20 May Grandfriends’ Day 2019
On Friday, May 17, The Advent School welcomed over 150 grandfriends – grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbors, caregivers – to campus. The day began with a presentation by faculty members Judean Patten-Clark, Kindergarten-Third Grade Science, and Noelle Waters, Science and Engineering for ECC, Fourth-Sixth Grades.
Then, grandfriends visited classrooms to experience a day in the life of an Advent student. After the classroom visits, guests enjoyed the Book Fair and art gallery on display at the SMART Lab. It was another great day in support of the Advent community!
Here is the head of school Nicole A. DuFauchard’s opening remarks from Grandfriends’ Day 2019.
“Welcome! We are so thrilled to have all of you with us today. In the last six years, I have been happy to see grandfriends from as far as California and Europe to the Caribbean, Russia, and right here in Boston.
“Thank you for joining us today. I am Nicole DuFauchard, the fourth head of school here at Advent. I want to thank Tori Frappolli, Abby Hayhurst, the Advent staff and faculty, and of course, your amazing children for preparing for today. And say thank you for bringing the spring weather back to Boston.
“I want to share with you about our school – an insider view of the joy, the learning, the love that takes place every day here.
“You will see how our students are embedded in the life of Boston – and beyond. You will see how their learning impacts their curiosity to know more in real time, and how it enhances math, reading, and science. You will also see how Advent faculty use the world around them as a vehicle to teach the foundations of learning and prepare our students for what’s next.
“Founded in 1961 in the height of busing in Boston, a group of families said to themselves, “We can do better.” We can do better to provide a space where our children can learn the foundations of academic life, excel at math, science, and reading, and we can teach our children that human respect, honoring the community, and being a voice for themselves and others should be a guiding principle to all that we teach.
“One of the first integrated private elementary schools in Boston, Advent excelled at providing space for all families to come together to engage in rich academic learning in a city where the foundations of advocacy were born. For over 57 years we have engaged in the community as an extension of our classroom to teach even our youngest learners that what they do matters, how what they do they makes an impact, and that each of them can make a change.
“As I think about my own son’s journey at Advent since Kindergarten, learning how to understand the importance of the butterflies to our ecosystem, and in First Grade, his understanding of the interdependence of the rainforest, to gender identity and changemakers in Second Grade, to his current study on the American immigration.
“My 11-year-old has tackled tough discussions of change, of hardship, adversity, and success. He did not know that as he researched changemakers, he was solidifying his writing skills. And as he studied the destruction of the rainforest and mapped the removal of trees, he was learning computation; and as he prepares to finish his study of immigration of America and just returned tired and weary from Fifth Grade’s annual trip to New York City. He is aware of the way people can make a change.
“Every day, I see the places in our community where children advocate for themselves and each other. The movement of understanding how to preserve our world has become a common theme within our community. From composting to recycling, to the PA’s discussion on reusable lunch materials and a broader sense that what we do today will impact tomorrow has genuinely taken shape in the walls of 15 Brimmer.
“This discussion takes place, and action occurs because our grown-ups and our children work together with the expectation that all of us doing our part is to do better for the world. They are partners in the work, and children know they are capable, and the adults foster that capability to its fullest potential.
“That beginning principal that guiding question that the first group of parents started with is still the foundational principal today.
“This understanding is embedded in our curriculum through mission and has no exceptions. Today you will have an insight into how our science program looks to Advent’s mission to consider the future. How the research, investigations, and studies of the world around us empower us to advocate for the solutions to the problems that are impacting us today and in the future.
“You will have a chance to be in your children’s classroom and see the wonder and excitement they feel about their learning. We know that education is a journey to and our community of faculty, parents, and administrators are honored to be their partner in education.
“As an educator in a time that feels ever-changing and far more inundated, I am always thankful that on this small street in Beacon Hill, in the middle of one of the oldest cities in the nation, Advent is a place that can hold fast to its founding principles. The School continues to adapt, with the understanding that we are all connected. Our future depends on our children, and Advent’s children are up for the challenge.
“Thank you for being with us today. Thank you for sharing your families with us. Visit, be involved, give, and ask questions. We see all of you as part of our community and are honored that you walk alongside us in your children’s journey.
“Thank you, and have a beautiful day. “