FSE Students Enjoy the Holidays
Fields Store Elementary (FSE) is using the holiday season to encourage students and family engagement with events and projects. Recently, FSE’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) welcomed families to their holiday family night. Dressed in their favorite holiday pajamas, families watched The Grinch in the cafeteria. The PTO also had a concession stand offering snacks and baked goods, which were donated by parents, to moviegoers. The highlight of the night was the opportunity to take pictures with Santa Clause or the Grinch.
“I’m thankful that the school holds an event like this,” one parent said. “This is something simple and fun that I can do with my kids and they always look forward to seeing Santa.”
This year, FSE included a Candy Cane Fun Run in the evening’s activities. Physical Education Teacher Gwen Marki came up with the fun run as a way to contribute to the event and provide more opportunities for family fun. The fun run was a holiday-themed obstacle course set up in the gym for students and families to race. Racers ran through candy canes, presents, and ride on scooters. As each person completed a lap, they received a mini candy cane. Some students collected over 15 candy canes! Marki intended for the fun run to only be open for an hour, but it was so popular that she continued until she ran out of candy.
“I wanted to do something to support PTO,” Marki said. “This is something different for students to enjoy and they can run off some of their energy.”
FSE also an ornament decorating activity to the evening. Librarian Cassandra Lackey brought the idea as a way to connect students to literacy and creativity. Students worked with the families to design and create their own book character ornaments. They used everyday items to construct their ornaments based on their favorite literary characters. The ornaments were then \then displayed on the library tree. This activity was also met with overwhelming enthusiasm and will become a new annual FSE holiday tradition.