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Weekly Newsletter containing important dates and events.

BMS News — May 4, 2018

Mark Your Calendar

  • May 8             NO SCHOOL
  • May 8              Sycamore Classroom Open House and Work Day, 1 pm to 6 pm or so
  • May 16            Spring Fling All School Picnic and General Association Mtg, 5:30 pm, Lower playground Spring Fling Orienteering Fundraiser, 5:00 to 7:00 pm Learn orienteering and raise funds for the school! See below.
  • May 17            Spring Fling Picnic and Meeting Rain Date

Additional Important Events 

  • May 21            Maple and Walnut 3rd Grade Evening (students only)
  • May 22            6th Grade Graduation, 7:00 pm
  • May 23            3rd Grade Graduation, 2:00 pm
  • May 23           Last Day of School for Students

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheon 

Thank you for all the beautiful and delicious gifts over the course of the week! We are all part of a caring, considerate community here at BMS and it is wonderful to be reminded of that.

The Teacher and Staff Appreciation luncheon is next Tuesday, May 8, and we kindly need a few more volunteers.  We still need the following:

1 salad (feeds 10 people)

2 main dishes (each feeds 10 people)

1 vegan dish (feeds 10 people)

3 people to help provide child care (2 people from 10:00-11:30 and 1 person for 12:30-2 pm)

Below is the link to sign up, or you can text Melissa Malpica at 240-383-2888 with what you can bring or do.

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0948A8AB2FA4F49-luncheon

REMINDER: There will be no school on Tuesday, May 8th. You could drop off food, decorations, drinks, and all volunteer items you signed up for on Monday the 7th at drop off and pick up times, or before 10:00 on the 8th.

Melissa and Melissa

The Faculty and Staff Appreciation Committee


Thank You from the 6th Grade Students

The 6th grade students would like to thank everyone for their part in the 6th grade bake sale. It was a huge success—the event brought in over $1,000! —and will help the 6th grade enjoy their graduation activities to the fullest.


Donate your Unused Arts and Crafts Materials to BMS

Do you have craft paints, extra construction paper, and more paintbrushes and glue than you know what to do with? Are you spring cleaning your craft shelves? From now until the end of school, we will be happy to accept your unused, non-toxic arts and craft materials to use at our school events, such as Fall Festival, when we have activities for the children.

Please bring them by the main office, where there will be a box marked to accept your donations, probably by the lost and found (check that out while you are in the office, too). Thank you!


 Learn orienteering and raise funds for the school!

 This year’s Spring Fling (All School Picnic and General Association Meeting) will feature an Orienteering Fundraiser. An orienteering course will be mapped out around the school grounds, and individuals or groups of any size and age can try their hand at orienteering. Your donation of $20 per group will provide orienteering training and everything you need to complete the course, including a BMS bag, compass and map, all yours to keep.

Sign-up table and course starting point will be in the side yard of Maple and Walnut classrooms. Come anytime between 5 and 7 to participate.  The first start time is at 5, last start time at 7, and there will be breaks for the picnic and meeting. Only six groups may enter the course at a time, so don’t delay in signing up when you arrive.

See you at the picnic!

BMS News — April 30, 2018

Mark Your Calendar

  • May 1              Board Meeting, 6:00 pm, Commons Child care sign up is now closed, contact the office with questions
  • May 1             Remaining 2018-19 Tuition Deposit Due
  • May 1             Outstanding Volunteer Hours Billed—remember to log your hours
  • May 8              NO SCHOOL
  • May 8              Sycamore Classroom Open House and Work Day, 1 pm to 6 pm or so

Additional Important Events 

  • May 16            All School Picnic and General Association Meeting, 5:30 pm, Lower playground
  • May 22            6th Grade Graduation, 7:00 pm
  • May 23            3rd Grade Graduation, 2:00 pm
  • May 23            Last Day of School for Students

Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week has arrived! 

