Students, parents, faculty and staff will tell you that the Lower School is a special place, in part because of these annual traditions that enhance our spirit of community.

Handshakes & Hugs

Every day when our students arrive to school and enter the front door of the Randall House, they are greeted with Head of Lower School Syreeta Moseley’s smile. She extends a handshake to each child—unless the child reaches in for a hug.

Pre-First Castle Visit

Every fall, Pre-First students visit our iconic Castle for an enchanting lesson in Pace history. Head of School Fred Assaf delights them with stories of the school’s early days before they head upstairs to crack the safe's secret code.

First-Grade Pet Day

Whether your family’s pet is a dog, chicken or iguana, we love to meet our friends’ pets, at least for an hour!

First and Fifth-Grade Buddies

In the first week of school, first graders visit fifth-grade classrooms to try to find their buddies. Once they've matched a puzzle piece with an older Knight, a lifelong friendship is born! Buddies spend time with each other throughout the year.

Parents Club Fall Fair

This day of fun, food, games and shopping is open to anyone in the community, and the hype in the Lower School leading up to the Fall Fair is as much fun as the event itself.

Grandparents & Special Friends Day

During the week of Thanksgiving, our Lower School takes on an additional 600+ people to become the happiest place on earth. We’re not sure if the students or their special guests have more fun. Students perform musical numbers, tell their best new jokes, tour guests around the school and spend time in the classroom working on fun projects.

Holiday Program

Each child in the Lower School participates in the holiday program, which tells the stories of Christmas and Hannukah. From choir angels and actors, to musicians, narrators and tech crew, our students know how to put on a meaningful holiday performance. Both shows draw a packed house, and because extra seats are hard to come by, the live performance is streamed on Knightflix.

Principal of the Day

The hottest live auction item at the Parents Club's annual auction is the opportunity to be Head of Lower School Syreeta Moseley for a day. Winning bidders plan a day of dunk tanks, dancing and general merriment.

Sing in the Season

There is nothing quite like watching Pre-First students' faces as they listen in awe to the Upper School chorus perform favorite holiday music just for them. All new students in the Lower School make an ornament to hang on the holiday tree, and once the tree is decorated, the music begins.

Junior Knights Cheerleading

While we love our varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders, even the pros need a little support from the Junior Knights, our Lower School cheerleaders. Lower School girls and boys of all ages help their older friends cheer on the Knights on both the football field and the basketball court. Expect a larger crowd when they perform.


Students may earn a pillar (sticker) from any teacher or staff member for exhibiting a character skill that they have studied as Noble Knights. They are celebrated throughout the day as teachers and peers recognize their good deed.

Learn more about Noble Knights.

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