40thAnniversary2018-10-12T15:12:53+00:00

Raintree 40th Anniversary Celebration!
thinking back 40 • giving back 40
Forty Years of Memories

Reunion Weekend Events and Friends of Raintree Art Show with Silent Auction

Raintree Open House and Fall Festival

Saturday, October 20, 2018 • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Raintree Open House and Fall Festival

Saturday, October 20th • 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Upon arrival guests will be given two maps each with a checklist of 40 places to find. A quasi scavenger hunt!  The challenge?  Find 40 places inside the buildings and 40 locations on the campus grounds.

Inside – The list of places to visit include the old  and the new.  In the old category will be the fire cabinet filled with mementoes from the fire of 2000, the stained glass which hangs of the planets from the Ruttinger family, and the Italian lire with Montessori’s portrait.  The new additions will include Jasmy’s Kitchen, the Great Room, Erdkinder classrooms and the painting of a Raintree by Ben Rumback and Tim Holtzclaw.  See if you can find them all!

Staff will set up their classrooms in all three buildings just as they would for the school day and lay out current and past photos.   Please understand this is not a day for children to work in the classroom! Saturday will be a day for looking, not for touching! The art show will be located on the main floor of the Phoenix building.  Bidding will be done online.  All proceeds from the silent auction will go to the Friends of Raintree. Also in the Phoenix building will be a Memories Room which will house old photos and a timeline. Alumni and guests are encouraged to bring old photos to add to the timeline as well as help us organize and identify photos from the past four decades. (This may be a year-long project!)

Outside – The scavenger hunt continues outside with both the old (the creek, the apple tree, the Back 40) and the new sites, e.g., the greenhouse site planned by the Erdkinder, a redesigned pond, tunnels and berms on the primary playscape, and more.  Again, can you find all 40? For young children there will be games, an inflatable slide, a bouncy house, and even a train to tour the campus. Raintree parent Eric Miltz, a.k.a., Cowboy Up BBQ guy, will bring his delicious BBQ to the event, and guests may purchase sandwiches while supplies last. Word of warning: Eric’s BBQ doesn’t last long! It is that yummy. Raintree photographers and an archivist will be available to take photos and to record your favorite Raintree story.

RSVP – Fall Festival

Dinner and Dancing by our own, Joe Sears and Page 7

Saturday, October 20, 2018 • 6:00 - 10:00 PM

Dinner and Music by our own, Joe Sears and Page 7

Saturday, October 20, 2018 • 6:00 – 10:00

The campus will close at 3 PM to put away all the fall festival activities and prepare for the evening fundraiser at 6 PM. Our chef Chris Rieke will prepare a variety of delicious dishes, served buffet style along with scrumptious mini desserts prepared by staff member Emma K. Fruit water and iced tea will be available along with a cash bar of beer and wine. Guests will be given a  commemorative glass to celebrate the 40th anniversary.

Following the dinner, Joe Sears and Page 7 will perform. The fundraiser dinner and Joe’s band are a combined event. In order to attend, one must purchase a ticket. All proceeds from the evening will go to the Friends of Raintree.

Purchase Tickets Here

Art Show and Silent Auction

Sunday, October 21 • 11:00 AM -2:00 PM

Art Show and Silent Auction

Sunday, October 21 • 11-2:00

On Sunday, October 22, the campus will be open from 11 AM-2 PM. Some of the artists who donated their work will join us. Guests may tour the campus and view art in the Phoenix building before the art show closes at 2:00. Those who purchase pieces may pick them up between 2:00-4:00 PM. Photos of the artwork will be visible online beginning October 10, 2018 for early viewing and bidding. With many graduates and families living far away from Lawrence, we want them to have an opportunity to participate even if they cannot attend the event. Monday, October 15, 2018, the actual art pieces will be displayed in the common areas of Raintree Phoenix building, the main building on the campus.

All proceeds from this event will go to the Friends of Raintree 501 (c)(3), a nonprofit with four distinct missions: scholarships, inclusion, staff development, and entrepreneurship. From the BBQ to the fundraiser dinner to the art show to the tickets to ride the train, and anything else goes to the Friends of Raintree. What better way to honor our 40 years than to make a Montessori education available to more children.

Online Bidding is Open!