Walking into school this morning the brilliant blue sky reminded me of the first Field Day held in June for Grades 1-3. With vision and leadership from the PE Department, classroom teachers, and our recent grade IX graduates, students in grades 1-3 completed obstacle courses, relay races and parachute games. There were also temporary tattoos, laughter, and smiles and most importantly an opportunity for students and teachers in grades 1-3 to laugh, play, and enjoy being together. Click HERE to see some more highlights from this great day!
This year’s Math Mornings in K, I, and II classrooms provided fun and engaging opportunities for families and students to play math games, and to work together on math activities in relaxed classroom environments. Math Mornings were designed to highlight the games that are an integral component of our math program. Games are an enjoyable and appealing way to promote practice with skills and concepts that are critical to the development of computational fluency as well as, strategic and flexible thinking. Math Mornings also allowed parents to see the math curriculum in action, to explore mathematical ideas with their children, and to see their child’s growth as their mathematical thinking changed and developed over time. Because games provide an excellent opportunity for meaningful practice over time, we hope that playing games at school carries over into the home throughout the school year and summer. Families can find some terrific (and fun!) math games and activities on our SUMMER MATH RESOURCES page on the school website and in the GREEN SUMMER WORK folders that went home during the last week of school.
Do you know that our students in the Lower Division possess very unique talents? A recent Lower Division Community Time celebrated the abilities of dancers, singers, and tricksters. Students demonstrated powerful singing voices (Pre-K students), superbly choreographed dancing (K student), speedy solutions of the Rubik’s Cube (Grade II), and phenomenal expertise with a juggling prop called The Diablo (Grade I student). The display of these abilities inspired more of our students to want to share their own unique talents and with the assistance of Millie Woods and Nora Voldins (Grade II students), the Lower Division hosted a second week of performances. Millie and Nora organized the performers, created a slideshow to introduce the acts, and even emceed the event. There were gymnasts, a piano player, a singer, a yo-yo expert, and a robot inventor! We were all amazed by the variety of talent in the Lower Division and cannot wait to see what next year brings. A very special shout out goes to Millie and Nora for their exceptional production and organizational skills – they were a huge help and have set the bar high for the future!