Back to School Family Swim: 2017

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Happy first day of school from all of us at Villa di Maria! We are thrilled to have the campus bustling with eager young minds ready to work and grow together. This past Friday, we celebrated the start of the new school year with a VdM tradition: the back to school family swim and snow cone party. Check out all the fun below!

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Some new families met some returning families, some children reunited with old friends, and all enjoyed Murray’s shaved ice on the house. The newness of much of the campus was a source of conversation throughout the night; it just looks so great!

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The sheer amount of green space for the children to run and play is hard to capture in photos. Children got together for ultimate frisbee on the far east side of campus, where the playing field borders the woods. Other children forged the old trail through the woods once more, while running, chasing, and hiding from friends who can now circle the Elementary building and wind their way between young trees that are becoming well established since being planted last spring. The children were absolutely giddy with glee at their new space!

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The evening was beautiful and unseasonably cool, but that didn’t stop most of the children from taking a swim!

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Family photo op!

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As the evening wore on, children explored their beloved trees under the moon…

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… while old friends reconnected and talked about all the exciting changes to come.

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We were even treated to the first signs of autumn: our very own pumpkin patch, planted on Earth Day last April, which now reveals many colorful gourds to be harvested in a couple months.

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Let us not overlook all the hard work the Directresses and Assistants have done to get their classrooms ready for today; the whole school campus looks absolutely charming and inviting, both inside and out. Stay tuned for some photos from the first days of school later this week!

Be sure to check the blog frequently. Now that school is back in session, we’ll be posting four days a week again, including parenting pieces, general updates on VdM and Montessori lessons, kid-friendly recipes, interviews with staff and parents, book recommendations, and more!