Dear Lower School Families,
I hope you are well. This morning our Lower School students had the opportunity to watch a number of Middle School Speech Team members perform. I always enjoy watching these performances and celebrating the fruit of the hard work of these young people.
At lunchtime, we had two special visitors to campus: two pigs! To the delight of the entire fourth grade, Amelia won the “lunch with a pig” offering of Jenny Sorblom and Nancy McCuen at our Fall Festival. Today’s weather provided the perfect backdrop for that visit. Thank you to Jenny and Nancy for making the visit possible!
In today’s Lower School Newsletter, you will find important information about our upcoming Grade 5 Recognition Ceremony. I invite you all to join us to celebrate our fifth-grade students and to enjoy the “moving up” of all our children. Be sure to read this information about the dress for that day. You will also find the new date for the Grade 4 Looking Ahead session. Finally, you will find an invitation to a new, summertime, event, details about the week ahead, and dates to add to your calendar through the end of the year.
We enjoyed seeing Grade 3 parents this morning and we look forward to seeing everyone else next week for our end-of-year conferences.
Have a good weekend,
Preparing for the End of Year
Grade 5 Recognition Ceremony, Tuesday, June 6, 8:30–10 a.m., CSG—We will formally recognize the accomplishments and contributions of our Grade 5 students throughout the whole of their Lower School careers. We hope that you will mark your calendar for this special event.
This ceremony, which was established last year, has created a new and welcome tradition in our Lower School.
- To distinguish our “graduates” from the students in grades K–4, we will follow School tradition to ask that the Grade 5 girls wear white outfits. A simple white outfit will do – something summery and cool! Grade 5 boys are asked to wear white dress shirts, khaki pants and a blue blazer. Students in grades K–4 are being asked to wear special occasion dress (smart, dressed-up attire).
- Head of School Todd Bland will provide special gifts to our “graduates” to add to their attire: blue/orange bow-ties for the boys, and orange pashmina scarfs for the girls.
News and Announcements
Update Your Child(ren)’s Physical Exam Forms—Students entering Kindergarten, Grade 3 and all Middle School grades must have current physical exams on file with the School. Any physical exam after July 1, 2016 can be submitted for the 2017-18 academic year. The physical of incoming Kindergarten children must include a stereopsis test.
Prevent Tick-Borne Illness—Click here for some Tick Prevention Guidelines shared with us by Campus Safety.
Looking Ahead to Grade 5, May 25—This session will be from 8:15-9:15 a.m. in Jennifer Kastoulis’ classroom on the second floor of Greenleaf Hall. It is intended for Grade 4 families to prepare their children for Grade 5.
New Date: Looking Ahead to Grade 4, May 31—The session will be from 8:15-9:15 a.m. in Sandra Correia’s classroom on the second floor of Greenleaf Hall. It is intended for Grade 3 families to prepare their children for Grade 4.
Field Day, Monday, June 5, 1:30 p.m., fields outside the CSG—As is tradition, each grade will wear a specific color t-shirt. The colors are as follows:
- Kindergarten – Yellow (perhaps the I’m going to Kindergarten t-shirt your child received this time last year)
- Grade 1 – Blue
- Grade 2 – Red
- Grade 3 – Green
- Grade 4 – White
- Grade 5 – Orange
- Grade 6 – Black
New Event: Milton Academy at Tanglewood! Join families from across Milton Academy on Sunday, August 13—Lunch is at 12:30 p.m., followed by a 2:30 p.m. concert. A variety of ticket purchasing options are available. To learn more or RSVP, visit www.milton.edu/invite/tanglewood.
There will be rides, games, crafts, music, food, and fun!
The Week Ahead
Spring Season Nobles Day in the Middle School, Wednesday, May 24––Most athletic games are against Nobles and most are at home. Come out, cheer our teams, and enjoy the fun. Consult the athletics calendar for game times and locations.
Grade 3 students and teachers visit the Farm School––May 24–26.
End of Year Conferences for Grades K, 1, 2, 4, 5 on Friday, May 26––If you haven’t already done so, click here to register for conferences.
Early Release Friday, May 26––Special After School programming will be available.
No classes in recognition of Memorial Day––Monday, May 29.
Lower School Pop-Up Game and Puzzle Chest––Students and families of the Lower School can borrow a board game or puzzle from our new “pop-up” game and puzzle chest. If you have a game board or puzzle from your home that you wish to share, contributions are welcome. Contact Nancy Anderson with questions.
Add These Dates to Your Calendar
Consult the online calendar for dates and locations.
- May 31––Looking Ahead to Grade 4
- May 31––Grade 5 play, The Lion King, Jr., Dress Rehearsal/Middle School Performance
- June 1––Grade 5 play, The Lion King, Jr., Evening Performance for families
- June 2––Grade 5 play, The Lion King, Jr., Lower School Performance
- June 4––See You in September Picnic. Volunteer opportunities will be shared next week.
- June 5––Closing Assembly at 8:30 a.m. in Thacher. We will say goodbye to our departing faculty and staff at this assembly.
- June 5––Field Day for Students at 1:30 p.m. on the fields outside the CSG.
- June 6––Grade 5 Recognition Ceremony. We will recognize our students who are moving to Middle School as well as promote younger students to the next grade.
Hours: Monday-Friday school dismissal to 5:45 p.m.
Questions? Contact Noah Spofford at 617-898-2507
We are excited to announce the dates for the upcoming ASP summer camp, June 7-9, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. The three-day experience will be filled with cooking, crafting, playing, and enjoying time with friends. A diverse collection of activities will be offered to ensure that fun will be had by students of all ages. We hope that your children will join us for a fantastic kick-off to the summer! Students are welcome to come one, two, or all three days. To register your children or learn more specifics, please contact Noah Spofford at 617-898-2507.
PA News and Notes
Dear Lower School Parents:
Please join me in thanking Shadi Farokhzad for her reflective leadership over the last year as she led the organization of a new Lower School Parent Association representing only K–5 parents.
By virtue of having a child in the K–5 grades, you are automatically a member of the Lower School Parent Association. We are organized by parents for parents, with the goal of engaging, informing and supporting you, while helping to align the broader parent community with the School’s mission.
One of the most important responsibilities of the Lower School Parent Association is to coordinate volunteer opportunities for parents. The opportunities to volunteer in the K–5 years are special. Many of the events and activities that benefit from your support allow you to interact directly with your children, Milton faculty and staff. Your participation makes a difference.
Click here to access a comprehensive, albeit lengthy, list of parent volunteer opportunities for the coming year. By request, there is some guidance as to the scope of work, level of commitment, amount of time and general schedule associated with each role. Please sign up for as many opportunities that interest you and we will try to accommodate your choices.
Thank you for your continued support of our Lower School Parent Association!
Lower School Lunch
Click here to access our lunch menu.
As we approach the end of the school year, please remember to visit milton.edu/donate to support the Milton Fund by June 30. Each gift makes a difference in every aspect of the Milton community.
Community News Links
Join the Milton Academy marching contingent for the 45th Annual (Milton’s 5th year of participating) Boston Gay Pride Parade, Saturday, June 10 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. (stay longer for the festivities). The event will happen rain or shine.
Whether you identify as LGBTQ or as an ally, all Milton families, faculty, staff, students and alumni are invited to join us. We will again join roughly 25 other schools, marching near the front of the parade, along the 3.2 mile course through Back Bay, South End, and Beacon Hill. We will meet as a group at 10 a.m. by Trinity Church Plaza (specific time and location may change due to parade organizer updates).
If you would like to join us or would like more information please email Heather Flewelling by Tuesday, May 30. If you would like a T-shirt, please include sizes needed.