Through the years we have held a variety of annual events at MSC, all to celebrate and rejoice in the diversity of our families and in the celebration of each child.
To kick off the year, we have a Chips N’ Dips picnic at the park to give families a chance to get to know their children’s friends and teachers and celebrate the beginning of another school year. We invite families to bring aunts, uncles, cousins and grandmas and grandpas, as well as neighbors and family friends, to enjoy a casual time together. Each classroom makes a dip to share with everyone and families bring favorite recipes as well.
Festival of Trees
As one of our fundraising efforts during the year, the Festival of Trees is held late October/early November. Each classroom has the task to decorate a tree that includes ornaments made by the students as well as purchased ornaments. Several trees are also donated and the evening of the event showcases the beautiful trees all together. The event is open to the public and all funds go towards the MSC Scholarship Fund.
Our annual International Festival is one of the ways our school celebrates the diversity of our families and cultures around the world. Each classroom chooses a country either because it is represented in the school community and/or because the students have a specific interest in it. The students research their chosen country and work on a variety of presentations which are showcased on the day of the festival.
We hold the event at Lakeside Park and invite the public to attend, with tents around the park, one for each country, as well as food tents and entertainment. The students prepare the tents with their research projects, original décor, collected artifacts and a gustatory treat they prepare from their country. Entertainment includes local groups as well as dances and songs prepared by the students, of all ages.
The annual art show has as its main purpose to showcase the artwork done by the students at our school, aged 3 – 12 years old. It is an opportunity for the students to feel the pride of their accomplishments. It is also a chance to show the parents and families the outcome of a curriculum that has as its main goal to provide children with the opportunity to develop skills that aid in their self-expression through art.
Because it encompasses all the ages at our school, the art show provides an opportunity to display and experience the developmental progress in children’s artwork.
The end of the three-year cycle in the Children’s House (Early Childhood) classroom is a time for celebration. The Kindergartners from both classrooms spend daily time together, bonding as a group, and at the end of the year they have a special ceremony where their time in Children’s House is honored and they are welcomed to the Elementary classroom.
Upper Elementary and Adolescent Program Graduations
As with the Kindergarten graduation, the Upper Elementary graduation marks the accomplishments of the children as they end their elementary studies and move on to the Adolescent level. Students have a chance to reflect on their growth, both academically and personally, and share these reflections with parents, relatives and friends in a simple ceremony. The Adolescents graduation is also a time for reflection and celebration as these students move into the age of high school studies.
A couple of weeks before the end of the school year we get together as a school family at the park across the street and celebrate the success of the year. Families bring in food to share and it is a wonderful time to be together and feel the joy of a year shared together.