East Woods is a supportive, family-centered school. We look to our parents as partners in educating our students, and as such, we welcome all of our parents to be as active in the school as they can be. We certainly recognize how busy life can get, which makes us all the more appreciative of the time our parents spend at East Woods to help make this school the warm, nurturing, and community-based school that it is.
East Woods’ strong spirit of community welcomes participation from supportive parents and grandparents, dedicated faculty, inquisitive students, loyal alums, and friends. Their gifts of time, talents and resources benefit the children directly and make a difference in our school community! There are many ways that one can join East Woods' community of volunteers. Please contact your child's class parent or a committee chairperson from the Parent's Association.
East Woods is proud to include and involve the families of our students in many ongoing traditions.
- Head of the Table
- Kindergarten Me Day
- Kindergarten Play
- First Grade Mystery Reader
- First Grade Mystery Writer
- Second Grade World Map Day
- Third Grade State Fair
- Fourth Grade Travel Log
- Fifth Grade Theater Production
- Upper School Theater Production
- Science Symposium
The Third Graders study of communities culminates in a research project where each student learns about the history, geography, places of interest, people of interest, and/or economics of a specific state. Their findings are then presented in a "wax museum" where the students dress up as a famous character from his or her state. This has become one of the great East Woods traditions.
Upper School students in 6th-8th Grade
are required to participate in the annual Upper School musical. Students may select to participate in any of the necessary functions that help the musical go from words on the page to a live production. Our students are the actors, stagehands, set designers, and musicians. With some guidance from faculty and parents, this production is nearly entirely student-run.
Every February, an impressive array of science experiments fills the New Gym East Woods as the Fifth through Eighth Graders present their final Science Symposium projects. The Science Symposium teaches East Woods students about the scientific thought process. They learn how to conduct controlled experiments, and how to approach scientific research.
One of the key elements to the East Woods Science Symposium is that they do all of this independently. Over the course of just two short months, the students select a topic and, with guidance from East Woods science teachers, are responsible to research their topic, create a hypothesis, conduct experiments, and write a paper with the conclusion to their project. The remarkable student-created projects range from experiments to inventions to attempts at proving a theory.
Just as the students can select their research project, they can also choose to participate in the Science Symposium competition. Those students that choose to participate are judged by PhDs, MDs, and post-doctoral students from the world-renowned Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The students involved in the competition have one-on-one interviews with the judges where they explain their project and answer questions. The judges, who look forward to their participation in this competition every year, award a winner at each grade level, as well as one overall Symposium winner.
- Friday Morning Assembly
- All School Family BBQ
- Parents' Visiting Day
- Upper School Turkey Trot
- Special Persons' Visiting Day
- Holiday Caroling
- Holiday Bazaar & Pancake Breakfast
- Spring Concert
- Dinner Dance, Auction & Spring Fair
All East Woods parents are invited to join the entire school during the monthly Friday Assembly, where fun and special performances are given. These monthly assemblies provide the students, faculty, staff, and parents the chance to get together as a community. The assemblies also provide our students with public-speaking opportunities throughout their school year.
Another of our wonderful school traditions, this Holiday-themed event could not happen without the hard work and dedication of our eighth grade students and parents. The bazaar involves a delicious breakfast, served to our school community by the eighth graders, and is followed by a morning of shopping for handmade crafts.