We had a wonderful Wellness Week promoting heath, wellness, and self-care to students, teachers, and parents. Each day had a theme and various activities that went with that theme. We also paired it with Spirit Week to get the students excited about wellness and Spring Break.
In "I Hear America Singing," each kindergarten through grade 5 class sang and danced to tunes that highlighted the United States and its military. The patriotic performance showcased the hard work and months of practice of our students and Subject Expert Teachers Mr. Junsay and Ms. Michalak.
Walking into our Early Learning entrance (for PreK and kindergarten families) you’ll see fun photos of PreK and kindergarten students in class, a dry erase board with a question of the week for students to answer, and often Director of Student Affairs for PreK-Grade 3 Cassie Korik because her office is right off the atrium. She loves greeting families and getting to know parents and siblings as much as the students she serves.
Though much of Ms. Korik’s time is dedicated to supporting teachers and assisting parents, the highlights of her day are when she visits classrooms. Every class she enters is filled with smiling students engaging in hands-on lessons with their peers and teachers. We sat down with her to get to know her, what she enjoys about her role, and why she’s excited about our Early Learning (including our new Twos) and primary programs.
What do I want to do right now—read, solve puzzles, build something, play with bubbles, or create a craft? Do I want to play alone or with a friend? These are the questions our Early Learning (PreK-1 through kindergarten) students are asking and answering for themselves every day during Choice Time. This time revolves around centers that connect to various lessons from the week, often around a World Discovery theme.
By making the choice of how they want to learn, our youngest learners are getting to know more about themselves and what they enjoy. They start making choices about what subjects they like and what they want to know more about.
Leading up to the Homecoming dance, our high school Association of Student Leaders planned a school-wide spirit week, including several themed dress up days that every grade could partake in.
Shouting, laughter, and running can be heard coming from the gym whenever PreK through grade 4 students are in P.E. They just can’t get enough of Subject Expert Teacher Mr. Coquelin’s physical education classes.
More than just learning basketball, soccer, and other sports skills, P.E. at BASIS Independent McLean teaches balance, agility, teamwork, and everyday life skills. Mr. Coquelin's strives to make his students enjoy being active, so that they will want to continue being active on a daily basis once they have left his class.
BASIS Independent McLean is excited to offer a Twos Program starting in the 2019-2020 school year. The full-day program will give 2-3 year olds a place to learn, grow, and play in a supportive environment that nurtures growing minds.
If your child likes to get his or her hands dirty, our Ooey Gooey Camp is perfect for them! Kids age 4 through grade 2 can spend a week discovering the messy fun that is science. Students will experiment with goop, slime, exploding soda, volcanoes, and more.
We spoke with Ms. Kimbrough and Ms. Johnson to learn more about what to expect in this Ooey Gooey camp. Read their full bios here.
This summer, we are excited to host four full-day camps for our youngest learners (age 4 through grade 2). These camps provide engaging hands-on activities for students to learn about new topics and physical activities through sports camps! First, we’re featuring Under the Sea, taught by our Kindergarten Expert Teachers Ms. Kimbrough and Ms. Moomaw. Read their full bios here.
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