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BMS News—February 22, 2019

“Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become your character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.” – Lao Tzu

Acts of Peace: Discuss with friends or family ways in which you can make a difference in your community today. Sing one of our Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration songs to a friend or family member. Better yet, teach it to them!

Mark Your Calendar

Feb. 25 March Lunch/Aftercare Sign-ups Close

Feb. 27 Hickory AM Children’s Evening, 5:15-6:15 pm

Mar. 1 Hickory YOUNGEST Group Parent/Teacher Conferences *No School for Hickory Only*

Mar. 1 3rd Grade Spanish Play 1:30 pm Maple Class, 2:30 pm Walnut Class

Mar. 4 Summer Camp Enrollment Begins for Current Families

Mar. 5 Board Meeting, 6:00 pm

Additional Important Items

Mar. 11-15 Spring Break

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Thank you!

Thank you to all of you re-enrolling for next year, for completing the forms and turning them in by February 15. Enrollment is a complex, dynamic process, even for a school of our size, and we appreciate enormously your taking the time to meet the deadline. I can’t begin to enumerate (Sycamore spelling word this week!) how much better our lives and your lives are because the deadline was met. You’ll just have to believe me.

Summer Camp Update

Summer Camp details will be sent out to BMS families on February 25. Enrollment for current BMS families will begin Mar. 4. The three session dates are June 3-14, June 17-28 and July 1-12 (no camp July 4).

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“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

BMS News—February 15, 2019

Peace Quote: “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”- Edmund Burke

Acts of Peace: Talk on the phone with a cousin, aunt, uncle or grandparent. Offer help to someone in need. Bake something for your local fire or police department.

Mark Your Calendar

Feb. 15 Enrollment Forms and 1st Installment of Deposit Due Half Day = $75 All Day, Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary = $150

Feb. 15 March Lunch/Aftercare Sign-ups Open

Feb. 17 Sycamore Shakespeare Play, 4:00 pm, Monroe County Public Library The Tempest

Feb. 18 NO SCHOOL—Teacher Professional Day

Feb. 20 Parent Forum–“Science Across the Nine Years” 5:30 to 7:30 pm, light dinner and childcare provided. Sign up for both on the sheets in the Main and Annex Offices or https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0844AFAB2EA7F49-parent1 by Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Feb. 21 3rd Thursday Coffee Chat, 8:30 to 9:15 am, Main Office

Feb. 25 March Lunch/Aftercare Sign-ups Close

Feb. 27 Hickory AM Children’s Evening, 5:15-6:15 pm

Mar. 1 Hickory YOUNGEST Group Parent/Teacher Conferences *No School for Hickory Only*

Mar. 1 3rd Grade Spanish Play 1:30 pm Maple Class, 2:30 pm Walnut Class

Additional Important Items

Mar. 11-15 Spring Break

Spring Parent Forum: Science Across the Nine Years 

February 20

5:30 to 7:30 pm

Light Dinner Provided, Childcare Available

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0844AFAB2EA7F49-parent1

Sign up by Tuesday, Feb. 19.

*Let me know if you are interested but cannot attend due to illness or other conflict.*

Our spring Parent Forum will provide an in-depth look at the Montessori science curriculum, including a philosophical overview, the structure of the curriculum at both the Early Childhood and Elementary levels, the learning objectives and outcomes, and examples of lessons and activities. All parents are welcome. A light dinner will be provided from 5:30 to 6, and childcare will be provided from 6 to 7:30.

Please sign up to attend on the sheets posted on the windows of both the Main and Annex Offices or through sign-up genius athttps://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0844AFAB2EA7F49-parent1. Children must be 3 to attend childcare.

Shakespeare at the Library

The Tempest

by William Shakespeare

4:00 pm, Monroe County Public Library Auditorium

The Sycamore class has been working away, despite illnesses, absences and more illnesses, at their upcoming product of The Tempest, and the excitement is palpable! Come see the results of their efforts and enthusiasm on Sunday at the Monroe County Public Library, at 4 pm.

Summer Camp Update

Summer Camps at BMS are set, and all the details will be sent out to BMS families on February 25. Enrollment for current BMS families will begin Mar. 4. The three session dates are June 3-14, June 17-28 and July 1-12 (no camp July 4).

