4th Grade

Ethical Leadership

Sometimes moral questions are simple.  Sometimes they’re not.  Moses Brown uses Quaker values as a guide to keep the easy questions clear, and as a way to find one’s way when things get murky.  Put simply, Quakers believe that every person has a divine Inner Light, and that no one has a unique claim on the Truth.  As such, everyone deserves love and respect, and bears responsibility for making the kind of community we all want to live in.

The Quaker custom of addressing adults by their first names helps students understand that, even at eight or nine years old, they deserve respect just like a grown-up, and also share the same duty to be respectful.

In addition to studying the Quaker testimonies (simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship sometimes known as the SPICES), third, fourth, and fifth graders have the opportunity to participate in SPARK (Students for Peace Acting with Responsibility and Kindness). This weekly lunch meeting convenes to plan, organize, and complete service projects, plan programmed meetings for worship, while getting to know students from other grades.  In the past, SPARK has run a teddy bear drive for Brown University Medical Student clinics for underserved children, led an effort to recycle Crayola markers into Biofuel, and collected food, toys, and bedding for shelter pets.


Global leaders

World peace is no easy game

World peace is no easy game, just ask our fourth grade! They have completed the the World Peace Game, a hands-on political simulation that gives players the opportunity to explore the connectedness of the global community by addressing economic, social, and environmental crises, under the specter of imminent war. Moses Brown is the first and only school in Rhode Island taking part in the game.


Chad Putka

Lower School Music, Ethical Leadership Tri-Clerk

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Chad Putka

Oberlin College – B.A.
Boston University – M.M.

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