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BMS News—October 12, 2018

Mark Your Calendar

Oct. 8-15         Tea School Days—Tea Collection fundraiser TeaSchoolDays.compromo code SDF18BLOOMINGTON

Oct. 15-17       5th Grade Trip to Bradford Woods

Oct. 15             Parent-Teacher Conference Sign-ups Close

Oct. 15             November Lunch and Aftercare Sign-ups Open

Oct. 16             Board Meeting, 6:00 pm

Oct. 18             3rd Thursday Coffee Chat, 8:30 to 9:15, Main Office

Oct. 19            Deadline for For Small Hands group order

Additional Important Items

 Oct. 21 & 22   Parent-Teacher Conferences

Oct. 22 & 23   NO SCHOOL

Oct. 25            Sycamore Children’s Evening, 5:30 to 6:30 pm

Nov. 7             Dine Out at Chipotle, 4 to 8 pm, flyer attached 2894 East 3rd St.

For Small Hands

We have $320 in orders! We must reach the $500 threshold to receive the free shipping, so place your order today. Orders must be turned in by Oct. 19 to Karen Keagle. Questions? Contact Allison O’Boyle at

Dine Out At Chipotle

 November 7 from 4 to 8 pm, at the Chipotle on 3rd near the mall. Once a $300 threshold is reached, the school will receive a whopping one-third of the total purchased. Mark your calendars, invite your friends. You must show the attached flyer when you order, which will also be in your parent pocket and sent out via social media.

Parent Volunteers Needed

Experts in WordPress, please contact Teresa Mandell at

Parents interested in making a few calls to regional Montessori Schools to gather information, please contact Jess Davis at

Parents interested in updating our alumni list, please contact Karen Keagle at (This can be done from home.)

There is always more to do, so stop by the office and check the binder to see how you can lend a hand. Thank you!

Lost and Found

Please check the Lost and Found in the office and outside your classroom door and collect items belonging to you. Items not collected by October 15 will be donated.

Tired of losing items? Visit , choose BMS from the list, order some labels and raise funds for BMS. Enjoy the sale, going on Oct. 8 through 14.

Early voting is now underway!

 Election Central

401 W. 7th St., Suite 100 

Monday through Friday      8 am to 6 pm

Saturday, Oct. 27                  9 am to 4 pm

Saturday, Nov. 3                   9 am to 4 pm

Nov. 5                                     8 am to 12 pm

September Lunches are open!

A bit early, but Emily will be out tomorrow (8/15/18).

Please select your child’s lunches between today and midnight on August 25th for September 2018! Lunches close automatically at midnight.

If you have any difficulties, please email (Teresa Mandell).



August Lunch and AfterCare Sign-ups Close on the 25th!

Families (returning and new), please keep in mind that the lunch menus and aftercare registration are open for selection. Take a moment to make your selections for your children. August lunches will close on the 26th and Aftercare will close for August on that date as well.  Aftercare can be chosen for the entire year but lunches are only available one month at a time.



July 4th — Parade (Where/When Details)…


We are very excited to be participating in our first July 4th parade as a school! Below is important information for everyone who has volunteered to be in the parade with us:

*BMS is in the PINK staging area in #48- this is the parking lot on the north side of 4th st. between Indiana Ave. and Dunn St. Please enter off of 4th St. NO VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED IN STAGING AREA FOR DROP OFF, PLEASE PLAN TO WALK YOUR CHILD INTO THE STAGING AREA

*Please arrive between 9:00-9:15, parade starts at 10:00

*Please plan to bring $15 cash or check made out to BMS for any T-shirts you bought. We will be distributing shirts before parade starts.

*If you did not buy a parade shirt, and have any BMS shirt please wear that. Otherwise, if you have any orange or green shirt that would also work, or anything else that is appropriate.

*We need each guardian to also sign a waiver before parade begins. This is a requirement of the city, not BMS.

*We will have water available for all participants so you don’t have to bring anything!

Thank you, and we look forward to a great parade experience!

BMS Build: 4th of July Parade Float (Friday, June 29th at 6pm)

Come join us in creating a float for the 4th of July Parade this year! We are continuing our celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the school with a float in this year’s 4th of July Parade.

One of our parents has graciously donated a space for the build. If you would like to join us, please contact Stacie Farmer at for further information and location details.

Updates on Fall 2018…

Many new families have been contacting us about the start date for BMS,  start of school is August 8, 2018.   That is a Wednesday.  Families enrolled at BMS will be receiving emails regarding beginning of school events in July, please keep an eye out for those, we will post some details here as well.

