"Bee" in the Know

Martha B. Day Weekly Update 4/18/2021


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

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 19: Cohort B attends school for the week

April 22: Asynchronous Day for all students - teacher training

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

Excerpted from the article -"Resilience guide for parents and teachers" from the American Psychological Association

Building resilience—the ability to adapt well to adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or even significant sources of stress—can help our children manage stress and feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. However, being resilient does not mean that children won’t experience difficulty or distress. Emotional pain, sadness, and anxiety are common when we have suffered major trauma or personal loss, or even when we hear of someone else’s loss or trauma.

10 tips for building resilience in children and teens

  1. Make connections
    Teach your child the importance of engaging and connecting with their peers, including the skill of empathy and listening to others. Find ways to help children foster connectivity by suggesting they connect to peers in-person or through phone, video chats, and texts. It’s also important to build a strong family network. Connecting with others provides social support and strengthens resilience.
  2. Help your child by having them help others
    Children who may feel helpless can feel empowered by helping others. Engage your child in age-appropriate volunteer work or ask for assistance yourself with tasks that they can master. At school, brainstorm with children about ways they can help others in their class or in grades below.
  3. Maintain a daily routine
    Sticking to a routine can be comforting to children, especially younger children who crave structure in their lives. Work with your child to develop a routine, and highlight times that are for school work and play. Particularly during times of distress or transition, you might need to be flexible with some routines. At the same time, schedules and consistency are important to maintain.
  4. Take a break
    While some anxiety can motivate us to take positive action, we also need to validate all feelings. Teach your child how to focus on something that they can control or can act on. Help by challenging unrealistic thinking by asking them to examine the chances of the worst case scenario and what they might tell a friend who has those worries. Be aware of what your child is exposed to that can be troubling, whether it’s through the news, online, or overheard conversations. Although schools are being held accountable for performance or required to provide certain instruction, build in unstructured time during the school day to allow children to be creative.
  5. Teach your child self-care
    Teach your child the importance of basic self-care. This may be making more time to eat properly, exercise, and get sufficient sleep. Make sure your child has time to have fun, and participate in activities they enjoy. Caring for oneself and even having fun will help children stay balanced and better deal with stressful times.
  6. Move toward your goals
    Teach your child to set reasonable goals and help them to move toward them one step at a time. Establishing goals will help children focus on a specific task and can help build the resilience to move forward in the face of challenges. At school, break down large assignments into small, achievable goals for younger children, and for older children, acknowledge accomplishments on the way to larger goals.
  7. Nurture a positive self-view
    Help your child remember ways they have successfully handled hardships in the past and help them understand that these past challenges help build the strength to handle future challenges. Help your child learn to trust themselves to solve problems and make appropriate decisions. At school, help children see how their individual accomplishments contribute to the wellbeing of the class as a whole.
  8. Keep things in perspective and maintain a hopeful outlook
    Even when your child is facing very painful events, help them look at the situation in a broader context and keep a long-term perspective. Although your child may be too young to consider a long-term look on their own, help them see that there is a future beyond the current situation and that the future can be good. An optimistic and positive outlook can enable children to see the good things in life and keep going even in the hardest times. In school, use history to show that life moves forward after bad events, and the worst things are specific and temporary.
  9. Look for opportunities for self-discovery
    Tough times are often when children learn the most about themselves. Help your child take a look at how whatever they’re facing can teach them “what am I made of.” At school, consider leading discussions of what each student has learned after facing a tough situation.
  10. Accept change
    Change often can be scary for children and teens. Help your child see that change is part of life and new goals can replace goals that have become unattainable. It is important to examine what is going well, and to have a plan of action for what is not going well. In school, point out how students have changed as they moved up in grade levels and discuss how that change has had an impact on the students.


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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.