Big and Little Sisters
"The Big Sister-Little Sister Program is one way to ease fourth
graders into the upper school, and at the same time, foster leadership
among the oldest girls, our eighth graders. Since half of the 'Fours'
are new to the school each year, being connected with someone older
is an important security blanket. The matches are made by random drawings,
and two eighth graders take on the responsibility of being Big-Little
"Some of the activities the girls share are trips to the Discovery
Museum in Acton, a boat cruise on the Charles River, and, every other
Thursday, a Big Sister-Little Sister Lunch. In between these special
events, they leave letters in each other's lockers, and on occasion
give each other presents, following the strict rules that these must
cost five dollars or less, or be home-made.
"The Eights can still remember their own big sisters from four
years back. This memory helps them take their roles as older-girl
models seriously and enthusiastically, and ensures the ongoing success
of the program."
Faculty advisor, Big Sister-Little Sister Program
Preschoolers shown here are the audience for a fifth-grade puppet
show. The annual Grade 3-Grade 7 Musical, special small assembly projects,
and upper-lower grade reading groups are other opportunities for "youngers"
and "olders" to share experiences.