Indigo Messenger


Thirty years

Have passed

And many more

Now await our thirst for



Year's end,

Our futures remain



Finding paths

Or forging them

Represents our lot.









Poems (Acrostic!)



Reflections of our




Stay tuned to your email and our Facebook group for more information and pictures relating to our school.

Shelly Emmett
Shelly Emmett


Fun and fleeting, summer 


Everyone of
What is
Learning, and love.



Thanks for a great year, BMS students, teachers, parents, and volunteers! I am grateful for the learning and growing we've all done this year, and look forward to coming together again in September.


Purple Platypuses & Rainbow Monkeys: Sciences
Miranda Altice
Miranda Altice






French (Yeshe): Au Revoir!!
Japanese (Alex): 
Afrikaans/African (Maggie): 
Italian (Leah): 
Greek (Madeline): αντίο! 

Canadian (Jerrin): Goodbye!
Purple Platypuses & Rainbow Monkeys: History
Vicky Town
Vicky Town



Go History!


Special thanks to the Kessler-Lapines for their generous contributions of the We The People Book Series! Also, a thank you to the Purple Platypuses and Rainbow Monkeys for their gifts of materials from the DC trip.


We have just finished studying the child's role in history, specifically the Industrial Revolution, Great Depression and its causes, The Dust Bowl, and the School at Weedpatch.


Please come visit our classroom to see our timeline, comic strips, short memories, diary entries, and more! Our culminating project was writing newsreels and performing them using a strobe light to simulate the flickering of the film.


We also studied the Irish Potato Famine and its aftermath. I will close with an Irish Blessing:


May your pockets be heavy, May your troubles be light. May good luck follow you, Both day and night.


Until we meet again........... Vicky


Purple Platypus & Rainbow Monkeys: English
Jonathan Vandergrift
Jonathan Vandergrift



Lucky to teach at Blue Mountain

Always enjoyed each day

Taught but also learned

Each student and staff member unique

Ready for a new year



Special thanks to Warren Lapine for his time and services in publishing the Elementary class' Children's Storybook.  His expertise and patience is greatly appreciated.



Fire Cheetahs/Fire Kids
Corey Avellar
Corey Avellar


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The 3-4-5s
Stefi Schafer
Stefi Schafer


Thank you to all the 3-4-5 parents and families for allowing me to accompany your child in his or her early learning journey this past year. It is an honor and privilege that you trust BMS and me every day to keep your children safe and happy, while I  support them as they learn about the world around us. I tried to be a guide for the children, but in reality it was I that was lost many times and the children showed me the way. The way to being in the moment, to joy, to growth, to overcoming obstacles, to curiosity, to being genuine, to honesty, and to fun.  


Virginia Klara
Virginia Klara
An awesome
Well wishes
Lots of

Lore Deighan
Lore Deighan


So much fun I had this year,
Many different
Materials with the kids,
Exploring different ways to create
Really great art!

Teaching at this wonderful school has been such an
Inspiration and I look forward to
Making art and friends within this community for
Service Learning
Jamie Reygle
Jamie Reygle



Service is


Ever enabling.


Your contributions

Are valuable.


Looking back

At it now,

Thankful for

Everything we




Contemplative Program
Sarah McCarthy
Sarah McCarthy


Action you can
Take with 
Enjoy your summer!

You have been 
Goodbye for now 
Always in my heart.




Mindful Parenting  Group  

We have been meeting regularly for the past six months to deepen our understanding of parenting with more awareness, clarity, and ease. We have read about, sat in silence, and listened to one another to practice mindfulness. It has been very beautiful to say the least. I continue to be inspired by the stories and honesty we share together as we sometimes fumble into this act of parenting. 


We all realize we have a deep commitment and love of parenting, this is why we come together to take time out of our daily schedule to practice together. In our last meet we shared some exercises for mindful parenting by two amazing parents and mindfulness experts.  May you use them this summer as you have more time to enjoy (and practice!) with your children. We will continue to meet through the summer at our house. Please join us; we would love to have you! For more info about the mindful parenting group please e-mail Sarah and Jagadisha or call 745-7255


Some Excercises for Mindful Parenting, by Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn

1. Try to imagine the world from your child's point of view, purposefully letting go of your own. Do this every day for at least of few moments to remind you of who this child is and what he or she faces in the world.

2. Practice seeing your children as perfect just the way they are. See if you can stay mindful of their sovereignty from moment to moment, and work on accepting them as they are when it is hardest for you to do so.

3. Be mindful of your expectations of your children and consider whether they are truly in your child's best interest. Also, be aware of how you communicate those expectations and how they affect your children.

4. Practice altruism, putting the needs of your children above the needs of your own whenever possible. Then see if there isn't some common ground, where your true needs can also be met. You may be surprised at how much overlap is possible, especially if you are patient and strive for balance.

5. Try embodying silent presence. This will grow out of both formal and informal mindfulness practice over time if you attend to how you carry yourself and what you project in body, mind, and speech. Listen carefully.

