Bloomington Montessori School

Bloomington Montessori School

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We will soon begin the end-of-year activities for our graduating 6th Grade Class. These yearly traditions include Skip/Service Day, Graduation, and our Graduation Dinner. They help us celebrate these kids and make the final months of their BMS journey extra special!

The primary way that we support these activities is through our 6th Grade Bake Sale! Hooray! This year it will include baked goods (homemade and from local bakery donations), hand-painted birdhouses/feeders, and crocheted items.



What: 6th Grade Bake (& Other Awesome Stuff) Sale

Where: Outside the Annex and Main Doors at BMS

Dates: Tuesday, April 12th, Wednesday, April 13th

Times: 8am-8:45am and 3:15-3:45pm

We will be accepting cash, check, or "bill me" through FACTS (current families only).
Thank you to everyone who stopped by and visited us at the Bloomington Children's Expo!
Stop by and see us tomorrow at Swichyard Park from 1pm-4pm for the 2022 Children's Expo!
BMS will have a 2-hour delayed start tomorrow, Thursday, February 24th, due to hazardous road conditions.
Thank you B97 and Hive!!! Everyone enjoyed their delicious lunch.
BMS SPIRIT WEAR SALE
Show your school spirit with these exclusive BMS hoodies! Use the order form below to get take advantage of our early bird pricing!!! Pre-orders due 2/18/22. After-sale sizing and quantities will be limited.

The sweatshirts are divided into Youth, Women's and Men's styles. Please select the number of each size in each style category that you wish to purchase.

Early-Bird Pricing:
Youth Sizes: $35
Adult Sizes: $40

After-Sale Pricing:
Youth Sizes: $40
Adult Sizes: $45

Order your Spirit Wear here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSflo9Dg1rAaZSALZYWt4_jFiaCEXJ13vd04RS6FIop_3HBOmw/viewform?usp=sf_link
Due to the inclement weather, BMS will be closed tomorrow, Friday, February 4th.
Due to forecasted inclement weather, BMS will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, February 3rd. We plan to return to campus on Friday, February 4th and will update our community tomorrow evening should hazardous weather conditions continue causing the need for closure on Friday.
Thank you, Lochmiller family, for the yummy treat!!!

Bloomington Montessori School offers an Montesssori education for children ages 3-12.

Operating as usual

09/26/2022

Last few days to register for Trivia Night!
Join us Saturday, October 1st from 8:00pm to 10:00pm for food, friends, and trivia at Cardinal Spirits for BMS' first ever in-person Trivia Night. Doors open at 8:00pm with an hour of game time from 8:30pm to 9:30pm. Teams will compete for prizes, swag, and bragging rights.
We hope to see you there!
Space for this event is limited so make sure to register early. Registration will be open through Thursday, September 29th. Visit the link below to register.
https://forms.gle/c6TSMLZGLhdvA2xPA

09/21/2022

Happy International Day of Peace!!!

09/16/2022

Support our fundraiser by spreading the word with at least 10 friends & family! TEXT, email, and share on social media using the handy online tools! If you haven’t done so already, register today at www.registercw.com using our code #19744 and start sharing our fundraising link now so we can reach our goal. Our fundraising goal is $6,000, and we need everyone’s help!

09/09/2022

Our Charleston Wrap fundraiser kicks off today! Our fundraising goal is $6,000. With over 2,500 gift ideas, there is something for everyone on your holiday gift list, which means your support can help us reach our goal! Be sure to REGISTER online today using our organizational code #19744 at www.registercw.com, and START SHARING our fundraiser with your family & friends! Once you register, TEXT, email, and share our fundraiser on social media. Sharing is caring!

09/01/2022

Maria Montessori, the Italian educator and physician who created the Montessori Method, was born on this day in 1870. Montessori's educational philosophy of encouraging children's learning through discovery is now used in an estimated 20,000 schools worldwide.

