by Rob Blackwell, Middle School assistant director
As we approach the final weeks of another productive, but unusual, academic year, it continues to be a pleasure to work with the students. We are beyond impressed by their resilience, flexibility, and commitment to grow and learn by adapting to the uncommon conditions to which schooling in a pandemic lends itself.
At some point during the year, every student adjusted their lives in some way to successfully navigate the year as either a remote or in-person learner. Let us take this opportunity to commend our students for upholding Lakeside’s values by being good stewards of the community. Fostering community is an important thread within the fabric of Middle School and is inspired by our mission. Strengthening the sense of belonging for all students continues to be the goal and guiding light.
We look forward to seeing all students finish the year strong in both their academic and social spaces. If you have any questions or concerns about how your student is doing, please reach out to your student’s advisor, me, or Middle School Director Reem Abu Rahmeh.
Finally, I want to thank you for your ongoing support for the Middle School faculty and staff – and thank you for being a part of this community. We hope to see many of you at the Middle School Community Night this Friday and at arts events throughout the month.
Each spring, a highlight for the community is the May Day celebration planned by the Upper School Student Government. May Day is one of the major all-school community events that students from the Middle and Upper schools experience together (convocation at the beginning of the year is another). This year, May Day will be celebrated over two days to accommodate all grades. Friday, April 30 is scheduled for grades 5 and 7; Friday, May 7 is for grades 6 and 8. Below are a few additional bits of information related to May Day.
- Middle School students will walk up to the Upper School in a group, with their teachers.
- All Middle School students are given a May Day T-shirt to wear at the May Day carnival; please do not buy one for your student!
- Students do not need to bring lunch. However, you might consider sending them to school with a snack. We will be eating lunch a little earlier than normal.
- Students should be ready to have some fun, so wearing comfortable clothes and sunscreen is a good idea!
- For those students not wanting to be in the action, but who want to sit and observe at any time, Middle School teachers will be visible and readily available.
Last week of school
We have some special plans for the last week of school. On June 1-4, our 8th graders will be having a special experience on their outdoor trips, and the 5th, 6th, and 7th graders will all have time on campus. Watch for grade-specific emails as we approach the end of the month, and make sure to save time to have your student tested on Friday, May 28.
Dates and events for May
Review the Inside Lakeside email for Middle School highlights and the full calendar for information about PGA and other school events. Watch for email updates regarding health and safety, including important information about testing, contact tracing, and the daily health checks.
- Friday, April 30: COVID testing for students in grades 6 and 8.
- Friday, April 30: May Day for grades 5 and 7. See above for more information.
- Friday, April 30, 7 p.m.: Middle School Community Night. Families received an email on Wednesday with a Zoom link.
- Week of May 3: Grades 6 and 8 on campus.
- Wednesday, May 5, 5 p.m.: Parents and guardians virtual meeting: sexual assault prevention with Dr. Keith Edwards. All parents and guardians are encouraged to attend this talk. Find more information in an email from Julie Lutton sent Friday, April 23.
- Thursday, May 6, 6 p.m.: Drama 6 and Choir 6 students perform work from the spring semester in a virtual event.
- Friday, May 7: May Day for grades 6 and 8. See above for more information.
- Friday, May 7: COVID testing for students in grades 5 and 7.
- Week of May 10: Grades 5 and 7 on campus.
- Tuesday, May 11 — Friday, May 14: 7th grade outdoor trips. Families will receive more information by email.
- Tuesday, May 11: 8th to 9th Grade Transition Night. Families of 8th graders will receive an invitation from our colleagues at the Upper School.
- Friday, May 14: COVID testing for students in grades 6 and 8.
- Week of May 17: Grades 6 and 8 on campus.
- Thursday, May 20, 6 p.m.: Join the cast and crew of “Annie” for a celebration of their work on this year’s radio drama Middle School musical.
- Friday, May 21: COVID testing for students in grades 5 and 7.
- Week of May 24: Grades 5 and 7 on campus.
- Monday, May 24: Arts Fest! This annual celebration of visual and performing arts is the culminating event for many of Lakeside’s arts classes.
- Tuesday, May 25, 6 p.m.: The 7/8 Choir presents a virtual showcase of their work from the spring semester.
- Thursday, May 27, 6 p.m.: Drama 7 presents “This Is Your Brain on Social Media.”
- Friday, May 28: COVID testing for students 5, 6, 7, 8 (all grades).
- Monday, May 31: Memorial Day. Lakeside closed; no classes.
- Tuesday, June 1-Friday, June 4: 8th grade outdoor trips. Families will receive more information by email.
- Tuesday, June 1 — Wednesday, June 2: 6th grade on campus.
- Thursday, June 3: Grades 5 and 7 on campus.
- Friday, June 4: Last day of school and early release. Grades 5, 6, and 7 on campus. There will be special activities for students, and school will let out early, at 1 p.m. Families will receive grade-specific information by email.
Rob Blackwell is Lakeside’s Middle School assistant director. You can reach him at 206-440-2721 and MSassistantdirector@lakesideschool.org.