While the classrooms are filled with singing, movement, recitation, story telling, conversation and all manner of academic work, the building also hums with activities that nurture the broader community around the students.
FESTIVALS & EVENTS
Festivals are a vital part of Waldorf education, bringing the community together in meaningful ways and marking time in the spirit of the seasons with food, song and story. The entire school gathers together in October for a celebration of the Michaelmas story and the harvest season. In November and December, the early grades mark the season of light with reverent festivals like the Lantern Walk and Spiral Walk. The school gathers together again for May Day to celebrate the coming of summer with traditional dance and song.
Speakers & Performances
Throughout the year, MWS hosts a variety of guests, both local and international, who share their insights, experiences and talents with our students and the greater Keene community through speaking events, concerts and performances. Check the calendar for upcoming events.
The strength of MWS comes from the strength of our community. Our students’ experience is enriched by the committed participation of our parent community. Parents collaborate with teachers and staff to volunteer in the classroom, chaperone trips, raise funds and serve in leadership roles on Parent Council, the Board of Trustees and its committees.
Our teachers reach beyond the classroom, with a series of parent evenings throughout the year to explore topics such as child development, curriculum studies, upcoming class events and parent questions. Class meetings are also a time for parent-to-parent support and topics that could include approaches to allowance, bedtimes or birthday parties. Parent meetings strengthen bonds and deepen understanding in an enjoyable, respectful and supportive environment.
Annual Craft Fair
Our November Craft Fair is eagerly anticipated by parents, students and community members alike, and is a wonderful place to shop, eat and visit with friends. It is a popular meeting place for alumni families and offers memorable children’s activities like candle making, story telling and the magical Gnome Forest. Parents, faculty and students come together in creative spirit to orchestrate this annual fundraiser.
MWS hosts Circus Smirkus each summer at the Cheshire Fairgrounds in Swanzey. Bringing this amazing international youth circus to town is a treat for all ages. MWS families host the circus performers in their homes and bring this exciting fundraiser to life through show promotions, ticket sales and related activities. This year Circus Smirkus celebrates its 30th Anniversary Big Top Tour with “Midnight at the Museum” on July 17–18, 2017.