Morning Circle - Beginning the Day in Community
For twenty-five years, each day at Northern Light School has begun with Morning Circle. While our students are engaged in music and movement in their classes through the academic school day, there is also a special gathering every morning where all students in kindergarten through eighth grade join together to sing songs, recite verses, use movement, discuss current events and global issues, and to celebrate birthdays, cultural events, and special celebrations. Through Morning Circle, we seek to support our students’ understanding of the "wholeness" of our educational family. They are reminded of the interdependent nature of our school community, their local communities, and our global village.
Students created Lung-Ta Prayer Flags during Morning Circle to honor the cultural heritage of Nepal, Bhutan, India, and Tibet. The flags were inscribed with students' wishes and intentions for peace, hope, and healing. They rose the flags during a Morning Circle Peace Vigil.
Morning Circle offers our middle school students the opportunity to practice leadership skills and support their younger peers with caring, gentle authority. Each month provides opportunities for our educators to incorporate themes into Morning Circle, which allows our community to introduce elements and issues of the world outside our classroom walls into the academic school day.
Often, we have special assemblies where outside organizations come to visit our school and speak to our students about what they do. For example, we had the women's basketball team from The University of San Francisco College come and share their journey and hardships from a losing team to becoming the West Coast Conference Champions. Our own stellar basketball stars got to compete against their players in a shootout. See their visit below!
Other noteable special assembles include:
- Felidae Wildcat Conservation
- Children's Book Author and Illustrator Ashley Wolff
- The Taylor Family Foundation Gift and Toy Drive
- Germ Science Lab
- Cinco de Maya Celebration
- Aztec Dancers
- Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration
- Jamieson Ranch Therapy Mini-Horses
- Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration
- Days of Childhood "Spirit Week"
- Music performances by our NLS Students