Overlook Community Celebrates The Season
Despite the COVID restrictions, many classrooms were festive this season with decorations, outfits and holiday movies. In addition, the wonderful generosity of the school helps stock the local food pantries each holiday season. It was wonderful that this tradition was able to remain. Hopefully, in the years ahead Overlook will be able to return to the other annual events that make the school shine particularly bright each season.
During this year of uncertainty, the holidays are a way to stop and appreciate what we have. The Overlook community has pulled together to face these new challenges brought on by the global pandemic. Together, we will make it through these unprecedented times. During this upcoming vacation, take time to relax and reflect on the past year and how we worked through adversity. With the New Year upon us, we as a community will face any new challenges and rise to meet them together.
Have a Happy Holiday Season and New Year!
-The Wingspan Staff
The December Holidays
December is a month of CELEBRATION!!
Christmas is a Christian holiday celebrated on December 25th and is widespread across the world. A lot of families have their own traditions to go along with Christmas. The holiday was originally started to mark the birth of Jesus, the savior in Christian religion.
Hanukkah is a Jewish celebration that consists of an eight day celebration ending on the 18th. Often called the Festival of Lights, the holiday is celebrated by lighting the eight candles of the Menorah.
Kwanzaa (starting on the 26th and ending on the first of the year) is a week-long celebration that honors African heritage and African-American culture. Seven symbols are displayed during the Kwanzaa ceremony to represent the seven principles of African culture. The seven symbols are the Mkeka (mat), Kinara (candle holder), Mishumaa Saba (seven candles), mazao (crops) Kikombe cha Umoja (unity cup), and the Zawadi (gifts).
Festivus ( December 23rd), is for the rest of us.
Holidays In Today’s COVID World
Holidays are definitely going to be different this year. Sadly, we can’t be with our friends and family. Christmas for me is my favorite holiday. I love decorating and listening to Christmas music. But this year I cannot do all my favorite festive activities such as going to Christmas parties and seeing my friends over the break, but I am glad that I am happy, healthy and safe.
Next up is Thanksgiving. This one was probably the most different for me. I was not able to be with family as well as millions of people who didn’t either. But that day I spent time with my family that lives with me and really just realized how lucky we are to have each other. So under the circumstances I had a great Thanksgiving and I hope you all did too.
Then we have Halloween. This was different for everyone. I just stayed home and I did a candy scavenger hunt. But for other people they did social distance trick or treating and in Westminster some policemen and firefighters delivered candy to houses who signed up for it. This is also strange because before we all would spend hours getting candy and having fun, so this was probably the holiday that changed the most.
Now last but not least we have Easter. Easter didn’t change much for me. I did the same thing I always do. But some people didn’t get to go to church. This was the early COVID days where things weren’t as bad.
Holidays are amazing and although they are different now we still have our lives and 1.58 million people in our world cannot say that now. I would also like to thank everyone who read last month's copy. I really appreciate it so thank you so much!!! Happy Holidays everyone! :)
History Explained: Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
By Josh LeGrand
December 7, 2020 was the 26th anniversary of the first Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. This day honors the people who died on December 7, 1941, during the surprise attack by the Japanese on the Naval Station Pearl Harbor.
Let’s go back in time to 1939. Europe had just begun another World War, or as many people know it, World War II. When war was beginning to break out in Europe, the United States were asked to aid the Allied Forces, but the US opted to stay neutral in accordance with the Quarantine Speech in 1937, which called for “an international quarantine against the epidemic of world lawlessness”. They did, however, lend resources to the Allies. On September 11, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced a shoot on sight order following the “Greer incident”, where a German U-boat fired on the USS Greer, and declared naval war on Germany and Italy in the Battle of the Atlantic.
Now let's take a trip to World War 2 era Japan. Japan wanted to expand their sphere of influence into China and Mongolia, and got part of their goal. Now they had two options: 1) The Northern Plan, which saw Japan attacking Russia, while also taking control of Mongolia and China, or 2) The Southern Plan, which saw Japan attacking the colonies in the south and gaining control of their resources. They went for the Northern Plan, but that didn’t go so well, so they went for the Southern plan. They saw the United States as their biggest naval threat, so they decided to destroy the US’s Navy at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii first so they had more time to conquer the south. The Allies had cut off Japan’s oil supply until Japan withdrew their troops from China and Indo-China. Japan agreed to remove their troops with the condition that the US stop aiding China and lift all bans against Japan. Almost a week later, the US counter offered, saying that the Japanese should remove their troops with no conditions at all, but Japan had already set sail toward Hawaii. On December 7, 1941, Japan arrived at Pearl Harbor and wreaked havoc. They damaged all 8 battleships, 3 destroyers, 3 cruisers, and an anti-aircraft training ship. They destroyed 188 aircraft. It is recorded that 3,581 people were killed or injured in the attack. The next day, the United States declared war on Japan, entering the second World War. Three days later, Germany and Italy declared war on the United States. After the attack, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared that December 7, 1941 would be “a date which will live in infamy”. Japan thought that their attack would weaken the United States. They were wrong. In two years, they had another fleet of ships.
