Dear BCMCS Families and Students,The school year is moving along—what a truly smooth and magnificent beginning we have had to this point, as is evident with the continued smiling, eager faces we see on our students each morning when they arrive. Know that these first weeks into the school year, our staff puts a large effort into, what we term in Montessori pedagogy, ‘normalization.’ This term basically relates to the acclimation process associated to the new school year and routines. This process, in contrast to the etymology of the word itself [i.e., normalized], need not be confused with something correlated to ‘usual’ or ‘common’ or even "normal,’ per say. Maria Montessori first used the term ‘normalization’ to describe the distinctive progress she witnessed in child development, as she observed that when children were allowed freedom in an environment suited to their needs, they flourished academically, socially, and emotionally. After an acclimation period of engaging in intense concentration, working with materials that fully keep their interest, etc., she saw that children would emerge refreshed and contented. Through this continued process, she observed that children would grow an inner discipline and calm. Montessori cited this ‘normalization’ process as a phenomenon that is ‘the most important single result of our work’ and the ‘only way that children, aided by their environment, can show in their subsequent development those wonderful powers that we describe: spontaneous discipline, continuous and happy work, social sentiments of help and sympathy for others.’ Please be aware of this month’s BookFair activities and the start of many new After School Clubs. As always, be sure to follow the school’s Quick Reference Calendar, found in the Quick Links section of our home page under Calendars, for all such listings of pertinent school events.Looking forward to continued successes and accomplishments throughout the year. Take Care and until next time . . .
* Arts & Crafts Club Begins from 3:15-4:15p* Yoga T Group Club from 3:15-4p
Yoga Club Group F from 3:15-4p
* Chess Club Session I from 3:15-4:15p* Service Club from 3:15-4:15p
* PTA Meet 'n Greet starting @ 6p* PTA General Meeting @ 7:30p
BCMCS Annual Hayride
Yoga T Club from 3:15-4p
Board of Trustees Mtg. @ 8:15p