A cold front hit the lower school between December 11 and 17, leaving behind an impressive winter wonderland, complete with snowman, igloo, penguins, snowflakes, Santa Claus, and much more.
Welcome to the Lower School Winter Carnival for Early Years (Dec. 11) and the Elementary School (Dec 17).
Thanks to the creative ideas and unwavering dedication of Early Years and Elementary School moms – whether volunteers, classroom coordinators or homeroom moms – the lower school auditorium and the multipurpose room were transformed into a winter wonderland made from recycled plastic bottles, plastic cups, old umbrellas, newspapers, or other material.
“We practically lived here one week before the Winter Carnival started,” said Reem Wahhab, one of the moms who contributed significantly to conceiving and organizing the carnival.
The moms had created fun, age-appropriate games for the children, decorated the halls, and brought delicious food so that all could join in the Christmas fun. More than a dozen games stations were set up in the multipurpose room on December 17, so that ES students could enjoy playing Skip Ball, Flinger, Sticky Ball, Throwing Balls through the Snowman, and many more. One week earlier, EY kids also had a smaller selection of age-appropriate games set up in the Lower School Auditorium. All the games were researched and proposed by the moms who then worked with Physical Plant to build them. A crafts station allowed kids to create their own reindeer horns, Christmas hats, or other fun crafts.
And a generous food buffet offered children a delicious selection of sandwiches, snacks, and cakes.
Of course, a Winter Wonderland would not be complete without pictures with Santa, and a certificate of “Niceness,” officially signed by Santa himself and his elf, Alabaster Snowball, Chief Administrator of the Naughty and Nice List.
Separately, the Development and Alumni Relations Club organized a two-day fundraiser, on December 15 and 16, to the benefit of the school’s Annual Fund. Under the rubric of Winter Wonderland, students organized a bake sale, which included cupcakes, marshmallows and hot chocolate and Santa hats, and cashed in $350 that will go toward the betterment of their school.