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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!

BMS News — February 26, 2018

BMS News—February 26, 2018

Mark Your Calendar

  • Feb. 26 Tea Collection fundraiser begins, runs through March 5 ( 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…


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


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.