Prefect Council hosts Winterfest, Coffee House

Lauren Sonnenberg

Students dressed up in onesies and decorated cookies in the lounge today as part of the annual Winterfest celebration, hosted by Social Committee and Prefect Council. “Mean Girls” was also screened in the lounge throughout the day. Each day has a different theme and movie playing in the lounge.

“I [was] particularly excited for Onesie Wenesday because Prefect Council has discussed at length the need for community in a school like ours which can get quite hectic,” senior prefect Greg Lehrhoff ’14 said.

Winterfest began with “Merry Monday,” during which students were encouraged to dress up in festive clothes and watch “Elf” in the lounge. Wetzel’s Pretzels were also sold on the quad all day Monday. During activities period Monday, the Activities, Recreation and Care for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Bell Choir performed with the Harvard-Westlake Jazz Singers. After celebrating during the day, students attended the second Coffee House of the year, which took place in Chalmers lounge.

“It was a great way to preform during a time of stress with all of the tests  before break,” Dora Palmer ’15 said. “Also, I enjoy being able to express myself and see other talented members of our community.” Palmer sang and played piano to “Say Something.”

The week continued with Tacky Sweater Tuesday, when “The Nightmare Before Christmas” was screened.

“I feel like Onesie Wednesday is an idea that the whole school can take part in, and it feeds on the excitement inherent in being ridiculously comfortable in a place that can sometimes feel overwhelming,” Lehrhoff said. “Based on the community’s reaction to Monday and Tuesday’s Winterfest activities, we’re projecting a large amount of participation and excitement surrounding today’s activities.”

Thursday marks the fourth day of Winterfest, when students are invited to participate in the first-ever “Thermal Thursday” by wearing puffy jackets and warm clothing while watching “Home Alone” in the lounge. Whereas other days of Winterfest are aimed at providing entertainment to students on campus with daily movie screenings and holiday food items, Thursday offers a chance to give back, as students can record messages for patients at Children’s Hospital in the deans’ conference room. Winterfest will conclude with “Frosty Friday,” when  students are encouraged to wear white clothing and watch “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” before snow decorates the quad at the end of the day.

Wintergrams that were purchased last week are being delivered during class meetings throughout the week.  Sophomores received their Wintergrams Monday; juniors theirs Tuesday. Senior will receive their Wintergrams Wednesday during class meeting.