Ultimate Frisbee Camp this summer

JuneScreen Shot 2015-05-22 at 11.26.50 PM 8 – 12, 1:00- 4:00 pm

Learn the rules and skills needed to play ultimate!

The camp will include exposure to drills, throwing techniques, movement, guarding, and plenty of scrimmaging.

Ages 10 – 15. Space limited to 12. $100.00/week

Contact Stuart Gunter: stuart.r.gunter@gmail.com or Margaret Lambert: mlambert.nbs@gmail.com

A pair of folk songs

Last Friday’s assembly involved active participation on many levels from the students. The first song,  a Scottish folk piece called “The Skye Boat Song,” had audience members listening to the changes in music as the story of a fleeing prince played out from fear to relief. Then the Irish folk piece “The Rattlin’ Song” got the students outside and on their feet, singing and dancing about the circle of life.

The music of crickets

At last Friday’s assembly Kat and her students impressed the audience by recreating the sounds of nature to a fun song by Paul Carey and Oliver Twigge called “Peace On Earth…and lots of little crickets.” It tells the story of a boy who finds a cricket in his room and is convinced to keep it because it is good luck. Before long, the cricket gets lonely so the boy brings him a girlfriend. And then before long, there are many little crickets. The boy and his mother decide to share them with friends and enemies alike, bringing joy to all. Enjoy the song!

Band Fair 2015


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For our 13th annual Band Fair, we had great weather and lots of excellent music. Thank you so much to the wonderful musicians who came out to play and help North Branch (photos of the musical performances to come soon).

The performance by the Virginia Acrobatic Studio & Moonlight Circus was enjoyed by all. Afterwards, they showed interested kids how it felt to hang from the silks.

Special thanks to our tent sponsor, California Sidecar, and our sound tent sponsor, East Coast Utility Contractors, Ltd.

Proceeds from BandFair benefit North Branch School’s financial assistance and scholarship programs.

BandFair XIII this Sunday, May 10, 1-6PM, at Cardinal Point Winery


  • Music by Lord Nelson (with NBS alums Kai & Bram Crowe-Getty), Blake Hunter, Jamie Dyer, and Nick Pollock
  • Special performance by the Virginia Acrobatic Studio & Moonlight Circus
  • Food, including sandwiches from Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie
  • Cardinal Point Wine
  • Children’s activities! Cake Walk!
  • Mother’s Day Raffle!  Silent Auction! Wine Raffle!
  • Tickets (advance/gate):  Adult-$10/$12, Child-$5/$7, Family (immediate)-$30/$36. Advance tickets are available at North Branch School or Cardinal Point Winery.  Call 540-456-8450 for more information.
  • Thanks to our tent sponsor, California Sidecar, and our sound tent sponsor, East Coast Utility Contractors, Ltd.
  • Thanks to our corporate sponsors:  Afton Self Storage, Barefoot Bucha, Becerra Lawncare, Blue Ridge Life, Creation Appreciation Landscaping, Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie & Giddy’s Good Fortune Take Away, Goof Plumbing, LLC, Miracle Homes, Meadowbrooke Associates Inc., Montague, Miller & Company, Mountain Area Realty, Nicksatlaw.com – Brady Nicks, Esq., Shenandoah Valley Office Equipment, UVA Community Credit Union, Valley Pediatric Group, Windridge Landscaping.
  • Proceeds from BandFair benefit North Branch School’s financial assistance and scholarship programs.

Virginia’s Poet Laureate visits NBS

North Branch was very fortunate to have Ron Smith, Poet Laureate of Virginia, visit for National Poetry Month. The former teacher to NBS’s Stuart Gunter delighted students with insights, stories, and answers to their burning questions.

Earth Day and the Mile Run

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On Friday, April 24th, the entire school participated in the annual mile run and Earth Day activities. The mile run has been a tradition for a long time at North Branch. Students from nursery to middle school spend several weeks training. They run in several different age groups – younger students run/walk around the field, and older students run on the country road near the school. There were many Earth Day activities going on as well – everything from art projects to tree planting to special songs. We also had a visit from the Wintergreen Nature Foundation staff – they brought a bear skin and a king snake for students to examine.

Relay for Life

On Friday, North Branch School participated in the annual all-school mini Relay for Life to help raise money for cancer research. The school raised $785.72 for The American Cancer Society and presented the funds to our local representative. Thanks to our organizer, Robyn Ebelherr, to Nelson County Relay for Life, and to everyone who participated.

Summer Camp Opportunities at NBS!

Contact the person listed for more information or to register.           

