Bristow Montessori School

"The Buzz" - April 2018

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The Montessori Lens

Often, during parent tours, I spend some time explaining how Montessori's approach to learning is "spiral" in nature rather than linear. The Primary classroom is well equipped to take even the most gifted learner far beyond the Kindergarten curriculum due to the variety and adaptive nature of the material. This interdisciplinary approach to learning facilitates the child in making connections across the curriculum and ultimately to higher level reasoning.

Dr. Montessori’s interrelated curriculum or “Spiral" system of education allows students to make connections between subjects. The introduction of writing and language introduces students to examples of historical evolution. The study of the ancient origins of language, hieroglyphs, pictographs, the Phoenician and Greek alphabet all come alive to the students as the knowledge of how these ancient forms of communication were used and evolved to form the alphabet system used today.

The metal insets are used to strengthen and perfect penmanship skills, whilst simultaneously teaching the names of the plane shapes that will later be reapplied to the knowledge of the geometric solids. Students will be presented with many opportunities to revisit pieces of materials previously learned to teach one skill and later to be seen in another context to teach a more advanced concept.

Reading is also interrelated to the writing exercises. Students learn about the origins of language which, connects history, geography, geometry, art and cultural studies.The Moveable alphabet, a beloved work that provides the young student with the keys to writing phonetic words, later becomes a resource to the older learner to bring their creativity to life with descriptive writing exercises.The golden beads used in math are later revisited in geometry as they represent the point, line, trace and plane of shapes.

It is exciting to be around students when they spontaneously make these kinds of connections in their classroom and as a teacher, you sense the great work of the child's mind in action.

Understanding how powerful the child’s interactions are with his environment and the child’s ability to absorb, construct and perfect his potentials through activities during the first and second plane of a child's development is vital. Adults can really best serve the child by facilitating and accommodating the child’s needs. Future generations are fashioned by their experiences, therefore we have a great responsibility to safeguard and preserve the opportunities for children of the years to come.

In service,
Anita Ercole

Photo Day Reminder - Order Online by April 12th at MIDNIGHT!

Photo Day went so well, and the children looked wonderful in their prepared outfits. Just a reminder to order your child's photos online using the information provided on the envelope sent home with your child. You must place your order online by Thursday, April 12th by Midnight. All orders placed after that date will be more costly.
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Trike-a-thon This Saturday April 14, from 10am - 1pm

You are invited to Bristow Montessori School's St. Jude Trike-a-Thon this Saturday from 10am-1pm & Open House. Mingle with parents & teachers while the kids take the rounds around the track.


We also welcome all new and potential families to visit the school on the day of the Trike-a-Thon, and tour and talk with our faculty about the programs here at BMS. We would love for you to reach out to your friends and other acquaintances who are looking for the best in early childhood education, and invite them to visit BMS for our Trike-a-Thon and Open House. You can also visit our FACEBOOK PAGE and share our BMS event!


Bristow Montessori School's Trike-a-thon is raising funds to support St. Jude's lifesaving mission of finding cures for children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

We need your help to reach our fundraising goal of $3,000! Join Bristow Montessori and together we can help St. Jude change the world.


The BMS classroom that raises the highest average of donations receives an ICE CREAM PARTY!!

Parent Teacher Conferences - April 16

BMS Parent-Teacher conferences for the Spring 2018 Semester will be held April 16th. The school will be closed for the school day, but open for individual parent-teacher conferences.

Parent-Teacher conferences will include Infant, Toddler, Pre-primary, Primary, and Elementary. Please schedule an appointment with your child's lead teacher using the Sign-up genius link. We want to make sure you have the best possible experience and have all of your questions answered. Due to the short nature of the conferences and to encourage an open conversation, it is recommended parents not bring their children to the conference.

If your child is in Room 109 (Ms. Savi) or Room 106 (Ms. Anita), please contact the teacher directly to schedule your conference.

Car "Boot" Trunk Sale - BMS Community Yard Sale - April 28th

Save your household items for this Community Yard Sale from the trunk of your car! We will be advertising in Northern Virginia and will have a great community turnout. Arrive to set up at 7:30 am, sale kicks off at 8:00 am and ends at 11:30 am. We ask that 50% of the money parents collect is donated to the IMPRINT Haiti Project. More information coming soon!

