| DATES TO REMEMBER
Make-Up Picture Day Forms Due
by 4:00 p.m.
High School Open House
LA Galaxy VIP Party
Make-Up Picture Day
Parent Education Event
with Jacqueline Develle
"The Art of Memory and Forgetting"
ALL SCHOOL Early Dismissal
Grandparents and Special Friends' Day
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Paul Conolly - Board Chair
Gabe Frisby - Treasurer
Gina Illes - Administration Rep.
Holly Richards - College Rep.
COLLEGE OF TEACHERS
New this week & in stock...
- The first quarter family scrip totals are ready~please stop by The Scrip Store to pick yours up!
- Looking at the calendar: we are within TWO weeks of our Thanksgiving weeklong break~if you are cooking, please consider buying scrip for your grocery purchases~we offer 14 grocery merchants, the newest: Irvine Ranch Market earning a generous 10% in $50 denominations.
- Looking further on: there will only be THREE weeks for Holiday scrip shopping between November 28 and December 16. Word to the wise: please do not wait until the last week to start 'thinking scrip,' as scrip will run out & won't be able to re-order in time.
Sandy Meadows, Scrip Coordinator
949.574.7775, ext 204
To order online, please click here!
For the most updated order form, click here!
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|WINTER FESTIVAL SINGERS NEEDED!
All you fabulous singers out there,
WE NEED YOU!
If interested, please contact Tiesha Hutchins at email@example.com by
Friday, November 18!
|GOT CRAFT SUPPLIES? |
Construction paper, glue sticks, feathers, pearler beads, fine glitter, stickers, etc!
Miss T. needs supplies! If you have any left over supplies, please drop them off in big after care!
Thanks so much for your support!
|CRAFT KITS NOW AVAILABLE!
Christine has prepared a basket full of craft kits for all those willing and able to help. These craft kits are the heart and soul of the Elves Room so your help is much needed and appreciated.
If interested, please stop by the front office and
sign yours out today!
|VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR|
Roll up your sleeves and lend a hand!
Volunteers are needed to help spruce up the campus in preparation for Grandparents and Special Friends' Day!
Join us in beautifying the school grounds, Friday, November 11 from drop off to noon and Saturday, November 12 from
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
|RE-ENROLL FOR PARENT & CHILD PROGRAM|
Don't Miss the Deadline to Re-enroll!
**Classes fill early, don't wait!**
The Winter Session of the Parent & Child Program begins
on-line enrollment Tuesday, November 1.
For more info, click here to view our flyer!
|PARENT EDUCATION EVENT
WITH JACQUELINE DEVELLE
"The Art of Memory and Forgetting"
Tuesday, November 8
Jacqueline Develle brings 14 years experience as a Waldorf school class teacher with a background in public school training and Montessori kindergarten. Due to her interest in seeing all teachers succeed, she completed a mentor training and is currently listed as a Pedagogical Advisor with AWSNA (Association of Waldorf Schools of North America). Jacqueline supervises student practicums, mentors students and teachers in Waldorf schools, and co-directs WISC in San Diego. She is also currently teaching Foundation Courses in San Diego.
|PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS|
Daniel Pitts and Katie Scavone are offering their expertise in piano and voice lessons. For more info, click here.
Rusty Vail is also offering her expertise in piano, guitar, voice, singing, recorder and pentatonic flute lessons.
If interested, please
|DON'T FORGET THE
HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
THIS Saturday, November 5 at 10:00am!
To ALL of our community
Please join us!
Be an ambassador for our school!
Share an Open House flyer
with your friends and neighbors
who are also thinking about where
their children are going to high school.
Growing the high school strengthens us all!
Open House Schedule
10:30-11:30 Guided Walk Through
11:30-12:15 Question and Answer Session
12:15-1:00 Classrooms Open
PREVIEW STUDENT PHOTOS NOW
Your child's school photos are ready!
All galleries are password protected.
The same password applies to every gallery: 2011WSOC
To view the photos and and make a purchase click here.
(Or you can copy & paste into your browser the following:
After you browse and order photos, they will be delivered by mail directly to you.
- Two standard packages are available, as well as a la carte prints.
- Cards, framed prints and other merchandise are also available.
If you have any questions on how to make an order or use the website, click here.
(Or you can copy & paste into your browser the following:
If you would like your child's photo to be re-taken, you must complete the attached Make-Up Day Form.
Please click here to download your copy.
The Make-Up Day Form must be delivered to the front office no later than
4 PM on Friday, November 4.
Make-Up Day is Monday, November 7!
The Make-Up Day Form must include:
- Child's name and grade
- Your name, email and phone number (the photographer, Waldorf father George Illes, may contact you to ensure your wishes are met)
- Reason for re-take (include some examples)
If you would like to contact George directly, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GRANDPARENTS AND SPECIAL FRIENDS' DAY
Friday, November 18
9:30 am-12:00 pm
**Please note new time and early dismissal at noon!**
Grandparents and Special Friends Day is a perfect time to invite your loved ones to our school! Please send your family and friend's email addresses to email@example.com so we can send them an invitation to this open house and performance event. The Kindergarten will be a part of our Open House,
from 11:00 am-12:00 pm.
