HIP HIP BOO-RAY!
Halloween is so Seabury.
Think about it. Creativity. Imagination. Expression. So many of the things we celebrate at Seabury are also part of celebrating Halloween.
(I’m not sure where all the candy fits in, but that’s for another post.)
As the world wrestles with COVID, the year 2020 feels like it’s delivered far more tricks than treats, but here at Seabury, the spirit – or should we say spirits – of Halloween would not be denied last week.
The usual room parties were dialed back (parents still sent treats but couldn’t join the fun) and the traditional costume parade through the lower school was cancelled. Plus half of our students are not on campus right now.
But costumes were proudly worn at school and at home, crafts happily completed and sweets gleefully – but not too freely – consumed.
I celebrated with Jennifer Meads and her third graders – Darth Vader, Scooby-Doo, Red Titan, a black cat, a vampire and twin tigers plus another vampire and a mysterious masked creature who joined us via Zoom.
Our kindergartners also partied like it was, well, any year but 2020.
“There are so many losses, big and small, for everyone connected to the pandemic,” said Mimi Lewis, our kindergarten teacher. “My feeling is that it is best for all of us to celebrate and find joy everywhere we can and maintain as many of the fun traditions as we can even if we have to do them in a slightly new way!”
All of our upper grades – fourth through eighth – have remained in distance learning mode since the first day of school, but where there’s a will to celebrate Halloween with your friends, there’s a way.
Ruth Maitlen’s fifth graders converted a virtual bulletin board they normally use for academics to share links to Halloween songs, videos and crafts.
Two students shared original coding projects – a Ninja Attack game created by Varun and a Frankenstein Scratch animation created by Catherine. Ruth created online breakout rooms where the coders helped classmates download their games, coached them on how to play and talked about how they’d coded/created their projects.
“I think this represents the best of Seabury in a lot of ways,” Ruth said. “I love the way that letting Seabury students share their work and ideas often leads to much higher level engagement and learning than anything a teacher could plan!”