During the Lunar New Year (also known as the Chinese New Year), the MICDS campus buzzes with activity! In the Lower School, 1st graders had their chance to take part in an annual tradition—the Lunar New Year Parade. Students walked around the Beasley cafeteria carrying traditional symbols of the New Year and playing percussion instruments. The Upper Schoolers had their own celebration in the Blanke Room the same day. In addition, Head of School Lisa Lyle hosted Chinese students for a celebration in her home. There, students and families enjoyed traditional Chinese food and participated in a few New Year rituals.
This year, the Parents’ Association Passport Series also hosted a Chinese New Year celebration, where approximately 60 parents attended along with faculty and staff. Ms. Lyle kicked off the celebration by blowing the 8-foot Tibetan horn, and attendees learned about the various traditions and symbolism of the New Year. They enjoyed a variety of Chinese foods and desserts, thanks to the parents who provided them.
“We are so enriched by your families’ presence in our MICDS community, and we are honored that you have chosen to be a part of our School,” said Ms. Lyle during the celebration, where parents from a variety of nationalities attended. “It is important that we as adults celebrate one another and model what it looks like to interact and learn from those whose backgrounds are different from ours.”