Bear Buddies with Pre-K

Our Preschool for All program was graciously gifted brand-new “Build a Bear Workshop” teddy bears to bring home, as part of the “Bear Buddies” program! See our students’ happy faces below with an attached letter from District 89’s PBIS Coach, Madilyn Wiley.


Dear Pre-K Parents and Guardians,

We are excited to announce a wonderful collaboration aimed at fostering positive behaviors and peer relationships in our young learners. In partnership with District 89 PBIS, Village of Maywood, Build-A-Bear Workshop, and Carelon Behavioral Health, we present to you an engaging and heartwarming incentive: “Bear Buddies” – Building Friendships. Your child will receive a brand-new “Build a Bear Workshop” teddy bear to bring home.

We believe that nurturing and promoting friendships at an early age lays the foundation for a supportive school community. The “Bear Buddies” incentive encourages students to develop friendships, build social skills, and embody our PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) goals.

The district initiative of PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) includes proactive strategies to meet schoolwide and classroom expectations. Through modeling, practice, and daily learning of:

  • Being Respectful
  • Being Responsible
  • Being Ready

Thank you for your ongoing support in building a brighter future for our young learners with those goals. We look forward to seeing the positive impact of “Bear Buddies” as our Pre-K students embark on this wonderful journey of friendship, cooperation, empathy and kindness. Both within their classroom and school community.

Here are a few amazing Social-Emotional learning books that connect to the “Bear Buddies” initiative (read along with your new bear):

  • “Kiki and Jax” by Marie Kondo
  • “Be Kind” by Zietlow Miller
  • The Kindness Quilt” by Elizabeth Wallace

Thank you,

Madilyn Wiley

District PBIS Coach