It was exciting to have so many grandparents and special friends on campus last Friday! As I mentioned in my comments, experiential learning and outdoor education are two very important parts of a Springmont education, aspects that set our student experience apart from that of other independent and public schools. As Richard Louv details in his book Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, the relationship between children and the natural world is critical to their health and well-being, boosting mental acuity and creativity and reducing obesity and depression. Too many children are at risk of becoming alienated from the natural world and experiencing what Louv terms nature-deficit disorder. Springmont’s Landschool program is an antidote, and having a second activity bus will make reaching that facility as well as the other community-based learning opportunities teachers integrate into student learning easier and more efficient.
On Friday, grandparents and special friends donated generously to our “Get on the Bus” campaign. In addition to thanking them, I want to remind you, our parents, that it’s not too late! Your contribution towards the second bus’ down payment means that the funds we have been spending on rentals can be reallocated to other areas of need, further enriching your child’s Springmont experience. Ready to help? Click here to "Get on the Bus!" – no amount is too small, every donation counts, and I thank you in advance.
After months of practice and rehearsals, Upper Elementary students presented this year's musical, Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach, Jr. to a packed house on Friday evening. Congratulations to the students and a big thank you to Music Teacher Carissa Gibson and Springmont parent and choreographer Jan Margaret Llorey for creating such a positive student experience and wonderful show! Look for more pictures on Facebook later today!
It's always our pleasure to host such important members of our extended Springmont community! From glimpses of our Outdoor Education program and the Upper Elementary Musical to the Spanish poem and Bee Song performed by students, the program in the Pavilion captivated and delighted our audience. Classroom visits allowed students to share lessons, work and friendships, illustrating the everyday experiences that make Springmont extraordinary. Look for more pictures on Facebook later this week!
It's almost time to say good-bye (for now!) to our 8th-year students. Please help us celebrate their achievements and experiences at our 16th Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 24, at 6:30 p.m. You won't want to miss the chance to hear each student speak about his/her Springmont experience, hopes and dream for the future, and words of wisdom for classmates. If you are not already absolutely sure that Springmont is the right place for your family, this moving testimony to the Springmont experience is one you don't want to miss!