Upcoming Events Calendar
The lantern is the symbol of our own light which we can shine on a dark world, and we celebrate this festival by holding a reverent “lantern walk.” This year, our lantern walk will be held on Friday, Nov 16th at 5:30 pm, on Siesta Key Beach. We will meet near the playground.
This family beach walk is complete with lanterns made lovingly by our dear children, as well as songs they have learned in class. Comfortable, warm clothing is recommended for this event. We do ask that you do not allow your child to run the beach, in order to maintain the reverence for this event. (This behavior also tends to be contagious!) Quiet conversation is fine, however, please do not get so engrossed that you are distracted from supervising your child.
This has traditionally been a lovely outdoor market of local artisans for parents, with activities and childcare available for children while they shop for the holidays. Additionally this year we will create opportunities for gift making as well. This year’s market will be on Saturday, December 1st from 9-1
Santa Lucia is celebrated during the school day on December 12th. This festival celebrates the warmth of light and giving. The 2nd grade, dressed in white and singing a traditional song, visits each class with a special treat for each student.
On the Friday before Winter break, an assembly is held before an early dismissal for all at 12:30 pm. Parents, grandparents and friends are warmly invited to attend as each class offers a performance for the rest of the school, followed by a potluck lunch.
Our community camping trip will be December 17th through Wednesday, December 19th from 1 pm to 1pm, to observe and honor the coming of winter! We will have some planned activities, plenty of chores, as well as ample time for freedom of exploration of the woods and witnessing its subtle winter changes. Children 3rd grade and up can stay overnight without a parent, and students can be dropped off for the day without staying overnight. We will need to know your RSVP by December 1st so we can plan accordingly. A sign up sheet will be emailed to all who will be attending such that all gear can be supplied and community meals can be made during the trip.
This year our spiral will be outdoors. Once the spiral begins, we ask for you to please maintain the reverence for this event. Grades Children will sit with their classes, and one by one, each child will take a turn to slowly walk the spiral, holding a red apple with a small unlit candle inserted into it. As the child reaches the center, he or she lights the candle and then returns out of the spiral, when they will place the apple and candle near one of the golden stars. Each child lights the way for those who will come after them. As children take their turns, more and more lit candles light the spiral, and it begins to glow. The evening is quiet and moving. With the winter days being short, and the nights long, the spiral celebrates a kindling of our inner light, and holds a promise that spring, light, and life will begin again.