Montessori grew up in Italy and enrolled in the University of Rome's school of medicine in 1893. As a woman, she faced hostility from both fellow students and professors, even being forced to perform dissections alone after hours as it was deemed inappropriate for her to attend classes with men in the presence of a naked cadaver. Despite the obstacles, she graduated in 1896 and set up a private practice.

Montessori rapidly became an advocate for both women's rights and the rights of children with disabilities. She regularly worked with children facing these challenges, and she was a major supporter of their right to access education. In 1901, she left her practice to engage in further study in psychology and educational philosophy, and began considering how to adapt the methods she used for general classroom use.

In 1906, Montessori was asked to oversee the education of children of working low-income parents in Rome. At first, it was outfitted like a standard classroom of the day, but as Montessori observed the children and provided them with the resources she had developed, she discovered that they preferred practical activities to toys and that, if they were given a free choice of activities, they would develop spontaneous self-discipline.

In response, Montessori decided to transform the traditional classroom: she replaced the large furniture with child-sized desks and chairs, put tools and activities on low, child-accessible shelving, and included more exercises that encouraged caring for the environment and the self, such as cooking, gymnastics, and care of pets, as well as practical activities such as sweeping, self-dressing, and hand washing. She also introduced literacy materials like moveable cutout letters and picture cards with labels, which resulted in her students becoming proficient in reading and writing far sooner than was expected with traditional methods.

Her Casa dei Bambini (Children's House) was a great success, and by 1907 another had been opened in Rome. The independence, concentration, and self-discipline of her students began attracting attention from journalists, politicians, and educators, and in 1909, Montessori held her first teacher training course. In 1911, Montessori methods had been adopted in Italian and Swiss public schools; by 1912, Montessori schools were being planned in places from Paris to India, and Montessori societies were founded in the US and UK. By the time she died in 1952, Montessori had revolutionized the way educators and parents thought about child development. Her legacy is obvious in both public school systems and in the Montessori schools that can be found around the world today.

For several books by Maria Montessori that explore her educational philosophy, check out "The Montessori Method" (https://amzn.to/3BilWwq), "The Secret of Childhood" (https://amzn.to/3DtO9Ci), "The Absorbent Mind" (https://amzn.to/3jAXFMd), and "The Discovery of the Child" (https://amzn.to/3mLJDZW)

To learn more about her work and educational philosophy, we also recommend the insightful biography "Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work" at https://www.amightygirl.com/maria-montessori-life-work

To introduce children to this inspiring role model, we recommend the board book "My First Maria Montessori" for ages 2 to 4 (https://www.amightygirl.com/maria-my-first-maria-montessori) and the picture book version for ages 5 to 8 (https://www.amightygirl.com/maria-montessori)

Many of the toys featured A Mighty Girl's toy section were selected with a similar philosophy to Maria Montessori's in mind -- we've sought out high-quality toys that would help children to exercise their imagination while mastering basic skills and growing confident in their abilities to be self-directed learners.

If you're new to A Mighty Girl, mouse over the "Toys' button on our main menu bar to open our toy directory which is divided into six main categories: Toys/Games, Imaginative Play, Arts/Crafts, Outdoor Play, For Baby, and Kids' Gear. To start exploring our selection of over 2,000 girl-empowering toys, visit https://www.amightygirl.com/toys

08/03/2022

See you tomorrow for the first day of our 2022-2023 school year!!!

05/20/2022

School's out for summer!!!! Wishing everyone a fun and safe summer break.

Photos from Bloomington Montessori School's post 05/06/2022

We ❤️ our teachers!!! Happy teacher appreciation week! Thank you for sharing your love and dedication with our community.

05/05/2022

HELP US COLLECT THE UPPER ELEMENTARY TEACHERS' WEIGHT IN NUT AND SEED BUTTER...

Please help us match the upper elementary teachers' collective weight in nut and seed butters by the morning of May 12th! All donations will be given to MCUM Friday May 13th as part of the sixth graders service-learning project.

