middle school students in classroom wearing masks

Winter Fest

Monday, December 14, 2020

The annual Fall Festival at the Elementary•Middle School was put on ice this year because of the pandemic, but students were not denied an activity-packed celebration. Fall Fest morphed into Winter Fest, which took place on two Fridays in December to accommodate the two-pod format.

Students were treated to decadent hot chocolate, garnished with chocolate chips, marshmallows, and whipped cream, and hot, buttery popcorn. An assortment of hands-on, winter-themed activities kept students and faculty engaged and entertained. Activities included a photo booth, freeze dance, reading by the fire, snowman and mini-sled making, basketball shooting contest, corn hole, and more!

"It’s fun to see teachers I haven’t seen in a while," said Caroline, a fifth-grade student. Judging by the participation and the bright eyes (masks hid smiles), Winter Fest was a big hit for both students and faculty.

"Winter Fest was a success! The day highlighted once again how special, flexible and dynamic our faculty and staff are. Because of their willingness to step in and support this special event the students were able to have positive experiences," said Tara Joly-Lowdermilk, the assistant dean of students. "Given the changes and restrictions that we've experienced this year, Winter Fest gave campus a more 'normal' feel. While we still enforced and followed safety guidelines, kids were able to be with their friends, playing games, listening to music, enjoying special treats, and creating pieces of art to take home. Winter Fest gave the students the opportunity to come together outside of their academic classes and have a chance to 'see' each other."

ems sled making winter fest