LS Director Letter: May 12
Posted 05/12/2017 10:00AM
Dear Lower School Parents,
It happens every May – I start to get weepy about summer coming and about 4th graders moving on to Middle School. It is such a bittersweet time!
Recently, our McLendon speaker, Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair, shared a wealth of information about how technology is affecting our brains and our family lives. It was great to hear her talks in the Lower School and in the theater with so many of you, and I know we are all hungry for more of her wisdom. I took LOTS of notes, which I am happy to share with anyone interested, but I thought I would contribute these important nuggets this week:
- 75% of children report that their parents are distracted by their cell phones while driving and this upsets them.
- There should be no technology in the bedroom – for children or adults (Steiner-Adair shared research about what this does to sleep patterns and to relationships).
- Our children are not developing the capacity to self soothe, or to attend or play deeply due to smart phone or smart device use.
- Our children are struggling with increasing levels of anxiety as a result of being overwhelmed by information on the internet and via social media that they are not developmentally prepared to see or read.
- Parents play the most important role in modeling the proper use of cell phones – don’t use them in the morning while getting ready for work/school, when you pick your children up from school, at the dinner table or before bedtime.
If you want to know more, please pick up Steiner-Adair’s book The Big Disconnect. There are copies available in the Bengal Bookstore.
With all the news about things impacting education in our state, I find myself increasingly grateful for the opportunity to be here at GDS where I can rest assured that children are at the center of decision making and that they will get the best education available in our area. Things like our annual McLendon Speaker, the incredible field trips and concerts, the unsurpassed professional development and the strong community built through things like Field Day (thank you Ken Field for all your hard work!) remind me what a gift we are giving to our children at this great school.
- Middle School Orientation for rising 5th grade parents is next Tuesday, May 16 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the Bell Family Middle School. Current 4th grade parents, please make plans to attend so you can learn about all the great things in store in Middle School. You will also have the chance to meet new parents of rising 5th – 8th grade students.
- Monday, May 22 is a late start. Classes will begin at 10:15 a.m. with carpool beginning at 10 a.m. As always, we will have our early morning drop off available beginning at 7:30 a.m.
- Tuesday, May 23 is the Lower School Spring Concert. Students in K-2nd grades will be joined by our Lower School Orchestra (grades 3 and 4) in the Sloan Theatre from 7 until 8 p.m. You won’t want to miss it! All are welcome.
- Tuesday, May 30 is the 4th Grade Celebration in the Sloan Theatre from 6:30 until 8 p.m.
- Our Lost and Found is overflowing! We need your help claiming personal items before the school year is out. Any remaining items will be donated to those in need.
Have a great weekend!
Gillian S. Goodman, M.Ed., M.B.A.
Lower School Director