Bristow Montessori School
"The Buzz" - June 2017
The Montessori Lens
This month in the Montessori Lens, I would like to share with you an excerpt from an article I read in MontessoriLife Magazine, entitled: You Have To Be Carefully Taught, by Dane .L. Peters.
I was struck by the relevance of Dr. Montessori's observations on world peace in her volume of Education for a New World, Montessori says, "Our world has been torn to pieces, and it is in need of reconstruction....men are not sufficiently educated to control events, so become their victims". Were she still alive today she surely would repeat this sentiment but add that, in spite of or as a result of our advances in technology, the world she sees is still in peril.
Montessori believed that the problem of world peace can never satisfactorily be solved until we start with the child. (She said,) By taking the child into consideration we touch something common to all humanity. We cannot achieve world harmony simply by attempting to unite all these adult people who are so different, but we can achieve it if we begin with the child who is not born with national and racial prejudices." (Standing, p.157).
In these difficult times facing our world, Montessori's vision of Peace are ever important. As parents and educators the great responsibility of "carefully teaching" the future generations, is an incredibly vital task, one which each Montessorian holds sacred as it is the core of all our work.
If we can help nurture tolerance, understanding, and acceptance amongst our young, perhaps we can hope for a better future with a universal commitment to Peace for them and for our world.
Invite your Neighbors, Friends and Family!
Bring your bike, trike, wagon or four wheeler, helmet and protective gear. Children will have fun navigating our bicycle course with fun pit stops along the way! Quench your thirst at the lemonade stand, give your bike a scrub at the wash station, refuel at the gas station, and tune up your trike at the body shop station.
BMS will provide yummy hot dogs, a lemonade stand, and refreshments. See you there! Call the school for more information 703-468-1191 and to learn about our programs: Montessori Education 6wks - 3rd Grade.
BMS Primary Parent/Teacher conferences are the week of June 5th - 9th. Sign-up sheets are posted outside the classrooms. We want to make sure you have the best possible experience and have all of your questions answered.
Next PTO Meeting: June 14 at 6:30 pm - at Benjin's
We invite all parents of BMS students to attend our PTO meeting on Wednesday, June 14 @ 6:30 pm at Benjin's. The PTO is a great way to meet other BMS Parents, chat about upcoming school news/events, learn how to volunteer your time to positively impact the BMS Community, and collaborate with BMS staff/teachers on various programs and community efforts. (childcare will not be provided).
Thanks to all of you who volunteer your time to help out at special events, Library Team, PTO, beautifying the school, and those who recognize our BMS teachers in unique ways. THANK YOU!!! If you are new to the BMS community or have not had an opportunity to volunteer your time, we would love to have you on board!
Student Art Auction
Our silent art auction will take place June 19th - 23rd. Stop by and browse through the beautiful pieces and bid on your favorite piece to take home. Make sure you ask your child to share which piece they worked on!
The money raised from the auction will go to the BMS Foundation, which funds longer range development projects, deeper teacher retention initiatives, and assistance to families in need.
Last Day of School - June 23 - End of the year PICNIC!
BMS will be sending out an email over the next week or so with more information on how parents can sign up to bring items to the Picnic (sides, condiments, desserts, beverages, etc). See you there!
New! Book Donation Box
Attention BMS Families & Friends:
We need your new and gently used children’s books to help grow our BMS Lending Library. Can you take a few minutes to clear your shelves of books the kids have outgrown, so they can be used for our students?
What to donate? Books for all ages: board books, picture books for the youngest readers, Chinese/Spanish/Bilingual books, fiction & non-fiction, young reader chapter books, early learning science and reference books, etc.
Place your donated books throughout the year in the “Book Donation” collection bin located in the BMS front Lobby.
Want to join the Library Team of Volunteers? Talk to Niki at the BMS front desk.
Glory Days BMS Fundraiser - Extends for 60 Days!
What is a Montessori Bells Set?
"Young children are fascinated with the exploration of musical sound. The sensitive period for music is the same as that for language, so it's important to introduce the Bells in the primary years. The lessons follow the same sequence as the other sensorial materials: recognition of contrast, matching pairs, and grading a series. In addition, the Bells require specific lessons in care, handling, and playing." Source:MontessoriService.com
Check out the New Mural in the BMS Lobby!
A look back at the Month of May
Connect with US!
BMS Parents - We are on Facebook!
Families of BMS, we invite you to join our Private Facebook Group for important up to date news on events, new programs, school closings, and more. When you follow our Facebook group, you can engage in conversation with other BMS families which facilitates growth within the BMS Community. Sign into Facebook and request to join our group. Requests must be approved before access. Please note BMS has a Public Page you can join as well.
Reminder to Parents
We value returning students, as they form an experienced base for our classes, serving as “leaders” and role models to the new students who will join us in the fall. In addition, our returning families contribute to our growing community at BMS.
If you would like assistance with any re-enrollment forms, please contact us at 703-468-1191 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to continuing and growing our relationships with each and every one of you and your children!
Box Tops for Education
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Credit Card Payments can be processed, but incurs a fee of 3%.
Late tuition payments have a significant negative impact on school operations. Thank you for your understanding. A late fee of $50 will be assessed for tuition payments received after the 5th of each month.
BMS Community Businesses
We are proud to showcase any of our BMS Community companies and hope that we can all benefit from buying and supporting local business! If you are apart of the BMS Community, send in your ad to the BMS front office and we will rotate them through our newsletter. Thanks for all your support!