LS Weekly Update 5-12-2019


Hello Lower School Viking Parents!

Thanks to everyone who worked on the gala and showed up rockin’ the 80s vibe to make it another huge success!

Twelve more regular school days left! Yes, TWELVE! See below for important dates as we near the end of the 2018-19 school year.

Monday, May 13-Thursday, May 16: SPIRIT WEEK! Something fun every day, starting with pajama today tomorrow (Monday 5/13).  Click here for all the details.

Friday, May 17: No School – Celebration of Accomplishments*

Monday, May 20: 5th to 6th grade transition meeting, 6:30-7:45pm, Dining Hall (for parents only)

Wednesday, May 22: Parent Book Club, Huntington Room, 8:15-9:15am*

Monday, May 27: No School – Memorial Day

Thursday, May 30: Last FULL day of classes

Friday, May 31: Lower School Closing ceremony followed by Carnival*

Friday, May 31: 5th grade graduation party*

*more details below


From the Head of Lower School

Mark L. Hansen


Spirit Week is this week!  We have a special event planned for each day this coming week.  Here is the flyer with all of the information.

For those unable to attend the Rising Grade Level Parent Coffees the past three weeks, here are the links to the slideshow each grade level presented at the coffees:


Our annual Celebrations of Accomplishments with parents and students will this week on Thursday, May 16 and Friday, May 17 (all LS grades). We will have a regular school day on Thursday (May 16), but please remember that there will be no school outside of the celebrations on Friday (May 17). Online signups for these Celebrations of Accomplishments using our normal conference scheduler was sent out last week with instructions for signing up. 


Our Parent Book Club will meet to discuss Part 2 of the book, The Strength Switch, on Wednesday, May 22 from 8:15-9:15 am in the Huntington Room of the Dining Hall.  Please join me! For those that would like to join for the second half, here is the link for more information about the book.


We have reached the final stretch–the final weeks of the school year. A period of time full of activities both at school and in communities .  It is also a time when parents often begin to think about summer activities for their child.  This week I have included an article (see below) from Sunshine Parenting written by Dr. Michael Thompson.  He is the author of a helpful book entitled, “Homesick and Happy.”  It is about the importance of sending children to sleep-away camps and the growth and magic that happens during this experience.  For parents thinking about sending their child to a sleepaway camp, I have this to say…DO IT! Your child will thank you. During college, I spent my summers working in northwest Iowa at a summer camp.  Campers would arrive on Sunday afternoon with their anxious parents and be picked up Saturday morning–many of the campers in tears as they realized their week was over and they were having to say goodbye to new friends, counselors, and the camp experience.  Summer camp is an amazing experience for children. They gain many interpersonal skills and confidence in realizing they are absolutely fine without mom or dad for the time they are away and can thrive in activities that some have never done before. One of my responsibilities was teaching kids how to sail–something many of them had never done before growing up in Iowa.  The camp I worked at was one which didn’t have a central focus or theme in terms of activities–children signed up each day to do something they wanted to try: crafts, archery, sailing, canoeing, and a variety of sports. While there are many camps designed to focus on a particular activity or skill, I recommend a generalist approach where your child gets to try many activities and the focus is more about the camp experience rather than defining or honing in on a particular sport or skill.  I hope you will encourage your child to go to a sleepaway camp this summer and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

This week’s parenting article is from Sunshine Parenting and is entitled, “Why Making friends  is One of the Most Important Things that Happens at Summer Camp.”  It can be found following this link.



The LS carnival is almost here!  Mark your calendars for May 31st after the LS ceremony!  The carnival activities are free to CA families & friends, although food is an additional cost.  Please watch for an email in May that will ask for parent volunteers and also explain our new wrist bands we will be selling before Carnival day so kids don’t necessarily need cash (although cash will be accepted as well).   We are excited for the Carnival and we hope you are too! Please keep an eye on your email early this week for a Sign-Up Genius looking for parent help with the carnival!

5th GRADE GRADUATION PARTY, Friday, May 31, 4-7pm

Open to all 5th graders. If you didn’t get the Evite, please contact Ritu Bakhru: Please also contact Ritu if you are able to volunteer as we are still in need of more parent chaperones for this event.   


Your Lower School Lead Parents,

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