Beep Beep

This Saturday Gilman School sponsored an awesome event that brought together lovers of things that move, beep, and honk! Most of those in attendance were little boys. There may be many exceptions to this stereotype, but in my own experience with sons and grandsons, little boys are fascinated with vehicles of all types. On Saturday morning, it was a dream come true for many little boys in the community. They donned hard hats, put on orange safety vests, and climbed into the driver’s seat of bulldozers, fire trucks, ambulances, trash trucks, and even a race car. While an animated DJ played songs to get the crowd moving, children of many ages flitted between trucks- stopping only to down a few donut holes or enjoy the frozen treat from the “Icee” Truck.


This was our “kick-off” event for what we hope is a busy admission season. We love this time of year when the potential of meeting new families and welcoming new boys to Gilman is around the corner. Over the next few months, our admission team will entertain prospective families and give them a glimpse of what it means to “Be Gilman”. Some of our fantastic volunteer parents will be meeting this week to prepare for tours of the lower school. They will remind each other of what makes Gilman Lower School such a special place. From our perspective, it is a perfect combination of great boys, inspired teachers, and involved families.


Enjoy the photo collage below of our Saturday gathering of boys and vehicles!




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 was discussed in Morning Meeting? Are you making new friends and finding new activities during “centers time”?


  • If you are in Prep-One- Did you enjoy the many ways you acted out Rosie’s Walk? What is a preposition?
  • If you are in First Grade- How did you use SeeSaw this week to send a message to your parent? What is the story you are illustrating in French class? (I will be videotaping the boys reciting this story next week!)


  • If you are in Second Grade- What is the Gilman Five? How did you make the ideas of the Gilman Five into an iMovie?


  • If you are in Third Grade- What is a National Park and how are you learning about them this year?
  • If you are in Fourth Grade- Have you had a chance to start learning water polo in swimming yet? (This is the year you will have a water polo tournament to end the PE year!)
  • If you are in Fifth Grade- What is the novel Tuck Everlasting all about? If you could, would you want to live forever?

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