Did You Know? News Worth Sharing

Everyone has a different reason for sending their child to Pennfield, and that can be the beginning of a great discussion.  We’ll be sharing different “Did You Know” points each month. Did you know that almost every single new family at Pennfield has come to us because someone from our community encouraged them to take a look? Thank you to our current and past parents!

Did you know…

  • Every Pennfield student performs a minimum of 20 hours of community service during the summer before 8thgrade? After volunteering, each student writes a reflective paper and shares their experience with the entire school during an assembly.
  • Our Headmaster holds weekly classes with students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade? Students discuss current events, important issues, and learn how to prepare for the high school application process.
  • This April, students in sixth through eighth grade will travel to Washington D.C. to tour the Nation’s Capital during the peak of the cherry blossoms.  The trip is integrated into our Upper School art, history, science and math curriculum. Highlights include a visit to Arlington Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, the Capital building, and the American Museum of History and Culture.
  • Pennfield offers a wide variety of summer camp programs for children ages 3-14? Visit our Summer Program page to learn more and sign your child up today!
  • Pennfield offers a Friday evening Ski Club for its upper school students?  Students in 6th through 8th grade who sign up for this 6 week enrichment program travel to Wachusett Mountain each Friday after school for some night skiing fun. 

  • technology is used daily by our students?  Our 1st and 2nd grade students are learning with Osmo, a unique system that combines iPad technology with physical manipulatives to help with problem solving, art, math and science. It’s self-paced and personalized to keep each student engaged and challenged.

  • Pennfield is celebrating a season of giving and kindness? Older students are collaborating with younger grades to select acts of kindness that they will share with the community.
  • The Oak Society, a group of 7th and 8th grade student ambassadors, volunteers at both school and community events?  This fall they have helped with the Norman Bird Sanctuary Harvest Fair, Pennfield’s Cornucopia Art Sale, and participated in a Sandy Point Beach clean up in conjunction with Clean Ocean Access.  Serving one’s greater community is a theme that is emphasized throughout the school.

  • Pennfield awards a yearly scholarship to a new, incoming upper school student who excels in science?  Click HERE to learn more about this scholarship and other scholarships available for new students.

  • art is essential at Pennfield? Students attend a studio art class every week, AND one week each spring is designated as “Arts Week”?  A large percentage of the funds raised by the November Cornucopia Art Sale help bring in a variety of professional artists and performers to our school during that special week.  

  • Pennfield students have a variety of opportunities to develop leadership skills?  Students may perform at daily assemblies, give an assembly speech, or share with their classmates a particular holiday or tradition that is celebrated in the home. Older students run for Student Council, design service projects in small groups, and have an opportunity to participate in our student ambassador organization, Oak Society.

  • Pennfield has an Open House for prospective parents coming up on Friday, December 9? Follow the link to see this video to find out more of the many programs Pennfield has to offer: https://www.pennfield.org/news/2016/07/pennfield-click-see-movie

  • our preschool class of 3 year olds practices yoga with Ms. King? Besides being a fun way to stretch and excercise, yoga helps to build concentration and increase mindfulness.

  • our 6th grade class will be sailing through school this semester? Students will participate in Reach, US Sailing’s STEM Education Initiative at the Herreshoff Museum in Bristol. The program combines science, technology, engineering, and math education with sailing instruction. By the end of the course, every student will have the opportunity to sail on a Herreshoff 12 ½!

  • Pennfield turns 45 this year. We opened our doors as The New School back in 1971. The name and location have changed, but the wonderful spirit continues with each new school year.

  • by the end of their 3rd grade year most Pennfield students have performed in three theatrical productions. Students from preschool through 8th grade have a variety of opportunities to hone their public speaking skills. The performing arts help build confidence, encourage teamwork, and allow children to share accomplishments with friends and family. Each year, the entire Pennfield community waits with anticipation for the lower school’s enthusiastic production.

  • upper school students have the opportunity to travel internationally during Pennfield’s two week March vacation. Last year students and teacher chaperones traveled to Spain where they practiced their Spanish skills, explored popular sights, experienced Spanish culture, and feasted on delicious Spanish cuisine.  To read more about their adventures, visit https://www.pennfield.org/news/2016/05/2016-spain-adventure-highlights.  This year Upper school students will have the chance to travel all the way to China! This is a great opportunity for our international students to share their country and culture with Pennfield friends. 

  • our students start taking Spanish lessons at age three, and the majority of our graduates place directly into Spanish II or Spanish II Honors as freshmen in high school.

  • eleven of our upper school students earned a medal on the 2016 National Spanish Examinations, and 11 more students received honorable mentions. Three Pennfield students placed in the top three in all of Rhode Island for their grade level!

  • it is standard practice for independent elementary schools to enroll during summer months, particularly with military transitions. Military and transfer students enrich our community.

If you know someone who might be interested in seeing all that Pennfield has to offer, have them contact Kristin Emory at kemory@pennfield.org to arrange a tour.

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