An ancient Chinese myth tells the tale of 12 animals who competed in a race across a wide river. The rat was the first animal across the channel, closely followed by the ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and finally the pig.
Every Chinese New Year is associated with a zodiac animal, which rotates annually in the order that the animals finished the race - the Year of the Rooster began on Saturday, January 28, 2017.
On Friday, January 27, Faculty and Students gathered around campus to celebrate the Chinese New Year. In honor of Chinese culture, many students dressed in red (a symbol of protection and good luck) and yellow (a symbol of clarity and good faith). PreK-Grade 3 came together in the LS Library to read poems and share resolutions. Kayla Ward, Grade 3, shared "Sometimes people make resolutions for the New Year. In Grade 3 we brainstormed together some possible resolutions for 2017. Here are a few that we came up with: For better health we agreed watching less TV, eating less candy and exercising more would be good for all of us. As for learning, we thought getting sleep, trying our best and staying focused would help us reach our goals for school. Finally, the thing on almost everyone's list was to be kinder to one another and to our pets! Happy New Year!"
PreK students Casey McAndrews and Phoebe Coulombe also shared remarks. Casey said, "The New Year is when we learn new things", and Phobe shared, "I wish everyone happiness in the new year".
Students in Grades 4-9 met in the PAC for several events. Students participated in a session learning about the ancient art form of Chinese shadow puppetry and the Peking opera, shortly followed by a Chinese opera face painting workshop.