To demonstrate our appreciation of ALL Teachers (full and part time) and Staff, BMS has designated a Week of Appreciation starting April 30th until May 4thYou and your children’s participation in next week’s activities are completely voluntary, and you can participate on any or all of the days as you are able. Here are some ideas to show your children’s teachers how much you appreciate them.

  • Monday, April 30: “An Apple (fruit) for the Teacher”: Bring in a piece of fruit for each of the teachers in your child’s classroom.
  • Tuesday, May 1: “May Flowers”: Bring in a single flower for each of your children’s teachers.
  • Wednesday, May 2: “Crafts”: Bring in a craft made by your child for each teacher in your child’s classroom.
  • Thursday, May 3: “Sweets for the Teacher”: Let’s sweeten Week of Appreciation with treats for our teachers. Bring in a small baked good or other treat for each teacher in your child’s classroom. Please remember the school’s Allergy Policy by labeling any potential allergens, and do not bring in anything that contains nuts.
  • Friday, May 4: “Thank You Cards”: Bring in a thank you card for each of your child’s teachers.

On May 8th is the Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon (no school that day). We’ll provide the teachers and staff with a relaxing lunch on the teacher development day, during which they will receive their thank you gifts collected from the Used Book and Popcorn Sale. Sign up using the sign up genius form to bring food and volunteer.

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0948A8AB2FA4F49-luncheon

Thanks, again, to everyone who has helped in some capacity with the book sale and upcoming luncheon. If you have any questions about next week’s activities, you can text Melissa at 305-726-5691.

 

Melissa and Melissa

The Faculty and Staff Appreciation Committee

BMS News — April 20, 2018

Mark Your Calendar

  • April 23           Sycamore Class Latino Fest, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, Commons
  • April 25           May Lunch and Aftercare sign ups close
  • April 26 & 27  6th Grade Graduation Bake Sale, drop off and pick up, both buildings
  • April 26           Panera Dine Out Fundraiser, 4 to 8 pm (see article below)
  • April 29           Bloomington Bicentennial Street Fair, 12 to 4 pm, (Kirkwood btw Indiana and Walnut, see article below)
  • May 1              Board Meeting, 6:00 pm, Commons sign up for free childcare by noon, Apr. 27
  • May 1             Remaining 2018-19 Tuition Deposit Due
  • May 1             Outstanding Volunteer Hours Billed—remember to log your hours

Additional Important Events

  • May 8              NO SCHOOL—Remember to vote!

Join BMS at the Bicentennial Street Fair 

BMS will have a spot at the Bicentennial Street Fair, and we’d love for you to come volunteer!

Sunday, April 29

12 to 4

Our tables will be at Kirkwood and Grant.

Severe weather date is May 20.

Our tables will have info about the school as well as three mindfulness activities for children: Mind in a Jar, Four Pebble Meditation and Yoga for Kids. We will need a few adults over the course of the event, for set up, clean up and overseeing the activities.

Sycamore students can help with the activities! Many will have done the Mind in a Jar, and all will be doing the Four Pebble Meditation in the next week or so.

Do you teach yoga to children? We’d love to have your help teaching a few 15-minute sessions over the course of the fair. Send me an email if you are interested.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4fa4af29a2fd0-bicentennial

Thanks, and see you there!

Final Dine Out Opportunity for this School Year

Our final chance to eat out together and raise funds for the school is coming up, at Panera again. Show the attached flyer to the cashier when ordering and Panera will donate back to us 20% of the pre-tax sales.

Thursday, April 26

4 to 8 pm

2748 E. 3rd Street

In December we raised over $190. Let’s see if we can raise even more this time.

