December Events

  • December 10, 2017 6:44 pm

December is probably 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 15th at 9:30. The show rehearsal will be held on Thursday, December 14th 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 2017-2018 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.

Important Dates:
Thursday, December 14th Holiday Show Rehearsal at 9:30
Friday, December 15th Holiday Show at 9:30….the Holiday Show will be professionally recorded. DVD’s of the show will be on sale. Class parties will follow after the show.
Tuesday, January 2 BUMNS will reopen

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  • November 12, 2017 7:30 pm

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.

October

  • October 8, 2017 3:08 pm

As BUMNS begins our second month of school, I have observed that the children have adjusted well to BUMNS preschool routines. I enjoy becoming acquainted with each child and their families. The children are becoming familiar with new routines and classmates. I am amazed how well the 2 Day children have acclimated to their new surroundings. You have done a terrific job reassuring your children that you will return at the end of the morning.

The children have been learning these skills and routines:
• recognizing classmate’s names
• taking turns and sharing with new friends
• transitioning from one activity to the next
• improving small motor skills using pencils, crayons, paint, glue and scissors
• taking care of belongings
• using quiet indoor voices and saving loud voices for outside
• cooperation in the classroom

Lunch n’ Play has been well attended this fall. The children enjoy socializing and outdoor recess on the playground. Please cut grapes and cherry tomatoes in half. Your child’s safety is our number one concern.

There is a teacher In-Service on Friday, October 13th. There will be no school. Parents are invited to join others at Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza in Wayne. After Pizza, wings or salad join families at Encke Park in Radnor. 20% of tracked dine-in and carry-out sales will be donated to BUMNS.

BUMNS is participating in the Square Art fundraiser. Your children’s’ art will be replicated on a variety of keepsakes. The keepsakes include; mugs, keychains, mousepads. Information packets will be sent home on Monday.

BUMNS is also partnering with A Casa Pizza during the month of October. Pizzas and Stromboli’s can be ordered from A Casa. Delivery will be on October 30th and 31st. The pizzas are perfect for an easy Halloween Eve dinner.

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.

Dads evening social will be held on Friday, October 20th from 7:00-10:00 PM at Devon Bowling Lanes. The cost is $30. Email the office for more information

Teacher Appreciaton Week

  • May 7, 2017 6:10 pm

I am overwhelmed by the wonderful support shown for our staff during Teacher Appreciation week. I want to express my deepest appreciation to the parents for showering us with flowers, balloons, candy and meals! Reading the BUMNS Bear quotes written by parents, reminded me of why we all love our jobs at BUMNS.

Thank you for entrusting your child to us this year. Each child has brought joy and happiness to BUMNS. I feel blessed to have had such a wonderful group of children in our BUMNS family. The children have touched my life in positive and rewarding ways.
It has been a pleasure getting to know not only your child, but you as well. Having parental support and open lines of communication is an essential part of a successful school year. We appreciate our Game Room and Homeroom Parent volunteers. The wonderful success of this year’s Silent Auction is a direct result of the participation of our parents. I thank the BUMNS Parent/Teacher Board for the hours spent creating a wonderful evening for all.

It is hard to believe that we are approaching the end of another school year. I feel fortunate to have been a part of your child’s preschool experience. It has been an amazing privilege to witness the tremendous progress and growth the children have made since September. They are confident in their abilities and excited to learn more!
We say goodbye to those graduating to kindergarten. We hope the children leave with fond memories and will return to visit. I wish all families the best as you continue on this wonderful journey with your children.

The last day of school is on May 24th (3 Day) and May 25th (2,4 and 5 Day). We are looking forward to Camp Fun followed by summer vacation.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

  • February 28, 2017 6:32 pm

“If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good!” Dr. Seuss

On March 2nd and 3rd , BUMNS children will celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss. The children will wear pajamas to school and enjoy muffins 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. We will honor 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.

March winds are gently blowing as we say goodbye to February. The 5 Day will celebrate their 100th day of school on Tuesday, March 7th. The children will count 100 objects, jump 100 times, and read 100 words. Pizza will be served.

On Wednesday, March 8th, the teachers will have an in-service day to prepare for conferences. Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, March 9th and Friday, March 10th. 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.

Acts of Kindness

  • February 2, 2017 6:27 pm

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 4 & 5 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.

Motivating through Encouragement

  • January 8, 2017 12:02 pm

November

  • October 31, 2016 5:25 pm

It is hard to believe October flew by so quickly! The children had a fun month with lots of activities both in and out of the preschool. Field trips to pumpkin patches, apple picking and a walk to the Berwyn Fire Station were some of the fun learning experiences the children had. Play dates at Wilson Park and lunch at Mod Pizza were well attended. Thank you to the BUMNS Parent/ Board for planning socials. Thank you to the families for supporting our fundraisers. On Saturday, November 12th Dads are invited to the Berwyn Tavern for a Dad’s Happy Hour.

During the month of November the children will be talking about what it means to be thankful. Gratitude develops when young children engage in acts of kindness, whether it be sharing a toy or just being a good friend. By learning gratitude, children become sensitive to the feelings of others, develop empathy and other life skills.
Thanksgiving feasts will be celebrated by all classes. Turkey, cheese, and vegetables will be served. The children love this BUMNS tradition of sharing a meal together. Lessons will be taught about the first Thanksgiving Feast celebrated by the Native Americans and Pilgrims.

BUMNS is partnering with Berwyn United Methodist Church to support the church’s mission of helping those less fortunate. We are asking for toy donations costing $15 or less during November. The toys will be donated to the children of the Methodist Midtown Parish in Philadelphia.

Important Dates:

Saturday, November 12 Dads Happy Hour at the Berwyn Tavern at 4:00. Invitations have been sent home.
Monday, November 14 5 Day field trip to a Lenape Village at the Great Valley Nature Center
November 23, 24 and 25 School will be closed in observation of the Thanksgiving Holiday

October Happenings

  • October 4, 2016 6:06 pm
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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…

2016-2017 Welcome

  • September 12, 2016 2:20 pm

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year at Berwyn United Methodist Nursery School. I am looking forward to the busy and exciting year in store for us.
BUMNS strives to offer a quality, nurturing and productive learning environment for your preschooler. Your child will have the opportunity to learn and play with his/her peers in a variety of different ways. Each day will be filled with fun activities to help your child develop academically and socially. BUMNS has an outstanding support staff who works in different capacities to support your child’s early childhood experience.

Our school’s success is related to parent –teacher relationships. Parent involvement is encouraged at BUMNS. Parents can volunteer as homeroom parents, in the Game Room, as chaperones for field trips or help with school fundraisers. Throughout the year I will communicate with parents through notes, telephone calls and e-mails. I welcome e-mails, director@bumns.org or phone calls (610-296-2246) if you have concerns or questions.

BUMNS Parent/Teacher Board has planned many social activities for the children and parents throughout the year. The first family social was held on September 10th at 4:00 at Johnson Park in Berwyn. The event was well attended by both returning and new families. Future socials include Parent Coffees, Happy Hour at Main 30, and an all school play date at Wilson Park.