This morning we had our first meeting of family groups and family circles. Seeing the care with which our students mentor their young charges is such a pleasure.
Each Middle School student (grades 6-8) is matched with one or two Junior Unit students, one or two Primary Unit students, and (in some cases) a kindergartner to form a family group; four or five of these family groups meet with two teachers in a family circle to enjoy activities and work on school-wide projects and events.
This morning’s focus was meeting each other, getting to know names, and playing a few favorite games. In November the Middle Schoolers will lead activities based on our all-school mystery theme at the next Family Circle meeting.
We're baaaaack - back at Shelly Ridge - our former country campus. A TPS tradition, we return each year for K-8 Shelly Ridge Day, a day of activities in Family Groups. On Thursday, students and teachers took part in rotations of art, music, and field games in this beautiful setting. We were delighted that TPS alum Megan Lundy '04, currently a medical student at Jefferson, joined us for the day. Photos below by Marco Velis.
Today our mixed-age Family Groups (grades K-8) met for the first time! In Family Circles (groups of three or four Family Groups) spread throughout the Lombard Street building, we played some "get-to-know-you" games and began our all-school "one book" read-aloud – George's Secret Key to the Universe by Lucy and Stephen Hawking – which relates an adventure that explains information about our universe, including Dr. Hawking's ideas about black holes.
Seventh and eighth graders went over to the Schwartz Siegel building today to meet and to have lunch with the kindergarteners who will be in their Family Groups this year. Long a TPS tradition, family groups are headed by a middle school student and include three or four younger children in grades K though 5. Family groups get together several times throughout the school year, often participating in activities with three or four other mixed-grade groups (called Family Circles).
Everyone is excited for future activities together!!