BMS News — April 13, 2018

Mark Your Calendar

  • April 13           Elementary Science Fair, 3:30 to 4:30 pm
  • April 15           May Lunch and Aftercare sign ups open
  • April 19           3rd Thursday Coffee Chat, 8:30 to 9:15 am, Main Office
  • April 20           Philanthropy Friday3:15 to 4:15 pm, Commons
  • April 23           Sycamore Class Latino Fest, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, Commons
  • April 25           May Lunch and Aftercare sign ups close
  • April 26 & 27  6th Grade Graduation Bake Sale, drop off and pick up, both buildings
  • April 26           Panera Dine Out Fundraiser, 4 to 8 pm (see article below)
  • April 29           Bloomington Bicentennial Street Fair, 12 to 4 pm, (Kirkwood btw Indiana and Walnut, see article below)

Additional Important Events

  • May 1              Board Meeting, 6:00 pm, Commons
  • May 1             Remaining 2018-19 Tuition Deposit Due
  • May 1             Outstanding Volunteer Hours Billed—remember to log your hours
  • May 8              NO SCHOOL—Remember to vote!

Food Drive to Benefit MCUM

Thank you to everyone who joined in the recent food drive. Collectively we donated 370 lbs. of food! It is a generous amount that will go a long way toward helping provide food to local children and families in need.

Sycamore students unload food at MCUM.

Book Sale Extended

The book sale has been extended through next Thursday, so please stop by and browse the many wonderful books, puzzles and games on offer. If you don’t see a book that suits your library, monetary donations are also welcome.

Volunteers for next week are still needed. Please text Melissa Arias Shah at 305.726.5691. Your time counts toward your parent volunteer hours.

This is an excellent way to show our support for the faculty and staff who work so hard on behalf of the students, while doing a bit of spring cleaning. Thank you for your donations!

Join BMS at the Bicentennial Street Fair

BMS will have a spot at the Bicentennial Street Fair, and we’d love for you to come volunteer!

Sunday, April 29

12 to 4

Our tables will be at Kirkwood and Grant.

Severe weather date is May 20.

 https://www.visitbloomington.com/event/bicentennial-street-fair/37176/

Our tables will have info about the school as well as three mindfulness activities for children: Mind in a Jar, Four Pebble Meditation and Yoga for Kids. We will need a few adults over the course of the event, for set up, clean up and overseeing the activities.

Sycamore students can help with the activities! Many will have done the Mind in a Jar, and all will be doing the Four Pebble Meditation in the next week or so.

Do you teach yoga to children? We’d love to have your help teaching a few 15-minute sessions over the course of the fair. Send me an email if you are interested.

A Sign-Up Genius will come along shortly, for volunteering and donations of items for the activities.

Thanks, and see you there!

Final Dine Out Opportunity for this School Year

Our final chance to eat out together and raise funds for the school is coming up, at Panera again. Show the attached flyer to the cashier when ordering and Panera will donate back to us 20% of the pre-tax sales.

Thursday, April 26

4 to 8 pm

2748 E. 3rd Street

In December we raised over $190. Let’s see if we can raise even more this time.

What is the Good of All This Fundraising?

  • It supports the ongoing training of our faculty, from Montessori certification to honing skills and staying current with developments in educational theory and advances in childhood development.
  • It has supported a new school management system, which will improve the enrollment and communication processes, among others.
  • It will upgrade the school’s ethernet cable system and improve Wi-Fi accessibility in classrooms.
  • It will purchase new or updated materials for all classrooms, such as new wooden puzzle maps for the lower elementary classrooms, which currently date from before the fall of the Berlin Wall and the break-up of the Soviet Union. Excellent for history, but not great for current geography.
  •  It will help support Beautification Weekend coming up this fall—mark your calendars for August 5th and 6th, and stay tuned!

