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Lower School Newsletter - April 7, 2021

NEW AND UPDATED INFORMATION

 

“Where the Sidewalk Ends — An Evening with Shel Silverstein's Poetry”

The fifth and sixth grade play,Where the Sidewalk Ends — An Evening with Shel Silverstein's Poetry” will be presented live via Google Meet, Friday, April 16 at 7 pm. The fifth and sixth grade drama club has created an original virtual show based on the comic poems of Shel Silverstein. Please join us for an evening of fun that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

 

Parent Education Webinar — Social Media, Tech, and Social-Emotional Health

All parents in the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools are welcome to attend this webinar on Thursday, April 15, noon-1:15 p.m. Please register using this link and contact Director of Counseling Ilana Reyes with any questions.

Join us for a refreshing, practical, and eye-opening presentation about parenting in the digital age — featuring The Social Institute’s founder and CEO, Laura Tierney.

Laura will share the latest updates and best practices to:

  • Strengthen communications with your children through student-respected conversation starters about social media and technology.
  • Empower students to navigate social-emotional health, social media, and technology during this uncertain time.
  • Discuss concerns related to the pandemic, while learning insights shared by students and researchers.
  • Develop shared family standards for balancing technology in healthy ways.
  • Inspire everyday use of important lessons that seventh-eighth grade students will learn during advisory.

We look forward to you joining us for this dynamic and informative session!

About The Social Institute

The Social Institute partners with schools nationwide to empower students, parents and educators to navigate social-emotional health, social media, and technology positively through comprehensive, gamified lessons that meet students on their level. By reinforcing character strengths like empathy, integrity, and teamwork and by showcasing their role models (from parents to U.S. Olympians), we help students be their best selves to “win at social” — social interactions and social media. As digital natives and parents ourselves, we bridge the needs of students and parents. Our partners include Ravenscroft School, Gaston Day School, Gilman School, Woodward Academy, U.S. Olympic athletes, Duke Men’s Basketball, ESPN, and other forward-thinking institutions around the nation.

 

Save the date! JK-12 Virtual Parent Trivia Night

Tuesday, April 27, 7:30 p.m.

Place save the date for this fun community-building event that will bring both newly-enrolled and current families together for an evening of trivia! Parents will receive a formal email invitation with more details next week.

 

Lower School Morning Meeting, Mindfulness

On Monday, students in 3B did a wonderful job setting the tone for the week with their Lower School Morning Meeting featuring mindfulness. Their presentation was a great reminder of the value of mindfulness to help focus our attention, keep calm when we get over-excited, upset, anxious or frustrated and being present. Here is a link to the presentation.

 

Creativity Corner

As we enjoy spring, here are this week’s suggestions for fun and creative activities, for families to try at home, from our Department Chair for Innovation Joey Starnes.

 

School Store Update

  • Have questions about items in the store? Click here to schedule a 15-minute consultation. Don’t have time to make an appointment? Feel free to email me with any questions, and I will be happy to make suggestions for your next purchase.
  • Check out the Last Chance Spirit Wear section of the School Store wWebsite. With extremely limited quantities left, these sale items won’t last long.
  • Have a tiny Husky? Here are a few suggestions for spirit wear in ⅚ and small sizes

Restock Alert!

  • We are working with our vendors to restock boys’ shorts, inventory should arrive in the next two weeks. Check out the Restock Alert tab for items that have been recently restocked.

How do I make an exchange or return?

  • Please contact Adrienne Robinson within 30 days of your original purchase.
  • Exchanges may be made for the same item in a different size or for an item of equal value.
  • We are happy to issue a refund for items that did not work for you.

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UPDATES AND REMINDERS

 

Lower School Virtual Engineering Night, Friday, April 9, 6 p.m.

Grab your Legos or building blocks and get ready for a night of fun, completing challenges from your own home. Collaborate with your friends and cheer each other on as you try to build the tallest tower, or create a musical instrument that actually makes a sound, or even build something with your eyes closed. We have lots of challenges ready for you, and we can't wait to see what you'll make during our Virtual Engineering Night! To help facilitate planning, please register here by Wednesday, April 7. A link to the Google meet will be emailed to those who register for the evening.

