The Lower School gathers for a monthly Morning Meeting, in which each grade takes a turn leading their peers in an engaging greeting, share, activity and celebration of monthly birthdays. This is a wonderful opportunity for the students to come together to share our positive collaboration and joy as a community as well as learning about what we are doing in our respective classrooms.
The Responsive Classroom morning meetings that occur daily in each classroom are an engaging way to start each day, build a strong sense of community, and set children up for success socially and academically. Students and teachers gather together in a circle to interact with one another during four purposeful components:
Greeting: Students and teachers greet one another by name and practice offering hospitality.
Sharing: Students share information about important events in their lives. Listeners often offer empathetic comments or ask clarifying questions.
Group Activity: Everyone participates in a brief, lively activity that fosters group cohesion and helps students practice social and academic skills (for example, reciting a poem, dancing, singing, or playing a game that reinforces social or academic skills).
Morning Message: Students read and interact with a short message written by their teacher. The message is crafted to help students focus on the work they'll do in school that day.