Lower School Students Put Service Learning in Action

The Ross School motto, “Know Thyself in Order to Serve,” is deeply ingrained into the student experience. Service learning, or the experience of learning through helping others, is one of the ways students cultivate interpersonal skills, a sense of empathy, and an understanding of their ability to make a difference in the world around them. Continue reading

Rescued Animals Inspire Service at Lower School


Ross Lower School took a walk on the wild side this week with a visit from the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center. Home to Eastern Long Island’s only wildlife hospital, the nonprofit organization rescues roughly 1,000 injured birds, mammals, and reptiles annually. The visit was orchestrated by longtime organization volunteer Diane Marxe (grandmother to Isabella H. ’22 and Emme H. ’28), who was present to share in the children’s joy at seeing some of the group’s exotic bird rescues. Continue reading

Lower School Students Help Fight Food Insecurity with Empty Bowls Project


Ross School parents and students gathered before winter break to participate in the Empty Bowls Project, an international, grassroots, crafts-based initiative to fight hunger and raise awareness of poverty. Participants create handmade bowls, then supporters are invited to a simple lunch during which they may purchase bowls. The proceeds from the sale of the bowls are donated to local food charities. Continue reading

Get in the Spirit with Ross School’s Holiday Concerts


This week, Ross School students spread holiday cheer with two concerts. Tuesday’s Early Childhood–Grade 3 Concert included classics like “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” and “First Flakes,” while Wednesday’s Grades 4–8 Holiday Concert encompassed songs from around the world, including a French folk song, the African Bell Carol, a Ukrainian classic with an international twist, and a medley of Christmas and Hanukkah songs. Ross News has video of the 2017 holiday concerts!  Continue reading

Cultivating Empathy with Rice-and-Stocking Babies


At Ross School, kindergarten is a time to learn about origin stories and new beginnings. One of the projects that best exemplifies this focus is the rice-and-stocking baby project, an integrated learning experience that allows students to personally connect to guiding questions about life’s beginnings and changes. The project helps young students to cultivate a sense of empathy by encouraging them to care for others and experience different perspectives. Continue reading