The Tradition of May Day at Sparhawk School
by Bridgette beaulieu-Mammah & Annie Adamsky, Lower School Teachers
Here at Sparhawk, we believe deeply in the importance of school traditions to build connections with our school community. May Day is one of the most anticipated events of the year. It is particularly special because all students and families get together - PreK-12. We make flower crowns, enjoy each other’s special talents, and celebrate spring. To wrap up the day, we dance around the colorful May Pole with our friends and families.
Leading up to the Day!
Some students started talking about their booth ideas right after last year’s event! Many have been planning since school started in August. The excitement builds a few weeks before May Day when booth forms are distributed. At the Lower School, Carole is asked about 100 times when the forms will be ready! After she gives out booth forms, students brainstorm with friends to hone their ideas. Their teacher must approve of the plan before sending the form on to Carole for the final OK. Students then bring their amazing ideas home to you to get your help setting up and gathering supplies.
On the Day!
All hands on deck to set up tables and electrical cords all around the quad. Middle school students and teachers set up a grill and lunch stations. Students come out after math and set up their booths - after having asked all morning when they could start setting up! We love to party at Sparhawk! Then at 11:30, we all head outside to enjoy face painting, hair chalk, games, and much much more. After a lunch break, we head back to the booths before wrapping the day up with a dance around the Maypole. Then it is time to start planning for next year…
May Day 2019
Waking up to sunshine was the start of the perfect day to celebrate May Day! There was an excited buzz all morning as the anticipation of exploring the different booths, and taking part in the annual May Pole Dance was upon us. The open microphone allowed for a relaxed venue for children to showcase their talent and in true Sparhawk fashion, most performed with glowing confidence. Having photos with friends and teachers at the photo booth was very popular amongst all and it allowed for a memorable keepsake for years to come. The younger children enjoyed exploring the different booths of the older children and it was a special day for all students of Sparhawk to interact with each other. It was a true Sparhawk Community celebration!