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Spirit Week Bonds Community During Unusual Year

Spirit Week, an annual tradition, carried on this week with students, faculty, and staff in all divisions showing their school spirit.

Upper Schoolers competed for school spirit on "Color War Monday," wore their favorite fun hats on "Funky Hat Tuesday," created video chat backgrounds for Wednesday, and broke out their favorite OES gear yesterday for "Spirit Thursday."

“It's an amazing way to show solidarity with fellow students,” Community Board Co-Chair Alexis D. ‘21 said. “I think it's also really fun for us to compete against other grades, show our school spirit and, in general, just have a good time.”

In school years past, the five days of Spirit Week lead to a Friday evening homecoming celebration with soccer and volleyball games against Catlin Gabel. While COVID-19 meant a cancelation of the homecoming athletic activities, school spirit remains.

“With everyone being off-campus, it is so important that we all have a way to connect. Spirit Week plays a pivotal role in doing so,” Alexis said. “I like to see people participating and having fun with one another despite not seeing each other in person. I also love to see what people have come up with for their spirit week outfits! It makes everything more exciting and worth all the work.”

Middle Schoolers got in the spirit, too. Students, faculty, and staff wore multi-colored outfits on Monday, fun hats on Tuesday, pajamas on Wednesday, and got in the school spirit on Thursday for School Spirit Day.

“When we can't all be together in the school building, Spirit Week is an opportunity to unite in celebration of who we are as a community,” Assistant Head of Middle School Laura Todis said. “While it's fun to see everyone walking the halls in PJs and slippers, it also puts smiles on peoples’ faces to share that goofiness on screen.”

Hat day was particularly successful in the Middle School and despite students, faculty, and staff not being physically together, brought the community together in a meaningful way.

“We kicked off our meeting presenting our hats and sharing laughter and stories about the hats. It was silly, but also sparked meaningful connections,” Todis said. “It's a fun way to express personal style and a great excuse to shake things up.”

Students, staff, and faculty in the Lower School wore green, white, and their OES gear yesterday to celebrate their spirit. Please enjoy the photos we were able to collect.