Manners and Playground Safety

A Reflection on Manners

The familiar adage, “lead by example” could be restated as “learn by example.” Unassuming words and actions demonstrated over and over again are often the most effective guide. This is true when it comes to manners. Children learn manners through consistent expectations, quiet reminders and frequent modeling by others. Say please and thank you, calmly sit at the table, hold the door open, offer to help someone carry bags and books, move over so others can sit down, ask don’t grab, return a person’s greeting or smile. These ordinary acts of civility are encouraged throughout our school. It takes almost no time to briefly engage others with courteous greetings and polite gestures, and along the way, you will help make the world more respectful and more kind. Manners expressed with sincerity go beyond social convention. They are the simple way we convey consideration.


Playground Safety

Last week Tim Pesko, president of Childscapes, came to Derby to conduct a safety check of our playground structures, explain the appropriate use of the new PreK-K equipment, and share some tips for effective supervision. When you come to the playground with your children, please be sure they are playing safely and responsibly. Children should follow the school rules after school and on weekends as well as during the school day.

  • Do not play tag on the climbing structures.
  • The slides are one way, down!
  • Slow down before getting off the swing. Do not jump off while you are in midair.
  • Keep sand in the sandbox and wood chips on the ground.
  • Wear shoes that fit securely. Flip-flops, sandals and dressy flats are not safe for running and climbing.
  • Any equipment taken out of the building must be returned to the same location.
  • If you notice any damaged equipment or have a safety concern, please tell a teacher, Joanne Butterfield or me.

We are moving the two metal picnic tables from the middle of the Lower School playground for improved supervision. This will create more open space for running games between our building and the back of the Upper School library, an area that is quite congested during recess.



There is a new face in Pre-Kindergarten. Ruth Rothman is now assisting Kristen Marsico Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in the Enrichment Program. Sandra Loud, Kristen Marsico and Ruth Rothman are the fabulous trio taking the Pre-K by storm.

Thank you for your generosity to Wellspring and specifically to Nicole Benjamin for delivering this bounty to the food pantry. If you would like to help deliver donations in the months ahead, please email Joanne Butterfield.

The Derby Fall Fair is coming Saturday, October 18th. Thanks to all the parents who have already volunteered their time.

Parent Coffee in the Healey Family Center for Innovation

Hear from the Derby Technology Team on Wednesday, October 22nd, 8:15-9:00. All Pre-Kindergarten through 3rd grade parents invited!

Enjoy the long Columbus Day weekend. See you back at Derby Tuesday morning, October 14th.

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