THANK YOU FOR A BEAUTIFUL
Our kindergarten parents did a spectacular job on the Autumn Festival (Oct.25), transforming the kindy yard into a wonder of autumn color and activity.
All of the games, crafts and décor were positively magnificent. A huge thank you goes out to all the volunteers who decorated and hosted the crafts, under the guidance and supreme coordination of Kim Eijpen. Kim doesn't even have a child in kindy, but loves this event and does it wonderfully. Thank you Kim! Our friends from Miss Ramos' class at Wilson Elementary visited the Autumn Fest and had a great time (pictured above).
Miss Ramos says they can't stop talking about it, even a week later.
Thank you to everyone!
Miss Holly and Miss Deborah will host a Winter Camp the week of December 19 for children currently enrolled in pre-k through second grade.
Activities will include baking and decorating Christmas cookies, making ornaments, stories and plenty of play.
Monday - Friday 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Sign up in the office.
Space will be limited to 20.
Enrollment is on a first-come-first-served basis.
WALDORF APPROACH TO COMPUTERS IN EDUCATION MAKING WAVES IN MEDIA Article written by
Ryan Lindsay from the Waldorf School of Toronto
High School students using technology benefit by not using it earlier
The New York Times has been running a series on the pervasiveness of technology in classrooms, the lack of results from these massive investments, and most recently, the Waldorf approach as a successful alternative. One of the most fascinating aspects of this series is the increasing number of parents working in Silicon Valley, the heart of the global digital technology revolution, who agree that computers do more harm than good in a child's formative yearscomputers do more harm than good in a child's formative years. Despite this, governments are cutting school budgets for arts, music and physical education classes, all the while investing billions of dollars in classroom technology not proven to have any positive affect. It turns out that this approach benefits only one group: tech companies.
It is very striking that the highest concentration of Waldorf schools in North America is in the very same place where personal computers were invented, where silicon chips are advanced, and which Apple, Google, Twitter, and Facebook call home. In the past week the blogosphere and comments to articles have been alive with parents and teachers attesting to this phenomenon. Many note that senior Waldorf students excel in modern technology and communications precisely because in their early years they used their time more productively by engaging in imaginative free play that develops their psycho-motor, creative problem solving and social capacities.
In Waldorf classrooms, as the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA - the body that accredits Waldorf schools) states, "even seemingly dry and academic subjects are presented in a pictorial and dynamic manner, eliminating need for competitive testing, academic placement and behaviouristic rewards to motivate learning." Once the students are in high school, they embrace the fruits of the modern world, when they know that computers are a tool to be used and mastered, rather than a crutch they cannot do without. What a refreshing contrast to the argument that because we live in a wired world, our children must also be wired as early as possible. Indeed doctors are claiming this is dangerous thinking, and we should keep our children away from screens altogether when their brains are still developing so rapidly.
It was Rudolf Steiner's original intention, and one that the Waldorf movement globally continues to uphold, that Waldorf schools should be independent. This independence protects us from the pitfalls inherent in a government-directed pedagogical program where the politics of election-winning, deep-pocketed lobbying tech companies or educational fads influence what happens in the classroom. When Waldorf educators need inspiration for adjusting our rich curriculum, we look to a single important source: the children. As the children grow and change, we do too. It is the children who lead us to implement and refine a curriculum that best serves them, their healthy development, their will to work and learn and ultimately their capacities for moving humanity forward. This does not require being wired. It requires loving attentiveness.
Who knew that revolutionary could mean staying the course?
|"WILL THE NEXT GENERATION HAVE A STEVE JOBS?"|
"Will the next generation have a Steve Jobs?" asked Darell Hammond of KaBOOM in the Huffington Post. He continues:
"The forecast isn't good. In an era of parental paranoia, lawsuit mania, and testing frenzy, we are failing to inspire our children's curiosity, creativity, and imagination. We are denying them opportunities to tinker, discover, and explore - in short, to play. Jobs played not just as a child but also throughout his adult life. He played to understand how things worked, then he played to invent new things, and then he kept playing to make those things singularly whimsical and 'insanely great'...
"We are raising today's children in sterile, risk-averse, and highly structured environments. In doing so we are failing to cultivate artists, pioneers, and entrepreneurs, an d instead cultivating a generation of children who can follow the rules in organized sports games, sit for hours in front of screens, and mark bubbles on standardized tests.
"We say we are 'protecting' our children. We say we're setting them up to 'succeed.' Really, we're doing neither, and we're letting an entire generation down. The most fitting way to honor Jobs' legacy? Let our kids outside to play."
Please click here for the full article.