What's in a name?

Everyone has a name and every name has a story

The stories behind students’ names in Connie Merritt’s third grade class are as vibrant and unique as the infinite hues of the rainbow and the children are excited to share them!

“I am named after my grandmother,” said Palma.

“My parents wanted a name that is unique and strong,” said Kingsley.

“My name is a tree and a town,” said Aspen.

Name stories are the talk of the school this September at Meadow Pond—even Principal Ashlyn Field and Assistant Principal David Bournas-Ney have shared where their names come from with students on Meadow Pond Live.

Tell/Teach Us Your Name

At the heart of the conversation is the September All-School Read, Tell/Teach Us Your Name  by Huda Essa. The book introduces a child with an unusual name — Kareemalayaseenadeen (Kareema-lay-yes-seen-a-deen)—which is constantly mispronounced, never said or shortened into something entirely different. She refers to it as an “ugly, terrible, weird and ridiculously long name.”

At that point in the story, as Merritt reads the book with her class, she refers to a Meadow Pond tool: the Moose Meter—a color chart for emotions. “How do you think Kareemalayaseenadeen is feeling?” she asks. “Blue,” the students reply. The color represents sadness.