Plenty of reasons to celebrate.
When the Kindergarten works together to write an alphabet book, we throw a publishing party. The first grade works with numbers up to a hundred. Naturally, they celebrate the 100th day of school. Sixth grade focuses on writing personal narratives. On Memoir Night, they share a meal and their voices through the narratives. And February 14 is “I LOVE Math Day.” These are some of the ways that we celebrate learning.
Just as important, 13 times a year we gather as a whole school to celebrate the goodness of God. These traditions anchor the school year. Some of these celebrations might be familiar to you like Thanksgiving and Easter. Others might be new. In the fall we celebrate the Jewish feasts as a part of our Christian heritage. Rosh Hashanah. Sukkot. Simchat Torah. In the spring we have the Palm Celebration. The Way of the Cross. A Passover meal.
Most of our celebrations take place during the school day. But the last night before Christmas break, we reenact Las Posadas. The police block off the streets around Church Square Park. We hire a mariachi band. We put on costumes. Then the extended school community comes out by the 100s. We follow Mary and Joseph as they look for a place to stay. The church welcomes Mary, Joseph, and the crowd that follows them. Our students give a joyful concert. Then we throw a party, complete with a piñata.
We also celebrate each child. One way we do this is by acknowledging each student’s birthday. Every student receives a birthday book that is given to the school library in their honor. Teachers choose birthday books based on each student’s interest or a topic of study for the class. Summer birthdays are celebrated on the half-birthday.
Our celebrations reflect the diversity in the school. And the unity that we have in the one God who loves us.