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Happening at Ambleside
Ambleside hosts a number of special events throughout the school year for our students, families, and the wider community. Please note a few of our upcoming events on this page.
October 25th | 1:00-3:00 pm
Our Fall Field Day is a time for students to join in games, and families share a picnic and to enjoy a casual afternoon together. It is a great way to get to know other Ambleside families.
Every Friday at 8:20, the school gathers for morning chapel. Parents are welcome to attend.
This is a casual gathering at Ambleside held about once a month after morning carpool. Our Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Roberts, leads parents in reading and discussing a selection from Charlotte Mason’s work. The discussion helps parents to understand how these principles may be applied in the classroom and at home. Coffee and light morning refreshments are served. No preparation is required and childcare is provided. (A small donation is suggested for the babysitter). Typically, this gathering is held monthly on Thursday mornings.
November 15th | 9-11 am
This is a special Friday chapel, scheduled around Veteran’s Day, where the student community honors veterans, with special themed songs and recitations. A veteran guest speaker is invited to speak to the students. After the chapel, veterans, guests, and parents are invited to stay for a reception and veterans are invited to visit classrooms and participate in a Q&A session with the students. Most families make arrangements to attend this meaningful event and they are encouraged to invite veterans. Childcare is provided.
January 16th | 6-9 pm
This a community meeting for all parents and staff members. They are twice a year, usually scheduled for the Fall and Spring. Our Fall Parent Teacher Fellowship will include a New Parent and Middle School Orientation, Back to School Night, and Potluck.
PTFs are an invaluable opportunity to meet and build community with other parents, while hearing important information from the Head of School, administrative staff, teachers and the Ambleside Board or Trustees. It is mandatory for one parent to attend each PTF. Child care should be arranged for children at home if both parents attend.
These Friday evening gatherings occur at family homes in different neighborhoods of our community and provide parents the opportunity to discuss Charlotte Mason’s ideas that support their parenting. They are hosted in different geographical areas so everyone has the opportunity to attend.
Ambleside Evenings are a way for parents to support one another in caring for their children, build relationships together through food and fellowship, and become a stronger school community as we learn about how to bring the transformative power of Charlotte Mason’s method into our homes.
Each Evening includes a potluck supper and a guided discussion of how Charlotte Mason's method applies to parenting. Child care should be arranged for children at home.
This is a special evening “Lessons and Carols” worship service celebrating the birth of Christ, through songs and Scripture reading. Students perform choral pieces they have mastered and share inspirational readings and recitations. For the program, students wear “their Christmas best,” (more details sent in early November about the specifics). Friends and extended families are welcome to attend this celebratory event honoring Christ’s birth. A reception of Christmas cookies and refreshments follows. All families typically attend this event. Childcare is provided.
June 5th | 3 - 5 pm
Ambleside School’s Shakespeare Festival includes a performance of sonnets, songs, and dance by the lower grades. The evening culminates in a performance of a Shakespeare play by the 7th and 8th Grades. This past school year, our Shakespeare Festival concluded with The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.
“To become intimate with Shakespeare in this way is a great enrichment of mind and instruction of conscience. Then, by degrees, as we go on reading this world-teacher, lines of insight and beauty take possession of us, and unconsciously mould our judgments of men and things and of the great issues of life."
- Charlotte Mason