Over 200 grandparents and grandpals were honoured at the first Grandparents’ Day in the history of the Junior School! Grandparents from all around the world attended the afternoon event where each class shared tributes to their grandparents and had an opportunity to show them their classrooms.
As educators, we also celebrated grandparents — realizing that a grandchild’s most important lessons don’t necessarily come from the school but are passed down from the grandparents themselves. According to Arthur Kornhaber, M.D., founder of the Foundation for Grandparents, there are many roles grandparents play in a family. Grandparents offer children a broader range of knowledge, emotions and experience than they did as parents. Here are just a few of the special roles grandparents play in the lives of their grandchildren:
- Ancestor: grandparents are the link to their grandchild’s ancestors and the connection to the family history.
- Hero: grandparents often rescue grandchildren in a time of need.
- Mentor: grandparents are cheerleaders — inspiring imagination and dreams, nurturing spirit and giving their grandchildren a sense of self-worth.
- Student: grandparents learn valuable lessons from their grandchildren.
- Wizard: the simplest task can take on a magical quality to a young child with a little wizardly help from grandpa or grandma.
Our special guests also enjoyed “The Joy of Grandparents” video (below) and throughout the afternoon grandparents were celebrated and honoured in many ways. In the words of one child, “every grandparent is absolutely indispensable”.
Grade 3 Tributes:
“A grandparent is fun when they play with you and caring when they take care of you.” – Abby
“A grandparent is nice when they give you what you want and caring when they take you places. A grandparent loves you.” – Sierra
“A grandparent likes chocolate when I eat it with him, fish when we eat it together, steak when we roast it together and candy when I give it to him.” – Dome
“A grandparent is generous when they give you stuff, caring when they are nice and fun when they play with you.” – Spencer
“A grandparent is nice when they play with you and funny when they laugh.” – Tiger
“A grandparent is generous when they give you money, nice when they buy you toys, funny when they tell you jokes and caring when they help you if you fall.” – Allie
“My grandma is funny when she dances, happy when stuff is fun and caring when she tucks me in my bed.” – Sienna
“A grandparent is nice when they care, a grandparent is nice when they make food for you. A grandparent is nice when they pick you up from school and a grandparent cares for you.” – Saba
“My grandparent is generous when she asks you how your school day was, funny when she spills milk everywhere, kind when she sits with me at the table, afraid when she’s biking, brave when she is taking off a spider, super when she lets you watch tv from the wall, adventurous when we go on walks with our dogs and smart with spelling.” – Bryn
“A grandparent is fun when they play with you, nice when they help you with your homework and helpful when they help you with the dishwasher.” – Lyam
“Grandparents are helpful when they help with Thanksgiving, happy when they see me, nice when they give us stuff for Thanksgiving and quiet all the time.” – Patrick
“A grandparent is fun when they play with you and funny when they make funny faces.” – Mia
“A grandparent is caring when they take care of me.” – Lucas
“A grandparent is funny when they make funny jokes.” – Rosie
“A grandparent is nice when they play with you and caring when they help you.” – Jenna
“A grandparent is awesome when they give me candy.” – Maxx
“My grandparent is nice when they take me out for ice cream, brave when they kill a spider when I’m afraid, annoying when she pinches my cheek, caring when she listens to my day, kind when she lets me change the channel on the tv, funny when she says the most hilarious jokes, generous when she makes cake for all of us.” – Maggie
“A grandparent is generous when they take me on walks on the beach.” – Rohan
“A grandparent likes watching tv with me on New Year’s.” – Michael
“A grandparent is funny when they make a silly mistake, nice when they bake with me, fun when you go out with them.” – Jennifer
“A grandparent is nice when he lets me build stuff, nice when she lets me sew stuff, generous when he makes good lunches and dinners and generous when she makes good desserts.” – Alex
“A grandparent is generous when they give you $100, fun when they take you to a skateboard park, awesome when they take you to your favourite candy store.” – Katie