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  • SAYRE LOWER SCHOOL

    Parent Handbook 2011-2012

  • Sayre School Welcome to Sayre Lower School! This handbook is designed to help you better understand our school. Even if you think you already know the Lower School, we urge you to review the contents of this handbook. Handbooks, by their very nature, are summaries containing only the highlights of a particular subject. It is not possible to portray the true personality of Sayre's Lower School within the pages of this book. The strength of the academic program, the nurturing school environment, the dedication of the faculty or the enthusiasm of the students cannot be reduced to the printed word. We urge you to come and spend some time within our classrooms and experience our school first hand. The policies, rules and regulations summarized here have been conceived so that the total school community may live in harmony and safety and thereby take full advantage of the educational process. It is in this spirit that this handbook has been written.

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  • LOWER SCHOOL TEACHER CALENDAR

    2011-2012 August 18 Parent Orientation for PK-3, PK-4 & Montessori Parents - 7:00 p.m.

    22 Lower School Open House - 10:00-Noon 23 School Opens

    September 1 Lower School Grades K-5 Back-to-School Night - 7:00 p.m. 5 Labor Day Holiday – School Closed

    21 LS & Preschool Parent Coffee - 8:30 a.m. 22 Picture Day (Lower School)

    October 7 Lower School Tour & Information Day 9:30-11:00 13 Lower School Evening Conferences (noon dismissal) 14 Lower School Conference Day/8:00-12:00 20 Fall Break – School Closed, Extended Day Open 21 Fall Break – School Closed, Extended Day Open 29 Halloween in Lower School & Fall Festival November 22 Grandparents'/Special Persons’ Day (11:30 dismissal) 23-25 Thanksgiving Vacation – School & Extended Day closed December 8 Holiday Event sponsored by the Parents Association

    16 Last Day of School before Holiday Vacation 3:00 p.m. Dismissal 19-1/2 Holiday Vacation – NO SCHOOL, Extended Day Closed January 3 Classes Resume

    16 M.L.K.'s Birthday - NO SCHOOL – Extended Day Closed February 13-17 Mid-Winter Break – School Closed March 2 Sayre Spectacular

    16 Lower School Tour & Information Day 9:30-11:00 16 Lower School ½ Day Records Day – (noon dismissal)

    22 Lower School Evening Conferences (noon dismissal) 23 Lower School Conference Day/8:00-12:00 noon April 2-6 Spring Vacation – School Closed May 11 Lower School Field Day – Grades 1-5

    17 Fifth Grade Music Production – 7:00 p.m. 23 Preschool Field Day – Grades PK3-K 24 Last day of Preschool - Regular dismissal times

    25 Last day of Lower School - 11:30 dismissal Fifth Grade Recognition Ceremony – 8:30 For the Lower School calendar and information visit www.sayreschool.org.

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  • HISTORY OF SAYRE SCHOOL David Austin Sayre, a man of humble origin who received most of his education by hard work and experience rather than by formal education, founded Sayre School. David Sayre was born on March 12, 1793, near Madison, New Jersey, and was apprenticed as a youth to a silversmith. In 1811, Sayre left his home traveling west to Lexington in pursuit of his trade. Within a short time, he became his own master and eventually expanded into banking where he accumulated a large fortune. During the course of his life, and with the counsel of his wife, Abby, he donated a large portion of his wealth to the Presbyterian Church and to numerous local charities. In 1854, convinced of the need for female education, he founded a school for girls located on the corner of Mill and Church Streets. The school proved to be highly successful and within a year outgrew its original location. As a result, in 1856, Mr. Sayre purchased a five-acre tract on Limestone Street (Johnson's Grove) and the school moved to its present location. Since 1856, the school has continued to grow and expand despite periods of crisis - most notably during the American Civil War and the late 1940s. In 1876, boys were admitted to the Primary Department and the school established the first kindergarten program in the state. For a short time, the school became a junior college granting a two-year degree (1908-1922) along with a regular high school diploma. The college was discontinued in 1922 and in 1947, due to declining enrollment, the school closed the high school. In 1961, the Board of Trustees believing in Lexington's need for a co-educational, college preparatory school began a campaign to renovate and expand the campus. By 1963, the C.V. Whitney Gymnasium (renovated in 2000) and the Headley-de Waal (renovated in 2002) buildings had been constructed, and in 1965 the first high school class of the "New Era" graduated. Further additions to the campus include the Marie Louise Whitney Lower School Building (1971), the Edward F. Simms Library (1973), the Johnson-McCoy Building (1980), the Violet Milton Price Combs Garden (1980), the Field Oldham Playground (1984 and renovated in 1998), the Edith A. Whitaker Fine Arts Center (1987), the Parker House (2000), and the Buttery (2001). A technology center (1996) occupies part of the library, and a wireless, state-of-the-art Upper School was opened in January 2003. Since the first graduating class of the "New Era" in 1965, the school has graduated over 1,500 young men and women. Now in the Twenty-first Century, the school continues to expand its campus, its enrollment, and its progressive curriculum fulfilling its founder's dream.

