Advent Spiral | Grades 2-8

Families in our Pre-K & Kindergarten programs and Grades 1-8 program are invited to join us in celebrating the festival of Advent by attending our Spiral. Walking the spiral is symbolic of our journey as humans during the Solstice Season, the darkest time of the year. We walk in outer darkness and journey inward to discover the light that lives in our deepest parts.  We then carry that light back out into the world, each seemingly small light-collecting into a mighty glow.

SEATING SCHEDULE | Early Childhood + 1st Grade

Saturday | December 7

  • 4:00 p.m. seating | Aspen and Willow Classes
  • 6:00 p.m. seating | Cottonwood and 1st Grade

SEATING SCHEDULE | Grades 2-8

Sunday | December 8
  • 5:00 p.m. seating | Grades 2- 8
PLEASE NOTE: If you have more than one child, please attend the spiral for the youngest child, unless you want to attend two seatings.  Grades please RSVP with your teacher.

Advent Spiral | Early Childhood + 1st Grade

Families in our Pre-K & Kindergarten programs and Grades 1-8 program are invited to join us in celebrating the festival of Advent by attending our Spiral. Walking the spiral is symbolic of our journey as humans during the Solstice Season, the darkest time of the year. We walk in outer darkness and journey inward to discover the light that lives in our deepest parts.  We then carry that light back out into the world, each seemingly small light-collecting into a mighty glow.

SEATING SCHEDULE | Early Childhood + 1st Grade

Saturday | December 7

  • 4:00 p.m. seating | Aspen and Willow Classes
  • 6:00 p.m. seating | Cottonwood and 1st Grade

SEATING SCHEDULE | Grades 2-8

Sunday | December 8
  • 5:00 p.m. seating | Grades 2- 8
PLEASE NOTE: If you have more than one child, please attend the spiral for the youngest child, unless you want to attend two seatings.  Grades please RSVP with your teacher.

Harvest Festival & Handmade Market

Hosted by Parent Council
Nevada Sage Waldorf School celebrates the Harvest Festival and Michaelmas during the autumnal equinox, and we invite our community in the celebration that reminds us of the courage that we see around us every day in noble acts, large and small. Come out and join Nevada Sage Waldorf’s families and friends for an early evening that will include music, performances and craft activities. Come shop our handmade market, and sample chilies and soups made by our class parents.


CALLING ALL CRAFTERS
We have a talented community (parents, children, teachers, grandparents) which values handwork and handmade items. Please share your talents with the community either with something you make, a service you can offer, or a class you could teach others.
Some ideas include: photography, weaving, beading, baking, cooking, soap making, woodworking, knitting, crochet, sewing, quilting, felting, gardening, fix-it services, welding, etc…
SUBMIT HANDMADE ITEMS BY OCTOBER 2nd
Please label each item with the name of the crafter and drop off your items at the school office.
DELIVER BAKED GOODS ON OCTOBER 5th 
Please wrap items to sell and include the ingredients on the labels. In the past, people have loved buying whole pies, cakes, and loaves of bread as well as individual servings.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT – ERICA ARMSTRONG


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES | CLICK ON LINKS TO SIGN UP
Harvest Festival Wish List
Harvest Festival Classroom Chili/Soup Offering
Harvest and Handmade Market Volunteer Sign Up

Early Childhood End of Year Festival

Early Childhood End of Year Festival

Grandparents and Special Friends are most welcome!
Friday | May 31 | 10:30 am (arrive by 10:15 am in the Kindergarten Play Garden)
The picnic will follow the ceremony at Mira Loma Park.
Arrival and Attire
Please arrive by 10:15 am. Punctuality is appreciated as late arrivals interrupt the flow of the festival. Kindergarten Parents, please drop your child off in his/her classroom and find seating in the playgarden. The kindergarten children from both classes will process out together. Willow children will sit in the audience area of the playgarden with their parents.
The attire for Rising First Graders should be nice: button up shirt and pants or party dresses. You may want to keep a change of clothes in your car for later at the park.
Ceremony
In this ceremony, we enjoy seeing our oldest Kindergarten children move up into First Grade in a bridge ceremony. Please be discreet if you choose to photograph or videotape your child in the ceremony. For some, they are nervous and many phones out can bring more self-consciousness.
Attendees find a seat outside near the hay bales to await the ceremony. Please help us maintain a reverent mood by keeping little ones on laps and remaining seated until the end of the ceremony. We kindly ask that guests arriving after the ceremony has begun at 10:30 enter through the Kindergarten classrooms and not through the Willow play yard.
Picnic
Immediately following the ceremony we will head off for a potluck picnic at Mira Loma Park. Tables will be there for potluck offerings. Bring a blanket and folding chairs if you like. Shade and picnic tables will be at our location. For easy breakdown, please pack your own plates, cups, and utensils in and out.
Flowers
Donations of flowers for decorating the ceremony and the picnic tables are most graciously accepted. Please bring to the school on Thursday, May 30th.
IMPORTANT |  The last day of school programming is Thursday, May 30th for ALL early childhood classes. On Friday, May 31st, there is no early care, aftercare, or regular school programming. This is a special festival day. Please attend with your child and RSVP with your child’s teacher.

