Londonderry’s Board of Trustees hosts this gathering at a local park to welcome
Londonderry students, staff and families back to school. Main dishes are provided
and families contribute side dishes, beverages and desserts. This afternoon picnic
is always a great opportunity for renewing acquaintances, meeting other Londonderry
families, making new friends and asking questions.
Parents In School Night
At the beginning of the school year, parents are invited to find out what it's like
to be a student in their child's classroom. It’s a great time to learn more about
what your child will be doing this year and important upcoming events!
Primitive Camping Trips
Rick Stevens, school administrator and teacher, has been organizing primitive camping
experiences for older Londonderry students as part of the school’s science and nature
curriculum for many years. Vicki and Margaret's 5th/6th-grade classes go in the
fall, and Pete and Diana's 3rd/4th grade classes head to the wild during spring.
Each year, students look forward to cooking over an open fire, sleeping (???) in
tents, taking nature walks day and night all at Fowler's Hollow State Park
in Perry County.
Preschool & Kindergarten Mini-Plays
On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, the preschool and kindergarten classes perform
a play and/or musical they have produced for the school’s students, staff and family
Elementary School Class Plays
Throughout the year, students from grades 1 through 8 perform plays and/or musicals
that they have produced. Parents, siblings, grandparents and friends are always
invited to these creative productions!
This all-school event features each classroom as a country or culture. During the
morning, students visit the different “countries” and try out fun activities.
In the afternoon, everyone tastes delicious foods from around the world!
Spend a day with your family during a wintry day in December. Make a soft pretzel,
a gingerbread house, get your face painted, shop at the silent auction, enjoy fabulous
food at “The Londonderry Café” and much more.
This all-school event usually takes place at the end of January or in early February.
All preschool and kindergarten classes submit group projects highlighting their
knowledge of the scientific process. Younger elementary students may voluntarily
submit individual projects. Older students work with staff members to plan and carry
out individual science projects with a high degree of rigor. Science specialists
from Dickinson College and other local institutions serve as judges. Students also
vote on a “People’s Choice Award.” Selected 7th and 8th grade projects
are entered into the Capital Region Science Fair, where Londonderry School students
have been frequent award winners.
Annual Gala & Silent Auction
Since 2006, Londonderry has hosted a “grown-ups only” evening planned around a festive
theme. The event features good food, frosty drinks, music, fun company, and a live
auction featuring numerous treasures, including one-of-a-kind furniture or art embellished
by each classroom. Look for your invitation at the beginning of the year.
Londonderry celebrates Spring with this all-day arts festival. Throughout the day,
students visit rooms around the school to view individual “masterpieces” and enjoy
activities in the arts painting, collages, drama, movement, music and more.
During this time, the annual art auction takes place in the art room, where works-of-art
from each classroom and “local” artists are featured for interested
The Spring Musical has taken place in one way, shape or form since 1991. The production
features every student in the school from the 2-year-olds to the eighth-graders,
and always entertains the families and friends in attendance. Stay tuned for the
date of this heartwarming event!
This picnic for students, staff, families and alumni takes place in early June at
a local park. The picnic usually begins in the morning and lasts all day (weather permitting).
Bring a blanket and sun lotion. The school orders 6-foot subs, and families bring
side dishes, desserts and drinks.
Teacher Appreciation Night
Parents put together this grown-up only event to show their appreciation for all
that Londonderry’s teachers have done to make the school year special.