Saturday, April 4, 2015

Happy Happy Fun Number One Super Happy Fun Fun Week

SK's Student Government, two representatives apiece from fifth through eighth grade, polled students in the fall and returned with forty ideas for activity days. these were narrowed to nine in student government sessions, then voted down to four by the faculty. The result: Happy Happy Fun Number One Super Happy Fun Fun Week, held for the first time this year during the last week before spring break.

We opened the week with Pajama Day, which was as adorable as you'd expect. Many of the 7-8s were exhausted from the exertions of Midsummer week, so I'm not convinced any of them ever got out of their PJs after Saturday night.

Tuesday was Character Day. This is Summers-Knoll! What a list!
  • Ally of Every Soul a Star
  • Arwin of Lord of the Rings
  • Bellatrix LeStrange
  • Belle
  • Cat in the Hat
  • Charlie Brown
  • Charlie Bucket
  • Cleopatra
  • CS Lewis
  • Diana of Bizenghast
  • Dorothy and Toto
  • Dragon
  • Easter fairy
  • Elsa
  • Eric of Divergent
  • Fern Arable of Charlotte's Web
  • Fili from the Hobbit
  • Gimley the Dwarf
  • Golden Ninja
  • Hannah Montana
  • Harry Potter
  • Hello Kitty
  • Hermione Granger
  • Hippie Man
  • Iron Man
  • Jaden from Power Rangers
  • Jasmine
  • Jawa from Star Wars
  • Jealousy
  • Kate Wetherall
  • Khufu of the Great Pyramids
  • Klaus from A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Little Pink Riding Hood
  • Luna Lovegood
  • Maena
  • Mystical Camo Guy
  • Nymphadora Tonks
  • Piper McLean
  • Pirate
  • Pokemon trainer
  • Road Runner
  • Ron Weasley
  • Scream
  • Shawn Spencer
  • Shigeru Miyamoto
  • Space Shuttle
  • Spy
  • Terraria Person
  • Tintin
  • Tom Joad
  • Wayne Rooney
  • White Warg
  • Witch
Wednesday was the Fun Run, a lap around the school at 3:00 sharp for absolutely everybody, followed by popsicles and recess at the end of the day. The 7-8s ran at the back of the pack with kindergarten buddies. When one of the first graders tripped and fell, Trent stopped immediately and nimbly stepped behind her. While Imogen and Maya tended to her, he made sure none of the runners behind bumped into her. 

Thursday was Culture Day. Students were invited to dress in national or cultural costume--I counted four boys in kilts, hurrah!--and we served up international cuisine at lunch. I noted most the drums and starches. Josh facilitated a drum circle amongst the 7-8s, a suitable choice because all cultures have music of some kind, and many anthropologists theorize that the earliest music was percussive in nature: perhaps an organic emergence from the clack-clack-clack of tool-making. 

We ate sukuma wiki and ugali from Kenya; onigiri and nobu from Japan (both built from starches--another commonality amongst nearly every culture, and an especially useful food because it serves as an eating utensil); kottbullar from Sweden; and dulce de leche from Argentina. All of these dishes were prepared and served by the 7-8s. Families also contributed shortbread from Scotland, biscuits from Italy, crackers from China, and halva from Turkey.

Culture Day was first cooked up by Jonathan Flynn (SK '14) and was planned and administered in part this year by Jianmarco Barbeau (SK '15). 

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