04/11/2022

We will soon begin the end-of-year activities for our graduating 6th Grade Class. These yearly traditions include Skip/Service Day, Graduation, and our Graduation Dinner. They help us celebrate these kids and make the final months of their BMS journey extra special!

The primary way that we support these activities is through our 6th Grade Bake Sale! Hooray! This year it will include baked goods (homemade and from local bakery donations), hand-painted birdhouses/feeders, and crocheted items.



What: 6th Grade Bake (& Other Awesome Stuff) Sale

Where: Outside the Annex and Main Doors at BMS

Dates: Tuesday, April 12th, Wednesday, April 13th

Times: 8am-8:45am and 3:15-3:45pm

We will be accepting cash, check, or "bill me" through FACTS (current families only).

Photos from Bloomington Montessori School's post 04/10/2022

Thank you to everyone who stopped by and visited us at the Bloomington Children's Expo!

04/09/2022

Stop by and see us tomorrow at Swichyard Park from 1pm-4pm for the 2022 Children's Expo!

03/11/2022
02/24/2022

BMS will have a 2-hour delayed start tomorrow, Thursday, February 24th, due to hazardous road conditions.

Photos from Bloomington B97's post 02/11/2022

Thank you B97 and Hive!!! Everyone enjoyed their delicious lunch.

02/07/2022

BMS SPIRIT WEAR SALE
Show your school spirit with these exclusive BMS hoodies! Use the order form below to get take advantage of our early bird pricing!!! Pre-orders due 2/18/22. After-sale sizing and quantities will be limited.

The sweatshirts are divided into Youth, Women's and Men's styles. Please select the number of each size in each style category that you wish to purchase.

Early-Bird Pricing:
Youth Sizes: $35
Adult Sizes: $40

After-Sale Pricing:
Youth Sizes: $40
Adult Sizes: $45

Order your Spirit Wear here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSflo9Dg1rAaZSALZYWt4_jFiaCEXJ13vd04RS6FIop_3HBOmw/viewform?usp=sf_link

02/03/2022

Due to the inclement weather, BMS will be closed tomorrow, Friday, February 4th.

02/02/2022

Due to forecasted inclement weather, BMS will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, February 3rd. We plan to return to campus on Friday, February 4th and will update our community tomorrow evening should hazardous weather conditions continue causing the need for closure on Friday.

01/04/2022

📍UPDATE 1/6/2022: This is not located at the IU Folklore building. It is located at 800 N Indiana Ave. It does show up in the scheduling portal as MVU Folklore Ethnomusicology.

UPDATE 1/4/2022:
📍Free parking is available at the address below or in the lot at 12th and Fess. IU Permit is NOT required to park in either location.
📍Boosters will be available
📍You do not have to be an IU student, faculty, or staff to use this clinic. It is open to the public
📍Although walk-ins are accepted, appointments are preferred
📍Call 211 if you are having issues scheduling

There will be a COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing site beginning Wednesday, January 5 at Noon. See below for more information.

Although walk-ins are welcome, you can make an appointment.

Visit: ourshot.in.gov to schedule a vaccine
Visit: coronavirus.in.gov to schedule a test

12/16/2021

UPDATE (12/20/2021): You are now able to make appointments at www.ourshot.in.gov - You are still able to walk-in, but if you prefer to make an appointment you can do that now.

See the flyer below for information on a COVID-19 Testing & Vaccination clinic next week. No appointment necessary.

Boosters will be available

12/08/2021

Thank you, Lochmiller family, for the yummy treat!!!

11/30/2021

We are beyond excited to announce we raised $13,020 during our Facebook event. Thank you to everyone who participated; from our sponsors and donors to our staff, Board, and BMS families, your support is greatly appreciated.

