Panthers celebrated the winter holidays with spirit days, music and fun!

By Kate Allen
December 17, 2021

Holiday spirit was on full display at Spring Hill this week with a Santa Ride, spirit dress up days, and lessons about holidays around the world.  

Students and staff across the school got into the holiday spirit throughout the week by dressing up for different theme days such as "Twin Day", "Reindeer Day" and "Holiday Sweater" day! 

First graders learned about holidays around the world including Hannukah and Diwali. Then, they applied newly acquired digital skills to create Google Slides presentations about their favorite winter holiday. They had fun learning how to insert pictures, drag-and-drop objects and even take a picture of themselves for an "About the Author" page! Some of the first graders even learned valuable collaboration skills by helping their classmates when they needed help with one of these new skills.

On Tuesday, the Fairfax County Police Department made students of all ages smile when they rode in on motorcycles for the annual "Santa Ride". Some of the policemen had reindeer antlers on their helmets and they rode 2-by-2 in straight lines like a pack of reindeer. But the main attraction came behind them - Santa on his "sleigh"! Santa rode his motorcycle through the kiss & ride line while students gleefully held out their hands for high fives and cheered. Volunteers handed out candy canes and peppermints to the happy students to close out the event. 

Our wonderful music program has been excitedly sharing their talents during drop off in the mornings around the school. As students arrived one day, the band sat outside the entrance and played holiday favorites, including popular Hannukah tunes, while the band director dressed as a giant dreidel. The next day, the school's orchestra set up in the lobby and played their favorite holiday classics. Finally, the choir went "caroling" around the arrival doors to start the day off with a song, and they even got some of the teachers to join them!