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Save the Date for our 2015 Golf Tournament!

Join on us Saturday, July 25th, for our 23rd Annual Bearcamp Valley Open Golf golfTournament! This years event will again be held at the Indian Mound Golf Course in Center Ossipee, New Hampshire. The event will include: 18 holes with cart, continental breakfast before play, luncheon after play, mulligans, raffles, silent auction, contests and awards.

We are currently looking for businesses to again sponsor this years event.

Sponsorship Levels:
Gold Sponsor* : $500 –
(1) Foursome Team, (2) Tee Signs, Billing on all advertising and signage at the event banquet.
Silver Sponsor* : $250 – (2) Tee Signs, Billing on all advertising.
Bronze Sponsor : $100 – (1) Tee Sign.

*Must commit by May 1st, 2015.

More Information: 2015 BVS Golf Sponsorship Form

All proceeds of this event benefit the Children’s Scholarship Fund of the Bearcamp Valley School & Children’s Center.

For more information about this event, please call us at (603) 323-8300, or email our director Nancy Coville, at [email protected]

We hope for you to join us for a fun-filled day for a great cause!

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We are hiring!

We are looking for an After-School Program Teacher to join our staff! A part-time position providing after-school activities for our school age classroom (Ages 5-12) from 3:00 – 6:00 PM, with extending hours during school vacations & summer break.

Applicants must meet the qualifications of an Associate Teacher under NH Child Care Licensing Rules. Minimum requirements: 18 yrs of age; HS Diploma or GED; 9 college credits in Early Childhood Education and/or experience in licensed child care, public/private elementary education. Experience with special needs preferred.

If interested please call us at (603) 323-8300 or email our director Nancy Coville, at [email protected]

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2014: Year in Review from your Director

Dear Friends of Bearcamp,

Holiday greetings and warm wishes from the Bearcamp Valley Board and staff!  I am pleased to provide this end of year update on the Bearcamp School and to thank you for your ongoing support in so many ways.

YEAR OF SUCCESS AND CHANGE

This year was one marked by many successes and changes.                                    

Enrollment overall has slowly increased, especially in toddler and preschool classes.   We now enroll preschoolers from 18 months to four years.  We also have an increasing number of school-aged children in the before and after school program in which we operate from 6am-6pm to accommodate most working parents.

While the school was meeting the new needs in the community, we did face a few challenges.  Our esteemed director Catalina Kirsch resigned recently for family and health concerns.  We appreciate all her efforts on our behalf and wish her well.   Following Catalina’s departure, we have been grateful for our two director qualified teachers: one is assistant director, the other available for school age hours, vacations, and summer. I have returned as acting director for now until a permanent replacement is found.

The other challenge is, of course, finding funding to keep our programs at the highest quality and our staff sufficiently compensated.

FUNDING NEEDS

We are able to pay only the teachers’ salaries from our fees.  All other expenses (approximately $80,000) including heating, light, grounds, building maintenance and instructional material and equipment are supported through grants, donations and the town. United Way which generously provided funding for many years, has undergone reorganization and is no longer able to support us. Please see the attached letter.

In addition to needing support for operations, we would love to be able to purchase a 20-passenger bus to transport summer program participants to the Tamworth Swim Program, The Remick Farm and Museum, and other nearby educational locations.  We are applying for grants for this purpose but would certainly appreciate your help as well.

A SUMMER HIGHLIGHT

During the summer, cooperation on a food and community project by a teacher and a board member, culminated in a dinner for 100 guests.  It was hosted and by our 5-10 year olds who dressed appropriately as wait staff, took orders, and served food.

It was a great learning experience for our students, and a lot of fun for everyone.  Appetizers, salads and entrees were prepared in the school kitchen by our cook with assistance from students.

This memorable occasion was made possible with help from parents and donations from Sunnyfield Bakery and Yankee Smokehouse

CHILD DEVELOPMENT: INVESTMENT THAT COUNTS

Child development is a vital and tough job. The first five years of a child’s life is the most critical time, setting the course for what she or he becomes. We have more non-traditional homes with caregivers working.  Children need the stability and nurturing that child care provides. And the child care industry simply cannot or does not want to pay for it. Some four-year colleges do not offer above an associate level in child care because students cannot earn enough to pay back their educational loans.

Research shows that every dollar spent supporting quality childcare returns eight dollars in benefits to the community, including early identification of hearing problems and learning disabilities, family sustainability and a lower reliance on public assistance.

THE YEAR AHEAD:  PLEASE HELP

As we look into 2015, we can rely on foundations and our community who value Bearcamp and who are ready and willing to help.

We thank you for the support of our important work, and for your investment in the future and well-being of our local families.

Sincerely,

Nancy Coville
Acting Director

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Join the Bearcamp Valley School Board of Directors

The Bearcamp Valley School and Children’s Center is seeking skilled professionals whovolunteer_clip_art_v3bi are passionate about helping children get a healthy start to grow in mind, in body and in heart to take their place as citizens in our global society.  We are passionate about helping the working family to be successful in the workforce and to support their role as parents.  We are passionate about surrounding children with exciting opportunities to grow and learn.   The Bearcamp Valley School and Children’s Center (aka Tamworth Preschool) has been working at this mission for 50 years and we have so much more to give.  But we cannot do it without a hardworking, committed Board of Directors whose task it will be to help keep our organization sustainable and help it grow to meet the needs of new generations of 21st century learners. Call or email today and let us share our plans with you.  Join our board. Come out and play. 603-323-8300 [email protected]

 

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