The end of the school year concluded for the Lower School with two Closing Exercises – one for Kindergarten and First Grade and one for Grades 2 and 3. The occasion provided a chance to sing and have fun with music, and to celebrate all the work the boys have completed over the year.
To close out the year at the final Lower School Assembly on May 29, all of the Lower School faculty and boys gathered in the Gym to celebrate their community and the journeys on which some are embarking.
This year’s Allen-Stevenson Book Fair took to a new space, while the schoolhouse is undergoing building work. Barnes & Noble, not far from the School, provided the perfect venue for a chance to gather around an abundance of books for readers of all ages. Tables were set up by division and genre, as is the norm at the Fair, and were piled high with an impressive selection of books curated by the Library team.
The boys from KHP delighted their audience as they recited facts about the transportation vehicles they had made from recycled materials as part of an extensive study of transportation. Following their showcase, the boys shared research books they’d compiled that explained how they had collected information to create their vehicle.
To showcase their Spanish skills, KGT performed an original production, “Los Sevillanos,” inspired by La Feria, in Sevilla, Spain, a celebration of the coming of spring. “Los Sevillanos” follows three American travelers to Sevilla, Spain, during La Feria. Los Sevillanos (the people of Sevilla) welcome these newcomers and introduce them to the festival!
Members of the Third Grade Ensemble let their light shine for the first time for Kindergarten grandparents and special friends, not to mention the Kindergarten itself (future musicians!) They kicked off with a little pre-concert show consisting of solos that seemed effortless but were well-rehearsed. Then they played a couple of pieces showing the intricacies of a group working together, alternating techniques and challenging passages. They performed "The Metronome" and "Little Clock" strongly as if they were in the playoffs. Well done, Third Grade!
To recognize Earth Day, 2D brainstormed environmental topics as a class. After a thoughtful discussion about these important issues, each boy self-selected a topic of interest to him. Using the Internet and a variety of library books, the boys took notes about their chosen subject and ultimately turned these into iPad presentations using the program Explain Everything, which they had previously learned how to use with Technology Resource Teacher Peter Fletcher in computer class. Photos to support the presentations were chosen from pre-approved images on Photos for Class. To round out the presentation the boys included an "About the Author" page, with personal facts and a selfie taken on the iPad.
To showcase the important work 2R has undertaken throughout its immigration study this year the boys prepared narratives, a blended piece of fiction and non-fiction, to present to parents with the help of their teacher Ginny Rowe and Technical Director Stacy Donovan. Learning what classifies something as a showcase, as well as developing their presentation skills, was a key part of this process. This is the first time a showcase has ever been performed in Second Grade.
With stunning views overlooking the Hudson River, and the Statue of Liberty in the distance, families, faculty and staff, including Headmaster David Trower, gathered at Chelsea Piers for the Community Ice Skating Party on the evening of January 31.
Tech Tuesday on January 30 involved teachers manning a wide array of stations at which parents could learn about the many different tech tools that are being used by their sons at School, many of which are accessible at home.
A number of these resources are available through Allen-Stevenson’s Library database page. Go to aslibrary.net, click on databases and log in with your school website credentials to access these private pages.
Ally Week kicked off with a Lower School Assembly on Friday, January 19, at which the Third Grade Ally Week ambassadors explained what an ally is, who some famous allies are and how A-S boys can be allies. (See attached video.) The Lower School classrooms spent time during their morning meetings all week discussing scenarios in which an ally is needed and how one can be an ally. (Click here for a sample scenario.) Homerooms read books about gender identity and different family structures as part of the conversation.
The second graders have become extremely comfortable with the Spanish words for items of clothing thanks to the use of Total Physical Response (TPR) and interactive games implemented by their Spanish teacher, Stephen Krawec.
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.