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Spreading May Day Floral Joy

After the May Day celebration on Friday, students, including leaders in the sixth grade Students for Environmental and Service Learning Action committee, repurposed May Day flowers to create 30 bouquets. The students delivered the arrangements to older adults at Chesterbrook Residences, one of Potomac's community partners. The delivery coincided with dinner at Chesterbrook, and the students were met with applause and smiles from everyone in Potomac's first in-person visit since the start of the pandemic. Thank you to the PA Service Learning Committee for donating gently-used vases used for the service project, and thank you to our students for spreading May Day joy to older adults in our community! 

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Living History Showcase Takes Us Back in Time

Sixth graders brought the Middle Ages to Potomac with the annual Living History Showcase. The students researched the medieval era before deciding on roles they wanted to represent. The showcase featured bakers, merchants, knights, craftspeople, and even plague victims! The students worked collaboratively to develop skits and presentations demonstrating all they had learned about this fascinating period. Great job, sixth grade! Enjoy a photo gallery from the event.

Potomac River Boat Trips for Grade 6

This week, three of our sixth grade classes spent a day boating on the Potomac River. While the weather was mixed – one sunny day and two not-so-much – the students had a great day on the water. Mrs. Fields' class will head out for the final trip next Tuesday after we return from a long weekend. The students examined water quality with an emphasis on abiotic factors that affect the watershed and used nets to capture fish to learn about the various species living here. View a gallery!

Greek Olympics Reigns Supreme!

Last Friday, fifth graders in decorated chitons performed a traditional Greek dance at the Greek Assembly. Then they headed to the Turf field to show their athletic abilities – leaping over poles, hoisting the shot put into the air, running like the wind, and cheering on their friends. All that fun was followed by a wonderful Greek lunch catered by Meriwether Godsey. It was a glorious day! We hope your students came home with many exciting stories to share. View the photo gallery. 

Vinson Hall Earth Day Tree Dedication

On Friday, April 19, Adam McNeil's grade 5 class joined Jeremy Metz' grade 10 English class (G block), along with Brandon Mayrhofer ’27 and Trevor Nelson ’27 for a morning of campus beautification and a tree planting and dedication at Vinson Hall Retirement Community. Students and residents worked together to create small container gardens in front of each building in the community. Later, we all gathered for a tree planting and dedication ceremony. It was a beautiful morning of cross-divisional and intergenerational connections!

Lunar New Year Parade

The Middle School has celebrated the Lunar New Year in several ways these past few weeks. Most recently, fifth graders wound their way around campus to celebrate the Year of the Dragon with their annual Lunar New Year dragon parade. This was the first year that second graders joined the parade. View the photo gallery here.

Fourth Graders Visit Martha's Table

As part of their Service Learning curriculum focused on homelessness, hunger, and poverty, Ms. Armstrong’s and Ms. Harter’s grade 4 classes visited the headquarters of Martha's Table in Anacostia on Tuesday. While there, students were given a tour of the facility to learn about the many ways that they support our community by providing healthy food, early childhood education and care, fitness classes, and job training and resources. See below for the list of upcoming Service Learning trips.