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!

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!