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Reflections

“Who are you?” said the Caterpillar…. “I – I hardly know, Sir, just at present,” Alice replied rather shyly, “at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have changed several … Continue reading

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The times they are a’changing!

Friendly chatter and animated children are evident throughout the Primary and Lower School classrooms. The tempo signals the end of the academic year. It is certainly a time of celebration, and it is also a time of preparation. During these … Continue reading

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Creativity – It’s Essential!

Dr. Robin Fogarty, teacher, author and educational consultant identifies creativity as the “premier skill of the 21st century.” Any statement or description of 21st century skills includes and often highlights creativity. Why is creativity given top billing? Why not critical … Continue reading

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“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

Just as you do for your families, my parents and grandparents guided me through childhood and into adulthood. They set an example through many acts of kindness, generosity, gratitude, compassion and service. Often without second thought, they extended hospitality and … Continue reading

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What’s the buzz?

The last weeks of school are exciting and sometimes nerve-racking. Final projects that keep the children busy and engaged also come with demands and deadlines. Teachers hold their students to high standards right through these last weeks. On the one … Continue reading

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Field Day ~ Putting Physical Skills AND Social Skills to the Test

It strikes me that Derby holds the annual Field Day for reasons that go beyond having fun, getting outdoors and celebrating a successful year. Field Day is an active demonstration of a community built upon the principles of personal responsibility, civility, collaboration … Continue reading

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Sharing a Poem

What was special about April 30th? A number of things. The first grade went on a field trip to the Children’s Museum to kick off their final IPC unit, the Magic Toymaker. The fifth grade held International Night, a culminating … Continue reading

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Are you a nature mentor?

There are three main approaches we use when planning curriculum for environmental studies. The LOVE Approach: Get outdoors and enjoy the opportunities for play, investigation and discovery! Foster appreciation of the natural world. Wonder. Use your senses to enjoy nature. … Continue reading

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Teaching History

Teaching history to young children is complex, not because it is hard to relate the specific facts and information, nor for lack of significant events that should be part of their knowledge bank. Teaching history is complicated by the fact … Continue reading

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Hospitality – Welcoming Friends and Family

Today our Primary and Lower School students had the opportunity to extend hospitality to a special group of visitors, their grandparents and grandfriends. Observable preparations were made in the classroom. Desks were cleaned. Displays and bulletin boards were spruced up, … Continue reading

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