WSRF DRESS CODE
The Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork strives to be a model of quality and beauty in the educational process and to bring an atmosphere of care and respect to everything that concerns the children at school. Physical warmth is vital to the healthy development of children. Children need to be dressed in layers for ease of movement and comfort. Their clothes should allow them to run, jump, raise arms above their heads, and bend over to touch their toes with complete freedom of movement and without embarrassment to themselves or others. To further these ideals we ask all parents and caregivers to direct their children to the appropriate standards of dress and behavior.
The wearing of extreme, faddish clothing or hairstyles has become more and more the norm in our culture. It has, therefore, become increasingly difficult for us as parents to even recognize what is extreme and be able to say to our children, “Not yet, that is for when you are older.” Teachers continually remark that such fads have an observably distracting effect on the children. Not only does extreme clothing or hair single that child out for immediate attention, but it also places pressure on the other children to model that fad in order to be considered “cool” by their peers.
The school environment is one where we wish to encourage and nurture reverence for what is noble, true and beautiful. In order to create a suitable environment for learning, we try to surround the children with living images rather than movie or cartoon characters. We strive to create a working and learning environment that is as free as possible from distracting influences, and attempt to find a middle path between uniforms on the one hand and extreme styles on the other.
In order for children to be able to participate in outdoor activities in all weather, it is expected that they arrive at school wearing or in possession of snow pants, jackets, hats, gloves and boots during winter months. Layering is encouraged, including long underwear, tights, leggings and camisoles. When warmer days arrive, layers may be removed, as long as the undergarments are not revealing, as indicated in the following guidelines.
FESTIVAL AND ASSEMBLY DRESS
One of the distinguishing qualities of a Waldorf community, indeed often the first experience of our campus, is found in our celebration of festivals, such as Winterfaire and Mayfaire. These special occasions should be honored by dress that brings reverence and grace to the event. Girls should wear dresses, skirts, or dress pants, blouses and school shoes. Boys should wear dress pants, collared shirts and school shoes; ties are optional. Parents are also invited to dress up, providing an example of reverence for the event.
Throughout our school year, the children will be performing in special assemblies created to honor rites of passage and seasonal celebrations. These include the following events that are indicated on the school calendar: Rose Ceremony, Michaelmas, Thanksgiving Assembly, Advent Spiral, Santa Lucia, Christmas Assembly, the Eurhythmy Assembly, Easter Assembly and End of Year Assembly. Children are expected to dress as for festivals, unless teachers request specific clothing needed to meet the needs of each class’s presentation. Typical assembly costumes may include white button-up shirts or blouses – in other words, non-distracting clothing that will compliment a costume or drape that has been selected for the performance.