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Helping Others: Spirit Week 2017 is Underway!

Portions of this article contributed by Fiona Cohen '19

Calling all Bulldogs: Get ready for D-E Spirit Week 2017!

The week of Monday, October 16 - Friday, October 20 is "Helping Others: D-E Spirit Week 2017." The Upper, Middle, and Lower Schools at Dwight-Englewood will collaborate to help those in need, particularly those affected by the environmental disasters in Houston, Mexico, Florida, and the Caribbean.

A preview of Spirit Week 2017 was provided last Friday when the Dwight-Englewood Upper School gathered in Schenck Auditorium to spend an hour learning about the plans for the following week.
The assembly kicked-off with a brief introduction from Spirit Week student coordinators, Ryan Rodgers ’19 and Emily Nebbins ’18, as well as D-E Upper School president, Jalen Watson ’18, and Mrs. Debbie Murphy, Director of Student Activities and Community Services. 

The assembly presenters explained that in light of the recent natural disasters that have occurred across the globe, the D-E community will be raising money through student-run organizations, CODES (Community Outreach at D-E) and TCC (Teens Connecting Communities), to be donated to Save the Children, an international organizations that advocates for all children’s rights. While describing the school’s, efforts, Mrs. Murphy said, “In 2017, all three divisions of our school will unite in our effort to help others. It’s a part of our school’s mission at Dwight-Englewood. Our missions tells us what we seek to do and aspire to be.”

D-E students will be raising money through various activities (see below) including the sale of bracelets ($1 each) and a Coin Wars competition. The grade which raises the most money will be awarded Spirit Week points.

To describe the causes and the horrific damage caused by recent hurricanes, Harvey and Maria, Mr. Joseph Algrant, the Upper School Principal, presented a short explanation of the science behind a hurricane. This presentation acted as a segue into the subject of spirit and of helping others. A slideshow depicted many of the ways that ordinary people have become heroes due to recent circumstances. D-E students and faculty were then invited up to the stage to share how they thought spirit could be shown in all facets of life. The participants of this discussion spoke of the connection between helping others as well as staying true to one’s self.

All Spirit Week 2017 events and activities together guarantee a most spirited week at D-E, making our students' most spirited time of year their most giving time of year!

Spirit Week 2017 activities include:
Athletics Team Competitions: Catch Volleyball, Cross Country, Girls' Tennis, Soccer, and more--all our Fall 2017 Teams--in competition this week. For schedules, directions to games, team pages and more visit
Bracelet Sales: Each US grade will have a different color bracelet; Selling for $1 each, the grade that sells the most bracelets wins. 

CoffeeHouse, Friday, October 20: 
Featuring the talents of our US students in dance, music, spoken word, and other performances, 7:30 PM in Hajjar Auditorium. All proceeds from the event will go to Save the Children. 

Coin Wars: Grade-specific containers for US and MS students are in Klein Campus Center and by HomeBase rooms. The grade in each division that has the most coins, wins. 
Daily Apparel Themes:  MS and US students will enjoy Monday Pajama Day, Wacky Wednesday, Throwback Thursday... to name a few. 
Bake sales; Advisory door decorating and Lunchtime team sports contests; charades; and Hajjar STEM Center Math & Chess Challenges 

Lower School families are invited to participate in grade-specific drives to help families in need as well. Details at
Questions about Spirit Week 2017 can be directed by Email to Debbie Rivera Murphy at

D-E Students and Faculty/Staff (only) can access online the daily progress of each Upper School grade in Spirit Week, apparel theme details, Spectrum online student newspaper updates, competition guidelines, and more, at
Located in Englewood, New Jersey, Dwight-Englewood is a greater New York City area private school with a rigorous college prep curriculum for boys and girls in preschool through grade 12.