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

Bill Staines in Concert at NBS – Friday, April 10

Folk legend, Bill Staines, will perform at 7:30 PM on Friday, April 10, at North Branch School, with special guest, Nathaniel Marion ’13.staines300dpi  Join Bill for a potluck supper, before the concert, starting at 6:00 PM.  Please bring a main dish, side or salad; desserts and coffee will be available for a donation during the concert.  TIckets are available at the door or may be purchased in advance at North Branch School in Afton, Greenberry’s Coffee at Barracks Road in Charlottesville, or Newtown Baking in Staunton.  Call 540-456-8450 for more information.

Mutually Assured Destruction

The Middle School put on their spring play yesterday at Rapunzel’s in Lovingston. “Mutually Assured Destruction,” by Don Zolidis, was in 10 acts. Each scene, going back in time from 2015 to 1922, featured a sibling pair. It was hysterical and well-acted – congratulations to the cast and their directors! I will be working on a video, and will post it over spring break. Here are some pictures from yesterday:

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A little something for everyone

Last Friday’s assembly offered a variety of participants sharing their talents with the audience. Jon and two of his students improvised a little music for the rest of the budding musicians to see where their musical abilities might take them. Then the Juniors recited penguin poetry which provided a fun way to learn a whole lot. There was even some Irish step dancing in anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy!

The Middle School goes to the Science Fair

7th and 8th grade students, along with Margaret and Jennifer, are at the Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair today. The fair is being held at John Paul Jones arena in Charlottesville. Students have been working on their experiments and displays for months. Yesterday, they showed them in the Big Room to the 5th and 6th grade and some of the teachers.

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The band’s debut

The last Friday of the shortest month had no shortage of music. Kat and the Middle Schoolers played “La Morisque” on recorder, a lively dance dating back to the Renaissance. Then Jon and the band introduced the audience to a whole bunch of new instruments that they’ve been learning and practicing on for the past two months, from the woodwinds and horns to bass guitar and percussion.

The Middle School goes to Model U.N.

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Katrien’s Middle School class participated in Model U.N. in Williamsburg last weekend. The 7th and 8th graders spent several weeks writing their position papers and practicing their speeches. Their trip also included stops in Yorktown and Jamestown.

What is Model U.N.? From Wikipedia: “Model United Nations is an educational simulation and academic competition in which students learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. MUN involves and teaches research, public speaking, debating, and writing skills, in addition to critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities. Participants in Model UN conferences, referred to as delegates, are placed in committees and assigned countries, or occasionally other organizations or political figures, to represent. They are presented with their assignments in advance, along with a topic or topics that their committee will discuss. Delegates conduct research before conferences and formulate positions that they will then debate with their fellow delegates in committee.”

Friday assembly music

On this snow filled day, sit back somewhere warm and enjoy some recent performances by the Juniors, Seniors, and Middle Schoolers including, “We Shall Overcome” and the South African hymn “Siyahamba.”

Valentine’s Day at North Branch

Valentine’s Day at North Branch is one of my favorite days of the school year. The Big Room looks so festive with the carefully decorated bags and boxes made by students and teachers. Everyone exchanges Valentines. There is also a special assembly with songs that we sing every year. Also up in the Big Room are some very special 6-word compositions. Bonnie asked students, teachers and parents (current and former), to write 6 words about NBS. They range from funny to very moving. Here are some photos and a video of the day.

The gifts of song and dance

Last Friday’s assembly audience was treated to inspirational performances that left the feet tapping, voices humming, and hopes and dreams on the rise. Our own nine-time award-winning middle schooler and her partner performed the ballroom rumba for the rapt crowd. After a session of many excellent dance questions, Kat and the chorus took the floor to sing The Alternate Route’s “Nothing More.” It was an afternoon that left everyone proud to be a part of the North Branch community and contemplating the part we all play in it.