Learning about each other, from each other!
One of the highlights of our diverse community is our annual Heritage Festival, held in the early spring. This incredible week-long celebration has evolved from the initial project of dedicated parent volunteers and supportive faculty who formed a multi-cultural committee. The committee’s work aimed at nurturing attitudes toward others that recognize the differences and celebrate the similarities of all people. It is our hope that by learning about each other we can create a positive environment of understanding and mutual respect in which our children grow and learn to be good citizens of the world.
The current celebration, now led by a committee of faculty, has preserved this initial intent, and created a public forum for acknowledging and celebrating our diversity on a yearly basis. Parents are invited to work with classroom teachers and present individual heritages, traditions, or customs.
We follow a curriculum plan for each grade level for Heritage Festival, which allows students to enjoy different activities from year to year. At each level, we provide an age and developmentally-appropriate celebration of the diversity of our school community.
|Preschool 2s||Who I am: Learning About My Family's Heritage through a Flag Project|
|Preschool 3s||Find the Beat: Songs and Dance from Around the World|
|Pre-K||Tour of Fun: Toys and Games from Other Cultures|
|Kindergarten||Sharing Our Stories: Folktales and Languages|
|1st Grade||Exploring Our Roots: My Family Tree|
|2nd Grade||Discovering Dress: Traditional Attire|
|3rd Grade||How We Got Here: Immigration and Family Movement|
|4th Grade||Traversing Verse: Biographical Poetry|
|5th Grade||My Family's History: A Comprehensive Research Project|
|6th Grade||Digging In: Exploring the Wide World of Food|
|7th Grade||Speaker Series: Diversity / Tolerance / Racism / Conflict Resolution|
|8th Grade||Speaker Series: Diversity / Tolerance / Racism / Conflict Resolution|