Throughout history the world’s civilizations have celebrated nature’s rhythms in a way that sustains and renews the culture. At the Sierra Waldorf School, the school year is permeated by the light, food, story and songs of the annual festivals, which foster a sense of wonder, reverence and gratitude. The teachers, parents and children work together to prepare for each celebration and you are warmly invited to participate and attend.
2016-17 School Year
First Day of School (for grades 1st-8th) – September 7
Opening ceremonies at 8:35am on the upper lawn.
First Day of School for Kindergarten – September 8
Peace Day – September 23, 11am
S. Lake Tulloch’s Jam to the Dam – September 24th, 7AM – 2PM
Join us for a day on South Lake Tulloch as we swim, stand up Paddle Board (SUP) or Kayak to the dam and back! Early bird tickets available until August 31. Family friendly, camping available, optional BBQ lunch, yoga, and lots of fun! To register for the event, visit: https://sierrawaldorf.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/JamtotheDam2016/tabid/790598/Default.aspx
Michaelmas – September 30
Halloween Festival – October 31, 5:30-9:00pm (Dismissal 12:30pm)
Join the festivities as the school is transformed with a garden of fairy tales, a hay maze, puppet shows and other surprises. We end the evening with a bon fire and music. This event is open to the public and there is a suggested donation of $5 per family. There will be food and drinks available for purchase.
SWS Elves Faire – December 3, 10-4pm
Join us on campus to peruse many beautifully hand crafted items for wonderful holiday gifts. There will be food, warm drinks, music and fun activities for the kids. Wreath making, candle dipping, and a dessert/cake walk will all be taking place. To be a vendor, call the office at (209) 984-0454. Admission and parking is free. This event is open to the greater community. Vendor Form
Winter Break – December 16-January 1st
Alumni Reunion – TBD
Alumni students and parents are invited to join us for some catching up, laughter and banter. Music, food and beverages will be provided. We hope to see many of you! Please RSVP to Caroline at (209) 984-0454.
Teacher’s Conference Week – February
Granparents Day – March 17, 2017 11AM
Grandparents and special friends are welcomed to the school to see a presentation from classes 1-8th. Afterwards, classrooms are open for visits. Kindergartners will welcome grandparents in the yard!
SWS Rites of Spring Auction – March 18, 2017
Theme: “TBD” 5pm – 9pm (Dancing 9-11pm)
Motherlode Fairgrounds, Sonora, CA
Advanced tickets $40 (after Mar. 10, $50 and at door)
Procurement Deadline is Feb. 17. Procurement Form
Catered dinner, no host bar with live music! Over 400 items in the Silent Auction and many wonderful trips, dinners and a car in the Live Auction. Dancing from 9pm to 11pm. Visit www.sierrawaldorfauction.com or call (209) 984-0454 to purchase tickets and tables. Come dressed in your favorite inspired threads!
Spring Break – March 25 – April 3, 2017
May Day- TBD
Join us for this beautiful festival as we dance around the Maypole, make crafts, enjoy live music and celebrate spring! Dine on delicious cuisine at our Blue Iris Cafe. Admission & parking is free and open to the greater community.
10:00am – 12:30pm Crafts, activities and vendors
10:30am – 11:30am Classroom open house
10:30am – 12:45pm Blue Iris Cafe
10:45am – 11:30am Music on the lower lawn
1pm- BELL RINGS! Gather around the Maypole
1:15pm Choir performance
1:30pm – 2:30 pm Maypole Dancing (performed by classes 1 -8)
Graduation – June, 2017
Last Day of School – June 2017