Performances & Informances
Beyond our formal arts curriculum, students often get to speak and perform in front of peers and visitors. In Grade 2 they give biography presentations; in Grade 5 they have Book Character Day; and there are also occasions like the following:
- Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day - Special guests are invited to join us on the Tuesday of Thanksgiving week. They watch students in PreK through Grade 4 share their talents during a special gratitude-themed informance. (That’s a performance where students share what’s happening in the music curriculum. It’s a celebration of learning that provides a glimpse into the process of music making.)
- Yule Festival – As a school of religiously and culturally diverse families, we believe it’s important to share our traditions and celebrate together. Park’s longstanding holiday assembly is an opportunity to acknowledge both the common values and the varying traditions that enrich our community. Students across Grade PreK–8 perform songs from a variety of traditions and give readings that capture the principles and spirit of Chanukah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa.
- May Day - PreK–Grade 5 students celebrate spring at a special assembly where Grade 3 students perform Morris and May Pole dances.
- Lower Division Community Time - Park’s youngest students often perform at this weekly assembly, which features a mix of announcements and presentations geared to students in Grades 1–4.
- Morning Meetings - Grade 8 students take turns leading these assemblies, which Upper Division students attend daily. The meetings provide a varied showcase of perspectives, entertainment, and announcements, and end with a moment of silent reflection.
Each of these opportunities makes a positive difference in the lives of our students. Over the course of their 10-year Park progression, they strengthen their ability to express themselves—through art, through music and performance, and through their own unique voices.