Primary through Middle School children gathered together to celebrate our third School Spirit Day of the year. School Spirit Days are joyous celebrations which spiral our awareness from self to our community, to our school, and ultimately connect us to the wondrous earth which we all inhabit. Our theme this year is observation of the changing of the seasons, the lessons we can learn from nature, and the wisdom we can apply to strengthen ourselves and our school community.
For the February School Spirit Day we celebrated the season of winter, focusing on the uniqueness of every person, tree, snowflake, and the mandalas which the children had created. We spoke of how the originality in each snowflake is like the individuality of each of us. With soft, winter lights aglow, we spoke of the inner light in winter time, both in our homes, at school, and in ourselves.
Primary through Middle School came together to share song, dance, and music. As we gathered, we watched a slideshow of beautiful winter trees. To the great delight of the Primary children, we danced and sang “This Little Light of Mine”. The Middle School Rock Band performed a song about being authentic and true to yourself called, “This is Me”. And we all danced together, in our unique ways, to the sounds of the drums.
Everyone then circled around the twinkling of candle lights and joined our voices in a joyful rendition of our school songs. We were reminded that in the stark contrast of the the stillness of winter, we have an inner light. A force which we can trust will emerge in our learning, creativity, and friendships, just as we can trust the sap that is beginning again to awaken the trees for this coming spring!
–To complete our theme, the Middle School teachers placed a Hawaiian lei around each child’s neck, symbolizing growth, friendship, and the coming of spring.