|Upcoming Events |
|9/24||Middle School Looking Ahead Night||7:00 PM|
|9/28||No School-Yom Kippur|| |
|10/1||School Picture Day|| |
|10/8||1:30 Dismissal|| |
|From the BPC |
THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!
A big Thank You to the parent volunteers who provided the first staff luncheon of the school year. It was a delicious deli-style meal! Thanks are extended to Deb Weiss-Collins, Kristen Waksberg, Michelle Pappas, Gay Butz, Lynn Brown, Michelle Sullivan, Caroline Semancik, Princina Drazan, and Sabrina Kontner.
|Lucketts Design House |
You can get unique Holiday Decorating Ideas while enjoying a night out with Barnesville friends!
And, it benefits the school!!!
There is limited space available at an upcoming event from last year’s auction --
Lucketts Design House Exclusive Holiday Open House Preview Party, Thursday, November 5.
Be the first to see the vintage hip and totally unique design ideas on display at the Lucketts Design House when it opens for its 2009 Holiday Open House Weekend. Thursday, November 5th, the owners of the Lucketts Design House will welcome Barnesville parents or guests for a sneak peek at the Design House completely decked out for the Holidays. Enjoy appetizers and a wine tasting with selections from nearby Tarara Winery. Chat with Design House owners/designers while browsing room after room. Those who want to do more than just look will have an exclusive opportunity to shop before the doors open to the public the next morning (great stuff goes fast!). Everyone will go home with a fabulous goodie bag!
$75 donation (this goes directly to the school)
There is no pressure to buy anything, just browse!
Limit of 25 people
Call or email Nicole Campbell before Monday, October 26 if you would like to attend.
|Save the Date |
The Barnesville School 2010
Family Fun Night Raffle and
Spring Gala & Auction
We are changing things up a bit this year, so mark your calendars now! Instead of squeezing our fundraising auction into just one night, we are planning two great nights where we can all get together, have fun and support our wonderful school.
March 5 – Family Fun Night at the “Barnesville Barn”
BPC is transforming the gym into a barnyard of hands-on activities for Family Fun Night. In addition to all of the FREE activities for kids and their families, we’ll be raffling off a barn-full of treasures.
- “Bucket Raffle” -- purchase tickets to put into the buckets next to the items you want to win. The more tickets you put in a bucket, the greater chance you have of winning that item!
- “Treasure Trough” -- mine for “gems” that can be exchanged for gift certificates with a value guaranteed to be at least as much as you paid, and sometimes double that!
- “From Teachers With Love” and some “Only at Barnesville” items will be on display, kicking off our first-ever On-line Auction! These are always some of our most popular items, and we are excited to open up the bidding to anyone and everyone on-line (including grandparents!).
May 8 – Denim & Diamonds Spring Auction & Gala at the Strong Mansion on Sugarloaf Mountain
Get ready for an evening of country elegance with lots of sparkle and just a dash of denim! Strong Mansion, located less than ten minutes from the school, offers spectacular sunset views and the perfect setting for us to celebrate. We’ll have a limited, but all the more distinct, Silent Auction inside the mansion with cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres. There will not be a formal dinner but we will still have plenty of fabulous food, followed by a seated dessert on the tented terrace. The highlight of the night will still be an exciting Live Auction and we’ll conclude with dancing under the stars!
Proceeds go directly to Barnesville’s Operating Budget, helping to bridge the gap between tuition and operating costs (about $3,500 per student).
|Lymphoma Research Ride |
Barnesville will be hosting for the third year the Lymphoma Research Ride on October 11th. This ride is a noncompetitive bike ride where survivors, family, friends, individuals, community team and corporate teams ride in honor and in memory of those whose lives have been touched by lymphoma. Participants can choose to ride either a 25 or 50 mile route. We will again have our own Barnesville Team riding in the race!!
This year, there will also be a Family Ride. This is a short right for children of the riders, and is open to anyone in our Barnesville Community as well. The guidelines for this ride include:
- Kids must be accompanied by an adult on the road.
