Bruno Lower EL Classroom 2

Ms. Lynda and Ms. Tejal

Our Montessori Students………

January 23 – January 27, 2023

Classroom 2-rrific is a learning machine!!! Students arrive each morning and ask almost immediately “what are we going to do today?” The active and enthusiastic participation in lessons is such a joy for us! The self-motivation to complete follow-up and independent work is exciting and infectious! There is so much effort given and focus on meeting goals and completing work plans! We could not be more pleased for the great gains made by our Montessori students already this year!

We had quite the treat this week! We love, love, love when parents have a special interest or knowledge that they can share with our students in the classroom. A sweet family in Classroom 1 did that for us this week! Kaden who just happens to be from China brought his parents to talk with both of our classrooms about the Chinese or Lunar New Year. They read a great book, showed us decorations from their home, and shared about their trips to China and how they celebrate this special holiday! Finally, they sweetly brought oranges and red packets to each child in the Lower Elementary. It was very informative and so much fun! 

Did you know that our students are responsible for clean-up following our lunch each day? Aside from the personal responsibility each child has to clean their chosen spot, four designated students take a turn to be our “cleaners” for the week!  They sweep under, clean, and sanitize each table used by our students. You might be amazed at how well the cleaning team makes the job both fun and easy by working together! They do a great job of leaving a clean dining room for the next class! Do not hesitate to ask your child to help around the house, they are both joyful and capable to help out!

A few reminders for Classroom 2-rrific:

    – if arriving after 8:15 please check in through the office

    – all visitors to our classroom should check in through the office 

    – please let us know 10 days in advance if you would like to celebrate your child’s birthday in

      the classroom

    – please put names in all jackets and coats sent to school

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A Short Week…..

January 16- 20, 2023


We are finally finished with four-day weeks for a while! Not that we don’t enjoy them, but our schedule is different every afternoon and it is challenging enough to keep up in a regular week! Your student has a different teacher for cultural lessons each day, Monday – Thursday! We love “changing classes” and working in mixed groups with Classroom 3 students. This enhances our children’s experience with history, geography, and the sciences! But, it is a strict schedule, and having Mondays off can throw a kink in our week! We have been focusing on invertebrates in science and enjoyed learning about the Phylums Platyheminthes and Annelida (ask your student about tapeworms and leeches, ewww!). Parts of a mountain have been the focus of geography, while parts of the year have been a timely lesson in history. Be sure to ask your student which teacher they visited each day and what kind of things they are learning! You are sure to get some interesting answers!

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In honor of the 93rd Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr……

January 9 – 13, 2023


*Remember NO SCHOOL Monday, January 16th*


This week has been an incredibly productive time for Classroom 2! The students’ desire to participate in lessons and complete work has kept us on our toes!! We are seeing a level of independence and confidence in our children that would make even Maria Montessori proud!

Ms. Carmen has been having so much fun with our students in her Chinese class! They have been dwelling on the Chinese New Year celebration! Ms. Carmen has been so adorable as she arrives at school each day in traditional Chinese clothing! We are so fortunate to have a teacher who is versed in so many different cultures and speaks so many different languages! Ask your students about the Chinese New Year this weekend!


In honor of the 93rd birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. this week we have chosen to read a new book written by his sister. My Brother Martin, by Christine King Farris, is about growing up in the family with MLK. It was great to have a different perspective on King’s life, focusing on his family and childhood. His desire for peace across the land is a message that continues to resonate loudly today, almost 60 years after his death. We had a great follow-up conversation about keeping peace in our classroom, with friends, and at home. We made origami peace doves as a reminder of our commitment to pursue peace in all things!
As we enjoy another long weekend, please remember that reading requires frequent and consistent practice. Trips to the library and bookstore and ordering from the Scholastic bookstore are both motivational and FUN! If you choose to order from Scholastic this month please note that the orders should be in so that I may send them by 3:30 on Tuesday, January 17th! They have an amazing collection of books, so feel free to pursue the website if you are looking for something you don’t see in the flyers! They have an amazing collection of books! Please use our class code, LYNVH.

Please note that we added an additional homework to the January assignment. We sent hard copies of the Science collection report home in folders this week. They are due on January 31st. 

Enjoy your long weekend!


*Remember NO SCHOOL Monday, January 16th*


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Happy New Year!