May Faire Festival

16th Annual May Faire Festival

Saturday | May 4 | 10am – 2pm | Bartley Ranch Regional Park

May Pole Dance at Noon

FREE ADMISSION (Booth tickets will be available for purchase at the entrance.)

BRING…Your family for a celebration of Spring and enjoy the maypole dancing at noon!

ENJOY….Crafts & games, local artisan craft booths, face painting, henna art, cake walk, maypole dancing, live music, delicious sustenance by Thali Restaurant’s food truck, and all around celebrating!

EURYTHMY PERFORMANCE…Susan Strauss, Storyteller & Eurythmist, will tell the Nez Perce story, “Creation of Day & Night” and the Japanese tale, “Birds of Fortune.”

This festival welcomes the return of Spring – the rebirth and growth of new plant life, the lengthening of the daylight hours, and the strengthening warmth of the sun. May Faire is our largest celebration of the year and it is being held at beautiful Bartley Ranch! This lovely event is a special time for the community to enjoy games, activities, live music, and food! Please invite your friends and family and neighbors to celebrate with us!

There are many opportunities to get involved and support May Faire, and we need each families participation to create this special event.

Contact:

Kathleen Deyling | May Faire Chair

Advent Spiral Festival

Advent Spiral Festival

Saturday | December 1 | 4:30pm Kindergarten and Grade 1 | 6:00pm Grades 2-7
You are warmly invited to our Advent Spiral Festival on Saturday, December 1. This is a festival that lies at the very heart of the school experience in the Waldorf School and we hope you will make every effort to attend with your child.
The Advent Spiral brings to the children, in a simple way, the mood of the coming season, moving from darkness to light. The festival begins with “an angel” carrying its light to the center of the evergreen garden and lighting the central candle. Then each child walks the unlit path, one at a time, into the center of the spiral path of evergreens, carrying their apple with a candle in it. They light their candle and carefully place it down along the path as they walk back out of the spiral. Younger children may be accompanied by “an angel” to assist them on their journey. The festival begins in darkness and ends brightly lit by many candles. We then share a moment of silence together before leaving the spiral of light!

SCHEDULE

4:30 p.m. for Kindergarten and Grade 1
6:00 p.m. for Grades 2-7
Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start times. Parents will then find their seat in the Great Room.

DROP-OFF

Children should be brought to these classrooms:

  • Grades 2-7 will meet in Miss Barber’s classroom (6th/7th grade room)
  • Kindergarten students will meet in their classroom. Miss Hierman’s 1st grade may be dropped off in Miss Sarah’s Cottonwood Kindergarten class so that the group may proceed out together.

DRESS ACCORDINGLY

This is a special occasion, please dress your child accordingly. For fire safety, children’s hair must be tied back, and all children must wear pants or leggings (knee-length dresses only.)
We kindly ask that no photographs be taken. If accompanied by very small children, who may not be able to sit through the entire event, please place yourselves near to the doors so you may leave the room if your little one is fussing and needs care.
Older brothers and sisters are welcome to attend as well as grandparents and special friends. Please help us in creating a peace-filled, reverent mood by sitting quietly, joining the group singing or listening to lyre music.
At the close of The Advent Spiral Festival, we ask that you collect your child from the room where you dropped them off and quietly make your way home. Please, no playing on the play yard as you exit for the evening.

