Bill Staines in Concert, February 12


Bill Staines in Concert at North Branch School, with special guest, Alice Clair

Friday, February 12, 7:30 PM

Advanced tickets are $12 adult/$3 student, at the door $15 adult/$5 student. Tickets on sale at North Branch School & Greenberry’s Coffee in Charlottesville.¬† Attendees are invited to bring a dish and join Bill for a potluck supper at 6:00. Proceeds benefit North Branch School. For more information, call 540-456-8450.

Humans of NBS, Part 2

HONBSGriffinMisha (2)“We made a marble maze out of toilet paper rolls. Some we cut in half and some are whole, so the marble won’t fly off the track. It’s probably about 11 feet long now.”


“Two baby lambs were born on our farm last Friday. One of them was shivering because it was so cold, so I brought it inside. I warmed it up with a blow dryer, then put it on a heating pad. My mistake was not taking it back outside before it opened its eyes. I was the first thing she saw, and now she thinks I’m her mother.”


“I am Mary, Queen of Scots. My cousin, Elizabeth, put me in prison for 18 years because I was plotting to have her killed. I like wearing the crown and wreath and collar, but the collar is itchy.”


“I am making a chocolate cake. It will take 5 seconds to bake. It is for my friend because it is her birthday today.”

Cell Division

Margaret’s 5th/6th grade science class has been studying cell division and “having no fun.” After viewing a video on cells, some of the students decided that they needed to perform this song (and we are glad they did):

An Elizabethan Banquet and a busy assembly

On Friday, the Middle School finished a unit on Elizabethan England in great style. Each student had researched and dressed as a historical figure from the era, prepared an Elizabethan food, and practiced period music pieces. During lunch, Queen Elizabeth and her lady presided over a lovely banquet. Later that afternoon, we had a very busy assembly with performances from Primary Two, the Juniors, Seniors and the Middle School. Here a few scenes of the day. I will continue adding videos and pictures as I edit them.

The Elizabethan Banquet:


Humans of North Branch School

During the month of February, we’ll be posting photos and quotes of students, teachers, parents, and alums.¬† We hope you enjoy learning¬† more about the Humans of North Branch School!

“I created a steam punk wind-up doll character for a New Year’s Eve performance with Moonlight-Circus. I was not theatrical growing up, so it’s been fun to discover this creative side as an adult. Creating magical experience through circus, gives me the chance to do something that looks improbable, but really isn’t impossible. When I dance, I am more jazzed and excited about everything in my life.”


“I’m playing Molly Pitcher. She brought cold water to soldiers in the Revolutionary War, and then when her husband fell, she fought in his place. She shot the cannon! Oh, and her husband didn’t die.”


“In 2004, we came to America, to Harrisonburg. It wasn’t in the plans. I had been a librarian for 17 years in colleges and high schools in Colombia. We migrated because my wife had the opportunity for a job teaching English as a Second Language. We didn’t use refugee or asylum status, like some people from Colombia, because we are here because we want to be. We changed our idea of American people while living here. My first impression was that there is much solidarity here. People want to help other people. We discovered that America is not just one American culture, but there is a mix of different beliefs and strengths in America. We want to stay here, and now we have a member of our family who is American. Because he was born here, we were able to get him an American passport. The rest of our family can apply for citizenship classes in four years.”


Writer’s Eye award-winning story

In the fall, students visited The Fralin Museum of Art at UVa and learned about several selected works of art from paintings and photographs to sculptures and etchings. Then students chose a piece or explored the museum further, in search of a style or medium that appealed to their senses. In school, they spent several weeks working on an inspired piece of prose or poetry about their chosen artwork. North Branch is proud of all the hard work each student put into their writing and rewriting! Last Friday, we were treated to a reading by Senior writer and Writer’s Eye Honorable Mention recipient, Kaiya, of her short story, “I’m Just Saying.”

More from Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Here’s some more video of how students spent the day honoring and discussing the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Younger students imagined what it means to make someone feel welcome, older students discussed poems by Langston Hughes and explored the ideas of hope and change, and others learned about Nelson County’s own history of school integration from speaker, Woody Greenberg.