Oct 27

Lower School: Friday Letters from Leslie — Friday, October 27

Lower School Director Leslie Hosey, Ph.D.  ♦  Friday, October 27, 2017

Into the Woods will be performed at the Acheson Theater on the Birmingham campus next week. An opening day matinee will occur on November 2 at 4pm.  Special student pricing of $5.00 and $17 for adults can be obtained at

Theater faculty member Alex Pedica notes, “… our version of Into the Woods is darker than most versions. Some things that parents might object to are the mild language (damn, hell, etc.), scenes of adultery, on and off stage deaths some that are a bit gruesome but no blood, and Act 2 is meant to be a nightmare that features loud scary sounds and visuals.”  For some Stage IV students and parents, this is an opportunity to experience our program at the Birmingham campus, and to build cross-campus connections.  However, please make note of the mature content and assess your own child’s sensitivities prior to determining that this play is appropriate for your family. If you decide to attend, you and your child are invited to enjoy a pre-show pizza meal on the Birmingham campus.

Regis Corroza, Upper School government teacher, presented his research on the impact of screen time on the health and well-being of students.  As a community we will continue to grow our understanding of both benefits and detrimental effects of technology and begin a more intentional process of developing healthy screen time habits. A convergence of evidence suggests the following:

  • Hold off on providing children devices as long as possible;
  • Allow no devices in bedrooms;
  • Education and conversation, rather than power and control, are the means to building healthy habits.

In you have not already, please consider subscribing to “Tech Talk Tuesday” for educational support around the use of technology: Just as education, discussion, empathy and compassion have impacted community engagement around food and nutrition, reduction of communicable diseases, seatbelt use, and bullying, together we can us these same tools to increase understanding and impact healthy decision making around technology.

Finally, a quick reminder about the parking lot.  A row of spaces is reserved at the bottom of the hill for our Stage I Hill House parents.  The journey from the car to the hill is filled with wonder, and our youngest gifted students will not be rushed!  To safely support this journey of wonder, please keep these spaces open for our Stage I parents. These are the spaces facing Woodward, and marked “Visitor.” Signage will soon be changing to “Stage I Parking.”  Thank you for assisting our littlest ones as they traverse the campus safely.

Wishing all a restful and joy filled weekend,


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