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Click here to learn about how to access our 2017-18 lunch menus from Flik.
March 8, was International Women's Day, a global celebration honoring women's rights.
The Ninth Grade will be performing "Totally Red" by Dinah Toups.
Robert Smith, an Upper School Science Teacher at Pike, is the 2016 Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST) State Educator of the Year.
This past week has been filled with merriment, anticipation, and celebration for all of our graduating students.
Congratulations to several world language students from The Pike School who attained national recognition for excellent performance on their 2016 Foreign Language National Examinations.
We are pleased to announce the results of our Middle School Math Olympiad team.
Pike's traditional Showcase event for Speech Team members and their families is right around the corner!
Pike is happy to have Empowered Learner offer a high quality, upper level SSAT test preparation class
Join in with other Pike parents for a one-mile loop on Pike's wonderful nature trail. Get some fresh air and exercise and add miles to Pike's 1,000 mile Nature Trail challenge!
Join us for a fun-filled day of tennis, golf, and an evening social to support the Pike community!
Along with the usual wonderful learning opportunities that Lower Schoolers will have this week is the chance to explore another "common courtesy." Last week we examined the benefits to all of using "please" and "thank you" regularly. We will follow that up this week by discussing why opening/holding doors for others is courteous and when someone opens or holds the door for you (at drop off, dismissal, recess, etc.) is a great opportunity to say "thank you!" We will also discuss why it's polite to knock on a closed door before entering. Thank you for supporting this work through follow up conversations at home. Get ready for next week's theme: table manners!
Welcome back! We hope every single Lower School family had a wonderful spring break with time for relaxation and rejuvenation. It's a short stint from now till June 15, and we are excited to have our Lower Schoolers back full of their hallmark energy and eagerness to learn. As is often the case after a break from school, children need reminding and reinforcing of routines and rules. We encourage families to restart those home routines that will make for a great spring--lots of sleep, a healthy breakfast, and with the longer days--lots of outdoor play (and less screen time). In the Lower School, we too will be reinforcing good habits, including a weekly theme related to well-known common courtesies. We will use books, morning meeting and Open Circle to discuss and explore the reasons and ways we use common courtesy. This week we will focus on the expectation of using "please" and "thank you" at appropriate times. Click through for an article that lists the 10 tips we will be covering with students. Thank you for your help in reinforcing these at home!
The Lower School was very busy throughout January reading, learning, and talking about Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life, teachings, and legacy.
Our next Lower School collection for Neighbors in Need will run from February 16 to 26. We are asking families to help with donations of baby food, formula, diapers, wipes, and gently used/hand-me-down baby clothes. Thank you so much for your help with our first collection. We received a large amount of rice and beans. We truly appreciate all the help Lower School families are providing for this ongoing Second Grade-sponsored non sibi solum project.
It has been great to see all the snow clothes in Lower School, ready and waiting for students to don on those cold, snowy days. Please keep sending in a full set of snow clothes for this changeable weather along with an extra set of school clothes just in case. We have found snow clothes fit nicely in a Pike cloth bag and hang in cubbies just perfectly. So, if you have an extra bag for your child to use in school, we would greatly appreciate your sending it in.
Our first official "Rainbow Day" happened on Thursday this past week. (Our future Rainbow Days are: March 23, April 4, May 5, and May 24.) What a site we all were, wearing our grade's color at assembly and learning about responsible citizenship from our Second Grade friends. Our food drive for rice and beans for the Neighbors in Need food pantry continues this week as does our book drive for gently used and new books supporting the organization Reach Out and Read. We appreciate any help you can give for both of these worthy causes.
All-School Parent/Teacher Conference Day is Friday, February 19. We will provide supervision for any Lower and Middle School students whose parents are attending conferences on Wednesday, February 17, from 2:00-5:00pm, Thursday, February 18, from 3:30-5:00pm and Friday, February 19 from 8:00am-3:00pm in the library. We ask that ALL Lower and Middle School students who accompany their parents on either Wednesday, Thursday or Friday be dropped off in the library to draw or read quietly with Mrs. Elkin while parents attend conferences. Students may not wait in the lobby or library or wander the halls while parents are meeting with teachers. Supervision is provided to ensure the safety of all students and a productive work environment for the Pike staff. If you arrange to have a conference at another time than those listed above, you must provide childcare for your child (either through Flex or on your own). We regret that we cannot accommodate non-Pike toddlers and babies.
The Lower School will celebrate Valentine's Day this Thursday, February 11. I would like to remind all that Lower School students are welcome to bring in valentines for either their entire anchor class or the entire grade. Room parents will coordinate providing a fresh fruit snack for each anchor, and I will provide a small sweet treat. If your child has allergies, you are welcome to send in a special snack from home on that day. We ask that you DO NOT INCLUDE any candy or gifts in your child's valentines (e.g., no candy hearts, pencils, etc.). This will make each valentine message that much "sweeter."
JOIN US on Tuesdays and Thursdays for before school activity time for all Lower Schoolers! Unless it is raining, you may drop off your child between 7:45 and 8:00am at the end of the split rail fence by the Lower School Playground. When you see one of the PE teachers or Jenn Elkin on duty, please have your child exit your car on the playground side with backpack in hand. Appropriate outdoor clothing (for all weather) must be worn. In addition, we will pick up any interested children attending early drop off in the cafeteria and walk over any bus students who wish to join us.
More great resources from Common Sense Media...they've sorted through all the kids' apps out there and came up with 50 that are great for all. Click through for the link. Enjoy!
In her latest newsletter, Lynn Lyons writes about how what parents do matters to their children's choices, actions and values. Read her latest newsletter here and sign up to receive her monthly newsletters at: www.lynnlyonsnh.com/
As we head into winter break, you may appreciate this blog posting from Common Sense Media which includes articles on the "Best Family Movies of 2015" and "Five Questions to Consider Before Buying Tech for Kids." Enjoy!
Join us at The Pike School on Saturday, December 13 from 9:30 - 11:00 am for our first annual Frost Fest.
Important upcoming dates for fall and winter sports.
Two recent posts on Common Sense Media focused on children's media usage and how parents and teachers can help given this information are extremely informative. The first, "The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Teens and Tweens" outlines data found in recent research; click through to access the link. The second, entitled, "The New Guide to Managing Media for Teens and Tweens" provides helpful suggestions for parents and guardians; click through for the link.
Click through for an interesting Quartz article by Jenny Anderson entitled "Parents: let your kids fail. You'll be doing them a favor."
Parent/Guardian and Teacher Conferences: Thursday, October 29. Childcare for Pike Lower and Middle School students will be offered in the library during conferences scheduled on Wednesday afternoon, October 28 between 2:30 and 5:00pm and on Thursday, October 29 between 8:00 and 4:00pm. We cannot provide coverage for Lower School children on other days or accommodate younger siblings who do not attend Pike. All students must wait in the library for their parents and may not use other parts of the school or wait in classrooms or hallways during these or other times. Please contact your child's teacher if you have not booked a conference yet. We appreciate your coordinating your schedules to fit within the times teachers have offered. Please call Jenn Elkin if you have any questions.
Lynn Lyons, the well-regarded licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist who specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders in adults and children, is offering a workshop entitled "Worried about Your Worrier? What to Do When Anxiety Runs in the Family." This is a two night, six-hour parenting workshop in Belmont on November 10 and November 19 from 6:00-9:00pm each night. To read more about it or register, click through for link.
The Pike School
Andover, Massachusetts

An independent, coed, day school for pre-kindergarten through ninth grade.

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