Mrs. Lavigne's 1st through 4th grade artists participated in social and emotional learning activities to help get adjusted to a new school year. One of these activities was making their own Tanabata festival trees. Tanabata is a Japanese festival where participants write their wishes and prayers (tanzaku) on a strip of colorful paper and they hang them from bamboo trees. Each tanzaku is color coded to show whether the prayer is for: your self, a family member or friend, the community, or the whole world. Mrs. Lavigne's lesson is just another great example of how the Academy's highly interactive approach builds each Ursuline girls' confidence, social-emotional resiliency and appreciation of others.