To flourish, a community needs to celebrate all that is wonderful in the world and life. Each member of the community is integral to this celebration.All students at Oneness-Family School participate in multiple festivals throughout the year, which celebrate various parts of life, culture, and history. Family and friends are invited to be a part of the community and join in the celebrations. Teachers incorporate music, costumes, art, and dance inspired and often led by the students to create unique events throughout the year.
United Nations Day
One of the largest United Nations Day celebrations in the DC area, students are joined by numerous ambassadors and diplomats from embassies reaching every geographic region of the globe. The diplomats carry their national flag in the annual Procession of Nations.
Every year close to 95 embassies participate in the United Nations Day program at the school to support the initiative and to interact with the students who present a cultural program for the guests. Diplomats also visit the classrooms to view the displays of the countries the students are studying and enjoy an international luncheon prepared by parents who come from some 50 different nations.
Throughout the month of September, families help raise funds for the Oneness Fund by selling bags of freshly-picked Empire apples from Vermont to friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. This fundraiser culminates in our beloved fall fair – Apple Fest!
With games, moon bounces, crafts, face painting, baked treats, cider, a dunk tank and so much more, Apple Fest is a wonderful opportunity to get to know the school community at the beginning of the year.
Festival of Lights
Each year at Oneness-Family School, students prepare a special presentation to honor the light and essence of spiritual paths throughout the ages. The elementary classes schedule field trips to churches, synagogues, temples, and other sacred places during November and December, while the Children’s Peace Garden (preschool-kindergarten) studies the culture and traditions of a different group of countries each year.
These studies culminate in student presentations at our annual winter celebration called the “Festival of Lights." Each year the program is different and focuses on midwinter traditions worldwide.
Each January our High School class hosts a Bingo Night for the entire school! This event features several rounds of Bingo with cool prizes, guest callers, pizza and snacks, and fun for the whole family.
Bingo Night sometimes incorporates another school fundraiser: "Books & Bingo" adds a book sale to the mix, while "Board Games & Bingo" allows families to donate their (gently) used games for purchase to benefit the school! All proceeds benefit the High School Spring Trip Fund.
The Family Dance is an evening event that is unique to Oneness. It is a fun and exhilarating event for all students (age 2 through 12th grade), parents, faculty and staff, where we put on our dancing shoes and dance to DJ-spun tunes!
Each Family Dance has a theme (past themes include Under the Sea, One Love, and 70's Night) and all are invited to dress up! Pizza, snacks and drinks are included, and there is even a photo booth to commemorate the occasion. This casual event is a great way to meet students and parents across grade levels and enjoy a night of family-friendly fun!
As a manifestation of the scientific knowledge learned by the students, the students are engaged in Science Fair projects in the spring. Typically, there is experimental work done by the students each night for two weeks. Projects increase in rigor and scale with grade level.
Upon completing the procedures of their experiments, the students prepare for the visual and verbal presentations of their work both in class and at the school-wide Science Fair in early spring. This is a chance for students to practice their presentation skills and demonstrate their knowledge of the scientific method.
Spring Auction & Social
Our Online Auction traditionally takes place in the spring and is used primarily to bridge the gap between our Annual Fund goals and the funds raised by our Direct Giving Campaign. Beginning in the fall, volunteers are needed to solicit donations from local businesses and organizations and to help plan our spring Auction Party. Past donations have included cooking classes, vacation stays, sports tickets, spa packages, and rounds of golf!
Following the auction, parents and staff are invited to celebrate at our Spring Social, hosted by the school at the home of one of our families.
This spring performance is a showcase for our 3-6-year-old Children’s Peace Garden students to share what they have learned through their cultural studies. Students in both classrooms perform a special song, dance and skit in honor of Spring Tea.
After the morning performance, the students host their parents and siblings in the classrooms. They serve tea and a special snack related to their cultural studies of the year.
Graduation & Art Show
On our last day of school we celebrate our 12th & 8th Grade Graduates, as well as all students moving up to the next classroom, with an all-school Graduation & Promotion Ceremony. This ceremony features student and teacher speeches and a musical performance to celebrate the significant achievements of our students. After the ceremony, all are invited to socialize, snack, and enjoy the culmination of student artwork at our Art Show before kicking off summer vacation!