The word “teamwork” has been on the lips of many of us in the lower school this week. We have spent a good part of the week looking for that perfect “teammate” for our first through third grade teaching teams. Many qualified candidates have applied, some have been selected for full day interviews, and a small handful will be considered for an offer. One important element of every candidate’s interview is gaining an appreciation of how they value collaboration. The many wonderful things that happen in the lower school wouldn’t take place without a willingness to work together.
A prime example of what teamwork can produce is evident in our Immigration Day, taking place as I write this. Our second grade team, along with former teammate Kim Radle, spent hours setting up room after room of props and materials in order to make this day an extraordinary experience for our boys. They worked in collaboration from early in the year as they introduced the themes of immigration, tolerance, and culture to second grade. Our homeroom teachers, Erica, Lisa, and Zaccai, were joined today by our science, art, library, and reading teachers and everyone pulled together to orchestrate this big event.
As we move towards the end of the year, many special events will showcase the teamwork that is so much a part of the lower school. Our recent art show was a collaboration between our fabulous art teachers and woodshop teachers. They brainstormed a “gallery walk” setting for art to be displayed. Over the past two weeks, several teachers have worked together to create a “Kindness Week” challenge for the boys to be held May 1-5. With so many parts to the week, many hands and minds needed to come together to make it work. These are but a few examples happening around the halls. Perhaps the best part of these team led events is the example it sets for our boys. They see their teachers coming together to plan and implement great learning experiences. As we value teamwork, so hopefully will they!
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- What did you learn about the state of Maryland this week? What are the main symbols of Maryland? Could you identify the flag? What do we mean by symmetry?
- If you are in Prep-One- What are you planning to look for during your zoo trip this week? What will you make in makerspace this week?
- If you are in First Grade- Did you get a chance to stop in to the morning makerspace this week? What did you learn about maps and your exact location on the Oregon Trail this week? Did you enjoy reading Little House on the Prairie?
- If you are in Second Grade- Did the Immigration experience live up to your expectations? How different was the experience for first class immigrants? What dish did you bring to share?
- If you are in Third Grade- How are you preparing for next week’s Day of Discovery?
- If you are in Fourth Grade- What are you learning about the origins of the Chesapeake Bay?
- If you are in Fifth Grade- Have you begun reading Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry? How was your experience visiting the middle school for the morning?