Throughout our 70 year history, CNS has developed and maintained a variety of different traditions.  These include:


Yellow Balloon Fair

Every year, on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, CNS hosts the Yellow Balloon Fair. CNS families work together to create a day of fun and wonder for children through a variety of traditional games and activities.


Birthday Book

To celebrate a child’s birthday at CNS, families are invited to donate a book to our library. This is a lasting way to share a favorite book with the wider CNS Community.


Ring the Bell!

On a child’s birthday, they are invited to ring the “Barbara’s Bell” – the bell that sits high above our front door.


Grandparents & Special Persons Day

Close to May Day each spring, we welcome grandparents or special persons to come for a morning visit which includes snack, activities, and sharing.  This is a very special day indeed!

Winter & Light

While we do not recognize or celebrate any holidays at CNS, we do welcome Winter with a celebration of light and wonder during the last week of school in December.  Teachers transform our Studio into a place of magic!

Open Choice

Throughout the year, on designated days determined by faculty and staff, the classrooms will open their internal sliding doors and children will be invited to visit the other classroom spaces.  A wonderful way to build community and encourage children to become familiar with all parts of the school, Open Choice is a favorite opportunity among the children to explore and make new friends!

Hallway Exhibit

Down the long hallway at CNS, a rotating exhibit of children’s work helps to share the different and wondrous investigations that happen in each classroom.  Teachers document the children’s work and creativity and create an exhibit that delights the children, parents, visitors, and each other.

All CNS Book Event

Every March, the school adopts a favorite children’s story that is read and explored throughout the month, culminating in an all-school celebration!  Past books include:  The Little Red Hen, The Mitten, and The Three Little Pigs.