BMS Logowear On Sale Now

BMS now has logowear items available for purchase online! 50th anniversary t-shirts, BMS logo t-shirts, sweatshirts, fleeces, winter caps and baseball hats, take your pick. Each purchase raises funds for the school as well.

The online store will be open through midnight on February 21. Your orders will be delivered to BMS two to three weeks later.

Order through our website at https://bloomingtonmontessori.org/support/.

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Peace Quote: “We must be the change we wish to see.”- Mahatma Gandhi

BMS News—February 8, 2019

Peace Quote: “An eye for an eye, and soon the whole world is blind.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Acts of Peace: Call a friend or family member you haven’t spoken to in a long time.

Be especially kind today TO EVERYONE.

Mark Your Calendar

Feb. 12 Board Meeting, 6 pm

Feb. 15 Enrollment Forms and 1st Installment of Deposit Due Half Day = $75 All Day, Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary = $150

Feb. 15 March Lunch/Aftercare Sign-ups Open

Feb. 17 Sycamore Shakespeare Play, 4:00 pm, Monroe County Public Library The Tempest

Feb. 18 NO SCHOOL—Teacher Professional Day

Feb. 20 Parent Forum–“Science Across the Nine Years” 5:30 to 7:00 pm, light dinner and childcare provided. Sign up for both on the sheets in the Main and Annex Offices.

Feb. 21 3rd Thursday Coffee Chat, 8:30 to 9:15 am, Main Office

Additional Important Items

Feb. 25 March Lunch/Aftercare Sign-ups Close

Feb. 27 Hickory AM Children’s Evening

Mar. 1 Hickory YOUNGEST Group Parent/Teacher Conferences *No School for Hickory Only*

Mar. 11-15 Spring Break

Spring Parent Forum

Our spring Parent Forum will provide an in-depth look at the Montessori science curriculum, including a philosophical overview, the structure of the curriculum at both the Early Childhood and Elementary levels, the learning objectives and outcomes, and examples of lessons and activities. All parents are welcome. A light dinner will be provided from 5:30 to 6, and childcare will be provided from 6 to 7.

Please sign up to attend on the sheets posted on the windows of both the Main and Annex Offices. Children must be 3 to attend childcare.

Summer Camp Dates

While the faculty are finalizing the plans for this summer’s camps, please mark your calendars for the three sessions: June 3-14, June 17-28, and July 1-12 (no camp July 4). More details and enrollment information will come in March.

BMS Logowear On Sale Now

BMS now has logowear items available for purchase online! 50th anniversary t-shirts, BMS logo t-shirts, sweatshirts, fleeces, winter caps and baseball hats, take your pick. Each purchase raises funds for the school as well.

The online store will be open through midnight on February 21. Your orders will be delivered to BMS two to three weeks later.

Order through our website at https://bloomingtonmontessori.org/support/.

BMS in the Community

One of the wonderful things about BMS is how active BMS folks are in the larger Bloomington community, from our students volunteering at Wheeler Mission and MCUM, to the PAC organizing efforts to support the kids at the Crestmont Boys and Girls Club. Recently, two of our faculty members, Eve and Sam Cusack, and their family, were featured in IU News for their work with IU professor Ellen Ketterson developing and monitoring a Bloomington-area bird banding station. It’s an inspiring read.

https://news.iu.edu/stories/2019/01/iub/03-grand-challenges-bird-banding-station.html

Do you know of a BMS community member who is making Bloomington a better place? Let us know! It is great to share stories and discover the many ways we can volunteer our time and talents. Who knows, you may find yourself getting up at 5:20 am to band some birds.

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Peace Quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”– Margaret Mead

BMS News—February 1, 2019

Peace Quote: “I don’t do great things. I do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa

Acts of Peace: Surprise your parents (spouse!) by doing a chore without being asked. Go on a walk and pick up litter.

Mark Your Calendar 

Feb. 6              ** Change to schedule**

  • Open House for Parents and Children Considering 4th Grade, 5:00 to 5:45 pm
  • Meeting for Parents Considering or Planning to Attend BMS Upper Elementary Program, 5:45 to 6:30 pm 

                                    Childcare provided. Sign-up sheet is on the Annex office window. Children must be 3 or older.

