The Best Advice Comes From Unexpected Places
Last week our kindergarten and first-grade students paid a special visit to the class of 2019 to share their best advice for our seniors as they graduate and move on to college. Offering advice ranging from practical, “make sure to get up on time and work hard,” to endearing, “be kind,” our young students wrote and read each letter aloud to our seniors. Though our oldest and youngest students are separated on two campuses, these moments reveal a shared sense of community and camaraderie that bonds Severn Admirals of any age.
The Writing Process
Our kindergarten and first-grade students used the writing process they’ve been practicing all year to complete the letters to our seniors. Both grades began with an activating lesson to jumpstart their thinking. Kindergarten began by reading “The Day the Crayons Quit” to explore the concept of advice and talked about what people need to do when they live on their own. First graders, having some background knowledge about the concept already, brainstormed ideas using a pair/share thinking routine and discussed the components of a friendly letter. Both grades then followed the writing process to complete their letters from rough draft to editing to the polished final draft.
It was a busy morning as busses of excited lower schoolers arrived on Teel Campus! We started the day with a big group photo then Mr. Lagarde and our teachers helped guide our young students toward their senior pairs. From there, everyone gathered in groups outside and in the library to read the letters and share stories about going to school at Severn.
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Shared Milestones Build Community
For our seniors, this event is one of the last few milestones on their way toward graduation. For our kindergarteners and first-grade students, this marks the beginning of many more to come. It is our mission to know and value our students
so that each member of our community feels understood and connected regardless of their grade level or age. Events like these help strengthen our community through building compassion for one another and pride in being a Severn Admiral.
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