If you are concerned about climate change and its environmental impact, but are too overwhelmed with work and parenting to envision solutions, this evening will provide concrete actionable ideas and a sense of community as we face this issue together.
6:30pm – Hear about woods and garden initiatives from Ian Jack and Nicole Palitti, BRS parents, and a short presentation of Making a Difference: Children and Community Water Advocacy with Laurie Seeman, artist and water advocate from Strawtown Studio.
7-9pm – Screening and discussion of the movie Seed, The Untold Story: This award winning film follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food.
Screening will be followed by a discussion and specific ways to get involved locally with your children to restore and preserve the earth’s precious resources.
Open to all Blue Rock parents and the local community. Feel free to invite your friends!
Suggested donations are gratefully accepted to support our Film and Education Series.
Looking for a refreshingly relaxed and creative approach to summer fun for your kids this summer? Consider Summer Play Camp—a charming and magical place nestled in a wooded hillside of West Nyack where adventure awaits. At Summer Play Camp, children ages 3 to 11 engage in a variety of playful and discovery-based activities each day, from swimming, art and drama to science, gardening, woodworking, cooking and more. To find out more go to our website summerplaycamp.org.
Space is limited, so please register today.
Come visit the Lower Hudson Valley's only truly progressive school for grades K-8. Meet faculty, tour our charming wooded campus and hear how our unique approach brings learning to life. Please register at firstname.lastname@example.org or 845-535-3353.*
*In the event of inclement weather, check our website for updates.
On Writing and Poetry
The recent parent workshop was a rich and exciting evening of learning. Teachers explained some of the ways writing is taught at Blue Rock and parents had an opportunity to write and share stories, poems and impressions.
As guests arrived for the evening they began with one of two activities; either writing a descriptive poem or writing about a chosen object from a variety of points of view.
The descriptive writing was based on an activity the children have done recently during science class in the 6-8th grades. Throughout their studies on the Hudson River Watershed the children have been learning new scientific vocabulary about the water cycle. These vocabulary words were used to create poems about water and how the students personally relate to the Hudson. The parents had a chance to participate in the same sort of activity.
The children also study Point of View (POV) throughout the grades. For POV writing, we assembled a variety of objects on a long table--from a feather to a rubber duck to a strange music box--and parents were asked to choose an item that they were drawn to. Participants then wrote about their piece by choosing a prompt from the POV-1st, 2nd or 3rd person. They could choose to write about how the object might be loved or about the object’s feelings, history, etc. An incredible amount of creativity and delight resulted from these two activities and many parents willingly shared their poems and POV pieces with the group as a whole.
Next, going out into the dark night, participants used all of their senses to soak in and experience a cold winter evening. Once back indoors parents jotted down their impressions as fuel for creating vibrant imagery with words. We then spoke about how writers describe settings to set the mood in different genres. At BRS the children are continually exposed to a variety of genres through their lunch books, snack books and individual reading. They then reflect on the writing, write book reviews, hold discussions and participate in literary analysis and book groups that further their own skills and understanding of the writer’s work as a craft. Parents worked in pairs, as the children often do, to use their impressions from outside to create a vivid setting for a story. Then they generously shared their work exploring genres from the style of the classics to steampunk and dystopian fairytales.
The evening ended with teachers sharing some of the different types of writing projects students embark on and the skills we teach the children, as well as how we help them to learn the steps of writing a piece, which include goal setting, outlining, drafting, editing, presenting and constructive feedback to help the writer set new goals for their next piece of writing.
The Turning Point
468 Piermont Ave, Piermont, NY 10968
A beloved and long-standing Blue Rock tradition, Blue Rock Rocks is a highly entertaining evening of performances by some of Blue Rock's most talented alumni musicians. Not to be missed! Space fills up very quickly, so please contact the Main Office at 845-627-0234 to reserve your seat and purchase tickets.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. This is a 13-year-old and up event and there is a $10 minimum please. WE ARE CLOSE TO BEING SOLD OUT SO BUY YOUR TICKET TODAY.
The children of Blue Rock School cordially invite you to join them for a Winter Solstice Celebration!
Wednesday, December 12, 7 pm*
Ritterhausen Auditorium, (BOCES) 131 Midland Avenue, Nyack, NY (entrance on 5th Avenue)
Please contact the office for ticket information and reservations.
*In the event of inclement weather, check our website for updates.
We are delighted to host Onawumi Jean Moss as she returns to Blue Rock School for two days of storytelling with our students and teachers. While here, she will also be offering a special evening workshop for parents and faculty. “Courageous Conversations” will explore ways to approach challenging and important conversations on race and injustice with this master storyteller, author, academic, activist and artist. RSVP required. Please call the Main Office at 845-627-0234. Suggested donation $10.
As an African American woman who grew up during the Jim Crow South and the Civil Rights Movement, and went on to guide young people as the Associate Dean of Students at Amherst College for twenty-five years, Ms. Moss has a deep understanding of human relationships and communication.
Ms. Moss’ workshops and discussions are distinguished by her unflinching honesty and humor, her encouragement to all to take on this life-long work towards deeper understanding and growth, and her appreciation of cultural differences and recognition of kinship. Her work inspires courageous conversation within and across social boundaries.
Ms. Moss holds numerous storytelling awards including the 2005 Zora Neale Hurston Award, the highest award given by the National Association of Black Storytellers (NABS); the 2007 Brother Blue and Ruth Hill Award from the League for the Advancement of New England Storytellers, and she has recently been nominated for the National Storytelling Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
For more information on Ms. Moss, visit her website at: www.onawumi.com
Heritage Day 2018
A special day for celebrating our elders and extended family of friends. We welcome each Blue Rock family to reach out to your living "ancestors" and invite them to spend a morning at the school with the children. While here, they will be greeted with a coffee and tea reception, enjoy a student musical performance, take a guided tour of the campus, and visit their dear one's classroom.
At 111 Lexow Avenue in Nyack.
(Rain date Oct. 21)
Time to clean out those closets and attics! We will gladly accept items that are clean and in good condition: clothing, footwear, outerwear, electronics, books, music, furniture, artwork, housewares, baby gear, toys, sports equipment, etc. Donations can be dropped off on campus at 8am day of event.
Blue Rock School invites four-and five-year-olds and their parents to a prospective kindergarten event being held on campus Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 10 am to 12 pm. Children can enjoy a fall harvest-themed morning with our kindergarten staff with storytelling, crafts, homemade snacks and outdoor play. While children play, parents can learn about Blue Rock's vibrant and creative learning environment and get a glimpse of the school's charming wooded campus. Event is rain or shine and space is limited.