Holiday Spirit Fills the Air
Holiday spirit fills the air at St. Joseph’s Indian School as 2-8th grade students across campus shopped at the “Christmas Store” to pick out gifts for each of their family members. On Saturday, November 7, the festive fun continued with a surprise visit from Santa Claus, “making spirits bright.” Mr. Claus came equipped with sugar cookies, frosting, and sprinkles for all to decorate and enjoy. Students observed the photo-op-with-Santa tradition, as well.
“It’s essential to carry on our much-cherished holiday celebrations, even during these most unusual days,” noted Executive Director of Child Services Jennifer Renner-Meyer. Child Services Staff reshaped the usual Christmas preparations, leaving nothing out. “We want to support students’ resiliency during these very different days by helping them feel normalcy and the same level of care we always deliver.”
The holiday break for the grade school begins November 25 this year and will extend through Christmas. As always, “elves” will wrap up the gifts and pack them for the students’ trip home. High School students follow the Chamberlain High School calendar and will celebrate in December before their holiday break.
Residential Support Colton Anderson said students embraced the day, and their faces especially lit up when Santa arrived, no matter their grade level. “It reminded me that even though we had to do the store a little earlier and a little differently this year, it was well worth it. Creating joy like this is what the season is all about,” said Anderson.
Parents and guardians can find more holiday photos and additional information regarding the holiday break by visiting the Family Connections Facebook page and by contacting your child’s Family Service counselor.