December has been filled with community winter fun in the form of an advisory door decorating contest, a winter music concert, and WinterFest winter activities. The contest and concert bonded students through hours of planning and practice, but WinterFest was a surprise afternoon of fun.
Door Decorating Contest
All grades participated in a LET class/advisory door decorating contest. Students spent a week collaborating and creating their winter wonderland doors. “The activity encouraged team building in a fun, friendly competitive atmosphere,” says Upper School Dean Sara Conyers, who initiated the contest. Doors were judged by division. Winners were:
- Early Learning: Kindergarten
- Elementary: Grade 3
- Middle School (Tie): Ms. Marple’s and Mr. McCaffray’s Advisories
- High School: Mr. Sharp’s Advisory
All doors showed off fantastic creativity, team work, and celebration of the season.
Winter Music Concert
On Dec. 7, BASIS Independent McLean’s eight music groups performed in a Winter Concert to show off what they had learned so far this year. Performing groups included BASIS a capella, Beginning Orchestra, Beginning Band, Fifth Grade Beginning Band, Beginning Guitar, Intermediate Orchestra, Intermediate Band, Elective Mixed Ensemble, and a flue duet. The groups were directed by Mr. Michael Junsay, Mr. Orrin Wilson, Ms. Robin Martin, and Dr. Ryan Grove.
The last period before Winter Break was dedicated to winter fun activities for all grades. Early Learning students (preK-grade1) made snowmen, created snow globes, and painted with colored ice. Lower School (grades 2-7) decorated cookies, created ornaments, and sipped hot chocolate to holiday-themed music. Upper School (grades 8-12) watched or participated in a faculty vs. student volleyball game. High School students were also surprised with a foosball table and additional seating for the High School Lounge.