Letter from the Lower School Director

Dear Lower School Families,

We are pleased to offer a plan for learning in person and remotely for K-5 children in the fall. Our team of faculty and staff have been working diligently to reimagine the academic program and, with the launch of Pingry Anywhere, create experiences that will be enriching for your children in the Lower School.

Home-School Partnership

Our partnership with you matters. Having full engagement at school and at home will be essential to our partnership, whether your child is learning at home or at school. Our alignment in values, routines, and expectations will be central to your child’s growth and development, especially during this period of uncertainty, and we look forward to sharing more information about Pingry Anywhere as details unfold.

Routines and Flexibility

Familiar routines and structure provide a sense of comfort to children. The Lower School has thoughtfully planned for new norms that will support the health and well-being of the community. We have also designed schedules with full-day programming to ensure that children will have numerous opportunities to connect with their teachers and peers. Additionally, we are pleased to share that Before- and Aftercare hours have been extended to meet the needs of working families.

Engaging and Active Learning Experiences

Our experienced and dedicated faculty remain committed to providing an excellent educational experience. Our program is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in core academic subjects and it is enriched by art, science, drama, music, library, Spanish, and physical education.
With ample indoor spaces and direct access to the outdoors, the Lower School is positioned to take advantage of flexible learning spaces that allow dynamic teaching, play, and socialization to take place even during these unprecedented times.

To best support our remote teaching and learning efforts, all Lower School grades, K-5, have adopted Google Classroom as their learning management platform, starting this fall. With the faculty’s completion of Global Online Academy coursework over the summer, they are fully prepared and eager to share and curate resources and design meaningful learning experiences for students.

Perhaps now more than ever, frequent points of connection and support from teachers are critical for children. This is fundamental to the Pingry experi- ence and will continue to be prioritized, whether students are learning at school or from home. In support of this priority, in the fall, the Lower School will launch an Associate Teacher Program to increase opportunities for personalized, one-on-one learning and small-group activities.

Connection and Community

Pingry is a hub of social and community life for all of us. We are making plans for educational programming for families that we believe will provide you with the knowledge and tools to support your children. Beginning September 8, we will host an orientation week for new and returning students and families. The orientation, components of which will be offered both virtually and in-person, will be a time for students and families to connect, review health and safety norms, and discuss the role of technology at school and at home. Importantly, orientation will set the stage for a strong start to the school year. More details will be forthcoming as the start of the school year nears.

I am honored to begin this journey with you and look forward to meeting you soon.

Warm regards,
Thu-Nga Morris
Lower School Director