Ballet Recital May 2 @ 3:30

Ballet Parents, just a reminder your child's Joy of Dance Spring Ballet Recital is May 2 at 3:30 pm. The children have been working so hard on their dance steps and we look forward to the big performance!

Teacher Appreciation Week - May 7 - 11

Bristow Montessori School looks forward to this designated time of year, when we celebrate and thank the wonderful teachers who deliver so much to our children here at BMS through their time, dedication, and passion.

Please take a look HERE for the Teacher Appreciation Week Schedule! We will also send out in an email, but wanted to give parents the opportunity to plan ahead and begin working on their gifts of thanks for the teachers.

Muffins for Moms - May 11

Happy Mothers Day! Moms, we invite you to join us Friday, May 11 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am in the BMS lobby. A special thank you to Moms for all they do. Stop by the front desk at drop off for muffins and juice before you head to work!

Next PTO Meeting: May 16, 6:30 pm

We invite all parents of BMS students to attend our PTO meeting on Wednesday, May 16 at 6:30 pm at BMS. 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 but also to those who recognize the 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!

Memorial Day - SCHOOL CLOSED Monday May 28

BMS is scheduled to be closed Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day. BMS would like to deeply thank all of our families who are serving in the U.S. Military. Our school observes this holiday to honor those men and women who have died while serving.

A look back at the Month of March & April

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Book Fair Success - A Special Thank You!

We wanted to first let all of our parents know how awesome the Usborne Book Fair went last month! Our parents helped BMS earn 70 new books for our Library upstairs ($1600 in total sales!), which is AMAZING!!! Thank you, and we always look forward to parent feedback about the book fair, as our next is scheduled for this coming Fall School year.

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 on Animal Kingdoms, Engineering/Environment, Culinary, and Sports activities. Enrollment is available to children ages 6 wks – 9 yrs and open to our local Bristow community along with our currently enrolled BMS students.

PARENTS! Refer a new family to our Summer Camp Program and receive a $50 Credit on your next tuition installment!

Click here to view details and pricing!


Many of our families initially hear about Bristow Montessori School through a personal referral from an existing school family. Now we want to reward you for promoting our school to your family and friends! Through our New Student Referral Program, your family can receive a $200 tuition credit for referring one new child or a $400 tuition credit for referring two new children. Please be sure the family you refer fills out our BMS Referral form in the office when enrolling. Tuition Credits will be applied to a future tuition month after the referred family is fully enrolled at BMS. Thank you to our BMS Families!

Added Bonus!! - If the referred family signs up for summer camp, you receive a $50 credit on your next tuition installment.

Sunscreen Policy

Sunscreen and insect repellent can be in lotion, cream, or spray-mist form, but NO aerosol spray. This is an update from last years policy. BMS will apply to children before going outside. Please fill out the appropriate Sunscreen Form (HERE) or you can obtain at the front desk, and leave at the front desk to be delivered to the child's teacher.

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 Payment Options

BMS Tuition is due on the first of each month. We offer a few different ways you can provide tuition payment each month.

1. Easy Online Payment via ACH - This is the most popular payment options amongst our parents! - An invoice will be 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. This is very similar to paying with a check but much faster!

2. Automatic Drafts - We also have the option to have your payment electronically drafted on the first of each month which also does not incur a fee. You can download the form here. Please complete and bring to the front office.

3. Credit Card Payments can be processed with a 3% fee per transaction. If you would like to set up automatic credit card payments for each month please stop by the front desk to fill out the forms.

Check - BMS does accept check, but we recommend paying via one of our other offered methods. If you provide a payment via written check please be advised that check processing may take 2-3 weeks. Please also note that check payment will not be applied to your BMS account until the check is cleared by your bank. Please make sure check payment is made on the 1st of each month to ensure timely posting to your BMS account.

Late tuition payments have a significant negative impact on school operations. A late fee of $50 will be assessed for tuition payments received after the 5th of each month. Thank you for your understanding.

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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.

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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.