Walk through our halls and you are bound to hear Christmas carols and jingle bells ringing. Each child is delighted to decorate the classroom tree, only to have it re-decorated by another classmate of course. Santa, snowmen and elf hats are becoming a common sight here; and special holiday ornaments are being made to grace your trees. Advent calendars are opened, holiday traditions are shared, Christmas cookies are tasted and counting exercises include everything that is Christmas. You can even shave Santa’s beard! The children are on the lookout for reindeer in our woods; and Santa Claus himself will visit the children on the 18th, a 20-year tradition at SWSM! Yes, all things holiday are here, full-blown.
When I think of Christmas at Southwest, besides the paper chains, handmade ornaments and Christmas carols, I also am pleased to know that all of our families have contributed to the food pantry at the Hazel Crest Community Methodist Church for the past thirteen years! It’s a tiny church whose members are aging but who have been delighted to receive our donations each year. This year was our most bountiful yet, and I thank all of you for your generosity. It used to serve 50 families every other week. But numbers have doubled, and the pantry is now open weekly. Ms. Sharon and her nephew Kaleb load it all up and make the delivery. Kaleb was a toddler here when we first adopted this project, and he turns 16 this week. Next year Kaleb will be driving Sharon to the pantry!
Another of our giving opportunities came with our auction this year when we requested that families donate a new toy to Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. Through the years, quite a few of our SWSM children have been treated there and continue to be. On Tuesday, Mia and her folks delivered the 70 — yes, you read that right, 70 — toys there. Mia continues to receive wonderful care there and has throughout her young life. Kaleb also continues to receive lifesaving treatment at Lurie’s now and has for the past three years. With all of our healthy children, this is a wonderful way to give a bit of cheer to those children who are encountering some very scary experiences. Thank you to all who have been so generous this year.
My Christmas too is full of tradition. Now with granddaughters, some have been tweaked a bit or a new one added; but the important ones have remained constant. We have been to see Santa and eaten under the Great Tree in the Walnut Room, but I will not tell you how long that tradition has been in place! We have decorated the tree (always with the shredded wheat wreath and decorated pinecone ornaments so lovingly made by my sons as children at SWSM), hung the stockings and sent the cards. Now is the time to bake and wrap all of the goodies I have had stored in the closet for months. I am sure many of you can say the same.
No matter how you celebrate this most beautiful of seasons, may it be Merry and Bright
and may 2019 bring Health and Happiness to you throughout the coming year!
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The reviews of the Extended Day play The First Thanksgiving were stellar. The Indian tepees and drums on the playground were an exciting addition . . . but the gathering of all the Pilgrims and Indians for the traditional feast of turkey, wild rice and pumpkin pie was the best of all!
The Harvest Moon Gala is but a memory! To all families who attended, donated, solicited, baked, wrapped or in any other way helped . . . we thank you for our successful evening! It was the perfect way to help build community within the school and connect with other SWSM families.
The event would never have come to be without the vision and dedication that began early this summer of Paty Rojo Alpers. She worked diligently gathering donations from a plethora of venues so that when we returned to school in the fall, we were ready to begin moving forward with the event.
Tori Viana did the wonderful graphics for the invitations, and we used her computer expertise often. Katie Williams’ sparkling personality showed up in the table décor, I’m sure you’ll agree. Dynamite Grandmas Faye Voight and Janet Coronado, as well as (new-to-school mom) Tercia Bajner, picked up, shopped and did any other task we needed done. Deanna Memon was the Cupcake Lady, otherwise known as the sweet table organizer, yum.
Meanwhile in the office, Sharon and Joyce photographed items, logged them in, sent reminders out and made sure EVERYTHING was numbered and completed in a timely manner, as well as creating the evening’s slide show of the kids for your entertainment. Even the children had their hands in creating those one-of-a-kind items up for auction with the teachers’ creativity and help.
Two weeks before the auction, there was an additional flurry of activity as all items were organized and wrapped for display. Besides the afore mentioned moms, we were joined by Lori Baird, Marina Dalmares, Jazmin Hammad, Heather Kruszewski, Fran Lang, Alisa Mathews, Erin Nicorata, Kharen Schuller and Terri Siampos, who now can add basket wrapping to their resumes. When everything was ready, the Lang family graciously transported it all to Bourbon Street to await set-up. The DiNovo family has been so generous to host us once again at 115 Bourbon Street, and we were delighted to have Nancy and Doug Segal lead the live auctioning. Congratulations to alumni grandfather Curt Yelnick, the Grand Prize winner who generously donated $500, half of his winnings, right back to SWSM!
I hope that all who attended the event enjoyed themselves. It was a lot of work, but the children here certainly benefit from it. I join them in thanking you for helping make this such a successful event!
Enjoy your families and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
. . . Kathy