Dear Lower School Families,
I just love our Summer Reading Assembly! Thank you for filling the room with love for our children and teachers and for supporting them through their studies and projects this fall! I’m sure you enjoyed the morning as much as we did in putting it together.
I’m delighted so many parents took advantage of the early drop-off option to stop by the Parents’ Association open meeting. I hope you will all join us this Sunday from 2–5 p.m. in the Greenleaf Circle for our Fall Festival. Thank you to Christy Marinelli and Kate Paiz for their leadership on this event. We are all looking forward to some great, fall family fun!
In today’s Lower School Newsletter you will find information about the busy week ahead, details about the Fall Festival, an invitation to be a volunteer host at our upcoming Open House, and some dates to add to your calendar.
Have a great weekend and see you Sunday!
The Week Ahead
Fall Festival, Sunday, October 22, 2–5 p.m.—Join us Sunday for some family fun! It looks like the weather will cooperate and much of this year’s Fall Festival will be outdoors, in the Greenleaf Circle. There will also be activities in Greenleaf Hall and Thacher. Activities will include a petting zoo, haunted house, inflatable slide, karaoke, music, dancing, arts and crafts, and much more!
The Fall Festival is not a fundraiser. As students participate in activities, they will receive raffle tickets. These tickets will be good for grade-level experiences with faculty. Each class, rather than individual students, will enjoy one special activity.
We will have light refreshments—water, apple cider, apples, donuts, popcorn and crackers. You’re welcome to bring additional food or refreshments as your family desires.
Finally, we are hosting a small can drive to benefit the Milton Food Pantry. We hope that you will bring a nonperishable item to donate.
Literacy for All Conference, Monday and Tuesday, October 23 & 24—A number of our Lower School teachers will be attending the Literacy for All conference early next week. This is a leading literacy conference, and offers teacher workshops that will support our implementation of the Lucy Calkins program this year. It is critical that teachers develop professionally so that they have the tools to work with our children.
Grade 5 to Plimoth Plantation, Wednesday, October 25 and Thursday, October 26.
Halloween Parade, Friday, October 27—See the News and Announcements section for important Halloween information.
Early Release Friday, October 27 at Noon—Special After School Program
News and Announcements
We are building the Haunted House tomorrow, Saturday, October 21 from 2 to 5 p.m. in Greenleaf. Do you have decorations that you would like to lend us? Drop by Greenleaf tomorrow afternoon to loan us a spooky item (or two) from that box of Halloween stuff in your basement! Huge thanks to those who have already sent in stuff, and we would be so grateful for a few more loans!
Halloween is coming and we will celebrate on Friday, October 27, with a costume parade beginning at 9:40 a.m., followed by a gathering in Thacher to sing some traditional songs. Below are some planning guidelines about how Halloween is celebrated in the Lower School:
- Students should arrive at School in costume.
- NO: Weapons; makeup or masks; or footwear that makes walking on uneven terrain difficult.
- Costumes should be culturally sensitive to the diversity of our community.
- After our gathering, students will return to their classrooms for the remainder of the school day. Please provide a change of clothes so that students may fully participate in all classroom and specialist activities.
- In an effort to ensure that we are meeting the needs of ALL our students, please contact Valerie Thadhani if your child wants to opt out of the parade festivities on October 27. We will provide supervision in the Junior Building.
Lunch News—Barilla Plus pasta will now be served in the Junior Building dining room. As we continue to refresh our lunch-time offerings with an eye to health, we are making two significant changes in the pasta offerings. First, instead of offering white pasta, we have begun to offer Barilla Plus pasta. Barilla Plus is a non-GMO, multigrain pasta made with simple ingredients like flaxseed, barley, and oats, plus protein-rich chickpeas, lentils, and egg whites. Second, other than days when pasta is the main dish, pasta will be a side option. Thank you in advance for supporting this decision with your child(ren).
K–8 Admission Open House, Saturday, November 4, 1:30–3:30 p.m—We invite all families to volunteer to host at our Open House, and help us welcome prospective families to campus, answer questions, and provide an ‘inside look’ into the Milton Academy community. We welcome an average of 400 people to campus on this day—so the more hands the merrier!
Parents: click here to volunteer.
Student Volunteers: If you are the parent of a student in Grades 4–8, we are also looking for student tour guides. Please speak with your child(ren) about this very important opportunity to share their experiences as members of the Milton community. Click here to register your child to be a tour guide.
Admissions: Accelerated Process for Kindergarten Siblings—Milton families interested in applying a younger sibling for Kindergarten may take advantage of an accelerated timeline for the application process. All applications for grades other than Kindergarten follow the standard application timeline as outlined on the School’s website. While we have a strong commitment to our students’ siblings, we cannot guarantee admission. With an earlier decision, we hope to give families with children for whom Milton is not an optimal fit, time to investigate other options. Please reach out to our Admission office to schedule your interview which must be completed by November 10. For more information, call 617-898-2509.
Special Events Coming Up
November 1 – 3—Grade 4 Trip to The Mountain School.
November 6—All School Pep Rally kicks off Spirit Week.
November 10—Veteran’s Day Flagpole Ceremony and Early Release Friday
November 14–17—El Pilar Trip for several Lower School Faculty
November 20—Fireside Chat with Todd Bland
November 21—Thanksgiving Assembly, Dismissal for Thanksgiving vacation at 3 p.m.
Monday-Friday school dismissal to 5:45 p.m.
Questions? Contact Noah Spofford at 617-898-2507
Click here to access After School Program information for the 2017-18 year.
PA News and Notes
It was so nice to see many of you this morning at our Lower School PA Open Meeting and to enjoy a cup of coffee together ahead of the Summer Reading Assembly. We are really looking forward to the Fall Festival on Sunday and hope your family will join us. Thank you again to Kate Paiz and Christy Marinelli for their leadership and coordination, as well as the many parents who have volunteer to help set up, clean up and control the chaos in between. There is still time to sign up here: Sign up here!
Finally, please consider volunteering at the K-8 Open House on November 4 from 1:15–3:30 p.m. While student tour guides are always the stars of this show, the perspective of current parents is invaluable to parents considering Milton for their children. Hundreds of families visit Milton in a very short window of time. The more parent volunteers we have, the more perspectives we can offer.
Potluck Dinner Dates and Hosts
Only two potluck dinners left! Grade 2: November 3, The Feldman Family; Grade 4: November 2, The Crowley Family. Thank you to all our hosts!
Charlie Cain, LSPA Chair
Lower School Lunch
Click here to access our lunch menu.
More than 300 alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends gathered at The Four Seasons on Tuesday as we kicked off our Road Show in Boston. A celebration of all that makes Milton special and a look toward our future, our event series will take the message of Dare: The Campaign for Milton on the road to where alumni and parents work and live. Thanks to Sylvia and Christoph Westphal for hosting and to the many parents who joined us for such a memorable night! To view event photos and learn about other stops on the tour, visit our website.
Community News Links
2017–2018 Visual Arts Exhibitions
John Bisbee ’84
Outdoor installation in front of the Art & Media Center
September 2017–June 2018
Emilie Stark-Menneg ’02
Nesto Gallery, Art & Media Center
September 21, 2017–October 27, 2017