Saturday, April 11, 10:30am: Free Puppet Play for Children

Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (GBRSS) finishes the spring series of puppet plays for children ages 2-6 this week with “Little Rabbit Finds Spring,” Saturday, April 11 at 10:30am in the GBRSS Early Childhood building, 35 West Plain Road, Great Barrington.

Based on an original story by GBRSS kindergarten teacher Somer Serpe, “Little Rabbit Finds Spring” will be followed by playtime in the classroom and an opportunity for parents to learn more about early childhood programs at the school. A free community event.

To learn more, contact Robyn Coe at (413) 528-4015, ext. 106 or

Friday, May 1, 11:00am: May Day Celebration

May Day Celebration at Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School

The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (GBRSS) invites the community to celebrate the delights of spring on the school grounds at 35 West Plain Road, Great Barrington. The age-old spring festival of May Day is celebrated at the school with live music and dancing around the Maypole. May Day festivities begin at 11:00am, with performances by local Morris dancing teams and country dancing by elementary school students.

The May Day celebration continues with games and picnics on the lawn. The community is invited to bring family and friends, blankets, hats, sunscreen and picnic baskets, and welcome summer joyfully!

Waldorf schools all over the world celebrate festivals from many heritages throughout the school year. May Day is a favorite among students due to the energetic dancing, cheerful singing and games, and draws many alumni and extended community members to join the festivities.

Historically, Northern Europeans considered this time of year (the end of winter, midway between spring and summer solstices) as the beginning of the new year. At the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, the 1st of May is celebrated with traditional Morris dances, singing and group dances which weave bright ribbons around the 25 foot tall Maypole. During February and March of each school year, 4th through 8th graders anticipate the end of winter by learning country dances using ribbons, bells and wooden sticks — bells to attract fairy folk, and wooden sticks to wake the earth. The 5th graders perform the dances that weave ribbons around the May Pole with vibrant spring colors.

May Day Celebration at Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School


Steiner 8th Grade Coed Soccer Team Takes 2nd in Tournament and Helps Win $1500 for Homeless Shelter

Steiner 7/8 Coed Soccer Team Captures 2nd in Dutchess Day Tournament, Helps Raise $1500 for Hudson Valley Homeless Shelter
GBRSS 7th & 8th Grade Co-Ed Soccer Team at Dutchess Day Tournament 2014

Saturday, September 27, 11am – 2pm: Michaelmas Garden Celebration

“There’s something growing here!”

Please join us as we gather in the gardens to celebrate the power of community, the beauty of the season, our growing farming and garden program, and to inaugurate our new green classroom. Bring a picnic and a blanket and share in the day’s activities with a special Michaelmas biodynamic preparation stirring and spreading, the creation of biodynamic preparation 500 as we fill horns and bury them in the earth, our green classroom ribbon cutting with the 8th grade class of 2014, live music and more!

  • 11:30am -1:00pm Music with Erika Ludwig and Hicks O’Lydian
  • 12:00pm Greenhouse Ribbon Cutting with the Class of 2014
  • 12:30pm Michaelmas Biodynamic Preparations with Christiana and Dr. Basil Williams
  • 1:15pm Biodynamic Preparation 500 horn-stuffing and
    burying with Hanna Bail of Threshold Farm


Saturday and Sunday, October 11 & 12: Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest Festival

GBRSS will again have a booth at the fair, and we welcome you to stop by. This year, we will create a small version of a GBRSS classroom in our booth,  complete with our school’s signature festive blackboards, beeswax crayons and finger knitting. Thanks to Senor Orobio, there will also be a decorative craft for young children, wooden disks the children can decorate with stamps and then make into a necklace with their choice of wool yarn. Additionally, our own Erika Ludwig will perform with her students (and GBRSS alumni) onstage and strolling throughout the grounds.

Volunteers needed: Parents, board members, and faculty volunteers to staff our booth are needed. Please sign up at the Front Desk.


Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest Festival


Saturday, November 15, 10am – 4pm: Holiday Handcraft Fair

Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School Holiday Handcraft Fair

Save the Date!

GBRSS invites the community to our 42nd annual Holiday Handcraft Fair Saturday, November 15th, from 10am to 4pm at the school, 35 West Plain Road, Great Barrington.

A creative welcome to the holiday season with family fun including puppet shows, hayrides, candle dipping and gifts to make and give, the GBRSS Holiday Handcraft Fair celebrates the joys of a handmade holiday.

Highlights include: Carnival Games, maple sugar cotton candy, a photo booth with dress-up costumes, the Children’s Craft Room where youngsters can make presents themselves, and the Pocket Lord and Lady, whose many pockets are filled with small gifts.

The Handcraft Room, the centerpiece of the Fair, offers a large selection of warm, soft handmade items, including baby booties, winter accessories, soft toys and classic Waldorf dolls.

At the Little People’s Shop, children third grade and younger can choose gifts for friends and family.

The Country Store also stocks one-of-a-kind gifts and gourmet treats, and the Cafe serves lunch, warm drinks and desserts.

Every year, GBRSS Early Childhood faculty  perform an original Puppet Play. Check back for details.

The event is held rain or shine; free parking and admission. For more information, call 413-528-4015.

Holiday Handcraft Fair at Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, november 15, 2014

Saturday, August 16, 10:00 – 11:30am: Open House

Open Houses offer an opportunity to meet our faculty, see our students’ work, tour our school buildings, and learn more about Waldorf education.

Please contact Robyn Coe with any questions at ext. 106 or

Wednesday, September 3: First Day of Elementary School & Family Picnic at Noon

First day of Elementary School, Half Day, Noon Dismissal

Family Picnic at noon for the Elementary School students and their families, come together for the first social event of the school year!

What to bring: Each family can bring their own picnic lunch. All parents, excluding 1st grade, bring a dessert, fruit, or finger foods to share with everyone. Desserts will go on a group table and be “unveiled” after everyone’s had a chance to eat.

What to do: Arrive at 11:50 before the picnic begins with your picnic lunch, dessert, utensils, blanket or beach towels. (Send them with your child if you’re not attending.) Join in the circle with the school children for the blessing. Enjoy the picnic. Please use the recycle bins. Please help clean up

What else? All children are to be under the supervision of their families during the picnic. Your support of the people organizing the picnic will be appreciated. Remember to label your serving items and take them home.

Monday, September 8: First Day of Early Childhood & Picnic

Monday, September 8, 2014, 11 a.m.
GBRSS – Early Childhood Building
Great Barrington, MA

The first school morning for Early Childhood is Monday, September 13th from 11:00 to 12:00 followed by a potluck picnic. Parents are invited to accompany their child for this short morning. Please bring a main dish, salad, dessert or drinks to share. You will also want to bring a blanket, plates, cups and utensils for your family. We hope the sun will shine on this warm gathering of new and returning friends

Summer @ Steiner

Summer @ Steiner, Great Barrington, MA

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