Dear Lower School Families,
It has been so wonderful to welcome all the children back to school this week and the positive energy in the building is palpable! Children have come bounding in each day with big smiles, ready to greet their teachers and reconnect with friends. In our first Lower School morning assembly, we reflected on all the things that are the same at Stanwich this year, and some of the things that are different. Children also worked on creating essential agreements in their classes and learning new routines and procedures.
I am also excited to communicate some additions to the playscape this year. We appreciate all the feedback from faculty and parents on ways to improve the designated play areas. While we apologize for the pieces that have been delayed, you can look forward to seeing additions in the next two weeks. Students will use the patio for morning recess, before school each day (7:30-7:50). During recess, younger students will play on the patio off of the classrooms and will have new toys, a slide and climber. There will also be line drawings added to the front circle with various games for the children, and a play structure will be added to the center island. This is a space all children will have access to. Once in place, please note that there will be a fence blocking the LS circle from 11:00-11:40 and 1:00-1:40. Four parking spaces will be available and labeled "visitor," on the right hand side as you approach the entrance to the LS circle.
The children have all adjusted so quickly this week that it is almost difficult to believe we have only just started the year! I am sure everyone will enjoy the long weekend and some extra sleep, and we wish all those celebrating Rosh Hashanah, a happy, healthy, and sweet New Year! We hope to see everyone at Back to School Night, Thursday evening.
Today I will leave you with a few words of wisdom we heard in this morning's all school Opening Ceremony.
"Pay attention and speak up!" - Amelie Curry, Grade 1
Head of Lower School
Please enjoy some pictures from the first week of school.