Open Hearth After School is in its fifth successful year, providing care, support, and enrichment to the children of the Mad River Valley.
The outdoor education program,taught by North Branch Nature Center,continues as part of our after school
Wednesday Early Release Days. We are excited to have Amy Butler return to teach us about our surrounding environment, take us on outdoor adventures, and support our understanding of the natural world of Vermont.
Dear Waitsfield and Fayston Families,
We are two weeks away from ending another fun and successful year in our Open Hearth After School Program. Our last After School day will be on Monday, June 15th.
This is the last FULL day of school, so our after school day will be 2:30-5:30PM as usual.
The year has been filled with wonderful kids, fun activities and amazing events beginning with a return visit from our favorite Vermont State K-9 unit with Trooper Crista Maurice and her buddy, Cole, followed by hiking through our beautiful landscape with Amy Butler of the North Branch Nature Center, building and design with local artist Eddie Merma, and finishing up with our first ever Open House complete with delicious cuisine prepared by our Cooking Club and interactive games and activities for all.
As we end our after school year I would also like to say thank you and good-by to Jessica Post and Samantha Streletsky. We will miss them very much, but wish them well as they return to their academic studies; Jessica will be pursuing a graduate degree in Occupational Therapy, and Samantha will be working towards her BA in education.
We also would like to welcome back Katie Doherty to our 2015-2016 OHASK program and welcome two new staff teachers. Mary Seaberg is currently on the Fayston Elementary School staff, and Malcolm Piper is a substitute teacher at Waitsfield Elementary School.
Mary comes to us with a degree in English and Elementary Ed from Norwich University and a wide range of experience working with children. Mary loves being outdoors and loves mentoring kids. She has been a member of an AmeriCorps team in the Midwest, serving communities in areas of education and disaster relief, has worked at the Sherman Lake YMCA Outdoor Center in Michigan, and currently directs the Fayston, Girls on the Run program.
Malcolm is a graduate of Colgate University with a major in Environmental Geography and a minor in Education. Malcolm also has a wide range of experience working with children. He has done volunteer teaching in Thailand, designed an outdoor education curriculum, and worked in many schools in Vermont substituting in K-12 academic settings. Malcolm is also a lover of music and directed and sang with the Colgate acapella group. This summer, before he joins us for the 2015-2016 school year, Malcolm plans to hike the Long Trail.
We are looking forward to welcoming you all back next school year. This year we are asking that everyone complete a new registration form and make sure that we have current immunization records on file for your children.
Here is the link to access our 2015-2016 OHASK Registration Forms.
The forms can also be found on the sites for both Fayston and Waitsfield Elementary Schools, or requested by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would also like to remind you that ALL past due balances must be paid before the start of the 2015-2016 After School year in order for your children to be able to be registered.
Please let us know if you would like to set up a summer payment plan, otherwise we will expect full payment in June. Your reliability allows our program to run at its best and also allows our non profit to aid families needing assistance with after school care. You can contact Lauré Murphy at email@example.com with any billing questions you may have, or our Treasurer, Deb Loomis, with any issues related to billing or scheduling.
Your payments can be submitted on-line at https://ipn.intuit.com/qb/payorLearnMore,
can be dropped off at school or mailed to:
PO Box 1471
Waitsfield, VT 05673
Thank you for all the support you give to our after school program. We are so lucky to be part of the caring and vibrant community that makes up the Mad River Valley.
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