January 3 – January 6, 2023

Happy New Year!
It was so nice to see all of the smiling faces of Classroom 2 back together in 2023! Everyone enjoys the long holiday break, but students show us year after year that they appreciate returning to a familiar schedule and routine when it is all over. Our children were no exception! They came to school ready to work and reconnect with their classmates and friends! The week was short but very successful! Our students were both focused and committed to participating and completing lessons! Reconnecting with peers is another big part of returning to school in January. We were so lucky to have a few days of great weather at the end of the week so our children could enjoy socializing on the beautiful Bruno playground! We were also able to utilize the sunshine and picnic tables outside our classroom to complete vocabulary work! Great first week!
Please be sure to read the Bruno Update sent from the office each week! It is chock-full of information to keep you in the know about everything JBMA! An example of the information you received in December is the after-school camp schedule! These fun activity camps allow children to experience and explore new ideas and interests. They are usually four to six weeks in length and last an hour or so after school. We encourage you to peruse the flyer as some camps begin next week! One correction of note, Ms. Tejal’s embroidery camp is open to 1st – 8th-grade students! She has an additional space or two available. Please contact her if your child is interested in learning the art of embroidery.

We look forward to another great week of learning!

Note: No school on Monday, January 16th, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. 


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And to all a good night….. Happy Holidays!

December 12, 2022 – December 16, 2022

 What a wonderful time of the year!

We were so thankful to have a real Christmas tree in the room this year! It was covered in lights that created such a warm and cozy glow! The children carefully constructed paper chains and beautiful handmade ornaments to add to the tree’s natural beauty! It became a gathering place for our students and presents alike, and made our party,  book exchange, and gift giving so special! In addition to making each and every ornament on our tree, the children also worked diligently to make a thoughtful handmade gift to surprise their families. It is sweet to see how much effort and care went into these gifts.

A big thank you goes out to our AWESOME room parents! The amazing holiday party was so much fun! The children worked in groups to decorate adorable gingerbread houses. They played  Elf Hunt and Holiday Bingo! Even the treats were hand decorated and so cute! The children helped surprise us with a giant class gift— a raised bed garden for outside the classroom window! So thoughtful!!

We are thankful to Mr. Cross, Jackson, and Joshua’s Father for a lovely Christmas Celebration Presentation! We ended the day by giving our students gift books( of course!) and hugs! Thanks all around for the thoughtfulness of our parents!

On Friday, our pajama-clad students arrived to enjoy a fun day of board games and relaxation and a surprise visit from a pirate (Ms.Kimberly, our awesome Drama Teacher! )…..any guess about the visit, yes that’s right… unveiling the audition details of our upcoming school play “Peter Pan”! We encourage children to explore their interests and try out the auditions!

The excitement continued, as students nibbled popcorn and drank hot chocolate during everyone’s favorite movie, The Polar Express! This year we reinstated an annual tradition known as the Book Exchange! Children participated in a fun game called The Right Family Christmas to gift each other with the books they brought this week! The day culminated with the entire Lower Elementary joining in for the Pizza Party and finishing off a very fun short day to begin our holiday!

We hope each of you has the very best holiday season. Remember to live in the moment! Please encourage your children to read during the break! It’s a skill that must be practiced! 

We appreciate your thoughtfulness this holiday season and look forward to seeing you all on January 3, 2023!!

Thinking about an end-of-the-year donation to our 40th Anniversary Fund!

Please remember that JBMA will always accept support donations to help continue the ongoing academic excellence and beautiful facilities she has always shared with her students, faculty, and families.

 *Click on the following link to donate today!

Bruno’s 40th Anniversary – Joseph S. Bruno Montessori Academy

Then click Donate

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Join Publix Partners

Participating is easy! Simply sign up for Club Publix or log in to your existing account, click Publix Partners, and select Joseph S Bruno Montessori Academy PTO. Then, every time you shop at Publix, pay with the Publix app or enter your phone number at checkout. 

 AmazonSmile

Sign up for AmazonSmile and a percentage of your Amazon purchase goes back to Bruno! Be sure to tell grandparents and any friends of the school to sign up as well.

Honeybaked Hams Fundraiser🍖If you have not purchased a Honeybaked Hams gift card yet, please click HERE in support of our school. We receive 20% of whatever you purchase! Yum!

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It’s beginning to look a lot like……….

It’s beginning to look a lot like…..

December 5- 9, 2022

There is something so special about working with children at this time of year. You have absolutely so many reasons to get excited or feel the warmth and joy of the holiday season! 

Our students were so excited about shopping for their families at the Santa Shop this week. Watching them carefully consider each item and thoughtfully select gifts for their family members would bring a tear to the eye. They took this responsibility very seriously! We thank the Middle School for giving our students this opportunity and for assisting in wrapping each carefully selected purchase.