BMS News — March 23, 2018

Mark Your Calendars

  • Mar. 25           Lunch/Aftercare closes for selection
  • Mar. 26           Pizza X Fundraiser—last one!
  • Mar. 26           Parent/Teacher Conference sign-up closes
  • Mar. 27           Hickory PM Children’s Evening, 5:15 to 6:15
  • Mar. 28           Sycamore Children’s Evening, 5:30 to 6:30
  • Mar. 29           Maple/Walnut Children’s Evening, 5:30 to 6:30
  • Mar. 30           CANCELLED–Dinner at Crestmont Boys & Girls Club

Additional Important Events

  • April 8 & 9      Parent Teacher Conferences
  • April 9 & 10    NO SCHOOL

Summer Camp Enrollment Now Open

Book collection and food drive underway (see below)

Food Drive to Benefit MCUM

BMS is participating in the spring food drive organized by Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM). Monroe County has the highest poverty rate of any county in Indiana, and 89% of local families report having some trouble affording food. 33% of the children in the county receive free or reduced lunches at school.

With so much need, we are joining the efforts of MCUM to help struggling families have access to food resources.

From March 19 to March 30, please bring or send in with your child a donation of non-perishable food products. Drop-off boxes are located in both buildings. Recommended items are any canned goods, cereal, mac and cheese, rice and beans. MCUM also accepts unopened cleaning and hygiene items, such as laundry and bar soap, deodorant and all-purpose cleaners.

We are aiming to collect over 2,000 lbs. of food. Students will have an opportunity to weigh our contribution and deliver it to MCUM.

Thank you so much for your generosity!

Book Sale to Support Staff Appreciation Day

Each year parents show our support of the faculty and staff through Staff Appreciation Day, when we provide staff with a delicious luncheon. To raise the funds for this, the PAC is holding its now annual Book Sale.

We will begin the collection of books on March 19. The sale will be from April 2 to April 13. Books should be family friendly/appropriate. Last year we had a range of genres, including travel, culture, music, education, photography, self-help, picture books, novels, chapter books and cook books. We also welcome donated board games, card games, puzzles, etc. that have all the pieces.

Drop-offs will be in both buildings.

There are now sign-up sheets on the office windows for parents to volunteer at the sale as well as bring in popcorn for us to sell.

This a wonderful way to show our support for the faculty and staff who work so hard on behalf of the students, while doing a bit of spring cleaning. Thank you for your donations!

BMS News — March 9, 2018

BMS News—March 9, 2018

Mark Your Calendar

  • Mar. 12 Pizza X Fundraiser
  • Mar. 12-16 NO SCHOOL—Spring Break
  • Mar. 15 April lunch open for selection

 

  • Mar. 19 Pizza X Fundraiser
  • Mar. 19 Summer Camp Enrollment Begins
  • Mar. 19 Parent/Teacher Conference sign-up open for those with siblings
  • Mar. 19 Book collection and food drive begin (see below)
  • Mar. 20 Hickory AM Children’s Evening, 5:15 to 6:15
  • Mar. 20 Parent/Teacher Conference sign-up open for all
  • Mar. 21 Sweet Gum Children’s Evening, 5:15 to 6:15
  • Mar. 22 3rd Thursday Coffee Chat, 8:30 to 9:15, Annex
  • Mar. 22 Magnolia Children’s Evening, 5:15 to 6:15
  • Mar. 23 Philanthropy Friday Popcorn! Opportunities to Give to the Community and the School!

Additional Important Events

  • Mar. 25 Lunch/Aftercare closes for selection
  • Mar. 26 Pizza X Fundraiser
  • Mar. 26 Parent/Teacher Conference sign-up closes
  • Mar. 27 Hickory PM Children’s Evening, 5:15 to 6:15
  • Mar. 28 Sycamore Children’s Evening, 5:30 to 6:30
  • Mar. 29 Maple/Walnut Children’s Evening, 5:30 to 6:30
  • Mar. 30 Preschool’s Dinner at Crestmont Boys & Girls Club, 4:00 to 6:00 pm
  • April 8 & 9 Parent Teacher Conferences
  • April 9 & 10 NO SCHOOL

BMS Elementary Student Art at Rainbow Bakery

During the month of March, classroom art from our lower elementary students will be on display at Rainbow Bakery, corner of 4th and Rogers, in celebration of Gallery Walk’s Youth Art Month. Rainbow Bakery is open from 8 to 7, M-Sat., and 9 to 7 on Sundays. Stop by and enjoy some art!

