11/22/19 Weekly Reflection

Written by Chelle Wabrek Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs


The festivities of the day could not have been more lovely! The pie competition in the Fine Arts Department would have brought both Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood to tears….…..
….featuring 
  • Wesley’s Apple Pie #1, voted “Most Beautiful” (Or, my title, Beauty is in the Pie of the Beholder)
  • David "The Pie-Bragger-but-I-made-a-cheesecake" Eccles’ Turtle Cheesecake, voted “yummiest”
  • Amy “You really did try” Story’s White Chocolate Peppermint winning the “Bless Your Heart” award.
  • and…...Brian "You really did not try" Patterson’s bowl of donuts pie won funniest

Lower School teachers celebrated one another’s strengths by writing appreciations to one another on turkey feathers….

Upper School was filled with action as the Green Team hosted our Seniors and Kindergarteners as they dedicated a tree to the Class of 2032 to contribute to a sustainable future for them……

Most exciting was, as the banner (top of photo), created by Seniors and Kindergarteners, was unfurled you could hear the excited Kinder students exclaiming, “That green hand is mine!”

In other parts of upper school, the energy of the day was “captured” (literally) by students enacting the laws of thermodynamics to make ice cream. 
Did you know that in order for the cream to turn from a liquid to a solid, it must lose energy (heat), while the ice must absorb energy ...so the reason ice cream is made with ice and rock salt is that saltwater has a lower melting point than regular water?

In fact, this whole week was put to good use as active learning was alive and well all over the campus.  In lower school, students engaged in a discovery activity, exploring a variety of maps (climatic, political, physical) to figure out what the colors and various symbols meant.  They were able to derive their own schema for the symbolic representations and categorize the various types of maps.
Middle School’s Mock Congress was in session, complete with lobbyists attempting to sway representatives with logic, storytelling and chocolate.  Overheard in the hallway, “Lobbying seems like bribery…..”
The group passed a variety of bills, each presented with professionalism and a strong research base.  Many did include tax increases and they were challenged to see just how much they raised taxes for an average American over the course of just one day.  It was hard to say no to the many visionary education and environmental ideas presented. 
Upper Schoolers had a visit from Lovett alum and Atlanta’s Director of Sustainability, John R. Seydel, sharing his work and vision for a world that cares deeply about future generations. He was joined by colleague Chris Castro, who holds the same position in the city of Orlando. Their message provided clear and simple action for us to take personally and institutionally to save energy and reduce our carbon footprint.

At a school in my distant past, we completed the day before Thanksgiving break with an all school chapel featuring a musical or poetic gift from each grade level.  Our fourth graders explored the metaphors of the poem that follows and gave it as their gift to the school. I offer it here as a celebration of all of you…..our differences make us strong and make our days more flavorful.  Incredibly thankful for you!

Let Us Give Thanks… 

For generous friends…with hearts as big as hubbards and smiles as bright as their blossoms;

For feisty friends as tart as apples;

For continuous friends, who, like scallions and cucumbers, keep reminding us we had them;

For crotchety friends, as sour as rhubarb and as indestructible;

For handsome friends, who are as silly as Brussels sprouts and as amusing as Jerusalem artichokes and serious friends as complex as cauliflowers and as intricate as onions;

For friends as unpretentious as cabbages, as subtle as summer squash, as persistent as parsley, as delightful as dill, as endless as zucchini, and who, like parsnips…can be counted on to see you through the long winter;

For old friends, nodding like sunflowers in the evening-time, and young friends coming on as fast as radishes;

For loving friends, who wind around us like tendrils, and hold us despite our blights, wilts, and withering;

And finally, for those friends now gone, like gardens past, that have been harvested, but who fed us in their times that we might have life thereafter;

For all these we give thanks.  

Author Unknown
 
Happy Thanksgiving!
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