Traditionally, the opening ceremony is held on campus the morning of the first day of school. Grades One through Eight participate. Friends and family (including kindergarten families) are invited to attend. Typically the faculty and staff begin the morning with an artistic presentation. Amid speeches and stories, the community is welcomed back to school. The ceremony is highlighted by the traditional passing of a single rose from each Grade Eight student to each Grade One student to honor the young ones’ entrance into the grades community. As the children file back to their classrooms to meet their first day’s work, parents are invited to stay and visit, enjoying refreshments provided by the Parent Council.