During the first quarter of this year, an enthusiastic group of Lower School girls spent Thursday afternoons learning how to take care of themselves, each other and our greater community. The first season of our Before and After School Care (BASC) Empower Girls Running Club was a huge hit! The club’s twenty one members endured the late summer heat to follow through on their commitment to live healthy and with purpose as they trained for a full 5k run.
At the end of October, our Lower School was proud to host Mike Noonan and the Unified Jazz Ensemble for our 2018 Elizabeth Wegner Musicians in Residence Program. For four days, members of the group worked with kindergarten through fifth-grade students to prepare for a group performance on Friday. Chesapeake Campus buzzed with rhythmic, jazzy energy for a week of learning, performing and fun!
Three times each year, Preschool Assistant and Lower School Open Doors Teacher Ms. Renee Spears meets with every grade to engage students in conversations about diversity, inclusion, and understanding of self. Part of our character education curriculum in the Lower School, Open Doors gives our students dedicated time to explore our differences and similarities with understanding and appreciation.
To start the year on Chesapeake Campus, Lower School Math Specialist Ms. Stacy Shaener leads students in grades k-5 through creative, open, and meaningful math activities. These lessons show our students how to approach learning math with a growth mindset. It’s about taking the time to think deeply and try different strategies until you find what works for you. The Week of Inspirational Math curriculum teaches our students to collaborate, communicate and build the confidence to tackle any math challenge.