Here is a chronological list of the special events that we schedule each year.
Thursday evening of the week prior to Labor Day.
At the orientations we hope to answer any questions that will help to make the first days of school a positive experience. Parents meet all of the teachers, visit the classrooms, and meet the parents of their child's classmates.
Friday of the week prior to Labor Day
The Open House is the time for adults to stay with their children at school before the full day begins. The positive interaction with adults, children, and the teachers helps to set the tone for the first regular day.
On a Friday in the fall, the school has an annual campfire. Families and teachers sing songs and make s’mores. Families are encouraged to bring dinner beforehand if they wish. The campfire begins between 6 and 6:30 pm, depending on the onset of darkness and lasts for about an hour.
In the fall, Lifetouch takes individual and class photos outdoors. We have found that the cost of the photos is reasonable; preschool does receive a percentage of the sales.
We do not celebrate Halloween with costumes. We sing songs, read stories, and participate in Halloween-inspired art experiences.
The Book Fair takes place in November. The school sells books from Main Street Books, a small independent book fair company. Parent volunteers are needed to help set up and staff this event.
Hummingbirds, Robins, Woodpeckers, and Falcons: On a Saturday in November each class is invited for an hour to visit their classroom with their famiies, including siblings, and attend the Book Fair. The teachers are present and have activities in the classroom for everyone to enjoy.
Chickadees: On a Saturday in January, each Chickadee class comes to visit and play in their classrooms.
Before the break in December famiies are invited to stay a bit at the beginning of the day, or in the afternoon class to come early before dismissal to sing some of our songs with us. Families sit with their children in a big circle on the floor and share some of their favorite songs. This is not a video-taking opportunity because everyone participates.
In March we have our annual Silent Auction and Wine Tasting. This is our major "fun"raiser of the year.
The entire school gets together on a Sunday afternoon for a potluck supper. The Parent Organization organizes the sign-up for set-up, food, drinks, and clean-up.
Ice Cream Social
This event takes place on a Saturday in the spring in conjunction with the Earthplace Spring Fling. The Ice Cream Social is a time for the families and teachers to get together as a school community.
All classes have an end-of-the-year celebration that families are invited to attend. The Chickadees, Hummingbirds, and Robins have this during their school day. The Woodpeckers and Falcons have it on either Thursday or Friday of the last week of school from 9:00 - 10:00 am. The children sing some of their favorite songs from the year and participate in activities with the music teacher.