Lower School News

Grandparents and Special Friends Visit Campus for Joyous Celebration

King’s annual Grandparents and Special Friends Day celebration returned to campus this year with joy, smiles, and hugs as guests joined their children in the bustling classrooms of the Lower School for a day of engaging activities and learning. Head of School Carol Maoz opened the celebration with gratitude for the support that grandparents and special friends add to the community. 

“Today, we celebrate the connections between the generations. All of us at King have a tremendous appreciation for our community and the partnership we form with our families as we all work together to help our students learn and grow. That includes you – grandparents and special friends,” said Maoz as she kicked off the event. 

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Inaugural King of Spring Events Bloom Into Action

King of Spring was in full bloom on King School’s campus last weekend. The inaugural festivities showcased King’s extracurricular programs – Athletics, King Cares Service Learning, and Performing Arts – during a week of fun-filled activities. 

Leading up to the weekend, each division hosted a different theme each day for Spirit Week to kick off the celebration with a major show of Viking Pride. To name a few, the week featured a tie dye day in the Lower School, Wacky Wednesday in the Middle School, a neon day in the Upper School, and an all school King Spirit day at the end of the week. 

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Young Scientists Research Independent Projects for Science Fair

A crowd of lower school students looked up in awe as a bottle rocket launched to near ceiling height at the Lower School Science Fair. Using a pressure pump, Ella Mendez ’29 and Ella McKee ’29 hypothesized that the more air pressure they added into a soda bottle, the higher the bottle will rocket upwards. The students learned that there were other variables that impact the height of the bottle such as its angle at launch and the force of gravity. The fair, which took place on April 28, presented new innovative ideas from the fifth grade class.

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King School’s Biennial Gala Returns After Pandemic Pause

King School’s biennial gala returned to campus this year with invigorating energy after an extended pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The glass ceiling tent was filled with cheer, laughter, and the sound of clinking glasses as over 350 guests gathered for the event which took place on Saturday, April 23, on the King School campus. 

Head of School Carol Maoz kicked off the evening. “Tonight, we celebrate our community, and we celebrate the ability to gather in person on this beautiful campus – something we no longer take for granted!”

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Little Vikings Explore the Long Island Sound

Our little Vikings ventured off to SoundWaters earlier this week to explore the treasures of the Long Island Sound. First grade students participated in two hands-on learning experiences that introduced them to local animals and the negative impact of oil spills on the Long Island Sound and beyond.

The class was divided into two groups for simultaneous lessons on each subject, followed by interactive STEM experiments. The first group got up close with live animals, touching and holding the creatures to observe clues about their ways of life in the Long Island Sound.

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Families Join the Classroom for Math Morning Celebration

Lower school families at King School kicked off their Math Morning celebration with a presentation in the PAC led by math coordinator Jenny Bruno. Bruno emphasized how a King education adds visualization, investigation, and play to the learning process to increase critical thinking, communication skills, and global citizenship. “At King, we develop strong mathematical thinkers who find problem-solving both challenging and fun,” said Bruno. “It is important for children to have skills to solve problems confidently, make sense of problems, and persevere in solving them. Our math program empowers students to use appropriate tools strategically, attend to precision, look for and make use of patterns, and express mathematical thinking.”

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Exhibit Transports Lower School to Ancient Egypt

Journey back to ancient Egypt with an exhibit curated by fifth grade students at King. The exhibition features Egyptian hieroglyphics, King Tut’s tomb, an informational display of the Nile River, pyramids, mummies, and more. Over the past few weeks, the class has explored the ancient culture and developed projects that best demonstrate their interest.

“I wanted to study sports because that’s something that I’m interested in,” said Paxton Freeman ’29. “I wondered about what types of activities the Egyptians used to do for fun and started researching sports that were around back then. That led me to archery.” Inspired, Paxton made a target, an arrow, and a crossbow out of cardboard box and wood for his project.

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King Celebrates Expressions of Excellence and Joy of the African Diaspora with Special Guests

Throughout the month of February, as King celebrates Black History Month, a host of interesting guests have visited campus to share their unique stories with students. The Middle and Upper Schools welcomed Geiszel and Manual Godoy, owners of Black Sands Entertainment. The Lower School hosted Danielle Robinson, niece of prominent singer and record label executive Sylvia Robinson, and Rochelle Ballantyne, slated to become the first female African American chess master. Each visit contributed its unique perspective to the school’s theme for Black History Month, “Expressions of Excellence and Joy of the African Diaspora.” 

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Students Cave Dive Into Literacy Learning

At King School, fifth grade students are taking a deep dive into literacy learning by reading the book, “All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team,” by author Christina Soontornvat. The book is based on the true story of a boys soccer team that became trapped during a cave excursion when monsoon rain suddenly flooded the exits and entryways. King parent Lindsey Oudsema P’29, ’32, who has extensive experience cave diving, visited the class to share her story. Her knowledge offered insight into the kinds of challenges the rescue team faced in saving the soccer team.

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Heroes, Sidekicks, and Villains Take the Stage for Lower School Musical

Fifth grade thespians at King School transported the audience into the bright and colorful world of video games for their musical, “Press Start!” The performance featured popular heroes, sidekicks, and villains working together to earn the gold rings needed to play. The students spent weeks preparing for the musical before hitting the stage on Monday, February 7

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