Finding Rhythm

Every year, as I come back from winter break, I look forward to returning to the earlier rhythms of the school year. Not September, which can be disjointed learning new routines and new names, and not November and December with their many holiday special events. Rather, I long for October’s predictability and consistency. So far January has not delivered! We have had so many weather interruptions that many of us are confused about what day of the week it is and where to pick up with curriculum. This coming week has us missing Monday and Friday, as well as a possible snow event, so this will not be the week for rhythm. While teachers express frustration, somehow the boys seem to “go with the flow” and march along to the rhythm of their friends.


We were privileged to have a few events this past week that spoke of the more musical rhythm that our lower school possesses in abundance. We had a wonderful assembly that had the boys mesmerized with magic tricks and math. What a combination! The video below is a clear demonstration of the “magic” of Mrs. Cyman and her ability to inspire musical rhythm in the boys!

For our MLK convocation, boys in grades two through five were treated to many musical ensemble performances. Two videos below illustrate the talents of our boys AND our teachers! Enjoy.

I hope that you are able to find winter rhythm in your routines soon!



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 are you learning about odd and even numbers? What did you enjoy about the assembly last week- did you figure out how he did his tricks?
  • If you are in Prep-One- Tell me about the bears that you have learned. What type of bear is your favorite? Are you reading for the Read-a-thon?
  • If you are in First Grade- How is your “mitten story” coming along? What was the Magician assembly about this week?
  • If you are in Second Grade- What does the word “Immigration” mean to you? Are you participating in the Read-a-thon?
  • If you are in Third Grade- What dog did you get in the Iditarod draft? What musher do you hope to pick and follow?
  • If you are in Fourth Grade- Which ERB test did you feel was the easiest/hardest? Is your homeroom preparing for a play and what have you done so far?
  • If you are in Fifth Grade- How are you enjoying the book, The City of Ember? What would life be like if we constantly felt the effects of our resources running out?


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