Fundamental to life at Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School is a commitment to the celebration of the rhythms of nature through the days, weeks, months, and seasons.
On the first day of school, the opening assembly acknowledges all the children's arrival, with special emphasis on the entry of first graders into the life of the school. The little ones are greeted by the twelfth graders, who themselves are acknowledged as beginning their outward path. This relationship between first and twelfth is echoed at the school's closing assembly in June.
There are many internal assemblies in the course of the school year, and there are also assemblies and/or presentations for parents and friends just before Thanksgiving break and at several other times during the school year. Within these grand themes lie special moments reflecting particular days, including Halloween, the St. Martin's Pageant (Kindergarten through Grade 3), a visit by St. Nicholas, Advent Gardens, Chanukah celebrations, Paradise and Nativity plays, and a May Day celebration.