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Changing it Up for the Lower School Family Breakfasts

The Lower School family breakfasts were a huge hit this year! A change to the previous format worked beautifully. Instead of having a Fathers’ Breakfast and a Mothers’ Breakfast there were two separate family breakfasts, which allowed a family to decide how they wanted to be represented based on their composition and schedule not simply on the assumption that each boy has a father and a mother, and one who is free on one specific date.
So, this past November, and again in January, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents and special family friends shared time in the classrooms with their Lower School boys. Impressive breakfast buffets were set up by the Kitchen Staff, with groups gathering to chat as they collected their croissants and fruit. Some of the boys even prepared plates for their guests.
 
Having the breakfasts in the classrooms also gave the boys a chance to share both ongoing and completed assignments as well as various items around the classroom that they consider important. At the January breakfasts, kindergartners proudly showed off their Friends and Feelings Books, while first graders leafed through their writing journals before playing popular board and card games. The boys in 2R discussed lists of their favorites, from foods to sports, with guests, while in 2P they worked together on winter paintings of a cardinal bird. 2D boys played a variety of traditional board games as well as looking through recent schoolwork. Third graders read an article with their guests and discussed an upcoming debate to take place next week on School uniforms. The opportunity to talk through the pros and cons of uniforms and what is meant by a civilized debate went down well.
 
Lower School Head Stephen Warner said, “I was happy to feel such a warm sense of community at each of the breakfasts, and it pleased me to hear from so many guests how grateful they were for having the flexibility to choose which breakfast to attend. Watching our families see our amazing teachers in action was equally wonderful!” 
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Allen-Stevenson’s distinctive “enlightened traditional” approach educates boys to become scholars and gentlemen.