Manzano Day School

Joy in Learning® Since 1938


Thanksgiving Celebration

Each classroom hosts a Thanksgiving luncheon the week of Thanksgiving. Families are invited to attend and it is a wonderful time for the community to gather together before the Thanksgiving break. Many classes engage in special Thanksgiving activities or service projects as well.

Grandparents' & Grandfriends' Day

Grandparents’ and Grandfriends’ Day is held every spring, and is a joyful day of classroom visits, musical programs, and a warm reception.

Fall Festival

Fall Festival is hosted by the Manzano Day School Parents’ Association (MDSPA), and is scheduled to take place on a Sunday in September. The Festival is held on campus where there are plenty of organized activities, entertainment, and refreshments. It is a great time for families to meet up and have fun together enjoying our beautiful campus.

Founder's Day

Founder’s Day is a celebration to honor Ruth Hanna McCormick Simms who established Manzano Day School in 1938. Every year the school community gathers at a special assembly around the date of her birthday in March.

Spring Fiesta

Spring Fiesta is hosted by the MDSPA on campus one evening in late April. Featuring karaoke, a DJ, and food trucks, it is a fun way to kick-off the last month of school.

Field Day

The Physical Education department hosts a spring Play Day on campus for students in pre-kindergarten through second grade. Each grade level participates in a variety of well-planned, developmentally appropriate, fun games and activities that are supported by parent volunteers.

Spring Musical

This is a Manzano Day School tradition occurring each spring. The musical production showcases fifth graders in the primary roles and fourth graders in the chorus. Third graders usher during the performances. This energetic and uplifting performance is held in a theatrical atmosphere of lights, costumes and to great applause making the School Musical a memorable experience for one and all.


Filled with tradition, commencement is always a bittersweet event. Led by a bagpiper and their teachers, fifth graders march into the meadow for the last time as Manzano Day School students. After receiving their diplomas, they depart as proud alumni.