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Year’s Final Lower School Tree Talk Provides Time for Reflection, Anticipation

To wrap up the 2019-20 school year, the Lower School gathered for their final Tree Talk. Nicole Girvan, head of Lower School, opened up the last gathering, giving a recap of the year. She then passed the microphone to teachers Kayla Malcolm and Jessalyn Crawford.

They walked students through four questions:

  • What are you so glad you learned to do this year?

  • How did you do it?

  • What do you hope that you are going to learn next?

  • How are you going to make that happen?

Malcolm talked about her journey as a first-year teacher at Ravenscroft. When she first came to Ravenscroft, she said, she was nervous, even scared: “You guys don’t know this feeling yet, but when I was driving to Ravenscroft on the first day of school, I was so nervous.” But quickly, she realized that she could turn to her colleagues and friends for guidance and support. “I’m excited to come back next year as a second-year teacher at Ravenscroft,” she added.

Crawford reflected on the big projects the Lower School took on this year, like the Kindness Council. “I learned that kindness is contagious,” she said. “One little act of kindness can catch on and create this effect that spreads throughout the community. Once I knew that kindness is contagious, I started doing small acts of kindness. As we think about how we want to keep growing and learning, we want to think, What do we want to learn next?”

Motivation and reflection were the themes for the second part of the Tree Talk. Interim Lower School counselor Chris Harper showed students how to stay motivated and move forward even if it’s hard. With some help from teachers Patrick Knox and Michelle Schulze, Harper overcame her fears and crossed the monkey bars. (You can watch the fun video here!)

To close the ceremony, fifth-graders quietly and joyfully processed out of the building together, as fourth-graders sang "Go Now in Peace" in rounds.

Have a great summer, Lower School Ravens!