Spring Expectations

Today during Morning Meeting for grades three to five, Mrs. Cyman had the boys sing, “Inch by inch, row by row, gonna make this garden grow….,” in anticipation of warmer days ahead. After a wintery few weeks in Maryland, many of us are quite anxious for temperature well above freezing. As the day ended, the sun was shining, coats were off, and the Gilman baseball team was warming up on the distant ball field. Surely signs of spring!


Here in the lower school, spring brings anticipation of many favorite rituals. Our new teachers and students are in for a treat as they witness or experience our many special event days for the first time. Second grade will role-play as immigrants coming to America in April. They will take the journey across the ocean, go through Ellis Island, and eventually enjoy a feast made up of traditional fare from around the world. Our Kindergarten will host a Mother’s Day Tea and, in order to be inclusive, will host a Father’s Kindy500 later in the season. Prep-one boys culminate their study of the rainforest with a play and art show. First grade has already begun learning of the long journey the pioneers took to cross America for a better life. They will recreate the trials and joys of the passage on Pioneer Day in May. Third grade boys look forward to a Day of Exploration based on the journals of Lewis and Clark, while fourth grade students prepare super challenging math games to present to parents and friends at the annual Math Fair. Grade five finishes their year-long study of Colonial America with a day of recreating Colonial life complete with battles, courtroom drama, lively debates, and of course a feast!


The next several months are busy and productive. Perhaps this is by design- boys who might otherwise long for hours of outdoor play in the warm sunshine are coaxed back inside with these amazing hands-on experiences. Summer may soon be what we all anticipate, but for now it is high expectations of our lower school annual events and celebrations that lure us to class each morning and give us much to talk about around the dinner table. I will include more specifics as well as photos and video of each special occasion as they happen. Stay tuned and enjoy a well-deserved warm weekend!



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- How do we measure things? What animals did the ZooMobile bring to Gilman this week? What did you use to make plants in science ?
  • If you are in Prep-One- What are you enjoying about the Rainforest Unit? Do you have a role to play in your production on April 4? How did you make your paper-mache snake in art class?
  • If you are in First Grade- Why were you using Skittles for math class? What do we mean by place value? How did you construct your pioneer wagons in art class?
  • If you are in Second Grade- What did it feel like to witness a Naturalization Ceremony at the courthouse this week? How did you make your plaster of paris mask and what colors did you use to paint on a design?
  • If you are in Third Grade- How is your musher doing in the great Iditarod race?
  • If you are in Fourth Grade- What can you tell me about ways to use measurement? What novel did you begin reading this week and what do you imagine it will be about?
  • If you are in Fifth Grade- Are you enjoying the story of Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy? Have you started the official countdown of days left in Lower School? What place value of Pi do you thing you can memorize for the contest on April 6?



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