6. Apologize to your children when you have betrayed a trust in even a little way. Apologies are healing.  An apology demonstrates that you have thought about a situation and have come to see it more from your child's point of view. But be mindful of saying sorry too often making regret a habit.

7. There are times when we need to be clear and strong and unequivocal with children. Let this come as much as possible out of awareness and discernment, rather that out of fear, self-righteousness, or the desire to control. Mindful parenting does not mean being rigid, domineering, or controlling.

8. The greatest gift you can give your child is your self. This means that part of your work as a parent is to keep growing in self - knowledge and awareness. This ongoing work can be furthered by making a time for quiet contemplation in whatever ways feel comfortable to us. We only have right now. Let us use it to its best advantage. 


Performance Arts
Vicky Town
Vicky Town



A big thank you to all of the wonderful creativity and learning by all of the kids at Blue Mountain School! And thank you parents for encouraging both me and your learner!

Bravo Drama!

We developed 8 shows in 17 class meetings!

Boundless energy
Raw talent
Audiences enjoying
Various venues for 10 performances
Outstanding personal growth!

Thank you to the following drama mamas : Cassie and Sarah for helping with The Moss Covered Rock and Winter for her help with the Middle School class.



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In This Issue
PPs & RMs Sciences
PPs & RMs History
PPs & RMs English
Fire Cheetahs
The 3-4-5s
Service Learning
Contemplative Program
Parent Reminder
On the Calendar
June 18-22: Summer Camp
June 25-29: Summer Camp
Aug 6-10: Summer Camp
Parent Reminder
Before you head off for summer, please turn in your registration forms for next year and for summer camps! 
Board of Trustees

At May's meeting, the Board reflected on the all-school meeting held earlier in the week, including discussing questions brought up by parents.  


One parent request was the need for summer and Friday programs.  Summer sessions are happening, and the summer program task force is in the process of finalizing details.  


It was decided that Friday enrichment programs would be offered next year for parents wanting a five-day option.  


Final details for the 30th anniversary celebration were also discussed as well as upcoming workdays to prepare for the event.  


An update from the Development Committee included information on Yoga Jam, FloydFest, Vintage Virginia, Indi-Go-Go and a Vespa scooter auction.  


Continuing work on the upcoming launch of our Capital Campaign was also discussed and an update from the Finance Committee addressed where we are in the loan process to purchase the property and the need to fix an immediate cash flow crunch. 


In Gratitude We Thank

Purple Platypuses & Rainbow Monkeys for donating classroom materials from the Smithsonian Institute.


Jon Casteel for donating National Geographic magazines.


Wes Wenger & Leah Rodriguez for mowing and trimming the school grounds.


Lara Phelps & Allison Bowden for their super special deep cleaning
and organizing prior to the Reunion.


Rosemary Wyman, Walter Charnley & friends at Jubilee Cohousing for welcoming us onto their land.


Warren Lapine & Angela Kessler for the donation of We The People book series.

Jamie Reygle for his extra effort & extra hours organizing the Reunion event.

Winter Koeppe & Dave Brown for making the steps from the parking lot.


Aaron Vaughan for fixing the sandbox.


Corey Avellar for compiling the photo albums and scrap books for the Reunion.

Sarah PeaceHunter, CERC volunteer, who spread mulch on paths near buildings.

Corey Avellar, Elisha Reygle & Lore Deighan for their Reunion signs extraordinaire.

Lara Phelps for subbing in the 3-4-5s class when Virginia had no voice. 


Kerry Vandergrift for helping The 3-4-5s craft their yearbook pages.

Katie Roberts for donating gently used wooden puzzles to The 3-4-5s.

Lora Leigh Giessler for yard sale items & awesome art supplies.


Floyd Country Store for lending tables for the Reunion and chairs for Skit Night.


Adam Bresa & Darbi Jewell for lending tables and canopies for the Reunion.


Aaron & Anne Vaughan for donating a canopy to the school.


Medina Baskets for lending a canopy for the Reunion.


Doug & Alicia Fisher for lending tables and canopies for the Reunion.


Theresa Cook for lending her big canopy for the Reunion.  


Everybody who donated their time to help make the Reunion such a resounding success.


TracyAnn & Michael Costello for donating hay bales for the Reunion.


Streamline Timberworks for donating wood for the bonfire for the Reunion.


Spoon Fight and Just Jake for performing at the Reunion.


Big Daddy's Brewing Company for providing the beer at the Reunion.


Well Fed Farm for providing the pig at the Reunion.


Jon Roberts for cooking the pig at the Reunion.

Zion Lutheran Church for allowing us to use their parking lot for the Reunion and their pavilion for our All-School Meeting. 


International Guest House for accommodating everyone in Washington DC.


Everyone who helped make this such a memorable year for Blue Mountain School!




Blue Mountain School 

470 Christiansburg Pike, Floyd, Virginia 24091