As the modern world encroaches on our time with nature, at Rectory all three divisions, Middle School, Elementary and CARe purposefully plan for children to explore the wonders of the world they live in through hands-on science-based curriculum, daily outdoor experiences, and field trips into nature.
This Fall, the grade 2-3 classroom studied Habitats as their science theme and to connect to their learning, Ms. Coren and Mr. Williamson planned a field trip to the Harvard Museum of Natural History, in Cambridge, MA.
Engagement. It is an important word at Rectory, and one that our faculty reflect on often. For Rectory faculty, engagement is one of the important words that we hear about and should be part of the work that we do each day, as we plan experiences for our students that are meaningful. For Rectory students, engagement is part of the big idea they hear about each day when we expect them to do their best.
The beginning of the winter term means new electives. We are fortunate this year to have award-winning musical artist (and Rectory tutor), Maria Sangiolo leading a new songwriting elective!
We are excited to share that for the first time ever, the ES children will be participating in their own afternoon version of MELP... it will be called MELP Jr. STUDIOS, ES Artists in Residence!
A glimpse into any classroom will reveal the wonders of learning. From students discussing passages of Fahrenheit 451 to participating in a dissection, the energy and excitement of student learning is palpable. Yet, equally important, and just as inspiring is witnessing faculty learning.
Outdoor learning, field trips, MELP, and community service, just to name a few, provide Rectory students with face-to-face contact with experts in their field, concrete learning, and community initiatives that show students the importance of kindness and giving.
Everyone has a story, and at Rectory we want our students to know that they are appreciated just the way they are for their uniqueness. The theme of "What is Your Story?" is incorporated into the new artistic bookshelf that is located in the elementary bridge connecting grade 4 to the Hale Elementary Wing. The bookshelf was a vision designed by the current elementary teachers to embrace all of the students who have attended our elementary school.
Two Rectory students and one faculty member recently participated in a Dedication Ceremony of a new Sound Garden at the Pomfret Public Library.
Rectory's K-9th Grade Open House is scheduled for Thursday, November 2 beginning at 8:45 a.m. Please encourage friends and family members with Rectory-age children to register to attend.