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Events in October 2022

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September 25, 2022 September 26, 2022 September 27, 2022 September 28, 2022 September 29, 2022(1 event)

4:00 pm: MTPCS Board Meeting - Executive Session

September 30, 2022(1 event)

2:15 pm: Michaelmas

October 1, 2022
October 2, 2022 October 3, 2022(1 event)

6:00 pm: Parent Council Meeting

October 4, 2022(1 event)

3:30 pm: Auction Committee Meeting

October 5, 2022 October 6, 2022 October 7, 2022(1 event)

8:30 am: Friday Assembly- 6th grade

October 8, 2022
October 9, 2022 October 10, 2022 October 11, 2022(1 event)

All day: Picture Day

October 12, 2022(1 event)

4:30 pm: MTPCS Regular Board Meeting

October 13, 2022 October 14, 2022(1 event)

All day: No School

October 15, 2022
October 16, 2022 October 17, 2022 October 18, 2022 October 19, 2022 October 20, 2022(1 event)

3:50 pm: Volunteer Committee Meeting

October 21, 2022(3 events)

All day: Jog-a-thon

8:30 am: Friday Assembly- 1st grade

4:30 pm: MTPCS Special Meeting of the Board of Directors

October 22, 2022(1 event)

10:00 am: Stewardship Day--POSTPONED

October 23, 2022 October 24, 2022 October 25, 2022 October 26, 2022 October 27, 2022 October 28, 2022(2 events)

8:30 am: Friday Assembly- 8th grade

3:30 pm: Middle School Dance

October 29, 2022
October 30, 2022 October 31, 2022(1 event)

All day: No School- Grades Day

November 1, 2022 November 2, 2022 November 3, 2022 November 4, 2022 November 5, 2022

Our Festivals

In addition to traditional holidays, celebrating seasonal festivals is a way of observing and showing appreciation for the recurring rhythms and cycles in nature. Festivals are an integral component of the school.  They provide opportunities for our community to come together for seasonal/cultural celebrations. As the Earth makes its journey around the Sun, the solstices and equinoxes become the four cornerstones for the rhythm of the year. They inspire our seasonal festivals in the themes that are universal and culturally diverse.

Festival of Courage
Midway between the northern hemisphere’s summer and winter solstices, during the harvest season, our children celebrate Michaelmas, known in Waldorf tradition as the “Festival of Courage”. Because Michaelmas falls near the equinox, it is commonly associated with the beginning of autumn. So Waldorf schools also use Michaelmas to teach students the importance of using courage to prepare for the colder, darker, winter months. It’s symbolic of darkness, so it’s important for children to have warmth inside with them.

Lantern Walk
In the autumn, we have a Lantern Walk for the early grades. This event fills the children with excitement and anticipation. The Lantern Walk symbolizes the journey of St. Martin, a Roman soldier who cut his cloak in two to share with a poor beggar. It is said that St. Martin was known for his gentleness, his unassuming nature, and his ability to bring warmth and light to those who were previously in darkness. The children make their lanterns in an effort to bring their inner light forth as the winter days grow short, darkness comes earlier, and the winter chill begins to creep in.

Winter Spiral of Light
As the days continue to grow shorter in the winter, we celebrate the image of the sleeping earth and the light to come in the spring with the Spiral of Light. The Winter Spiral is a festival of light, movement, and symbolic change. A spiral of evergreen tree boughs and pine cones is laid out on the floor and decorated with crystals, shells, and plants. Amid beautiful music, each child walks to the innermost point of the spiral, carrying an unlit candle, which is lighted from the tall brightly burning candle in the center. Moving outward, the child places the candle along the spiral pathway, bringing the spiral slowly to light. As each child has his turn, the darkened room begins to glow with the beautiful candle light.

May Faire
May Faire is a celebration carried from ancient times, to say farewell to winter and welcome to spring and is celebrated around May Day. Dances around the May Pole have been passed through generations and honor the fertility of the new season. Join us for a celebration including maypole dances, music, activities and food in a country fair atmosphere.