The Grammar Lemonade Project

Inspired by the old saying “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!”, we are pleased to announce the launch of the Grammar Lemonade Project, co-chaired by PAC Chair and Prep Parent, Tracy Stuart, and Senior School Parent, Maureen Reid. The purpose of this volunteer-led initiative is to enable our school community to help each other and the broader community as we navigate this uncertain and challenging time by harnessing the power of our collective insights, creativity and compassion. 

The Grammar Lemonade Project will evolve based on your input. We welcome your ideas for how Grammar can ‘make lemonade’ out of our current circumstances and would like to know the strategies that you are finding particularly helpful in managing your personal and family life at the moment. Please send them to makelemonade@hgs.ns.ca.

  

Lemonade Project Webinars

March 26
8pm: Practical strategies for managing stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 crisis with Dr. Alexa Bagnell, Chief of Psychiatry at the IWK Health Centre. Click here to watch and click here to access resources mentioned in the webinar. 

March 27
Virtual Prep Assembly featuring Reading of Curious George with Ms. Schindler. Click here to watch. 

March 31
6:30pm: "Horton Hears A Who" Bedtime Story Reading with Mr. Laffoley. Click here to watch. 

April 2
8pm: Cooking Through COVID-19 with Tracy Stuart, Grammar PAC Chair. Click here to watch.

April 6
6:30pm: "The Sneetches and Other Stories" Bedtime Story Reading with Mr. Laffoley. Click here to watch. 

April 9
8pm: Mindfulness: Finding Calm in the Chaos with Stella Balfour. Click here to watch and click here to access resources mentioned in the webinar. 

April 13

6:30pm: "Where The Wild Things Are" Bedtime Story Reading with Mr. Laffoley. Click here to watch.

April 16
8pm: Lessons Learned: Self-isolation on the High Seas with Rhiannon Davies & Sebastiaan Ambtman. Click here to watch.

April 20
6:30pm: "Mabel Murple" Bedtime Story Reading with Mr. Laffoley. Click here to watch.

April 23
8pm: Paint Night with Karla Silver - click here for a supplies list. Click here to watch.

April 27
6:30pm: "The Lorax" Bedtime Story Reading with Mr. Laffoley. Click here to watch

April 30
8pm: "Family Resilience During a Pandemic: From Homeschooling to Preventing Anxiety, How to Establish a New Normal" with Dr. Michael Ungar. Click here to watch the presentation and click here to watch the Q&A.

May 1
Pop-Up Zoom Dance Party with DJ Sunny. Click here to watch.

May 4
6:30pm: Bedtime Story Reading with Mr. Laffoley. Click here to watch.

May 7
8pm: At Home Fitness Scramble with Mr. Tramble. Click here to watch.

May 11
6:30pm: Bedtime Story Reading with Mr. Laffoley. Click here to watch. 

May 14 
8pm: Creative Storytelling Webinar with Mr. Laffoley. Click here to watch.

May 18
6:30pm: Bedtime Story Reading with Mr. Laffoley. Click here to watch.

May 21
8pm: Paint Night with Karla Silver. Click here to watch.

May 25
6pm: Bedtime Story Reading with Mr. Laffoley. Click here to watch.

May 28
8pm: "Presenting...You!" with Nancy Regan. Click here to watch.

June 1
6pm: Bedtime Story Reading with Mr. Laffoley. Click here to watch. 

June 4
8pm: Ideas for Summer Fun Brainstorm Session led by PAC Chair, Tracy Stuart. Click here to watch. 

June 8
6pm: Bedtime Story Reading with Mr. Laffoley. Click here to watch.


Altruism in Action

We're pleased to launch Altruism in Action through which we'll be showcasing altruistic work being done in our community through Zoom interviews.

Profile 1: Rachel Zellars & Zora Daramola - click here to watch!

Profile 2: Denise Parissi - click here to watch!

Profile 3: Linden Gray and Dr. Mike Butt - click here to watch!

Profile 4: Ankur Gupta'13 - click here to watch!

Profile 5: Colin Bebbington'07 - click here to watch!

Profile 6: Ian Thompson'67 - click here to watch!

Profile 7: Tryphena Evborokhai'20 - click here to watch!

Profile 8: Mir Humayan'20 - click here to watch!

Profile 9: Rebeccah Raphael'19 - click here to watch!

Mindful May Meditation Challenge

Led by Grammar Alumni parent, Stella Balfour, the Mindful May Meditation Challenge is aimed at encouraging Grammar community members to establish a daily meditation practice. Click here to sign up and learn more.

 

Sidewalk Sentiments

We’re encouraging Grammar families going for walks in their neighbourhoods to write encouraging messages in front of nursing homes, hospitals and grocery stores, or to health care workers they know. Please send photos of your sentiments to makelemonade@hgs.ns.ca and use the tags #grammarlemonadeproject and #grammarisgrateful when sharing on social media!

Click here to see all of Grammar's Sidewalk Sentiments!


Inspirational Art

Video: Grammar Lemonade Project Thank-You Video

Video:
 "What The Worlds Needs Now Is Love" by Grammar Senior Students

Video: A film of Grammar Gratitude by Layan Alabdallat'27

Video: A rendition of "Imagine" by Dhara Fitzgerald'26

Colouring Sheet: Click here to access the "Stay The Blazes Home" colouring sheet (credit: Leanne Bowlan via Facebook)

Short Stories by our Grade 7 Students: 

Just Like Stars - Remy Stein
The Cutthroat Assassin - Henry Dougan
The Road to Victory
More Than Meets the Storm's Eye - Layla Hussain
Georgie's Adventure - Vivain Johnson
Can't Have it All - Olivia Liu
The Cursed Pocket Watch - Maggie Wen


Click here to view all of the inspirational "Thank You" art that our Grammarians and Grammar community members have created!


Future Lemonade Project Initiatives

 
 An invitation to all Grammar students (and parents) to send pictures and videos of their artistic and musical talents to makelemonade@hgs.ns.ca; which Grammar will post on its social media channels as an expression of thanks to those in our community who are on the front lines of health care and other support services ;

 Creating communal art pieces that will be gifted to hospitals and nursing homes as a thank you to the health care workers’ efforts during the Covid-19 crisis; and

 An invitation to all Grammar parents to start a ‘Coffee Jar’ - we invite you to put 5$/day in a jar to help HGS support two of its longstanding charities during this difficult period:  Ronald MacDonald House and Feed Nova Scotia. 


Thanks a Latte! From Our House to Yours.

Grammar Marketplace

COVID-19 Resources



Voluntary Survey of Coping Strategies

Grammar parent Michael Dunn is co-sponsoring a weekly survey with Decision Partners into strategies being used by adults to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are interested in further information, please contact Michael at 
michael.dunn@dunnassociates.ca.