Last Saturday, over 300 SMUS community members, including faculty and students from all three schools, came together for an evening of dinner, dancing and merry-making. Guests enjoyed a silent auction, a fabulous meal and excellent company in the transformed gymnasium.
“For thirty-four years, the families of St. Micheals University School have been gathering together just before Christmas for a dinner which continues to be a wonderful opportunity to meet the new families and reacquaint with friends,” says Marie Wizinsky of the Parents’ Auxiliary.
This year’s dinner proved to be a great success, with many new families and many younger students attending. Another huge highlight was the addition of a DJ and dancing, which even had Head of School Bob Snowden and his wife Joan on the floor, surrounded by children and parents who were also cutting a rug.
Middle School teacher Douglas Manson-Blair kicked off the musical part of the night by leading the kids in a Christmas sing-along before the dancing started. “Everybody danced,” says Mrs. Wizinsky, who also hit the floor with Mr. Snowden.
The silent auction, organized by Lysanne Hassel, proved to be a great complement to the evening. The gift baskets up for sale were assembled by each class at the Junior School according to themes, which included crafts, family games, sports, movies and gourmet kitchen. A percentage of the proceeds from both the dinner and auction will go towards buying turkeys for needy families in conjunction with the Middle School’s Christmas hamper project.
“It enables us to reach out to others in the community and recognize that excellence in education includes teaching our children to help others less fortunate,” says Mrs. Wizinsky, who made a fleece blanket for one of the baskets.
Next year, the Parents’ Auxiliary hopes to include even more community members in the festivities.