"I carry a light within me A brightly burning flame. Though dark may try to win me It ever shines the same. It guides me through uncertainty It warms the wintry weather. And brings to every burden The lightness of a feather."
FESTIVAL OF WISDOM (Advent Spiral)
When: Friday, December 21st Where: Hemlock Schoolhouse. Please wait in the backyard till your group is called in. Time: Each class comes at a specific time. This year the times are as follows: 9am - Middle Grades 9:45 - Upper Grades 10:30 - Lower Grades 11:15 - Preschool 12:15 - Kindergarten
Details: Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time and wait with your children in the Hemlock backyard till your class is called in. - Please Dress children in semi-formal clothing with long hair tied back. Please avoid long skirts. - Parents will be invited into the room ahead of their children who will enter the room with their teacher - Please help create a space of reverence by avoiding conversation. - Prior to being let inside, please supervise your children.
What: As the days grow shorter and the nights longer it is time to celebrate the light that grows when we come together in community. The faculty would like to invite you to celebrate the light in our community at our annual Festival of Wisdom (Advent Spiral). Each student will have a turn to walk the magical spiral into the center where the sharing light waits, light their own candle and place the candle on a star. As the stars build up with candles the room begins to glow with the warmth of community.
Soft music, gentle light of candles and the reverence of children and families make this traditional event one of inspiration and harmony. We are reminded that we are nearing the end of our journey through the darkness, internally and externally, and that light will soon return. This light will bring with it the promise of a new year that we will approach with a renewed sense of self and emerge from the darkness transformed.