Park School’s Core Values of Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, and Kindness are important to the
daily life in Lower School. Classroom teachers recognize their students for behavior that exemplifies these values by highlighting students who are “Caught Doing Good.” Congratulations to these young Pioneers!
This month’s kindergarten friend who is recognized as “Caught Doing Good” is Thomas G! Thomas demonstrates kindness, honesty, and is respectful toward others in the Park community. Thomas shows he’s responsible by remembering his morning tasks, working hard in class, and always doing his homework. Thomas’ behavior is a perfect example of how to treat others and we could not be more proud of him for always doing his best!
Another student we would like to recognize for following our life rules is Jacob S. Jacob is a friend who notices things going on with his friends and will offer compliments to them. One example of this behavior is his noticing a friend who recently came into class with a new haircut. Jacob was the first to notice the change and compliment his friend’s new cut. Jacob has worked hard this year to incorporate these life rules into his daily interactions with classmates and we are proud of the progress he has made this year!
Grade 1 For the final “Caught Doing Good” of the year, 1st grade has two students that need and should be recognized. Ms. Rico is recognizingJada C. and Henry H.for their kindness. Last week the 1st grade class had a shadow, named Logan. Logan was a little hesitant to join the 1st grade. Ms. Rico asked Jada and Henry if they would help Logan by showing her around the classroom and introducing her to friends. Within ten minutes or less, Jada and Henry had Logan engaged in a game of “Ants in the Pants.” Logan was smiling and engaging in nice conversation. All of her anxiety and worry had melted away with a little help from some new friends. A huge thank you to Jada and Henry for demonstrating kindness and being so welcoming to a new friend! What a great way to end the school year!
Grade 2 Second Grade would like to recognize Colton S. for being RESPONSIBLE in helping Kindergarten students last month with the egg drop experiments and with the engineering activity in which students built cars. Colton happily worked with Kindergarten students and encouraged them when they had difficulty with the activities. Thank you Colton for being such a responsible second grader and helping our younger friends! The Park School is proud of you!
For the final “Caught Being Good” of the year, Grade 3 would like to recognize not one, but two students for their respect, kindness, and responsibility! Both Asa P. and Emily H. demonstrate these qualities on a regular basis in the classroom and on the soccer field. Their smiles, easy going nature, and determination to accomplish every task assigned to them is inspiring. Whether it is a kind word to a teammate, or even offering a hand to an opposing player who they may have bumped into and knocked down, this responsibility to others made Mr. Downey’s choice EASY! Another example of this occurred last week on our camping trip when Emily made it a point to stay with and assist her friend Maya through the creek as Maya worked to overcome some of the bigger rocks with her sore knee. Coincidentally, these two Pioneers were the class student government reps this year and will continue to “set the example” next year as a couple of our oldest Lower School students. Well done, Asa and Emily! Mr. Downey and Park are proud of you!
Grade 4 would like to recognize Alexa T. for consistently following all four Park School life rules. She is always kind to her classmates and includes anyone in anything she is doing. She is responsible for her materials and schoolwork and is always trying her very best. She is respectful to her friends and teachers and does what she is supposed to do, even when no one is watching. She is honest and true to herself in everything she does. Alexa is a true example of what being a Park Pioneer should look like. You are a rock star, Alexa, and are going to do great in Middle School! Keep being you!
Founded in 1912, The Park School of Buffalo has the distinction of being one of the oldest Progressive schools in the country. Park is an independent, co-educational school serving approximately 300 students enrolled in prekindergarten (3 and 4 year olds), lower school (kindergarten through grade 4), middle school (grades 5 through 8), and upper school (grades 9 through 12). Park is uniquely situated on 34 beautiful acres in Amherst, New York. The School’s campus – formerly a farm – includes a pond, marsh, gardens, and a greenhouse while being located just minutes from downtown Buffalo and easily accessible from many communities throughout Western New York. Park’s educational philosophy embraces active, student-centered learning, delivered by exceptional teachers who design and continuously update a robust curriculum. Faculty members approach each student as an individual within the context of a kind and respectful community. From the preschool years through college preparation, The Park School of Buffalo helps learners realize their own unique potentials and prepares them to be confident, successful, life-long learners.