Hanukkah Sameach!


Hanukkah, also known as Chanukah or Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday that remembers the Jewish people's struggle for religious freedom. Each division has observed the holiday over the past few days. 
 
The Lower School started celebrating on Thursday, the first day of Hanukkah, during lunch. All Lower School students received a Hanukkah message and enjoyed the traditional gift of gelts (chocolate coins). On Friday, the second day, the LIA members (Lovett International Alliance) visited first and fourth-grade classrooms for its annual Hanukkah celebration. Lovett Parents Natalie Bernardino and Dana Hudepohl created an engaging event that showcased Hanukkah's meaning and traditions. Classrooms were filled with spinning dreidels and fun Hanukkah songs. First graders made menorahs to display, while fourth-graders made joke tellers. Students were all smiles as they celebrated with goodie bags to play dreidel, enjoy gelt, and continue to celebrate Hanukkah at home.  
 
The fifth-grade orchestra also recorded "The Dreidel Song" to get everyone in a festive mood, and each grade watched videos created by and featuring Jewish Lovett Lions. Thanks to Drew M. (Grade 3), Emma R. (Grade 5), Kara R. (Grade 5), Peter B. (Grade 4), Sofia A. (Grade 4), Philip B. (Grade 2), and Betsy H. (Grade 1) for teaching their fellow Lower School students about their holiday! Click here to view the videos.
 
To kick things off for the Middle School Hanukkah celebration, students Sydney McCleod, Virginia Brown, Bailey Brunson, Evan Lee, Bob Holland, Julien Mountmayer, Will Byrne, Jalynn Staten, Akerria Battle, and Eliza Pieschel decorated bulletin boards on every hallway. Their time and initiative were much appreciated! 
 
During advisory on the first day of Hanukkah, all Middle School students learned about the history and traditions of Hanukkah. Students compared and contrasted holidays of different cultures, enjoyed donuts, listened to some fun tunes by the Maccabeats, and played dreidel. It was a grand celebration!
 
Not to be left out, the Upper School Jewish Alliance partnered with the Lower and Middle Schools to teach students about Hanukkah. Co-presidents of the club, Jordyn Siegel and Sarah Dowling, created an educational video about the Hanukkah prayer's meaning and how to properly light the menorah.
 
I want to send a special thank you to the LIA parents, the faculty, and the students that put in countless hours to make this such a special celebration for all our Lovett Lions!

Ellice N. Hawkins
Director of Multicultural Programs and Services
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