Bristow Montessori School

"BMS Buzz" - October 2017

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Montessori Lense

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to all our wonderful students and families! We are already well on our way to another exciting school year! If your child is joining us for the first time this year, we would like to give you a warm welcome to our small community! As I look around the classrooms and take in all the energy and excitement the students bring to the environment each day, I am always mindful of how lucky we are to be a part of every child's journey in life.

This month in the Montessori Lens, I would like to share a few excerpts from an article that reaffirmed my appreciation of Dr. Montessori's observations regarding Interactive learning.

The Montessori Method is an interactive teaching method to assist children to explore their surroundings using open-ended questions to tap into their ability to wonder, so as to manipulate, innovate and create.

Learning emerges from interactions. Since the basic principle of the Montessori Method centers on "following the child," the main concern of the Montessori teacher is how to prepare nurturing, motivating environments, based upon interactions.

Working in groups, children interact socially and culturally, thus acquiring advanced social skills, while absorbing and creating knowledge. In such stimulating environments, children discover their human potential.

The teacher is to prepare "hands-on" materials and activities that are relevant to the real world. Dr. Montessori believed that, "children are to have freedom of choice all day long. Life is based on choice, so they learn to make decisions on their own and express themselves creatively. They cannot learn through obedience to the commands of another." (The Child, Society and the World: Unpublished speeches and writings,1989).

"Education should not limit itself to the transmission of knowledge." As Dr. Montessori noted. "It's aim (education) must be to give the necessary aid to human development. Follow the child because within the child lies the future of humanity."

Excerpt is taken from Montessori Leadership: Follow the Child, by Magda Madkour, Ph.D

In service,

Anita Ercole

What's happening in October

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BMS Fall Festival

Saturday, Oct. 14th, 12-3pm

12560 Aden Road

Nokesville, VA

Come join us for an afternoon of fun, fellowship, and food at our 8th Annual Fall Festival with yummy BBQ, Mom's Chili Cook-off, Dad's Bake off and our big 50/50 Raffle cash prize! There will be a bounce house for children, games, crafts, and face painting.

Blue Dog BBQ (our BMS Poctatsky Family) will be serving a catered lunch including: a BBQ Pulled Pork or chicken, beans, slaw, rolls, and water. The cost is $8.00 per adult. For the kids we have hot dog, chips and water for $3. Please consider buying your meal tickets ahead of time at the front office! Cash or check is accepted; checks may be made payable to "BMS Foundation."

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PTO Meeting - October 18th - 6:30pm

PTO - Please Join Us for our PTO Meeting this Wednesday, October 18th, 6:30 pm. Childcare (and Pizza) provided for children ages 3 and up. Meet other BMS Parents, chat about upcoming school news/events, & brainstorm ways to positively impact the BMS Community!

We are so grateful to the members of our Parent Teacher Organization for all their help in planning events and providing vital feedback to the school about topics parents are interested in. These parents contribute in many ways with their time, resources and expertise.

Trunk or Treat - Friday, October 27 5:30pm

Come set up your spirited trunk in the front parking lot, and join us for a night of fun. Hotdog & chips will be provided, and there will be prizes awarded for the most creative trunk, parent and child corresponding costumes, and favorite costume chosen by our super secret judges. The parking lot will be closed off at 6:00 for the event to begin. Therefore, please try to arrive by 5:30 to get set up. Please remember we are a nut-free school, which includes any food or candy given to the students. If you wish to skip the event, feel free to use the upper parking lots for pick up, as the main lots will be closed.

Looking ahead....

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Bristow Montessori School will host an Open house on Saturday, Nov 4th. Please tell your friends and community we will be offering tours of the facility and a chance to meet our wonderful staff 10:00am - 1:00pm.

Parent Observation Week - Oct 30 - Nov 4

A week prior to the conferences we invite parents to attend Observation Week. This is a time that parents can sign up for 20-minute time slots, during the school day, to conduct an observation of their child, prior to their conference. BMS provides an observation form to help guide parents with their observations to help identify specific behaviors, interactions with others and level of engagement in the classroom. More information will be provided prior to observation week.


BMS Parent/Teacher conferences are November 10th, Veterans Day. The school will be closed for the school day, but open for individual parent-teacher conferences.

In most Montessori Schools Parent/Teacher conferences typically start in the Primary environment. Of course, Infant, Toddler and Pre-primary families are always welcome to schedule an appointment to talk about their child’s experience in the classroom and ask the teachers for feedback and to discuss any concerns during the course of the year.

Sign-up sheets will be posted outside the classrooms two weeks prior. We want to make sure you have the best possible experience and have all of your questions answered.

Let's CAN Hunger!- November 1- 22

Join us in donating canned goods and non-perishable food items to help our local food pantry. Let's get a nice large donation together just in time for the holidays. Our children will be showing the class what they brought in, sorting Items, discussing the different food groups, and finally counting the total number of donations. The items that are most in need are cereal, canned vegetables and fruit, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, instant potatoes, canned sauces, and canned meats.
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Coat Drive - Nov 1 - 22

BMS is partnering with One Warm Coat and Share of McLean to collect coats (adult and children) for families that are in need of a warm jacket. Please bring your gently used coats to the front lobby at Bristow Montessori School for collection. Thank you for helping a family or child in need to stay warm this winter season.

Our first month in School....

Field Trip to Stribling Orchard

The children had a wonderful time apple picking at Stribling Orchard! The children brought home Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Macintosh, and Granny Smith and also learned about the importance of apple growing, and how the staff in the orchard work year-round to grow and maintain the trees.

Thank you to all of our parent chaperones who helped with the children.

We can't wait until our next field trip this winter!

Visiting Author: Belinda Miller

We had a local author Belinda Miller visit the primary children for the afternoon. The children loved the readings and bookmark gift sent home. Thank you, Ms. Parrott for arranging this meeting for the children!

Fire Safety Week Oct 8 - 14

This week is Fire Prevention Week! We had a visit from the Nokesville Volunteer Fire Tues, Oct 10 to talk about fire safety. The children were given a lesson on fire safety, were able to see Fireman Joe with his fire safety gear on, and were invited inside the fire truck! Thank you so much, Nokesville Fire Dept, for taking the time to visit the children and staff at BMS.

Infant, Toddler, & Pre-Primary

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Ms. Nora finds a Toad in the BMS play yard! What an awesome opportunity to go over the parts of the frog - head, body, forelegs, and hind legs!
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Pumpkin Washing!

Parent Reminders


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.

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.

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.

BMS Tuition Payment Options

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.

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.