Participating in Stoneleigh-Burnham traditions brings the whole school community together. Traditions, such as Convocation, give students a chance to celebrate their achievements at school. Other traditions, like “Spearth” Day, focus on the girls’ ability to contribute to a larger community. Still others, such as Mountain Day, Haunted House, Secret Snowflake, and Holiday Decorating, provide a fun way for girls to celebrate relationships with their peers and the values they share.
Mountain Day is a particularly special tradition at SBS. It is a surprise day off from classes, usually in September or October, when Big Sisters get to wake up their Little Sisters with the news and then take them out for breakfast. After breakfast, everyone boards buses and drives to a local mountain for a hike and lunch, followed by Housemeeting at the top.
“Spearth” Day combines a celebration of spring and some service work in honor of Earth Day. Girls spend the morning working at local service sites or on-campus to plant flowers and clean up after winter. In the afternoon, clubs and affinity groups create food stations, games, and activities like tie-dying, in a sort of all-school carnival. The day ends with a student-run talent show where girls dance, sing, act, and perform.
100 Nights is a long-standing Stoneleigh-Burnham tradition that marks the seniors’ last 100 days of school before they graduate and officially become alumnae, or “Owls for Life,” as we like to say. During the first part of 100 Nights, the seniors celebrate with teachers, friends, and family during a reception just for them. During the second part of the evening, they are officially presented as a class to the whole school community and hear from a delegate of the alumnae association about what it means to become an alumna. After this assembly, seniors and alumnae are treated to a special dinner during which the seniors declare individual and class goals for their final 100 days of school.