Hundreds of parents, grandparents and other family members attended the Sunset Ridge annual Winter Tea in December.
Besides lots of cookies and punch, attendees were able to view student artwork showcased by art teacher Darcy Sage.
"Darcy creates a climate in which you feel like you are in an art exhibit,'' first-grade teacher Wendy Judd said. "She has a real talent for bringing out the artist in each and every student. When you walk through the art showcase you'd understand why art is a favorite special for many students.
"After walking around I always want to be a student in Mrs. Sage's art class.''
Members of the MHS orchestra also came out and played holiday music.
Judd believes a big reason for the event's popularity is that students get a chance to show family members art they have worked so hard to create.
"New families to the school are always so surprised when they attend their first Winter Tea,'' Judd said. You often hear, 'I had no idea how beautiful it would be.' "
Students are also encouraged to wear their fancy clothes.
"This year I had one student say, 'Mrs. Judd, Do you want to watch me twirl in my dress?' They really enjoy dressing up and spending a short time together with their families.''
Judd said she is always amazed at the reaction to the Winter Tea.
"When families walk into the gym I think they are struck by the time and effort that goes into this day,'' she said. "Grandparents who are visiting seem to really enjoy having a chance to meet their grandchild's teacher and see the school they attend. It's a special day that no matter your culture and customs your family feels part of our school family.''