Autumn Festival: A Celebration of Courage

Photos from our autumn festival: students performing in the pageant, a plethora of veggies await the soup pot, and an older student helps a younger student chop vegetables

Throughout the year, our school celebrates festivals to connect us with the cycle of nature, establish a yearly rhythm for the children, and strengthen our community. The first festival celebrated during the school year is the Autumn Festival. This festival inspires us to courageously conquer our internal and external dragons, and to examine what it means to have courage—within ourselves and on behalf of others.

Throughout Autumn Festival week, grades students participate in activities that represent courage, initiative, and steadfastness. From chopping vegetables and preparing soup, to harvesting apples, to baking bread and apple crisp, to planning and building an obstacle course—each class has their own unique and important role in the celebration.

Grades 1-8 Pageant

Our Autumn Festival culminates with the grades pageant in Fair Oaks Park. In our pageant, the various kingdoms of our world—the mineral (6th grade), plant (5th grade), and animal (4th grade) kingdoms, even the elemental kingdoms of fairies and gnomes (1st and 2nd grades), all try to defeat the dragon (8th grade, bestirred by the beat of the 7th grade drums). But ultimately, it is only we humans (as represented by the 3rd and 8th grades, parents, and other audience members) who transform the dragon, not through any outward measures, but through transforming ourselves.

Autumn Festival Pageant | Fair Oaks Park
Friday, September 29, 1:30 pm

We hope to see you (in red, orange, and yellow) on the slopes of Fair Oaks Park on Friday, September 29, at 1:30 pm, for our celebration of Autumn and courage! Families are invited to arrive at the park by 1:15 pm to welcome the students as they process from the school.

Early Childhood Harvest Festival

Our preschool and kindergarten students celebrate Autumn with a Harvest Festival. The children are engaged in classroom activities such as grinding grain, planting bulbs, dyeing silk, and making harvest soup. More details to come from your class teacher!

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