|In the News|
Waldorf School of Princeton Welcomes Dr. Angel Castillo
Dr. Angel Castillo, minister of education for Imbabura province in Ecuador, visited our campus in December to learn more about incorporating Waldorf methods into Ecuadorian education practices. In between touring various classes, Dr. Castillo and his companions met with parents and staff to get a better feel for the school and its community. You can read more about Dr. Castillo's visit to Princeton here, and more about his visit to our neighbors in Kimberton here.
Have You Seen Our Video?
Edits have been finalized, and the finished video uploaded to our Princeton Patch listing. You can view it here. We hope to showcase the video on our new website as well in the coming weeks.
More on Computers and Waldorf
Miss the coverage of Waldorf on the CBS Nightly News? From December 5.
Waldorf Today Year-End Review
Check out 2011's top articles and videos from Waldorf Today.
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|This and That|
Home for Sale in Skillman,
3% of Proceeds to Be Donated to WSP
This offer extends until the end of March. Diane Barlow (WSP administration) and Peter Jahn are selling their mother-daughter, ranch-style house with finished basement, barn, and 4+ acres located at 190 Hollow Rd., three miles from the school. Asking price is $545,000. Please spread the word and contact Diane at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
On behalf of the faculty and staff here at WSP, we thank the community for their generosity and support this holiday season. Blessings on the new year!
|From the Office|
New Tuition Assistance Deadline January 15
For application instructions, click here.
Delayed openings will now be posted on our website. Information on school closings and delayed openings is available on pages 4-5 of our online Parent Handbook.
No School on MLK Day
Monday, January 16
Comings and Goings
This year, January brings more change than usual with our faculty and staff. At the December assembly, our students said good-bye to several teachers who shared their gifts with them over the last few months. The students offered eurythmy and songs to Mr. Amrine, sixth grade teacher; Ms. Osborn, chorus teacher; and Ms. Schofield, eurythmy assistant. The children's performances were rich and full of the care they had for their teachers, who will be missed by students and faculty alike. We all wish them the best in their next adventures.
The administration also says good-bye to Marla Hanan as a colleague. Our community relations associate for the last two and a half years, Marla spearheaded many initiatives including the simplicity parenting talk in the library and the more recent Kim John Payne visit. The administration will miss Marla's creative ideas and her deep interest in Waldorf education. Happily she will remain a parent in the school community.
We warmly welcome Ms. Rosenstein as the new sixth grade teacher. We are pleased that she was able to move midyear to shepherd this class through the upper grades. We also welcome Genevieve Solomon, who will be teaching creative writing to the sixth grade for the next several weeks. Ms. Solomon comes to us from the Waldorf School of Orange County and has been a substitute teacher here since May.
|Save the Date|
Grade School Assembly
Saturday, 2/4, 9:30 am
Third Annual Beeswax Bowl
for WSP Dads
Saturday, 2/4, 8 pm
Crossing the Bridge
Presentation for Early Childhood Parents
Tuesday, 2/7, 7 pm
Folk Tale Puppets Presents "The Child of Good Fortune (or The Devil and The Three Golden Hairs)"
Saturday, 2/11, 2 pm
As I am thinking of you this late afternoon, the feeling on campus is one of a held breath. Students and staff are still on vacation, and the Golden House is silent but for the gentle hum of my computer. In the distance, a train sounds; a flock of geese seem to protest overhead. Cold gusts of wind rattle the windows; in the play yards, swings move as if straddled by invisible children.
It is in these moments that I hold the new year in my thoughts, turning it over in my mind. The school year is about halfway through; we enjoyed a successful online auction, the annual fund is in full swing, and our eighth graders are already gearing up for their next grand adventure: high school.
Yet it is a time of new beginnings here too: as we put the finishing touches on our tractor barn classroom, we anticipate two additional classes starting in the early childhood program. We bid a fond farewell to some members of our community, and warmly welcome both new faces and familiar faces in new roles. Slowly, the days grow longer and the light returns to Windy Hill.
