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Mountain Pathways Summer Sessions

 

FARM CAMP 2016 IS OPEN FOR 8 AND OLDER

(SCROLL DOWN FOR YOUNGER PROGRAMS)

Mountain Pathways Montessori School is pleased to announce the expansion of our summer camp programming to include all interested 8-12ers. The Mission of Farm Camp is to provide an intensive, weeklong sustainable farming and gardening experience that focuses on basic gardening skills as well as harvesting, processing, and marketing farm products. Campers will learn creative problem solving skills, the fundamentals of a sustainable food system, and practical life applications of science, technology, engineering, and math through hands on experience.The goals of our program are simple: to establish a micro-farm on the Norwood House campus. It will serve children ages 9-12 years which fulfills a niche of much needed summer programming for this particular age group. Campers will serve community members by growing surplus food for the local shelter, The Hospitality House, and the Farm C.A.F.E.

$225/per camper (sibling discounts are available) for first week. Additional weeks are only $175.

18 spots available each week

Weeklong Sessions will be held MONDAY – FRIDAY 8:30am-2:30pm:

June 6-10:

Monday: Introduction to Farm Camp and our meat chicken project: care for chicks and the economics and sustainability of raising meat chickens.

Tuesday: Guest Speaker – Neil Blake: A Lesson in Fermentation

Wednesday: Field Trip Day: Spring House Farm: volunteering for our community

Thursday: Storytime in the garden at 10:00. Farm Camp will host a storytime hour with Watauga Public Library to children ages 0-3.

Friday: Pizza with ingredients from our garden at Appalachian Mountain Brewery, courtesy of Farm 2 Flame. Campers will tour the food truck and make their own pizzas.

June 20-24:

Monday: Introduction to Farm Camp and breakout sessions for greenhouse, garden, cooking, and chicken work.

Tuesday: Guest Speaker-tbd

Wednesday: Field Trip Day: Fog Likely Farm: What is biodynamic farming?

Thursday: Storytime in the garden at 10:00. See above for details.

Friday: Pizza with ingredients from our garden at Appalachian Mountain Brewery, courtesy of Farm 2 Flame. Campers will tour the food truck and make their own pizzas.

July 5-8:

Monday: Introduction to Farm Camp and breakout sessions for greenhouse, garden, cooking, and chicken work.

Tuesday: Guest Speaker-tbd

Wednesday: Orchard Creek Farm: What is agrotourism? We will be picking blueberries too!

Thursday: Storytime in the garden at 10:00. See above for details.

Friday: Pizza with ingredients from our garden at Appalachian Mountain Brewery, courtesy of Farm 2 Flame. Campers will tour the food truck and make their own pizzas.

July 18-22:

Monday:  Introduction to Farm Camp and breakout sessions for greenhouse, garden, cooking, and chicken work.

Tuesday: Guest Speaker – Darius Jones and Mara Parmenter: Raising Cattle and the challenges of vet school

Wednesday: Field Trip Day: Elson Green’s Goat Farm: Making hay and raising goats

Thursday: Storytime in the garden at 10:00. See above for details.

Friday: Pizza with ingredients from our garden at Appalachian Mountain Brewery, courtesy of Farm 2 Flame. Campers will tour the food truck and make their own pizzas.

August 1-5:

Monday: The Farm 2 Flame Food Truck will come and do a presentation and help us make pizzas!

Tuesday: Guest Speaker – Bill Ward: Raising Sheep and Sustainable Animal Husbandry

Wednesday: Field Trip Day: Foothills Pilot Processing Plant: taking the chickens to be processed (children will not see that) and touring the facility.

Thursday: Storytime in the garden at 10:00. See above for details.

Friday: Field Trip: Elk Creek Mushroom Log Farm

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE FOR 8 AND OLDER FARM CAMP 2016.

**Scroll Down for more information on the Farm Camp Poultry Project.

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MONTESSORI SUMMER SESSIONS FOR TODDLER TO EIGHT YEAR OLDS

Montessori Summer Sessions

SEE BELOW FOR LINKS TO REGISTRATION! (REGISTRATION FOR THESE SESSIONS IS CURRENTLY LIMITED TO CURRENT STUDENTS OF MOUNTAIN PATHWAYS [3/17/16]. IF YOUR CHILD HAS SIGNED A CONTRACT FOR FALL, EMAIL US FOR THE LINK TO REGISTER.)

Our Summer Sessions have been restructured for 2016 to serve more children as demand has grown over the years. We now offer three groups, with care for Pre-Primary (1-3), Primary (3-6), and Lower Elementary (6-8).

Over the course of the sessions, Montessori-trained teachers will be presenting lessons to the two older groups to help the children engage in hands-on learning activities that expose them to science, practical life skills, and sensorial explorations. They also explore nature, and engage in a variety of art projects, games and special classes. Special guests present onsite lessons and entertainment for the children. And there’s plenty of FUN too, with playing in Howard’s Creek on the agenda every non-rainy day! Toddlers get to experience our rich, engaging (and slightly quieter) 3 and under program, and they have a play area of their own.

2016 Summer Sessions
— Session 1: Mon., June 6 – Thurs., June 30; cost $550, w/afterschool $675
— Session 2: Tues., July 5 – Fri., August 5; cost $700, w/afterschool $850

— Full Summer Registration (6/6-8/5) is $1,200, w/afterschool $1,425.
— Individual weekly registration, for fully potty-trained students, is available for $200/week, w/afterschool $230/week.

Cost and Hours of Operation (3-4 year-olds & Elementary School Age [5-12 y.o.])

Daily Hours
8:30a – 2:30p

Cost of Sessions
See sign up sheet.

