Doughnuts with Dad, Chinese New Year

By Renee Hennessy, Director of the Preschool

Thank you to all of the dad, grandfathers, uncles, and special friends who came to Doughnuts with Dads.  It is always a special day when you come into the classroom!


We have been busy preparing for and learning about the celebration of Chinese New Year. Cara’s mom, Emily Yao, shared their family’s traditions with the class.  Emily brought in a beautiful yellow dragon puppet for the children to play with, oranges for snack (which are symbolic for wealth/prosperity), and a lunar calendar.  The children learned that sweeping the house from top to bottom symbolizes sweeping out with the old.  Traditions such as buying and wearing new clothes brings good luck, while wearing old clothes is bad luck.  Next Thursday, all preschoolers and the junior kindergarten will parade through the Lower School with shakers, a dragon and masks.

On Wednesday, our 4s classes will attend a performance based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie’s enchanting play, Disney’s Peter Pan Jr.,  which is a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn’t grow up, with no flying required! The score includes new arrangements of classic Disney songs and a story featuring one rousing adventure after another.  The play is performed by our 4th and 5th grade students and will be on Wednesday, February 10th at 9:40 a.m.  We are very excited to see the premiere performance!