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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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!


What We Learned - Demigods

This year we learned about...

  • The respiratory system
  • The endocrine system
  • The muscular system
  • The articular system
  • Earthing / grounding
  • Self care and the four agreements
  • Coming of age ceremonies
  • Self awareness
  • Self confidence
  • Human anatomy
  • Entomology (the study of insects)
  • Taxonomy of insects
  • The major classes of insects
  • Honey bees
  • Aquatic insects
  • Researching scientific topics, writing reports, and presenting findings
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Ancient China
  • The branches of the U.S. government
  • The Bill of Rights
  • The U.S. Constitution
  • Current events from newspapers and web sites
  • Creating a campaign to ban plastic bags in Floyd
  • Fractions
  • Like terms
  • Algebraic expressions
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Order of operation
  • Inverse operation
  • Exponents
  • Variables
  • Fermy math
  • Sacred geometry
  • Pi
  • Phi
  • Area
  • Reducing fractions
  • Rounding
  • Place values
  • Perimeter
  • Factorial
  • Fractals
  • Calculus
  • US and Chinese geography
  • Land forms and water forms
  • The continents
  • Latitude and longitude
  • Writing dialog
  • Summarizing information
  • Character analysis
  • Plot graphs
  • Literary conflict and themes
  • Writing persuasive letters
  • Creating story boards
  • Plays
  • Predictions
  • Literary analysis
  • Types of sentences and parts of speech
  • Point of view
  • Writing myths
  • Writing compare and contrast essays
  • Writing formal business letters
  • Writing in a round
  • Creating the second volume of Colored Pencils

What We Learned - Dragon Tamers

This year we learned about...

  • Simplifying fractions and mixed fractions
  • Times tables and multiplication charts
  • Double- and triple-digit multiplication
  • Fraction families
  • Short and long division
  • Adding with carrying
  • Subtracting with borrowing
  • Order of operations - PEMDAS
  • Measurement
  • Estimation
  • New vocabulary and spelling words
  • Creative writing: styles, outline, edit rough drafts
  • Research reports: editing rough drafts, making outlines
  • Cursive
  • Story analysis
  • Grammar and punctuation: nouns, adjectives, articles, verbs, conjunctions, participles, prepositions, interjections, verb tenses, commas, apostrophes, quotation marks
  • Paragraphs, sentences, and phrases
  • Publishing a storybook!
  • Using the thesarus and dictionary
  • Maps!
  • Latitude and longitude, the equator and prime meridian
  • Landmarks and Watermarks
  • Man-made structures
  • Continents, countries, major cities, states, regions
  • Flags
  • Virginia studies
  • Creating friendships
  • How to treat people
  • Honoring yourself and others
  • Including everyone
  • Complimenting others
  • Treating others how you want to be treated
  • Being a good influence
  • Following class agreements
  • Cooperation
  • Thinking before speaking
  • We are all different. We have different likes. We have different fears.
  • Perfume chemistry
  • Volume measurements
  • Making observations
  • The scientific method!
  • Using the microscope
  • Mixtures and oils
  • The timeline of life
  • Taxonomy
  • How to take care of plants and toads
  • The life of bees
  • Civil rights - MLK Jr, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman
  • Organizing songs - Pete Seger
  • Eastern Native American Tribes, Powhatan tribal life
  • Pocahontas, Capt John Smith
  • Jamestown Colony
  • Columbus and other explorers
  • Vikings
  • Mexico at Christmas: traditions, foods, crafts
  • Our family's history
  • Native American cooking
  • Growing a Three Sisters Garden
  • Sewing
  • Weaving
  • Embroidery
  • Finger knitting
  • Beading
  • Paper folding - airplanes and toys
  • Cutting paper arts
  • Drawing comics
  • Capture the flag
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Wild crafts
  • Bananagrams
  • Singing
  • Acting
  • Magic


What We Learned - Silverberries

We learned how to...

