Congratulations to all six of our 8th grade graduates! Sarah Gerome (K/1 teacher for these students), don’t miss the 3:15 mark – the graduates and audience gave you a virtual hug. I will post another video of the program soon.
Today was the perfect weather for the Senior-class-sponsored Olympic festival. Students were divided into color teams. They participated in tasks such as hurdles, a sponge relay, the long jump, a water balloon toss, a relay race, a frisbee throw and the javelin throw.
The last assembly of the school year was endearing and cozy – several classes were on a field trip, and the middle school was rehearsing for graduation. Primary One compared their first and last journal entries of the year. It was really interesting to see how much spelling and reading had improved since September. Primary Two read their class affirmations out loud – each year, the students write something about Natasha and each classmate and then share their thoughts. There are also pictures of some great candy art by Primary Two, and a morning in Nursery class.
Trager Brothers Coffee will be donating their proceeds from the day to North Branch School. You’ll want to pick up a delicious coffee to sip as you browse the market and bags of coffee to take home. Any students that want to work a 1/2 hour or so shift with the TBC are welcome to do so. Just stop by their booth. http://www.tbcroasters.com/
Appalachia Star Farm will have their beautiful produce at the market and they will be donating a portion of their proceeds from the day’s sales to North Branch also. http://www.appalachiastar.com/
The Nelson Farmers’ Market is a great way to spend a Saturday morning – browse the stalls, listen to music, plus you are sure to run into someone you know.
Normally, I like to post things chronologically, but I can’t resist putting this video up. Special thanks to Deana Tipler for filming this and giving me a copy so that I can share it here. Below, you see the 7th and 8th graders, with their teachers and chaperones, diving into the marsh muck on Smith Island in Maryland. This trip teaches the students to love ALL parts of the Bay! The program staffers, Paige and Megan, are wearing the crazy hat and wig at the edge and cheering everyone on. The instructions were to jump in, turn around three times, belly flop, army crawl and do the backstroke.
On Wednesday and Thursday, the Seniors performed two showings of “Aesop’s Tails,” a fantastic play of fables. The play combined well-known Aesop’s fables with new ones written by the students. I was especially impressed by the musical numbers. Congratulations to all the Seniors, as well as Jon, Charlotte, Stuart, Jennifer, and all the teachers who worked on the play and the music. Here is a slideshow, accompanied by the Seniors playing “Entende,” a four-part recorder piece.
North Branch has something new! A 1992 alumni, Heath Matysek-Snyder, worked with his family to install a firewood art piece. As Bonnie said on Facebook: “The objects in the firewood represent components of North Branch School that Heath wanted to honor: picnic table – community, desk – love of learning, tricycle – play. Thank you, Heath, David A., Barbara, Autum, Jeremiah, Xavier, & Stephanie!!”