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  • PHILOSOPHY

    Founded in 1854 in Lexington, Kentucky, Sayre School is an independent co- educational college preparatory day school, serving students from pre-school through twelfth grade. Sayre promotes intellectual, emotional, physical, social and aesthetic growth in each of its students and fosters enthusiasm for learning and discovery. The school strives to help each student realize his or her intrinsic worth, develop critical thinking, acquire self-discipline, and establish a moral framework. Students participate in a wide range of courses and extracurricular activities in a community that appreciates individual interests, talents and skills. The rigorous curriculum stretches the intellect and promotes creativity, building the proper foundation for higher education. Sayre teachers provide innovative and differentiated instruction and supportive interaction with students; students develop independent and analytical thinking skills and learn to communicate effectively with adults and each other. Woven through all of Sayre’s endeavors is the objective of developing character. We help students understand the meaning of honorable behavior, the importance of accountability, the mandate of citizenship. Our downtown location extends the boundaries of the classroom, providing us with a rich array of resources for learning and service in our community. Sayre students, teachers, administrators, staff, parents, trustees, and alumni share a spirit of mutual respect and kindness and a commitment to lifelong learning. We value equity, social justice and the diverse perspectives of a multicultural world. Our community honors tradition and embraces the future. ratified by the Board of Trustees March 18, 2004

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  • Sayre School Mission

    In 1854, David A. Sayre established Sayre School to provide an “education of the widest range and highest order.” Today, our school community upholds that mission by fostering an enthusiasm for learning, respecting the unique contributions of its members, cultivating personal integrity, and equipping students for further education and fruitful lives.

    Philosophy

    Founded in 1854 in Lexington, Kentucky, Sayre School is an independent coeducational college preparatory day school, serving students from pre-school through twelfth grade. Sayre promotes intellectual, emotional, physical, social and aesthetic growth in each of its students. The school strives to help each student realize his or her intrinsic worth, develop critical thinking, and acquire self-discipline. Students participate in a wide range of courses and extracurricular activities in a community that appreciates individual interests, talents, and skills. The rigorous curriculum stretches the intellect and promotes creativity as it communicates knowledge, building a proper foundation for future education. Technology is an integral part of our program. Sayre teachers provide innovative and differentiated instruction and supportive interaction with students; students develop independent and analytical thinking skills and learn to communicate effectively with adults and each other. Woven through all of Sayre’s endeavors is the objective of developing character within a moral framework. We help students understand the meaning of honorable behavior, the importance of accountability, the mandate of citizenship. Our downtown location extends the boundaries of the classroom, providing us with a rich array of resources for learning and service in our community. Sayre students, teachers, administrators, staff, parents, trustees, and alumni share a spirit of mutual respect and kindness and continually strive to achieve excellence. We value equity, social justice, and the diverse perspectives of a multicultural world. As a community, we honor