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2021 Signature Event Week Surpasses Expectations

Linden Grove School’s 2021 Signature Event surpassed fundraising expectations, generating nearly $50,000 for general operating needs and more than $25,000 for the school’s Tuition Assistance Fund. The event offered new virtual opportunities such as Classic Cocktails with Molly Wellmann and Sipping Under the Stars with Mary Horn, as well as supporter favorites including an online auction, wine pull, and Vacation Raffle.

Presenting Sponsor: Hunt Development Corporation
Support Sponsor: Brandicorp
Contributing Sponsors: Graydon, The Heidt Center of Excellence, M. Ellis & Associates, LLC

Help plan the 2022 Signature Event—a larger, more exciting event to celebrate being together again! To get started, contact Christina Waddle at 513-426-7105 or
cwaddle@lindengroveschool.org.

Encouraging Understanding and Empathy through History

Exploring history from multiple perspectives helps students connect with the past, and helps them understand current issues. It also encourages students to consider multiple sources when considering any event, and to empathize with different perspectives in their own world, helping to create a kinder, more inclusive community.

Most recently, middle school students studied the western expansion in the U.S. during the first half of the 19th century. They considered this important period in our country’s history from the perspective of the pioneers who sought land, religious freedom, or gold; and that of the American Indians whose lives were impacted by the Indian Removal Act and how white settlers made it increasingly difficult to find food.

Earlier this year, 4-8 grade students also expanded their knowledge of the American Civil War and Underground Railroad. Middle school students read the story of Sadako Sasaki, a student whose life was cut short by leukemia, an aftereffect of the atom bomb that fell on her hometown of Hiroshima.

Parent-Staff Partnerships Resilient amid COVID-19

When parents and teachers work as partners, children do better in school and at home: children’s work habits and attitudes about school improve, and they demonstrate better social skills and fewer behavior problems.

Faced with the challenges created by COVID-19, Linden Grove School is grateful for the efforts of parents and staff not only to support student learning, but also to maintain the school’s sense of community. Together they helped students stay connected through online classrooms and communications, and maintained school traditions including Trunk-or-Treat and monthly spirit days.

LGS Parent Appreciation for Staff Peaks in Early May

Parents and other family members show support and appreciation for LGS staff all year long through kind words, special treats, and more. But for Staff Appreciation Week, the first full week of May, parents go all out to express their gratitude. This year, staff were treated to jars filled with candy, doughnuts, gift cards, special notes and drawings from students, a root beer float bar, and lunch from Chef’s Choice Catering.

Fun and Festivities Mark End to Unusual School Year

End-of-year field trips are particularly engaging this year. Youngest students will enjoy We Rock the Spectrum indoor play gym. Older students will enjoy a visit from Cool Critters animal outreach or entertaining science experiences courtesy of Mad Science. Middle School students will solve problems in the fictional city of STEMville through a visiting program from Cincinnati Museum Center.

Field Day, this year, will be inside the LGS Main building and newly installed Middle School Building to avoid distractions from Brood X cicadas. Students will participate in games ranging from a sensory room obstacle course to a penny-stacking competition. And all will enjoy a post-competition snow cone from Mr. Snowie!

At LGS annual awards ceremonies, every student receives a Certificate of Recognition personalized according to their greatest accomplishments and strengths. Sample recognitions include: Super Storyteller, Energetic Learner, Most Improved in Handwriting and Vocabulary Guru. Awards ceremonies include students, staff, and immediate family members and are filled with wild applause, whoops and hollers, and a few teary eyes.

The most anticipated end of year event is, of course, graduation! Class of 2021 members will receive their diplomas and accolades inside, and then enjoy an outdoor procession down an aisle formed by cheering LGS staff.

LGS Awarded Grants for Diversity, Inclusion Efforts

Greater Cincinnati Foundation has awarded two grants to Linden Grove School to support classroom activities related to diversity and inclusion.

The first grant will support efforts designed to help K-4 students learn about different cultures through stories, visiting programs, classroom activities, and school celebrations. Part of the funds will be used to purchase storybooks such as Saturday, Dreamers, The Name Jar, and The Proudest Blue. Additional funds will be used for visiting programs and performances, as well as supplies for classroom activities and school celebrations related to cultural traditions from around the world. The ultimate goal is to foster in students an open-mindedness when experiencing differences in culture, lifestyle, or thoughts.

The second grant will fund resources and visiting programs to help 4-8 grade students explore multiple, differing perspectives of important historical events: for example, studies of the arrival of Christopher Columbus, early European colonists, and the first Thanksgiving including the Native American perspective; and a study of the abolitionist movement and Underground Railroad from the varying perspectives of abolitionists and African-American slaves. Activities will deepen students’ understanding of history while encouraging social competencies important for living and working in a diverse community.

Applications for grant funds were made as part of Linden Grove School’s increasing commitment to encourage in our students and staff the knowledge, skills, dispositions, and attitudes to understand and appreciate our differences and our common humanity.

For more information contact Christina Waddle, Director of Development.

LGS Increases Commitment to Creating a Supportive, Inclusive Culture

Central to Linden Grove School’s mission is to provide personalized instruction and a supportive community, helping each child maximize his or her potential regardless of ability or background.

Linden Grove School also recognizes there is more the LGS community can do to encourage in our students and ourselves the knowledge, skills, dispositions, and attitudes to understand and appreciate our differences and our common humanity.

During the summer months, LGS initiated committees comprised of staff, family members, and volunteers to recommend efforts to ensure a supportive, inclusive culture. Committee areas of focus include, but are not limited to, multi-cultural activities curriculum materials, and diversity training for staff and volunteers.

For more information or to get involved, email Mrs. Tennyson, Head of School.

LGS Board Creates Strategy for Growth

To meet growing requests for its specialized education and supports, Linden Grove School (LGS) increased enrollment from 60 to nearly 90 students over the past five years, maximizing the school’s physical capacity.

In response, the LGS Board of Trustees recently approved a three-year Strategic Plan to evaluate and prioritize options for further growth while developing the resources and structural model to support expansion. Additionally, by documenting its growth process, Linden Grove School will serve as a model for education providers outside our region.

Three main areas of focus for the Strategic Plan were identified during a Board retreat in the fall of 2019. Related objectives and strategies were developed throughout the school year by sub-committees comprised of Board members, parents, staff, and community supporters. The final plan was approved by LGS’s Board of Trustees in July 2020

Read additional information regarding LGS’s 2020-2023 Strategic Plan.

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