If your child is enrolled in the lunch program, you should have received account information for our Parent Portal. Please check your email for this message.  If you have not received this email, please contact our office (812)336-2800 or email Teresa Mandell (

BMS News — May 22, 2018

Mark Your Calendar

  • May 22            6th Grade Graduation, 7:00 pm
  • May 23            3rd Grade Graduation, 2:00 pm
  • May 23            Last Day of School for Students
  • May 28-June 1              BMS School and Office Closed
  • July 15            August lunch and aftercare sign-ups open
  • July 25            August lunch and aftercare sign-ups close
  • July 16-Aug. 3  BMS Office open, annual building maintenance
  •  Aug. 5 and 6   School Beautification —   Aug. 5th from 1 to 4, Aug. 6th from 9 to 12  Spruce up the school and grounds, help get classrooms ready, and earn parent hours. Snacks and beverages will be served.
  • Aug. 6             Maple and Walnut new parent meeting, 5:30 to 6:30 — Preschool new parent meeting, 5:30 to 6:30
  • Aug. 7             Elementary Open House, 3:30 to 4:00 — All School Welcome Reception, 4:00 to 5:00
  • Aug. 8             First Day of School for Students
  • Aug. 9             Sycamore meeting for all parents, 7:00 to 8:00 — Come meet Nick Beatty, new Sycamore Lead Teacher

Thank you! For your participation. For your donations. For your support.

Donate your Unused Arts and Crafts Materials to BMS

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. Please bring them to the main office. Thank you!

Fall Beautification

Come join us to prepare the school for the new school year, in which we will be celebrating BMS’s 50th year! We will have projects large and small, indoors and outdoors, so bring your children, your parents and your enthusiasm on August 5th and 6th, rain or shine, to beautify the school. Everyone’s work hours count toward your total, even your children’s and parents’. We will have snacks and beverages suitable for the time of day.

Introducing Nick Beatty…

Dear BMS Parents and Students;

The Board of Directors and I are excited to welcome Nick Beatty to our faculty as the new Lead Teacher for the Sycamore 9-12 classroom beginning the 2018 – 2019 school year.  Nick is a certified Montessori Upper Elementary Teacher who enjoys using Maria Montessori’s philosophy to educate children of all ages.

Nick received his Bachelor’s degree from IU Bloomington in 2013, majoring in Environmental Management.  He then worked as an environmental educator in Northern Indiana, teaching children of all ages, and decided to pursue education as a career.  Nick received both his Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary Certifications from the Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center in Evanston, IL.  Nick has just finished his fourth year as the Lead Upper Elementary Teacher at a Montessori charter school in Northwest Indiana.

Nick also brings to the classroom a love of hiking, experiential science, and educating students about the outdoors.  He enjoys sports as well as biking, camping, and spending time with family and friends.

Nick’s education, experience, and interests, combined with his grounding in Montessori philosophy and pedagogy, promise to add valuable dimensions to the Sycamore program that will enhance the Montessori curriculum the students will continue to enjoy.  We look forward to having Nick as part of our community.

Because his current school year is not finished until early June, Nick will be moving to Bloomington mid-summer.  Look for him around town and at the school after that time preparing for the fall, and be sure to join us at the Open House and Welcome Reception on August 7th to introduce yourselves and meet him in person.



BMS News — May 11, 2018

Mark Your Calendar

  • 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!
  • 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
  • Aug. 5 and 6   School Beautification Sunday from 1 to 4, Monday from 9 to 12  Spruce up the grounds, help get classrooms ready, and earn parent hours
  • Aug. 8             First Day of School for Students

Become a Sustaining Donor of BMS

 Did you know you can automate your annual fund giving to BMS through PayPal? It’s easy to set up an automated monthly gift. Just visit our website at and click on Donate. Select “Make this a monthly donation” and voila! Your gift is made each month without the need to think about it ever again.

Your donations are vital to the well-being of the school. Tuition supports on average about 80% of expenses, and our Board works to keep tuition as low as possible. Your gifts, then, provide crucial financial support for the school, including faculty professional development, Montessori curriculum materials for every classroom, maintenance and upgrades to technology, and even the repainting, cleaning, and repairs that happen each summer.

Your gift makes a difference. Thank you for your generous support.

Spring Fling Picnic and General Association Meeting

Please join us on Wednesday, May 16, for our annual all-school potluck picnic and association meeting on our own Lower Playground (rain date is May 17).  The Orienteering begins at 5, with the picnic getting underway at 5:30 pm.  Families are responsible for bringing their own cups, plates and cutlery.  If your student is in the following classroom, please bring the corresponding dish:

  • Hickory 3-6 AM Half Day Preschool             Main Dish
  • Hickory 3-6 PM Half Day Preschool              Main Dish
  • Magnolia 3-6 All Day Preschool                    Desserts
  • Sweet Gum 3-6 All Day Preschool                 Side Dishes
  • Walnut/Maple 6-9 Lower Elementary            Salads
  • Sycamore 9-12 Upper Elementary                 Drinks

Dishes should serve 15 to 20 adults. We have 207 children enrolled, who will be hungry, and usually 2 adults per child, who are also hungry, which is potentially 621 hungry people.

Please remember we are a nut-free school, and do label your dishes with all ingredients. Those of us with food allergies thank you, more than you know.

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 is 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!