Valentine's Day was also the 100th Day of School. Staff decided to dress up as an older version of themselves to surprise the students. The Senior Kindergartens were greeted in the morning by an odd-looking Ms. Brown, walking with a cane, who claimed to be "Mr. Lister". They were looks of confusion and repeated statements, "You're Ms. Brown!"
There were also detectives in the group. "I can see brown hair!" (The white wig didn't quite fit Ms. Brown.) A couple of students wanted to pull off the fake moustache. Ms. Brown was glad to have a height advantage. On the announcements that morning, Mrs. Williams stated that there were some older people in the building who might need to take a nap at some point. "Mr. Lister" rested "his" head on "his" cane and started snoring. A student crept up to try to pull off the moustache! "Mr. Lister" woke up just in time while the rest of the class giggled. It didn't take long for the too big, fake moustache to fall off all on its own.
Later, the students used an app, Old Age Booth, to see an older version of themselves. After taking some initial pictures to figure out how the program worked, many students got creative. They put on 'reading' glasses, changed the shape of their faces and included other objects and poses. Sadly, some of their most creative photos were not saved but there were lots of laughs, enthusiasm and, most importantly, collaboration.
Students made Valentine's Cards for someone special in their lives. They included a heart-filled picture of themselves.
Near the end of the day, we had a Valentine's Day Snack that included cookies brought by Alexander, heart-shaped Jello jigglers and a "love" potion made with heart-shaped ice cubes. We watched a Valentine's Day movie and looked at all the wonderful Valentine's Day cards given by students. They loved looking at the cards they had received. Students also had a chance to buy books at the Used Book Sale. There were happy shoppers!