By Sara Seibel
Student Council is preparing students for winter break a week early, getting everyone into the holiday spirit.
Winter week, a long- held school tradition, ensues from Dec. 7 through Dec. 11. It usually happens the last week before winter break. Student Council says it is different this time around because they want more students to participate. Assembly turnout in previous years has been very low as many were on holiday break already or were just not in the mood to dress up accordingly.
“I hope more students will be able to do it this year because not everyone will be out for break yet,” Bailey Goto, sophomore, said.
Some students feel it is breaking customs and that their peers will not be as excited to take part in the spirit days.
“I would prefer it to be on the last week before break because there would be more hype and follow tradition,” Jayden Westbrook, junior, said.
The theme for Monday is a Long Winter’s Nap. Students are encouraged to jump out of bed and come straight to school in their pajamas. The lunchtime activity at both lunches is “Donut-on-a-String.”
Extreme Winter Tourist, Tuesday’s spirit day, has students to bundling up in the warmest attire. Coats, scarves, hats, gloves, and mittens are welcomed for this frozen spirit day. Students can play Snowman Ring Toss at both lunches in the quad, and prizes will be handed out to the winners.
The purpose of Wednesday’s theme, entitled Family Photo, offers students the chance to wear a tacky sweater and holiday socks in public without the fear of being mocked. During lunch, a giant family photo will be taken for everyone who sports the spirit day clothing. Students can take pictures infront of the photo backdrop in the quad.
Thursday is considered the day of Ghosts of Decades Past. Students should wear clothes inspired by any decade between the 1920s to the 2000s. The lunchtime activity is called “Dancing in the Decades” where students and teachers can come out and dance in the area in front of the quad.
A “Snowed In” White Out occurs on Friday with free hot dogs at lunch. Student Council encourages students to wear white for the winter assembly. Holiday hats and shirts will be available at both lunches for students to purchase. A holiday-themed assembly will begin after school in the gym at 1:15pm.
Cougars can also sign up for a gingerbread house contest in the StuCo room. Students can vote for their favorite gingerbread house throughout the week at lunch.
Stuco anticipates more people will engage in the holiday activities they have prepared since attendance is usually down the week prior to break.
“I can finally join in on the fun this year and dress up. I am looking forward to the assembly,” Sae Adachi, sophomore, said.