                        8th Grade Promotion Ceremony  -  1:30 pm - Osberg Field