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Grammar School

Special Focus: Homework

Friday, March 1st, 2024

If you had to identify one facet of education that has been shown to improve the parent partnership, deepen classroom discussions, identify and ameliorate student learning gaps and teach students executive functioning skills - in only twenty minutes a day - what would it be? That's right, homework. Here is a snapshot of the reasons why purposeful homework is integral to...

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Physical Activity in the Grammar School: Entree to Life Lessons

Thursday, November 16th, 2023

During the first days of kindergarten physical education (PE), you can find Coach Johnson outside, five and six-year olds walking around him as he chants: “Heel-toe, heel-toe.” It’s embodied learning that is foundational to not only the Regents PE program, but to the whole Regents academic curriculum.

“Obviously kids know how to walk...

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First-Ever Pastor Day in the Grammar School!

Saturday, November 4th, 2023

Over 20 pastors came to our first-ever Pastor Day at the Grammar School. "It was like a combination of Jesus and Justin Bieber walked into our classroom, the students were so excited," said third grade teacher Mrs. Ziegler. Thank you to all the pastors who took time out of their busy schedules to make their students feel loved!

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Introducing Coach Saunders

Thursday, November 2nd, 2023

Regents would like to welcome Reagan Saunders as the assistant athletic director. You may recognize Coach Saunders’ name from his internship with Regents last year while he was party of Trinity Presbyterian Church’s Fellows Program. This year, he returns full-time to coach P.E., lead intramurals, help drive buses and more. With Coach Johnson assuming a...

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Welcome, Mrs. Kennedy!

Wednesday, October 11th, 2023

Regents is thrilled to introduce Charlotte Kennedy, our new fifth grade teacher who is stepping into Mr. Muur's shoes who is our new Grammar School Principal. While Mrs. Kennedy may be new to Regents, she is no stranger to the classroom, having spent the last three years as a second grade teacher in Houston.

"Everything at Regents is done with...

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Sixth Grade Buddies

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2023

One of the joys of sixth grade is being the oldest in the Grammar School. Each sixth grader is matched with a kindergarten buddy to mentor and watch out for during the year. This is an opportunity for leadership for the older students, and the kindergarteners are delighted to be known and cared for by a "big kid."

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Fourth Grade Poetry

Friday, September 29th, 2023

Fourth grade has begun a new tradition with teacher Mrs. McReynolds of reciting a poem at many Recitation Chapels in addition to their Scripture memory. In September, students recited Corpus Christi Carol, an early modern English poem written by John Hill in 1533 as part of their medieval history studies.

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From the Desk of the Grammar School Principal

Friday, September 22nd, 2023

It truly is a wonderful endeavor to serve at the Regents School of Charlottesville. For the last three years, it has been my joy to teach fifth grade and coach a few sports at Regents. Now, it is my immense honor to serve as the Interim Grammar School Principal. My hope is that the families, children, and faculty of the Grammar School will strive to glorify God and enjoy...

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Regents Welcomes Mrs. Mais!

Tuesday, September 5th, 2023

Regents is excited to welcome Emily Mais to the Grammar School as a kindergarten teacher! Mrs. Mais may be new to teaching at Regents, but she is a stranger neither to the Regents community nor the classroom. Her children Ben (2nd) and Ruby (3rd) have attended Regents for the past two years.

Prior to joining Regents, Mrs. Mais spent eight years as an elementary...

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New Site Update

Tuesday, September 5th, 2023

If you have driven by the new site since the end of the 2022-2023 school year, you may not have noticed much difference in the way the site is looking. The tasks of the last three months have been the kinds of things that don't result in much outward change: getting electricity to the site, receiving all of our MEP permits (mechanical, electrical and plumbing), waiting...

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Second Grade Poetry

Friday, May 5th, 2023
Ms. Sawyer's second grade class has been learning about meter and rhyming and the students have been practicing writing their own poems:
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From the Music Room

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2023

"In second grade, we've been reviewing the difference between rhythm (the pattern of the words in a song) and an ostinato (a repeating pattern)," says teacher Kara Faraldi. "We have a chant that goes 'An ostinato is a repeating pattern' and we say it over and over again. One little girl went home and was saying the chant repeatedly. After about...

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Why Shakespeare?

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2023

There is a great benefit to introducing students to Shakespeare in the latter Grammar School years. Academically, it prepares students for engaging with his text when they move to the Upper School and it helps them with reading comprehension. After all, not only does one have to remember what the lines are but one has to understand what Shakespeare is saying and communicate...

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On the Coram Deo Board this Month

Sunday, April 30th, 2023

Coram Deo means "before the face of God." Each class has a Coram Deo board where teachers post work that is done with such excellence that it meets this standard. On kindergarten's board have been some beautiful paintings inspired by VanGogh's Starry Night.

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Grammar School Tradition: Shaking Hands

Wednesday, April 5th, 2023

You may know that at the end of each week, students in the Grammar School receive a small pack of Smarties candy. You may not know the other half of this ritual; they receive their candy on their way out the building when they shake hands with Mrs. Palumbo and practice looking her in the eyes and saying “thank you” or “have a good weekend.”...

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Regents Reading Revolution Thank You!

Sunday, April 2nd, 2023

Congratulations to Grammar School students who read a total of over 120,000 minutes during the Regents Reading Revolution! One student read 110 hours over the 17 days! Special congratulations goes to sixth grade who read the most minutes as a class.

Thank you to all the parents, grandparents and friends who supported our eager readers. This year, over...

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Author Visit: Jonathan Miller

Saturday, March 18th, 2023

Author Jonathan Miller visited Grammar School in March to talk about his work as an author-illustrator. Mr. Miller has published a four-book series about Sammy the dachshund and captivated students with his work. His time with grades four through six focused on the writing process. Students learned about how Mr. Miller has approached writing and had the chance to ask...

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Why Does the Grammar School Chant?

Thursday, March 2nd, 2023

As I type this, first grade is lining up in the hall to go outside as teacher Mrs. Bryant leads them through a call-out that reminds them how to conduct themselves in line. Across the hall, sixth grade sings through the countries of Asia – with a favorite chorus that rings out every few minutes. Downstairs, second grade sings all the first twenty-six presidents, third...

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Drama Night 2023

Wednesday, March 1st, 2023

Congratulations to first through fourth grades in their class plays this year! First grade performed The Little Red Hen, second grade performed Happy Birthday, Beatrix Potter and Stone Soup. Third grade performed Atalanta and the Great Race, and fourth grade performed Robin Hood. A job well done, students! A big thanks to Ms....

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What We're Reading this Month

Friday, February 10th, 2023

K - Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
1 – Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
2 – The Emperor's New Clothes
3 – The Golden Goblet by Eloise McGraw
4 –  Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray
5 – The Voyage of the Dawn...

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