"Bee" in the Know

Martha B. Day Weekly Update 4/23/2021

Parental Newsletter about Phase 3 by Dr. Nicosia

Phase 3 Day in the Life of Bloomingdale Learner


Cohort A and Cohort B will both return to MBD on April 26.

  • School day remains 7:50-11:50
  • Lunches will be sent home with each student daily
  • Small-Group instruction and Specials will happen in the afternoons 1:15 - 2:25

Check out MBD's "BUZZY" Bees

Happy Administrative Professionals Day to Mrs. Albrecht

Mrs. Albrecht keeps our school running smoothly and she always has a smile on her face. Thank you, Mrs. Albrecht, for all you do for the staff, students, and parents at MBD.

Student/Parent advisory meeting for Maschio's

Each year, our food vendor, Maschio's conducts a student/parent advisory committee meeting to discuss menu options for lunch. We are looking for 2 - 3 families from each school to be on the committee. The meeting would be about 30-45 minutes one day. If you are interested please email Khusser@bloomingdaleschools.org. First to reply are first selected.

The date of the meeting is April 29th at 3:00 pm virtually.

Kindergarten Registration - SPREAD THE WORD

If you have or know of a child who will be 5 on or before October 1, 2021 please register them for the fall now.

Click the link below for the online registration information


Autism / ADHD Awareness Month

To celebrate the month of Autism/ADHD Awareness we will be ending the month wearing Blue to show our support.

PLEASE WEAR BLUE ON Friday, April 30th

Opt out of Daily School Lunches

If you would like your child to opt out of our daily free school lunch, please click on the link below and complete the form. Send the form back into school with your child or email it to their teacher.

MBD Spring School Pictures

MBD Spring Pictures will take place on April 28th, 2021 for ALL students

Remote Students can attend 12:15 - 1:45 (an email was sent home for you to sign up for a time slot, please make sure you do)

You can order pictures online at:

http://www.mylifetouch.com MBD school code: EVTCJNTMW

School Picture Flyer is below

MBD/SRD Family Paint Night sponsored by the Bloomingdale Education Association

The teachers' union in Bloomingdale has organized a family paint night on 4/28. Registration information and other details are below.

The Upcoming Buzz

April 23: Report Cards available on Parent Portal for Grade 1


April 28: MBD Picture Day

April 30: Wear Blue for Autism/ADHD month

Upcoming PTA Events

"Bee" Mindful in Hybrid Learning with Ms. Faliveno

Full article: https://childmind.org/guide/parents-guide-to-autism/

What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder, which means that it impacts how a child develops. Autism begins in utero, although children with ASD might not be diagnosed until they are preschool- or even school-aged (or older), when signs of the disorder become more apparent.

Children with ASD have a combination of two kinds of behaviors: deficits in communication and social skills, and the presence of restricted or repetitive behaviors. It’s called a spectrum because individuals with the disorder may have a wide range of symptoms, cognitive abilities, language skills and behaviors.

Criteria for autism spectrum disorder

Signs of a deficit in communication and social skills may include, but are not limited to, a combination of the following:

In younger kids (under 3 years)

  • Failure to respond to their own name
  • Disinterest in giving, sharing or showing objects of interest
  • Aversion to displays of affection
  • Preference for solitary play

In older children

  • Difficulty carrying on a reciprocal or back-and-forth conversation
  • Lack of eye contact
  • Difficulty using and reading body language in others
  • Difficulty recognizing others’ emotions, responding appropriately to different social situations and understanding social relationships
  • Aversion to displays of affection
  • Preference for solitary play

Children with restricted or repetitive behaviors perform repetitive actions and rituals and can become fixated on minute details to the point of distraction. In addition, they may:

  • Become upset by minor changes in daily routine
  • Line, sort or organize toys or objects instead of playing with them
  • Show a consuming interest in a specific topic or object
  • Have unusual sensory sensitivities

To meet the criteria for ASD, a child’s symptoms in these two areas must be present in early childhood, though they may not become fully clear until later, when social demands exceed limited capacities. Alternatively, they may be clear early on and then masked later by learned strategies.

These symptoms must also cause clinically significant impairment in social, occupational, academic or other important areas of functioning.

In addition to the two required criteria to meet the diagnosis, children with autism spectrum disorder often have sensory issues and varying cognitive and verbal abilities.

Sensory problems: Many children with autism are unusually sensitive to sounds, lights, textures or smells. They may be overwhelmed by too much sensory input, avoiding, fleeing or melting down over things like bright lights, loud noises or commotion. Alternatively, they may seek more sensory input, which they may try to get by bumping into things and excessively touching and smelling things.

Verbal ability: Some children with autism don’t talk at all. Others talk in a stilted tone, or in an exaggerated “sing-song” or high-pitched voice. Highly verbal children with autism may monopolize conversations while showing little capacity for reciprocity or understanding what the other person wants or feels.

Autistic children may also repeat certain phrases without appearing to understand their significance or possess what experts call “non-functional knowledge”— information they can recite, but not use to solve problems or carry on a conversation.

Children on the spectrum can also have medical problems and other mental health disorders, including anxiety, ADHD and depression, with symptoms that can be confused with autism.

The Hive's Health Hints

You MUST complete the Daily Health Questionnaire each day your child is IN-PERSON FOR SCHOOL.

To report an absence please call (973) 838-1311 press 1

or email kbarile@bloomingdaleschools.org

Please make sure your child's mask is the correct size

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Martha B. Day Elementary School

Martha B. Day Elementary School is a school that embraces excellence for all its students. This 130+ student school houses grades Pre-K to grade one. Everyone in our school is a part of this community of learners. We recognize and honor our students' cultural diversity as well as their individual talents and abilities.