First day of school. Each class is given an enticing look at some aspect of their curriculum for the coming year. The first day assembly ends with a welcome to the entering students. The "Rose Ceremony" is a special memory for each incoming student, as an eighth grader presents a rose to each first grader, establishing a bond that will continue throughout the years.
Held on the Friday of the first week back to school and on the last day of school, in Gibbons Park, rain or shine, under or near the picnic shelter. We ask parents to show up at 5:30, and start at 6pm with a communal singing of "For health and strength.” Parents are responsible for their children.
On or near September 29, the festival of Michaelmas, in which children experience the image of good overcoming evil in the reenactment of the hero subduing the dragon, is celebrated with a play. Celebrating Michaelmas reminds us of the value of hard work, steadfastness, strength, and courage.
In November, both the ECE classes, and Grades 1-3 have their own lantern walk. Children gather with their parents at dusk in the playground and are led on a short walk by their teachers. Carrying lighted lanterns and singing songs about lighting the darkness, each light carried in the dark signifies the inner light we must hold throughout the long, dark winter.
December 6th. St. Nicholas makes a surprise visit to each classroom and leaves a special treat of oranges or cookies for each child.
For children in our ECE programs and their immediate family members. Sunday in late November or early December. A beautiful, quiet and meditative celebration that focuses on the inner light amidst winter darkness.
On or around December 13, Santa Lucia (the oldest eighth grade girl) visits each class in her white dress and crown of light, bringing a plate of cookies and a song.
In December, the last day of school before the holiday break. The Winter Assembly is a festive occasion where family, friends and the community are invited to attend. The grade school demonstrates some of their work in the forms of music, recitation, math games and more.
Throughout the school year. Class plays are always a highlight of the school year. The plays start small in the younger grades, generally for just parents to watch , but grow in scope, audience and venue as they move through the grades. In the older grades, an evening is usually set aside to perform the play, complete with full costume and sets.
Each spring, Grandparents and friends of children in Grades One through Three are invited to visit the classrooms and attend an assembly dedicated to them.
In the spring LWS Grade 5 students (who study Greek History in main lesson) join other Waldorf Schools in the Great Lakes area where ancient Olympiad competitions are held. Events include the classic pentathlon: javelin, discus, the 100- yard dash, Greco-Roman wrestling, and the long jump. Honour and integrity in sportsmanship are celebrated.
Early June. A festival celebrating our ability to understand each other -- becoming aware of our individuality on one hand and what we all have in common on the other. At the weekly assembly, we will use the text of an old verse which is translated by parents in our community to many other languages.
Mid-June. Families, teachers and students celebrate the graduation of eighth grade students, many who have been in the school for 11 years. Recognition of student accomplishments and remembrances of their journey together are celebrated.
On the last day of school, students in our Kindergarten classes who will be moving on to grade one the following year take a journey across the Rainbow Bridge.
On the last day of school, the final assembly of the year includes performances by each class. Family, friends, and members of the community are invited to attend. Mirroring the opening Rose Ceremony, each eighth grader receives a rose from a first grader.