Feb. 12            Board Meeting, 6 pm

Feb. 15            Enrollment Forms and 1st Installment of Deposit Due Half Day = $75 All Day, Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary = $150

Feb. 15            March Lunch/Aftercare Sign-ups Open

Additional Important Items

Feb. 17            Sycamore Shakespeare Play, 4:00 pm, Monroe County Public Library  The Tempest

Feb. 18            Teacher Professional Day—NO SCHOOL

 Re-enrollment Reminder

 The February 15 deadline for re-enrollment is very important.

Once the deadline has passed, current students who have submitted the required forms and fees on time are placed in classrooms and any open spots are offered to outside applicants. Current families who have not submitted re-enrollment forms by the deadline will lose their priority enrollment status. Please see our Enrollment Policy for all the details.

If you have any questions, please ask! Roger, Jess and Karen are happy to talk with you in person, by phone or through email.

BMS Logowear On Sale Now

BMS now has logowear items available for purchase online! 50th anniversary t-shirts, BMS logo t-shirts, sweatshirts, fleeces, winter caps and baseball hats, take your pick. Each purchase raises funds for the school as well.

The online store will be open through midnight on February 21. Your orders will be delivered to BMS two to three weeks later.

https://bmsapparel2019.itemorder.com/sale

Amazing Aftercare

Do you need to run errands in the afternoon, finally get to that yoga class, or go have tea with a friend or a good book? Aftercare is not only for our families with two parents working full time, it’s for occasional use as well. Sign up between the 15th and 25th of each month in order to guarantee a spot for the following month, and you may still register your child until the morning of the day you need care if there are open places.

The Aftercare program runs from 3:30 to 5:30, and children may be picked up at any time during that period. Registrations prior to the day of care are $12 per child per day; day-of registrations are $24 per child. Elementary program children only. Please contact Haley Williams with any questions about registration atofficeassistant@montessori.k12.in.us.

For more details about Aftercare, visit http://bloomingtonmontessori.org/programs-curriculum/aftercare/

So, have your child join the fun and go get all that work, er, peacemaking done.

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Peace Quote: “Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become your character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.” – Lao Tzu

BMS News—January 18, 2019

We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now. — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mark Your Calendar

Jan. 21            Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No School

Jan. 23             Kindergarten Informational Meeting, 5:15-6:15 pm For Youngest and Middle Grouper Parents Childcare provided. Sign-up sheet is on the Main Office window.  Children must be 3 or older.

Jan. 25             February Lunch and Aftercare Sign-ups Close

Jan. 28             2019-2020 Enrollment Forms distributed to current families Due February 15 with deposit 1st Installment

Jan. 28-31        Standardized testing for 3rd thru 6th graders Eat a good breakfast (protein) and arrive early!

Jan. 30            Meeting for Parents Considering or Planning to Attend BMS Upper Elementary Program, 6:30 pm Childcare provided. Sign-up sheet is on the Annex office window. Children must be 3 or older.

Additional Important Items

Feb. 6              Open House for Parents and Children Considering 4th Grade, 5 to 6 pm

Feb. 15            Enrollment Forms and 1st Installment of Deposit Due

 Forty Days of Peace

Our annual Forty Days of Peace Celebration is beginning, in honor of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The classrooms will mark forty consecutive days on which teachers will suggest an Act of Peace through which children can honor Dr. King’s legacy. The teachers will also share with children a daily quote from a world peacemaker.

We hope you can continue this celebration at home on days when school is not in session.

Jan. 21 Act of Peace: Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a meaningful way. You could volunteer for a non-profit, learn about his life and work or do another social justice activity.

It isn’t enough to talk about peace; one must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it; one must work at it. — Eleanor Roosevelt

Lost and Found

Please stop by the Main Office and check the lost and found for items. We have a very large amount, and it will be donated next Thursday.

Did your child lose something? Try Mabel’s Labels and raise funds for the school as well.Visit campaigns.mabelslabels.com. Click “Support a Fundraiser.” Select “Bloomington Montessori School (IN)” and off you go.