The Holiday Show was a smashing success! Our Classroom 2-rrific performers took their jobs seriously, but also had a great time singing for the amazing crowd! We thank Mr. Jonathon for helping us return the tradition of a holiday show at Bruno Montessori Academy. We are sure our founder, Mrs. Theresa, would be so proud and happy!

Finally, we ended the week with a fun trip to the Birmingham Children’s Theatre. The performance of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe was well done and the children really seemed to enjoy the change of scenery! Of course, riding on a bus is always fun!!

Please remember the book exchange books are to be brought to school on Thursday, December 15th!

We thank our Bruno Montessori Academy PTO for a delicious special Holiday Breakfast (with great Vegan options), very festive decor, and a beautiful environment that we thoroughly enjoyed! We appreciate your generosity and thoughtfulness in making us feel so special!

Help Support Our School!!!

It is a great time to make an end-of-the-year donation to our 40th Anniversary Fund

Please remember that JBMA will always accept support donations to help continue the ongoing academic excellence and beautiful facilities she has always shared with her students, faculty and families.

 *Click on the following link to donate today!

Bruno’s 40th Anniversary – Joseph S. Bruno Montessori Academy

Then click Donate

Do you shop at Publix or Amazon?

Join Publix Partners

Participating is easy! Simply sign up for Club Publix or log in to your existing account, click Publix Partners, and select Joseph S Bruno Montessori Academy PTO. Then, every time you shop at Publix, pay with the Publix app or enter your phone number at checkout. 

 AmazonSmile

Sign up for AmazonSmile and a percentage of your Amazon purchase goes back to Bruno! Be sure to tell grandparents and any friends from the school to sign up as well.

Honeybaked Hams Fundraiser🍖If you have not purchased a Honeybaked Hams gift card yet, please click HERE in support of our school. We receive 20% of whatever you purchase! Yum!

IMPORTANT DATES:

Thursday, Dec. 15  Classroom 2-rriffic Holiday Party  

                               Bring book exchange books! 

Friday, Dec.16  PAJAMA DAY, Board Games and Book Exchange! (Bring your favorite Board Game!)

                         1:00 Dismissal! No aftercare!!

                         Wear your favorite cozy jammies!

Wednesday, Jan. 3  Return to school!

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Getting That Holiday Spirit!

Getting that Holiday Spirit!!!

November 28  – December 02, 2022

We hope our Classroom 2-rrific families had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration!

December will be a busy month for us! As you read in the lengthy email (sent December 1st), there are many things to know and plan for this month. If you have not had a chance to read it, please do! There are due dates and signatures that are MUSTS! 

We have loved watching our children gel into a classroom family in this first half of the school year. Watching our third-level students grow and show leadership in our family with their actions, such as; stepping up to help a younger or smaller student with a task (without being asked), seeing them teach a younger student a challenging skill, such as shoelace tying or hanging a backpack and a coat on a single hanger;  observing them give comfort to a fellow classmate who is sad or hurt, are all signs of a successful Montessori family classroom. We look to the oldest students as they have had more time to develop these skills and have observed others leading the way in previous classes. We revere them in their elite roles in our classroom as someone the younger students can aspire to emulate in just a few short years. The third-level students are well aware of their responsibilities in the classroom as models and leaders. They do their best to live up to this task. As teachers, we love knowing that this year’s first and second-level students will one day be in the same leadership roles they admire so much today!  We will be amazed at their growth in kindness, patience, and leadership which will help bring another group of children together as a classroom family.  And, we will know who to credit! 

Maria Montessori’s plan for a beautiful and successful classroom was and is still brilliant and relevant today!! 

Our excitement for the upcoming Holiday Program is evident with the practice and hard work of our amazing Music teacher Mr.Jonathan and all students throughout the school! We look forward to seeing you all on December 8 with great joy!

Important Dates:

Dec. 5 Holiday Store Shopping

           Send money and possibly a list of names(?)

Dec 5 Send a boot of your child for Nikolaus Day

Dec. 8 Bruno Holiday Program  Participants arrive in their classrooms 5:45 – 6:00

            The program begins promptly at 6:30 in the gym!

Dec. 9 Birmingham Children’s Theater Field Trip – “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” – The Play!

Please return the completed form and the $20 fees

Dec. 15 Classroom 2-rriffic Holiday Party      

Dec.16  PAJAMA DAY! 7:30AM – 1:00PM

              Wear your jammies and a simile!

Early dismissal is at 1:00PM

Honeybaked Hams Fundraiser🍖

If you have not purchased a Honeybaked Hams gift card yet, please click HERE in support of our school. We receive 20% of whatever you purchase! Yum!

LE Holiday Music Practice!