 

Virtual Lower School Transition Coffee, Thursday, April 15, 9-10 a.m.

In preparation for your child/ren’s transition from one grade level to the next, we ask you to save the date and join us for the upcoming Lower School transition coffee. Parents of students in grades JK-5 will have the opportunity to visit and meet with a teacher from one of the classrooms in their child’s next grade level. We will discuss the transition from one grade level to the next; you will receive information about summer enrichment activities, and we will share an explanation of this year’s summer learning. The program begins at 9 a.m. Here is the link to the Google Meet. I look forward to seeing you at the coffee.

 

Rising Seventh Grade Parent Coffee with Brian Lamont/Course Selection:

April is the month for rising seventh grade students and parents to receive helpful information about Middle School to ensure a positive transition.

  • The Rising Grade 7 Virtual Division Coffee: Parent Orientation will take place on Thursday, April 22, 9-9:45 a.m. Middle School Director Brian Lamont will present the ins and outs of the grade and what you can expect as a family, as your rising seventh grader begins their Middle School journey.   Google Meet link
  • The Rising Grade 7 Virtual Division Coffee: Course Selection will immediately follow, 9:45-10:30 a.m. As a continuation of the Parent Orientation (and using the same Meet link), Brian Lamont will review and discuss course selection for seventh grade. Google Meet link (same link as the previous session).
  • In preparation for their course selection, your child will also receive pertinent information about seventh grade course selection, as Mr. Lamont will visit each advisory to discuss details and answer questions about the Middle School, the week of April 19.

 

Dates for Virtual Engineering and Math Nights

We have been so impressed with the resilience, compassion and perseverance our Lower School students continue to show each day. We have been very closely monitoring their social and emotional well-being, cognizant that life is so different for them right now. While we continue to meet our goal of keeping our students safe in their cohorts, we have continued to look for innovative ways for them to interact socially and meet and strengthen social relationships with their peers throughout the grade level. We are excited to announce that we are planning a number of virtual Lower School events, for the different grade levels, over the next few months. Below is a list of the events. More specific details will be shared closer to the events.

  • Friday, April 9, 6-7 p.m. — Lower School Virtual Engineering Night
  • Friday, April 23, 6-7 p.m. — Lower School Virtual Math Night

 

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Upcoming Events

Husky Pride Dress
Friday, April 9

 

Lower School Virtual Engineering Night, 6-7 p.m.
Friday, April 9

 

Lower School Morning Meeting, 8:15-8:30 a.m.
Monday, April 12

 

Lower School Virtual Division Coffee, 9-10 a.m.
Thursday, April 15

 

Parent Education Webinar — Social Media, Tech, and Social-Emotional Health
Thursday, April 15, noon-1:15 p.m.
All parents in Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools are welcome to attend this webinar. Please register using this link, and contact Director of Counseling Ilana Reyes with any questions.

 

Husky Pride Dress
Friday, April 16

 

Grades 5 and 6 Virtual Student Supply Pick Up, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Friday, April 16

 

Grades 5-6 Virtual Play, 7-8:30 p.m.
Friday, April 16

 

Lower School Morning Meeting, 8:15-8:30 a.m.
Monday, April 19

 

Virtual Arts Jam, 7-10 p.m.
Wednesday, April 21

 

Rising Grade 7 Virtual Division Coffee: Parent Orientation, 9-9:45 a.m.
Thursday, April 22

Rising Grades 7 and 8 Virtual Division Coffee: Course Selection, 9:45-10:30 a.m.
Thursday, April 22

 

Husky Pride Dress
Friday, April 23

 

Lower School Virtual Headmaster’s Parent Discussion Series, 9-10 a.m.
Friday, April 23

 

Lower School Virtual Math Night, 6-7 p.m.
Friday, April 23

 

Lower School Morning Meeting, 8:15-8:30 a.m.
Monday, April 26

 

JK-12 Virtual Parent Trivia Night
Tuesday, April 27, 7:30 p.m.

 

Husky Pride Dress
Friday, April 30