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Lower School in April

04 Apr

Spring Break is just a blur of a memory at this point: everyone has been back in school for two weeks now and school life has resettled into a productive, positive routine. The return to school after being away gives a sense of just how much incredible growth the children make, not over just two weeks, but over the course of the school year. The strong, capable children that populate our classrooms, halls, and playing fields are quite wonderful! Lower School students returned to school looking quite a bit taller and there were very noticeable holes in mouths where teeth had been lost or remarkable adult teeth growing in. Hair was longer, hair was shorter, and lots of new shoes were visible. There were tired children returning to school those first few mornings, but smiles were visible everywhere as students greeted each other and their teachers. No matter how difficult it was to get up early again, we were all pleased to be back in school!
Before Break parents in Kindergarten through fourth grade were invited to spend part of a day in their children’s classrooms. Bring a Parent to School gave parents a bit of a glimpse into the children’s daily lives. Students were very happy and proud to have parents join in the regular morning activities and parents did a fine job of being present in the classroom.

Spring is an incredibly busy season in all schools and at Applewild we have many exciting events about which to look forward. April is marked by great activities and events in Lower School. First and fourth graders return to Head Start to read to the younger children. They wrapped 135 gifts of a book for each Head Start student and for some of those preschoolers this will be the first book of their very own. Second graders traveled up to Highlands to visit with their grandfriends. Fourth graders are traveling quite a bit this month, to the Tsongas Center in Lowell to extend their social studies, science, and language arts studies of the Lowell Mills, and to Sturbridge Village, also in lively support of their integrated social studies, science and language arts studies.

Also this month, students in Kindergarten through third grade will present their musical play As the Pages Turn. Third graders play the leads, while the younger students lend their voices to the chorus and their movements to the stage. Our ARC buddies will join the audience and are among the third graders’ greatest fans.

Our annual Community Reading Day will bring community members from the Fitchburg area in to read to our Marshall Building students. Finally, Applewild About Arts and the celebration of Earth Day will finish out the month.
Lower School students are working hard and playing well. April’s shower of events will soon sprout into May’s flowering of even busier times!

Tally Lent, Head of Lower School

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