In spite of a rainy forecast, more than 100 people gathered to celebrate Ross Lower School’s Grandparents and Special Friends Day on May 5. The annual event commemorates the invaluable role that grandparents and mentors play in the lives of our students, and it gives the adults the opportunity to see firsthand what Ross students experience in the classroom.
Once the students greeted their honored guests, the morning began with guided tours of the campus. In some classes, guests were invited to participate in classroom activities, such as writing poetry and interviewing one another in Ms. Browning’s second grade class. Ms. Berberena transformed the Multi-Purpose Room into an art gallery, where curricular masterpieces created by students in grade pre-K–6 were displayed. “This is like going to Mecca,” said a guest breathlessly, upon entering the gallery.
Following the tours, students and their guests explored the Scholastic Book Fair, which was sponsored by the Ross School Parents Association. The day culminated in a rousing concert for which each grade level prepared a three-song set to perform. Students sang songs like “This Pretty Planet” and “True Colors,” as well as songs in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.
Students from Ross Children’s Community Theater performed an enchanting medley of songs from their recent production of The Lion King, and the concert ended with a sing-along of “This Little Light of Mine.”
Ross School Founder Courtney Sale Ross attended the event as the guest of her godson, fifth grader Max N. In her address to the guests, she mentioned her delight at seeing among the student body many members of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, as well as one of the school’s first second-generation students, the daughter of an alumna from Ross School’s second graduating class.
“I am so thrilled to see all of these happy faces of the children who are so engaged, learning, and practicing their core values,” Mrs. Ross said. “I am so grateful to all of the faculty and staff; it’s delightful to see the children treated with such love.”
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