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Giving Thanks!

We have spent a great deal of time studying the history of our country and the Pilgrims in preparation for the awesome field trip to American Village. The children heard and witnessed the beginnings of the Thanksgiving holidays through our studies and the dramatic presentation on the trip. This week we have discussed reasons WE should feel gratitude. Through our food drive collection, many discussions about being appreciative and grateful have occurred in our classroom. Children were able to enumerate reasons they should be grateful for the lives their parents offer them. We have encouraged our students to express appreciation and gratitude this holiday season to those who love and care for them.

Classroom 2-rrific families have done it again!! You went over the top on the contributions for the food drive. Thank you SO much for encouraging and helping your children collect the food and bring it to school. They have enjoyed watching the collection box filled to overflowing. What a great lesson in generosity!

Artemis Logo
Blastoff! NASA’s Artemis 1 Moon Rocket Launches on Historic First Mission!

Students had such a treat on Wednesday! NASA’s mega Moon rocket launches an uncrewed Orion spacecraft on a 26-day mission around the Moon and back to Earth and our students were able to watch the recording of this launch that was conducted from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Orion is a result of the hard work of the members of the NASA Artemis l Mission team. The students were amazed at the awesome power and sight of the rocket launch. With a family member’s help, your child can learn more at: https://www.nasa.gov/artemis

Throughout the week, students reviewed Math and Language jobs and reflected on the importance of working with understanding. Students were excited this morning and they all sincerely did a good job on the presentation of their informative creative Book Reports! Thanksgiving learning activities, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving movie, and of course a treat of hot chocolate and popcorn, (as we were winners of the Jack-o-lantern Pumpkin contest !) were the highlight of the day!!!!

A special mention about Ms.Lynda’s share today :

Ms. Lynda graciously shared her grandmother’s percolator to make hot chocolate this afternoon and we all learned the importance of caring for and maintaining our materials and keeping them long-lasting. We will continue our study on how different machines work! The percolator was in good working condition (hot chocolate tasted yummy!), looked shiny and new, and was in good shape!

Gracias, Ms.Lynda!

We hope you enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday! Children return to school on Monday, November 28th, 2022.

UPCOMING REMINDERS:

The Gratitude Writing Assignment is due by November 30th.

All homework should be returned to school by the due date.

  • The Holiday Program is on Thursday, December 8th,2022 at 6:30.PM The flyer is posted below. 
    • If you know your child will be unable to participate/attend, please let us or Mr. Jonathan know. 
  • Our last day of school before the winter break will be Friday, December 16th. 
    • We have a 1:00 dismissal and no aftercare. 
    • We will have a class holiday celebration on December 16th. More information to come. 
  • Students return to school on Tuesday, January 3rd. 

* Honeybaked Hams FundRaiser

If you have not purchased a Honeybaked Hams gift card yet, please click HERE in support of our school. We receive 20% of whatever you purchase! Yum!

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Celebrating Veterans!

November 07 – November 10, 2022

Celebrating Veterans!

Every November 11th, the nation comes together to remember and honor the service and sacrifices of our military veterans. Birmingham is the home to the oldest and largest celebration in the country. During our discussion about Veterans Day today we found out that almost every student in our class knows someone who served in the military! Our Magic City hosted the 75th Annual Veterans Day parade and hope you were able to attend with your child in downtown Birmingham! Use the website below to learn more.

WE THANK OUR VETERANS FOR THEIR SERVICE AND SACRIFICES! WE SALUTE YOU, VETERANS!

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Please note that our class is participating in the schoolwide food drive by our middle school students. An email from Ms. Chris has been sent to all from admin to give more information and history about the organization we are supporting. Our class has voted to collect box Mac&Cheese and cookies! All contributions should be brought to school by Wednesday, November 16th. Thank you so much for your help!

The return of the Annual Holiday Program!

Please plan to attend the holiday program this year on December 8th at 6:30. All of our students have been practicing and are involved in this musical extravaganza. We will be wearing blue tops and black pants or skirts. (think… Hanukkah colors) More information will follow!

Why we do it…

Our students thrive and depend upon our classroom routines. It is amazing how quickly our young students learned our daily schedule. They can tell you when we go to lunch, P.E., German, music, art, free play, and so on. One of our favorite routines of the day is the time that we spend together in Read-Aloud. This shared experience has many benefits! It’s also a great way to end the day at school or home!

Reading Aloud Builds Vocabulary. When we read aloud, students encounter new words. They also learn to pronounce unfamiliar words, which isn’t something they’d necessarily learn while reading silently. We pause at unfamiliar words to ask for definitions or look them up. This shows students that it’s worth seeking out new information. 

