The Pleasure of Books

 

So many things go on in a school setting this time of year. I start with this sentence because the hectic weeks have prevented me from writing a new blog entry two weeks in a row! Meeting after meeting centers around decisions for next year- hiring, schedules, and more. In the meantime, the school continues to hum along with teachers and students focused on the current school year.

 

A recent event here in the lower school was our annual book fair. The first morning of the fair, I overheard many boys getting out of their cars exclaiming about their anticipation of shopping for new books. As I wandered through the maze of books, posters, and assorted items for sale, I was pleased to see not only boys enjoying new purchases, but many parent volunteers enjoying a moment watching their sons and classmates looking for that perfect book within their budget. A lesson in sales tax and rounding up inevitably happens as the boys continue to add to their purchase pile! Ms. Todd carefully guided young buyers toward the perfect book or series. How does she always seem to know what a boy is currently reading and what specific interests he has in books? For the next week, as I put boys in cars during afternoon carpool, or opened car doors in the morning, new books were being devoured by our many voracious readers.

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This week those same voracious readers, and even some often-reluctant readers, will be recognized for their participation in the Read-a-thon. The boys in kindergarten through fifth grade read for 4,615 hours total, and raised exactly $23,022.54. It amazes me every year. Our students know that the time and effort put into reading, logging in hours, getting donors, and collecting money is all about doing something kind for someone else. This year the money will go to the American Heart Association. In past years, hospitals, riding therapy programs, food banks, and more have benefited from the boys’ generosity. Every year at this time I think what a perfect pairing- showing compassion and demonstrating a love of reading.

 

On a different note, Thursday was declared “Crazy Hat Day” by our Student Council. They created a video advertisement alerting students to find or create a crazy hat to wear on March 17- also known as St. Patrick’s Day. The boys in lower school arrived with an amazing assortment of crazy hats. Big smiles were on their faces as they greeted each other at morning recess wearing horns, crowns, balloons, airplanes, and more on their heads. Grades 3-5 arrived at Morning Meeting still festooned with hats. Below is a picture of the boys sitting quietly waiting to start the first song. Also below is a short video clip of the boys demonstrating that they can “do crazy” but also switch gears and “do thoughtful” as they sang “Lift Up Your Hearts and Sing”.

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I hope everyone enjoys their Spring Break and finds time for some crazy, but also some thoughtful and restful activities!

 

 

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.

 

 

  • If you are in Kindergarten- What can you tell me about your penguin? How was the penguin parade?
  • If you are in Pre-First- What did you add to your classroom rainforest? What did you learn about the rainforest that you didn’t know before?
  • If you are in First Grade- What Tall Tale are you reading and enjoying? What part did you play in your class reading of a tall tale? Are you looking forward to attending the symphony the day after break?
  • If you are in Second Grade- What have you done with your little buddies lately? What parents have come in to speak about their country of origin?
  • If you are in Third Grade- What are you learning about waves and vibrations? When is your next science test?
  • If you are in Fourth Grade- Did you enjoy the 4C play? If you are in 4A or 4B are you feeling ready for your play to be performed after break?
  • If you are in Fifth Grade- What was it like to play in the faculty/5th grade basketball game? Is it a good thing or a bad thing that the students always win?

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