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On Wednesday, the students celebrated the festival of Saint Lucia. Santa Lucia Day is another Festival of Light and celebrates the life of Saint Lucy during the longest night of the year (under the old Gregorian calendar December 13th was the Winter Solstice). 


Hence, part of the song lyrics:
Santa Lucia, Thy light is glowing
All through the darkest night, comfort bestowingnordassSantaLucia
Dreams float on wings of night,
Comes then the morning light
Santa Lucia, Santa Lucia

 

This celebrated Scandinavian festival of light brightens the dark days. It is a celebration of the coming light lengthening the days and celebrates the life of Saint Lucia, an Italian saint known for her kindness and love.

Zack LanternsWhat a delightful evening that was had by all on Thursday, November 9th. We had a wonderful turnout in support of the children and the work we are doing in the kindergarten. I really appreciate the strength in our parent body and the warmth that we receive from the community. The children I walked with included families from all five kindergartens at both Golden Valley Schools. The children were reverent and awed by the experience of walking in the great wide world under the stars with their handmade lanterns and coming across Mother Earth in the trees.
 
A parent asked me about the pedagogy behind the Lantern Walk. This pedagogy would not be appropriate to share with the kindergarten child, but it may help adults deepen their understanding of the origins and archetypes within our kindergarten festival life.

We are eager to announce that Tuesday, November 28th kicks off our exciting annual program: “Week of Giving.”
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As many of you may know, Tuesday the 28th is the nationally celebrated “Giving Tuesday.” This special day is designed to support and shed light on all the great charities in our communities. As opposed to the consumerism of “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday,” this is a day to celebrate nonprofit organizations by donating to your favorite charities. During this season of gratitude, it's important to remember what is truly important and we hope you’ll join us in celebrating that theme during our “Week of Giving.”

We may be biased, but our favorite nonprofit charity is Golden Valley Educational Foundation (GVEF) and all gifts to GVEF are fully tax deductible and go directly to our schools, supporting the programs that make our schools a unique Waldorf experience.  

  • 24 Jan
    Festival Committee Meeting 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM

  • 25 Jan
    Minimum Day 12:45PM All Day

  • 31 Jan
    Parent Information Meeting 08:45 AM to 10:45 AM

    We welcome you to attend a Parent Information Meeting (PIM) which includes an optional walk through the grades and kindergarten tour. After the meeting, an application form will be made available to you

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6550 Filbert Ave,
Orangevale, CA 95662
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