|In the News|
April is National Poetry Month! Do you know about the Waldorf Book of Poetry?
Five Months Later, Waldorf Mom's Heroic Death Sparks Lasting Legacy. Read more about the Rhiannon Joy Hull Foundation, supporting alternative education, here.
You may be familiar with Waldorf Today, a website mainly geared toward teachers and others who work in Waldorf education. Their weekly electronic newsletter consistently features excellent articles of interest to the Waldorf community; check out their latest issue here.
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|Peek into the Classroom: Handwork|
by Kristen Daley
As a handwork teacher, it brings a smile to my heart when students run up and show me a project they have worked on at home, or when a parent tells me about the independent creations their child has made.
It strikes me that in the doing for oneself or someone else, what is fed is a knowing of what it is to make something with your own hands. Both through success and struggle when working on any project, personal connection to the materials strengthen personal connection to the world and to others, building a sense of community through shared creativity.
Last week I spent time with some younger students in aftercare, and we had a great time making twisty-twirlies, finger knitting, and making cords of many different color combinations, lengths, and purposes. We made bracelets and belts, and someone even made a tiny little duck. As some of us were busy near the bench, others across the sheep's pen were working together, pulling a heavy log with their newly made lassos. Again, I smiled. How nice it is to be part of building our community through the creativity of this education.
Through the years, I have been asked what on earth one can do with all of the finger knitting and twisty-twirlies that the children produce. Here are some old stand-by ideas:
- tying/adorning gifts
- headbands or belts
- sewn in the round to make big or small rug
- make a jump rope
- sewn to make flowers
I even had a student who kept adding to a big ball of finger knitting he used in order to measure distances, or rather, how long he could make it stretch. It nearly reached around our whole school building when I saw him last (about 10 years ago).
What ideas do you have? I'd love to hear them! E-mail me. For directions on making the spring basket above, from finger or spool knitting, see this post from Imagine Childhood.
And if you'd like to join our weekly Handwork Circle, meet us in the Community Kitchen on Tuesdays between 8:30 and 10 a.m.
|This and That|
Our incoming first-grade teacher, Maria Cardenas, is looking for a three-bedroom rental in Princeton, Hopewell, or Montgomery. If you know of anything, please contact Nancy Lemmo with the details.
|Earth Day Is April 22|
(and Every Day)!
Is April 30-May 6
Click here for ideas and resources, or to find events in your area.
Common Ground Presents
Dr. Tony Wagner, the founder of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, consults internationally on school improvement and has written many books on the subject of education.
This event is sponsored by Common Ground, a group representing Parent Associations of 14 area independent schools, of which the Waldorf School of Princeton is a member. The talk is free and open to the public. Click here for more info.
2012 Handwork Research Conference
Friday-Sunday, April 20-22
The Fiber Craft Studio
Chestnut Ridge, NY
Preparing the Future: How do practical, artistic activities metamorphose into soul-spiritual capacities? Keynote Speaker Dr. Gerald Karnow is a physician working in the Fellowship Community, a multi-generational community dedicated to the care of the elderly, an educator with The Otto Specht School, and a school doctor for two Waldorf Schools. Visit
www.fibercraftstudio.org or call 845-425-2891 for more information.
Princeton Balance Speakers Series: "More Natural and More Nothing:
How to Raise a Happy, Healthy, Successful Child"
with Gabrielle Principe
Monday, April 23, 7:30 p.m.
Performing Arts Center, Princeton High School
Click here for details.
Arts Council of Princeton's Communiversity
Saturday, April 28
WSP is once again a sponsor of this street festival; students, parents, and staff will be on hand to man our booth and share some fun activities with the crowd. If you are interested in volunteering an hour or two of your time to join us in answering questions about Waldorf education and our school, please contact Jamie Quirk by e-mail or by calling x112. Thanks!
Save the Date for
the 2012 AWSNA
Working With Young People: Answering the Call of the Future
Keynote Speaker: Florian Osswald
Hosted by the Sacramento Waldorf School in Fair Oaks, CA
Click here for more information.
|Save the Date|
Suddenly, forsythia! Daffodils, Japanese cherry, and more: the colors on the Windy Hill make one pause. Parents linger a bit longer after pickup; the swings swing a bit higher. This heightened energy is felt in the administration as well, as the frenzy in our admissions office combines with preparations for (at least) three community events. The air is abuzz with activity.