Dinner at the Crestmont Boys & Girls Club

BMS and the Parent Auxiliary are gearing up for our second Community Volunteer Event at the Boys & Girls Club and we need your help!

On Friday, March 30th the preschool students and families will host the Crestmont Boys & Girls Club Friday Night Meal.  Kindergarten students have an opportunity to volunteer at the event with their parents, and all preschool families along with their children can cook and donate food to this event.  We as a school need to provide enough food to feed 90 children.  95% of these children come from low-income families, and 100% of them receive food stamps and are on the free lunch program at school.  More than 80% of these children go home on Friday evenings with no food readily available to them for the weekend. 

Volunteers and families donating food should arrive at the center at 4:00. We will be finished by 6 pm. We have made arrangements to have food drop-off hours on Thursday evening the 29th.  More details will be communicated the week of the event.

Below is a link to sign up to bring food. This pre-planned meal takes into account food allergies, vegetarians, and items that tend to go over well with the children and warm up well.  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4fa4af29a2fd0-food1

We are initially asking Kindergarten students and their parents to volunteer at the event.  We need 6 children to help serve food, and 4 children to help with clean up.  This will be a first come, first served basis so please be proactive if your student wants to volunteer. Please use this link to volunteer to help at the event. Please note that each student must be accompanied by an adult who will remain at the club to assist.  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4fa4af29a2fd0-kindergarten

Thank you in advance for being such an important part of our school community and volunteering your time to children in Bloomington who are in need of support!

Stacie Farmer

Parent Auxiliary Chair

Food Drive to Benefit MCUM

 

BMS is participating in the spring food drive organized by Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM). Monroe County has the highest poverty rate of any county in Indiana, and 89% of local families report having some trouble affording food. 33% of the children in the county receive free or reduced lunches at school.

With so much need, we are joining the efforts of MCUM to help struggling families have access to food resources. During their spring food drive, MCUM aims to collect 25,000 lbs. of food, which will provide more than 2,600 people with almost 24,000 meals.

From March 19 to March 30, please bring or send in a donation of non-perishable food products. Drop-off boxes will be located in both buildings. Recommended items are any canned goods, cereal, mac and cheese, rice and beans. MCUM also accepts unopened cleaning and hygiene items, such as laundry and bar soap, deodorant and all-purpose cleaners.

We are aiming to collect over 2,000 lbs. of food. Students will have an opportunity to weigh our contribution and deliver it to MCUM.

Thank you so much for your generosity!

Book Sale to Support Staff Appreciation Day

Each year parents show our support of the faculty and staff through Staff Appreciation Day, when we provide staff with a delicious luncheon. To raise the funds for this, the PAC is holding its now annual Book Sale.

We will begin the collection of books on March 19. The sale will be from April 2 to April 13. In late March, there will be sign-up sheets for parents to volunteer at the sale as well as bring in popcorn for us to sell.

Books should be family friendly/appropriate. Last year we had a range of genres, including travel, culture, music, education, photography, self-help, picture books, novels, chapter books and cook books. We also welcome donated board games, card games, puzzles, etc. that have all the pieces.

Drop-offs will be in both buildings. Please refrain from putting the books with the food for MCUM.

This a wonderful way to show our support for the faculty and staff who work so hard on behalf of the students, while doing a bit of spring cleaning. Thank you for your donations!

More Ways to Raise Funds for BMS

Pizza X, Mondays in March!

March 5, March 12, March 19, March 26

All Pizza X Locations

In person and online orders included.

  • In person/by phone, say, “Maria.”
  • Online, select BMS under the XTend A Hand tab, which will appear on the left at the bottom once you select your preferred Pizza X location. 
  • Save the Proof of Purchase to earn more $ for the school! Bring it in to the office.

