Shepherd Valley Waldorf School K - 8
Spring - Festivals of Renewal
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Easter

Easter is the First Sunday after the first full moon following the Spring Equinox.  The festival of Easter derives its name from the pre-Christian goddess symbols of rebirth, fertility and spring; the Saxon Eastre and Old German Eostre.  The ancient symbols of hare and egg, both known as signs of the return of life after winter’s sleep, today carry the Christian association of the Resurrection of Christ.  For the adult, the mysteries of death and resurrection are central to a living appreciation of Easter.  As many ponder the events in the life of Christ leading up to the resurrection, we can grow in understanding.  But such topics are not appropriate for the young child who still lacks an inner experience of death.  To the young child, the world is permeated with life.  Easter is celebrated as a time of healing, transformation and rebirth.  Seeds are planted and new life begins.  The young child can begin to understand this through stories and songs of the death of the caterpillar and his rebirth as a butterfly. 

May Day - May 1

This is a day for flowers and the celebration of spring.  Often May Baskets filled with flowers appear on classroom and office doors or on the doors of our Niwot neighbors.  The Kindergarten children and teachers dance around the May Pole and older grade students are practicing their more complicated May Pole Dance for the May Faire.

Whitsuntide

Whitsuntide is the week beginning with Whitsunday (White Sunday) or Pentecost which occurs seven Sundays after Easter, Pentecost.  Pentecost in Greek means “Fiftieth Day” (after Easter) and is the day when the Holy Spirit descended to the group of disciples.  The Holy Spirit brought the message that Christ had not left them, but that he was united with them.  If Whitsun falls during the school year, the Kindergartens will often celebrate this festival by wearing white, making birds and sharing bird cookies with the Eighth Grade.

May Faire

Spring at Shepherd Valley is celebrated with a community event, the May Faire festival.  May Pole dancers will weave their ribbons accompanied by music also performed by the students.  Each class coordinates a booth to provide children’s activities, food and fun.  Vendors also participate.   

Eighth Grade Graduation

The graduating Eighth Graders are honored in a lovely ceremony created by the combined efforts of the Eighth Grade teacher and the Seventh Grade students, teacher and parents.  Parents and friends are invited to share and rejoice in this special event.

Closing and White Rose Ceremony

At the end of the school year, the entire school gathers for the White Rose Ceremony and Closing.  The First Grade students now give white roses to the graduating Eighth Graders who will be going off to high school.  The teachers close the year with a song and a few words, and the students return to class for a celebration and packing.