This week we really felt our American pride at Stephen S. Wise Temple Elementary School. As I walked through classrooms, I read interesting essays on the office of the president, observed lessons on Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, and did research with our Fifth Grade students on the early colonies. Each grade level is working on the concepts of citizenship, power, and change. They are looking at American history through the lenses of economists, sociologists, and political scientists. Our discussions are deep and meaningful, and I am confident our students will appreciate the day off next Monday with a new understanding of presidential history. Today was one of the highlights of our learning as we sang and cheered at our Patriotic Assembly. It was really powerful to see 400 of us in the Sanctuary - all decked out in red, white and blue - singing so enthusiastically. We sang some of the traditional classics that every American student should know, and added a few of our own unique fun songs (ask your child about Alexander’s Ragtime Band). It was a foot-stomping good time, and another reason I love being a part of our School community. Enjoy the long weekend and make sure to ask your student to share their favorite patriotic song with you!