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.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

We have been enjoying these exceptionally hot days lately (at least the kids did!) by staying outside longer, having picnics with watermelon and healthy snacks which always taste better when eaten outside. And of course we make sure to have plenty water on hand.

Last Friday we walked to our local Farmer's Market, not for the first time since this is something One Planet kids really enjoy interacting with the vendors who in turn like sharing their knowledge and goods. Our own Music teacher, Ms. Holly Mugford, was doing face painting and that was a great hit with all the children as the photo shows.

We'll definitely go back.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Hello 2017/2018 School Year!

As you can see One Planet students are already enjoying it! We have started with a GAP program during which we spend as much time outside as we can and we have been so fortunate to have had this nice weather lately!

What you see in this picture is One Planet returning students who have actually planted the veggies that they are "selling" (and sampling themselves) in their store last year as part of their enrichment program with Ms. Marcella Carroll.

Speaking of enrichment programs, we are starting them again next week! Informational packets were sent home with the students earlier this week. Please look them over as soon as you can and sign up your child/children for at least some of our exciting and educational programs. You can always try a "drop-in" to see if your child will want to continue but please give them that chance to enjoy the outdoors with their friends, have a healthy snack, get help with their homework, participate in a fun program and then have free play - most kids choose Legos, no surprise here.

Please contact me with any questions. Thank you!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Today, for the first time this year, our after school program students wanted to go inside as they said it was too hot! We did stay outside for 45 minutes so I could understand - this sudden change from "too cold" to "too hot" is a lot to take. Time for splashing in some kind of water body! It will happen soon as we only have 6 1/2 days of school left.

Before that happens, we are still busy with fun activities. Not just fun but educational and practical. Our students have been involved in the process of starting school's vegetable garden from painting signs when it was still snowy outside, to planting and eventually sprucing up the greenhouse. Under the guida
nce of our Spanish and FCS teacher, Marcella Carroll they cleaned and painted the entrance. There is even a palm tree adorning the front wall!
I am positive that they will be very proud watching the vegetables they started from seeds grow.

It's not just "work" here. We take out the scooters once again for spins around the skate park, play ball, make fairy houses and just enjoy the outdoors.

To wrap up a fun and interesting year we are planning a pizza and ice cream party next Monday - the children voted and that's what they decided they would like to do as a culminating event. Photos to come in the next and last blog of this school year!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Welcome Sunshine!

The sun feels good today, especially after all that we have gone through lately - two major snow storms. The weather reports called them winter storms, but shouldn't they be called Spring Snow Storms ? I guess that might remind us too much of the fact that indeed Spring started two weeks ago but winter is still holding on tight, at least for another week...

To take advantage of being forced to be indoors more than our students would have liked, our enrichment teachers created fun and educational activities. During Paper Engineering program with Anne Stiebing, children created their own playgrounds, models of imaginary house rooms (I could see a potential for future interior designers there!) and backyards with swimming pools and more. 

Lego League Jr. has been a great success - no surprise there! It never amazes me how the kids whom I think I know pretty well come up with new designs and how focused they are when building their creations with whatever materials they are being handed in. 

And finally, Spring has been on our minds while students with the help of Mrs. Carroll painted signs for the vegetable garden they will be working on and even already planted some seeds today with more to come once the temperatures go up and the sun shines more often. Can't wait!

In the meantime, while we still have lots of snow on the ground, our students joined Stockbridge to visit Rochester Forest Ranger Station. We cannot thank the Rangers enough for how kind and patient they were when teaching our students survival skills, the art of snowshoeing, showing them different kind of animal skins (they could touch and try to tell), meeting rescue dogs and of course Smokey the Bear. It was a perfect day to (hopefully) say good-bye to Winter.

Wishing everyone lots of sunshine,

Jolanta Labejsza, Rochester OnePlanet Site Coordinator