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Berwyn United Methodist Nursery School’s services and employment are provided in a non-discriminatory manner, without regard to race, sex,color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, disability and age.

Acts of Kindness

Learning to be givers shapes children’s values and provides the opportunity to develop kindness. Children who learn to be caring and kind feel good about themselves. During the month of February and in conjunction with Martin Luther King Day and Valentine’s Day, the children will participate in a “Kindness Catcher Project”. The project recognizes children who do random acts of kindness. Each kind act will be recorded on a heart and displayed on BUMNS hall bulletin board. Children learn from what they see. The goal of this project is reinforce being kind. The children will learn that no act of kindness is too small.

Teaching kindness begins with the youngest preschoolers. Practicing manners reminds children that a simple “thank you” can brighten someone’s day. Teaching children to recognize other people’s feelings introduces empathy. Teach children patience when they are frustrated. Patience goes hand in hand with kindness.
It is never too early to practice caring and kind behavior with children. Through these small gestures we can help make the world our children will inherit a little more kind.

Welcome 2019!

Happy New Year! I hope your holiday season was a time of relaxation and family fun. I am occasionally asked why fundraise at BUMNS? Fundraising helps distinguish our preschool from other schools in the area. Monies raised have built our playground, given us funds to add new educational tools to our Game Room and classes, installed a security system, painted classrooms, bought music instruments and KIM equipment. Fundraising helps support our school environment. Thank you for the continued generous support.
Please note the following information:

• BUMNS is hosting a Dream Dinners event on January 9th (10am) and January 11th (6:30pm). This event brings parents together to prepare meals for their families. While
assembling entrees, sides and apps will be available for tasting. Meals are ready to freeze for future use. Pre-register on the links below to choose your meals.
January 9th 10am
https://dreamdinners.com/main.php?page=session_menu
January 11th 6:30 pm
https://dreamdinners.com/main.php?page=session_menu

• January brings the challenge of buttons, zippers, hats, and mittens. Mittens are preferred. Boots are not necessary. Help your child practice putting on their coat and
zipping. The children will go outside for recess unless temperatures drop below 35 degrees. BUMNS will follow T/E’s decision concerning school closure during
inclement weather. Please call T/E’s hotline if there is a question concerning school closing or delays. The number is 610-240-1970. If T/E has a two hour delay,
BUMNS will have a one hour delay.
• Registrations are being accepted for the 2019-2020 school year. There are openings in all classes. Families from outside the school have been registering for next
year. Email the office if you have any questions.
• 3rd quarter tuition is due on January 14th.
• BUMNS Holiday Show was professionally recorded. Parents may buy a DVD or flash drive of the show. The DVD will cost $10 and flash drive $15. Information will be
emailed this week.
• January 21…no school. Save the date! All school playdate at Chuckie Cheese in Berwyn.

Holiday Happenings

December is the most exciting month of the year. It can be a most happy time at school and at home, if we plan ways to include the children in our preparations and celebration. During the Holiday season, structure and daily rituals are vital to the preschool child. Our own schedules are chock full of activities and often children get “lost” in our rush to prepare for the holidays. If a child’s routine remains the same, they will feel secure and grounded. It is challenging to implement structure at home when we are busy. Some of the best stabilizing traditions are little things that children can count on. Some examples are: family dinners, bedtime stories, or family game night.

Our routine at BUMNS will vary this week. The children will be busy practicing for our annual Holiday Show. The Holiday Show will be presented on Friday, December 14th at 9:30. The show rehearsal will be held on Thursday, December 13th at 9:30. Dana Sapp, BUMNS music teacher, will direct the children in a medley of Holiday songs. We encourage you to invite extended family to BUMNS Holiday show.

Thank you to families who donated clothing and toys to Berwyn United Methodist Church for their mission projects.

Registration for the 2019-2020 year is open to the public now. Encourage friends to visit our school.

If the weather is questionable, please check your email in the morning or call the T/E School Hotline, 610-240-1970. BUMNS will follow decisions made by T/E school district during inclement weather. If T/E is delayed for two hours, BUMNS will be delayed for one hour.

Welcome October!

The children adjusted well to their teachers, new friends and BUMNS school routine during September. They are enjoying adventures to Music, KIM and of course, the playground. Game Room is buzzing with activity. The Game Room’s soft academic environment gives the children an introduction to pre-reading and pre-math concepts. Thank you to the Game Room volunteers who assist teachers in the Game Room. There is a need for additional Game Room volunteers. If you are able to volunteer once a month please let the office know.
Our youngest 2’s are feeling secure and safe in school. Early tears have dried and the children have become accustomed their classrooms. As the year progresses, the 2’s will enjoy socializing that begins as parallel play.

October brings cooler weather, colorful leaves and exciting events at BUMNS. October is Fire Safety Awareness month. 5 Day classes will walk to the Berwyn Fire Station for a tour and a lesson on fire safety. The 3 & 4 Day children will have a visit from the Fire Company’s truck and firemen. The children learn that firefighters are helpful heroes. All classes will practice a fire drill at school.