Box Tops in January

During the month of January, those of you with the Box Tops Bonus App installed can participate in the 5 for 50 program at Walmart. Buy 5 Box Tops items, select the correct offer, scan the receipt into the app and the school will receive 50 additional Box Tops ($5.00!). Walmart also has products available with bonus Box Tops, such as 2-packs of cereal.

There is also a sweepstakes sponsored by PaperMate – 5 schools will win 30,000 Box Tops and 3,000 PaperMate pens. No purchase needed to apply. Entrants must have registered at btfe.com and designated a school to receive bonus Box Tops (this is a free and easy process available on the website).

Visit btfe.com for additional details and to find registration and sweepstakes links.

Remember to collect Box Tops coupons on many brands of cereal, Annie’s products and much more. Each classroom has a collection container outside its door. Thank you!

BMS News—January 11, 2019

Mark Your Calendar

Jan. 15             Board Meeting, 6 pm

Jan. 15             February Lunch and Aftercare Sign-ups Open

Jan. 15             Letters of Interest Due Back in the Office For Parents of current Hickory Middle Groupers, Kindergarten and 3rd grade students

Jan. 16            Open House for Parents and Children Considering 1st Grade, 5 to 6 pm

Jan. 17             3rd Thursday Coffee Chat, 8:30 to 9:15, Annex

Jan. 18             Sweet Gum Culture Fest

Jan. 21            Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No School

Jan. 23             Kindergarten Informational Meeting 5:15-6:15 pm For Youngest and Middle Grouper Parents Childcare provided. Sign-up sheet is on the Main Office window.  Children must be 3 or older.

Jan. 25             February Lunch and Aftercare Sign-ups Close

Additional Important Items

Jan. 30             Meeting for Parents Considering or Planning to Attend BMS Upper Elementary Program, 6:30 pm Childcare provided. Sign-up sheet is on the Annex office window. Children must be 3 or older.

Feb. 6              Open House for Parents and Children Considering 4th Grade, 5 to 6 pm

Feb. 15            Enrollment Forms and 1st Installment of Deposit Due

Forty Days of Peace

 We are excited to begin soon our annual Forty Days of Peace Celebration in honor of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Beginning on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the classrooms will mark forty consecutive days on which teachers will suggest an Act of Peace through which children can honor Dr. King’s legacy. The teachers will also share with children a daily quote from a world peacemaker. Each class will have a presentation by the City of Bloomington on the life of Dr. King, and our Forty Days will culminate in early March with a student celebration in Dr. King’s honor.

We hope you can continue this celebration at home on days when school is not in session, and so for inspiration the newsletter will offer quotes and acts of peace for you. It is an exciting and necessary celebration, and seems never to lose relevance. Join us!

BMS News—December 20, 2018

Mark Your Calendar

Dec. 21            NO SCHOOL, Winter Break Begins—Happy Holidays! BMS Office Closed December 21 through January 6

 Dec. 25            Lunch/Aftercare Sign Ups for January Close

Additional Important Items

 Jan. 7               Back to School

Jan. 9              Meeting for Parents considering BMS Elementary Program (6 to 12) 5:30 to 6:30 pm

Jan. 15             Board Meeting, 6 pm

Jan. 15             February Lunch and Aftercare Sign-ups Open

Jan. 16            Open House for Parents and Children Considering 1st Grade, 5 to 6 pm

Jan. 17             3rd Thursday Coffee Chat, 8:30 to 9:15, Annex

Jan. 18            1st Grade Letters of Intent Due, Main Office

Jan. 18             Sweet Gum Culture Fest

Re-Enrollment Season Begins

Please take fifteen minutes over the holidays to read the newly updated Parent Handbook. This is located in the Parent Portal. Lots of excellent, important information.

Next up is the meeting on January 9 for Early Childhood program parents who are considering or committed to enrolling your child(ren) in the Elementary program. The only parents who should not attend are those of you who know for certain you are leaving Bloomington before 1st grade. Everyone else should attend. You will receive information about the curriculum and our school, as well as vital enrollment information.

Letters of Intent to enroll in 1st grade in the fall of 2019 are due in the office on January 18.