Martinmas & Lantern Walk

Martinmas & Lantern Walk

Friday | November 16 | 4:30 to 5:30 pm
Idlewild Park | Rose Garden next to the California Building
2055 Idlewild Dr. | Reno, NV 89509
Early Childhood and Grades 1 -3 
Each November, we commemorate the Feast of Saint Martin with a Lantern Walk. This year, the 1st through 3rd Grades will present a short play of “Saint Martin and the Beggar” followed by the lantern walk.  A note for Early Childhood families, the story of St. Martin is saved for when children are in the grades school. The preschool and kindergarten child enjoys making a lantern in class and learning lantern songs to be sung at our special event.
Join us as we celebrate and process in a mood of quiet reverence, singing under the stars accompanied with their glimmering lanterns. Younger and older siblings of students participating in the walk and/or pageant are welcome to attend this event with their families.
Let us remember the deed of Saint Martin and keep kindled our inner light during the approaching outer darkness of winter.
Synopsis of the story of St. Martin:
St. Martin, a Roman soldier, swiftly rode on his snow-white steed through icy streets. He met an aged, ailing beggar. “Oh, could you spare a coin for one so poor, I pray?” Martin drew his rich, woolen cloak more tightly around his shoulders, yet all the while the wind cut keenly through the rags the beggar wore. Soon Martin’s heart grew with compassion for the beggar.  He drew his sword and he cut his bright red cloak in two. One half he wrapped around the beggar and by this deed his life did save.

Harvest Festival & Handmade Market

Harvest Festival & Handmade Market

Saturday | October 13 | 3-5pm | Nevada Sage Waldorf School | Free Event
Hosted by Parent Council
Our annual Harvest Festival reflects the bounty of Autumn and a coming together of our community. Come out and join Nevada Sage Waldorf’s families and friends for an early evening with music, folk dancing, activities for the kids, shop our handmade market, and sample soup made by our class parents.
Activities
Children will enjoy activities such as the apple press, an acorn treasure hunt and handcrafting of leather goods.
Handmade Market
Browse the Handmade Market for knitted treasures, woodworking creations, baked goods and Fall decor.
Sign up at the festival for complimentary childcare while you shop the Handmade Market, provided for Early Childhood only for up to a half hour from 3:30 to 4:30 pm.
Soup’s On | Harvest Soup Tasting
Enjoy a tasting sample of delicious soup and bread provided by our Early Childhood and Grades families in our first Nevada Sage Waldorf’s first Soups On Harvest Soup Tasting.


Handmade Market

CALLING ALL CRAFTERS
We have a talented community (parents, children, teachers, grandparents) which values handwork and handmade items. Please share your talents with the community either with something you make, a service you can offer, or a class you could teach others.
Some ideas include: photography, weaving, beading, baking, cooking, soap making, woodworking, knitting, crochet, sewing, quilting, felting, gardening, fix-it services, welding, etc…
SUBMIT HANDMADE ITEMS BY OCTOBER 5TH
Please label each item with the name of the crafter and drop off your items at the school office.
DELIVER BAKED GOODS ON OCTOBER 13TH
Please wrap items to sell and include the ingredients on the labels. In the past, people have loved buying whole pies, cakes and loaves of bread as well as individual servings.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT – ERICA ARMSTRONG

Michaelmas Festival – Grades Early Release

Michaelmas Festival & Potluck

Friday | September 28 | 5:30 – 7 pm
(Grades Early Release 1:15 pm. Aftercare will be offered from 1:15  to 5:30 pm.)
Michaelmas, a festival of awakening the “will” and fostering “courage”, is celebrated in Waldorf schools across the globe. Michael, translates to a question, “Who is like God?” and calls on our higher forces to face our inner “dragons”. This time of year, when the summer’s sun wanes and the cold and crisp air begins to arrive, we tend to move toward the comfort of home, and so does our reflective consciousness move inward to the warmth of self. These dragons are not external monsters, but rather live within all humankind; yet, we can overcome any struggle with our awakened righteous consciousness-our spear! Join us to celebrate and rejoice in Michael ’s spirit.
Burning bright my shield and spear,
Strong and true my bow.
Against the dragons fearful might
To battle forth I go!
With mighty arm and noble heart
Firm steps I fearless take,
To conquer him who binds us all
For mankind’s sake, I rise up tall.
        -author unknown

Festival Schedule

5:30 p.m. | Community Gathering  begins in the Great Room
5:40 p.m. | Performances from the grade school students
5:50 p.m. | Potluck and Dragon bread cutting.
6:45 p.m. | Circle Dance in the Great Room
7:00 p.m | Close of Festival
*Potluck: Please bring a dish to share! Our potlucks will be in the Grade School Play Yard and are always zero waste events, so please bring plates, utensils and cups or drinks from home.