Sunny Hollow Montessori offers a wonderful array of community building events for our families. The children and parents eagerly anticipate these annual events. Let’s celebrate together!
Once a month throughout the year, rotating volunteer Sunny Hollow parents host a Parent Coffee. These events take place in the garden or the school basement and provide opportunities for parents to meet, make connections, and socialize.
A celebration that includes a pumpkin sale, t-shirt and sweatshirt sale, farm stand, refreshments, a children’s bike derby, and a used book sale, the Fall Festival is a highly anticipated October tradition at Sunny Hollow. Parent volunteers help to make this event a fun occasion for all families.
Casa Welcoming Days are opportunities for family members to visit their child’s Casa for an hour at the end of the day and observe their child at work. Younger ones might show parents how to cut pickles and carrots, pour water, or sort beads, while older ones may show parents how they determine odd and even numbers using a math material or how to write and illustrate a story. Welcoming Days provide a wonderful way for families to learn about their child’s work and interests and to see the process of a child’s work (not just the product).
The day before Thanksgiving, children invite their grandparents and special friends to come into their classrooms for the morning and observe their work. The children love hosting the special people in their lives and the grandparents enjoy getting involved in their grandchildren’s daily lives.
Several times throughout the year families are invited to their child’s Elementary classroom after school to see firsthand what children are working on, both the materials they use (such as language cards or math activities) as well as the products (drawings, stories, posters) they create. Parents get to learn more about the ways children are following their interests and passions within the context of Cosmic Education.
Parent Education Nights are special evenings throughout the year devoted to topics of interest to parents. Some events are related directly to Montessori education; past topics have included The Mathematical Mind, The Third (Kindergarten) Year, Silent Journey (a hands-on sensorial experience of the Montessori environment), and Montessori Education in the Elementary Years. We also invite outside speakers to share information on parenting topics, such as sleep, self-discipline, healthy eating, and mindful media use.
Parents and staff are invited to join us for the Sunny Hollow Annual Meeting where the Head of School and the Board of Trustees discuss the school’s financial status and vision for the future.
Join the families of Sunny Hollow in a fun event for all ages! A fund-raiser sponsored by the Parent Association, the Spaghetti Dinner and Parent-Child Dance brings together two favorite activities whether you are 2 or 92: eating together and dancing together. The event inspires the volunteer participation of many parents and staff. Parents find that the work of planning the event also provides fun opportunities for community engagement and cooperation.
Held each December on the last day before winter break, the Winter Program showcases a song recital by each Casa and Elementary classroom and is followed by a luncheon celebration for students, families and guests.
Each spring, Sunny Hollow hosts a Spring Fair on the school grounds to entertain children of the community, their families and guests. Highlights include music, hands-on crafts, a fun run, a plant sale, and refreshments.
As a capstone to the school year, Sunny Hollow hosts an End-of-Year Picnic at a local park on the evening of the last school day. Families and staff come together to celebrate the friendships we’ve made during the year and enjoy the beginning of summer.