Location Raw Learning is located on the ground floor of Battle Hall on the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind campus.
Traveling north on Coalter Street: Go past the watering can and flower pot at the corner of Commerce (Lee Hwy, Rt 11) staying on Coalter Street. Take your first right onto Kalorama Street and then your first left onto Chief Street. Go straight for 1/10th of a mile and you will arrive at the building.
Traveling south on Coalter Street: Turn left onto Kalorama Street and then your first left onto Chief Street. Go straight for 1/10th of a mile and you will arrive at the building. If you get to the watering can and flower pot you have gone too far.
Please call Gleamer at 540.292.3002 if you would like further directions or can't find us.
First arrivals (families attending, teachers, and visitors) park in the 4 RESERVED spots next to Battle Hall.
Subsequent arrivals use 30 minute spots to unload items and children and then park down the hill in the first parking spaces on the left labeled bus parking (there are 4 of them) next to Strader Hall and walk 500 feet up the stairs or road to Battle Hall.
After those 8 spots are filled, please go down the hill and, turn left onto Cardinal Drive, go past Strader Hall and park in the large lot next to the soccer fields. Use the stairs or road to walk up to Battle Hall.
Drop offs-Use the 30 minute spots to drop your child(ren) off and get them settled (if necessary.)
ATTENTION: The speed limit on the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind campus is 10mph. Please do not exceed the speed limit. There are deaf and blind students who need to cross roads and navigate parking lots.
Click on the links of the trips that you would like to take.
***Be sure to carefully read all instructions.***
Upon completion, be sure to receive a confirmation email or you did not register and are not signed up.
If a field trip is full and you would like to be put on the waiting list, please pay the participation fee for that day as well as the Cost and write a note in the comments section of your order directly before you submit your order. You will be notified if you have a spot.
Deadline: Must register by Tuesday, March 31st. Your payment must be postmarked or received by Wednesday, April 1st.
Please make your check out to Raw Learning and send it to:
101 VSDB Drive, Suite 5
Staunton, VA 24401
Any payments delivered or postmarked after April 1st, need to include a $10 late fee.
You are welcome to register for attendance at Raw Learning AND/OR field trips! Some families or students only come to Raw Learning. Some families only come on field trips. And some families come to Raw Learning and participate in field trips too! Whatever works for your family works for Raw Learning.
9:25am: Arrive and enjoy a guided tour of the Caverns, self guided tours of Main Street of yesteryear, American celebration on Parade and Yellow Barn.
12:00 pm: Field trip ends
Lunch: Pack a lunch and bring chairs, just in case the picnic tables are wet or full. The temperature will be in the 50s on Wednesday and it will be wet. There are lots grassy areas for the kids to run. Prepare for mud with extra shoes and clothes so that we don’t muck up the Route 11 Potato Chip Factory too much!
1:00 pm – Arrive. They are ready to answer lots of questions!
1:45pm – End of field trip.
Classes will be posted and registration for Spring Trimester will be available in the next day or so. We are hoping to add one or two more and want to announce them all at once. Thanks for your patience.
Bring: Any archery equipment your child has. Brecht will tune it up and show them how to use it.
Dress for the weather. We will be outside under cover. Wear rain gear, just in case.
Location: 3688 Richmond Rd, Keswick, VA
9:25am: Arrive, use the facilities and head outside to the shooting range.
11:30am: Field trip ends
Lunch You can bring your lunch and eat it in the car or stop off at McIntire Park (http://www.charlottesville.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=10675) and eat in one of the shelters there. It is a 20 min drive from Archery to Bowling. You can also just drive to Kegler’s and get lunch there or anywhere else on the way.
10:00-Gleamer will be parked in her white Toyota Sienna minivan (license plate-PLANNER) near the entrance to D3 and will hand you your parking pass and then you can go find a spot.
10:15-Gleamer will put the remaining parking passes under her the rear wiper blade of her white Toyota Sienna minivan (license plate-PLANNER) and hope no one takes them. Please get there before 10:15. You will need to find her van parked somewhere in D3, C11, or C12 if you don’t and would like a parking pass.
Meet at 10:25 Interactive tour of the dining hall. Observe composting procedure. Learn about vegetable oil used for biodiesel fuel. Find out about safety in food preparation. Discover sustainability initiatives.
Tour ends 11:30
Lunch – If you eat lunch (11:30 – 12:45), it will cost $10.50 plus tax. Pay at the counter for lunch. Free lunch for children 5 and under. Click here for website.
On Friday Gleamer received the following note from Jon Stapleton at JMU School of Music. ”I have terrible news. Because of guest artists, studio class scheduling mishaps and some miscommunication between myself and the music administration, we are unable to reserve enough space to accommodate your students and hold the petting zoo.”
Sadly, we will not be attending the instrument petting zoo.
We will be going to the Forbes Center for an extended tour to see where music and theater is performed, including a backstage tour.
Directions: Heading North on I-81, take Exit 245 (JMU). Turn left onto Port Republic Rd. At Main Street (Rt 11) turn right. At the next light turn left onto Warsaw Avenue. Follow Warsaw around and enter the Warsaw Parking Deck located at 157 Warsaw Avenue, Harrisonburg. Go to the top level. Gleamer will be waiting until 1:10 with your parking pass. Please see this map for help: http://www.jmu.edu/parking/_files/parkingmap.pdf
1:10-Gleamer will put the remaining parking passes under her the rear wiper blade of her white Toyota Sienna minivan (license plate-PLANNER) and hope no one takes them. Please get there before 1:10. She will be parked close to the elevator in the far corner. After we exit the elevator, go around the corner and just as you enter the pedestrian walkway, turn right and go through the doors into the Forbes Center. Wait in the area at the base of the stairs near the Box Office.
Meet at 1:15 Meet in front of the Forbes Box Office.
Find out where musical performances are held and what happens back stage.
LAST CHANCE to Register to Teach at Raw Learning
Are you interested in teaching at Raw Learning? We still need teachers for the following classes:
Also, would you like to share your passion? Let Gleamer know at www.rawlearning.org. Class proposals need to be submitted by Friday, February 27th!
Field trips requests are still welcome, especially destinations within an hour of Staunton.
Peaceful Parenting Discussion Group
Are you seeking more joyful and harmonious relationships with your children?
If you are, come check out our discussion group that usually meets the 4th Friday of every month.
We meet to support one another as we explore and practice non-coercive parenting and consensual living. This is a parenting practice that values the wants and needs of everyone equally - regardless of age - and avoids power struggles through the creation of mutually agreeable solutions. This principle is also the key to harmony at Raw Learning.
We are all on our own unique paths as individuals, parents, and families.
We are reading and discussing Dr. Shefali Tsabary's The Conscious Parent.
During February we will focus on Chapter 2. You are welcome to come even if you didn't join for previous discussions.
Read through Chapter 2 and think about what you have experienced and would like to share.