Thank you, again, for your ongoing generosity and enthusiasm for supporting your child’s education!


 

BMS News — March 2, 2018

BMS News—March 2, 2018

Mark Your Calendar

  • Mar. 5             Last day to sign up for Parent Forum dinner and childcare   A few parent volunteers needed to set up/clean up                Email me or call the office—Thank you!
  • Mar. 5             First Pizza X fundraiser, Code word: Maria
  • Mar. 5             TeaSchoolDays ends www.TeaSchoolDays.com   SDS18BLOOMINGTON
  • Mar. 6             Board Meeting, 6:00 pm
  • Mar. 7             Parent Forum—Parent-Child Communication, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Mar. 9             3rd Grade Spanish Play, 2:00 pm
  • Mar. 12           Pizza X Fundraiser
  • Mar. 12-16      NO SCHOOL—Spring Break
  • Mar. 15           April lunch open for selection

Additional Important Events

  • Mondays         Pizza X Fundraiser continues through March
  • Mar. 19           Summer Camp Enrollment Begins
  • Mar. 19           Parent/Teacher Conference sign-up open for those with siblings
  • Mar. 20           Hickory AM Children’s Evening, 5:15 to 6:15
  • Mar. 20           Parent/Teacher Conference sign-up open for all
  • Mar. 21           Sweet Gum Children’s Evening, 5:15 to 6:15
  • Mar. 22           3rd Thursday Coffee Chat, 8:30 to 9:15, Annex
  • Mar. 22           Magnolia Children’s Evening, 5:15 to 6:15

Parent Forum: Communication Through Thick and Thin

March 7

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Dinner and childcare provided

Sign up by March 5

Our next Parent Forum will be on March 7. Amy Makice, LCSW, founder of the Bloomington Center for Connection, will join us for an evening forum entitled “Communicating Through Thick and Thin.” Amy is a parent educator and licensed psychotherapist based in Bloomington. Her workshops and presentations incorporate current research on children’s development, neuroscience, psychotherapy and play therapy as well as concrete techniques. Amy has been a licensed clinical social worker since 1997 and has three children of her own with whom she tries to communicate. And she’s smiling!

The forum, suitable for parents with children of any age, will be as much discussion as presentation, so come with your questions.

We will again be providing a light dinner of soup, bread, fruit and the ubiquitous carrots, as well as child care. Please sign up on the sheets in both buildings or send me an email by the end of the day March 5 about whether you are joining the group for dinner and whether you need childcare, along with the age(s) of your child(ren). We look forward to seeing you!

BMS Elementary Student Art at Rainbow Bakery

During the month of March, classroom art from our lower elementary students will be on display at Rainbow Bakery, corner of 4th and Rogers, in celebration of Gallery Walk’s Youth Art Month. There will be an opening celebration at Fountain Square Mall on Friday, March 2 from 5:00-7:00 with complimentary refreshments. Rainbow Bakery is open from 8 to 7, M-Sat., and 9 to 7 on Sundays. Stop by and enjoy some art!

More Ways to Raise Funds for BMS

“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

 

Pizza X, Mondays in March!

March 5, March 12March 19March 26

All Pizza X Locations

In person and online orders included.

  • In person/by phone, say, “Maria.”
  • Online, select BMS under the XTend A Hand tab, which will appear on the left at the bottom once you select your preferred Pizza X location.
  • Save the Proof of Purchase to earn more $ for the school! Bring it in to the office.

And February 26 through March 5 are

Tea’s School Days

Shop TeaSchoolDays.com

Enter promo code SDS18BLOOMINGTON at checkout

Receive 15% off and free shipping AND BMS will receive 15% of sales.

You may share this code with friends and family, but please do not share it on any type of coupon site or Tea Collection FB group.

Thank you, again, for your ongoing generosity and enthusiasm for supporting your child’s education!