I look forward to the kindergarteners' songs spilling into the halls once again, the smells of bread baking in the kitchen, and the grounds at pickup overflowing with colorful hats and jackets, shrieks of laughter, and friendly smiles. Time moves on, season gives way to season, but these are the things that never change at our school. They are part of what makes the work we do here worthwhile.
Here's to a healthy and happy 2012. Welcome back.
Foundation Studies Graduation
Sunday, January 15, 4 pm
Please join us for the diploma ceremony and light refreshments; all are welcome to attend. Reflections will be offered by Herbert O. Hagens, Elan Leibner, Michael Ronall, and Michael Steinrueck.
WSP All-School Community Meeting
Tuesday, January 17, 7:30 pm
Mark Hornung, Board Treasurer, will explain the budget for the coming school year. Second is that Doug Jackson, Board Vice-Chair, will lead an open discussion about the possibility of creating a Waldorf High School in Princeton, and will be seeking support, answering questions and discussing the challenges involved. In addition, there will be an open question/answer time for parents, faculty, administration, and board to discuss other issues that may be living in the community. We hope you all can come!
Saturday, January 21, 10am-Noon
A perfect opportunity for our early childhood families to visit the grade school! If you'd like to help out at the event, please contact Diane Barlow at x115.
Sample Early Childhood Class
Friday, January 27, 9-10:30 am
For children ages 2-5 with caregiver. To register, please contact Diane Barlow at x115.
Film Screening: "Queen of the Sun:
What Are the Bees Telling Us?"
Friday, January 27, 7 pm; wine & cheese at 5:30 pm
Princeton Public Library
Sponsored by the Parent Council and the Princeton Public Library. Produced and directed by Taggart Siegel, produced and edited by Jon Betz.
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Tractor Classroom Update
Bricks are being laid! Slowly but surely we edge toward filling the new classroom with children! Check our blog for more photos and updates.
Winter 2012 Session
It's not too late to sign up for one of our new after school programs; check out the details here.
Grade School Observation Mornings
The admissions office is scheduling grade school observation mornings for WSP Early Childhood parents for the first part of Morning Lesson from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. If you are interested in registering for a visit, please contact Diane Barlow at x115.
Basketball Season Is Under Way
Fifth through seventh grade students meet at the Princeton Seminary gymnasium twice a week to prepare for the winter season. Please stop by and support our team. They play hard and the extra support really makes a difference. You can view the schedule on our online calendar.
Lots of new SmartWool has arrived. Purchase your socks in January and receive a 10% discount.
Our first-ever online holiday auction raised $10,000 (gross sales) in support of our teachers and opportunities for their professional development (such as summer conferences and courses). Many thanks to all who participated with donations and purchases! Thanks also to Amy Krause (mom of Jacob, grade 5) for coordinating this special effort. With the auction now behind us, we can turn our thoughts to the May Fair.
Film Screening: "Consuming Kids:
The Commercialization of Childhood"
Tuesday, January 10, 7 pm
Arts Council of Princeton
Sponsored by the Princeton Learning Cooperative, this important film addresses the way marketing messages and commercialism impact our children and the efforts the industry engages in to capture children's attention. Admission is $5 at the door and a RSVP is appreciated, but not necessary.
Princeton Common Ground Presents
Dr. Elizabeth Schroeder
Sex: How to Talk to Your Kids About It
Thursday, January 12, 7:30-9 pm
Princeton Day School
Back by popular demand, Elizabeth Schroeder's engaging and informative discussion about kids and sex and how we can talk to our children without overwhelming them (or ourselves). Visit www.princetoncommonground.org for more details.
Listening Presence: The Heart of Parenting
A Courage & Renewal Retreat for Parents,
Using the Circle of Trust Approach
Rudolf Steiner School, NYC
Saturday, January 28, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Community Education workshop with former Steiner Lower School Chair Cat Greenstreet. Light breakfast served at 9:00 a.m. The workshop will be held in the Assembly Room at our Lower School, located at 15 East 79th Street in New York City. For answers to questions or to RSVP, call Eileen Diskin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-535-2130 ext. 204.
NOFA-NJ 22nd Annual Winter Conference
Details, including more information on the Kids' Conference, found here.