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May Farewell

It is hard to believe this is our last week of school at BUMNS. We thank you for entrusting your child to us this year. We have had another busy and successful year at BUMNS and you, as partners in the education of your children, deserve much of the credit for that. 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!

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. The monies raised will directly affect the children of our school. We are looking forward to buying KIM equipment, educational materials and new furnishings for the class rooms.
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.

Have a fantastic summer!!

Important Dates:
Tuesday, May 22 Last day for Lunch n’ Play and 5 Day Graduation
Wednesday, May 23 Last day of school for M/W 2 Day and 3 Day. The morning will end at 11:00
Thursday, May 24th Tuition due
Thursday, May 24th Last day of school for T/ Th 2 Day, 4 Day and 5 Day. The morning will end at 11:00.
Tuesday, May 29 Camp Fun begins!
Friday, June 8 Last day of Camp Fun. The morning ends at 11:00

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.

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 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.

Happy New Year! Welcome 2018!

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. Thanks to your generous support. A playhouse was added to our playground this fall with fundraising monies.

• A recurring theme during January will be snow! There are wonderful books to read, and various mediums used to represent snow, snow people, and snowflakes! Painting snow people is a favorite art project.
• Lessons will be taught about Martin Luther King Jr .This gives us the opportunity to explore concepts such as kindness, peace, and acceptance of others.
• Registrations are being accepted for the 2018-2019 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.

January brings the challenges of buttons, zippers, hats, and mittens. Boots are not necessary. Help your child practice putting on their coat and zipping. The children will go outside for recess unless it is less than 35 degrees. BUMNS will follow T/E’s decision about school closure during inclement weather. Please call T/E’s hotline if there is a question about school closing or delays. The number is 610-240-1970.

December Events

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

Post 997

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

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

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.

Motivating through Encouragement

November

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


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