Medieval Games – Sign Up to Volunteer

Hark! The Medieval Games are coming.

From Wednesday, Feb 28th – March 3rd, 6th grade Waldorf students from around the state will gather on our campus to partake in the much anticipated Medieval Games. This is a wonderful, volunteer intensive event. We welcome volunteers from our entire DMS community. If you are interested in participating, please visit the Sign Up Genius for more details.

To sign up please visit: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a49abae22aa8-2018

Medieval Games Home Page

Mad Hatter Tea Party – Sun, Feb 25

Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here…?

Yes, go straight to the DMS Garden for the 4th Annual Mad Hatter Tea Party!

Sunday, February 25 from 2-5pm.

Please join us for a delightful afternoon with tasty treats and teas. Costumes and festive hats welcome.

Save the Date. Pre-sale tickets on available on Eventbrite.

$10 for adults and $5 for children (under 12).

Tickets at the door will be $12 for adults and $7 for children (under 12).

The Mad Hatter Tea party is a fundraiser benefiting the Desert Marigold School Garden. All profits from this event will be used to provide a seating area and shade for the outdoor garden kitchen.

DON’T Be LATE for this very important date. 

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Please review the signup genius to help with setup and food donations.

Any question contact Peg Carder carpeg@hotmail.com.

 

Thank you Winter Faire Volunteers!

The Parent Council leadership team wishes to thank all of the hard working families that volunteered their time and talents for the Winter Faire. Your efforts were most fruitful, raising nearly $10,000 for our school! This event is not possible without the dedication of parents and staff who show up and work the event along with those that work tireless hours in advance crafting, baking, organizing and setting up to make the day a true community endeavor.

We are appreciative of your feedback, positive and constructive; please take a moment to complete the brief survey at this link: Winter Faire VOLUNTEER feedback

Spiral Garden – Thank you!

The 2017 Winter Spiral Garden was simply lovely! Each year the Eurythmy Room is cloaked in velvety darkness and magically transformed into a garden of evergreens and candlelight. Participants watch in awe and quiet beauty as the young children walk the spiral path bringing light into the darkness.

The event is magical and memorable.

We would like to offer our immense gratitude to everyone who contributed and participated in this event.
Thank you to all and we hope your holidays continue with the same wonder, beauty, and magic of the Winter Spiral Garden.

To a lovely new year!

The Festival Committee

Spiral Walk 2017

 

Spiral Garden – Dec 1 & 2

Please join us on Dec 1 & 2 (see schedule below) for our Spiral Garden Festival. 

This event is a reverent celebration bringing a new sense of being and hope in the winter months. The spiral garden has been used for thousands of years all over the world. To find out more information about the Festival, please visit our Spiral Walk page.

Please drop off your children at their classroom and take your seats in the Eurythmy room.

RSVP for childcare here.

Donations are greatly appreciated by the childcare staff.

In order to honor the reverent mood of the festival, please remember to:

  • Speak with your child(ren) about remaining quiet throughout the entire evening.’
  • Silence or turn off cell phones. No photos or recordings are permitted.
  • Arrive on time as the doors will be locked to prevent interruption.
  • Keep your child’s walk free from distraction, we ask that children under the age of 3 stay home.
  • If you remain on campus between walks, please remain by the childcare room – the playground and classrooms are off limits during this festival.

2017-18 Schedule

Friday, December 1, 2017
K – Sunflowers 4:00pm-4:30pm (Ms. Debbie Allen)
1st Grade 5:00pm-5-30pm
2nd Grade 5:45pm-6:15pm
3rd Grade 6:30pm-7:00pm
4th Grade 7:15pm-7:45pm

Saturday, December 2, 2017
K – Moonflowers 5:00pm-5:45pm (Ms. Heather Bayles)
K – Starflowers 6:00pm-6:45pm (Ms. Heather Whitmore)

Lantern Walk – Gratitude

Each November we gather together for our annual Lantern Walk to celebrate Martinmas, a festival of inner light in the outer darkness. Celebrating Martinmas serves as a reminder that each of us has a divine spark that we must carry out into the world and share with others. The children hear the story of St. Martin, sing songs and, as darkness falls, venture out into the night with their lanterns, walking along a path lit with glowing luminaries, carefully carrying their lanterns in a mood of quiet reverence. This symbolic act brings home the deeper truth, in the words of Siddhartha Gautama (563-483 B.C.).

