December 11, 2013 06:30 - 08:30
December 16, 2013 04:00 - 06:00
December 18, 2013 09:00 - 12:30
December 18, 2013 05:30 - 07:00
December 19, 2013 - January 5, 2014
January 8, 2014 06:30 - 08:30
January 20, 2014 02:30 - 03:30
MLK Jr. Celebration
February 12, 2014 06:30 - 08:30
February 13, 2014 02:00 - 03:00
Special Person Tea
February 13, 2014 03:30 - 04:30
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What: Chess Club!
When: Wednesdays, Starting October 9
Time: 3:15 to 4:00pm (if enough HS students want to join, we may extend the time)
Ages: 5 to 18 years old
Cost: $90 for October through December
Where: BMES – Enrichment Room
The BMS chess club provides an opportunity for students to learn and practice one of the oldest board games. Chess is a well-structured, logical game which helps develop a person’s ability to strategize and concentrate, all the while expressing creativity. Whether your child is a Grandmaster or new to the game, all levels of expertise are welcomed into the club.The students will also have multiple opportunities through the school year to travel and participate in regional chess tournaments where they would be playing other kids their own age and skill level from around the area. As the chess coach, I encourage good sportsmanship and try to create a positive, fun environment for each of the kids.
BMS offers a full day of enrichment on Fridays for elementary school families who wish to enhance and extend their students’ school experiences beyond the usual 4-day school week. Our Friday Enrichment Program (FEP) is also designed to appeal to homeschooling families who wish for their children to gain the classroom and social experience that school offers. FEP classes are offered throughout the school year, follow a project-based curriculum, and include opportunities to practice math, writing, science, and communication skills. Students are encouraged to participate in developing the content of FEP sessions, and may also choose to form teams for long-term projects such as Odyssey of the Mind, the Siemens “We Can Change the World Challenge,” and River of Words.
To register students ages 6 to 12, please return a registration form to the office before the session begins. There will be four sessions, and the dates are listed below. The FEP will not be held during holidays or school breaks.
Session 1: September 13 - October 18
Session 2: November 2 - December 13
Session 3: January 17 - February 28
Session 4: March 7 - April 25
Each session is $210 for all students. Class is from 9am to 3pm. Students should bring lunch, snack, and a water bottle.
Registration forms are available on the website and in the elementary school office.
If your littles are interested in coming to summer camp, but you are concerned they aren't quite ready for interrogating suspects or juggling flaming torches, don't worry. First of all, none of the juggling items will be on fire, but more importantly, the schedule and activities for pre-school campers are geared towards their needs and skills. Our very own Ms. Stefi will be the main counselor for these youngest campers, and they will follow a rhythm similar to that of a regular school day. In addition to participating in age-appropriate, theme-related activities, there will be time for snacks and rest and (of course) lots of playing outside!
After words of welcome and a moment of silence, Shelly shared this note sent by Todd Scholl.
Thanks again for allowing me to come and be a part of your school and community for a couple of days. You should all be proud of the culture you have built at Blue Mountain. Your friendliness and hospitality were very much appreciated.
Thanks for being a shining light in an all too often darkening educational landscape. My hope is that one day all students will be able to experience the freedom, compassion, and creativity exemplified by your wonderful school.
Todd works for South Carolina’s Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement, and he visited the school last month to learn about how we do things here at BMS. This year we’ve made many new friends as folks come to learn more about what we do here. Our most recent visitors are from the Davidson Green School, which is opening in the fall in North Carolina. It’s been fun to watch our school grow to a place where we are now able to serve as a model for others, and we look forward to continuing to build new relationships next year.
Next on the agenda were some brief announcements and calendar reminders:
Shelly introduced Board president, Kristan Morrison. Kristan reminded everyone that it’s time to vote for Board members. An email was sent out last week with the ballot, but if you need a new ballot contact Carol. In general, said Kristan, the Board is doing well, and in particular the financial status of the school is making good progress.
Kristan announced that Ezekiel Fugate has been hired as Administrative Manager/HS Teacher, and he’ll be starting July 1. In addition to teaching at the high school, Ezekiel will be working on administrative projects like accreditation. Towards accreditation, representatives from the Virginia Association of Independent Schools visited the school recently.
During a quick overview of the Board committees, Kristan announced a donation by CERC and shared that a group of Radford University graduate students will be working at Vintage Virginia Wine Festival to help raise money for our school. She also talked about the Advisory Board being developed to help connect more community members with the school. Finally, Kristan mentioned that all the Board committees are looking for more participation, and if you are interested, please contact her or any Board member.
Shelly took the floor again to update everyone on plans for the 2013-14 school year for the elementary school, and shared the calendar. Next year, there will be five classes, and we’ve hired Jenni Heartway to teach the new lower elementary class. Hari Berzins will be teaching the kindergarten class, and Ashley Morales will be the new teaching assistant in the early childhood class. Information about these teachers and their experiences in these areas are available in the office. No changes are planned for the middle elementary class, and the upper elementary class will be taught by Jonathan Vandergrift, Inge Terrill, and Corey Avellar. The scheduling and location for the upper elementary class are still being discussed.