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Above: Circle of Seasons Charter School students participate in a “Maypole Dance” May 12 to start the school’s May Faire celebration. Above: Circle of Seasons Charter School students participate in a “Maypole Dance” May 12 to start the school’s May Faire celebration.
Children dressed in different color floral head bands dance around the Maypole at Circle of Seasons Charter School’s May Faire.PRESS PHOTOS BY STEPHEN ALTHOUSE Children dressed in different color floral head bands dance around the Maypole at Circle of Seasons Charter School’s May Faire.PRESS PHOTOS BY STEPHEN ALTHOUSE

Circle of Seasons welcomes spring at ‘May Faire’

Thursday, June 21, 2018 by Stephen althouse Special to The Press in Local News

The dreary weather May 12 did little to dull the luster of Circle of Seasons Charter School students and their families during a dazzling May Faire event.

The Mayfair program was a five-hour experience that “welcomes in spring and is a celebratory day,” said Alison Saeger, principal of Circle of Seasons.

The event began with a Maypole Dance featuring a tall pole where students hold and pull on “giant woven ribbons.”

The school grounds — both inside and out — were transformed to feature several raffles, live music, the play “Jack and the Beanstalk” by kindergarten students and a book fair.

Students and parents were also treated to various crafts, which included giant bubble wands, bird feeders, rock painting and a tie dye station.

For those with an appetite, food stands included Betty’s Wraps of Kutztown and Aunt Jackie’s Food Truck.

The elementary school, which serves kindergarten through sixth grade students, uses the hands-on Waldorf teaching method, which Saeger describes as a “holistic approach” to education.

The technique is based on a philosophy that emphasizes imaginative learning and applies a curriculum designed to mirror a child’s natural development.

To that end, Saeger says the school does not issue traditional reports cards to students, rather, the school presents “an in-depth narrative” of each student to monitor their educational advancements.

As of May, Circle of Seasons is home to 331 students, Saeger notes.

The school leases the 40,000 square-foot former Pennsylvania State University Lehigh Valley campus in Fogelsville.

Circle of Seasons is the only Waldorf public school on the East Coast, according to Saeger. Around 55 Waldorf schools are located in the state of California.