Dear 6th Grade Families,
We have returned from one of the largest 6th grade rites of passage, the backpacking trip! Early in the week, students prepared to backpack and camp in the woods. Sixth graders learned various skills like how to pack a bag, go to the bathroom outdoors, and "leave no trace." On Thursday, the 42 sixth graders headed off to the Delaware Water Gap and hiked the most popular part of the Appalachian Trail. After a 3.5 mile hike, the group set up camp in a large clearing. Groups worked together to set up their tarps so they would stay dry and protected throughout the night. Later we hiked to Sunfish Pond where students had silent time to reflect while looking at the beautiful views.
After a "restful" night, students packed up and headed back to ground camp. We are excited that we had another wonderful trip with amazing weather! The students and teachers are exhausted and are all looking forward to a restful weekend! (Please make sure to have your child perform thorough tick checks tonight and over the weekend!)
Questions to ask your 6th grader:
- What was the most unusual animal you saw on the trip?
- Who was in your tent group?
- What was one part about the trip that pushed you outside of your comfort zone?
- Have you performed a tick check?
Rite of Passage Evening
The year culminates in a celebratory evening of music, dancing, and reflections about lessons learned throughout the year. The 6th grade Rite of Passage evening will be on Thursday, June 1, at 5:30 p.m. All parents, siblings, and elders are invited to this special occasion. This event is held in the Garage. This is also a putlock event, and we ask each family to bring food or drink to share. A more detailed invitation will be sent home next week.
Smith Memorial Playground and the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC) have plans to start an Urban Nature Preschool at Smith. The Philadelphia School's 6th grade students are studying play this spring. They will share their ideas with parents and administrators who are developing the nature preschool on Tuesday, June 6, 10:30-12:00 p.m. at Smith Playground.
Have a great weekend!
The 6th Grade Team