On this first day of spring, I feel excited about the amazing things happening at Waverly!
These two weeks have brought the planting of 27 baby apple trees at our beautiful farm to create a “fruit wall” along the front fence of our urban garden. Each elementary class is planting a class tree, often accompanied by apple-themed treats and celebration, and tomorrow, a group of our middle and high school students are joining in the nature fun for an “Apple Tree Planting Party” in the afternoon. What a wonderful way to welcome spring – with our own orchard!
Our annual Silent Auction this Saturday promises to be an elegant adult affair, full of fantastic food and drink, visiting with fellow Waverly community members, and bidding on exceptional items to raise money for this school which gives so much to all of our children.
Spring also brings wonderful performance opportunities for our middle and high school students and great entertainment for audiences to enjoy. Included are events showcasing our Instrumental Class elective students as well as a formal vocal performance at Neighborhood Church on two special evenings. A Saturday Performing Arts Festival will feature everything from Bollywood Dance to musical numbers of all kinds to dramatic scenes. And let’s not forget the annual Rock Show in early June!
Spring also includes travel at our school. Waverly High students will travel to San Francisco, raft on the Colorado River, and explore our own rich community right here in at home. Our fifth and sixth graders will enjoy llamas, hiking, and visiting our lovely So Cal beaches, “glamping” near Santa Barbara. Many classes are field tripping to various places around Southern California, extending their learning and fun beyond the classroom.
We’ll wrap up an event-filled season with our Jog-a-thon at the end of April and Celebrations in 6th, 8th, and 12th grades, honoring students who are graduating to the next stage in their education and life journeys. All of our students, YK – 12th grades, will enter this summer having grown and changed. All have been touched by their time at Waverly this year. I am so grateful to Waverly teachers, staff, parents, and kids. For our family, this was a year of saying goodbye to elementary for our 6th grader and hello to high school for our 9th grader. It was a year of community, learning, and leadership for me… one I will never forget. Enjoy these days of spring and all they have to offer!
Danielle, 2011-12 WPO President