“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”

–Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

BMS News — February 26, 2018

BMS News—February 26, 2018

Mark Your Calendar

  • Feb. 26 Tea Collection fundraiser begins, runs through March 5 (TeaSchoolDays.com code: SDS18BLOOMINGTON)
  • Feb. 28 Walnut Class Play, 6:30 pm
  • Mar. 1 Maple Class Play, 6:30 pm
  • Mar. 1 Enrollment opens to families with children not currently enrolled
  • Mar. 2 Hickory Youngest Group P/T Conferences Hickory only NO SCHOOL
  • Mar. 5 First Pizza X fundraiser, Code word: Maria
  • Mar. 5 TeaSchoolDays ends
  • Mar. 6 Board Meeting, 6:00 pm
  • Mar. 7 Parent Forum—Parent-Child Communication, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Mar. 9 3rd Grade Spanish Play, 2:00 pm

Additional Important Events

  • Mondays Pizza X Fundraiser continues through March
  • Mar. 12-16 NO SCHOOL—Spring Break

Forty Days of Peace Concludes

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” –Barak Obama

On Friday the students and faculty celebrated the conclusion of the Forty Days of Peace, honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. All the children and faculty assembled in the Commons to sing songs of peace and share quotes from individuals around the world who have worked to make the world a more peaceful place for everyone. It was a moving and inspiring event—I think there were even a few tears. Photos to come.

“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

Helping Out at the Boys & Girls Club

“This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.” –Theodore Roosevelt

Friday was a busy day for many at BMS. In addition to the MLK assembly, families also cooked and served dinner for the kids attending the afterschool program at the Crestmont Boys & Girls Club. Thank you to all of you who helped—the food looked delicious, and there were ample leftovers to send home to feed hungry children over the weekend! March 30 is our next date to help, so mark your calendars, preschool families.

Below are the happy faces of the crew serving dinner.

“The service you do for others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” –Muhammed Ali

Parent Forum: Parent/Child Communication

March 7, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Dinner and childcare provided

Our next Parent Forum will be on March 7. After polling the parent community, we found that the topic of “Parent/Child Communication” receive the most interest, so we have arranged for Amy Makice, LCSW, founder of the Bloomington Center for Connection, to join us for an evening discussing, well, parent/child communication. Amy is a parent educator and licensed psychotherapist based in Bloomington. Her workshops and presentations incorporate current research on children’s development, neuroscience, psychotherapy and play therapy as well as concrete techniques. Amy has been a licensed clinical social worker since 1997 and has three children of her own with whom she tries to communicate. And she’s smiling!

The forum, suitable for parents with children of any age, will be as much discussion as presentation, so come with your questions.

We will again be providing a light dinner of soup, bread, fruit and the ubiquitous carrots, as well as child care. Please sign up on the sheets in both buildings or send me an email about whether you are joining the group for dinner and whether you need childcare, along with the age(s) of your child(ren).  We look forward to seeing you!

More Ways to Raise Funds for BMS

“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

 

Through the wonders of modern technology, we have learned that at the Chipotle fundraiser you raised…

$554.13!!

Thanks so much to everyone who helped, and shared a delicious meal together as well.

 

Up next, Pizza X, Mondays in March!

March 5, March 12, March 19, March 26

All Pizza X Locations

In person and online orders included.

  • In person/by phone, say, “Maria.”
  • Online, select BMS under the XTend A Hand tab, which will appear on the left at the bottom once you select your preferred Pizza X location.

And February 26 through March 5 are

Tea’s School Days

Shop TeaSchoolDays.com

Enter promo code SDS18BLOOMINGTON at checkout

Receive 15% off and free shipping AND BMS will receive 15% of sales.

You may share this code with friends and family, but please do not share it on any type of coupon site or Tea Collection FB group.

Thank you, again, for your ongoing generosity and enthusiasm for supporting your child’s education!

