Tuesday, January 12, 2021

One Planet January 2021 blog

Happy 2021!

We all have hopes for a better 2021 since 2020 was strange, to say the least. However, we learned to adjust to new guidelines and the new "normal" as well as we could. What we can pride ourselves on is how we have been striving to help our children deal with this new reality and to have joy in their lives. Our school was open to in-person education until winter break and it was so good to see students happy and engaging with their peers and staff.

The Afterschool program had to make some changes as well. We needed to move to the gym and arrange all furniture and supplies to fit the new space and comply with health guidelines. Snacks were still served, homework time was available and we spent a lot of time outside - something that all children were happy about! We hosted two big events: Lights On Halloween Carnival and a Holiday Event, both very well attended. 

Now, we are very pleased to be able to offer a full and interesting schedule for our winter term. Students can sign up for programs like basketball skill building, STEM workshop, outdoor adventure, ice skating, sledding, snow shoeing and folktale and storytelling. Registration forms were emailed to families and paper copies will be available at the school. 

We are all eager for school to start. Please consider signing up your children for one or all of afterschool programs so they can have some fun and learn new things at the same time. 

See you soon!

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Happy New Year!

Here, at One Planet, we were fortunate to have had a great 2019 with exciting, educational and fun programs, including our Rockbridge summer camp - such a good way for children to spend 6 weeks of their summer vacation. We are already working on camp themes for this year so stay tuned.

We said good-bye to the last year with yummy gingerbread houses, made from scratch by our students. It was quite a challenging but sweet experience!

Session II is in full swing with more and more students signing up each week for our enrichment programs. Ice skating is very popular and so are: indoor soccer with our own PE teacher, Casey Grimes, game clubs, junk drawer science and more.
We are also happy to say that a lot of students are taking advantage of our tutoring programs and basketball players spending time with us before their practices and games.

Great News: we applied and were awarded a mini-grant for a financial literacy program developed to by the VT State Treasurer's Office and VT Afterschool, Inc. The program builds on the successful platform of Reading is an Investment, a K-6 financial education. It will run on Thursdays during winter and spring so please call/email us if you would like your child to learn how to manage their piggy banks, a skill that will be very useful now and in their future.

First Half-day of the Year: we will be going swimming to UVAC, a very popular activity with all.

It's cold out there! We go outside most days so please remember to send an extra pair of gloves, if possible, with your child as they often get them wet during recess. Thank you.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here, at One Planet, we hope everyone is enjoying this long Thanksgiving weekend. It is so nice to share a turkey feast with family and friends, followed by perhaps watching football games or partaking in some other fun activity - some of us could have already got a start on holiday shopping.

On Monday, One Planet will start its Session II. Registration packets went home with all children but if they cannot be located, the Office has extra copies or they can be requested by emailing Jola, the site coordinator at jlabejsza@wrvsu.org
Please make sure to call school's office Monday morning if you would like your child to join the afterschool program but have not submitted the forms yet - it is not too late.

Also, if you would like to have your basketball playing child spend that hour before practices with One Planet it will only cost you $4 or $2 per day and we will provide some outside time, a good/healthy snack and help with homework. And we will make sure that your child gets to practice on time.

Please remember to send your child to school with warm clothing - an extra pair of gloves is very helpful as usually students get them wet during recess and as we all know it doesn't feel good to put on wet gloves. It also is a good idea to have  outdoor clothing labeled so we know who it belongs to in case children leave it behind - it's especially true with black snow pants
(many of those around!). Thank you so much.

Enjoy the rest of this wonderful weekend!

Monday, November 11, 2019

We have been so busy lately! 

FIRST, it took a couple of weeks for students and staff to get ready for our Annual Halloween Carnival, a part of "Lights On Afterschool Alliance Program". All that hard, but fun, work paid off as over 40 children plus some families partook in games, munched on delicious snacks (thank you, parents!) and had their photos taken with creative face paints on. 
Did you know that according to Afterschool Alliance research over the past 20 years, law enforcement leaders across the country have relied on high-quality afterschool programs to provide supportive, stable, and enriching environment with caring adults that keep children and youth out of trouble and safe, while supporting their academic success, and social and emotional development.

Another fun event was a half-day field trip to Bowlerama.  We were so proud seeing how our
older participants helped the younger ones with not so light balls and how they all cheered one another! It was such a heartwarming and telling testimony to One Planet's mission of promoting the notion of our program being yet another kind of family, caring and compassionate.

Then snow came and kids were so excited! All they wanted is to be outside - it worked out perfectly since on Fridays we have Forest Fridays program. After painting in the snow, children were happy to relax playing a board game while sipping hot cocoa. What a fun ending to a busy week!

Speaking of snow and colder temps, please remember to send winter clothing with your children. It would really help if they could have a second pair of gloves/mittens for the afternoon, if possible, as they often get them wet during their school day recess. Soon we will go snowshoeing and ice skating and we'd like to keep your children warm. Thank you!

REMINDER: Session I of our program ends on November 26th; Session II packets coming soon. All Session I fees are due by that time.

Thank you for signing up your children with One Planet.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

One Planet October News


     At One Planet, we have been taking advantage of our Vermont beautiful autumn in many ways.
Thanks to RASTA and Green Mountain Bikes a lot of students participated and loved mountain biking which ended last Thursday with a pizza party!
     We continue being outside as much as possible. Children love the newly constructed Gaga Ball Pit! 
     They also enjoy Forest Fridays program, riding scooters, playing soccer or basketball. And we walked to the Farmers Market almost every Friday.
     Our inside programs are very interesting too. For their "Around the World", they travel to a different country to learn about its culture and food. So far, we have made sushi (both savory and dessert ones!) and Indian ornaments so far. On Wednesdays, students venture into the field of movie making with our own wonderful music teacher.

     Halloween is coming up and once again, One Planet will host a Halloween Carnival with fun games, face painting, photo booth and snacks. Children are welcome to wear costumes. Invitations for this free event went home with all children - younger children can attend when they are accompanied by an adult. Please let us know if you and your children would like to join us. 
And it's not too late to sign up your children for our regular programs, the more the merrier!

Monday, September 9, 2019

Hello New School Year!

As always, summer went by too quickly but we all got memories of trips near and far, filled with new adventures. Everyone had something to share with their school mates. 

At One Planet, we, too,  heard a lot of exciting summer stories. And we started the new school year with our own exciting event. Thanks to RASTA, we were able to offer mountain bike program. All children were invited to sign up for either level I (developing basic skills) or level II (strong bike skills) led by RASTA instructors on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We are very thankful to have been presented with this opportunity - all the participating kids absolutely love it.

Soccer season started as well and once again we invite families to send their children to our program before their practices for a discounted fee. Please call/email for details. 

For the first two weeks we have ran a GAP program and other than biking, we spend a lot of time outside. Our enrichment programs will start on September 16th with registration forms going out very soon. Also, our first half-day field trip is coming up - we are planning to go to the Corn Maze - please check for permission slips to be sent with students on Tuesday. Thank you.

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.