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!