Dear Lower School Friends,
The PK3- Grade 5 students had an exciting year, filled with learning, adventure and the many traditions that make SSFS the wonderful community that we know it to be. I am privileged to work with the talented and energetic group of professionals who make up our Lower School team. The faculty and staff truly value the academic and social education of their students. They take their jobs seriously, without taking themselves too seriously! Their flexibility, tirelessness, and humor sustain the nurturing and supportive learning environment that keeps our students running into school each morning!
A strong Lower School cannot claim success without the help and support from its parents and community members. Our "village" has many adjoining nations, which help us make it through our busy school year. Many thanks are due to our wonderful Lower School parents, especially our PA Division Representatives (Ayesha Ahmad, Desiree Polyak, and Saundra Prather), all Grade Representatives and many parent volunteers. I would also like to acknowledge the "behind the scenes teams" that staff the "Before Care" and Kids After Hours after care programs. These team members are here before our day begins and long after it ends; they are indispensable and greatly appreciated by all!
The PK3-5 Wildebeests are ready to trot away for summer break. Before taking off on vacation, please know that all required summer reading assignments for each grade level are now posted on the SSFS website. Please refer to the grade level that your child will be entering in the 2017-18 school year. In addition, lists of recommended apps and online resources for optional practice and fun (at every grade level) have also been posted. I encourage you to explore some of these fun and educational activities during travel, vacation or stay-cation time with your child. There's no need for daily practice—just occasional "dabbling" into the academics during the summer, to practice learned skills and keep them fresh. This year, Lower School faculty also included a list of recommended titles for recommended parent reading as well.
Over the next few weeks, please keep an eye out for several communications from the Lower School. Our final Lower School progress reports for the 2016-2017 school year will be available for access via My BackPack by Tuesday, June 20. Families of students in Grades 4 and 5 will receive notification about accessing CTP results in early July. Finally, all PK3-5 families will receive 2017-2018 class placement information by Friday, July 28. As we look forward to the upcoming school year, as well as subsequent years, the final decision for class placement rests with the School. The Lower School Class Placement policy can be found in the Lower School Handbook on page 40-41. Parents can access the policy online here.
Our 2017-2018 school year is over! Now we're ready for one last transition—perhaps the most anticipated one of all: moving on from the end of school to the start of summer! Up, up and away!
Have an enjoyable summer!