Fast forward to 1945. The United States had begun an island hopping campaign to reach Japan, and they had great success. Hitler was dead, and Europe had surrendered. All they had to do was take out Japan. On August 6, 1945, the atomic bomb “Little Boy” was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, more than halving the population of the city. Three days later, “Fat Boy” was dropped on Nagasaki.This was the first and only use of atomic weapons in war in history. It was also the end of World War 2.
Fifty-two years later, in 1994, the United States Congress made December 7th of every year Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, and on November 29th of that year President Bill Clinton made it official, issuing a proclamation and declaring December 7, 1994 the first ever Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. People can observe it by flying the American flag at half-staff, or below the top of the flagpole, to honor those who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor. And that is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Explained!
The Time Files- Part II
By Karl Sargent
The Resistance base was not what Thomas had expected. The room they had landed in was a long hallway, completely made out of what looked to be steel. Overhead lights went throughout the long hallway, leading to three doors. “What are we gonna do here?” Thomas asked.
“I want you to meet the leader of this group, and then you need to get trained up.” Bridget said.
“Who’s the leader?”
“His name is Edward Bates, he was the original founder of The Resistance when the Eon Empire started to take control of historical locations throughout time. For Instance, I was brought into the Time War after the Empire took over my hometown of Belfast.”
“The Time War?”
“That’s what this conflict is being called.” She opened a door, which led to a lobby, full of chairs and a small sofa. Thomas took a seat on the sofa. “What are you doing?”
“Oh.” Thomas got up from the comfortable brown seat, and walked into the room marked BATES.
In the room, there was a spruce wood desk, and a man with a World War II american general’s jacket was looking out a window adjacent to the desk, at a large chain of mountains towering over the base.
Bridget introduced them. “General Bates.”
Bates turned around. “Ah, Bridget. Who is this?” He had an accent from New York City.
“This is Thomas Reed, I recruited him after the battle, General.”
“Hello, sir.” Thomas said. “Where exactly was that battle?”
“It was around 30 kilometers east of the Norwegian city of Bergen. You’re lucky, Thomas, or you would’ve turned into a Wolf,” Bridget said
“What is…” Thomas put the question off.
“That’s a shame about Whitley. He was a good guy,” Bates stated.
Bridget nodded, solemnly. “Well the good news is that we won. It’s one of the only victories we’ve had recently. I should get Thomas down to training now.”
“Okay. Nice to meet you, kid.”
“Same, sir.” Thomas and Bridget exited the office of The General, and headed to the training area.
The training area had the appearance of a warehouse, but with a phase-weapon range, space to drive vehicles, and many other things.
Bridget broke the silence. “Well, this is where you go. I’ll see you around.” Thomas nodded, and she walked out of the warehouse. Thomas jogged over to what appeared to be a sign up sheet to begin training. There were no other names on the sheet. Thomas signed his name.
About an hour later, a woman in a green hoodie and jeans walked through the door on the opposite side of the warehouse. There was a patch on the sweatshirt, labeled Abersmith. She ran over to Thomas. “Hello. I’m Maisie Abersmith.” She was Scottish. “And you must be?” Maisie looked at the sheet. “Thomas Reed. You are here to be trained?”
“Good. The Resistance hasn't been doing great, as of recent. Let’s begin your training.” Over the next eight weeks, Thomas learned close combat skills, agility, driving vehicles, and how to shoot accurately with phase-weapons.
At the end of the eight weeks, Thomas was given a Time-Jumper. After that he was taught how to use his Time-Jumper correctly. “Well, that is officially the end of your training.” Maisie said. “Congrats, Agent Reed.”
Maisie also handed him a handheld radio. “You can use this to communicate with people on missions.” Thomas nodded, and began to walk towards the door.
In the hallway, Thomas walked into the cafeteria. He went to the side of the room with
the kitchen, looked at the menu, and he decided on the Chicken Noodle Soup. “May I please have some Chicken Noodle Soup?”
“Yes,” one of the chefs responded. The chef took a ladle, and he poured some soup into a bowl. “Have a nice day.”
Thomas smiled, and moved towards a table. He sat down at the table, and began to eat his soup. As he finished his lunch, he heard a voice over the intercom. “Could Thomas Reed please report to The Assignment Room?”
Thomas sat up, and threw his empty container into the recycling. He then continued into the hallway, and walked into the room labeled OFFICES. He walked by Bates’ office and into The Assignment Room. He stood by the receptionist desk, and grabbed a manila folder labeled “Thomas Reed” that sat on the desk. He grabbed the folder and flipped through it. In the folder lied the details of his assignment. The assignment was to assassinate Sean Harvey, who was labeled as the head of exporting resources out of the Great Lakes Region, particularly iron, to the whole Eon Empire. There was no certain location of his headquarters, but it was rumored that the base was in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, in 1930. Thomas programmed the location into his Time-Jumper, and walked into the Peninsula, to stand up to the Empire.