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On the Importance of Having Fun

I know that Stoneleigh-Burnham School is an academic institution and the girls are here first and foremost to learn. However, I (and perhaps this has to do with my relatively young age and still vivid memories of my own time at Stoneleigh-Burnham) think that having fun, and taking time to enjoy the people around you will teach you lessons that are nearly as important as the ones you will learn in the classroom.

I am a firm believer in the importance of having fun.

I’m lucky enough to work with our middle school girls which means that we find excuses to have fun all the time. Sometimes it’s organized, like our second annual Midnight Madness this past Saturday, and sometimes, the middle school girls find ways to surprise even me.

Take Monday night for example. I, along with most of our middle school students were in the Meeting Room for evening study hall (the rest of the middle school girls were in the computer lab down the hall). They were a bit rowdy, which is normal for them, but at one point they reached a new level of distraction and I told them they needed to quiet down and focus. My tone must have been sharper than usual because the whole room got very quiet and the girls all looked over at me to see how serious I was. Suddenly, with a deadpan expression, one of our 8th grade students yelled out:

“Who let the dogs out?”

And the entire room began to bark.

I laughed so hard that I cried…and I was struck by two things, first that the Baha Men apparently have international acclaim (students from China, Mexico and Ghana knew what the appropriate response was) and by the fact that the girls had once again reminded me of something I already so firmly believe in, that it’s always important to be having a little fun.

-Laura Lavallee ’04, Associate Director of Admissions

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Whizbabies Take the Lead!

Friday January 15, 2010 was the second in a series of competitions for the House Cup. It brought more than 30 day and boarding students enrolled at the Stoneleigh-Burnham School together to participate in a series of competitions from relay races to songwriting competitions to scavenger hunts and even a “chubby bunny” contest.

At approximately 10pm on Friday the 15th, Sara, Matt, Erica, Kelly and I joined together to kick-off the first annual Midnight Madness. It represented two hours of silliness and chaos and drew students from all the grades. The competition was fierce and close. By the time we reached our final event, the Corazons were in the lead with 29 points and the Chanticleers and Whizbabies were following closely with 18 points each. It all came down to the final event:

the Chubby Bunny contest.

The contest was worth 12 points, so, as we counted down the final minutes to midnight, it was anyone’s game.

If you’ve never heard of a Chubby Bunny contest, you’re not alone. It’s a bit sticky and a little messy…but very fun. You start with a bag of marshmallows and several willing participants. They each start with one marshmallow in their mouth and they must say the phrase “chubby bunny”. After six marshmallows, our two seniors, Sky and Monika, were out. Maah, one of our youngest participants and the final competitor in the chubby bunny contest, proclaimed “I’ve still got room” winning the hearts and applause of all the teams. She made it to an impressive ten marshmallows (before I cut her off). She was the clear winner and claimed the victory for her team. Below are some highlights from the night.

Alyssa, Nora, Carla and Jordyn wait patiently for the games to begin!

Alyssa, Nora, Carla and Jordyn are ready to compete!


Sky and Leah wait patiently for the games to begin.

Franny and Rose pose with the owl, one of the items from the scavenger hunt.

Mikaela is ready to race on the Tonka bike!

Sadie and Jane are off to a great start in the three-legged race!

Tess and Paige show off their form for the balloon carrying contest.


Maah ponders where to fit the next marshmallow during the Chubby Bunny contest!

To finish the night off, each team was responsible for rewriting the lyrics of a song to be performed for the judges and all the teams. The winning song was based on the hit “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus. The lyrics to “Party at SBS”, as written and performed by the Whizbabies, are below. Enjoy!

“Party at SBS”

I hopped off the bus at SBS with a passion in my heart to learn.
Welcome to the land where girls express,
don’t you dare adjourn.
Jumped on a horse, here I cantered for the first time.
Looked to the right and see the SBS sign.
This is all amazing,
Everybodies looking like ladies.

My tummies turning and I’m feeling kinda homesick
but that’s ok ’cause I got my horse Rick.
That’s when Laura turned up the stereo
and we danced on UMB.
and we danced on DHC.
and in the library.

So I put the volleyball up
and I smacked it down
And I do some pirouettes
Getting a goal like yea
Dunking a ball like yea
I got my ponytail up
I’m playing my song
and we’ll talk the night away
Yeah, it’s a party at SBS
Yeah, It’s a party at SBS.

For more information about Stoneleigh-Burnham School, check out our website: http://www.sbschool.org


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