Festivals & Events
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In Waldorf education, festivals connect students to the rhythm of the changing seasons and strengthen relationships with the natural world. The school community is invited to participate in the earth's deep in-breath (preparing for winter's cold short days and long nights) and great out-breath (revelling in summer's long warm days and mild evenings). Rituals like the 6th grade Knighting Ceremony also offer students opportunities to celebrate their developmental milestones as classroom communities and honor their personal achievements.
1st Grade Rose Ceremony
The Rose Ceremony has two gatherings at the start and end of the school year. Beginning the year, the ceremony welcomes our graduating kindergarten students into the 1st grade with their 8th grade buddies providing roses and an escort to their 1st grade teacher. Families are invited to attend.
Dragon Pageant & Fall Festival
The fall season and sun’s diminishing light toward the dark of winter is celebrated in an All-School Assembly that brings the old-English story of Sir George & the Dragon to life. Families are invited to attend as students in grades 2-8 present our tale of courage
and transformation. A festival of activities festival activities are sometimes integrated in each class' curriculum, part of a buddy program or experienced in community.
During distance learning in October 2020, the Dragon Pageant was digitally created with contributions from students, faculty and parents.
Winter Festivals of Light
These beautiful events during the winter season are crafted to awaken our inner light in the darkened winter. Kindergarten students participate in the Lantern Walk in November. The Winter Spiral is held for 1st through 3rd Grades. 4th and 5th grade students conduct their Winter Light event, and the middle school joins in the dark of a nature preserve for the Winter Moon Hike. All events share similar elements of song, candlelight, quiet contemplation and the joy of gathering in community to celebrate the texture of light and darkness of the December tide.
Winter Assembly & Craft Faire
Live Oak’s All-School Winter Assembly is usually held on the 2nd Friday a week before Winter Break. Grades 2-8 present to the community choral, instrumental, recitation and story offerings. The K-8 Visual Arts Gallery is on display during the assembly. An extensive winter crafts faire follows the performances with high quality hand made goods from local artisans.
Students are invited by their class teacher to participate in sharing simple messages of care and appreciation with their classmates. Teachers will notify parents of the format for their class. In the Middle School, 6th - 8th students enjoy a school dance.
Sponsored by the Live Oak Foundation in the month of March, the auction is our largest fundraising event. It is an evening of music, food, gifts and magic. We have both a silent and live auction of many fantastic treasures. This is not to be missed. Schedule your babysitters early!
Open House is held in the spring for families and friends to visit classrooms, view student work and engage in hands on activities with their children. It is an opportunity to meet others in the community and learn more about our curriculum and programs throughout the grades. Students are invited to attend this event with their families.
Spring Faire is a festive and beautiful tribute that embraces the upwelling vitality of spring. Live Oak community is invited to join in our celebration of spring’s vitality. Be prepared to enjoy instrument and choir presentation by our students, Maypole dancing, good
company, a bounty of flowers and color, and strawberry shortcake for all.
End of Year Assembly
This event takes place during the last week of school to celebrate the close of the School year. Spring verse, poems, music, and songs are shared with families and friends as we prepare to depart for summer. Grades 1-8 perform.
Kindergarten Fly Away Ceremony
Our older Kindergarten students who will be graduating to 1st grade take part in the Fly Away Ceremony to honor their growth and transition. This event occurs at the end of the school year.
8th Grade Rose Ceremony
The 8th grade promotion ceremony is held at the end of the year. All families are invited to attend as we honor our 8th grade and celebrate their transition to High School.
Festivals & Events Etiquette
It is imperative that parents and guests hold the sincerity and reverence of our ceremonies and events with great care. Some events require extended silence by guests. Young children are welcome at our events, so long as they are well attended. When school ends, and events continue, parents are responsible for the supervision of their children.