This time of year seems to usher in a number of events that can only be called celebrations. At home, many of our students have just celebrated religious holidays like Easter and Passover, while some are anticipating the start of Ramadan in May. Here at school the days’ events often feel like celebrations of life in general. Top on the list today is the celebration of spring weather! It is finally warm and sunny. In a week that began with snow flurries at carpool, Friday finds us tossing jackets aside and soaking up some sun on an 80-degree day! Games of baseball and lacrosse are the norm on newly mowed Chandlee Field today.


Our youngest boys are preparing to celebrate everything “mothers” next week. They are painting, creating, learning new songs, and writing poems to prepare for this sentimental annual event. The Prep-One boys are celebrating the joys of collaboration as they recreate an entire rainforest in their classroom. Carnivorous plants, parrots, sloths, monkeys, vines, and colorful butterflies are among the many treasures being created and displayed today. See some of the creations in the pictures below!

The entire lower school is preparing to celebrate the arts over the next few weeks. Soon large display boards will be installed in our lobbies and artwork will be hung or placed on tables to showcase the many talented artists throughout Gilman School. Our Design and Woodwork team of teachers are hurriedly helping students finish projects to place alongside paintings, photographs, and sculptures. See the picture below of our Prep-One boys creating their own “Jackson Pollock” drip art. Put the Arts Showcase on your list of must do events for the week of April 23!

The boys at Gilman School do know how to turn the ordinary into a celebration! See the pictures and video below of smaller celebrations that happen in a typical Gilman lower school week. Enjoy!

Dr. Webster reading a story about growing up before celebrating birthdays during Weekly Meeting.


Celebrating our two girls’ schools from across the bridges with games and a pizza lunch!


Celebrating our MD African American Historical Figures in Grade 4!

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 are preparations for the Mother’s Tea Party coming along? Have you practiced some special songs? What did you enjoy about the play date and lunch with girls from RPCS and Bryn Mawr?
  • If you are in Prep-One- How are you turning your room into a rain forest? What parts did you contribute? Tell me all about a rainforest.
  • If you are in First Grade- Why did the pioneers feel that they needed to travel west? What supplies did they need to bring with them on their journey? Our assembly last week had many homemade instruments that played Blues music- what were you inspired to make in MakerSpace?


  • If you are in Second Grade- How did it feel to watch a Naturalization Ceremony at the courthouse this week? Did the Flag Museum teach you anything about Immigration that was new to you?
  • If you are in Third Grade- Who were Lewis and Clark? What did you learn about packing for their trip while touring museums in Harper’s Ferry?
  • If you are in Fourth Grade- What lessons did you take away from the field trip to the Reginald Lewis African American Museum last week?
  • If you are in Fifth Grade- What are you looking forward to the most about the trip to Williamsburg? What did you learn about design and engineering as you created Ferris wheels in science? What treats did you try in French class as you celebrated all things French cuisine?

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