This year’s World Language Week celebrated the school’s language programs and internationalism during the week of February 13. On Monday, members of the World Languages Department planned to recite a multilingual poem during morning assembly, but the performance was canceled due to a snow day. On Tuesday, many language classes wrote love poems in their respective languages and hung them on the wall outside the theater in celebration of Valentine’s Day. On Wednesday, language classes formed 12 teams—each representing a country in which the language is spoken—to compete in a soccer tournament in the Nicholas Athletic Center. On Friday, Spanish Teacher Rosario Sánchez Gómez’s team, Spain, was crowned the victor, defeating China 3–2 in overtime. World Languages Department Head Cecile Roucher-Greenberg said that her department chose soccer as the sport of competition because it is the most internationally beloved.
Asian Cultural Night
Dumplings, sushi, fried rice, and naan filled the Commons on February 10 in celebration of Asian Cultural Night. About 90 community members enjoyed the food from China, Korea, and India. There was also a raffle, and students from both the Upper School (US) and Lower School (LS) campuses performed in a talent show. The night’s acts included LS students dancing Bollywood-style, US Chinese students singing a traditional Chinese song, Julian Li ’20 playing with a Chinese yo-yo, and Lena Rhie ’20 doing Kung fu. Director of Multicultural Services Lewis Bryant, the Parents’ Association, and the Asian and Asian American Association organized the event.
Arabic students gathered in the Chorale Room to show off videos made in class and eat a traditional dinner with approximately 35 friends, family, and faculty for the seventh annual Arabic Night on March 2. This year, a Syrian chef from Kareem’s Kitchen in Watertown discussed Arab food and demonstrated making a few dishes such as hummus and ma’moul bil tamir for the attendees. The night is an opportunity to celebrate Arab culture and learn more about it, said Arabic Teacher Amani Abu Shakra, who organized the event.