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

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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.

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

BUMNS at the BEACH!

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, provided funds to improve the school facility, 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.

Our largest fundraiser is the annual BUMNS Silent Auction and Dinner. In the past few years, this has also grown into a social event where families come together for an evening of fun. This year the event, BUMNS at the Beach promises to be a fun evening. Below is a listing of a few of the auction items available for bidding.

• Four (4) seats in the Diamond Club for the Phillies vs. Cubs game on Tuesday, June 7th at 7:05 p.m.
• New with tags Coach Penelope leather large shopper in spring green.
• A foursome of golf at White Manor Country Club in Malvern.
• New Barbie Dreamhouse
• Diggerland USA package: Four (4) admission passes (exp. 12/31/16), size 8 kid slippers, 2 pairs of sunglasses, size 5/6 t-shirt and size 9/10 fleece.
• LeBeau Gardens – One free landscape consultation and a $200 gift card.
• $100 to Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse
• Bach to Rock – Rock City Birthday Party

I hope to see you at the fundraiser on Friday, April 29th at 30 Main in Berwyn. The support of our BUMNS families has been phenomenal. Thank you for all you do.

Important Dates:

Wednesday, April 13 Donuts with Dads 3 & 4 Day Classes
Thursday, April 14 Donuts with Dads 2 Day Classes
Friday, April 15 Donuts with Dads 5 Day Classes
Friday, April 29 BUMNS at the Beach!!
Thursday, May 5 Muffins with Mom 2 & 4 Day Classes
Friday, May 6 Muffins with Mom 3 & 5 Day Classes
Monday, May 9 3 & 4 Day field trip to the Tyler Arboretum
Thursday, May 19 2 Day field trip to the Great Valley Nature Center
Friday, May 20 5 Day field trip and picnic to Riverbend

February Thoughts

Much has been said lately about the power of play. The first thing noticed in BUMNS Game Room is the quiet hum of activity. The children are “playing” games. The children are focused and concentrating on the goal of completing the assigned “game”. Learning through play is not about children wandering without direction in a room full of toys or games. Learning through play takes a carefully prepared environment that allows young children to explore, examine, organize, manipulate, discriminate and make predictions.

In the BUMNS Game Room, learning is different for each child because each child is learning at his or her own pace. Games are assigned. Parquetry, story sequencing and manipulative games provide an opportunity for the child to learn about classifying, sorting, predicting and problem solving. Teachers note successfully completed tasks. The Game Room is fun for the children. The children are not just memorizing numbers and letters; they are learning and understanding the concepts of reading and math. The children are reasoning, hypothesizing, predicting outcomes and developing theories. But, most importantly the children are having fun! The benefits of play include gaining confidence as well as self-esteem, expanding language, understanding rules and sparking creativity. The goal is to give children a lifelong love of learning.

Important Dates:

Thursday, February 11 2 & 4 Day Valentine’s Day Parties
Friday, February 12 3 & 5 Day Valentine’s Day Parties
Monday, February 15 School Closed
Friday, February 19 BUMNS Beer and Bowling Dads Night Out
Wednesday, March 2 Photo Day for 3 & 4 Day
Thursday, March 3 Photo Day for 2 & 5 Day
Thursday, March 3 Moms Night Out…Painting with a Twist

Happy New Year!

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, the hall ceilings and lighting were replaced during the winter holiday. The improved hallway is brighter and aesthetically pleasing!

• 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 2015-2016 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.

November Thanksgivings

I have enjoyed observing the youngest children at BUMNS as they experience their first year of preschool. For many, this is their first time in a structured setting with teachers and classmates. It provides the opportunity to share, follow instructions and begin the foundation for learning. In order to learn, the children need to feel secure with their teacher and build a trusting relationship with the teacher. It is very rewarding to watch the transition from looks of “I can’t do it” into looks of “I did it!” The children feel a sense of competence and self-worth as they learn to be more independent. Expectations such as washing hands, putting personal items or notes in their book bag and putting away toys during clean-up time are all small things that encourage a child’s social and emotional growth.

Gratitude and Thanksgiving are the themes the children will learn about during the month of November. Lessons will focus on the first Thanksgiving feast between the Pilgrims and Native Americans. The 5 Day classes will venture to the Great Valley Nature Center to explore a replica of a Lenape Village. Here they will learn the customs, foods and life style of the early Lenape Native Americans. The tour includes hands on activities that teach the children how to grind corn, gardening with handmade tools and playing Native American games.

The month culminates with a Thanksgiving Feast shared by each class. The children create Pilgrim hats and Native American necklaces and headbands to wear to the feast. Foods served include; turkey, cheese, vegetables and corn bread.

Important Dates:

November 9, 10 and 11th BUMNS Open House from 9:15-11:15
November 16 & 17 In –House Registration
November 18 Picky Eaters-It’s Not That Simple presented by BUMNS Parent Board at 9:15. Join parents for a presentation on “picky eating in toddlers and children. Presentation given by Kristen Quinn, founder of Toddlers and Tomatoes. Fee for seminar is $10, payable at door. Babysitting will be provided for toddlers and older. Please let the office know if you will need the sitting service.
November 23 3 Day Feast
November 24 2, 4 & 5 Day Feast
November 25 No School
November 30 School Reopens
December 14 Holiday Show Rehearsal 9:30…Parents may video on this day only
December 15 Holiday Show 9:30

April News

The blue skies and the appearance of flowers in front of our school remind us of the arrival of spring. We have spent so much time indoors that the children are excited to visit the playground again. The children strengthen growing muscles when climbing, running and playing outside
The children are looking forwarding to hosting their Dads (or Uncle, Grandfather or even favorite family friend) during the week of April 13th. “Donuts with Dad” is a favorite day for the children. The children love introducing friends and showing off their classrooms. The morning lasts around 45 minutes.
On Wednesday, April 22, BUMNS will host the annual BUMNS Parent Social and Silent Auction at Alfredo’s in Berwyn. Doors open at 6:30. Come early to view the Silent Auction offerings. The BUMNS Parent/Teacher Board has spent the year planning, soliciting items, and bundling auction items. Class projects are being created by each class for auction. We are looking forward to a fun evening. Bring a friend to the event. This is BUMNS largest fundraiser. Monies raised benefit the children of our school.

Important Dates:

Tuesday, April 14 4 Day Donut with Dads
Wednesday, April 15 3 Day Donut with Dads
Thursday, April 16 2 Day Donut with Dads
Friday, April 17 5 Day Donut with Dads
Wednesday, April 22 BUMNS Parent Social and Silent Auction
Tuesday, April 28 2 & 5 Day School Pictures
Wednesday, April 29 3 & 4 Day School Pictures

***Camp Fun registrations have been sent home. Camp Fun is the perfect ending to the school year


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