Thank you for supporting BUMNS school fundraisers. The Rita’s Water Ice Celebrity Scoop was a huge success. Everyone enjoyed the warm sun and water ice. 15 % of the money spent at Rita’s on Wednesday will be donated to BUMNS. The Sports Day was fun for everyone!
BUMNS parents enjoyed an evening at AR Workshop in Malvern. 20% of proceeds from the evening at AR are being donated to BUMNS.

I am occasionally asked why fundraise at BUMNS? Fundraising helps distinguish our preschool from other schools in the area. Monies raised have built our playground, given us funds to add new educational tools to our Game Room and classes, installed a security system, painted classrooms, bought music instruments and KIM equipment. Fundraising helps support our school environment. Tuitions do not cover the full cost of education. Fundraisers help BUMNS offset the costs of providing a high-quality learning experience to children. Fundraising enhances a child’s early education experience.

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Welcome 2018-2019 School Year!

Welcome to the 2018/2019 school year at BUMNS. Thank you for choosing BUMNS for your child’s early education. The preschool childhood years have been recognized as extremely important in the development of a child. It is our goal to create an enriched learning environment that engages each child. Children in their earliest years have tremendous curiosity and ability to learn. We value a strong educational foundation coupled with a safe and caring atmosphere in which to grow. BUMNS teachers and support staff work in different capacities to support your child’s early childhood experience

I look forward to seeing you at the Parent Open House on Monday, September 10th. Doors will open at 6:45.

Important dates:
• Saturday, September 8 All Family Picnic/ Johnson Park in Berwyn/ 4:00
• Monday, September 10 Parent Open House/Church Chapel/ 6:45
Parents will have the opportunity to meet their child’s teacher and learn about the upcoming school year. Following a short meeting in the chapel, parents will move to their child’s class.
• Tuesday, September 11 2 Day visitation. Visitation times will be allotted for each parent at the Open House,
• Tuesday, September 11 4 & 5 Day first day of school. Doors open at 8:50. Lunch n’ Play will be in session. Children staying for lunch must have a note and payment for stay at lunch.
• Wednesday, September 12 3 Day first day
• Thursday, September 13 2 Day first day (2 Day classes will end at 11:30 for the first month)
• Wednesday, September 26 Celebrity Scoop Fundraiser at Rita’s 3:00-5:00
• Thursday, September 27 Parent’s Night Out: AR Workshop in Malvern 7:00

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go

On March 1st and 2nd the BUMNS children celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss. The children wore pajamas to school and were served donut holes and hot chocolate during snack time. Dr. Seuss holds a special place in the hearts of many because he wrote with the joy, concern and passion a child carries. The teachers honored Dr. Seuss by reading favorite books he wrote. Children love the rhyming, plots and art in his books. For many of us, our first introduction to literature was through the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss.

It is wonderful to see the joy on BUMNS children when they are having fun. It would also be wonderful to capture their innocence forever. In light of recent tragic news, it is important to let your preschooler know they are loved and safe. Fred Rogers often told this story about when he was a boy and would see scary things on the news: “My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.”

The 3, 4 & 5 Day children have been learning about our local community helpers. During the month of February the children donated pennies. $100 in pennies was collected. The money will be donated to the Easttown Police.

The 5 Day classes will celebrate their 100th day of school on Monday, March 5th. The children will count 100 objects, jump 100 times, and read 100 words. Pizza will be served.
On Wednesday, March 14th, the teachers will have an in-service day to prepare for conferences. Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, March 15th and Friday, March 16th. Parent-teacher conferences provide a means for communication between parents and teachers. Your child’s social/emotional, physical, and intellectual and language development has been evaluated by their teacher. The conference is designed to give you an insight into your child’s preschool progress. Sitting will be provided for children enrolled in BUMNS.

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As we enter the season of Thanksgiving, I reflect on how thankful I am to have a wonderful family, friendships and a job I love. Gratitude affirms the good things in life. Teaching gratitude is a gift you can give your child that will ensure happiness. By learning gratitude children become sensitive to the feelings of others, develop empathy and other life skills. Research shows that there is a strong association between cultivating gratitude and greater happiness. When we are grateful, we are often healthier, more positive and more resilient.

BUMNS is supporting Berwyn United Methodist Church’s mission of helping those less fortunate. The school will be collecting donations of toys and gently used coats for the children of the Methodist Midtown Parish in Philadelphia. The 5 Day classes will be preparing “flood buckets” .The buckets will be filled with household necessities .The church sends the buckets to areas devastated by recent hurricanes. Both of these missions help to cultivate gratitude by serving and helping others.

Enjoy this Thanksgiving holiday by being grateful every day for the rewards life brings.

February

Parents often wonder why their children are self-sufficient at school. At school the children will clean up toys, pass out snacks, and take care of their belongings. How can this be when at home, they refuse to pick up toys or insist that mom or dad help them with every task? A child will test limits with their parents because he or she trusts the parent will love them no matter what. Barbara Bogle recently shared parenting strategies with our parents. Barbara was guidance counselor for 19 years and is now a parenting coach. Barbara shared suggestions as to how to help parents prepare their child to be a healthy, happy, productive member of society. Below are some strategies that can be used at home with your child.

