Blue Mountain School

Upcoming Events

April 22, 2014 01:00 - 03:00
Earth Day: All-School Work Day

April 25, 2014
ES: Snow Make-Up Day

May 14, 2014 06:30 - 08:30
Board Meeting

May 16, 2014
ES: Snow Make-Up Day

May 21, 2014 03:30 - 04:30
End-of-Year All-School Meeting

May 26, 2014
Memorial Day

May 29, 2014 09:00 - 12:30
Half Day

May 29, 2014 11:30 - 01:30
End-of-Year Celebration & Potluck

June 2, 2014 - June 5, 2014
Parent-Teacher Conferences

June 11, 2014 06:30 - 08:30
Board Meeting

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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
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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Carol, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the office.

Chess Club is Back!

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.
For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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!

Elementary Friday Enrichment to Start

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.

TEDxFloyd Talks on YouTube

All the talks from TEDxFloyd are now available online! If you haven't watched them yet, what are you waiting for?

TEDxFloyd Talks

Article about High School Hits the Press

Check out this great article from the Floyd Press about the Blue Mountain High School!

"New high school opening in Floyd after Labor Day"

Local Gifts Coupon Book

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