From the archive: buddy grades
Of all the ACDS traditions, one favorite is the buddy grade program. At regular intervals throughout the year, the grades get together for special activities. Recently it was the Eighth and PreK matchup working together on the Project Backpack weekly assembly. The giggles coming from the Dining Hall were contagious, and it's hard to tell who enjoyed the project more -- the older, poised Eighth Graders, or their awestruck younger counterparts.
Sometimes, PreK Four and Kindergarten students draw notes for their former buddies -- the graduates of last May now in ninth grade at their various high schools. These notes go into the care packages we send to young alumni as they prepare for final exams. It must be hard for the little ones to imagine what life in high school is like, but it's not hard to imagine the smiles on the faces of the teenagers when they open their hand-drawn notes from their ACDS buddies.
All this activity makes us grateful for the intentional way that we care for each other as a school family. The children of Country Day are blessed to be part of a community that cares so intensely about their success -- academic, socio-emotional, athletic, personal. We actively show respect, whether in buddy grades, at lunch, in class, or simply holding the door for a friend.
These little acts are the glue that holds our community together, and they show how a PreK through Eighth Grade school can foster children who bring goodness into the wider world. As they grow up and move on, they draw strength from the community that sent them on their way -- the Country Day way.