“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 times since then.”
From Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
I came across this quote, which introduced a chapter in the book I am reading. How appropriate to discover these words as we reach the end of the school year. Right now teachers and parents are reflecting upon and celebrating the social growth and academic learning of the children, and every one of the Primary and Lower School students has matured in so many ways. When I compare photographs taken on the first day of school with those taken during the last few weeks, I am startled by the maturity of each face. Each child looks so much older! Each child acts older, knows more and experiences relationships in a different way. Each young person has changed more than several times since September! While these changes have happened over a longer time span than they did for Alice down the rabbit hole, we can all recognize the similarity. As we end the school year, welcome summer and anticipate the transitions that will be upon us, I congratulate all the children, parents, teachers and staff for the many successes great and small, seen and unseen, individual and communal. Thank you for a remarkable year long journey.
Summer reading suggestions for children: Please go to the Technology and Library blog on the Derby website for summer reading booklists.
Suggested books for parents:
Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World by Rosalind Wiseman – An excellent look at how to navigate today’s girl culture and relationships.
The Parents We Mean To Be by Richard Weissbourd – An insightful book about how adults shape the moral and emotional lives of children.
A few reminders for the children…
- Daily reading is one of the most important activities to keep skills strong. Vary the reading with fiction and non-fiction books, poetry and children’s magazines. Read out loud and read to yourself. Ask to be read to.
- Spend some time working in the math journal or on IXL depending on materials provided by the teachers.
- Write! Keep a nature journal, reading log or travel scrapbook. Send letters and postcards to friends and family. Try writing a letter to the local paper!
- Balance organized activities with explorations.
- Play with school and neighborhood friends.
- Be quiet sometimes and think and dream.
A few dates for the parents…
- Monday, September 7th, Labor Day – No School
- Tuesday, September 8th 6:30pm – New Parent Reception
- Wednesday, September 9th 9:00am and 10:30am – Meet the Teachers.
- School opens on Thursday, September 10th Classes begin for all students grades 1, 2 and 3.
- Thursday, September 10th and Friday, September 11th – Staggered beginning for Primary students. One half of the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students attend on each day.
- Monday, September 14th – Full schedule begins for all students. After School Programs and Instrumental Program begin.
Year-end reports will be posted to the Derby website the week of June 22nd. Notification will come through the DEN and you can access the report using your password.