A dayls observation in the Lower School brings satisfaction and joy to the
observer. Although emphasis is placed on the academic, considerable time is de-
voted to development and growth of the individual personality. We do not lose
sight of the fact that moral guidance is essential, and so the faculty constantly
directs its efforts toward building good habits and principles. The boys of the
Lower School, because they are so young, require the endless efforts of their
teachers in guiding toward good citizenship.
The boys experience a rather full and arduous day, but these little bovs seein
to thrive by being challenged by the Academy's high moral and academic stand-
ards. The morning's work is met with a 'fine spirit, each boy exerting a great deal
of effort to do his best. These efforts are rewarded by success and the accompany-
ing happiness and high morale. During recess periods boys welcome an oppor-
tunity to gather on the hard-surface tennis court or Lower School yard to play in
groups, or to use the jungle gym and horizontal bars. In the spring the third and
fourth graders often organize a baseball game. In the afternoons there is opportunity
for discussions in the social studies groups, dramatization of stories, music-both
vocal and appreciation, and an occasional hil-'e in the vicinity of the Academy
The lunch hour. at which time all the Lower School boys and- faculty assemble
for the noon meal, is a very pleasant one. Occasionally the boys become unneces-
sarily stimulated and there is a call for "silence," The boys respect this call and
all one hears is the clicking sound of forks against plates.
The high spot of the year was the Christmas program entitled "A Modern
Christmas Play", in which all boys participated. The singing of Christmas carols
in the halls preceded this program. The halls of the Academy and chapel were
beautifully and appropriately decorated with Christmas greens by a committee
of the Lower School Mothers' Council. The Hallowe'en assembly sponsored by the
fourth grade was also very much enjoyed. Following a short program on the
meaning of llallowe'en, there was a costume parade. A judging committee of three
boys passed wisely on the prize-winning costumes and made the awards.
There is a lovely spot for a picnic just east of the tennis courts. On a Friday
afternoon in May, the Lower School boys and faculty enjoy a box lunch picnic.
Each boy comes to school "carrying his lunch" and looks forward with much
excitement and enthusiasm to when he can sit under the trees or on a blanket and
enjoy the goodies mother has put in his lunch box. Games and contests are planned
by a committee of teachers, and every boy enjoys himself thoroughly.
Birthday parties at the school are so much enjoyed by our little boys. A little
boy's birthday is quite an occasion and plans are made for treating the class to ice
cream and cake. However, treats are not restricted to birthday occasions. -Often a
"budding Viking" feels the urge to be generous to his contemporary and arrives
in the morning with a surprise treat for each member of his class. Being thought-
ful of one's associates is certainly to be encouraged.
Another important event of the year is the llook Fair sponsored by the Moth-
ers' Council. This year, a committee headed by Mrs. David M. Postlewaite will
he responsible for making this popular event a success. Table booths will be ar-
ranged in the dining room. The art department will assist in the making of
appropriate posters for the booths.
And now, since spring is in the air, may we offer a little story penned by a
fourth grade boy:
THE XVEATHER IN SPRING
Spring is cool weather, -
The robins sing.
And sometimes it rains,
The day is long.
The boys and girls play in the street.
People come home from Florida.
I love Spring. Don't you?
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