Thursday, June 6, 2019

One Planet Spring blog

We have had a good year, here at One Planet. 
As always, we have had many fun and educational
enrichment programs, field trips. We have also extended our help to families of students participating in sports and sponsored tutoring and Finding Our Own Stride program.

In the recent weeks, when our numbers got pretty high, we added two young teacher assistants - students relate so well to that model.

With a finally nicer weather, we spend a lot of time outside, even having our snack and reading under a beautiful cherry tree, right outside our door. Riding scooters is as always a big hit. 

One of our enrichment programs of the last session was about making a difference with art. During one class, students expressed their feelings about being kind to animals. Some of their posters were displayed at the Humane Society in Rutland - see here a photo of Fiona with her drawing. We were also awarded a "Students Rebuild Ocean Challenge" certificate after our enrichment program teacher, Anne Stiebing presented our students art to that organization. 
What a great way to finish the year!

Our last day will be Tuesday, June 11th and we'll celebrate with pizza and ice cream - all are invited!

We are grateful to our school's administration, staff, parents, guardians, our wonderful students and of course our great bosses, Carrie and Bill for making this past year a big success.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Spring is here!

March (and April) Madness...

With warmer days, snow is melting, sap is running and there is plenty of mud everywhere, including our school's playground. It is still wise to bring boots to school so when outside, students don't have to worry about getting their sneakers wet and muddy. 

We do go outside every day now, to everyone's delight! Finally, the area around the basketball hoop is dry so that's a popular activity. The playground structure area offers lots of muddy spots and what's more fun for kids than going down a slide and landing in the middle of a muddy puddle...with boots on, that is! So the spring fever is definitely affecting all of us, in a good way!

Since the weather is still quite unpredictable, we chose to go to Sugarbush Adventure Zone for our March 29th half-day field trip. Once again, we had a good number (26) of students sign up and we hope all of them had a good time. Bouncy houses were most popular but children also used the basketball and tennis courts plus some played ping-pong. 
We are hoping that for our next and last field trip this school year, in May, will be an outdoor one.

We would like to remind everyone about Find Your Own Stride program starting April 23rd. Please return the registration forms
soon so we'll know how many T-shirts, snacks and other items will be needed. It is also very helpful for the coach to know how many students to expect. Thank you!

Happy Spring to All!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Spring will be here soon!

We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Spring. Apparently bears are waking up and some people have spotted robins - first harbingers of spring!
So now the snow needs to melt, then we have to go through the mud season, all of this hopefully sweetened by the smell of maple syrup in the air.

At One Planet, our students still like to play in the snow so there is not many complaints there. We have started session III with programs like "Friendship and Belonging" with Susan Rule, "Lego Workshop" and "Fun Food Fridays" with Siobhan Neale, "Art for Change" with Anne Steibing and "Art Around the World" with Cynthia McPhetres. 
Finding Our Stride led by Mallory Figoras will start towards the end of April. Its mission is to build fitness, self-esteem and teamwork through running. As a culminating event, students will run the RASTA sponsored Sap Boiler Run on June 1st on the Valley Trail in Rochester. Separate registration forms for this wonderful program will be sent home last week of March.

When we need to be inside, students enjoy playing games, legos and creating imaginative art projects. For our "March Madness", half-day field trip we are planning to go to Sugarbush Kids Adventure Zone with a bounce house, games, toys, ping-pong and more. Permission slips to go home very soon!

Thank you for sending your children to our program, we are always happy to welcome new students as well. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Another Snow Day

Another Snow Day!

Winter just does not want to give us a break! We got another major snow storm resulting in another snow day. Patience is what we need and of course ways to take advantage of the snow, like skiing our school is doing every week as well as ways to forget about all this white stuff and ice. 
That is exactly what One Planet students and staff did when we (all 20+) went swimming at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center with our Stockbridge friends and it was a lot of fun.

On our regular days, we still try to go outside to play in the snow or go ice skating. And we continue having our great enrichment programs. After working hard on making beautiful clay creations 
(it is amazing how many different things children can go with some clay using their imagination), our One Planet children like to unwind, play traditional games of UNO, color, paint or read gaining extra minutes towards their "I Love to Read" log. We have our own OP reading logs and children here record their time spent reading and we asked their teachers to add these minutes to their yellow logs.

Spring will come when it's ready and we will.start Session III after winter break with some new enrichment programs. If any of you, teachers and parents/guardians, has any skills/talent to share with our students, just once a week or even every other week, please let us know - we are looking for some new program ideas. Thank you.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

And just like that, we have entered 2019. We hope it will be a good one, full of new adventures, hopes and dreams for all.

At One Planet, we are striving every day to keep our students engaged and happy. We started this year by spending a lot of time sledding and since the skating rink was flooded last night - thanks to our Fire Department - we will be ice skating!

Half days can be a challenge for working parents so on those days One Planet plans fun programs. Our last one, on December 14th, was attended by 26 students! We invited our Stockbridge friends and together we watched The Polar Express, had popcorn and later played different games. Only a week later, we all happily adjourned for almost two weeks of winter break.

Our students are back, full of energy and we are happy to have them back. We are also always excited to have new students join our program so please give One Planet a try! And please stay tuned for news on our next half-day field trip - we may go swimming at UVAC!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Fall and Session I almost over

Ready or not (hope you all got your snow tires on), winter weather is here.

Here, at One Planet we like to be outside as much as possible and so before we get too much snow and it will be time for sledding, our students like to take our scooters out for a spin, play "capture the flag" or kickball as much as possible. We also have Friday Forest program, a great end of the week activity.

The highlight of our Fall Session was the Halloween Carnival attended by over 40 children and some parents. We were honored to have a representative from Senator Bernie Sanders' Office attend this event. The Senator wrote us an email telling us that when he was the mayor of Burlington, he started the first afterschool program there and now votes for keeping and increasing federal funding of these programs.

As it gets darker earlier, our enrichment programs are usually held inside. They are truly enriching and captivating. The last half an hour feels like family time. Students pick an activity from arts, Lego, STEM and game stations. We like to stay close, building up teamwork and good relationships.
I am proud to say that our students are great friends, the older ones helping the younger ones and the younger ones looking up to the older ones.

Everyone is welcome and please remember that most children could attend for free - we are always available to explain how this can be accomplished - just give me a call or send an e-mail. Thank you.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

One Planet settling in...

Like always, the beginning of every school year is pretty hectic for all.
It was not different for One Planet staff and students. We have the same Site Coordinator but two new Head Teachers: Cynthia McPhetres, who is also one of our Program Leaders ("Of Books and Kids") and Lauren Booth who has been working in Bethel for a couple of years and now is also here part time.

As for students, we are happy to have a bunch of our "old timers", who we have been happily watching grow up and also some new faces, so much welcomed! We have room for more and it is never too late to sign up so please contact me, Jola Labejsza ( or come visit us anytime to see what we are doing. And we do a lot of fun, physical and enriching things. You can send your child here for free if you apply for subsidy or talk to us about scholarships - we are here to work with you. We really believe that children can benefit from spending their after school time in a safe, caring setting where they can spend time with their friends, playing and learning.

We also plan exciting field trips on the early dismissal days. This year, we have gone to the Corn Maze and everyone "got lost" having fun!

The weather has changed quickly so we will be active in the gym on rainy days but still spend as much time outside as we can. Stay warm and we are looking forward to seeing you at our Halloween Festival, October 30th and on other days as well!