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 21, 2014

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

December 6, 2014 06:00 - 08:00
FEP Radio Show Appearance

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From the Office

Fall Friday Program Promises Double Feature

Thanks to a grant from Target, this Fall's Friday Enrichment Program offers two unique experiences with two talented teachers all wrapped up in one creative package!

First, we are pleased to welcome back Beth Spillman (Radio Show Camp, Radio Show Friday Program, Fort Building Camp) as our lead teacher. Beth will be working with students to create a Thankfulness Ballad that the group will perform during the November 8th episode of the Floyd Radio Show. With Beth and several special guests, students will explore what they are thankful for at home, in school, and in Floyd. They will use various writing and art techniques to create the ballad, which will be sung to a simple, known melody. Students who would prefer not to sing will accompany the piece with sound effects and other vocalizations.

In addition, Lucinda McDermott, a teaching artist with the Virginia Repertory Theatre, will be sharing her arts integration workshop, You Are the Play! Over the course of four weeks, students will use games, trust-building exercises, and personal reflection to collectively develop material for a brief review showcasing what they have learned. Each student will have the chance to explore what area of theatre they prefer. Whether its performing, costume design, stage management, or another aspect of theatre, there is a place for everyone.

The BMS Friday Enrichment Program (FEP) is designed for elementary school families who wish to enhance and extend students' school experiences beyond the usual four-day school week and also for homeschooling families who wish their children to gain the classroom and social experience that school offers. FEP classes are offered in two sessions, Fall and Winter, and they follow a project-based curriculum.

The cost for the 10-week Fall Session is $350 for the first student in a family and $300 for each additional student in the family. Financial aid is also available. The program is from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, and before- and after-school care is available. In addition to program activities, students will spend time outdoors and in free play.

We are currently registering students for this program; please contact Carol.


Hear the Friday Kids' Radio Debut

Our winter 2014 Friday Enrichment Program ended with the students performing on the Floyd Radio Show. The podcast of the show is now available, so be sure to check it out!


Registration Open for Summer Camp

This summer, Blue Mountain School is offering three fantastic weeks of summer camp for children ages 3 to 12. We hope to see you there!

Treasure Seekers and Secret Hideouts: June 9th through June 13th (FULL)
Join us for a week of treasure hunts and fort building in the great outdoors! Campers will explore the woods around our campus while exercising their building and orienteering skills. Remember to dress for adventure, because we plan on getting down and dirty every day! Led by Jenni Heartway.

Energy is Everything: June 16th through June 20th
Let's get energized! Kids will experience and learn about all forms of energy in their lives.  We will work with spiritual energy, energy in the environment and how it moves and transforms.  We will make chakra collages of our selves, work with pendulums, dowsing, and observe and record energy moving in nature.  We will have a daily yoga practice, qi gong and EFT to move the energy in and through our bodies.  We will spend time centering and connecting with the natural world around us.  Through cooperative games and group activities, we will grow our collective energy. Led by Brien Egan.

Theater Arts: June 23rd through June 27th
Who are You? What makes you You? Who would You be, if nothing was in the way? By playing theater and creative expression games kids will learn skills in voice projection, facial expression, characterization, improvisation, emotional states and movement, while also learning about themselves, each other, and the world around them. Even those who might have a difficult time expressing themselves will come away from this camp feeling empowered to use their unique voices to make their mark on their world! Led by Katie Wells and Beth Spillman.

Rates: $150 per week per child. Families enrolling more than one child will receive a 15% discount for each additional child. Scholarships are available.

Camp runs Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Children should bring lunch, a water bottle, and a swimsuit and towel.

For more information, please contact Carol. Registration forms are available in the Elementary School office and online.

BMS Radio Show is Back!

Friday Enrichment Program description for Winter/Spring 2014

For students new to the FEP, there is a coupon in the Local Gifts coupon book to get your first day FREE!

In the summer of 2013 we had a live radio show summer camp, where the kids developed and performed funny commercials, stories and skits, sang songs, and danced. Folk singer Elizabeth Laprelle of the Floyd Radio Show ( and her mom came and helped one of the days, and offered to collaborate with us in a Floyd Radio Show performance this year! We’ve adapted last year’s summer camp into an 11-week Friday Enrichment Program session starting February 7, 2014 and culminating with the students taking part in the Floyd Radio Show at the Floyd Country Store on the evening of Saturday, May 3rd.

Two dynamic teachers will be heading up this class: Beth Spillman, whose background is in theater, led the summer camp last year, and dancer and teacher Katie Wells (also our Creative Expression teacher) taught in last summer’s camp, too. The students will be participating in several different activities: venturing out into Floyd to learn more about the people and places that make up our community, writing stories and funny commercials, and using creative movement and expression to complete skits for the radio show. If there are kids who want to help create material but don't wish to be in front of an audience, there are lots of ways for them to participate in a way that is comfortable.

Our Friday classes are $35/day (for a total of $385.00 for the 11 week series), and we offer some scholarship and discounts for multiple children. The hours are from 9:30 to 3pm. The students have lunch together, and also have time built-in for outdoor activities and free play during the day.

We are currently registering students for this program; please contact Shelly, Carol, or Susan.


Adult Yoga Class Offered

Please come and enjoy some self care and connection!

What: Adult Yoga
When: Thursdays 3:15 - 4:15, Starting October 10

Where: BMES Enrichment Room

Who: BMS parents, staff, and volunteers

Cost: Suggested donation to BMS is $3-5 per session

Sarah McCarthy and some special guests will be leading a beginning hatha yoga class. We will be doing yoga asanas and some meditation. Some Thursdays we will not meet because of Sarah's art shows, but we will meet all of October for sure. Please make sure you have arranged child care for your young ones.
If you have any question please e-mail Sarah or the office.

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