It has now been two weeks back since our holiday break and all activities are in full swing. I mention some highlights below in my talking points, but these only scratch the surface of life in lower school! Walking the halls on any given day you would see some of our youngest boys (Prep One) creating marble mazes in the Makerspace, listen to Black Eyed Susan nominated books being read to our first grade in our library, catch a glimpse of filming in front of a green screen in our computer lab, hear Madame Giorgis composing an original song to teach the boys French history, observe fourth grade students practicing “mindfulness” with our counselor, Ms. Jordan, or get caught up in the humorous performance of a Shakespearean actor performing at our recent lower school assembly. This in just one week! Dr. Webster and I remark on a regular basis that we are so fortunate to have the time to wander the halls of our lower school and share in all the learning.
Please enjoy this video Dr. Webster captured today during Kindergarten recess.
Also this week, Dr. Webster included the idea of New Year’s Resolutions into our Morning Meetings. He asked the boys what the notion meant and whether they had made any promises to themselves for the coming year. Hands flew into the air as it came time to share resolutions. There were many that reflected improvement on the football field or basketball court of course, but just as many dealt with academic prowess. Boys wanted to “get better grades”, “be more organized”, and “be better in math”. Perhaps more heartening, were the goals expressed by some of our older boys, “I want to be a better listener”, “I want to make at least one new best friend”, and “I hope to be nicer to everyone”. One resolution was a hit with both teachers and students- “I want to learn to make meatballs!” This prompted many more boys to think of their favorite food options as a new skill to learn.
I hope you and your family have New Year’s resolutions that are fun and attainable. As my first blog of 2017, let me wish you a happy and successful new year!
I hope that my communication with you each week encourages “talking points” to inspire conversation with your son or sons. Here are some “talking points” based on recent school events.
- If you are in Kindergarten- Did you enjoy watching a film about Martin Luther King with Mrs. Teeling on Thursday? What lessons did MLK teach us and want us to remember? What artist did you study that creates large, colorful pictures of people’s outlines?
- If you are in Prep-One- How is your bear “magazine” coming? Are you writing about a Polar Bear, Grizzly Bear, or Black Bear? Why are their baby pictures on the wall outside your classroom?
- If you are in First Grade- How is your “Mitten Story” coming? What adventures are you including in your tale? What is a habitat? What is Mr. James teaching you about habitats around the world?
- If you are in Second Grade- Are you excited to be starting the Immigration Unit this week? What does Immigration mean? What did you write about on your “One Wish” paragraph?
- If you are in Third Grade- What is your first Friday book club selection? What animals did your homeroom model their totem pole after? What Native American tribe are you researching?
- If you are in Fourth Grade- Did you have fun creating an invertebrate with partners in science class? What characteristics did it have? How did your presentation go? Are you enjoying reading The Stranger Came Ashore?
- If you are in Fifth Grade- Are you enjoying the novel A Long Walk to Water? What are some of the characters struggles with conflict and survival? Where is South Sudan?