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Serving Children From Early Childhood Through Eighth Grade
May Fair Details
April 30, 2010
We hope you have cleared your calendars for our annual May Fair and Grandparents/Special Friends Day, April 30, 2010, from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We hope that all will be joining us for this beautiful community event.
This is a half-day of school for all classes, and there is no aftercare provided on this special day. If you cannot attend May Fair, your child will be with his/her class teacher until early dismissal at 12:30 p.m., and s/he will need a lunch. Students should arrive as usual on Friday, April 30 – between 8 and 8:15 a.m. for grades students and between 8:15 and 8:30 for early childhood students.
WHAT TO BRING:
· By Wednesday, April 28 or Thursday, April 29- Please bring lots of ivy to the picnic table by the entry walkway – each class will be making their crown garlands on Thursday, April 29 during recess.
· On Friday April 30:
o Grades students need a morning snack
o A picnic lunch for family and guests (or purchase a boxed lunch from the 7th grade-see information below)
o Picnic blankets, lawn chairs, easy-ups, shade canopies for comfort while watching the dances
o Flowers to decorate the crown garlands. Please take to the picnic table by the tennis courts
WHAT TO WEAR:
The May Fair is a festival to celebrate the beauty of spring. We ask that students dress festively-girls in spring dresses, boys in khakis and shirts with collars. Upper grades students should know (or find out) what they are supposed to wear.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
8:15-8:40- Coffee and Muffins in the Fellowship Hall
Display of Student Work in the East Hall
8:40-9:40- Processional and May Fair Assembly
9:40- Grandparents and Special Guests Visit Classrooms
10:15- Children and grandparents escorted to the Maypole area
10:30-12:30 – Maypole Dancing followed by a community picnic
INFORMATION FOR PARENTS:
Following the assembly, grandparents and special guests are invited to visit their student’s classroom. Because of space constraints, we request that parents go directly to the Maypole area to spread their blankets and help prepare flowers on canvas tarps for garland decoration (this year each class will have garlands already made to decorate) and the Maypole dancing.
When the children are brought to the Maypole area, we ask that parents help with garland decoration. This year our early childhood classes will decorate garlands on the lower playground, and their parents and grandparents/friends are welcome to help them. At around 10:15 early childhood children will search for the May Queen and escort her up the hill to her throne. Early childhood parents will be responsible for your children from this time forward. If your child is not interested in the Maypole dancing, please take him or her to the lower playground, where s/he can safely play under your supervision.
Grades children will sit with their class until they have performed their dance. At the end of each dance, the children will shake their teacher’s hand. Then they may go and sit with their parents, who will from this time forward be responsible for them. Teachers will remain responsible for each child who does not have a parent/grandparent present. During and after the picnic, grades children may play on the monkey bars or tennis court only when supervised by a parent.
Early Childhood families are encouraged to move to the lower playground after the dancing to enjoy their lunches in an enclosed, familiar, and safe place for the children.
As a convenience for families, the 7th grade class will be selling box lunches from Zoe’s Kitchen. The attached form includes information about the lunches available. Please return the Order Form by Wednesday, April 28th if you wish to purchase lunch(es).
We ask that each family be responsible for helping clean up following the picnic. There will be large trash cans visible in the area.
In the event of heavy rain, the outdoor events will be cancelled, and there will be a brief upper grades dance performance in the Fellowship Hall following the grandparents’ visits to classrooms. Grades 1 – 4 will dance around the Maypole on May 3 during outdoor recess if the May Fair is rained out.
We look forward to celebrating spring with you!
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