Sycamore takes on the SNAP Challenge

This month the Sycamore students tackled the challenge of providing nutritious meals while living on a SNAP budget (food stamps). The children learned first about the Harvard MyPlate nutrition guidelines and then in small groups planned a week’s menu on a SNAP budget, which is $34 to $38 per week per person. Each group chose one recipe or dish from their menu to prepare for the class as a snack, and made trips to Kroger to learn about brand comparison and nutrition labeling, and how to figuring price per oz. in order to shop within their budget.

Many thanks to Sycamore teacher Kellie Allin for all the planning, organizing, shepherding of children through Kroger, and overseeing the food prep and cooking!

Annual Appeal Update 

Thank you so much, all of you who have donated thus far to the annual appeal!

Our goal for the annual appeal is 100% participation, donating the amount that best suits you. Today’s participation rates:

100% of Board members

66% of Staff and Faculty

24% of Families

Will you join us? 

Bring in your gift to the office, either cash or check, or donate securely online through our website (www.bloomingtonmontessori.org)

Gifts postmarked by Dec. 31 can be considered a tax-deductible donation for the 2018 tax year.

Thank you for your generosity.

Box Tops and Kroger Shopping

Remember to clip those Box Tops coupons and use your Kroger card while shopping to for the holidays, raising funds for the school while going about your holiday preparations.

Have a wonderful Winter Break!

BMS News—December 14, 2018

Mark Your Calendar

Dec. 15            January Lunch and Aftercare Sign-ups Open

Dec. 19            Sycamore Holiday Program, 7 pm

Dec. 20            3rd Thursday Coffee Chat, 8:30 to 9:15, Main Office

Dec. 21            NO SCHOOL, Winter Break Begins—Happy Holidays! BMS Office Closed December 21 through January 6

 Dec. 25            Lunch/Aftercare Sign Ups for January Close

 Additional Important Items

Jan. 7               Back to School

Jan. 9              Meeting for Parents considering BMS Elementary Program (6 to 12) 5:30 to 6:30 pm

Jan. 15             Board Meeting, 6 pm

Jan. 15             February Lunch and Aftercare Sign-ups Open

Jan. 16            Open House for Parents and Children Considering 1st Grade, 5 to 6 pm

Jan. 17             3rd Thursday Coffee Chat, 8:30 to 9:15, Annex

Jan. 18            1st Grade Letters of Intent Due, Main Office

Jan. 18             Sweet Gum Culture Fest

Coming in January

BMS Logowear

In January, BMS will launch an online store, where you can purchase t-shirts, sweatshirts, fleeces and hats with the BMS regular and 50th anniversary logos. Your purchase will raise funds for the school and let Bloomington know you love BMS!

Re-Enrollment Season Begins

Watch this newsletter and your email for information about meetings and due dates.

First, please take fifteen minutes over the holidays to read the newly updated Parent Handbook. This is located in the Parent Portal. Lots of excellent, important information. If you can quote to me aloud Article III, Section 1, Part IV, paragraphs 4 and 5, you will receive 2 parent work hours.

Next up is the meeting on January 9 for Early Childhood program parents who are considering or committed to enrolling your child(ren) in the Elementary program. The only parents who should not attend are those of you who know for certain you are leaving Bloomington before 1st grade. Everyone else should attend. You will receive information about the curriculum and our school, as well as vital enrollment information.

 January 16 is an Open House for Parents and Children who would like to enroll in 1st grade. If you came to the meeting on the 9th, come to this one as well, visit the Lower Elementary classrooms and see how exciting 1stgrade will be!

 Letters of Intent to enroll in 1st grade in the fall of 2019 are due in the office on January 18.

Bake Sale Success

The bake sale held by the Lower Elementary Classes earlier this week raised over $950! And it was yummy, too—a win/win situation. Funds will be used to purchase food items that MCUM has specified are needed for their food pantry. Thanks to all who organized, baked and ate.

Annual Appeal Update

Thank you so much, all of you who have donated thus far to the annual appeal!

Our goal for the annual appeal is 100% participation, from Board members, Staff and Faculty, and Families, donating the amount that best suits you. Today’s participation rates:

100% of Board members

50% of Staff and Faculty

20% of Families

Will you join us? 

Bring in your gift to the office, either cash or check, or donate securely online through our website (www.bloomingtonmontessori.org)

Gifts postmarked by Dec. 31 can be considered a tax-deductible donation for the 2018 tax year.

