Grandparents & Special Friends Day + May Day 2024

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Join us for a celebration of spring on Friday, May 24!

Grandparents and special friends are invited to our annual May Day festivities — and stay for a picnic lunch!


9:30 a.m. Registration and refreshments

10:00 a.m. Remarks from Head of School Aléwa Cooper

11:00 a.m. May Day Celebration

12:30 p.m. Picnic lunch (purchase from food trucks, or bring your own!) and
informal classroom tours

RSVP by May 10: Please use form on this page or call us at 203-777-3464, ext. 218


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Grandparents Day 2023
Grandparents & Special Friends Day 2023
May Day 2023
May Day 2023

Grandparents Day is a cherished Foote tradition. Grandparents and special friends are treated to a reception in the morning, and invited to stay for the May Day festivities. Then our guests can enjoy a picnic lunch, while visiting classrooms.

May Day: Did You Know?

  • May Day is Foote's longest-standing tradition, beginning in the 1920s. 
  • In the 1950s, each grade was given a different role in the celebration.
  • Traditionally, third graders weave ribbons around the maypole, and ninth graders perform the Sleights Sword Dance.
  • We still dance to a 1950s recording of then-music teacher Jean Shepler's piano accompaniment.

(Source: The Foote School: Celebrating 100 Years)