Last Saturday, October 26th, Village School families, friends and staff gathered in the school gym and on the courtyard for the annual Fall Harvest Festival, sponsored by the Parent Association. There were many creative costumes from superheroes and animals to a jellyfish and a hot air balloon. Attendees engaged in a variety of fall themed crafts that incorporated many essential Montessori skills and natural items. Toddlers were given a soft space to play in and everyone enjoyed the tasty homemade snacks provided by volunteer families. (As requested, here is Liz Malko’s famous Pumpkin Pie Dip Recipe). The celebration ended with a costume parade on the courtyard led by the primary teachers and accompanied by students playing simple percussion instruments. Two items were donated as door prizes – a deliciously decorated haunted gingerbread house created by Marilyn Ulman, a long time friend of The Village School and a Thanksgiving dinner basket, assembled by the Corrado, Held, Kapitan, Ockert families. Both raffle prizes went to village school families.
As this event was near to my heart, I’d like to extend a big thank you to all who volunteered to help make this day a success. To me, events such as the Harvest Festival demonstrate that we are not just a school but a uniquely close-knit community of involved people who come together and contribute their time and their talents to make memories for our children. As we know, it truly does “take a village” to make such events a success. Thank you especially to my co-chairs, Denise O’Malley and Anke Steinhilber and to Liz Malko for coordinating the food. A special thank you to The Village School staff who were always willing to jump in and help wherever needed.
I leave you to enjoy the following video, created by the Alcruz family.
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