There isn’t enough darkness in all the world to snuff out the light of one little candle.

The Festival Committee would like to express their immense gratitude to the entire community. We appreciate the participants and volunteers that made our Martinmas celebration so lovely. The event was a beautiful success! Thank you to the teachers, staff, students, parents and community members who helped make this event so magical; and to all those dedicated individuals who volunteered for the event. Thank you all for bringing your love, light, and song into the world this evening.

*Please know we appreciate your understanding and patience with the restroom situation and have been working on solutions for next year.

 DMS Festival Committee

  • If you have any great photos of the event, please send to joconnell@desertmarigold.org.

Gracias – Day of the Dead

Muchas Gracias a todos!

Thank you to all the staff, students and parents who helped in making this year’s Day of the Dead celebration a wonderful evening of community, food, music, dancing and remembering our loved ones. A special thank you to Danielle and Amiah for showcasing their dance talents and sharing with us the magical folklore and traditions of Mexico. Gracias!

Thank You – Halloween Carnival & Chili Cook-Off Winners

It was a great Saturday evening at the annual DMHS Halloween Carnival!

Sending a Big Thank you to everyone who helped to make the Halloween carnival a great success.
Thank you for donating baked goods, and entering the delicious chili cook-off,  Bill Maynard won for the second year in a row!! Darren Hageman won second place!

Most of all thank you for coming with your families and enjoying the evening together in a fun, safe, halloween festival. All the proceeds of the carnival support the HS classes on their senior trip.

Day of the Dead Community Picnic – Nov 2

Dia de Los Muertos – Thursday, Nov 2nd @ Sunset – 5:30pm until 7:30pm

Picnic held in front of High School / Eurythmy Room

The Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and acknowledged around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gathering to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The tradition includes a remembrance table (ofrenda) highlighting sugar skulls, day of the dead bread, marigolds, photos and favorite things of the departed family members. Their favorite foods and drinks are prepared. The families get together and decorate the graves at the cemetery and have a picnic! The celebration continues at home with music, sharing of anecdotes and plenty of laughter!

How will we celebrate at DMS?
Grades 1-12 make art projects during Spanish class to decorate and enhance the ofrenda. During the community potluck picnic we will sample delicious dishes and visit the art display created by the students.

Please bring:

  • a dish that reminds you of a dearly departed one to share in the potluck
  • a photograph and/or a candle to put on the offering table (you will take it home at the end)
  • a picnic blanket

Sign up for Potluck Here

Halloween Parade – Oct 31

The school is allowing classes K-8 to wear costumes and we will continue the tradition of the annual Halloween Parade at 11am. The students in grades 1-8 parade through the Early Childhood yard and up to the front of school for a brief assembly. It is simple and brief and ends with a presentation by the middle school and then the students return to classrooms for regular schedule of classes.

Directly following the parade/assembly the students will resume their daily schedule.

Please remember children must wear:

  • Costumes that reflect our school’s values (no gore, violent, immodest, or media-inspired characters)
  • Be sure your child does not have a mask or all over face paint at school
  • No media, no blood, no frightening, or immodest costumes (The students will be seen by very young children)

Please have students bring a change of clothes. (school clothes)

If you are looking for inspiration for a costume for your child just look to the Waldorf curriculum -fairy tales, farming gardening, fables, Norse/Finnish mythology, Greek studies, Medieval and Renaissance, Animal studies, Nature studies, etc.

Note to Kindergarten Families:

Your child may wear his/her costume to school if it will not interfere with pumpkin carving and/or circle and snack. We are happy to help our children get into their costume before coming out to play the games, so please use your discretion as to what will work best for your costume situation. We will NOT allow ANY scary costumes such as vampire, ghosts or zombies or ANY movie/cartoon characters. Costumes that reflect our curriculum are the best suggestions. (Fairy Tales or Mother Goose characters) It would be very sad for a child to be unable to wear the costume that they bring so please check with me ahead of time if you have any questions.

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