New Routines

While having short weeks may make it more difficult to fall into new routines, our boys are already looking like they have been here for many weeks rather than many days. Friendships are in the making, football contests are already heating up, and meals in the lunchroom have become a little less exciting and novel. By the end of September, we should all be in full swing. We may even have memorized our ten-day schedule of classes.

The heat this week did not stop the boys. Many ventured to the far field for soccer games at recess, and everyone on the swings and playground was in constant motion. Even so, we are looking forward to a drop in the temperatures this weekend. Fall days will soon be upon us, and we may be longing for the warmth of summer experienced this week. Many of your boys are sure to insist on wearing shorts regardless of the temperatures. Please remember to send in jackets and sweatshirts clearly labeled with names, as they often discard outerwear on the playground.

Teachers spent the majority of the weekend and early week preparing for Back to School Night. I don’t know if parents realize how much thought and preparation goes into this night. Every classroom reflects the love and dedication of each of our teachers. We are so lucky to have the collective expertise here at Gilman Lower School. I hope everyone enjoyed seeing their son’s room and hearing about their daily routine. It is our intention to begin a partnership with our teachers, administration, and parents early in the year that will allow our boys the best possible experience.

You may have heard Dr. Webster speak of teaching empathy to our boys at Back to School Night. We will work to provide examples of showing empathy here at school and know that you will look for ways to share this important character trait at home. Recent world news stories of ordinary citizens reaching across barbed wire fences to help fellow human beings get comfort is an example of how valuable “doing for others” can be.

I hope that my communication with you each week encourages “talking points” to inspire weekend conversation with your son or sons. Here are some “talking points” for this weekend.

  • What does it mean to show empathy for another person?
  • What did Dr. Webster talk about in his first Morning Meeting (Tuesday for K-2 and Friday for 3-5)?
  • If you are in Kindergarten- what is poetry? How are you learning about poetry this year? Did you make a “circle of friends” on the gym floor for a poem by the same name?
  • If you are in Pre-First- What are some of the class rules that you discussed and do you think any of them will be hard to remember?
  • If you are in First Grade- Why did Mrs. Teeling give you a rock last week? What does “You Rock!” mean in your classroom? When might you say this to a friend? Do you participate in the first grade football games at recess? (See the picture with Mr. Attenoukon on this blog.)
  • If you are in Second Grade- What map skills were you learning about this week in Social Studies? Have you learned any songs yet about oceans and continents?
  • If you are in Third Grade- Who has your class met on Skype this week? What did you learn about that individual? What did you enjoy about your math classes this week- what problems did you have to solve? (see the picture here of some mathematicians)
  • If you are in Fourth Grade- How will you use the group lessons learned at Genesee Valley in your daily activities at school? There is a greater emphasis this year on writing in fourth grade- have you done any writing assignments this week?
  • If you are in Fifth Grade- What important information did Mr. X give you about Echo Hill in his talk on Thursday? What design did you create for your art sketch book? What artist were you using as inspiration? (see the picture of our 5A artists at work)

* I have a new Twitter feed for parents to enjoy- if you follow Twitter at all, check out the Twitter handle @gilmanpuddles where I will be posting picture and video tweets weekly!

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