On the first day of school in September, the children in our elementary and middle school (first through eighth grade) gather in our outdoor space for an Opening Day Assembly. Faculty and staff are introduced, and new families are welcomed. The eighth grade students assemble and are introduced as the leaders in the school. The first grade class is then called forward, and each child receives a rose as a welcoming gift from an eighth grader. Students then go to their classrooms as the learning begins.