There is no shortage of school pride at Scotland Elementary School, but Spirit Day certainly helps.
Spirit Day is held on the first Friday of every month and is a day set aside to motivate students and encourage a special fondness for Scotland School.
Students and staff are asked to wear their Scotty Clothing (clothing adorned with Scotty Dogs and the school name) and then during lunch, special Spirit Day activities take place. These activities are intended to raise school spirit and can range from teaching the students a cheer, a song, a dance to other movement activities.
Joy Alfieri, who has a Kindergarten student at Scotland, runs the Spirit Day Program and together with Scotland principal Mark Solomon, plans monthly activities. For October Joy Alfieri read a picture book to the students about making friends. After reading the book, she spent a few minutes discussing the book’s powerful message and related it to how students at Scotland School should treat each other. Other activities planned for the year include “The Telephone Game” where students whisper a Scotland Spirit phrase from table to table and the table closest to the original phrase wins, learning a song about friendship and telling stories about making new friends.
Spirit Day has a rich history at Scotland School where for many years, programs have been run by parent volunteers including Mrs. Culhane, Mrs. Linke and Mrs. Rose. Unfortunately, as their children graduated from Scotland, this role was left vacant for a time. We are thrilled that Joy Alfieri has taken on this role and revived this vibrant program.
Scotland is known within Ridgefield as “The Happy School”, a testament to programs such as the Spirit Day Program.