A rainbow of ribbons swirled in the air and around the May Pole in Taylor Gymnasium as second-grade students in Erin Correa’s class commemorated May Day with the time-honored tradition, the May Pole Assembly.
Over the last few weeks, the Hamden Hall community organized and collected items for a donation drive benefiting Ukrainian families. All school divisions participated in the effort with students, faculty, and staff overfilling donation boxes with medical supplies, toiletry items, and children’s items such as coloring books, toys, and crayons.
Kindness, teamwork, and respect help make the world a better place. First-grade students in Beth Messina 1996 and Rebecca Godinez’s classes shared this message in their recent live performance in the Taylor Arts Performing Center.
It’s a bird…it’s a plane…no it’s Grade 6! Students in Caroline Shelton and Andrea Calandrelli’s classes got to live out their superhero dream with a crossover art and design project in which they crafted their own superhero or supervillain stuffed pillows.
Invest in Our Planet is the theme of Earth Day 2022, and second-graders invested their time and artistic skills in continuing a longtime Hamden Hall tradition: the Earth Day Groceries Project. In this project, Grade 2 teamed up once again with Hamden’s Whitneyville Food Market to donate colorful decorated bags for shoppers to use.
The front desk in Grade 4 teacher Emily Schimelman’s classroom was full of state-of-the-art whaling artifacts as the students welcomed special guest Ms. Marisa from Mystic Seaport Museum to partake in the Curator’s Challenge as part of a primary source workshop activity.
As part of their monthly thematic classroom unit, kindergarten students took an exciting educational journey through the world of nutrition and health. Each week featured different topics including the food pyramid, understanding the difference between the five food groups, and learning about healthy habits. To culminate the unit, students made smoothies with Cafeteria Manager, Chef Kevin Stawitz.
February marked the month-long celebration of Black History Month. The Hamden Hall community spent time reflecting and honoring the contributions of Black Americans throughout the course of our nation’s history with an array of classroom activities and projects.
What does the word identity mean? What’s important to your identity? Lower School students reflected on these questions they created and designed self-portraits during a classroom project as part of the ongoing No Place for Hate campaign.
Navigating through the new thematic unit, Whaling and Maritime History, fourth-grade students learned all about whales and the history of whaling ships during a history-to-go program visit from special guest Ms. Natasha. The program is part of the school’s partnership with Mystic Seaport.
Sunset on January 16 to January 17 marked the Jewish holiday, Tu B’Shevat or the New Year of Trees. The one-day festival lends itself to activities and projects that celebrate trees and nature, which Grade 1 teacher Beth Messina 1996 integrated into her classroom lesson.
The Early Childhood Program approaches learning in a play-based, hands-on manner allowing students to foster their creative and personal skills. In an effort to support the learning and play environment, teachers in all three PreSchool and PreKindergarten classes created student identity blocks.
Hamden Hall Country Day School is a nurturing and inclusive community with a dynamic learning environment that promotes academic excellence by understanding each child and fostering their individual growth.