Thursday, October 18, 2012

Chapel Buddies: A Precious Moment

Jackie Fuller, one of our Kindergarten teachers, shared this photo with me. It is two 6th graders who stopped by their Chapel Buddies' Kindergarten classroom right as they were beginning their lunch. The 6th graders decided they would lead the prayer. Classic.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Parent Education Opportunity

Student Support Specialists, Katie Leezer and Judy Cram,
will host an information session in Berry Hall on October 18th at 2:30.

Katie and Judy will introduce their department and give an introduction to how student support services help Canterbury students. Parents can arrive early for carpool and secure their parking space! The session will end before student dismissal.

This information session was scheduled early to help parents, especially new parents,
navigate student support services after their first conference.

Questions? Please contact Parent Education Chairs, Kristi McCormick or Kelly McKee

Finding Kind: After the Movie

On September 30, Canterbury middle school girls and their parents were invited to view the film, Finding Kind at Greensboro Day School. It is a documentary following two college-age girls who set out across the country to talk with middle and high school girls about the pitfalls of girl bullying and offer them strategies to Be Kind to one another.

The stars and producers of the film, Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson, came to Canterbury on October 1 to meet with our middle school girls and discuss the topics that came up in the film. It was a wonderful opportunity for our girls to hear about the ways we can all be kind to one another.

As part of our ongoing commitment to the well being of every one of our students, our Middle School Counselor, Emily McCollum, has taken some of the ideas that came out of that assembly and put them into practice. The most visible part of this approach is the Kind Wall in Armfield Cottage. Three sections of the hallway wall has been painted in chalkboard paint, so that students and teachers can write kind things to each other. Once a month, Mrs. McCollum will wipe the board clean and we can start all over again.

Canterbury's Kind Wall

Civil War Expert Visits the 8th Grade

On October 11,  in one section of 8th grade Social Studies, the students were treated to a special presentation by Ted Bartley, grandfather of one of our 8th graders.  

Mr. Bartley showing off his Civil War button collection.

Mr. Bartley and his wife traveled to Greensboro from their home in Virginia to talk about his Civil War collection. He brought artifacts from over 45 years of collecting to show the students. He talked most specifically about the Battle of Gettysburg, but also brought relics from other battles. Included in his cache of treasures was Confederate money, belt plates, a replica of a North Carolina soldier's uniform, pictures, and his favorite type of artifact: buttons. Mr. Bartley was able to convey the importance of the artifacts to the students and the students were able to see some of the things that they had studied about in and out of class. 

One artifact of particular interest that he brought was a signed report card by Robert E. Lee from Washington College from 1868 where he was the president at the time. Later the college became known as Washington and Lee University, alma mater of Mr. Skeen!  The students were treated to Mr. Bartley's knowledge and storytelling ability and all left with a better understanding of the Civil War!

A report card from Washington College (later renamed Washington & Lee) signed by Robert E. Lee.