Weekly Notes from the Head of Lower School, 10/16

Dear Families,

Next week is Digital Citizenship Awareness Week. In a nutshell, Digital Citizenship is the safe and responsible use of technology. In our Lower School, Mr. Kisling weaves lessons in Digital Citizenship throughout the year and addresses vital topics, including internet safety, internet etiquette, cyber-bullying, finding reliable resources, and more. Technology is ever-changing, and it is challenging to keep up! There are some valuable resources for parents on this topic through Common Sense Media. This blog post about Cyber Bullying got my attention. I highly recommend you check out the website CommonSense.org. This site has valuable information and offers advice, resources, and review for all media- movies, apps, games, and social media, to name a few.

Our students have been hard at work and are anxious to present Space School: the Musical this FridayOctober 18th, at 7:00 pm. Students should arrive at the gym by 5:30, dressed in their costumes and ready to go. Please make sure they have had dinner. The show lasts about 30 minutes. In place of admission, we ask everyone attending to bring a non-perishable food item for our donation to Martha’s Village and Kitchen.

I have scheduled two Grade Level Coffees for Monday, October 21st, for Kindergarten - First Grade families and Monday, October 28th, for Third through Fifth Grade families. Both will begin at 8:05 and are held in the Lower School library. This is a great opportunity to ask me any questions you may have, as well as to meet other Lower School families.

Did you know that there are several significant cultural celebrations and events in late October and November? Students are learning about many of these in their classrooms and Global Studies. Our mission speaks about our students contributing to our global society. We will be spotlighting these  in the coming weeks:

  • Diwali: On Monday, October 28th, one of our families will do a short presentation about how this event is celebrated in their culture and other parts of the world. After this, buddy classes will get together to create chalk Rangoli, which are colorful patterns made during Diwali and other Indian festivals.
  • Dia de Los Muertos: This week, Mrs. Huerta is sending home an informational flyer on the annual Dia de Los Muertos display. You’ll see how students can contribute ofrenda (offerings) to add to the display. I encourage you to stop by the Lower School office and see it on October 30th - November 1st.
  • November is Native American Heritage Month. We will be having a presentation by a local group of Native American Bird Dancers. This group features our very own sixth-grader, Michael Pete! 

If you are interested in sharing your culture or a tradition to students at our school, please let me know.

Upcoming Dates:
Friday, October 18th: Space: the Musical 7:00 pm in the Gym
Monday, October 21st: K-2nd grade coffee 8:05
Thursday, October 24th: Financial Planning Evening, 5:30 MPR
Monday - Friday, October 28th - November 1st: Spirit Week
Monday, October 28th3rd - 5th grade coffee 8:05
Tuesday, October 29th2nd - 5th grade field trip to the McCallum Theater
Thursday, October 31st: Halloween Costume Parade, class parties in the afternoon
Saturday, November 2ndFall Festival

Have a wonderful week, everyone!

Francene Fisher
Head of Lower School