As announced in assembly, via email, and on the bulletin board, three weeks ago was “Spirit Week” at FCS. That Friday, we were invited to wear our pajamas, Tuesday we were encouraged to dress as a character, Wednesday was lumberjack impersonation day, and Thursday was an all-black attire day. We ended Spirit Week on Friday by wearing our schools’ colors: blue, gray and white. However, under the observation of many, lots of folks have turned Spirit Week into “Spirit Weak.”
Not many people have participated in Spirit Week in recent years. When I asked fellow newspaper writer Cameron Mack ‘20 what he thought about this, he shared, “I feel it would be a lot easier for students and faculty to remember the days if there were daily email reminders sent out in addition to the reminder the week before. In my opinion, one of the major issues with the lack of participation is people simply forgetting.” As for the reason Mack himself didn’t participate, he exclaimed, “I don’t have any clean flannel shirts!”
Like Mack, Elliott Gross ‘21 shared very similar thoughts on the week, Gross said, “I think that more email reminders would be helpful.” He also adds, “It’s a very busy time of year for us with testing, getting back to school, MLK weekend, etc. With all of these distractions, it is very easy to forget about Spirit Week.” Charlie Szwartz ‘21 thinks, “It’s a fun thing to do, and we need more people to put in the effort.”
Evan Sweitzer ‘20 said honestly: “It feels we are on the cusp of growing out of it [Spirit Week]. We will definitely be too old for it in Upper School. In the future, the school should involve the students more in deciding on the days.” Currently, the Upper School Student Council chooses the theme of each day of Spirit Week.
Contrary to Mack, Gross, and Sweitzer, student photographer Dorothy Babb ‘20 has a different view of Spirit Week. She thinks, “Spirit Week is a fun way to express enthusiasm for FCS. I feel it keeps the school year fun at a dreary time of year.”
Below are some pics of people who did participate in Spirit Week. So, what do you think? How should we handle Spirit Week next year?