Jul
1
9:30 AM09:30

Summer Play Camp Enrolling Now

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.

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Jun
3
4:30 PM16:30

Green Champion Award

Blue Rock School has been selected to receive the Rockland County Environmental Management Council’s (EMC) Green Champion Award for 2019.

The Green Champion Award is presented to an organized group annually by the Rockland County EMC, an environmental advisory committee to the County Legislature and County Executive, to local organizations that show a dedication to sustainability.

Below are the achievements that led to our selection for the 2019 Green Champion Award:

  • Interdisciplinary curriculum (nature and play)

    • gardening

  • Reduced single use initiative 

    • waste free lunches 

    • recycling

    • composting

  • Installation of LED lighting

  • Use of eco-friendly cleaning products

  • Vine Brigades initiative

  • Participation in ADITL and field trips to Stone Barns

  • Green School Alliance member

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May
22
7:00 PM19:00

First Grade Night

For upcoming First Graders (2019-2020).
Current BRS families only.

All kindergarten parents are invited for an introduction about first grade at Blue Rock School. Debi will discuss the rythms and routines of first grade and will leave time for questions.

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"DO ONE THING" Art Exhibition Benefit
May
4
7:00 PM19:00

"DO ONE THING" Art Exhibition Benefit

Blue Rock School, in partnership with Rockland Center for the Arts, will be presenting an art exhibition to support creative expression and social activism while benefiting the student scholarship funds at both organizations. Artistically, the goal of the show is twofold: to showcase art that touches on issues of significant importance among our community members; and highlight the important role that artists can play in amplifying a message or point of view and effecting meaningful change in the world. All this, while inspiring a new generation of artists and raising funds for two Rockland non-profits dedicated toward giving young artists a regular platform for creative expression. In addition to featuring more established artists, area high school and college-age artists are being encouraged to participate in the exhibit and have their voices heard.

At the VIP Champagne Reception from 7-8 pm guests can enjoy complimentary champagne and hors d’oeuvres while enjoying an exhibit preview, a poetry reading by renowned poet Samuel Claiborne, and a live auction of acclaimed artist and Blue Rock School alumna Zaria Forman’s signed limited edition print of pastel “Jakobshavn Glacier, Greenland, April 29th, 2017.”

Tickets can be purchased in advance below at a discounted price. 

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Apr
27
12:00 PM12:00

Environmental Initiatives on Campus

UPCOMING EVENTS

Purchase your own BLUE ROCK SCHOOL shopping bag! Made in the USA from organic, fair trade cotton, strong, roomy and perfect for all of your transport needs. Great for gifts! Proceeds help fund our Healthy Woods Initiative and the caring for our beloved campus grounds.

  • April 27th Earth Day in Nyack at Memorial Park – Blue Rock will have a booth on site

  • May 2nd Vine Brigade Day - Our annual invasive vine clearing day. The children will be clipping and cleaning to help keep our campus trees and plants healthy. Parents are invited to join us. Please call the office to confirm if you will be helping.

  • Mid-May 7/8 grades Plant and Seed Sale The students will be selling on campus after school, as well as at the Nyack Farmers’ Market, to raise money for their end-of-year class trip. The seedlings are growing strong and will be ready soon.

  • June 2nd  BLUE ROCK Yard Sale (rain date June 9) – Go green -  Recycle Reuse and Re-purpose your old goods. (This year the sale will take place in Veterans Memorial Park, in the village of Nyack, behind the gazebo.)

  • June 3rd Green Champion Award Blue Rock School has been selected to receive the Rockland County Environmental Management Council’s (EMC) Green Champion Award for 2019. Read more here.


PRIOR EVENTS AND ONGOING INITIATIVES

  • March 15th  Blue Rock Middle School participated in the local Climate Change protest rally joining Nyack High School students and students from around the world

  • April 14th  Parent Work Day & Tree Planting – Parents gathered together to plant 8 new trees on campus and tended to the grounds-Thank you!

Our students are making their voices heard regarding the importance of fighting climate change on campus, in the local community and in the world. The middle school has been studying and practicing environmental sustainability and activism through monthly round-table discussions, working with local environmentalists to share ideas about caring for the earth’s resources.  Students are deepening their understanding of the Hudson River Watershed, writing letters to local and state government officials, and took part in a Q&A session with the mayor of Nyack, to support Nyack Village’s environmental initiatives.

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Seeds and Water, Protecting our Children's Future - an evening of film and discussion
Feb
28
6:30 PM18:30

Seeds and Water, Protecting our Children's Future - an evening of film and discussion

  • 110 Demarest Mill Road West Nyack United States (map)
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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.

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