Held in spring at the school, this very popular school event may be your child's first stage performance. After the children sing songs and dance, families and staff gather for a picnic dinner on the grass. This year, the SPRING CELEBRATION will take place on May 26th at 5:00 PM. Keep an eye out for menu choices catered by Da Spot (you may also bring your own dinner).
Held in the fall, at open house parents get to know their child's teachers, learn more about The Early School’s philosophy and practice, and ask questions.
Parent Work Days
Parent work days happen three times a year on Saturday mornings. Parents bring their tools (or just themselves) and help beautify the school. Projects can include touch-up painting, raking leaves, whacking weeds, and sanitizing toys. Lunch and drinks are provided.
When Thanksgiving approaches, TES throws an all-school potluck feast for the children during school hours. Sorry, no families for this potluck please!
Held in the classrooms just before the winter break, this festive potluck breakfast is a great way to get to know other TES families.
The Big Chill
Held on a spring afternoon and evening at the school, The Big Chill is both a family-friendly fundraiser and a festival, with food, games, teacher-made crafts, a bake sale, and music. There’s also a rotating cast of special Big Chill guests that can include balloon sculptors, a petting zoo, bounce houses, and more. Many TES alumni return to The Big Chill year after year. There is an entrance fee for adults, but children are free.
Conferences happen once a year, in May. On Conference Day, school is closed, and parents meet one-on-one with their children's teachers. Child care is available for the duration of the conference.
The informal TES Annual Meeting, in which new board members are voted in and the retiring board members are thanked, occurs in conjunction with the Spring Celebration event in May.
Two TES camp-outs, open to families of current students as well as alumni, are held at Malaekahana State Park every summer, one in June and the other in August. Saturday camp-out nights are usually potluck, so bring a substantial salad, starch, main dish, or dessert. Days are spent at the beach, and some brave campers venture out to Goat Island (Mokuaula).