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What We Learned - The Fellowship

From The Fellowship (Upper Elementary and Middle School Class)

This year, we contemplated quotes by…

•    Bob Dylan
•    John C. Lily
•    Pythagoras
•    Yogi Berra
•    Dr. Seuss
•    Einstein
•    Zayn Malik
•    One Direction
•    Gospel of Thomas
•    The Koran
•    Talmud
•    John Green
•    Daniel Patrick Monihan
•    Miles Davis
•    Shakespeare
•    Anaxagoras
•    Faith Resnick
•    Clairice Lipsector
•    Ornette Coleman
•    Marcel Proust
•    Panic! at the Disco
•    Bertrand Russell

•    Tom Stoppard
•    Mehmet Murat Lidan
•    Truman Capote
•    Persians
•    Spartans
•    Winnie the Pooh
•    Fallout Boy
•    Martha the Mystic
•    Matisse
•    Albus Dumbledore
•    Mother Theresa
•    John Muir
•    Robert Frost
•    Carl Sagan
•    Roull Strud
•    Howard Zinn
•    Erma Bombeck
•    Samuel Johnson
•    Zen
•    Robert Brautt
•    Picasso
•    Mira Jane
•    Walt Disney
•    Gospel of Mary

In Language Arts, we learned about…

•    Phonics
•    Letter writing and receiving
•    Poetry
•    Writing a proper paragraph
•    Literary devices
•    Sentence correction
•    Onomatopoeia
•    Paradoxes
•    Grammar
•    Challenging spelling words

And we read…

•    7 Arrows/The Story of Jumping Mouse by Hyemeyohsts Storm
•    Teddy by J.D. Salinger
•    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
•    Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
•    City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

In Social Studies, we learned about…

•    Egg in the Bottle
•    Left-handed reflections
•    Sit spots and sit spot website
•    Philosophical discussions
•    Spirit animals
•    Sharing talents (cello performance)
•    Multiple intelligences
•    Senses
•    Rumbling Woods: story
•    Nature blog
•    Buttercup
•    Saving Fred
•    Cup building
•    Mural creation
•    Marshmallow tower
•    Patience
•    How to think out of the box
•    How different people perceive the world (filters)
•    Our brain
•    Neurons
•    Dendrites
•    Friendship skills

In Science, we learned about…

•    The Big Bang
•    How to sell a planet
•    Scientific method
•    The universe
•    Galaxies
•    Life cycle of a star
•    Uranus
•    Meteorology
•    Clouds
•    Layers of the atmosphere
•    Wind
•    Weather definitions
•    Rainbows and Nightbows
•    Temperature
•    Infinitesimally divisible
•    Filters
•    Plant identification
•    Sound waves
•    Earth’s interior
•    Drifting continents
•    Plate tectonics
•    Spreading of the sea floor
•    Backwards music
•    Elongated and shortened music
•    Newton

In History, we learned about…

•    Witch trials
•    Timelines
•    WWI
•    The story of the ball point pen
•    Kamakazi pilots
•    Women’s suffrage
•    Audrey Hepburn
•    Concentration camps
•    Columbus
•    Sprite: Native Americans
•    Irish Potato Famine
•    USA historic map
•    Native American and European contact
•    Indian Village trip
•    Regions and Peoples map
•    Language Families map
•    Forced migration
•    Paleozioc, Mesozoic, Cenozoic Eras
•    Seven Arrows

In Math, we learned about…

•    Sound waves
•    Hz
•    Decibels
•    Place value
•    Power of ten
•    Comparing decimals
•    Rounding decimals
•    Multiplication
•    Pattern grids
•    Writing fractions as decimals
•    Multiplying by powers of ten
•    Subtracting decimals
•    Multiplying decimals
•    Mixed practice with decimals
•    Algebra
•    Algebraic equations
•    Pythagorean theorem
•    Pi


What We Learned - Mad Scientists

From the Mad Scientists (Middle Elementary Class)

This year we learned about…

•    Yoga story meditations
•    Mantras
•    The brain and mindfulness
•    Chakras
•    Form drawing
•    Spelling patterns and rules
•    Riddles
•    Rebuses
•    Character and value stories
•    Solving mystery stories
•    Verses
•    Self reflection
•    Corporative learning
•    Team work

•    Problem solving
•    How to help people
•    Making new friends
•    Using our resources
•    Listening skills
•    Public presentations
•    Asking for help
•    Independent work
•    Time management
•    Following directions
•    Brain storming and planning
•    KWLs (What I Know, What I Wonder, What I Learned)
•    Talbots
•    Parts of speech
•    Compound words
•    Analogies
•    Figurative language
•    The writing process

•    Different types of poetry
•    Editing and revising writing
•    Writing journal entries
•    Narrative writing
•    Sentence structure
•    Paragraphs
•    Punctuation
•    The research process
•    Drawing and writing
•    Descriptive writing
•    Script writing
•    Letter writing

