Holidays & Celebrations at OCP

OCP celebrates holidays that reflect our commitment to honoring the natural world or that expand the children’s sense of community by introducing a tradition. We want to celebrate in an inviting and meaningful way, embracing the diversity of our families and our community and minimizing the impact of commercialism and consumerism on our children.

We celebrate the changing of the seasons with a fall Harvest, a winter Festivus, and a springtime Fiesta.

Throughout the year, the children plant and tend their class garden plot. At Harvest, they prepare a soup or other dish with the food they’ve harvested from their plot, and families are invited to join them at lunchtime to enjoy it.

Festivus is our annual holiday potluck celebration, held each year in December. Families come together to share a meal, to dance, play, and sing. Members are invited to bid on items in the community auction, and class Festivus projects are auctioned off as well.

In May, member families gather to celebrate at our end-of-year Fiesta. The event typically takes place at a park or garden, and dinner is provided. Families enjoy each other’s company and the warm weather as spring transitions into summer.

During holiday seasons, member families are welcome to come to the classroom and enrich our school celebrations with their own secular traditions (such as cooking a favorite family meal, sharing a story, or teaching a song in another language).

Other celebrations at OCP include birthdays and community gatherings, such as potlucks at the Wylde Center and Family Dinner Nights at local restaurants. We honor our families and friends on Grandparents & Special Friends Day in February.

In addition to these scheduled celebrations, we strive to introduce different cultures and their celebrations to the children throughout the year through various enrichment programs.