Reading Aloud Strengthens Fluency.  Reading fluency means reading effortlessly, at the proper rate, accurately, and with appropriate rhythm and expression. Fluency is often considered the bridge between decoding (understanding the relationship between letters and sounds) and comprehension. When we read aloud to our children, we provide a model for fluent reading they can emulate. 

Reading Aloud Can Improve Working Memory. Working memory significantly impacts how we learn to read, and reading aloud has been shown to improve memory in multiple studies. 

Reading Aloud Improves Comprehension and Active Listening. When reading aloud or listening to others, the mind concentrates on both the sounds words make and their meanings, and this is a hefty cognitive workout that strengthens comprehension. 

And Finally, Reading Aloud Reduces Stress and Makes Us Happy!   Reading aloud reduces stress and generally makes us feel more appreciative and relaxed. One way it does this is through narrative transport. This is when we become so absorbed in a story that we forget our surroundings and engage in visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and emotional time travel.  Not only are we more receptive to deeper learning when in this state, but we’re also practicing empathy and building emotional resilience.  Jim Trelease, the author of The Read-Aloud Handbook, writes that “every time we read aloud to a child we’re sending a “pleasure message’ to their brain.” This reaction is partially sparked by feelings of happiness and self-worth caused by someone else investing time in our enjoyment. This reason alone is enough for me to spend time each day with our children in read-aloud.

🍖 Honeybaked Hams Fundraiser

If you have not purchased a Honeybaked Hams gift card yet, please click HERE in support of our school. We receive 20% of whatever you purchase! Yum!

NOVEMBER REMINDERS:

The Book Report is due by November 18th.

The Gratitude Writing Assignment is due by November 30th.

All homework should be returned to school by the due date.

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The Mystics of Bruno’s Halloween Parade!

October 31 – November 04, 2022

The Mystics of Bruno Halloween Parade 

     What a great way to get into the holiday spirit with our annual JBMA Halloween Parade! We appreciate parents’ support in both getting our students ready and then attending the fabulous parade! The children were so happy to look out into the crowd and see you there! Our students did a good job with their character costumes and presentations in the classroom! We met a NASA scientist and astronaut, Johnny Appleseed, Hermione Granger, Jackie Robinson, and a host of other amazing characters! 

We LOVED our Halloween party!!! The students moved through different stations manned by (super patient) parents in both the classroom and the gym to make awesome crafts, participate in games, and work together on projects! Some of the activities available included scary word search and crossword puzzles, estimating seeds removed from a jack-o-lantern and candy corn in a jar, making our Halloween decorative chain, mummy wrapping, relay races, and a STEM project. The day ended back in our classroom with SO many delicious and fun Halloween-themed treats! Many, many thanks go to our Homeroom Mothers, Elizabeth and Christy! We also thank all of those who answered the call to help with set-up, breakdown, and all things in between!

On Tuesday, our students were treated to another exciting event! We went on our first field trip of the year to the beautiful American Village in Montevallo, Alabama. American Village has begun its annual “Thanksgiving” program for students. In preparation for this trip, our children have participated in an in-depth study of the Pilgrims This included their unhappy life in England and why they chose to leave;  the voyage of the Mayflower and the many hardships Pilgrims were forced to endure along the way; the wisdom and foresight of the Pilgrims’ leaders to create rules for the new land called the Mayflower Compact; and finally, we discussed life in the new land with the Native Americans as friends.

At the American Village, our students had an opportunity to act out the voyage of the Mayflower and meet Chief Massasoit as he made a treaty with the Pilgrims. Through these experiences, they saw that differences could be overcome to find friendship. Students were also present during the original Thanksgiving Feast between the Pilgrims and the Native Americans. Children witnessed how working together and sharing can build friendship and peace.

Along with our Special Classes, Students continued to work at their individual level in each curriculum area such as Handwriting, Word Study, Spelling tests, Math Operation, Numeration, Read-Aoud, Vocabulary, and Scholastic news. Our friendly letter lesson was another highlight of this week!

We look forward to another exciting week of learning! We hope our students have a restful weekend!

NOVEMBER REMINDERS:

November Homework is assigned on Google Classroom and a hard copy is sent home as well today in the student’s folder. All homework should be returned to school by the due date.

The Science Collection Report is due by November 10th.

The Book Report is due by November 18th.

The Gratitude Writing Assignment is due by November 30th.

No school for all levels on Friday, November 11th, in observance of Veteran’s Day. 

No school November 21st-25th for Thanksgiving break

Joseph Bruno Montessori Academy Class of 2022 -2023


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