At Windsor, students, staff, parents, and alumni build a strong community through our events, traditions, and life-long relationships.
The community’s friends and families share their knowledge, skills, hobbies, multi-cultural traditions with our students.
- New Family Orientation
- The Windsor Games (for incoming families to get to know the teachers and other families through old-fashioned games)
- Community Playdates (weekly school-wide play dates at the park after school)
- Back-to-school Night (introductions/presentations by all classroom teachers)
- New Family Check-in (meeting with child’s teacher after a couple weeks at Windsor)
- Fall Festival (songs, costume parade, and food)
- School Selection Night (alumni panel discussion on selecting an elementary school)
- Parent-Teacher Conferences (conference with child’s teacher held twice during the school year)
- Winter Musical Program (children’s sing-along)
- Caroling in the Neighborhood
- Community Service Family Project (baking holiday bread for low-income seniors, Second Harvest food drive)
- Classroom Meetings (every semester teachers present an update on the class and share parenting tips and tricks)
- Kindergarten Readiness Workshop (tips on how to prep child for life after Windsor)
- Parents’ Night Out (parents get adult-time while children enjoy themselves with their friends and teachers)
- Spring Family Picnic (Holi festival)
- Family Music Class in the Garden (families attend a music class)
- Classroom Transition meetings (teachers guide families in knowing what to expect as children graduate together to the elder classroom)
- Summer Sing-along
- Year-end Potluck Picnic
- Graduation Ceremony
In addition to above, parent volunteers work with teachers to organize wonderful presentations and cultural celebrations for children almost each week year-round.
These beloved school traditions celebrate each child as a unique individual, nurturing children’s self-esteem and self-expression.
- Birthday Celebration of Life (a Montessori-inspired celebration of each year the child has been alive; child’s family encouraged to attend)
- Teacher Valentine (cherished keepsake with personal note to the child from each teacher mentioning what they love about the child)
- Yearbook (an annual memory book chronicling the child’s first school experiences through curated photos and text)
- Dictation books (take-home books in which the child tells a story and the adult writes down the child’s words, relaying the message to children that their words and ideas are important enough to write down)
- Graduation ceremony (each little graduate shares a few words before “crossing the bridge” — a ritual to symbolize the child leaving Windsor)
- Student of the Week (each week a student is picked to share more about themselves using a poster made at home)
- Weekend News (on Mondays, children go around the time circle sharing what they did over the weekend)
- Share Day (on Thursdays, children share an item from home or a song, story, or skill with the class)