- The adult must have ridden with children before.
- The Adult can not accompany more than 2 children.
- The child rider must have ridden six miles in the past.
- The child must be age 10 or above
- The child must raise $25 to participate (adult riders $50).
If you are interested in participating, please visit www.lymphoma.org/ride2009 to register.
In addition to riders, the Ride is looking for volunteers-both adults and students. There are a number of different roles that can be helpful, from checking in riders, to cheering them on at the finish line! Please visit our website and fill out the form if you'd like to volunteer!!!
|From Our Head of School |
This year our middle school students are taking part in a weekly Life Skills course, and I have the great pleasure of teaching our 8th graders each Monday morning. The theme of this course is ethical decision making, and I thought I’d share a real-life ethical dilemma that presented itself to Barnesville, one that I also shared with our 8th graders this past Monday.
Recently, Mr. Weintraub and Mr. Clark discovered a gas powered golf cart in the woods behind the soccer field. No, not the electric cart donated to the school recently, but a completely different cart! This cart, well used but in good working shape, lacked any identification other than a serial number. How and when the golf cart ended up there was a complete mystery.
I posed the question to our 8th graders – what should we do? Should we keep the cart? We analyzed the facts, considered the stakeholders, and weighed the various consequences of possible outcomes. There were those whose first instinct was to keep the cart – after all, it’s on the School’s property, it might have been abandoned, and it wouldn’t hurt to have a second golf cart! (Especially if they could ride in it themselves!). Then there were those who thought it best to return it to its owner. After all, who would get rid of a perfectly fine working golf cart? Was it taken on a joy ride and dumped on our property?
After 20 minutes of discussion, one 8th grader brought up an underlying moral principle to help guide our decision – the Golden Rule. Do to others what you would like done to you. This ethic of reciprocity suggested that if we were the golf cart’s original owners, and it had disappeared, we would want the School to make every effort to get in touch with us. This care-based principle ties directly with our character word of the month, kindness. It also suggests that as we seek kindness from others, so to do we seek forgiveness for our errors. Sometimes we accidentally lose things – think of the teller in the drive-through window who gives you too much change – and without kindness and forgiveness, we would never get them back.
In the end, our 8th graders thought of different ways to try to find the original owner – posting signs, contacting the police, even writing about it in Bits. And if, after trying our best to return this property to the rightful owner we were ultimately unsuccessful, then they thought it would be fine for the School to keep it.
And so I write to you – anybody missing a gas powered golf cart?
PS – How would you like to be Karol Nave for an hour? Now’s your chance! BPC President Kristen Waksberg is organizing volunteers to provide backup and assistance to Karol in the entry office. Volunteers are needed for midday time slots, and they will be asked to cover the phone and the door entry system. If you are interested and available, please contact Kristen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Melanie Choukas-Bradley Returns to Barnesville! |
You are invited to join us October 15th, at 7pm for our annual Author Event. As part of our Klingenstein Lecture Series, the Barnesville School will be hosting Local Author (and Alumni Parent!) Melanie Choukas-Bradley, who will be speaking about her newest book, City of Trees. She will show a slide presentation about the “City of Trees” and then show slides of Sugarloaf and talk about its natural history and geology. She will be showing pictures of trees and wildflowers throughout the presentation and giving an overview of the Washington, D C and Sugarloaf-area flora. Melanie will also discuss The White House and share stories about presidential trees, historical drawings of Washington going back to Thomas Jefferson’s day (he was a tree lover!) and pictures of Gordon Strong and the Frank Lloyd Wright design for the summit of Sugarloaf that was later adapted for the Guggenheim Museum design.
Open to both Barnesville and the surrounding community, we invite you to come learn about Sugarloaf and the nature surrounding it. Please click here to view the flyer for our upcoming event. I encourage you to invite your book club, friends and anyone else you think may be interested! Please RSVP online or by email to email@example.com.