1. Expect more. At school we expect the children to hang up their coats, put Game Room games back in the proper “home”, or throw away their trash after snack (just to name a few “chores”). Children love feeling independent. Today I watched the youngest 3 Day children throw their cup and napkin in the trash after snack time. Each child completed the simple task. Expect them to do more and most often they will.
2. Resist doing for your child what they can do for themselves. It is quicker and easier for you to do it. Whenever you are trying to get your children to dress, put jackets on, etc., ask them if they want help or can they do it themselves? Suggesting your child complete a task without assistance is like magic. Kids always want to do it for themselves! Watch how the children walk proudly into school. They want to do it themselves! Often they will wave my hand away when offered.
3. Don’t redo what they’ve done. Unless absolutely necessary, don’t fix what your child accomplishes. If she dresses in stripe and polka dots, compliment her. As teachers we don’t “fix” art projects the children have created. I love pictures with crooked smiles. The projects are self-directed and a unique creation of the child. The child feels a sense of accomplishment completing the art activity.
4. Let them solve simple problems. Pause before rushing to help your child assemble a toy or get a book from a shelf. We cheat a child the experience of success if we try to make everything perfect. In the Game Room, the children often use discriminating skills to complete assigned games. They are problem-solving.
5. Assign a chore. Assigning a regular, simple task will build your child’s confidence. The goal is to make your child feel like they are contributing to the family. The children at BUMNS are assigned weekly jobs. They love the feeling of independence as the mail person, line leader, snack person, flag holder; such simple tasks that make the children feel good about themselves.
It is fun watching the children at school grow and change as they become confident with our school routine. Each child has their own unique personality. Our job is to encourage, teach and give them the tools for a lifetime of success.

Valentine’s Day parties will be celebrated on the 12th and 13th of February. The holiday teaches children the importance of appreciating family and friends. The children enjoy giving and receiving Valentine’s. The 5 Day children will soon be celebrating their 100th day of school. The children are counting down the days. They have learned to count by 5’s and 10’s to 100. Pizza will be delivered to school to celebrate this special day.
BUMNS children will be saving pennies during the month of February. The collected money will be contributed to Berwyn United Methodist Church’s HUB outreach. The pennies will help buy school kits for children who are less fortunate.

Think Silent Auction and Spring Dinner! Preparations are underway for our annual Silent Auction and Spring Dinner being held on Wednesday, April 22nd. Moms, dads and guests are invited to attend. The evening promises to be fun for all. Consider donating to the Silent Auction. Donations might include golf outings, Philly Sport Team tickets, a talent or skill, restaurant gift certificates or gym memberships. Contact the school office for more information.

Important Dates and Reminders:
• Thursday, Feb. 12th 2,4 & Mrs. Y’s 5 Day Valentine’s Day Parties
• Friday, Feb. 13th 3 & 5 Day Valentine’s Day Parties
• Monday, Feb.16th No School
• Wednesday, Feb. 25th 5 Day trip to the Great Valley Nature Center
• Weds. March 11th Save the Date! Fun Day at Chuckie Cheese! (No School)
• Thursday, March 12th Conferences (No School)
• Friday, March 13th Conferences (No School)

New From BUMNS

Welcome October! The first weeks of preschool are an exciting milestone in your child’s life. Your child is embarking on a path that will lead them on many roads of discovery and learning. The children are becoming acquainted with staff members and learning the daily school routine. As wonderful as this new experience may be, it can also be stressful for the young child. New situations and change can be unsettling for all of us. It is common for even the most outgoing child to be anxious the first day of school. However, the good news is that after hugs and reassurance the tears have been replaced with smiles. The 2 Day children are thoroughly enjoying their first school experience.

BUMNS Parent/Teacher Board spends many hours planning school fundraisers. Our Silent Auction last April was not only a fun social event, but $12,000 was raised to benefit the children of the school. This year the Silent Auction will be held on April 22. Classroom rugs, KIM equipment, a new playground structure, classroom educational materials and Game Room activities were bought with fundraising monies. This fall we are fundraising with Mabel’s Labels, Yankee Candles, and Pizza’s. Thank you to those who were able to attend Rita’s Water Ice Celebrity Scoop. It was fun seeing everyone “out of school”. 20 % of all sales were donated to BUMNS.
The parent coffees were well attended. I am glad to see that social gatherings out of school are being planned! Future parent coffees will be planned.

Important Dates in October:
Wednesday, October 8 3 & 4 Day Field Trip to Milky Way Farm
Tuesday, October 14 5 Day Field Trip to Highland Orchard
Thursday, October 16 2 Day Field Trip to Sugartown Pumpkins
Friday, October 17 School Closed…Staff In-Service

**BUMNS is accepting applications for the January 2 Day class. Invite friends or family to visit BUMNS for a tour!
**A volunteer is needed in the Game Room on Friday, October 10th. Let the office know if you are able to help!