11/30/2021

One hour to go!!
Starr Oral Surgery is helping us finish the day strong with an Aftercare match offer! Starr Oral Surgery is a dental specialty practice in Bloomington, IN proud to offer the highest level of care to this fantastic community. They have the latest technology and modern surgical techniques along with a genuine passion for patient care. This allows Dr. Austin Starr and his highly trained staff to provide patients with optimal experiences and excellent results every day. They perform a wide range of oral surgery procedures including wisdom teeth removal, IV sedation, placement of dental implants and more. Starr Oral Surgery looks forward to accomplishing beautiful results for Bloomington and the surrounding communities, enhancing patient confidence, and achieving complete satisfaction for all they serve.

Starr Oral Surgery will match up to $500 of donations made between 4 pm and 5 pm today. Help us meet this wonderful opportunity by donating now: https://factsmgtadmin.com/give/appeal/kbyhgzndO

11/30/2021

We have just two hours left....
...and an amazing match opportunity in the next hour! New sponsor Eddington 10 has joined us for the Afternoon Wrap-Up and Departure hour of BMS Giving Tuesday. Eddington 10 provides virtual support and consultation to businesses on a variety of needs, including data analysis, social media support, website design, copy writing and editing, and much more. BMS is so grateful for their presence and support in our community!

Eddington 10 will match up to $1000 of donations made between 3 pm and 4 pm today. Help us meet this wonderful opportunity and donate now:https://factsmgtadmin.com/give/appeal/kbyhgzndO

11/30/2021

We're halfway through Giving Tuesday....
...and we have an incredible match opportunity for the afternoon work period, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor!
Our anonymous donor knows the power of sustaining donations. Through our "Grass Roots" sustaining donation program, donors can schedule an ongoing donation of any amount, to occur monthly for a given number of months, through the fiscal year, or beyond. Sustaining donations are so valuable because they give BMS a development budget. We can look beyond daily operations and plan for new programs, new equipment, and other opportunities to meet our mission and grow as a community! Sustaining donations are not only a boon for our budget, but they can also be a helpful way for donors to manage giving as well.
If we can get 1 more new sustaining donation in the next 40 minutes, our anonymous donor will donate $1000!! Can you make a sustaining donation of any amount today?
Take some time to check in with us at on Facebook for our own afternoon work period and if you happen to be by our campus during our afternoon pick-up time (3:15pm-3:45pm) we will have a LIVE Jazz band outside of the main entrance!!!
Follow this link to make a donation now: https://factsmgtadmin.com/give/appeal/kbyhgzndO

11/30/2021

We're halfway through Giving Tuesday....
...and we have an incredible match opportunity for the afternoon work period, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor!

Our anonymous donor knows the power of sustaining donations. Through our "Grass Roots" sustaining donation program, donors can schedule an ongoing donation of any amount, to occur monthly for a given number of months, through the fiscal year, or beyond. Sustaining donations are so valuable because they give BMS a development budget. We can look beyond daily operations and plan for new programs, new equipment, and other opportunities to meet our mission and grow as a community! Sustaining donations are not only a boon for our budget, but they can also be a helpful way for donors to manage giving as well.

If we can get 5 new sustaining donations in the next two hours, our anonymous donor will donate $1000!! Can you make a sustaining donation of any amount today?

Take some time to check in with us at on Facebook for our own afternoon work period and if you happen to be by our campus during our afternoon pick-up time (3:15pm-3:45pm) we will have a LIVE Jazz band outside of the main entrance!!!
Follow this link to make a donation now: https://factsmgtadmin.com/give/appeal/kbyhgzndO

11/30/2021

#bloomingtonmontessorigivingtuesday

We are gearing up for the 2021-2022 Annual Campaign Kick-off on Giving Tuesday, November 30th! Follow along on Facebook as we play games, interview foundational figures from BMS history, celebrate random acts of kindness, and track progress toward our goal of raising $50,000 this year!

11/30/2021

Dine and Donate!!
Loren Wood Builders is our generous sponsor for the Lunch and Recess hour here at BMS Giving Tuesday! Loren Wood Builders is a locally owned and operated design-build company with a deep commitment to the community, its people, and the built environment. We at BMS are glad and grateful to have the Wood family and Loren Wood Builders as collaborators and members of our community!

