We are excited for the Annual Events that take place at River Song School each year. All children, regardless of their scheduled days, are welcome at each event. To learn more about our events, please read the descriptions below and let us know if you have any questions! Please note that some events are Family Events, while others are for Children Only, due to space limitations. For some events, we need a little extra help and welcome parent volunteers – please check with your child’s teacher if you are interested!
Fall Welcome Picnic / Parent Orientation – Family Event
This is an opportunity for new and returning families to meet one another and celebrate the start of an exciting new school year! Please bring a small dish to share. Teachers will offer a Parent Orientation following the picnic. This is our chance to share more with you about the Montessori curriculum we offer here at River Song School and answer questions. Please note that the picnic is a full-family event with children present, while the Parent Orientation is adults-only with limited space available for childcare for students. If you need to secure a spot, please sign up early. Some families also choose to have one parent attend while the other continues to play outside.
Halloween Costume Party / Dia de los Muertos –
Family Event – Performance and Parade,
In-class party – Children only + Parent Volunteers
We begin our Halloween and Dia de los Muertos celebration with a short performance, followed by a costume parade. Parents are welcome to come to see the performance and parade. After the parade, each class will celebrate the holidays with snacks and crafts, offered by the Party/Events Committee.
Back to School Night – Family Event
Our Back to School Night gives your child an opportunity to share his or her work with you! He or she will become the teacher, giving you lessons on one of the things he or she has been practicing. Older siblings are also welcome as our students enjoy sharing their new knowledge and skills with them, too!
Fall Harvest – Children Only
At our Fall Harvest lunch, we celebrate the bounty of the season and share our gratitude for the Earth and our community. Children are invited to bring in veggies throughout the week, which they peel, chop, and prepare to be cooked in one of our veggie soups. We read the story Stone Soup as we enjoy the delicious things we can create when we all work together.
Winter Solstice – Parent Volunteers – Cookie Decorating,
Family Event – Performance
The Winter Solstice celebration includes stories of cultural traditions from around the world, all marking the return of light. A River Song School tradition of the Runaway Gingerbread Man centers on postcards, sent by family and friends all over the globe, chronicling the adventures of the Gingerbread Man on his long run. Children will decorate their own Gingerbread Men to eat and enjoy. Parents from the Party/Events Committee bake cookies and prepare icing and toppings. Children present songs celebrating the season.
Peace Celebration – Children Only
To celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other peacemakers, we encourage our students to share their own wishes for peace in a short ceremony. We also sing songs and recite poems, and take our peace pledge:
“I pledge to myself on this day, to try to be kind in every way,
To every person, big or small, I will help them if they fall,
When I love myself, and others too, that is the best that I can do.”
Valentine’s Day – Children Only
Children come prepared with decorated boxes (cereal or shoe-box size) and unaddressed Valentine’s cards to hand out to their friends. We celebrate the holiday with songs of love and friendship.
Conferences – Parents Only
We use our conferences to discuss your child’s progress and share some of their work. Please do not wait until conferences if you have questions or concerns – we are always happy to meet earlier in the year as needed! Also, our conference days are usually different from Bend – La Pine School District’s conference days, to help accommodate for families with children in both schools. Please check the current school year’s calendar.
River Song Soiree – Family Event
Held every spring, the River Song Soiree is an opportunity to gather as a community in support of the school. Past Soiree’s have been held at the Bend Athletic Club, McMenamin’s Old St. Francis Restaurant & Pub, GoodLife Brewery and others.
Mother’s Day Tea – Family Event
Our children help to prepare snacks and tea to share with their moms (or an adult family member or family friend) at our Mother’s Day Tea party. Children and adults are welcome to wear a special hat! Children will also share songs they have practiced.
Fathers (or an adult family member or family friend) are encouraged to join us to celebrate Father’s Day with a picnic at McKay park. Children will share songs before the eating and playing begin. Feel free to bring a ball or lawn game (no violent games or weapons, please) to enjoy with your child after the picnic. Please pack a lunch for you and your child that will be easy to eat on a picnic blanket!
Our Graduation ceremony is for all students, even those who are returning the following year. Our kindergarten students receive special recognition, but all students receive a diploma and take part. We follow the Graduation ceremony with a family potluck picnic.
Birthdays at River Song
We are excited to celebrate your child’s birthday and hope you will join us! Your child’s teacher will be in touch prior to your child’s birthday to discuss it with you. If you would like to bring in a special snack to share, you are welcome to do so, but we ask that it be somewhat healthy (fruit snacks or fruit leathers, muffins, etc.)
During the summer, we offer camps based on global themes. In addition to the Montessori curriculum, we incorporate more arts enrichment, including painting, clay, dance, and music, and science explorations.
Every August, incoming students join us for the Fundamentals of Montessori, a time to go through the preliminary activities and get settled in before all students return in September. Returning students participating in the summer program will take part in art camps during those two weeks.