Experiencing the art of Alma Woodsey Thomas

Students in 2-3 were recently introduced to the art of Alma Woodsey Thomas. Following an introduction to watercolor painting, students explored the abstract style of the artist. Ms. Thomas was born in 1891 and was an art teacher in Washington DC for 38 years. She began painting full-time when she was in her 60’s!


We’re looking forward to seeing both new and familiar faces back on campus! Be sure to check out this brief video that provides an overview of the new Swivl technology that will be in our hybrid classrooms this fall. The video features four faculty members and was recorded during our Summer Term classes.

Watch the video

Climate Fact Cards

During the month of January, students in Waynflete’s 4-5 program created fact cards in connection with their class unit on Iceland’s glaciers, sea level rise, and Iceland’s proactive efforts to slow the pace of climate change. (Iceland is this year’s Global Focus country.)

The fact cards are similar to public service announcements, with messages ranging from “CO2 is the gas that’s causing Earth to warm up over time” to “The world’s largest glacier is in Antarctica” to “Glaciers melting may trigger more volcanic eruptions in Iceland.”

These signs are posted around the Lower School. Have a look the next time you visit!

View a gallery of selected postcards

Puffling rescue!

The entire Lower School has recently become immersed in a study of Iceland, this year’s Global Focus country. In preparation for their original play called The Great Volcano Rescue, Early Childhood students have been learning about puffins.

Part of the research included watching  a video about a tradition in Iceland called Puffin Patrol (click here to see the video).  After the students became very excited about the idea of rescuing lost pufflings, teachers transformed an area of the classroom into a Puffin Patrol Research Center. Here, students could search for missing pufflings, record data, band the birds, and release them back into the ocean. Students have even gone on Puffin Patrols throughout the Lower School to locate these adorable birds.

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