Friday, May 25, 2018

Hard to believe that there's only less than 3 weeks left of school and it feels like it, finally!
One Planet children want to stay outside as much as possible and we are happy to do just that. The playground is the old favorite but the boys also like to shoot baskets while the girls like to build fairy houses. For the last couple of weeks, our students liked to adorn us, the staff, with dandelion necklaces, braces and hair ornaments. We also learn about the nutritional value of all kind of wild growing plants.

We all kept our fingers crossed while planning our last field trip to For-U mini-golf. And we got lucky with a beautiful sunny weather. Bethel Afterschool joined us and all the kids had a lot of fun. Afterwards, we all walked to to the ice-cream stand to choose our treat - tasted so good after the exercise we got. It doesn't happen often that all the children wanted to sit still for longer than a few minutes - that way they could finish their ice-cream without having it drop to the ground while being their busy selves:)

And now onto the countdown to the first day of summer vacation!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

So, it's Spring according to the calendar but of course it doesn't look or feel like it yet. At least, we dodged the snow storm that hit the East coast again today.

A sure sign that we need spring weather pronto is when the children are tired of putting on all the snow gear to go play in the snow. Recently they started navigating towards the play structure instead of sledding. They also ask to play in the gym which we do during inclement weather. There, they play basketball, catch the flag, dodge ball and other games.

Our new session started on March 7th and comprises programs like "Make Your Move" with Kate Truini, who is our wonderful and energetic new Head Teacher, "Nature Art" with Anne Stiebing, "Let's Move" with Holly Mugford, "Let's Dance" with Susan Rule and "Famous Artists" with Cynthia McPhetres. It's still not too late to sign up for one or all of our programs! 

On some half-days we organize field trips, our latest one took us to Head Over Heels Gymnastics in Rutland - all the students had a great time! Next Friday we are going to the movies!

Happy Spring!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Some of us are already tired of this year's winter but children love ice and snow but not the children!
They are just enjoying sledding, ice skating or simply rolling down the snowy hills behind Rochester School.

We go outside almost every day. On those days that we had subzero temperatures, we spent at least half an hour playing in the gym and children enjoy that as well - it lets them run around and have some physical activity after a long school day.

Just before winter vacation, our Director Carrie (thank you!) baked close to 20 huge gingerbread cookies
and provided all kinds of yummy decorations which our students were all too happy to put on top of the gingerbread people making them into delicious pieces of art as you can see on the photos attached.

As we all know, this winter has been quite a challenge with icy roads, snow on top of ice and rain mixed in. One would say, a typical New England weather.

One Planet has been trying to adopt daily to this kind of unpredictable conditions. And I am happy to say that we finally have been able to start using our ice skating rink, which we are lucky to have thanks to our wonderful local Fire Department. All are invited to join us, we have quite an assortment of ice skates on site but if your child has his/her own they are more than welcome to bring them.
Taking a rest!

Our usual day for skating is Monday but we do try to take advantage of this fun activity loved by all children as often as possible, weather permitting.

Once inside, we offer a myriad of fun and educational programs to keep the children happy, occupied and learning new skills.

On school's next half-day, Friday, February 9th, we are planning to take children swimming at UVAC - details to come.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Afterschool Alliance Project
October 26, 2017

One Planet is joining in the Lights On project to promote the important work afterschool programs in our community. Please join us for:


What: Fun Carnival Booths, Games, Food, Fun!
All are welcome: Kids, parents, guardians, school staff, community members!

To Register: Email Jola Labejsza at
by Monday, October 23rd.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

And so it starts - we are having a typical fall weather today with rain and wind, bringing down the leaves. The carpeted driveways and back roads look very picturesque while there is still lots of reds and yellows of the trees for all to admire. Autumn arrived late this year but it still hasn't failed to show us its beautiful face.

One Planet children were lucky to enjoy one of the last warm days during our second half-day field trip, to VINS Nature Center. At first, the kids brilliantly answered questions about reptiles and at the end of that session, they got to pat a turtle and touch a corn snake, a very pretty one, even though I preferred to only admire it from a distance.

Then we went on  to observe some truly magnificent birds of prey, in their enclosures, at first, and then out in the open. We got there during feeding time, a fascinating and naturalistic scene, for boys mostly. The finale of the show was watching some of the birds, like red hawk and others, fly very close over all of us, gently touching some of the children's heads with their feathers, much to their delight. It definitely was a day to remember!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

We are still taking advantage of this fall beautiful weather☺feeling so fortunate to live in this special Valley. At the opening day, our Superintendent encouraged all schools to take more time for physical activities, giving Swedish educational system as example.

Our school is taking notice (the forest area is expanding and gaining popularity!) and so is One Planet Afterschool Program. We are grateful that our enrichment program teachers are incorporating this idea into their programs.

Here is a moment  from Ms. Mugford's "Big Group Games" captured in this vibrant photo.