On May 1, Ross Lower School welcomed grandparents and special friends for a day filled with warmth, laughter, and song. Guests were in for a number of special treats, from a sing-along in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR), to the beautiful artwork on display, to a performance titled Beginnings, in which students presented the spiral of cultural history on which the Ross curriculum is based.
Early Childhood students began the event by performing the “Aquamarine Dance” from Carnival of the Animals, using colorful ribbons to represent the rippling beauty of our oceans. Spanish teacher Barbara Gaias said they also “sang their hearts out” in the traditional Spanish-language folk song “De Colores.” The classes wrapped up their delightful entertainment with “You Are My Sunshine,” inviting friends and families to sing along with them.
Elsewhere on campus, guests visited the Book Fair and Art Show. In the Art studio, works from students in grades 1, 4, and 6 included concentric tree ring paintings, Chiwara drawings, and Chinese brush paintings. In the Barn Building, mobiles and birds created by Early Childhood classes were on display, as well as the first grade’s “Tree of Life,” the fifth grade’s peace prints, and the sixth graders’ Greek pottery. In the MPR, art by grades K, 2, and 3 students represented seasonal trees, the layers of Earth, and “naturalists as artists” was a festive backdrop for the visitors.
Over in the Field House, students in grades K–6 wowed their audience with a magnificent performance of Beginnings, a dramatic narrative of the Ross Lower School Spiral Curriculum. Over the course of the show, through interpretive acting, music, and dance, each class unfolds and moves its chapter of the story forward, and offers a curricular gift to the next grade.
Overall, grandparents, friends, and students enjoyed the beautiful day with their loved ones. A special thank you goes to our Lower School parents, faculty, and staff for their contributions to another memorable experience for all!