June 8 – 12             Carpentry with Jeanine and Judy                         9:30 am – 3:30 pm

This camp will offer a 2-hour focus on woodworking under the direction of experienced carpenter and educator Judy Cahill. Children will choose a building project and work at small workbenches using hand tools. When not woodworking, campers will engage in a variety of age-appropriate games, art, music, food preparation and outdoor play.  Only a few spots left! (Limited to 9 campers)   $175 for week.     Contact Jeanine at summercampnbs@gmail.com      


June 8 – 12              Drums for Fun with Stuart                                   9 am – 12 pm

Students will learn the drumming rudiments and study the history of drums and drumming.  Plan to play a lot, focusing on reading, dynamics, tempo, playing musically, and having fun!  For grades 5 – 12 (ages 11 – 18); limited to 8 people.    $100 for week —  Students will need to bring their own snare drum or pad, stand, and sticks.    Contact Stuart Gunter at stuart.r.gunter@gmail.com .


June 22 – 26             Art Camp! with Michael Donegan                          9 am – 3 pm

Painting, sculpture, bookmaking, clay, ink printing, drawing, collage, papermaking, and more in this perennial favorite.  Snack included. For ages 5 – 12.  $175 for week.   Contact Michael at 434-826-8384


June 29 – July 3    “Roads, Ramps, and Rockets!” Math Camp with Katrien   9 am – 12 pm      

Explore special qualities of right triangles with Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry, in a fun, hands-on way. For rising 6th – 8th graders.                                                                                                                           $100 for week       Contact Katrien at MsOrion@gmail.com


June 29 – July 3      Bootstrap Computer Coding Camp with Katrien       12:30 – 3:30 pm  Students will use Algebraic concepts and Racket code to create a simple video game.  For rising 6th – 8th graders. No experience necessary.   $100 for week   ($175 for the math and coding camps together)


July 6 – 10               Art Camp! with Michael Donegan                                9 am – 3 pm                  (See description under June 22 – 26 Art Camp.)


July 13 – 17             Art Camp! with Michael Donegan                                 9 am – 3 pm                  (See description under June 22 – 26 Art Camp.)


July 20 – 24           Drama Camp with Aspen Miller                                                                                   9 am – 3 pm M – F, 12 – 6 Sat., Showcase 6 pm Sat.                                                                          Campers will prepare and perform several modernized fairy tales, funny and dark, with parts as large or small as each camper is comfortable with. NBS alum Aspen Miller will share his training in comedy, stage fighting, and ensemble building. Fun will be had by all!  For ages 8 – 14.  $175 for week.  Contact Aspen Miller at aqm2fv@virginia.edu .


July 27 – July 31     “What Are The Chances?” Math Camp with Katrien          9 am – 12 pm Explore probability – fractions, ratios, decimals, and percentages — through games in a fun, hands-on way. For rising 6th – 8th graders.   $100 for week.  Contact Katrien at MsOrion@gmail.com


July 27 – July 31      Bootstrap Computer Coding Camp with Katrien       12:30 – 3:30 pm    (See description under June 29 – July 3 Bootstrap Camp.)


August 3 – 5       Algebra review for rising 9th graders taking the SOL in high school                  9 am – 12 pm, Mon – Wed only     No charge for NBS grads; others welcome for $30.                      Contact Katrien at MsOrion@gmail.com


August 10 – 14     Drama Camp with Aspen Miller                                                                                      9 am – 3 pm M – F, 12 – 6 Sat., Showcase 6 pm Sat                                                                                NBS Alum Aspen Miller will help campers prepare and perform scenes from Shakespeare — beautiful poetry, goofy comedy, stage fighting, and everything in between.  For ages 8 – 14.                                               $175 for week.   Contact Aspen Miller at aqm2fv@virginia.edu .


Mini Relay for Life in support of the Nelson Relay for Life, April 17

Schedule for the Day:

9:00-9:45 – regular class schedule
9:45 Opening Ceremony
10:00-10:20Primary I (20 minutes)
10:20-10:40 Primary II (20 minutes)
10:40-11:05Juniors (25 minutes)
11:05-11:20 Early Primary (15 minutes)
11:20-11:30 Nursery (10 minutes)
11:30-1:00 Parents and students who would like to walk during recess (90 min. -walk all or a portion)
1:00 – 1:40 Seniors (40 minutes)
1:40 – 2:30 Middle school (50 minutes)
2:30-3:00 All school closing ceremony/assembly time
3:45 – 6:00 Mini Golf Fundraiser in support of the Middle Schoolers’ trip to the Chesapeake Bay