This Halloween was unique in several ways: it fell on a Saturday, with a full “blue” moon, during a pandemic, and we were determined to make the most of it! We'd had our annual Candy Run, but what were we to do to celebrate the actual holiday? Director of Residential Life, Kali Baird, assured us that "our fearless leaders, our Prefects" had come up with a fun-filled evening that included some of our traditions mixed with new events and activities.
The festivities began at 2:00 pm with the pumpkin carving contest by dorm hall, followed by a fun candy scavenger hunt around campus. We had our weekly special Garden of Hope dinner that evening and enjoyed our time together in the beautiful setting. At 5:30 pm, Upper School teacher and Resident Faculty member Mary Churchill organized a full moon hike up to the top of Loma Alta above campus to see the blue moon rise. Molly Morris led the group of 20 students, Resident Faculty, and the Churchills' children, while Mary Churchill brought up the rear.
The students' were in awe when they first saw the moon, which appeared orange, and was perfect for Halloween. The students had a moment of appreciation and wonder as they observed the beauty of the moon rise above the Bay from the top of Loma Alta. Mary noted that "many students exclaimed how amazing it was to see the reflection of the moon on the Bay. Additionally students were surprised how quickly the moon rose and how BRIGHT the sky became. From the highest point of the hike, at 1,592 feet, the students enjoyed hot cider and homemade cider donuts. It was a very special moment for all of us!"
Later that evening, we enjoyed a movie night together for a bittersweet gathering as we said good-bye to Mr. B., who moved home to Alabama to be back closer to family.
We all enjoyed this unforgettable Halloween together. Thank you to all who planned, implemented, and participated in this "once in a blue moon" event!
*Please note that now that we have returned to in-person learning, our boarding students are currently practicing a modified hybrid of a "bubble" or "pod" with their floors, while maintaining masks and distance from those living on other floors in common spaces and outdoors. Students and Resident Faculty are working together to keep our Boarding and broader school community as safe as possible. While the rules and procedures are too extensive to list here, please know that students appearing in photos are safely interacting with their peers according to the updated guidelines, based on current Marin Public Health protocols. All students are tested bi-weekly and all Resident Faculty and their on-campus families follow additional safety measures and are tested monthly.
- Sonya Evans, Resident Faculty and Upper School English Teacher