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.
2018-19 School Year
First Day of School (for grades 1st-8th) – September 5
Opening ceremonies at 8:35am on the upper lawn.
First Day of School for Kindergarten – September 6
TK Begins – September 10
Parent & Tot Classes Begin- September 12
Peace Day – September 21, 11am Assembly
S. Lake Tulloch’s JAM TO THE DAM – September 23rd, 8AM – 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 September 14. Family friendly, camping available, optional BBQ lunch, yoga, and lots of fun! Kids $15 Adults $30
Michaelmas – September 28
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.
November 1: NO SCHOOL for Halloween Clean-up
November 12: NO SCHOOL – Veteran’s Day
November 20-24: NO SCHOOL
SWS Elves Faire – December 1, 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. 2018 Elves Fair Vendor Form
Winter Break – December 21-January 6th
Alumni Gathering – December 27 at SWS Campus (please note the change of date and location)!
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 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Martin Luther King, Jr Day – January 21
Teacher’s Conference Week – February 18-22
Grandparents Day – March 15 10:30AM
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 16
Theme: Medieval Nights – A Wicked Woodland Tavern, 5pm – 9pm (Dancing 9-11pm)
Motherlode Fairgrounds, Sonora, CA
Advanced tickets $40 (after Mar. 9, $50 and at door)
Procurement Deadline is Feb. 8. Procurement Form
Catered dinner, no host bar, and dancing! 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 our auction website or call (209) 984-0454 to purchase tickets and tables. Come dressed in your favorite inspired threads! We invite clowns to meet elsewhere.
Spring Break – March 25 – March 31
May Day- May 4
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 5
Join us on the upper lawn as we celebrate our graduating 8th grade class. Reception to follow.
Last Day of School – June 6
12:30pm dismissal…summer vacation begins!