Can you believe there are only 3 weeks left of school? We sure can't! It feels like May came in at mach 30. Here are some plans for the rest of the year:
Thursday, May 23rd we are going to the Connecticut Science Center! Please see the "Heading Into May" post for details on this trip, but it's important to note again that we will not be returning until 4:00. Regular uniform is fine, and please put lunches in clearly labeled disposable bags!
Don't forget Field and Festival Day June 4th. This is a dress-down day, and we strongly encourage you to send the kids in with sunscreen!
June 5th, we will be taking a trip to the Long Ridge Nursing Home with Ms. Auletta. The students painted colorful ceiling tiles and would like to pass these on to the residents. We will be leaving around 10 and back by 11:45.
June 6th, our own Jonah Savitz will become Head of Lower School for the day! It will be a dress-down day, and we will be eating pizza and ice cream for lunch! It will be extra special for Jonah as we'll also be celebrating his birthday!
Somewhere in the next few weeks, we will be finishing our year in science with a visit from High Touch High Tech, and completing our study of Native Americans with a visit from a special Native from our community, Mrs. Robustelli. Can you see why we're catching our breath! :)
by Jamie Mansfield
on Tuesday May 21 at 12:23PM
The third grade is currently studying inventions in science. Last week, we began our preparation for our Invention Convention, taking place in our classrooms on May 30, from 1:30-2:30. Each student will design an invention and create a model of it as the culminating activity for this science unit.
Please take some time Monday and Tuesday night to talk to your child about “problems” in their lives that could be solved with an invention of sorts. We are brainstorming this in class as well. It is important that these inventions are realistic, creative, and do not require extravagant materials. We are only creating a prototype, after all! The students have been asked to collect materials from home by Wednesday, May 22nd, but if we have anything in the classroom your child could use, we will provide the students with them. Everything else will be done within the classroom.
You are cordially invited to attend the Invention Convention and see your child’s creativity come to life!
Wendy Kerr and Jamie Mansfield
by Jamie Mansfield
on Sunday May 19 at 11:13PM
On Monday afternoon, former Head Mistress and Alum, Sue Cesare, spent some time with the King Brownie Troop as they worked toward their sportsmanship badge. The girls were learning about Title iX, a piece of legislation included in the Education Amendments 1972 that requires schools that receive federal funds to provide girls and women with equal opportunity to compete in sports.
Mrs. Cesare spoke to the girls about her experience as a girl scout, as well as being a very competitive athlete and coach. Since she had always been in a all-girls school, there were opportunities to play sports, but the conditions were not always equitable; field conditions were poor for girls, but good for boys. She attended an all-girls college, and her basketball team had to practice at another facility because her school did not provide a full gym.
She believes Title IX gave girls/women more than the right to play sports equitably, but also paved the way for women to pursue careers in business, finance, and any other career they chose, and be anything they want to be.
"Pick the sport you love the most and enjoy it, get really good by practicing and not only will it teach you about sportsmanship and teamwork, but it is great for exercise and well being" she said.
Mrs. Cesare joined the girl's friendship circle with a final thought for the girls repeat, "I can be what ever I want to be."
by Kathleen O'Rourke
on Tuesday May 14 at 04:26PM
We are missing RSVPs! Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day is Friday, May 10. Please remember to have your son/daughter's grandparents or a special friend RSVP for the event by the end of this week. They can respond to Jeanine Haberny at [ mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ]email@example.com
by Jamie Mansfield
on Wednesday May 1 at 11:04AM