August 30, 2012
The first week of school is very important in establishing a sense of community, both in getting to know one another and understanding a classroom’s expectations. And, of course, it’s very important to acknowledge that children are getting into the swing of things as they transition from home to school. With that mind, I share with you a few year-opening remarks from our students.
While I was on early childhood lunch duty yesterday, a child confided, “I miss my mom. Do you think that she is going to be okay without me today?”
Meanwhile, on the upper campus, one kindergartner comforted a peer who was missing her mom with, “Remember a time when you went on a plane and had a vacation? Remember how fun it was when you were happy.” Taking her mind off the matter at hand, this advice cheered her up.
A mom shared that her two sons clamored for dinner at 4:15 p.m. because, as they claimed, they were “hungry as camels.” Once fed, they were asleep by 6:15 p.m. Learning can be exhausting!
Explaining vocabulary that will be used throughout the year, a teacher talked about terms like perseverance and effort. To start the conversation, the teacher asked, “Does anyone know what the word ‘stamina’ means?” One first grader noted, “It’s when you are going really fast, you fall down, and then you end up in a wheelbarrow.” A second student countered, “No, it’s a type of fish.”
At lunch yesterday, a teacher on lower elementary lunch duty noticed all the homemade lunches the kids brought to school. She commented, “Look at all these beautiful lunches made with love for you.” A young literalist looked up and said, “My lunch wasn’t made with love–it was made with pasta.”
Finally, going over morning calendar routine in Kindergarten, the teacher noted that although we’re back at school, it’s actually still summer. The student said, “Wait, I’m supposed to be on vacation. I’m outta here!”
Greetings to our returning families and welcome to our new families. May your dinner tables be filled with good conversation as your children share their new experiences.
Head of School
Happy New Year
August 30, 2012