Dear Lower School Families,
We all have “Circle of Life” and “Hakuna Matata” playing in our heads today! Thank you, Grade 5, for the wonderful gift you have given us this week. Thank you to Emily Arsenault, Pierre Young, Sandy Butler and Gary Shrager for all your love and support of our fifth graders as you’ve directed and coached them these last few months. Thank you, parents, for helping your children practice their lines and their songs, creating the set and the props, and supporting our children and teachers. Three wonderful performances!
The Lion King, the first of our year-end celebrations, is as much about the product as it is the process, and I am so proud of our students for how they have come together and grown together. Next week we will have the opportunity to further fete the fifth graders to send them off to the Middle School. I hope you will join us on Tuesday morning for the Grade 5 Recognition Ceremony. In addition to recognizing our oldest students, we will also officially promote all our Lower School children to their subsequent grades.
Before we launch our fifth graders, though, we will bid farewell to several adults in our community. Join us on Monday morning at 8:30 in Thacher for our Farewell Assembly.
In today’s Lower School Newsletter, I am resharing important information about remaining end-of-year activities. I also share a message from incoming Parents’ Association chair Charlie Cain about volunteering for next year.
Thank you for being part of our community this year, for sharing your children with us, and for supporting the adults who give so much of themselves. I wish you a wonderful, restful, and restorative summer. I hope you take the time to play, read, and connect with your family. We look forward to seeing you in September!
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. Grade 5 families with children in the Middle School, please click here for an important letter from Racheal about plans for Middle School siblings to celebrate with us and also attend Class Day.
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.
The Week Ahead
There will be rides, games, crafts, music, food, and fun!
Closing Assembly, Monday, June 5, 8:30 a.m., Thacher—We will say goodbye to our departing faculty and staff at this assembly. Parents are invited to join us.
Field Day for Students, Tuesday, June 6, 1:30 p.m. on the fields outside the CSG—This is a new date to accommodate the long-range forecast. In case of rain, Field Day will have to be canceled due to space constraints. 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
Happy Summer! Tuesday, June 6, 3 p.m. dismissal.
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.
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.
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
Thank you to the many parents who have expressed interest in volunteer opportunities for the 2017-2018 school year. If you have not done so, please click here to join us!
With faculty and administration focused on the final week of school, then spending the week that follows in staff meetings, we are extending the deadline to finalize Lower School PA leadership roles, including Class Rep positions, to June 20, 2017.
If you have additional questions or would like to discuss volunteer opportunities in more detail, stop by the Lower School PA table at the SYIS picnic this Sunday from 12-2:30 or contact me directly anytime at 617-840-6022 or email@example.com. Thank you again for your support.
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.