Our goal for the Annual Fund—which comprises all the monetary contributions made to BMS over the school year, from Dine Outs and Shopping Opportunities to the Fun Run and the Annual Appeal—is $50,000. With your help we can do it!

Thank you for your generosity.

BMS News—December 7, 2018

Mark Your Calendar

Dec. 10-11      Lower Elementary Service Project Fundraising Sale

Dec. 11            Board Meeting, 6 pm, All Welcome!

Dec. 15            January Lunch and Aftercare Sign-ups Open

Dec. 19            Sycamore Holiday Program, 7 pm

Dec. 20            3rd Thursday Coffee Chat, 8:30 to 9:15, Commons

Dec. 21            NO SCHOOL, Winter Break Begins—Happy Holidays!

Dec. 25            January Lunch/Aftercare Sign-ups Close

Additional Important Items

 Jan. 7               Back to School

Jan. 9               Meeting for Parents considering BMS Elementary Program (6 to 12) 5:30 to 6:30 pm

From the BMS Kitchen—Living Lightly on the Planet (Kelsey Smith)

All of the students at BMS learn about the BMS shared values of social responsibility, global citizenship and stewardship of the Earth. In keeping with these values, I am always looking to lower our carbon footprint in the kitchen. Below are a few ways we do this on a daily basis:

  • Composting raw food waste
  • Serving vegetarian menus twice a week
  • Buying organic produce whenever possible
  • Recycling all aluminum, plastic and carboard
  • Taking plastic bags to Kroger for recycling
  • Using washable trays, napkins, cups and silverware

How does your family live lightly on the planet? Let us know—perhaps BMS can do that, too!

Re-Enrollment Season Begins in January

Watch this newsletter and your email for information about meetings and due dates, all of which are very important.

Remember to Give

To BMS and to the many charities in Bloomington and elsewhere. Hoosier Hills Food Bank, in particular, is low on food.

Our goal at BMS is $50,000—with your help we can do it!

Your annual fund gifts support purchases of classroom materials, improvements to the play yards, professional development for faculty, and many of the other costs that tuition alone does not cover—we keep tuition as low as possible so that a Montessori education is as affordable as possible.

Thank you for your generosity.

www.bloomingtonmontessori.org

https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/110230052184687338/charity/1839812

BMS News—November 30, 2018

Mark Your Calendar

Dec. 2-4          6th Grade Chicago Trip

Dec. 6              PAC Kick-off Meeting, 6:30 to 7:30, Commons, All Welcome!

Dec. 10-11      Lower Elementary Service Project Fundraising Sale

Dec. 11           Board Meeting, 6 pm–All Welcome!

Dec. 15           Remember to Give–To BMS and other fabulous non-profits!

Additional Important Items

 Dec. 15            January Lunch and Aftercare Sign-ups Open

Dec. 19            Sycamore Holiday Program, 7 pm

Dec. 20            3rd Thursday Coffee Chat, 8:30 to 9:15, Main Office

Dec. 21            NO SCHOOL, Winter Break Begins—Happy Holidays!

Parent Advisory Committee Kick-Off Meeting

Come join the fun at the PAC! The PAC, of which you are a member, helps with many of the activities around school, from Fall Festival to Spring Fling and our community service projects. On December 6, at 6:30, we will discuss ideas for this year’s community outreach project as well as opportunities to help with our Spring Gala. Stay tuned for more info from the PAC.

Sycamore Shakespeare Play—New Time!

The Sycamore class production of Tempest will now be at 4 pm instead of 2 pm on February 17, at the library downtown. We encourage you all to attend—it will be great!

New regular feature—From the BMS Kitchen

In December we will begin a new regular series of short articles from the BMS Kitchen. Stay tuned!

AMS Accreditation Update

BMS has been working steadily toward Full Accreditation from the American Montessori Society. This process has involved a great deal of work on the part of the faculty, Director of Montessori Programs, Board members and other staff, and we are excited to announce that BMS has completed Step 9 of this process, with the final step being full accreditation. Congratulations to all who have worked so hard!

We are planning to undertake the final stage in the process next year, which will involve site visits from AMS accreditors as well as lots and lots of forms. Watch this newsletter for updates.