Lower School student life centers around a close-knit community, beloved traditions, and strong school spirit.
Our traditions give us a sense of identity and unity, a feeling that we belong to a school that is meaningful to us. Here are a number of traditional annual events:
- Fall Carnival: Young and old gather together, with Middle and Upper School students leading games for Lower School children. The cake walk and decorated pumpkin contest are favorites from year to year.
- Halloween Parade: All grades parade in costume for the pleasure and to the applause of the entire student body, friends, and families.
- Holiday Breakfast: Friends, families, and faculty come together for good food and good cheer.
- Grandparents and Special Friends Day: Children and teachers host guests for a morning of sharing, classroom visits, school tours, and student performances in our theater.
- Field Day: The Lower School community celebrates the end of the year with children and teachers playing together on the fields and in the gym.
At Fredericksburg Academy we give children across divisions opportunities to develop lasting connections in meaningful ways. We are kinder and more generous if we feel connected. Some examples of the ways we create ties:
- Each Lower School class is connected to a varsity team; they exchange notes, goodies, time, and companionship
- Some classes are connected to Upper School buddies who join them in their class for a variety of academic experiences and community celebrations
- Classes within the Lower School are connected to each other to have shared learning experiences
- Some classes are buddies with classes in schools in other parts of the country and across the globe expanding their understanding of the greater community and world in which they live
Each buddy is empowered by his or her connection. Older buddies learn responsibility, empathy, self-worth; the younger buddies learn respect, compassion, gratitude.
Our school spirit brings us together as a caring community in many ways. Students and teachers have a feeling of belonging as they:
- cheer at pep rallies and for teams boarding the school bus
- participate in Homecoming and Spirit Week activities
- wear school spirit gear or spirit tattoos
- collect canned goods or pennies for a common cause
- honor our seniors in an all-school assembly
- leave cheerful notes on classroom doors and student lockers
- shout “Go Falcons” each week at our Lower School assembly
Students have engaging field experiences that help them develop skills through practice and reflection. They develop new understandings of their world through these novel situations. Students might visit:
- the zoo during a unit on endangered species
- the National Museum of Air and Space during a unit on space
- travel to an area farm to observe and learn about a local habitat
Fifth-graders take an overnight trip as a capstone experience.
Children learn that they can make a difference as they participate in service projects. They develop a sense of their own competence and self-confidence as they empathize and think of others, set goals, and work to create change. They might:
- collect canned goods for the local food bank
- pack lunches for local children in need
- send cards and write notes to service men and women
- contribute pennies to our annual Penny Harvest and vote for the charity to which the pennies are donated (e.g., The Brisben Center, Fredericksburg SPCA, Super Value Snack Project)
- harvest vegetables from the school garden to be donated to the food bank
- collect books and PJs for local children