Fifth graders celebrated new beginnings this week when they donned Class of 2026 sweatshirts for the first time. The annual sweatshirt tradition is the first official time that students are recognized as a class and a community. The occasion also marks the beginning of the transition from Lower School to Middle School. Lower School Division Head Bridget Henderson says the fifth grade year is an important one in Lower School.
“Our students are given many opportunities to develop leadership skills that will help them to be successful throughout their lives. By commemorating their last year in Lower School early on, it jump starts the year in a positive way and solidifies them as a class,” she says.
The beginning of fifth grade is traditionally commemorated with a special Chapel service. During the service, each student is presented with a blue and gold Episcopal sweatshirt featuring their class year. The occasion elicits plenty of tears, smiles and hugs as the reality of it all hits home for families.
Today, these students are considered the leaders of Lower School. In a short time, they will be considering colleges and careers. The sweatshirt ceremony is not only a reminder of the bright future ahead of these students, but also a time to pause and enjoy the moment.