* Items marked with an asterisk are open to the public. Please join us!
A Hard Road to Freedom: The Civil War, African Americans and Emancipation – the story of how the end of slavery came to Maryland
Thursday, November 14, 2019 3:15 -4:30 pm
Parents and Board members are invited to join our Faculty & Staff meeting for this special presentation. Adults only.
CR Gibbs is the author/co-author of six books and a frequent national and international lecturer on an array of historical topics. He has appeared several times on the History Channel and French and Belgian television. He wrote, researched, and narrated “Sketches in Color,” for WHUT-TV, a 13-part companion series to the acclaimed PBS series, “The Civil War.” He has appeared on BET, C-Span, and The History Channel and is a D.C. Community Humanities Council Scholar.
Please join us!
* Give Your Child the Gift of Waldorf Education: Exploring the Life-Long Benefits of Waldorf Education
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 7:30-9:00 pm
Open to the public, grandparents and friends welcome!
* Waldorf curriculum, from nursery through high school, teaches to a child’s developmental needs
* Waldorf education fosters critical thinking, empathy for others, and a love of learning
* Waldorf education leads to academic success
Jennifer Page is the Faculty Chair (Head of School) at the Washington Waldorf School. She is a graduate of Northwestern University (BME) and the University of Georgia School of Law (JD), and has been involved in Waldorf education for over 20 years. As a trained Waldorf teacher and administrator, she has served in many capacities. For the past two years, she has represented AWSNA and Waldorf Education in meetings with the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. Jennifer’s teaching experience includes middle and high school music and history in the Chicago and Atlanta area public schools, elementary and middle school class teaching at the Washington Waldorf School, and coaching varsity track and field and softball. She practiced law in Maryland and the District of Columbia, and was the former Director of the Simple Abundance Charitable Fund. She and her husband Greg have three adult children, all of whom attended the Washington Waldorf School.
Tea & Talk: The Kindergarten Year at Acorn Hill
Thursday, November 21, 2019 9:15 -10:15 am
Thinking about the kindergarten year and what’s next after Acorn Hill? Parents are invited to join Faculty Chair Kate Gage for a Tea & Talk: The Kindergarten Year at Acorn Hill during Handwork in the Willow Room. Hear from current and alumni parents about the value of the kindergarten year at Acorn Hill, as well as transitioning to other schools.
*Faith Collins on Transitions
Thursday, December 5, 2019 7:30 -9 pm
Faith Collins, author of “Joyful Toddlers and Preschoolers” will be giving a talk here at Acorn Hill. Please register to reserve your spot!
* Wee One Shoppe
Saturday, December 14, 2019 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Open to the public, grandparents and friends welcome!
Back by popular demand, join us for socializing, crafting, and shopping!
A special event for children ages 3 to 8. Secret Shopper opportunity for children! Parents, your children will be able to go through the Wee One Shoppe set up especially for them. With elf-en volunteers helping them (no parents allowed!), your kids will be able to buy small gifts for family members, specifically purchased or made and priced starting at just $1. Children will have fun wrapping and tagging their gifts as well. What a sweet surprise for you to enjoy something they selected all on their own! While the children pick out something special, enjoy baked brunch goodies and a cup of coffee, and explore the Acorn Hill merchandise for sale in the lobby. Join your children in decorating a gingerbread person and while they make a small craft at the outside picnic tables. There will be lots of opportunity to play outside—dress appropriately!
Delicious brunch sale included. Please join us!
* Candlemas Bonfire & Heritage Potluck
Sunday, February 9, 2020 4-5:30 pm
If Candlemas day be sunny and bright,
Winter again will show its might.
If Candlemas day be cloudy and grey,
Winter soon will pass away.
Candlemas, better known in these parts as Groundhog Day, has long been celebrated in various cultures to mark the middle of winter. It falls on February 2nd – midway between the winter solstice and spring equinox – and is one of the cross-quarter days that make up the wheel of the year, along with Halloween, May Day, and Midsummer. It is a time for reflection of new beginnings and renewal, marked by increasing physicality.
Gather around the bonfire, bring a dish to share, and join the Acorn Hill community for this midwinter celebration of light, music and warmth. For the entire family!
* Silent Auction and Social
Saturday, March 14, 2020 6:30 pm-9:30 pm
The Annual Acorn Hill Auction Social is a wonderful parents-only event featuring a catered dinner, drinks, live music, and silent and live auction! The online auction will run for two weeks prior to the Social, and includes a variety of items. Bid on priceless handmade crafts, unique goods and services donated by fellow Acorn Hill parents, restaurant gift cards and tickets to shows, and fabulous one-of-a-kind buy-in parties! All proceeds from ticket sales and auctioned items will go towards the school. Examples of past auction-funded projects include: bathroom and kitchen renovations, playground improvements, and technology upgrades and the newly revamped school website. Join the greater Acorn Hill community in support of our school and come out for an evening of fun! Tickets are $10 if purchased early, and will be $15 thereafter and at the door.
* Spring Fair
Saturday, May 9, 2020 10 am-2 pm
Join us for this annual and popular family event! Children enjoy outdoor games like the popular marble run, and a special Toddler in the Woods area with activities perfect for little ones. There will be children’s crafts such as making pom-poms. Other highlights include a marionette play, the sale of used books, toys and jewelry and crafts lovingly handmade by our very own parents. Plus, a plant sale, taco salad lunch, and delicious homemade baked goods. Go Green and bring your own utensils, cups and plates for lunch!
Not to be missed! All are welcome!
Community Potluck Picnic
Sunday, September 22, 2019 4:30-6:30 pm
Come join us for fun and good food! This popular all-school picnic is a wonderful opportunity to meet and mingle with new and returning families, as well as Acorn Hill faculty, staff and board members. Please bring a dish to share – main dish, side dish/salad, or dessert. Label your dish as gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, nuts, etc. Also bring a picnic blanket or chairs, plates, bowls, utensils, napkins and drinks.
Family Pumpkin Carving
Sunday, October 27, 2019 3-5 pm
An annual favorite! Parents attend with children to carve a pumpkin while enjoying snacks, music and storytelling. Bring a pumpkin, safe carving tools and newspaper for this fun event.
Thursday, October 31, 2019 5-6:30 pm
Halloween night is an exciting time, but it can also be frightening and overwhelming for young children. This event is an ideal way for young children to experience the nature of Halloween in a safe and fun environment, sheltered from overpowering impressions. Children and their families will gather in costumes on the playground. Each family brings a jack-o-lantern (perhaps carved at the Family Pumpkin Carving) and wholesome treats or treasures to distribute to trick-or-treaters.