Watch Our Garden Grow!
This week our Bridges group harvested a watermelon that had been growing in our school garden for the past 7 months! Preschool Home Center Director Chris Mutolo helped the children pick the watermelon and then cut it up for snack. The recent cold snap meant that the fruit had to be harvested a bit early but it was still very delicious and enjoyed by all!
Even more exciting is that Chris has recently been approved to expand the size of the garden for next year. This means that students will be able to grow and enjoy even more fruits, vegetables, and plants. Chris will be joined by committed parents on our Garden Committee in this endeavor.
It All Started With A Challenge
Last week, a few Mead School Alumni returned to visit and spread a bit of philanthropic spirit throughout our community. Jessica Santagata '08, Eric Biddulph-West '12 and William Costello '13 accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and passed the challenge on to 5th/6th Grade Math Curriculum Director Rob Marchionni! Rob accepted and completed the cold task during orientation on Tuesday. He, in turn, challenged 3rd/4th Grade Curriculum Director Jenet Dibble and, after accepting and dousing herself with the icy water, she challenged the entire 8th grade. Watch all the videos on our Facebook page to see who gets called out next!
Graduation was held on June 13th as our community, consisting of parents, students, staff, trustees and alumni bid farewell to our 10 beloved 8th Grade students.
Before the graduation began, Karen Biddulph, Director, thanked and bade farewell to the two departing Parent Association Co-Presidents, Lori Gordon and Rita Gemayel, and to Barbara Allen-Lyall, 3rd & 4th Grade Math Curriculum Director, who departed earlier this year.
The emotional ceremony's highlight was each eighth grader being "presented" for graduation by a member of the faculty. The teachers spoke about the graduates with warmth and affection. Each student then spoke about their feelings and experiences during their time at Mead. One student chose to play the piano and sing an original composition as her way of saying good-bye. The statements reflected that the children deeply valued their experience at Mead and have learned to love school, their teachers, their classmates and themselves.
The day culminated in a community celebration in the gym. Photos in the Media Gallery
will give you a taste of the day's highlights.