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News in the Lower School

11 Jan

Happy New Year! I hope that 2016 is a healthy and happy one for each of you!

It sounds like our students had wonderful Winter Breaks. I know that I did, filled with the festivities and joy of the season and surrounded by family and friends. As lovely as it was to be on a long vacation, I was quite eager to get back to school with your children and our terrific faculty and staff. It was great to see our students as they returned to school on Monday morning, greeting them as they catapulted out of cars and tumbled out of buses. Despite getting up earlier than they wanted to, they looked happy and ready to be back at school.

We gathered together in our Lower School Common time on Monday, as we do every Monday, and did all the traditional things that we usually do at these meetings: the pledge, announcements from our Green and White Captains, birthdays, and a look at the week ahead. This time, because we have been apart for two weeks, I also asked our students to think about the things we need to remember to do to keep our community growing strong and growing together. Hands went right up and all our students knew instantly what I was asking them. Some of their ideas were: be kind to each other; be thoughtful; work hard; try your best; make mistakes and learn from them; be patient with each other; treat other people the way you want to be treated; be safe; have fun; work together. Our students have internalized our core values and implement them in a natural way every day. Having the students tell each other what is important to our community was a great way to start our new year.

The month of January promises to be a busy one in the Lower School. We will celebrate Martin Luther King’s birthday in a Lower School assembly on Friday, January 15. Each class from kindergarten through fifth grade will make a presentation and we will reflect on the ways in which MLK is a great role model for active citizenship and courageous heroism.

Community service projects continue with the third graders welcoming their Arc buddies back on campus this past week, and the second graders traveling to Highlands next week to see their Grandfriends. Fifth graders are sitting at lunch tables with their kindergarten buddies. The awe and friendship that the kindergartners feel for their buddies is very visible; and the care and enjoyment the big kids take with their little buddies is touching.

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