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Accompanying all the new and returning students to both campuses this fall are several new Pingry faculty and staff. 

Lower Schoolers Close Out the School Year with a Reading Challenge and Spirit Week

From May 1 through May 15, Lower Schoolers teamed up to participate in a friendly "Reading Challenge," keeping them engaged and connected during virtual learning. The brainchild of Lower School librarian Ann D'Innocenzo, the Reading Challenge divided Kindergarteners through Grade 5 students into two teams—the Blue Team and the White Team—each trying to be the first to reach 43,000 minutes of reading in 15 days. Logging their daily minutes into, students displayed their skill, reading for a total of 82,414 minutes. According to Mrs. D'Innocenzo, the winning team—the White Team—not only reached the challenge, they exceeded it, reading for 43,470 minutes (or 724 hours and 30 minutes)!

Demonstrating more school spirit, students and teachers alike celebrated Spirit Week, beginning with Superhero Day on Monday, May 18. Blue and White Spirit Day, Wacky Wednesday, and Thoughtful Thursday (students made a poster, card, or voice recording thanking someone in their school or home community) are all in the lineup. Capping off the week is a Friday of virtual games and activities during Family Field Day, a home-based version of the School's annual outdoor tradition on campus, when the Blue Team and the White Team compete against one another in a variety of friendly games.

"Both events were designed to build community and spirit at the Lower School, that was the main goal," said Lower School Assistant Director of Student Life Julie Perlow. "We wanted to motivate and bring everyone together despite being separated and in our own homes."

Their efforts seem to be working. So far this week, in her synchronous learning sessions, Mrs. Perlow has spotted students sporting crazy hairdos and blue-and-white painted faces, as well as those wearing Big Blue sunglasses and an array of festive Pingry attire. School spirit is alive and well on the Short Hills Campus!


Contact: Andrea Dawson, Senior Writer,