For information about Melanie Choukas-Bradley and her work, please visit, www.melaniechoukas-bradley.com.
|Barnesville Basement |
Mark your calendars - It's almost time for the Barnesville Basement Sale! The sale will be Saturday Oct 24th from 8am-4pm and Sunday Oct 25th from 10am to 3pm. This is an important fund raising event for the school that also has the benefit of helping Barnesville families divest themselves of excess "stuff". We will happily accept gently used clothes, sporting equipment, toys, books, household items and furniture, so start cleaning out those closets and basements. All donations are tax deductible. Donation drop-off will be the week of the sale, although limited large item storage is available immediately. We will need many volunteers, for set-up, working at the sale, and clean-up, as well as posting signs and feeding hungry volunteers. The Basement is a great way to help the school with a short-term commitment of a few hours! Please contact Janine Huber at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer, or with questions. Thanks in advance for a successful sale!
|Lower School News |
Lower School is happy to welcome Mr. Larry Kern, "Reader Dude", today. He will be reading to the various grades at specific times during the morning. He volunteers his time very generously at many elementary schools. With his ability to "bring book characters to life", we are indeed quite lucky that he can come and be part of our Thursday mornings.
|From the Auxiliary Programs Office |
Greetings Barnesville Parents!
This year we are looking to start a Night Ski Club at Barnesville and we are looking for general interest at this point. As you may or may not know, the most economical way to ski at any of our local mountains, Ski Liberty, Ski Whitetail, or Ski Roundtop is via a Night Club Card. The Night Club Card is a terrific way to enjoy unlimited skiing and snowboarding every night for one low price. The catch is that the card is only available through group membership. Once part of a club, each member can then use their card individually at Liberty Mountain, Whitetail Resort and/or Ski Roundtop any night of the week from 4pm - 10pm, and from 3pm on Sundays!
Our club will be open to all family, friends, staff, and of course students of Barnesville School. This is ideal for parents who have the flexibility to pick-up their kids at 3:00 PM and can be skiing by 4:00 PM! If we get enough interest, we will certainly be looking to establish group trips for those interested.
Here is a highlight of the Night Club Card Rates for 2009-2010
|Packages for ages 8 & older
||Purchase Price before Nov. 6, 2009
||Purchase Price after Nov. 6, 2009
||Packages for ages 6 & 7
||Purchase Price before Nov. 6, 2009
||Purchase Price after Nov. 6, 2009
|Lift only plus Advantage Card**
Lift only plus Advantage Card**
|Lift & Lessons
Lift & Lessons
|Lift & Lessons plus Advantage Card**
||Lift & Lessons plus Advantage Card**
|Lift, Lessons & Rental
||Lift, Lessons & Rental
|Lift, Lessons & Rental
plus Advantage Card
||Lift, Lessons & Rental
plus Advantage Card
Lesson times for 6 & 7 year olds are Friday and Saturday at 5:45pm and Sunday at 4:30pm. Reservations are required, as these lessons are run through the Children's Learning Center: please call 717-642-8282 ext. 3400.
**If you purchase the Advantage Card option with your Night Club Card, you may use the Advantage Card as soon as the snow flies to enjoy 40% savings at Liberty, Whitetail and Roundtop! The Advantage Card discount is applicable all day, from opening day to closing day. No need to wait until January 4th to start having fun on the slopes. The Advantage Card is normally priced at $84-$119 - Night Club Card holders can purchase it for just $20! You'll get 40% off lift tickets (and rentals/lessons, if you purchase those options on your Night Club Card) all before January 3, 20010 - why wait to enjoy your Night Club Card benefits? Click here to learn more about the Advantage Card.
We will be looking to have a meeting on October 15, 2009 with time TBD to discuss the details of our new club and start filling out forms. Current club forms will be available in the front office or by contacting either myself or Loree Miller and we can drop the forms in the mail to you.
Again, please respond to this email with your genuine interest as we need at least 15 members to start our club. I am very excited about the opportunity for our kids to get out on the slopes. Skiing is always more fun with friends!
Ted J Rutsch