Please join us at our annual events. These events are a wonderful way for our Mountain Laurel community to come together. We look forward to seeing you!
All School Open House
Mark your calendars to visit us at our next open house: Sunday Jan. 22nd 2023.
Open houses illuminate the Waldorf philosophy, our academic offerings and our dedication to creating a lifelong love of learning. During the open house you will have an opportunity to visit the classrooms and view students’ work samples, attend informational workshops and watch a puppet show. Children are welcome. We are looking forward to meeting you and your family!
10:00am Get Acquainted/Refreshments/Meet the Teachers
10:30am – 11:00am Morning Circle Parents & Children
10:00am – 12:00am Bread Making & Arts & Crafts Activities
11:15am – 11:45am Q & A Session for Adults
11:45am Puppet Show
Sunday Jan. 22nd, 2023
10am – 12pm
Annual Winter Faire
Holiday Cheer – Crafters – Great Food – Outdoor Fun – Puppetry –
Live Music and more!
At MLWS, the festivals and fairs play an important part in the education of our children and also serve as a wonderful gesture of welcome and outreach to the greater community for which families serve as enthusiastic ambassadors. In this spirit, the Winter Faire Festival Committee prepares the annual Gift Making Faire and with the joyful participation of the parents of each class.
Cancelled for 2022
Spring Awakening, An Evening of Dance and Spirit!
Join us as we welcome Spring and a return to an in person ‘fun’draiser for Mountain Laurel!
Spring Awakening takes place on Friday, April 29th at 6:00pm at the lovely Belltower in Rosendale. The fabulous Vanaver Caravan will be providing music and will lead international folk dancing for all. Lite bites and beverages will be provided. A Silent Auction of thoughtful goods and services from our community will run throughout the event. Tickets are just $20 p/person.
Friday April 29th, 2022
On the first day of school in September, the entire school gathers to welcome the new first grade children. First grade families are welcomed to join as the faculty sing, and the first grade children each take the pathway over the rainbow bridge where they are greeted by an eighth grade student and a rose. On the last day of school in June, the Rose Ceremony is relived, but this time for the eighth graders to receive a rose from the first grade students, as the school and the eighth grade families send them with love on their journey to high school.
There are two music share events during each school year at Mountain Laurel Waldorf School, one on the last day of school before the winter break in December, and another on a Friday in May. Every child in the grades participates in the music shares, with grades one through three sharing with their grade, then grades four through eighth sharing in the various ensembles, choirs and orchestras that are a thriving part of the curriculum at Mountain Laurel. The music shares are typically held at 7pm in the New Paltz High School auditorium, where there is plenty of room for parents, family and friends to enjoy the children’s wonderful performances.
Work shares are an opportunity for parents to see what their child’s class has been working on, including but not limited to verses, circle, songs, skits, foreign language songs or verses and eurythmy. Handwork from each grade is displayed for parents and children to view. The first work share is held on the Tuesday afternoon before the Thanksgiving break in November, and the second is held before the noon dismissal on the last day of school, both generously hosted across the street at St. Joseph’s Church.
Through the year the Mountain Laurel Waldorf School community comes together in different ways to celebrate the seasonal and spiritual festivals of Michaelmus, Martinmus (the Lantern Walk for grades one through three), Advent and May Day. Each festival holds it’s own mood and reverence and is enjoyed by all.
Over the course of the school year, each grade at Mountain Laurel Waldorf School presents a play for the school and school community. The plays themes are taken from the language arts curriculum for each grade and are often written by the class teachers. Plays are generally presented in the mornings for the school and in the evenings for the parent community.