(* indicates parents welcome)
*First Day Celebration & Rose Ceremony
A welcoming ceremony for the new first grade class and a short introduction to each grade’s upcoming year.
A celebration of our ability to overcome the challenges that face us in life. Together, all of the grades work, perform a pageant (St. George and the Dragon), share a community meal, and play games of endurance and cooperation.
Halloween is not a school festival day and is celebrated simply and at the discretion of each class teacher.
*Friends and Family Day
This is a chance to share your children’s school experience with friends or extended family members. During the all-grades assembly, each class makes a presentation, followed by a time for friends and family members to visit the classrooms.
This festival of finding light at the darkest time of year is celebrated by the 8th graders singing their way through the school and into each classroom, dressed in traditional costumes.
St. Nicholas Day
This celebration is a fun way for students to have their good deeds and waiting-to-be-improved habits recognized! Students will leave their shoes out the night before and St. Nick will leave them a treat.
*Winter Festival & Shepherd’s Play
This half-day of school includes the faculty production of the Shepherd’s Play, a medieval telling of the Nativity story.
Students hear a final story of the mid-winter festival season.
Students dip candles and hear a story about the inevitable end of winter.
Students share their gymnastic accomplishments learned in the previous weeks of Movement Class.
A two-part celebration of spring. The first part takes place on the day before spring break begins and the second part the day after it ends.
*Parent Appreciation & May Day Festival
A chance for the students and staff to thank parents for their many contributions to our school, followed by each grade dancing around the Maypole. (Afternoon)
Knighting Ceremony and Medieval Games (teacher will indicate whether parents are invited)
Reflecting their history study, 6th graders experience a coming-of age knighting ceremony, and play a variety of thematically inspired games.
Having honed their pentathlon skills, the 5th grade travels to join other Waldorf schools’ 5th grades to share their accomplishments.
*Camping Week (ask your child’s teacher about chaperoning)
Classes and parent chaperones go on camping trips. Grades 1 and 2 typically do local, day trips.
*Last Day Celebration
This celebration includes performances by each class to honor the graduating 8th graders, followed by thank yous and a BYO picnic on the front lawn (or in the Festival Hall if it rains).
Every Friday afternoon throughout the year, grades 1 through 8 come together in the Festival Hall to share things they are working on. Gatherings with special themes will be communicated in the Update.
Each class performs a play during the year. Performance dates and times are published in the Weekly Update.