In April we dedicate our new red barn classroom and community walkway, on what we hope will be an appropriately lovely Earth Day. I cannot overstate my gratitude for the many hands that joined to complete these projects, and I hope to see at least as many faces smiling back at me on the 22nd.
Speaking of faces, please stop by to admire our eighth graders' Portraits of Humanity exhibit (see photo for a small sample), on the third floor of the Princeton Public Library through April 15. There is something about the way these young people have captured the essence of their subjects--a sensitivity to emotion, a depth of insight--that seems beyond their years. And yet it reminds me of just how deep Waldorf education is: encouraging connections, to the human inside each piece of art, and to the art inside each human. And, like those gazing out from each portrait, the faces of our eighth grade students brim with all they have been, and all they will become.
And so we turn toward Graduation . . . but not before Communiversity, and Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day, and of course May Fair, and . . . oh my. It will be a busy spring, won't it? Let's make sure we wave to one another in passing!
Third Grade Farm Trip
Monday-Friday, April 2-6
Hawthorne Valley Farm, Ghent, NY
Fourth Grade Play: The Curse of the Ring
Wednesday, April 4, 6 p.m.
Parent Council Meeting
Tuesday, April 17, 7:30 p.m.
Fifth Grade Play: Lewis & Clark
Wednesday, April 18
(Rain Date Monday, April 23)
Time to Be Decided
Community Walkway & Red Barn Classroom
Sunday, April 22, 3 p.m.
Thanks to you, we have created a beautiful new classroom space and brick walkway. Please join us for this celebration of community and collaboration! RSVP by April 13.
For details of school events, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
FROM THE OFFICE
Open House Acknowledgments
Nineteen families and friends enjoyed our lovely campus on Saturday, March 24, during our Open House. A special thanks to our parent "ambassadors" Felicia Bland, Doug Jackson, Terri Levy, Julie Martin, and Christina Sacalis for volunteering to lead tours and engage visitors in informative and warm conversations about Waldorf education and our school. Thank you to Mary Langeron for planting flowers and beautifying our campus. And thank you to students Zoe and Ella Jackson, Chineda Lewis, Butterfly Barnes, and Leah Sheen for warmly welcoming prospective grade school students.
Annual Fund Update
Together we've raised $87,000 toward our $115,000 goal for the 2011-12 Annual Fund! We have three months left to raise the additional $28,000 needed by June 30.
Thank you to parent and alumni callers Scott Albert, Brunda Moka Dias, Penny Foss Miller, Marla Hanan, Mark Hornung, Nick Rumin, Holly Houston, John Miller (pictured), John Pearson, Heide Ratliff, Jennie Curtis, Dave Campbell, Matt Eldredge, and
Christa Bruneau Flynn '01 for calling people to request their gift support during our annual phonathon in early March. And thanks to all who have already generously participated with a gift to our Annual Fund!
Congratulations to the third grade class for being the first to achieve 100 percent participation and raise an additional $500 for our school!
Total parent participation stands at 76 percent. Class participation is as follows:
80% - Grade 8, class giving rep: Sarah Karchere
85% - Grade 7, class giving rep: Jennifer Curtis
77% - Grade 6, class giving rep: Mark Hornung
78% - Grade 5, class giving rep: Penny Foss Miller
67% - Grade 4, class giving rep: Makiko Kato
100% - Grade 3, class giving rep: Mary Langeron
75% - Grade 2, class giving rep: Jennifer Murray
83% - Grade 1, class giving rep: Susan McCoy
79% - Rose Class, class giving rep: Beth Patchel
57% - Sunflower Class, class giving rep: Jill Miller
62% - Lilac Class, class giving rep: Bill Bauer
77% - Buttercup Class, class giving rep: Sha'ree Berkhout
67% - Morning Glory PC, class giving rep: JoanMarie Zetterberg
To make your gift, please visit our website! And remember that each class reaching 100 percent participation means an additional $500 for our school!
To make your pledge, please contact the Development Office. Pledge payments are due by June 30.
Annual Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day
Friday, May 18
Our Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day invitation will soon be mailed to grandparents and special friends of Grade School and Children's Garden students. The copy for the invitation will include the following:
Please join us for our annual
Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day
Friday, May 18, 2012
Waldorf School of Princeton
1062 Cherry Hill Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
Lilac, Rose, and Sunflower
Children's Garden programs 9-10:30 a.m.
Grade School program 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Children's Garden guests are invited to the Grade School Reception and Assembly following their program.
RSVP to Jamie Quirk by May 7:
(609) 466-1970, x112 or email@example.com
This invitation will be mailed to all who are on our database. If you have not provided us with information about your child's grandparents or special friends, or are not sure, please contact Jamie Quirk.
The Buttercup Class does not meet on Fridays, so has made different arrangements and will contact its families directly. Their grandparents, parents, and special friends will be warmly invited to visit on Thursday, May 17.
Educational Support Plans Due
If you received an Educational Support Plan (ESP) for your child, please sign and return as soon as possible to ensure services for the fall. (A specific due date can be found on the letter you received.) Contact Maureen Gold, educational support coordinator, at x142 with any questions or concerns.
Tuition Assistance Deadline Nears!
2011 Tax Returns and Re-Enrollment Agreements Due
Reminder to all tuition assistance applicants: 2011 tax forms for all families receiving tuition assistance for the 2012-13 school year are due to TADS on May 1, 2012. If the tax forms are not submitted by May 1, you will be invoiced based on the full tuition. Tuition assistance grant will then be prorated based on the date your late tax return is received by TADS. Submit your 2011 tax return now.
All re-enrollment agreements for the 2012-13 school year are due now. Any agreements received after May 15 will be subject to a 2.5% administrative fee. Please call x114 or e-mail the registrar with questions.
For Those on Monthly Payment Plans
Please consult your last coupon, or contact the Business Office for your final payment amount: Julie Martin, x113.
WSP Summer Camp Update
Plan for summertime fun today; Summer Camp runs from June 25 through August 3! Information, including a registration brochure, is available on our website and in the Golden House foyer; register before May 1 to receive a WSP student discount and other savings. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with inquiries.
Spring Shopping and Scrip
Whether you are outfitting the kids for warm weather and rainy days, purchasing sporting gear for your outdoor adventures, or simply doing your weekly grocery shopping, use scrip cards to make your purchases, and WSP will earn rebates from participating retailers. This is great way to help raise funds for our school, without spending more of your own money! Scrip cards are available in various denominations from a surprisingly long list of retailers.
Planning vacation travel? Visit www.glscrip.com to view the many car rental agencies and hotels that participate in our scrip program.
Please contact Marian Seliquini at email@example.com with any questions or to place an order. You can also stop by the Golden House kitchen on Monday and Wednesdays mornings, 8:30 to 9, to place orders. Grab-and-go cards are available for immediate purchase. Orders are processed in 1 week. Payment accepted in the form of cash or check. Credit cards accepted for orders totaling $500 or more.
Visit us in the Community Kitchen on Wednesday mornings from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Stop by for holiday items and your 10% discount on SmartWool socks! If you would like to volunteer at the store, please contact Nancy Lemmo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks Again to Nomad Pizza!
Our February and March fund-raising nights earned more than $400 for WSP! Thanks again to WSP parent Stalin Bedon of Nomad Pizza, and to all of our families who made this popular event a repeat success!
Board of Trustees Election Results
The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the election of officers for the new board year beginning at the June 2012 board meeting. Congratulations to all, and many thanks for your dedication and service to the school!
Shep Faison, Chair
Doug Jackson, Vice Chair
Nick Rumin, Secretary
Mark Hornung, Treasurer
May Fair Update
Preparations for a wonderful celebration are well under way; these include a program of events with advertisements from our favorite businesses. If you have a business you think would like to advertise in the fair program, please take them a form and tell them what a wonderful opportunity this will be! Over 500 people visit the fair each year. This year we are also offering a 10% discount off ads for parent-owned businesses. Please follow this link to download the information you need to reserve your space, or contact Jamie Quirk by April 9.