Family members who aren't able to attend Rectory's Spring Family Weekend can still watch the Spring Concerts LIVE!Click here to be taken to the Spring Concert page. Both concerts are on Friday, April 30; the K-6 Concert begins at 12:45 p.m. and the Middle School Concert begins at 5:00 p.m.
Recently, Rectory held one of its most meaningful assemblies of the year. The dedication and commitment required to be a great teacher, or a great employee in general, is significant. Rectory is fortunate to have many naturally motivated employees who pursue this level of excellence in their professional careers. Our school is also fortunate that an alumnus, Peter Kellogg ‘57, understands the value of this dedication, and has established an annual award in honor of his mother, Mrs. James Crane Kellogg III, to recognize these individuals.
The Kellogg Award is presented to that Rectory employee whether teacher, tutor, administrator, maintenance person, or office assistant who has given many years of service to the School and/or who has helped the School or the students in a special way. Since 1993, forty-seven Rectory employees have received this cash award, which is to be used to provide a special travel or vacation experience. This year we added two more names to that list: Lesley Gibbs and Glenn Ames. I would like to share with our broader community the remarks that accompanied each recognition. Please click on the title to read these remarks.
As part of CARe’s nature curriculum, we give children daily experiences to explore the outdoor world. Not only does this help develop healthy children and provide positive interactions with the natural environment, but most importantly it helps to develop a sense of respect and caring for the world around them. Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, shares a passion for teaching children to become the stewards of our earth. He expresses the importance of teaching experiential education before environmental education. Where environmental education focuses on how to live correctly in the world, experiential education teaches through the senses in the natural world and provides children opportunities to relate closely with nature, to see it as a source of wonder and joy. Please click on this articles title to learn more.
On Tuesday, April 19, our Grade 4 children, along with their teacher, Melissa Zahansky, had an exciting evening at the Pomfret School Observatory to study the night sky! Each student has selected a planet to research as part of his or her science study of Sun, Earth and Moon. Mrs. Zahansky made a wonderful connection with Josh Lake, a science teacher at Pomfret School, who graciously shared his knowledge of the solar system and his passion for astronomy with us. Please click on the title to read more.
On Monday, April 18, six Rectory students visited the University of Connecticut campus with English teacher Matthew Winkler for an evening of literature and culture.
The outing began with a tour of the UConn campus. Students were impressed by the massive brick buildings and commented that the undergraduate students looked like high schoolers. After a stop at Sweet Emotions candy store, the group met poet Joan Seliger Sidney and her husband, Stu, for dinner at Husky Pizza. The sixth through ninth graders were excited to meet the poet in person, and the Sidneys were charmed by the diverse and erudite group.