Is it really June already? The recent extended Memorial Day weekend certainly gave us an opportunity to preview summer and begin to ponder our forthcoming summer vacations. However, before we break for the summer there are a number of exciting and festive dates on the calendar during June for our students to enjoy. Of course, the month concludes with an opportunity to celebrate and applaud the fine work of our 5th grade students during their Moving Up ceremony on June 22nd. This celebration aside, the 5th grade has enjoyed a number of recent activities and experiences that mark a culmination of their successful journey through elementary school.
Our 3rd annual Arts Alive Day proved to be another enormous success. Our students enthusiastically partook in a variety of workshops dedicated to the arts over the course of the day on May 20th. Fourteen community members with a professional background in the arts offered their time and expertise to work with our students. It is, indeed, another wonderful example of the positive partnership between school and community that our students continue to enjoy. Additionally, our 5th grade students enjoyed a worthwhile class trip the Museum of Natural History as well as their annual Activity Night celebration. The support of our class parents, the Haldane School Foundation and the PTA ensures that our students continue to have access to these celebratory and culminating experiences of elementary school. Thank you!
Despite the frantic pace of June, we are looking forward to holding our first Maker Day on Friday, June 10th. Recognizing the growing importance of cultivating critical “soft skills” in our students, we are looking forward to having them utilize the resources in our Makerspace to find creative solutions to challenging problems. All classes will have an opportunity to take on the famous Marshmallow Challenge on June 10th. This interesting challenge was designed by the global thought leader and engineer Tom Wujec and has been duplicated in countless organizations and with numerous age groups as a healthy exercise in group dynamics, prototyping and creative problem-solving. I look forward to sharing some of our discoveries and reflections after our students immerse themselves in this interesting activity. We anticipate that it will serve as a catalyst for future problem-solving experiences in our Makerspace next year.
Finally, as June “winds up” and before we depart for the summer, we should feel proud of the quality of our schools and the vision and direction we continue to move toward. It has been an exciting year as we have successfully completed the first year of our Strategic Plan. Students are increasingly immersed in purposeful learning and drawing connections from the classroom content to the real world. I am proud of our staff’s commitment to continued professional growth to best meet the needs of our students in an ever changing world. On behalf of the entire staff, we thank you for your continued support of our work with your children.
With Warm Regards,
Brent B. Harrington
Principal-Haldane Elementary School