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The first day of school is a rite of passage for the new first graders, marking the beginning of their journey through grade school. Each first grader receives a rose presented by the eighth grade students, who welcome the young ones into the “big” school.

The Red Rose Ceremony is also a whole-school gathering to introduce our teachers, both new and returning. Not only does this ceremony usher the first graders into the grades, but will welcome all students and families to the school year. The teachers open the year with a song and the First Grade teacher begins telling a story and then invites the new First Graders to hear the ending in the classroom.