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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 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 and designated a school to receive bonus Box Tops (this is a free and easy process available on the website).

Visit 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—November 2, 2018

Mark Your Calendar

Nov. 6             Election Day and Teacher Professional Day—NO SCHOOL for children                                    Polls open from 6 am to 6 pm

Find your Polling Place at

Or Vote Early! See info below.

Nov. 7             Walnut Class Diwali Celebration, 3:30 to 5:30 pm, Walnut side yard

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

                                    Bring the attached flyer or show it on your mobile device

Nov. 8             Hickory AM Children’s Evening, 5:15 to 6:15 pm

Nov. 9-11        6th Grade Camping Trip

Additional Important Items

Nov. 13           Board Meeting, 6:00 pm

Nov. 14           Hickory PM Children’s Evening, 5:15 to 6:15 pm

Nov. 15           3rd Thursday Coffee Chat, Annex Multipurpose Room

Nov. 15           December Lunch and Aftercare Sign-ups Open

Nov. 16           Deadline to register for Montessori in the Home Parent Forum (see article below)

Nov. 19-23      NO SCHOOL—Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 25           December Lunch and Aftercare Sign-ups Close

Nov. 28           Parent Forum: Montessori in the Home Session 1 of 2, 5:30 to 7:30 pm. See article below.

Parent Forum: Montessori in the Home

 Join us on Nov. 28 and Dec. 12 for a two-part workshop on Montessori in the Home, about creating a supportive home environment using Montessori methods and philosophy. The workshop, presented by Bloomington Family Wellness, are designed for families with children ages 3 to 6 years old, with sessions on Nov. 28 and Dec. 12 from 5:30 to 7:30. Light dinner and childcare will be provided.

The cost of the workshop series is $30 per family. This fee, payable in the Main Office by cash or check made out to Bloomington Montessori School, includes the workshop and materials as well as childcare and dinner. If this amount is prohibitive for your family, please reach out to Roger Meridith in person or by email at

Registration is open now, using the link below. Families should plan to attend both sessions. Up to 12 families may participate. Please register and pay by November 16.

 Wheeler Mission Share Closet Complete!


Wheeler Mission 2018

The Sycamore class has finished installing and stocking the shelves at Wheeler Mission, transforming a portion of the building to a little “shop” that provides the women, children and men who are using the temporary shelter with clothing, shoes, winter wear and other essential items. All the students worked very hard and enthusiastically, both in class and at Wheeler Mission, planning, organizing, assembling shelves, and making wonderful art for the walls of the shop.

The Sycamore Class continues to accept donations of gloves, hats, socks, and coats in women’s, men’s, and all children’s sizes. If you would like to donate, please send clothing here until November 16th and place in the collection bins of each building.

Thank you to all who donated items, chaperoned, and otherwise supported the project!

Early voting is still underway!

Election Central

401 W. 7th St., Suite 100

 Monday through Friday      8 am to 6 pm

Saturday, Nov. 3                   9 am to 4 pm

  Nov. 5                                     8 am to 12 pm

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.