June 17, 2020 India Hill

Parent Testimonials

“I have been a member of the Grymes community for fourteen consecutive years now, the parent of four Grymes Lifers, and have worn the wide array of hats that so many Grymes parents do that allow us to have great insight and connection to this school; I have served as many a field trip chaperone, class play costume and prop creator, annual fund representative, class parent, sports carpool driver, and as a member of the Board of Trustees for the past six years, I thought in that time and in those roles, I had seen all that Grymes has to offer my children.  Then came 2020 and a situation that we’ve never faced before.  This spring I learned that the appreciation and admiration I had for Grymes teachers in the past was to be no match for the present -our teachers are welcoming, accessible, creative, and attuned to our children as individual people. They designed creative projects to engage their students, made sure voices were given space to be heard in online meetings, and continued to encourage relationships with teachers and with one another.  During this time in which it was entirely too easy to have too much screen time, they consciously chose to ensure there were meaningful assignments and outlets that were away from a screen.  Grymes provided a supportive, loving, stable presence through the spring and never missed a beat in offering a full curriculum online.  We are so very fortunate to have a school which rose to this unprecedented occasion in the manner in which Grymes did, this was not the normal experience for the majority of families in other schools this spring, but a Grymes educational experience is not normal, it is extraordinary, and fundamentally it is that extraordinary experience and community that draws a family to Grymes and keeps us there, fourteen consecutive years and counting.

– Phoebe Warmack  (parent & member of the Board of Trustees)

 

“Grymes went above and beyond to create meaningful lessons, engage students, and nurture classroom bonds during the unexpected time of remote learning. We continue to be grateful for the support the GMS community provided for families — highlights from our family during remote learning include one-on-one phone calls, virtual class meetings, listening to daily stories, engineering lessons, art and music enrichments, “running the Appalachian Trail”, and showing our GMS spirit during virtual field day. The care, thoughtfulness, and creativity the Grymes community showed during this challenging time is a testament to strength and dedication of the faculty and staff. We are proud to be Grizzlies!”

-The Sydnor family (Grizzlies since 2014)