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“One thing that all of our Lower School teachers have in common is that we love working with young boys. We love their boundless physical energy, their limitless creativity, the fact that they’re intuitive leaders and they handle responsibility well – even at very young ages. We love that boys are risk-takers – they often act before they think. Boys are often disorganized; they live in the moment and don’t always think ahead. Boys make great friends – they’re incredibly loyal and dependable. And, my personal favorite, the fact that boys are very funny -- they have irreverent senses of humor. At St. Christopher’s we see these classic boy qualities as gifts.”
-- Dave Menges, Lower School Head
Welcome to the Lower School
St. Christopher’s understands that boys need to be actively engaged in their learning. For an experience to have impact, boys must use information in real and meaningful ways. Physical activity and movement enhance all learning opportunities.
In Lower School science, for example, students studying Newton’s Laws of Motion work collaboratively in groups to measure how high balls bounce from various heights. Kindergarten classes use pumpkins to integrate learning of math, science, and reading. Students learn Voicethread to read out loud and listen to fluency. Through Skype, Spanish classes engage in conversations with students and teachers at a school in Mexico.
Other Lower School highlights:
  • Weekly chapel services
  • A kindergarten English tea with St. Catherine’s students
  • A first-grade celebration of American Indians with St. Catherine’s pen pals;
  • Third-grade Colonial Day
  • Fourth grade stock market game;
  • Tasting Day where students prepare, serve and sample foods from around the country;
  • Business Day where fifth grade students visit Richmond area businesses;
  • A fifth grade wax museum where students research and dress as famous people;
  • Service projects
  • A mentoring program with Middle School boys
  • A school garden
  • A Battle of the Books competition
  • A school musical that combines classes from each level
  • Society Days, biannual class poetry recitations where elected officers preside
  • Student recitals and choral concerts
  • Field trips to Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, Monticello, Mount Vernon, the Frontier Culture Museum, the Science Museum and other Richmond area historical places
Meet the Lower School Head
Lower School Literary Society
Nov. 2014 Literary Society, Grades 2-3
Fifth graders visit Egypt via Skype
Fifth graders visit Egypt via Skype
Ms. Renee Fraine's fifth grade class took a trip to Cairo, Egypt. Ok, not literally, but on Skype, the boys got a true glimpse of what is currently happening in a place of turmoil.

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Third Grade Colonial Day
Colonial Day
St. Christopher's and St. Catherine's third graders come together every year for Colonial Day in the Lower School. Students, dress in colonial garb, participate in cooking, crafts and games to better understand the historical period.