  • Be a good friend
  • Help our friends
  • Count by 2s, 5s, 10s
  • Tell which numbers are even and which are odd
  • Count and use strategy
  • Identify letters and letter sounds
  • Understand one-to-one correspondence
  • Play lots of cooperative games
  • Make a block journal
  • Work with shapes
  • Write numbers
  • Spell high frequency words
  • Read high frequency words
  • Identify trees
  • Solve problems
  • Use 100s board
  • Form literature responses
  • Play sight-word Jenga
  • Identify and count coins
  • Make $1 from coins
  • Read thermometers
  • Play sight-word dominoes
  • Use coupons
  • Write stories with beginning, middle, and end
  • Speed read high-frequency words
  • Play marbles
  • Measure length, width, weight, and capacity
  • Build fires safely
  • Create and use surveys, charts, and graphs
  • S-t-r-e-t-c-h out words
  • Put spaces between words
  • Be a STRONG reader and writer
  • Ask "what makes sense" when reading
  • Use talking marks " "
  • Make forts
  • Draw stars
  • Draw better
  • Be more focused
  • Be still and quiet
  • Have patience

We also explored...

  • Towns!
  • Symmetry
  • Songs: You Can't Rollerskate in a Buffalo Herd, Princess Pat, Simple Gifts, Five Little Snow People, Rise Up O' Flame, I Have a Little Dreidle, Mail Myself to You, This Pretty Planet, Funga Alafia
  • Fairy tales
  • Plane and 3D figures
  • Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry
  • Countries around the world
  • Animal adaptations
  • Chapter books: My Side of the Mountain, My Father's Dragon, Elmer and the Dragon, The Dragons of Blueland, All About Sam, Junie B Jones is a Party Animal, Flat Stanley, Attaboy Sam, The Littles, Jigsaw Jones and Mummy Trouble, Jigsaw Jones: The Case of Hermie the Hamster, The Vangogh Cafe
  • Kaboom
  • Sign language
  • Famous structures around the world
  • Fractions
  • 100s of picture books
  • Food and healthy eating
  • Poems: The Fish Are in the Treetops, It's Raining in My Bedroom, Last Night I Dreamed of Chickens, A Pizza the Size of the Sun, My Puppy Likes the Water
  • Art, yoga, and movement


What We Learned - Firehawks

We learned how to....

  • Play with new friends
  • Have fun on the new bridge
  • Understand others' feelings
  • Cooperate and communicate better
  • Sit still in mindful minutes
  • Make necklaces
  • Know what sounds the letters make
  • Read
  • Count to 100
  • Write letters
  • Count by 2s, 5s, and 10s
  • Work as a team
  • Write numbers
  • Add
  • Understand one-to-one correspondence
  • Control our emotions better
  • Ask when we want something instead of grabbing it
  • Wash our hands
  • Hold a pencil properly
  • Make music with friends
  • Improve our fine-motor skills with push-pin work
  • Use the calendar
  • Name the days of the week, the months, the seasons, and celebrations
  • Tell right from left
  • Plan and make lists
  • Eat and drink mindfully
  • Do the partner tree yoga pose
  • Make and recognize patterns
  • Tell time, counting by 5s for minutes




What We Learned - Beetle Bugs

From the Swinging Beetle Bugs (Preschool Class)...

This year we learned how to...

  • write our own names
  • write friends' names
  • climb trees
  • swing on the swing set on our own
  • cross the monkey bars
  • pour a glass of water
  • grow and release butterflies
  • take turns without the teacher's help
  • raise our hands to take turns
  • "make it right" with our friends after a conflict
  • be mindful
  • breathe
  • create class rules
  • solve problems like how to make an elevator
  • identify unknown bugs and plants
  • comfort our friends in need of comfort
  • separate from our parents with ease
  • make good friends
  • read the job chart and do jobs
  • be responsible for our own belongings
  • travel / walk as a group
  • put on our shoes and jackets by ourselves
  • predict story outcomes
  • recognize upper and lower case letters
  • perform basic addition and subtraction
  • observe weather and seasonal changes
  • prepare bread, butter, ice cream, jello, tacos, and playdough
  • use these words: prediction, pattern, migration, hibernation, chrysalides, proboscis, nectar, meteorologist

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.


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