Early Childhood Harvest Festival: On the Saturday following Michaelmas, the EC Families gather for a Michaelmas Harvest Celebration in the morning where the families and EC teachers enjoy festive games and food.
Lantern Walk: As the days grow ever shorter as winter approaches, families gather in the evening darkness. After singing around a campfire, students in Grades 1 through 3 and their parent(s)/guardian(s) walk with lighted lanterns, singing, across the back play field and into the woods where they encounter magical places that are gently lit to reveal sparkling crystals and quiet “fairies.”
Early Childhood Festival of Light: The EC will “celebrate the light within” in early November during this meaningful evening event before the days of the season become even shorter.
Thanksgiving Celebration: Grade 3 students and their families prepare a special feast for the LS grades. Some of the food served was planted and harvested by the students in the LS garden. Harvest songs, poems and skits are performed by Grade 3 before they serve the guests. Early Childhood classes will have a separate feast-day celebration.
Santa Lucia Day: This festival celebrates light in winter’s darkness. Dressed in white and wearing a crown of candles (LED), a Grade 8 student Santa Lucia leads Grade 2 through the school, walking in procession. Each student is dressed in white and carries a glowing light as s/he softly sings. As the procession enters each classroom, all activity ceases momentarily in quiet welcoming. A tray of cookies is left behind for each class and the office staff.
Spiral of Light: Students in Grades 1-12, Faculty and Staff participate in this peaceful celebration of bringing light into darkness on (or near) the shortest day of the year. Evergreen boughs lay on the gym floor in a large spiral and candles (LED) are nestled in the spiral’s center. The room is darkened and music is played in a far corner. A student from each class, a teacher, and all twelfth graders, one at a time, walk into the center of the spiral, select a candle and, as they walk back out, select a spot to place the light. In this way the room slowly fills with light until the entire spiral is aglow.
Pentathlon: Grade 5 students spend the school year studying ancient Greek history and mythology. This study culminates in a Pentathlon where our students are joined by fifth graders from other Waldorf schools to participate in five Olympic events. The LS community cheers the athletes on as judges evaluate them not only on speed, skill and strength, but on grace and beauty as well. Grade 10 students from the HS act as assistants and judges.
Early Childhood Picnic: The EC families gather to celebrate the year together.
All celebrations and assemblies make their special contribution to the year as a whole. Such values are common to all religions and great philosophies and are independent of any particular creed. The school is nonsectarian, and we encourage parent(s)/guardian(s) to share with the Class Teacher or HS teachers aspects of their cultural traditions, which can add to the richness of our experience of the seasons.
Lower School Assembly
One Lower School Assembly is held during the school year at which parent(s)/guardian(s) can see and appreciate the work of their students as the students present some of what they have been doing. Typically, the classes give glimpses of math, language arts, Eurythmy, music or foreign language. Each class participates and parent(s)/guardian(s) have an opportunity to see the natural progression of the curriculum as it is developed through the grades. Please feel free to invite grandparents and friends to this assembly. Although Kindergarten and Grade 1 students do not present anything on the stage, they and their parent(s)/guardian(s) are encouraged to attend in order to become familiar with the work of the grade school. Attendance is required of all students in Grades 2 through 8.