Assembly time, September 12

Margaret’s math group has been working hard to figure out old they are.  Of course, these 10- and 11- year-olds know their age in years, but Margaret challenged them to use more detail.  They each made books showing their age, at that moment, in years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, and seconds!

The students sit with their book buddies during assembly.  Charlotte asked the pairs to take a moment and talk about their favorite thing from this week at school.  Several pairs shared and we heard about science, art, reading, playground time, handworks, and more.

As a grand finale, Charlotte and then Noah, led the entire assemblage in a rain song.  Divided into three groups, the students rubbed their hands together – one group softly and one group vigorously – while the third group created the splash of raindrops by bouncing fingertips of one hand to the palm of another.  It sounded just like the rain our ground is craving!

Beautiful collaborative works of art by the Juniors and Primary classes provided the backdrop for our assembly.CollaborativeArt1CollaborativeArt2

This math group figured their age in years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds!

This math group calculated their ages in years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds!

Book Buddies begins

A favorite activity at North Branch is the Book Buddy program that takes place every Tuesday. Excited voices fill the school as pairs consisting of an older child and younger child settle in for reading time. The older children practice reading out loud and the younger children get to dream of the day when they will be readers. They all get the opportunity to connect with a child outside of their grade level, share interests, and most of all, have fun.

Many thanks from the class of 2014

Here is one last video from this year’s graduation ceremony. This class of sixteen had many teachers in the years they were at North Branch. They thank them all in this video! The audio in the beginning is from the Thanksgiving program in 2009, when the graduates were in fourth grade.



Nursery & Early Primary Play Day, August 19

Students in Nursery (ages 3 & 4), Early Primary (ages 4 & 5), and their parents are invited to attend a Play Day on Tuesday, August 19 , from 9:30 – 11:30.  This is a great opportunity to meet classmates and their families and to reacquaint your student with his or her classroom and teacher.  Feel free to call Heather, 540-456-8450, if you have any questions.Nursery_05 - Copy - Copy - Copy


Stuart and Greg’s ride

Stuart and Greg's ride

A journey of 100 miles begins with one…photograph. NBS parent, Greg, and NBS teacher, Stuart, are riding 100 miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway in support of North Branch School. It’s not too late to show them some love by making a donation to the school for their efforts and enthusiasm. Just use the secure PayPal “donate” button on this site.

The graduating class of 2014

On June 3rd, we said goodbye to the largest graduating North Branch class in the school’s history. Sixteen students graduated – many of them had been at NBS for more than eight years. In keeping with North Branch tradition, they all received an engraved Jefferson Cup. We wish all of the graduating students good luck and health as they begin their journey into high school. I will have more videos from graduation (including the teacher thank you segment) in the coming week. Happy summer!



Last assembly of 2013-14 year

The last assembly of this school year was held on Friday. Many things were shared: the Juniors played several recorder pieces, the Junk Fashion elective showed off their outfits, Oscar’s recycled art talked about their creations and Chorus sang a song. There is also some spectacular student art displayed in the Big Room.

Robin Hood

The Seniors performed the play Robin Hood today. It was full of beautiful music and lots of lively sword-fighting. In a very popular twist, Jon had a cameo as Prince John’s guard and horse! Congratulations to the class on a very well-done play. I will post some videos soon.

The Donkey Prince

Primary One presented a charming play on Friday: The Donkey Prince. The play, based on a German fairy tale collected by the brothers Grimm, tells the story of a King and Queen who longed for a child. They visit a witch, who promises them a child in exchange for bags of gold. The King tries to trick the witch with bags of mixed lead and gold, and the witch takes her revenge by making the prince look like a donkey. He is to appear this way until someone loves him for who he is. He grows up at the castle, lonely in his donkey form, until a traveling lute player arrives. The Prince learns to play the lute, and goes out to travel the world. He arrives at another castle, where he falls in love with a Princess and is able to retake his human form.

Spring happenings at North Branch

Here are some pictures of events and presentations from April and May: