Williams Traditions

While we challenge ourselves to continually seek out best practices and new thinking in Teaching and Learning, we proudly embrace our traditions. In many ways, these elementally make Williams, Williams.

As with a favorite teacher, our traditions are the catalysts to many sacred moments in a student’s personal experiences at Williams. They are warmly recalled by alumni and families alike.

Williams Traditions
Big/Little Program

Big/Little Program

Started in 1973, this year-long mentoring program pairs a younger student with an older one.

School Picnic

Taking place in the fall, this event offers families a chance to gather and celebrate the beginning of the school year. Attendees participate in games and contests and enjoy a meal together.

Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day

This event, held the Tuesday prior to Thanksgiving, is in honor of Grandparents and Special Friends. Student performances are followed by a tour of the school.

Holiday Feast

Held the last day before Winter Break, Bigs and Littles gather together for a holiday meal prepared by our chef. A simple handmade gift is exchanged as we enjoy our time together.

Carol Service

A traditional service of Lessons and Carols, this tradition was started in 1930. Students wear medieval caroling robes and process from the school to Christ & St. Luke’s Church, led by a trumpeter. The service is inclusive of all faiths who celebrate holidays in December.

Sweet Pickle

Students who perform random acts of kindness are recognized at an assembly as a “Sweet Pickle”. Sweet Pickle refers to the Pickle Jar the notes are placed in.


In recognition of accomplished personal goals, students in grades K-2 are crowned King or Queen for the day in a special ceremony attended by K-2 students.

Good Citizen

Recognition for good citizenship based on a designated trait for the month is awarded to students in grades 3-5 and they are recognized at weekly assemblies.

Owl Award

This award is given to students in grades 6-8 who embody The Williams School spirit and demonstrate integrity, a strong work ethic, and a desire to help others.

Carol Service
Festival Day and Final Awards Ceremony

Festival Day and Final Awards Ceremony

Held on the last day of school, this celebration is an opportunity for families to gather and celebrate all we have accomplished throughout the school year. Performances, an art show, and awards ceremony are all part of the celebration.


Held weekly, this is a time of reflection for the entire student body. Discussion centers around our character trait of the month, sharing class news, recognizing good citizens, and celebrating random acts of kindness. Parents and families are invited to attend.

Guest Lunch

Students in each grade have an opportunity to invite an honored guest to lunch during their designated month.

Birthday Book Club

Donations are made by parents, grandparents and friends to the library to purchase books in honor of a student. Containing a special name plate, the books are presented monthly at the assembly.

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