December is always an exciting time at Grymes. We return from Thanksgiving Break to find that, as if by magic, the air has become electric with the excitement and anticipation of the holiday season. The paper ornaments on the Giving Tree, each labeled with the Christmas wish of a community child, are spirited away by partner classes. Gifts will be presented in the final assembly of the year, heaped up on the stage as we sing carols together, and then our Community Service Committee members will take them off to families in need. Long chains of red and green construction paper festoon the bulletin boards as do painted gingerbread men, bright red cardinals, and letters to Santa. The Upper School bands are hard at work rehearsing their concert pieces, while the younger children are busy memorizing their songs (you may have overheard your child humming a Christmas tune!) Preparation, anticipation, and service to others take on special meaning at this time of year.
Preparation, anticipation, and service to others take on special meaning at this time of year.
This is an important moment in the eighth grade year, one that we take very seriously at Grymes, and one that is bittersweet.
This is an important moment in the eighth grade year, one that we take very seriously at Grymes, and one that is bittersweet. As the school year turns a corner into the second semester, our eighth graders are just beginning to realize that their Grymes journey is coming to a close. It’s at this time that we begin to see our eighth grade class as a beautiful puzzle. Each unique piece fits together to form a picture that we know well and love. Right now, we revel in the picture that is perfectly complete and know that all too soon, the puzzle will fragment as each student launches forward to the next step of their journey.
For now, in this season of love, joy, excitement and giving, we share as a family in each other’s hard work and accomplishments. Enjoy this special time, savor every industrious moment, and join us in celebrating your children’s achievements so far this year.
Wishing you and your families a joyful holiday season,