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“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”

–Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

BMS News — February 16, 2018

BMS News—February 16, 2018

Mark Your Calendar

  • Feb. 18            Sycamore Play “The Comedy of Errors,” 2:00 pm, Monroe Co. Library
  • Feb. 19            NO SCHOOL—Professional Development Day for Faculty
  • Feb. 19            Newsletter available on the website—home page at the bottom.
  • Feb. 23            Community Volunteering—Dinner at Crestmont Boys & Girls Club 4 to 6 pm, Food still needed.  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4fa4af29a2fd0-food
  • Feb. 24            Chipotle fundraiser, 4 to 8 pm. Bring your flyer!
  • Feb. 25            March lunch/after care closed

 Additional Important Events

  • Feb. 28           Walnut Class Play, 6:30 pm
  • Mar. 1             Maple Class Play, 6:30 pm
  • Mar. 1             Enrollment opens to families with children not currently enrolled.  Spread the word!
  • Mar. 2             Hickory Youngest Group P/T Conferences Hickory only NO SCHOOL
  • Mar. 5             First Pizza X fundraiser, Code word: Maria
  • Mar. 7             Parent Forum—Parent-Child Communication, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Mar. 12-16      NO SCHOOL—Spring Break

Peace and Philanthropy in our Community

“This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.” –Theodore Roosevelt

Our Parent Advisory Council has arranged for families from BMS to make and serve dinner on Feb. 23 and Mar. 30 to the kids attending the afterschool program at the Crestmont Boys and Girls Club. Feb. 23 the Lower and Upper Elementary Students and Families will cook, host and serve. Mar. 30 the Preschool families will do the same. Dinner is served from 4:30 to 5:30, and food can be made in advance. You are welcome and encouraged to have your children to help, with your assistance.

Food is still needed! A list is below. Please click the link below to let us know what you can contribute. Thank you!

  • Chicken Taco Meat- 1 person
  • Spaghetti with Meatballs- 2 people
  • Baked Spaghetti- 1 person
  • Cooked Corn- 5 people
  • Grapes- 3 people
  • Desert- 5 people

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0B4FA4AF29A2FD0-student

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0bb4fa4af29a2fd0-food

Sycamore Class Play—“The Comedy of Errors

The Sycamore class has been in tech rehearsal all day today, preparing for this Sunday’s 2 pm performance at the Monroe County Public Library. Interesting factoids:The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare’s shortest play, is one of two of his plays that observe Aristotle’s Unity of Time, a.k.a. it all takes place in 24 hours (H.Bloom, Wikipedia). One wonders what made Aristotle think this needed to be a rule for drama. Do you know?

The students have been working hard and are excited–come enjoy their performance!

More Ways to Raise Funds for BMS

“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

 

Chipotle Fundraiser

Feb. 24

4:00 to 8:00 pm

2894 East 3rd Street

Bring the flyer to show the cashier and Chipotle will donate to BMS 50% of all sales to individuals who show the flyer, either a hard copy or on your phone. Flyer attached, and available on our website and Facebook pages.

Up next, Pizza X, Mondays in March! And remember, you can buy a good-for-the-planet BMS grocery bag, with nifty pencil holder in the handle.

Annual Fund Donations at Work

The donations you make to the Annual Fund each year make a major impact on the school and the education of your child. Used where they are most needed, your gifts support the work of our children as they become empowered, life-long learners.

We have finally learned that our event at Panera brought in nearly $200 for the school, which is 15% of the dollars spent on food by those who showed the cashier our flyer.

Our next event, at Chipotle, will bring the school a return of 50%, so mark your calendars and spread the word and the flyer.

Remember, your annual fund contributions help support the ongoing training and professional development of our faculty. Each year the school spends $8,000 to $13,000 on these activities. Faculty complete certifications, update existing certifications, and attend national and regional conferences and workshops. This ensures your children are receiving the highest quality education we can provide.

Thank you, again, for your ongoing generosity and enthusiasm for supporting your child’s education!

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“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”

–Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.