Welcome back, Evergreen! It was a beautiful day for the first day of school, ideal for everything from scavenger hunts, ice-breaker games and a special meeting with Elmo to a well-attended parent/guardian welcome coffee in the courtyard. It's great to have everyone here on campus and ready for a new year! (Click "Read More" to view more pictures.)
All of our staff and faculty are back on campus this week and excited for the new school year! We're welcoming new colleagues, gathering as a whole group and by division, hearing from experts in the field about strategies for supporting executive function and gender diversity—and of course, setting up classrooms for the first day of school. We wish everyone a great Labor Day weekend and look forward to seeing you at the Back-to-School Potluck Picnics later this week! (Click "Read More" to view more pictures.)
Our Intermediate Team—the 4th and 5th grade classes—introduced "GreenWorks" this year. Working in teams, during dedicated class periods throughout the school year, students learned to use design thinking approaches to strategize and solve problems, figuring out ways to benefit our school and the wider community.
With Green Works, students:
* develop their creative problem-solving abilities * work collaboratively across grade levels * take ownership of the learning process * cultivate empathy as they strategize solutions from the point of view of others (their "clients")