SEASONAL & CALENDAR EVENTS
This is an in-school event. Parents are welcome to come and volunteer during and throughout the day. Parental involvement is a key element to making this event a success and students come to a traditional feast with dishes prepared and brought by parents. They are adorned at school either as a Native American or Pilgrim and the classes enjoy the feast together with music to match the setting. The children learn about the story of the first Thanksgiving, reenacting the Native American’s encounter with Pilgrims and teaching them how to plant corn. The morning of the feast, during devotions, Charles and Siouxsan Robinson give a presentation about the culture and life of Native Americans.
For the two weeks leading up to Easter, MSP’s devotions are geared to reflect the days leading up to Christ Crucifixion and Resurrection. The Triumphal Entry, Passover and then betrayal, crucifixion and resurrection are all reenacted for the students.
Devotions are held on the nature trail as these events are reenacted. Parents are invited to stay and in some instances participate in this reenactment. Some students will also have a chance to participate in these devotional times.
This is a formal program put together with the participation of the students, guidance of the director and music teacher, and assembled by the help of the Christmas Program Committee of Friends of Mustard Seed. This event reflects the birth of Christ and the true meaning of the Christmas season. This event is fun for all and truly requires a great deal of parental involvement, during and before the event.
There will be a special love offering taken at the programs. Funds collected will benefit the scholarship fund.
Each Fall, classes celebrate Harvest Days. Each class reads the classic children’s book Stone Soup which is all about community, and then make soup using a stone plus of course other delicious ingredients. That same day students will go out to the MSP Pumpkin Patch. They will walk the nature trail and happen upon the patch, and find their very own pumpkin with their glittery name on it. It is a fun day with many photo opportunities as well!
Happy Birthday Jesus Parties
This event occurs right before Christmas Break and is a way to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus. Each classroom has their own “birthday” party for Jesus, complete with birthday cake and a school wide lunch of yummy pizza. (MSP does not celebrate Santa, but focuses on the birth and work of Jesus.)
These days serve to engage students in the study of hibernating animals. Everyone is invited to wear their pajamas and the whole day is dedicated to reading books and participating in activities and crafts that exhibit the characteristics of hibernation. The classrooms are set up as “habitats” and often have tents and “caves” set up by the teachers to provide a fun, thematic atmosphere.
Every year a Spring Program is held to showcase what the students have learned throughout the year in devotions and in music class. The Children’s Shorter Catechism questions and answers are put to music and the children sing these truths for their families and friends. The music teacher leads this event. The children also sing a Spanish song led by the Spanish teacher.
CURRICULUM BASED EVENTS
Ugly Bug Ball
This day is an opportunity for students to come dressed up as “ugly bugs” or even cute bugs! As students have been discussing creeping animals in Discovery Time, several stations are set up to play and talk about what insects and creeping animals can do. There is also an opportunity for the students to participate in the “Ugly Bug Parade” down the hallways of the church.
This day is set up as MSP is recognizing our facilities and cleaning crew. Throughout the day students will recognize what it means to serve others and to take care of the things that they have been given. They will vacuum, dust, and clean their chairs and classroom.
Poetry and Art Days
Each Spring MSP celebrates visual creativity by showcasing art created by students. Our Art teacher coordinates a large hallway display of themed murals, sculptures, paintings and drawings by our student artists. In addition, parents are invited to come and hear a poem recitation by each class.
The Wedding Feast of the Lamb is a very special culmination of the 5s Discovery Time study of the consummation-the hope of Heaven! Invitations are mailed and all who attend must dress in white. The students decorate crowns in which they have written a message to Jesus. There is worship and special music as the students lay their crowns at the feet of “Jesus.” Afterward, wedding cake and sparkling juice is enjoyed as a celebration of the Wedding Supper of the Lamb. This event takes place in the front narthex of the church building during the school day.
OTHER SPECIALTY DAYS
Parent Teacher Conferences
There are two Parent-Teacher Conferences set up throughout the school year. This is an opportunity for teachers to have one on one time with parents to inform the parent of issues going on the classroom, concerns, praises, and also an opportunity to learn from the parent about their concerns, questions, and issues that are effecting the students. This is a great time to really connect with the families in the classroom and establish a relationship that is best for the child.
Teacher Appreciation Week
This is a week long event assembled by a committee of Friends of Mustard Seed. It is meant to act as an appreciation for all that they teachers and assistants do as they invest their lives in MSP students.
Each Fall and Spring, MSP welcomes parents to connect by attending a Community Coffee here at the school. Free Starbucks coffee, breakfast goodies and good conversation await.