Loren Wood Builders will match up to $500 of donations made between 12 pm and 1 pm today. Was recess your favorite subject? Step up and show your support!

Donate now at: https://factsmgtadmin.com/give/appeal/kbyhgzndO

11/30/2021

Amazing Match Opportunity
Our sponsor for the Morning Work Period window, from 10 am to 12 pm today, is Deer Park Management. Deer Park Management offers quality apartments for rent in Bloomington, Indiana as well as beautiful homes in the Bloomington area. We are so grateful for their longstanding presence and support in our BMS community!
Deer Park Management will match up to $1000 of donations made over the next 40 minutes. Still waiting for your moment to donate? It's here!!
Follow the link to make a donation: https://factsmgtadmin.com/give/appeal/kbyhgzndO

11/30/2021

Amazing Match Opportunity
Our sponsor for the Morning Work Period window, from 10 am to 12 pm today, is Deer Park Management. Deer Park Management offers quality apartments for rent in Bloomington, Indiana as well as beautiful homes in the Bloomington area. We are so grateful for their longstanding presence and support in our BMS community!

Deer Park Management will match up to $1000 of donations made over the next two hours. Still waiting for your moment to donate? It's here!!

Follow the link to make a donation: https://factsmgtadmin.com/give/appeal/kbyhgzndO

11/30/2021

Morning meeting is underway!
Our sponsor for the 9am - 10 am Morning Meeting window, Susan Yeley Homes, is a residential design firm specializing in high touch, full service plans. SYH believes in the power of a well-prepared environment, and has been an instrumental supporter of BMS, including in the design and preparation of our newest Upper Elementary classroom. We are so grateful for Susan and her staff!

Today Susan Yeley Homes is sponsoring a match of up to $500 for donations made between 9 am and 10 am this morning. Thank you for investing in your values and supporting BMS!

Please help support BMS and make a donation now. Simply follow this link: https://factsmgtadmin.com/give/appeal/kbyhgzndO

11/30/2021

2021-2022 Annual Campaign

Help us meet our morning match!
Giving Tuesday is off to a great start! Our sponsor for the 8-9 am Arrival window is the Eells Family. Scott and Megan Eells have generously shared their time, family, and friendship with the BMS community for many years. Today they are sponsoring a match of up to $500 for donations made between 8 am and 9 am this morning. Thank you, Scott and Megan, for investing in your values and supporting BMS! Help us reach our goal by making a donation today.

Simply follow the link:
https://factsmgtadmin.com/give/appeal/kbyhgzndO

2021-2022 Annual Campaign

Photos from Bloomington Montessori School's post 11/30/2021

Today is the day!!! Follow along on Facebook as we play games, interview foundational figures from BMS history, celebrate random acts of kindness, and track progress toward our goal of raising $50,000 this year!

11/19/2021

Happy Friday! We have a games update...

Complete a Do Good Bingo card and you could win a prize! Follow this link to get your card: https://mfbc.us/m/argfcby.
By completing acts of kindness, you earn bingo spaces! If you get a DO GOOD “Bingo”, snap a picture or screenshot of your completed card and share it to us on Instagram , Facebook at Bloomington Montessori School, or by email to [email protected]
by November 29th. All bingo winners will be entered into a drawing for BMS swag, so please include your name and email contact! The drawing will occur and winners will be announced live on Giving Tuesday.

We will also play Montessori Trivia again this year! Trivia will happen Iive on the page. How much do you know about Maria Montessori and the Montessori Method? Check out some of the resources below:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Montessori
https://amshq.org/About-Montessori/History-of-Montessori/Who-Was-Maria-Montessori
https://amshq.org/About-Montessori/History-of-Montessori
https://amshq.org/About-Montessori/What-Is-Montessori/Terminology

Finally, thanks again to the sponsors who are making our day possible: Susan Yeley Homes, Starr Oral Surgery, Loren Wood Builders, The Eells Family, Eddington 10, and Deer Park Management. We couldn't do this without you and we are so grateful for your support!

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