Afternoon Care Hours
2:30p – 5:30p

Afternoon Care
$25 per week (free for Junior Counselors)

Cost and Hours of Operation (2-3 and Under)

Daily Hours: 8:30 – 2:30

Afternoon Care: 2:30 – 4:00 pm

Enrollment Procedure
MPMS requires a nonrefundable deposit of 10% of the total cost for the weeks you are requesting (e.g. – if you are signing up for session one of camp and after care, the total would be $550, your deposit of $55 should be made to the school office).  The school agrees to reserve space for the child for the periods specified based upon space availability. If for any reason Mountain Pathways Montessori School cannot accept your registration, your deposit will be refunded in full.

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REGISTRATION IS CURRENTLY OPEN TO MOUNTAIN PATHWAYS (BOTH CURRENT AND FORMER STUDENTS) AND TO ANYONE WHO HAS PREVIOUSLY ATTENDED OUR SUMMER PROGRAMS. IF YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN ENROLLED IN A SCHOOL OR SUMMER PROGRAM AT MPMS, PLEASE CALL BEFORE COMPLETING THE APPLICATION. (828)262-5787…

Click here to register (this link is currently unavailable, please email)

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Tuition
Tuition will be due in the office by Debit, Credit, or check on the first day of summer enrollment. Parent cancellations will result in voiding of the weekly deposit. If special arrangements need to be made for payment, please discuss it with the administration.

Refund Policy
The enrollment is for the entire period specified and there will be no refunds or credits, except as follows: In the event that the child is unable to attend due to serious illness or injury that is confirmed in writing by the child’s physician, the session will refund or credit tuition. The dates for the registration cannot be altered.

Lunch and Snack
All children need to bring their own lunches marked with his/her name. Please do not send anything that will need to be warmed. Lunch times are flexible and will coincide with activities planned. When events have snack food and beverages included, parents will be informed on the first day of that week’s session. Otherwise, please provide a healthy snack for your child. (Sugary foods are discouraged!)

What to bring?

3-12 year-olds
All children will be assigned a cubby. Please keep a change of clothes, sun hat, bathing suit, towel, and water shoes in your child’s cubby; make sure to label all your child’s belongings. According to NC law, our staff cannot apply sunscreen to children unless a signed permission form is on file; please apply sunscreen to your child before he/she arrives for each day.

For Toddlers
First, don’t forget the usual items!
–pull-ups
–wipes
–crib sheet for nap mat
–blanket (pillow, cuddly friend etc.)
–extra summer clothes
–soft-soled inside shoes
–lunch (Picnics are wonderful summer adventures which occur when the weather permits. Please try to keep lunches as picnic friendly as possible.)

Next, the fun stuff for summer
–sunscreen, one spray and one stick is ideal (Mandatory forms for sunscreen application are available in front office)
–sunhat
–water shoes (if possible close-toed, like crocs for walking in the creek)
–towel
–swimsuit
–water bottle

Three requests to help make our lives a little easier:
1. Please, please, write your child’s name or initials on their summer items!
2. Please send a full water bottle in your child’s lunchbox on Mondays. We will keep them in the refrigerator and send them home on Fridays for washing.
3. Most importantly, please thoroughly apply sunscreen each morning
before coming to school!

Typical Daily Schedule
(3 to 8 year olds)
• 8:30am – 9:30am (Children arrive) Outside time or indoor work
• 9:40am Bell rings and meet at group
• 10:00am – 12:00pm Lesson by lead teacher
• 12:00pm – 12:30pm Lunch
• 12:30pm –2:15pm Outside time or indoor activity
• 2:15pm – 2:30pm Parent Pick-up
• 2-30pm – 5:30pm After Program

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Farm Camp Poultry Production Project Information

This year Farm Camp is adding a poultry production project, thanks to a grant from Farm Bureau. We will be raising broiler chickens, aka meat chickens. We are well aware of the sensitivities surrounding the use of animals for meat consumption and would like to explain why we chose meat chickens versus egg laying chickens in the terms of sustainability.

From an economic perspective, broiler chickens can be purchased as chicks and reach processing size in 6-8 weeks. The chickens consume less resources and are specifically bred-not genetically modified-for this type of growth. The chickens are also serving as a small fundraiser for Farm Camp and will be pre-sold at the Farmer’s Market. Egg laying chickens cost more in the long run and you also have to consider winter upkeep and what to do with the chickens once they stop laying consistently after about 2 years. They also slow down production when the days get shorter and when molting. This is not sustainable for our microfarm.

From an environmental perspective, the chickens, whose manure tends to be very high in nitrogen, will be living in a sturdy chicken tractor, a mobile chicken coop that allows the chickens to be moved daily for foraging and exercise. Their manure will not be concentrated in one area (important since we are located on a watershed) and they will help fertilize and aerate the lawn and as I said earlier, they consume less resources.

From a social perspective, our goal is to teach that our current food system has promoted the overconsumption of meat and that conditions for raising animals to meet current demand is typically inhumane. We are very detached from this side of consumption. If one does choose to eat meat, we are offering a different perspective-the idea that buying locally raised meats and that animals intended for consumption are humanely treated is an option if we just know the right questions to ask.

Campers have the option of not helping to care for the chickens if they feel they may develop a relationship that prevents them from agreeing with the project. Campers will not see the animals processed nor will they be a part of picking up the chickens after they are processed. Campers will also not be eating the chickens. The first week of Farm Camp we will be discussing care and the purpose of the chickens. The last week of Farm Camp is when we take them to the processor should anyone like to opt out of the weeks specifically related to the chickens.

Should you have any more questions or concerns, please feel free to email us at

awesome9to12ers@gmail.com