Celebrating the Holidays at SMCDS
Early Childhood and Lower School
Prekindergarten through 4th grade gathered in the Founders Library for our 2nd Annual Fun Festive Lower School Holiday Meeting. The teachers, complete with antlers and noses, serenaded the children with Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and when "Santa Came to Say..." guess who appeared? Yes, Santa!
He read us the story The Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas and magically made the Gingerbread Man appear to the delight of all of the children. The story was a perfect tale generosity as the Gingerbread Man wouldn't let a little Christmas snow keep him from delivering holiday cheer.
Since we were all cozy in our PJs it was only fitting that we ended our meeting having gingerbread cookies and milk aa we watched, the "All I Want For Christmas" video starring the students and teachers of St. Michael's.
The Middle Schoolers took full advantage of the winter weather in the field with a blue and white spirit competition, facilitated by Mr. Cullen. Teams gathered for community, camaraderie, and fun with holiday games and competition. The writers of The St. Michael's Scoop released their final issue of 2017 (don't worry, stay tuned for 2018), CLICK HERE for Issue 3, December. And lastly, the students and teachers had a lot of fun making a holiday video, which was shown during this week's assembly. Take a look at some of the Blue and White activites!
Las Posadas: Kindergarten and Grade 8 Buddies
Las Posadas is a Mexican celebration that takes place 9 days before Christmas. It is a re-enactment of the journey that Mary and Joseph made to find a place to stay (the word posadas means -"inn"). Families gather and sing special songs, a type of caroling, and children dress as angels. On the last night all of the families gather in someone's home, "the posada" and have a big party. The children break a piñata shaped as a star and when the pinata is broken, the children use the points of the star to scoop up the treats.
Kindergarteners did not break a piñata, but they made the alginaldos, the points of the star, to scoop up some treats organized by their 8th grade buddies.
Preschool Holiday Performance
The preschool class celebrated the holidays and invited their parents to a special holiday performance. They sang Jingle Bells and the Snowman Pokey during which everyone happily joined in. Later, we had a feast in our class to celebrate with our 3rd grade buddies. We exchanged homemade picture frames and wishes each other well.