Community School students, parents, and faculty participate in Fall Festival during the month of October. Students at all levels take part in camping experiences. The Early Learners learn basic camping skills while remaining on our campus. Elementary and middle school students take overnight camping trips to campgrounds and state parks around our beautiful state.
The heart of Fall Festival is to enhance students’ awareness of nature, to explore contemporary environmental issues, and to build social relationships with families and classmates. Fall Festival enables faculty to get to know their students better, and it allows students to engage in educational, team-building, and problem-solving activities outdoors.
Monthly Parent Project Days
Held on designated Saturdays from 9am – 1pm, monthly Parent Project Days are an opportunity for parents to volunteer time to maintain our school. Please see the school calendar for specific dates.
Fall Open House
Held each November, this Open House is an opportunity for prospective families to visit Community School and learn more about our programs. For more information, visit our admissions page.
Thanksgiving Art Show and Reception
Each year, Community School holds a Thanksgiving Art Show on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. This year, the art show will take place on the Hollins University campus (Ballator and Moody Center) with the school’s teachers and staff will providing light refreshments. Current families, grandparents, alumni, and special friends are invited to view our students’ art projects and join our community in giving thanks.
Visit Amazon.com where Community School students of all ages can find books for every subject at our annual book fair! This fund-raising event is held prior to winter break. Proceeds go to teachers for classroom or program use. This week usually includes fun events for parents and children to share together. Please see the school calendar for specific dates.
Local Hero Awards
Each year, Community School recognizes a person or organization in the greater Roanoke area nominated for their humanitarian efforts. This special award program is presented by members of our middle school. Each recipient receives an art piece especially created by Community School students. The award is presented on the Friday prior to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Please visit our Local Hero page on this website for information on the most recent recipients.
“Hooray for Books!” with Dr. Seuss
Throughout March, Community School celebrates the joy of reading with Dr. Seuss. A calendar of special classroom activities for the month is published with our school newsletter, Quick Notes, in February.
Information Sessions for Prospective Families
Held during second semester, these information sessions are opportunities for prospective families to visit Community School, talk with teachers, and learn more about our programs. For more details, please visit the Admissions page.
This year’s festival is on May 4 & 5, 2018.
The Annual Community School Strawberry Festival is one of the Valley’s most popular and well-known events. This two-day, family-oriented festival is run entirely by Community School parent volunteers, alumni, and school staff. All proceeds benefit Community School.
The Strawberry Festival draws approximately 20,000 visitors to downtown Roanoke during the first weekend of May. In addition to delicious strawberry desserts, there are arts and craft vendors, children’s activities, and live entertainment at the Elmwood Park amphitheater. General admission to the festival is free, but patrons are encouraged to purchase homemade strawberry shortcakes, strawberry sundaes, chocolate-dipped strawberries, strawberry slushies, or strawberries and cream.
Parents and staff from Community School prepare all the shortcakes from scratch, baking enough to serve over 12,000 strawberry shortcakes the weekend of the Festival. They also clean, cap and slice all the berries used, as well as prepare and serve all the treats over the two days.
Community School students of all ages participate in Arts Festival, which is presented each May. Students display their visual art projects and perform on stage.
The festival, a collaboration of art, music, and drama, is based on the annual schoolwide theme. Arts Festival is a celebration of students’ achievements in the arts, allowing students to share accomplishments with family and friends.
A special event held on the last day of school to “celebrate” the school year.