•    Journal prompts
•    Daily writing warm ups
•    New vocabulary
•    Folklore: fairy tales, fractured fairy tales, fables, tall tales
•    Readers Theater
•    Reading aloud
•    Reading strategies
•    Character maps and analyzing stories
•    Putting on a shadow puppet show

•    Designing small scenes
•    Story elements
•    Inferences based on what we’ve read
•    Drawing conclusions
•    Sequencing in stories
•    Predicting what will happen in a story
•    Simple machines: incline plane, lever, pulley, wedge, screw, wheel and axle
•    Force
•    Performing science experiments
•    Edible and non-edible plants
•    Processing acorns into flour and making pancakes
•    Structures: bridges, skeletal, tubes, joints

•    Ancient civilizations and science
•    The scientific process
•    Being Junior Naturalists
•    Weather and clouds
•    Animal tracks
•    Paleontologists
•    Plants and trees
•    Mammals and birds
•    Multiplication facts
•    Place value
•    Estimation
•    Rounding
•    Exponents
•    Volume, area, and perimeter
•    Circumference and diameter
•    3D shapes and nets
•    Geometric shapes
•    Time
•    Money
•    Glyphs and reading data
•    Graphs
•    Coordinate grids and ordered pairs
•    Math mystery stories
•    Prime and composite numbers
•    Simple division
•    Long division

•    Calendar math
•    Writing checks and balancing check books
•    Budgeting
•    Structure building and testing strength
•    Giving presentations
•    Advertisement writing
•    Understanding fractions
•    Simplifying fractions
•    Mixed number fractions
•    Improper fractions
•    Adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers
•    Greatest common factors
•    Least common denominator
•    Decimals
•    Place value with decimals
•    Adding and subtracting decimals
•    Multiplying and dividing decimals
•    Maps
•    Geography
•    Land forms

Half-Price Tuition Available for Eligible Early Childhood Families

We are very excited to announce that our recent acceptance into the Virginia Neighborhood Assistance Program is allowing us to offer scholarships of up to 50% for eligible early childhood families!

What does this mean for you?

If you enroll your child in the BMS early childhood class (ages 2.5 to 5) and submit a scholarship application documenting your financial need, you could receive up to half off the year’s tuition.

Your payment could be:

4 Full Days: $2487.5 (annual)    $276.39 (9 month plan)   $211.44 (12 month plan)
3 Full Days: $1893.5 (annual)    $210.39 (9 month plan)   $160.95 (12 month plan)
4 Half Days: $1456.5 (annual)   $161.83 (9 month plan)   $123.80 (12 month plan)
3 Half Days: $1165 (annual)   $129.44 (9 month plan)    $99.03 (12 month plan)

For more information, please contact us by calling 540-745-4234 or sending email.


BMS Providing Child Care at Floyd Fest

Kid-friendly programming and activities have always been a unique part of the festival, but this year Blue Mountain School will also be offering childcare services at Floydfest!

With BMS childcare in the Children's Universe, kids can be in skilled, caring hands while parents are free to participate in other parts of the festival. Creating flower fairies, playing with big bubbles, playing games, watching movies, taking part in kids' concerts and open mic, telling stories, reading books, painting fairy doors and constructing fairy houses...these are just some of the things that kids can do while in the care of BMS staff.

Registering your kids in BMS Childcare is a fun and safe way for the whole family to enjoy the festival!

    •    Children 2 to 12 years
    •    Children must be potty trained

    •    Wednesday: 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm
    •    Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
    •    Sunday: 11:00 am to 8:00 pm

    •    $10 an hour
    •    1 hour minimum

    •    Reservations and check in at the Children's Universe info booth.
    •    For advance reservations, send us email.



Receive 65% VA tax credit for donations with the Neighborhood Assistance Program

As taxpayers, we don't usually have an opportunity to choose how our tax dollars are spent, but donating to Blue Mountain School through the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) is one way to chose!

What is NAP?
Blue Mountain School is a participant in the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP). Established in 1981, the NAP encourages individuals and businesses to donate to NAP-approved non-profit institutions which benefit low-income individuals or families.

How does it work?
If you pay Virginia State income taxes as an individual or as a business, you can make a minimum $500 donation for individuals and $616 as a business to Blue Mountain School, and you'll receive a 65% Virginia State Tax Credit for your donation. The total contribution may ALSO be claimed in full as a charitable deduction on your federal income tax return.

How do I participate?
To donate, contact Blue Mountain School at 540.745.4234 or by email, or donate online. If you donate online, be sure to put "NAP Donation" in the memo in order to receive the credit. Once you make a NAP donation, BMS will contact you to complete the paperwork to receive your credit.






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