Spiral Garden – Nov 30 & Dec 1

Please join us on Nov 30 & Dec 1 (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.

2018-19 Schedule

Friday Nov 30
5:30-6:00 1st grade
6:15-6:45 2nd grade
7:00-7:30 3rd grade
Saturday Dec 1
3:00-3:45 Skyflower
4:00-4:45 Moonflower
5:00-5:45 Sunflower
6:00-6:45 Starflower

Lantern Walk – Nov 9

Join us for this very peaceful festival that is walked together as a family. The community gathers for hot cider and the story of St. Martin followed by a reverent walk with handmade lanterns around the iluminaria lit path as the sun sets over the school campus.

The Festival is held on the evening of November 9.

5:45pm   Cider is served (Cider Service ends promptly 6:15pm)

6:15pm   Story and Walk Begin

We will gather in the front play yard next to the office building. Please talk in soft voices upon arrival. Turn cell phones off and refrain from using them during the event. This is meant to be a reverent festival. We will begin at twilight. Lanterns should be lit upon arrival and prior to the story. The story of St. Martin will be told. You may sing or remain silent during the walk.

Children will have made lanterns in class. Parents are responsible for bringing lanterns, candles, tea lights and matches/lighters to light the lanterns. Children will be walking with their parents, siblings and extended family members, etc. Children must be supervised by their parents at all times during the festival.

Remember to Bring your Lantern and Mug to drink Hot Apple Cider. 

There will be no paper cups provided. We want to support the humble side of the festival.

To read the story of St. Martin or the Lantern Walk Songs go to:desertmarigold.org/community/festivals/lantern-walk/

Day of the Dead Community Picnic – Nov 5

Dia de Los Muertos – Monday, Nov 5th @ 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 the Potluck

Spring Musical – March 8 & 9 @ KROC

Desert Marigold Music & Drama students perform

Location: KROC Performing Arts Center, 1375 E. Broadway Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85040

Showtimes:

  • Thursday, March 8 – 2:00pm & 6:30pm
  • Friday, March 9 – school day performance @ 12:30pm for grades 5-12 (*limited seating for families)
  • Friday, March 9 – 6:30pm
Tickets: $10 per adult suggested donation. All proceeds fund facility rental fees, costumes, sets and costs associated with the performance.

Synopsis:

Bye Bye Birdie is a stage musical based on a book by Michael Stewart, with lyrics by Lee Adams and music by Charles Strouse. Originally titled Let’s Go Steady, Bye Bye Birdie is set in 1958. The story was inspired by the phenomenon of popular singer Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army in 1957. The rock star character’s name, “Conrad Birdie”, is word play on the name of Conway Twitty. Twitty is best remembered today for his long career as a country music star, but in the late 1950s, he was one of Presley’s rock ‘n’ roll rivals.

Instrumental Music Concert – Grades 4-8 – Wed Mar 7

Attention: All families of student’s that have instrumental music classes in grades 4 through 8

There will be a Spring Concert on Wednesday, March 7th to showcase the students work this year.

Wednesday, March 7th

South Mountain Community College Performing Arts Center – 7050 S 24th St, Phoenix, AZ 85042

Call Time – 5pm (Students must arrive at 5pm – All Instrumental Music Students are Required to Attend)

Performance – 6:00-7:30pm

For additional information please contact the Winds Teacher, Mark Alpizar malpizar@desertmarigold.org or Strings Teacher, Meghan Ruel mruel@desertmarigold.org.

Dress for the concert is all black. The boys should plan to wear a nice pair of pants, preferably nicer shoes than tennis shoes, and a black collared shirt (short or long sleeves). The girls can wear black pants, a black skirt or dress – whatever is preferable to them and appropriate for a concert.

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

 

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.