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Fourth-Grade Closing Filled With Tradition

The procession of class banners. The Fourth-Grade Drum Corps. Memories and advice. Hugs from beloved faculty. The blazer toss. The much-loved traditions of the Lower School Closing Ceremony were back after a two-year pause due to the pandemic. 

The Lower School community gathered at Childs Memorial Terrace on a sunny Friday, June 3 to celebrate the 70 fourth graders who are moving to Middle School and to recognize the advancement of students in PK to third grade to a new grade. The joyful ceremony was filled with music, laughter, and even a few (happy) tears. Head of Lower School Nancy Fleury shared fourth graders’ many heartwarming memories which often involved hands-on learning and being with classmates. 

Before presenting the fourth-grade certificates, she reflected on their memories and advice, and added her own vote of confidence in the rising fifth grade. "It is our hope that you will carry many of these special moments with you, as all of these experiences are a part of you and have been instrumental to your growth and development. Through these experiences, you have gained the skills you need to be successful in Middle School and beyond."

Fleury concluded, “You are ready to learn new things, take on new challenges, and meet new people. You are about to embark on a new journey. We believe in you and are confident you will thrive!”

Contributing photographers: Leslie Finkelstein, Irvin Simon Photography