Wednesday, April 9, 2014

School Spirit Week

One reason I don't think I'll ever be able to give up teaching is Spirit Week. For those of you who are not used to American school craziness, it has nothing to do with the Holy Spirit. The "spirit" we're referring to is School Spirit. Believe it or not, this is a real point of confusion to international families. :)
Our spirit week was the week before Spring Break. This was a perfect time for it because students' brains are typically not right this week anyway, so might as well give them a reason to be crazy. It was also perfect, because Spirit Week is exhausting and it gave us a whole week to recuperate!
I was blown away by the participation we had this year! Usually there's a good portion of kids who forget or are "too cool", but we had almost 100% participation each day! It was so fun!

Monday was Storybook Character Day. I was excited for this because I LOVE storybooks. If you teach elementary for more than a day or two, you will understand. I love reading storybooks aloud to my kids. It's like magic. They're enthralled and silent the whole time... with a few giggles thrown in every now and again. I originally was going to be Little Red Riding Hood because I figured that would be a pretty easy one to throw together. Then I heard my students talking and like half of them said THEY were going to be Little Red, so I decided to get more creative. My next idea was Amelia Bedelia, but without thrift stores in this country, I didn't have the necessary costume parts. I finally decided on Camilla Cream from A Bad Case of the Stripes. All of my students knew instantly who I was because we've read this book more than once, but no one else in the school had any idea. 
The teachers (L to R): Max from Where the Wild Things Are, Viola Swamp from Miss Nelson is Missing, Camilla Cream from A Bad Case of the Stripes, and Leopard from How Leopard Got His Spots
My class did not disappoint! (L to R): Princess Leia, Fancy Nancy, Camilla Cream, Fancy Nancy, Stevie from The Sister's Club, boy from Wacky Wednesday, and Tin Tin

Tuesday was Crazy Hair Day. I wasn't as excited about this one because I figured there's only but so much you could do, but I was pleasantly surprised! Again, my class did not disappoint and there were some crazy hair styles school-wide! Plus, it was a free day to wear jeans, so... win win? In case anyone is wondering or wanting to try my hair style.. all it takes is 2 pens and a bunch of hair ti

One of my boys went ALL in and shaved his hair into a mohawk! LOVE it!
Wednesday was International Day. I had no idea what to do for this one. Although I've lived over 10 years of my life in Asia, we've never really been the kind of family to wear the traditional clothes and so I have none. I looked at the store and considered buying a kimono or an Indian saree, but figured the number of times I would wear it did not justify the time I would spend finding one I liked and/or the cost of it. Then I remembered that I'm REALLY good at being American and so went to work with that. All that was missing were some cowgirl boots to complete the look I was going for.. as my co-worker described it, the look of "America threw up on you". 

South Korea, America x3, Malaysia, Cowboy, Thailand, 'Murica

One of the amazing things about teaching internationally.
Thursday was Superhero Day. If you know anything about me, you obviously know how excited I was for this day to finally arrive. I love superheroes. I love spirit week. I love wearing spandex to work... It was perfect. Since I have more than my fair share of superhero shirts to choose from (it's seriously a little bit overwhelming.. I'm mildly addicted), I had to figure out which one I could turn into a full outfit with the least amount of cost or effort. (Like I said, no thrift stores makes spirit week way more difficult!) I decided on Batman.
My SUPER class (L to R): Catgirl, Spiderman, American Girl, Lasso Girl, Batman, and 2 Super Babies

The SUPER teachers (L to R): Captain America, Ironman, Elastigirl, Batman, and Black Widow

My little bat family. :) 

Friday was Sunbear Spirit Day! We had school t-shirts made and handed them out on Thursday for the kids to wear Friday! 
Such a neat group of students and teachers!

And at 2:30, I bid my kids farewell and began my Spring Break! Another successful Spirit Week in the books and a well-deserved, much-needed vacation ahead of me! 

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