Join us for Michaelmas

Michaelmas Celebration, Friday, September 25

In autumn Saint Michael with sword and with shield
Passes over meadow and orchard and field.
He’s on the path to battle ‘gainst darkness and strife–
He is the heavenly warrior protector of life.

The harvest let us gather with Michael’s aid;
The light he sheddeth fails not nor does it fade,
And when the corn is cut and the meadows are bare
We’ll don Saint Michael’s armor and onward we’ll fare.

We are Saint Michael’s warriors with strong heart and mind,
We forge our way through darkness, Saint Michael to find.
And there he stands in glory; Saint Michael, we pray,
Lead us into battle and show us the way.

At the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh, we will hold several events in celebration of Michaelmas, a yearly heralding of Autumn and harvest festival. On Friday, September 25, the 2nd – 8th Grades will perform the Michaelmas play, St. George and the Dragon, and the annual Festival of Courage for all students will follow in the grades play yard. The Festival of Courage is organized by our Games teacher, Ms. Illar, and includes group and individual physical challenges. Both of these events are open to the community and we welcome any parents, grandparents or friends of the school to join us!

This year we invite the community to our school to celebrate Michaelmas from 4-7 pm on Friday, September 25. This evening of festivities will include activities such as butter making, blacksmith demonstrations, cider pressing, and other seasonal experiences. A potluck dinner featuring healthy, wholesome dishes will conclude our time together. We look forward to welcoming in the Autumn with you next Friday!

The complete schedule for Michaelmas celebrations on Friday, September 25 is:

1:15: St. George Play presented by Grades 2-8 in the Front Yard
1:30 – 2:45: Festival of Courage in the Grades Play Yard
3:00: Dismissal
3:00-4:00: setup for Michaelmas potluck and activities*
4:00-5:00: Harvest/Michaelmas activities in the rear of the school
5:00-6:30: Western Pennsylvania Harvest Potluck (activities may continue throughout meal) in the Auditorium
6:30-7:00: Clean Up

*Teachers will be available to provide care for students from 3-4 pm for students for whom it is necessary due to transportation timing and/or parent work schedule. If you would like your student to stay in the care of teachers from 3-4 pm please contact your class teacher by Wednesday, September 23 and arrive at school no later than 4pm on Friday, September 25. Also remember to inform the front office of these transportation changes.

Students typically enrolled in Friday Extended Care should attend Extended Care until a parent or guardian arrives.

Needed: finding and coordinating volunteers for these areas…
1-2 people to receive, label (if needed) and arrange food on the tables for the potluck
6 people to clean up
4 people to take turns at cider press (need 2 people at a time)

Items Needed in Advance of Sept 25:

baby food jars with lids (for butter making) – please drop in kitchen and let front office know you have donated some

Please remember to bring:

  • a healthy, wholesome nut-free dish to serve 8-10 people (label your dish to assure it is returned to you)
  • silverware, plates, water bottles/cups for your family to use
  • jug to take home cider
  • apples to press into cider

Potluck dinner:

Last Name beginning with:

A-K: Entrees
L-R: Side dishes and salads
S-Z: desserts

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