Opening Day Ceremony

Introductory Words
Kat McFee, Whole School Administrator

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff, Parents, Guardians, Grandparents, and Friends of Sacramento Waldorf School – Welcome! as we open the 2022-2023 School Year.

Today we embark upon the 64th year of co-creating a world of compassionate, deep-thinking individuals.  Through this education, we have learned about the power of community. 

Students, you are sitting with schoolmates whom you will not only learn new curricular lessons with each day — you will also grow in your capacity to contribute positively to humanity through the building of social health and community.

Returning students, we missed you through the summer months!  It is time to get back to work again.  Your first assignment is to welcome our new students to our school.  New students, please stand.

The legacy of Sacramento Waldorf School is rich in people looking out for one another, caring about each other, depending upon each other.  Lifelong friendships are beginning today.  This is also the 50th year anniversary of building relationships with each other on this land.  Alongside the American river on this land, we have learned observation through science lessons.

          Instruments and voices are tuned into each other.

                  We’ve learned the satisfaction of truth through numbers.

                          We listened, we spoke, we read, we wrote to exchange ideas.

Through the arts, we’ve formed a deeper relationship with beauty, as did those who lived in community on this land before us.  

The Nisenan, and at times the Maidu people, had a flourishing culture all along this American River.  Living in villages that varied in size from two dozen people — to as many as several hundred individuals.

Through selective burning, gathering, and pruning — the Nisenan helped the land to prosper and produce an abundance of food and material resources that they depended upon to live.  This practice of caring for the land was part of their spiritual practice of living in harmony.

This way of living yielded bulbs, roots, acorns, hazelnuts & pine nuts. Salmon and steelhead in the river — and a wide variety of animals thrived, as they do today.

For the Nisenan, late summer, fall, and winter — these grounds were prized for all these important food sources. 

As we look out over the soccer field, it is not hard to imagine homes and small villages of families, and extended families, working together. 

As we begin another school year, let us not forget that we, like the Nisenan people, are learning from this land — how to live with each other in harmony with all.