DSLA’s extracurricular activities of course, are at least as much fun as the instruction. Yearly, active parents, teachers and board members, organize several events, some of which are visited by the Dutch community at large. Dutch School San Diego organizes its own activities.
In early December, St. Nicholas pays a special visit to the children of Los Angeles. We have a party in the Dutch tradition, with presents and treats. One year the good Saint had his horse stolen and the police had to get him to the party on time! Ever since this traumatic event he arrives in the traditional manner on a genuine boat in the Port of Los Angeles. This unique and renowned celebration is open to all.
Once a year, we organize a film matinee with Dutch children's films in a real theater. Films we have watched include De Daltons, Minoes and Mees Cees. Films are by invitation only.
And then there is this traditional Dutch celebration around the end of April. The past two years celebrated in central Carson at the Home Depot Center, this celebration has turned into a big party featuring an opening speech from one of our Consuls, great food, games, a free-market, music and of course we sing our national Anthem, the “Wilhelmus “.
During the children's book week a culture day is organized at the North Hollywood location that fits to the theme of the Children's book week in the Netherlands. Old Dutch games, potluck.
The first and last day of school, Christmas and New Year's, the Dutch and Belgians will always find an occasion to treat themselves with coffee. All locations have their spontaneous initiatives that make the school day special.
We would love to celebrate Flemish events, and ask our Flemish parents to help us with that.