Blue Mountain School

Upcoming Events

October 22, 2014 - October 23, 2014
No School - Teacher Work Day

October 23, 2014
Parent Conferences

October 31, 2014
2nd Scheduled Make-Up Day

October 31, 2014 01:00 - 03:00
Halloween Celebration

November 1, 2014 06:00 - 08:00
FEP Radio Show Appearance

November 21, 2014
No FEP

November 21, 2014
3rd Scheduled Make-Up Day

November 25, 2014 09:00 - 12:00
Half Day

November 25, 2014 12:00 - 01:00
Thankful Celebration

November 26, 2014 - November 28, 2014
No School - Thanksgiving Break

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From the Board

Advertise in the Floyd Local Gifts Coupon Book

Dear Floyd Businesses,
 
The Local Gifts program is back this year in a new way. This year we are assembling a spectacular collection of coupons to encourage people to spend their shopping dollars here in Floyd. We hope you'll be part of it!
 
 
We are planning on printing 1,000 copies of this book - that's a thousand extra opportunities for you to get your business into the public eye, in the only publication around that people are buying for the coupons and savings! It's also small enough to keep in your glove compartment or purse, so we are hopeful that many people will carry this around with them all year.
 
Better yet, it's the cheapest advertising you'll probably do all year: just $50 for a year's worth of exposure.
 
We really look forward to having your information in the coupon book! Click here to download an information sheet and sign-up form. Please complete and send the form and check payable to Blue Mountain School - Coupon Book to 470 Christiansburg Pike, Floyd VA 24091 or email the form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
 
 
If you have questions, please send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

We've Got Growing Pains!

This is an exciting time for our school! Enrollment for the elementary school is at an all-time high and our classrooms are overflowing, so we've invested in a mobile classroom to accommodate our middle schoolers. With the students attending the brand new Blue Mountain High School at the EcoVillage we have a 50% increase in enrollment this year!

 

With expansion comes growing pains, which is why we're having our $10K in 30 days Growing Pains Campaign, which will help us get started on the right foot this school year.

As you may imagine, starting a new school and adding a new classroom is no simple feat.We need all sorts of materials to optimize these spaces, and we need more of the best teachers we can find to educate the next amazing generation of Blue Mountain students, and bring a little more light to the world.

If every person who reads this donates just $20 (tax deductible) we will achieve our goal! If you can give more we hope you will consider doing so. Please take a moment today to make your contribution - it is quick and easy - just click the link to be taken to our secure donation page.

If you donate $25 or more, we'll happily send you a copy of Colored Pencils - an entertaining publication featuring our students' voices, stories, and drawings.

If you need a little more incentive, here's some! Every donor goes in the draw to win:

  • One of five copies of theBMS Children's Storiesbook;

  • One of ten copies of the school's upcoming Local Gifts Coupon Book(featuring hundreds of dollars in savings around Floyd); or

  • One of two packets of hand-made paper greeting cards made by BMS students!

All donations of $100 or more will also go in the draw to win a beautiful art piece created by every class of the elementary and middle school! 

And if you're able to make an even bigger donation, our biggest donor will get the following:

  • Naming rights on the new mobile classroom;

  • A personalized song, written and performed by the students; and

  • A potluck meal in your honor!

Tuition Futures and Referral Discount

We have two money saving options for BMS families for next year:

1. Tuition Futures - introduced last year, tuition futures allow families to save on future tuition while giving the school advance funds to plan ahead for the school year! (Currently this program is only available to elementary school students.)

  • A 'future' is one year of tuition for one full time student offered at a discounted rate when prepaid. 
  • This year we are offering 2 futures for the 2013-2014 school year and 2 futures for the 2014-2015 school year at a 7% discount off of the 2013-14 tuition rate when paid by May 31, 2013.
  • Parents with a child can by 2 futures for both the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school year, or parents with more than 1 child at the school can buy 2 futures for this year and/or 2 for the 2014-15 year.
  • This is a first come, first serve option with payment.
  • The 2013-14 year tuition is $4765, and with the discount the total would be $4431.45, for a savings of $333.55.

2. Referral Bonus - any family that refers a new BMS family that enrolls their child for the 2013-14 school year will receive a $250 tuition credit for their child for the 2013-14 school year!  The referring family will receive the credit in May 2014 if the new family stays enrolled for the entire school year and is in good financial standing, and the new family cannot have had their child enrolled at BMS anytime before the 2009 school year.  The new family must not have enrolled for the upcoming school year at this point and time, and must be enrolled no later than Sept 1.

Please contact the office if you want to take advantage of either of these programs!

BMS in "Encounter" Journal

Last school year, Miranda and her students welcomed a graduate student from Radford University into their science class. Susan Slate, who was working on her masters' degree in curriculum and instruction in secondary science education, had some great questions about alternative schools. With the help of Blue Mountain School teachers, students, and staff, Susan's questions were answered, and she wrote an article, State Science Standards in a Progressive School.

The article was recently published in Encounter: Education for Meeting and Social Justice, a "journal of educational research and perspective featuring articles about returning balance to education by embedding teaching in a framework that enhances students’ personal growth as humane beings and cultivates in them a genuine commitment to social justice and an awareness that we are all but a part of a larger natural world — while insisting on genuine achievement in learning and skill acquisition."

Susan enjoyed working with Blue Mountain School so much, she joined our Board of Trustees last fall.

 

Now Hiring

Blue Mountain School is now hiring for a Teacher/Administrative Manager. Please check the employment page for details. The deadline to apply is May 10.

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