A Letter from the Headmaster
Dear Lower School Families,

The Storybook Festival was a huge success and a beautiful day of celebrating literature. Thank you to our families who helped with decorations, snacks, crafts, and donating books to our library. The feeling of happiness was overwhelming as both students and teachers enjoyed a day devoted to the written word.

As we welcome fall and the changing of the seasons, we begin to recognize change in our students as well, as they experience new concepts and delve deeper into their studies. With crisper weather, please remember to label sweaters with your student’s name.

This quarter, we will begin to combine in-person sections for some activities, expanding our cohort groups. We do this mindfully and will will maintain our robust safety precautions and protocols. We will continue to monitor symptoms, wear masks that cover the mouth and nose, and wash hands frequently and well. The same group of students will join for lunch, recess, specials, and some core curricular classes. All teachers in the grade will continue to interact with all students.

This month, we will celebrate both Grandparents' Day and the Thanksgiving holiday. While there are an abundant number of things happening around the world, we hope you can take some time and reflect on those things for which you have gratitude. At Great Hearts, we are grateful for the support of our families, the diligence of our students, the dedication of our teachers, the resilience of our community, and the perseverance of our society.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude." We hope everyone remains safe and healthy. For those battling the virus, please know our thoughts and prayers are with you, and we hope for your speedy recovery. Thank you, families, for all you do each day for both our students and our school.

Marcy Finn
Headmaster, Lower School
Great Hearts Irving
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