We had three wonderful events the weekend of April 4-5 to formally celebrate our 100th anniversary. See some details of each below.
The Centennial Gala served as the capstone for a weekend honoring the School’s storied past and setting the stage for another century to come.
The more than 500 guests in attendance included alumni from all over the country, current and former teachers, and parents of students both past and present. Taking full advantage of the opportunity to reconnect with each other and Community, the party-goers enjoyed the initial cocktail hour while browsing items presented for a silent auction.
Dinner was a traditional Community School lunch – macaroni and cheese with bacon, prepared as only the Four Seasons’ chefs can do –
and was accompanied by shared thoughts and memories of Board President John Stroup, Head of School Matthew Gould, and distinguished alums, Dr. William Danforth ’38, Steve Maritz ’70, and Sally Lemkemeier ’07.
Following the meal, a group of alumni and current 6th grade students performed a special musical tribute created by Drama teacher Caroline Zarinelli.
As the fitting end to the year-long celebration, the Centennial Gala both captured the magic of Community’s past and lighted the way for its brilliant future! Thanks to Centennial Chair Julie Ralph, Gala Chair Stephanie Schnuck and their committees, the festivities truly commemorated the spirit of the School and all those who have been a part of it.
Community School’s Homecoming brought together current and past faculty, alumni, and parents. Alumni and teachers from near and far were in attendance—including as far away as Austria!
Over 60 current and past faculty and staff were in attendance. Fourteen of those were honored for over 25 years of service to the school: Sharon Barnholtz, Karen Birdsong, Christine Bugnitz, Steve Culver, Marty Hoessle, Martha Overcash, Donna Rank, Judy Tisdale ’52, Andy Van Der Tuin, Jan Wisland, and Marie Witscher. Three were noted for having over 40 years: Maxine Blaine, Carole Lemen and Evelyn Pronko.
After a brief ceremony, attendees were free to tour the school, including the new Centennial Arts Center. Fifth graders were on hand as ambassadors, to provide information and answer any questions. The student life displays were featured in the Community Center and refreshments were available. Alum Nancy Schnuck Diemer ’77 chaired the event.
Students celebrated the school’s birthday on Friday, April 4 in Community School style! Activities were specifically selected to integrate with elements of the school’s history, and the entire day had a celebratory feel.
The youngest students from Nursery through Senior Kindergarten were thrilled to have pony rides, just like students used to do at recess back when there were animals and a barn on campus.
First through sixth graders visited the original City School campus via trolley rides. Each group of students hopped out of the trolley and posed for a photo on the steps of the now Wilson School.
Students commemorated the nature/outdoor aspect of the school by planting wildflowers in a Centennial Garden out behind the gym.
The older children also spent some time reflecting on the year, writing about their favorite alumni visit, as well as speculating what they would talk about as a returning alumni in 25 years.
During the actual “party,” students gathered in the Community Center for singing “Happy Birthday,” the unveiling of the new Centennial mural (see article on page 12), and creation of a time capsule. The “celebration” was capped off by the entire student body singing “Celebration.” Then students ate lunch in their classrooms and had celebratory cupcakes.
Birthday party chairs Maggi Helmkampf and Melissa Anstey created an event that the children will remember forever.