Back-to-School Nighst in early fall give parents at each division the opportunity to meet teachers and receive an overview of the program for the school year. This is the time to learn about curriculum, classroom approaches, and extracurricular programs. All parents should plan to attend this parents-only evening.
Students participate in an afternoon of athletic fun and games during the last week of school.
Held in late October or early November, Harvest Festival is an opportunity to recognize the value of coming together as a community in a joyful way. It is a celebration of autumn, the harvest, and sharing the bounty with others. As we gather around a bonfire, children's voices rise in poetry and song. Then we roll an oat cake to find out what kind of winter we will have. If it lands on “X” we will have a long cold winter, and if it lands on “O” we will have a short mild winter. We also make a connection to the wider community by holding a food drive and asking children to bring donations for the Oregon Food Bank.
The day before school starts students and their families are invited to an open house at the Lower School from 10 a.m. to noon to meet and greet their teachers, see the classrooms, and tour the school.
On this day students share their pets for a brief campus visit at the end of the day. We also have a virtual pet bulletin board for those students without a live pet. Every dog, cat, gerbil, bird, stuffed animal, and frog gets an award! This tradition dates back to the 1940s and one of our predecessor schools, Gabel Country Day.
This is a performance presented by the entire Lower School in which each child dances, sings, and plays a musical instrument. The performance is scheduled close to winter break. It began in 1986 as an all-school event in an attempt to move away from the typical Christmas pageant and towards a performance that honors a diversity of practices. We deliberately include music that has cultural and historical significance. Each year there are a few new musical pieces, and the children help with the choreography on all but a few numbers. Other selections stay the same, serving as anchors of familiarity and predictability for the children. All parents and immediate family members are invited to this event in the Cabell Center.
Each year on the first Sunday of May students and families are invited Spring Festival. The many activities may include an inflatable slide and obstacle course, carnival games in the paddock and Fir Grove, fundraisers such as the dunk tank, and many performances including some by the Lower School students. There is also food to buy and the annual Honey Hollow Plant Exchange.