Happy New Year!
It’s almost impossible to think that 2015 has ended and 2016 is now upon us! Where does the time go? 2015 was a wonderful year filled with friends, fun and learning. September brought us new friends with Back to School encouraging positive socialization and role modeling opportunities for all. Throughout October, our students buckled down and got serious in the classroom taking in new lessons and growing stronger academically. Science activities were at an all-time high in October as students explored the parts of a pumpkin and apple using hands on exercises designed to stimulate and captivate! Parts of a tree and parts of a leaf were introduced as the seasons changed and discussions of chlorophyll were the focus of circle time discussions.
November brought us more beautiful weather and plenty of outdoor time. What a great time to observe the world around us! Migration, hibernation and adaptation discussions and lessons took center stage as the seasons changed and the winter weather drew nearer. The Thanksgiving season provided wonderful character education lessons in giving as we participated in our annual food drive to benefit the RISE food pantry of Hightstown, NJ. Students collected more than 100 non-perishable food items to donate.
Culture and history lessons are in abundance this year, too. Our faculty is focused on introducing our students to a variety of holidays each year as a means of understanding cultural traditions and celebrations. Diwali, Eid, Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah, Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Years are among the holidays celebrated. Going forward into 2016, students will be introduced to the traditions of Chinese New Year, Easter and Purim. Parents are always welcome to come in and share their own family holiday traditions and celebrations! Celebrating diversity is what helps to make our school unique!
The end of December offered the opportunity to celebrate a great beginning to the school year as we held a giant pajama party complete with hot chocolate, cookies and story time! We all had a great time!
We have been fortunate that the weather has held and we are blessed with a mild winter thus far. Because of this, our students have had the opportunity to get outdoors more often than in years past and we are certainly taking advantage of the unseasonable weather. The playground brings its own lessons in positive socialization, peer relationships, sharing and cooperation. Getting out there to play means so much more than merely play!
As we look forward into 2016, we look toward heightened global awareness, building positive social relationships and strengthening academic performance. Our students will continue to work according to their own abilities developing strong skills and gaining confidence necessary for taking additional academic challenges.
We anticipate a healthy re-enrollment season toward the end of February when we invite our families to register for the 2016-2017 school year and summer camp. So be on the lookout for more information to come regarding the 16-17 school year.
We look forward to a positive second half of the school year and are thrilled that you and your family are a part of it!
Wishing you beautiful moments and lasting memories for 2016,
Chris Booth, Head of Schools