Bristow Montessori School

"The Buzz" - June 2017

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The Montessori Lens

Dear Parents,

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 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.

In service,

Anita Ercole

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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.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

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!

Donuts for Dads - June 16 - AM Drop Off

Dads, we invite you to join us June 16 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am in the BMS lobby. A special thank you to all of our awesome Dads for all they do. Stop by the front desk at drop off for Donuts and coffee before you head to work!

Kindergarten Graduation

Saturday, June 17th we will be holding our Graduation ceremony for our Kindergarten parents and families upstairs at 3:00 pm. We look forward to congratulating all of our Graduates on their hard work and reflecting on their journey here at Bristow Montessori school. The students will perform a song in Chinese and celebrate the ceremony with personal speeches and school songs.

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!

As the year wraps up and we begin our summer fun, our last day of school is June 23. School Dismissal will be at 3:00 pm with our annual End of the Year Picnic at Nokesville Park Pavilion to follow at 5:00 pm. Come and jump around in the bounce house, grab a hot dog, enjoy a few games, check out our photo booth, face painting and more!

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!

School Closed

June 26-30 - School will be closed for a Teacher Work Week

June 3-4 - School Closed - Enjoy your Fourth of July!

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!

If you're hungry and looking for a bite to eat, consider dining at Glory Days Grill, where 10% of the total sales will go towards our ongoing fundraiser to purchase a Montessori Bells Set! The fundraiser will continue for 60 days as parents (and Family/Friends) are encouraged to bring in receipts to the front office.

Check out these 2 Flyers for RULES and more information.

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."

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Check out the New Mural in the BMS Lobby!

A splendid mural of the Amalfi Coast and marine sea life now greets our family and friends as they enter the front lobby of BMS. Thank you, Mr. Balmos for creating this truly special artwork for all of our community to enjoy.

A look back at the Month of May

Mom's Night Out was awesome!

Thank you to all of you who attended our Mom's Night Out Event in May! With all of our efforts, we raised $800 for Renee, one of our very own BMS moms. We are excited to share with you, she is currently in remission and we send her well wishes for continuing health.

Muffins for Moms

Thank you to all of our moms who were able to enjoy a muffin and cup of coffee this month! A special thank you to Ms. Givens for planning, getting the muffins, setting up, and adding decor for the table. The quotes were so special!
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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


It’s that time again! Each summer, BMS holds four exciting, two week camps allowing the children to immerse themselves in an incredibly fun and interactive learning experience. Each summer camp features a theme, focusing in Music, Environment, Culinary, and Sports activities. Enrollment is available to children ages 6 wks – 12 yrs and open to our local Bristow community along with our currently enrolled BMS students. Click here to view details and pricing!

Re-Enrollment Time!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your part in yet another wonderful school year here at Bristow Montessori School. It is that time of the year when we begin assembling the classes for the next year.

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 We look forward to continuing and growing our relationships with each and every one of you and your children!

Box Tops for Education

BMS Families, we would love to receive your box tops for education at the school! Each box top is worth $.10 and can generate quite a bit of fundraising money for the school as they add up. You can find the box tops on the box lids of the brands listed below. We are going to collect the box tops in a large pink mail box at the front of the school throughout the year, and then let the students glue them to the collection papers. We thank you for helping us raise funds to support our school.
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Tuition Payments

BMS offers a few different ways you can provide tuition payment each month. An invoice is sent to your email around the 20th of each month which allows you to pay immediately through ACH (bank to bank) payment (similar to an electronic check) and does not incur a fee. We also have the option to have your payment electronically drafted on the first of each month (you can download the form here, and bring into the front office) which also does not incur a fee.

If you provide a payment via written check. Please be advised check processing my take 2-3 weeks, should you decide to provide this form of payment.

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.

Program Schedules

Dear Parents we would like to ask for your cooperation regarding the start and end of program times. Only students enrolled in the before care program should be dropped off before 8:15 a.m. The staff for early care reflects the ratio of students enrolled and any extra students that are not enrolled affect the ratio requirements. Equally, parents should pick up their students on time at the end of their specified school program. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, please notify the school and we will make accommodations. We thank you for helping us to keep the students safe and respecting the school policies.

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!

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Contact Us

Bristow Montessori School focuses its approach to nurturing children on three guiding principles. It's our mission to instill a sense of confidence, independance and a genuine curiosity for learning all within a nurturing and caring environment. Further, it is our mission to inspire young people to become well-adjusted and well-rounded citizens of the world.