There was plenty of sunshine, smiles, handshakes, and hugs at the Lower School Closing on Friday, June 2 on Childs Memorial Terrace as the Class of 2031 prepared to move on to Middle School. After representatives from each Lower School grade processed down the hill with their current class banner in hand, the fourth grade made their entrance behind the Drum Corps. Students, families, and friends enjoyed welcome remarks and musical interludes, as well as memories and advice from the fourth graders. “My best piece of advice is just to have fun and enjoy Lower School while you can because it goes by fast,” said one astute student.
Following the presentation of certificates by Head of School Dave Farace ‘87 and Head of Lower School Nancy Fleury, the Class of 2031 lined up to receive a warm embrace from the teachers who nurtured and guided them on the first part of their McDonogh journey. Next, the exchange of banners signified the moment when the younger students were officially promoted to the next year’s grade. The ceremony ended with the joyful tossing of the blazers by the rising fifth graders.