LS Newsfrom Jennifer Le Varge, Lower School director

Mark Your Calendars

  • Monday, March 11: Trimester 2 Report Cards emailed home
  • Monday, March 11-24: No Classes, Spring Break
  • Monday, March 25: Classes Resume at 8 AM
  • Thursday, April 4: LS Art Show, 6-7 PM, Gallery, US Commons, Rossbach Art Walk, Family Commons
  • Thursday, April 4: LS Music Show, 7-8 PM, Nicholson Center
  • Wednesday, April 10: No Classes, Eid al-Fitr
  • Thursday, April 11: Parents Association Cultural Celebration Day, 3-6 PM, Family Commons
  • Monday, April 15: LS Visiting Author Yangsook Choi
  • Wednesday, April 17: CHAMP Assembly, 8:15-9 AM, Family Commons
  • Friday, April 19: MPA Spring Auction, 6:30-11 PM, Dellwood Golf Club

Spring Break is almost here, yet the learning never stops in the Lower School. Please read on for more updates:

At our CHAMP assembly on March 6, we celebrated Women’s History Month by exploring some well-known women who have contributed greatly to our world. We focused on the CHAMP attribute of cooperative. Every day at lunchtime for the month of March, Lower School students read a small passage about important women in our world to the rest of the division. Our next CHAMP assembly is April 17, and we will be learning about being accountable. Please send your child to school on that day wearing their CHAMP colors!

Trimester 2 Report Cards Coming Home on March 11
The second trimester has flown by! Teachers shared pertinent updates on all the progress your child has made over the past few months at conferences. On Monday, March 11, please check your email for your child’s Trimester 2 report card. Comments are added to report cards for Trimester 1 and Trimester 3 only. We look forward to sharing more about your child’s learning with you soon.

LS Visiting Author: Yangsook Choi on April 15
I am overjoyed to share that on April 15, the MPA Lower School will have the pleasure of welcoming Yangsook Choi, author of the beloved children’s book “The Name Jar,” as our visiting author. Yangsook is from Seoul, Korea, and she is an incredible writer and illustrator. She will lead writing and illustration workshops for our PreK-Grade 4 students while she is visiting. Please stay tuned for more information about how you can have the author sign a copy of “The Name Jar” for your child!

2024 MPA Spring Auction on April 19
We hope to see you at the 2024 MPA Spring Auction, Together We Can Move Mountains, on Friday, April 19 at Dellwood Golf Club. This is your chance to attend a night of fun, inspiration, and community building while supporting MPA with fellow parents, alumni, and friends.

LGBTQ+ Family Group for Lower School Parents
Lower School parent Rachael Weber is excited to lead the creation of an LGBTQ+ family group for families of children in PreK through Grade 4. The group will focus on allyship, advocacy, and the sharing of resources and experiences in this affinity space specific to the developmental stages of early and middle childhood. Parents who are members and/or allies of the LGBTQ+ community are welcome to contact Rachael at to join!

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