The Visual and Performing Arts program at Kent School will be in the spotlight at the opening of the Spring Arts Celebration on April 25. The public is invited to attend a Chorus performance, hear selections from the upcoming Eighth Grade Musical, Shrek, Jr. and view the All School Art Show. The opening performance begins at 6:00 pm and admission is free. Following the performance, guests are invited to view art on display throughout the school. Light refreshments will be served.
Written by: Bonnie Williams, Director of the Little School
It is August. We are teachers. Fresh from reading article upon article about innovative
preschool teaching strategies, we find ourselves setting up our perfectly planned preschool classroom. We have the alphabet prominently posted, well thought-out and themed centers, carefully chosen books on the bookshelf, so many satisfying sensory activities to mold the young minds that will be coming in a matter of days. We are ready. We are ready to be loving, gentle, yet stern. Just like a modern day Mary Poppins. When these students go to Kindergarten next year they will remember how preschool inspired their love of learning.
Since the start of the 2017-2018 academic year, Kent School students have engaged in several projects that support the Kent County Food Pantry. Through this sustained effort in fundraising and food collection, Kent School students have been able to donate several hundred pounds of food which has served dozens of families in our area for a sustained period of time. Proceeds from Kent School’s annual Empty Bowls event, in which every Kent School student made a ceramic bowl to sell, allowed for a financial contribution of $1,500. This contribution was enough to fund twenty-five families for one week.
I have long believed that children learn through play and that play is the work of childhood. Piaget, Ginot, Vygotsky, Montessori, and Mr. Rogers would agree with me (to name just a few experts in child development). Yet, children come to school and are introduced to work as something other than play. It is conveyed that work should be hard, tedious, and void of joy; while play is frivolous, immature, and something to be left aside when you enter school. Education and psychology contend that a child learns to make sense of the world around them - and thus prepare for cognitive milestones - through play.
Kent School is among the nation’s first schools and the only Preschool through Grade 8 school in Maryland to join a new national campaign to mobilize middle and high schools to prepare young people to be constructive community members and citizens who create a better world. Led by Harvard’s Making Caring Common project, the Caring Schools #CommonGood campaign aims to motivate schools to take action to help mend our country’s fractures and strengthen democracy.
Flynn Bowman, and eighth grade student at Kent School, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he isone of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2018 MarylandNational Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held at Maryland Public Television Studios in Owings Mills on Friday, April 6, 2018.
Above the wall of windows in my classroom is the phrase that has had the greatest impact on my teaching, on my classroom climate, and on my students’ learning thus far. It is a simple phrase, derived from the Mindset work of Carol Dweck, and it says, simply: “We believe in the power of YET…” This seemingly simple phrase has touched every aspect of my First Grade classroom and, although I originally posted the phrase as a reminder to myself, the way my students have connected with it, on multiple levels, is nothing short of amazing.
Friday, January 12 Kent School students in grades four through eight competed in the 2018 school-level National Geographic Geography Bee. Flynn Bowman, an eighth grade student, won the school-level competition and a chance to compete in the Maryland State Bee. Flynn was also the runner-up in the 2017 Bee. Seventh grade student, Tait Tavolacci was the runner-up this year. After several rounds, Flynn and Tait emerged as the finalists and the two battled through several tie-breaker rounds with questions about South America, Central America and Asia.
Kent School is inviting children and their parents to attend a series of fun, Saturday sessions designed to engage and stimulate the curious minds of children ages 12 and under.
The workshops will be held on January 27, February 10 and March 3. There is no charge and the public is welcome. For activities designed for children ages six and under parents should plan on staying on campus while their children participate. Parents are welcome but not required to stay for the “Science is All Around Us” and the “LEGO Creation Station” for children ages 7 to 12.