All-School Leaf Rake
All families are invited to participate in our all-school leaf rake. Bring your child and a rake, and help Portland Parks and Recreation clean up beautiful Lair Hill Park, which our children enjoy daily. Children jumping in leaf piles is welcomed! Coffee and nibbles provided.
Class Auction Projects
The annual Cedarwood Auction Gala is an event not to be missed. Some say it’s the best party of the year! Cedarwood’s Advancement Committee hosts an evening to celebrate our community, providing an opportunity for attendees to give back to the school. During the dinner portion of the evening, there is a live auction at which each class’s collaboratively created, handmade project goes up for bids. Class teachers, students, parents, grandparents and special friends are all invited to participate in the design and creation of their class project. The timeframe for project development is February to May.
Winter Faire is a fun and festive event for the children at Cedarwood and our greater Portland community. Volunteers come together the Friday evening before the event and transform our classrooms and hallways into a wintry, whimsical forest. During the event, children are invited to:
Listen to stories told by King and Queen Winter.
Visit the beautiful princess in the Crystal Cookie Cave.
Find a lucky stone near the Wishing Stone Wizard.
Enjoy the sprinkling of magic dust by our sparkly Faire Fairy.
Pick the pockets of a peddler for a treasure.
Make beeswax candles.
Work with wool, felt and hard crafts.
Braid a jump rope.
Pick up a screen-printed shirt or bag.
Roast stick bread over an open fire.
Take a chance of winning a cupcake in our festive cake walk.
Grab a nibble at the bakery.
Have lunch at the Strong Foods Cafe.
Shop at the marketplace featuring local makers and artisans.
Winter Faire is Cedarwood’s most significant volunteer and outreach event of the year. Each class hosts an activity, prepares foods for the event, and helps with decorations, setup and cleanup. Preparations begin in October. The majority of volunteers’ efforts take place the weekend of the faire.
This committee is of crucial importance to daily life at Cedarwood. Volunteers on this committee enhance and care for our building and the community, and manage services such as the library, costume room and lost and found. Specifically, the good work of this committee is to:
Keep the kitchen clean and useful.
Ensure the library is well-organized and begin to develop a book wish list with the help of an experienced Waldorf librarian.
Help with small woodworking or building enhancement projects.
Add flowers to the gardens.
Keep the costume room and lost and found tidy and well-organized.
Prepare a meal for a family in the community welcoming a new baby or healing from an injury or other life event.
Welcome new families to the community throughout the academic year.
This committee meets just once at the beginning of each academic year. The majority of the work is done independently, making this a great committee for those who want to be connected but have busier, less flexible schedules.
Outreach & Advancement Ambassadors
Our community relies on volunteers to help advance the school through outreach and development. We have created five ambassador programs in which volunteers can actively contribute to this important work by fulfilling the responsibilities outlined below.
Open House Ambassadors
Help set up the open houses and guide guest tours of Cedarwood at these events.
Write thank-you cards to families they personally guided and invite them to learn more about Cedarwood.
Guide Cedarwood families through the Curriculum Night event hosted by faculty.
Grandparents and Special Friends Day Ambassadors
Invite Cedarwood families to bring a grandparent or a special friend of their child to experience a morning at our school.
Prepare, set up and clean up coffee and nibbles for our guests.
Write thank-you notes to the grandparents and special friends who attended.
Auction Gala Ambassadors
Support the behind-the-scenes activity of preparing food, beverages and entertainment, decorations and signage, and ticket sales and tracking.
Organize auction donations, package the items and add them to the auction software.
Write thank-you notes to community members who donated items to the auction.
Winter Faire Ambassadors
Support the behind-the-scene activities of Winter Faire, including the marketplace, and food and beverages for the Strong Foods Cafe and the bakery.
Help the faculty to set up the outreach and alumnae rooms.
Manage the setup and cleanup of decorations, signage development and printing, and ticket sales and tracking.
Annual Appeal Ambassadors
Support coffee-cart operations during the Annual Appeal (mid-November through mid-December).
Organize the end-of-appeal pizza party.
Write thank-you notes to community members they personally engaged with during the Annual Appeal.