A variety of ornate stars await new-minted five-year-olds at the Mountain View Parent Nursery School in Los Altos. 

Parents see the birthday treat bags coming home each week that have become a hallmark of modern school birthdays. But marking a young person’s birthday can happen live in the classroom, too, and two local preschools have developed signature ways to make space for a loooong anticipated moment.

At one cooperative preschool in Los Altos, traditions that combine anticipation and a moment’s satisfying arrival stretch back decades. At Mountain View Parent Nursery School – situated on Oak Avenue in Los Altos – teachers hand-make special felt birthday stars marked with the new number achieved by their 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds. When your birthday (finally) arrives, you get to choose the color and design that fits you best and have your special star pinned on your shirt for the day.


Students carry their "earth" in orbits around a candle-sun with 12 months measured out, circling once for each year they've been alive, for the birthday celebration at Mountain View's Windsor Preschool. 



Eliza Ridgeway edits the Food & Wine, Camps, Bridal, Celebrations and Beyond the Classroom sections at the Town Crier, as well as reporting for all sections of the paper.

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