Seasonal festivals at Greenwood School reflect the strength in our community and our commitment to learning, working and celebrating together. The festivals are times when students, teachers and families come together to experience how the yearly cycle of the seasons create a rhythm that resonates in nature and within us, that nourishes us. We celebrate three community festivals at Greenwood School which mark the rhythms of nature: turning inward (inhaling) in autumn and winter, and expanding outward (exhaling) in the spring.
FESTIVALS FOR THE 2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR
Grades: Friday, October 28th
Early Childhood: Thursday, October 27th
Grades: Held in October when nature begins to focus its energies inward, we gratefully reap the last of summer’s bounty and begin to make preparations for a colder, darker season to come. There is a joyful, celebratory aspect to this festival. All attendees are invited to put on a costume and live into their imagination. We gather together to share a meal, seasonal crafts and activities, and to celebrate out of a spirit of imagination.
Early Childhood: The younger children and their families participate in their own age-appropriate festival to celebrate the changing of the seasons with the four elements; earth, air, fire and water. Gnomes and fairies greet Mother Earth with gifts as she begins her winter work. A festive potluck follows. This is a wonderful alternative to the sometimes grotesque and frightening images of Halloween.
Saturday, December 3rd
Evergreen Spiral - Grades 1 - 8
Wednesday, December 14th
The Evergreen Spiral Festival occurs near the winter solstice, the coldest, darkest time of the year. This is a season when we must journey within to find inner light, inspiration, and hope. The gym is transformed by creating a beautiful spiral made from evergreen branches. The room is dark except for the candle at the center of the spiral. Each child walks the spiral to its center, lights his/her candle and places it somewhere on the spiral as they exit. What begins as a dark room ends as a bright, warm room filled with the light and warmth that each child brings to the spiral, reminding us that in our darkest moments that light will once again return.
Friday, May 5th
Held in early May, just before summer begins, we anticipate and celebrate the peak of the sun’s energy even as our own energy radiates outward. We honor life in all its forms: the manifesting fertility of the earth — the joy of life itself — and of community. Each grade gifts the assembled school community, including the May Queen or King, with traditional spring dances from around the world, including dances around the May Pole. Everyone dresses in festive clothes and wears handmade flower garlands. This festival has traditionally been held after lunch and homemade lemonade and strawberry shortcake is served.
Want to be involved? Please contact your class parent. Please note that Early Ed Festivals are on different dates - you will receive festival information from your teachers. All families are welcome to all festivals and you are also welcome to help at any festival if you like. If you have questions, please contact Joy Latimer in the school office.