News from AWSNA                June 2014
The official e-news of the Association of independent Waldorf schools


Waldorf Education has always been at the forefront of ecology, sustainability, and living with practical, caring, interested attention to the natural world. This month, in celebration of summer, we are especially proud of our schools that continue to grow in organic, festive, and environmentally-conscious ways. 


Beverly Damico
Wishing you a wonderful, restful summer,
Beverly Amico
for the AWSNA Executive Team 




Waldorf School of Princeton Awarded 

Eco-Schools USA Bronze Award


Students at the Waldorf School of Princeton turn peach pits and carrot peels into food for their garden on a regular basis with an on-site composting program. Their efforts in reducing waste and consumption through composting, recycling, upcycling, and reusable rather than disposable dining ware has earned them the Bronze Award with National Wildlife Federation's Eco-Schools USA program.
This month, the school was also recognized as a Certified Wildlife Habitat with National Wildlife Federation for their work in maintaining school grounds that attract wildlife and help restore habitat.




SAGE Classroom Comes to 
Corvallis Waldorf School


The Corvallis Waldorf School is the first school in Oregon to have an award-winning SAGE classroom. Plans are moving along for a modular to be constructed in the summer of 2014 to create three new middle-school classrooms. Patricia Thom, the school's Administrator, says: "I am so pleased to have a beautiful and healthy space to match the thoughtful and inspiring curriculum that our middle school students receive."


Read more on Why Waldorf Works


The Waldorf School of Baltimore has achieved recertification as a 2014 Maryland Green School, an award-winning program founded in 1999 by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education. Recognition as a Maryland Green School is a significant accomplishment and exemplifies Waldorf School of Baltimore's commitment to environmental literacy for staff, students, and the community.


Read more on Why Waldorf Works



Event details, including contact information, can be found on the Events page of the Why Waldorf Works website. Please send us your events so we can include them in our calendar. 


June 22 through July 4: Wilton, NH
Renewal Courses are being offered June 22 through July 4 at the Center for Anthroposophy. 


June 23-26, 2014: Hadley, MA

The AWSNA Summer Conference will be held June 23-June 26, 2014 at Hartsbrook School. The theme for this year is "Cultivating Humanness within a Technological World," featuring keynote speaker, Craig Holdrege, Ph.D., Director and Senior Researcher, Nature Institute.


June 23-July 18, 2014: San Rafael, CA

One-week Summer Intensives - check them out!

Presented by Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training at Marin Waldorf School.


July 4 -12 2014: Mechanicville NY
The Spacial Dynamics Institute presents their 22nd Annual Movement Education Conference: The Sword The Pen and The Arrow. Taught by Jaimen McMillan, Master Fencing Instructor, and Katie Moran, Certified Archery Instructor and Waldorf Movement Educator. 


July 6-25, 2014: Chestnut Ridge, NY
Sunbridge Summer Series: Many offerings! 

Hosted by Sunbridge College


July 21 - July 25, 2014: Valyermo CA
Second Annual Handwork Teachers' Retreat of 2014 - The Wonder and Wisdom of Handwork: Deepening our Understanding. 
Workshop leaders include Dahlia Haberman, Nicole Fields, Melanie Hatch, and Elizabeth Seward.


August 19 - 24, 2014: Ghent, NY
Painting with Children in Waldorf Schools - an intensive course for Waldorf teachers and parents with Gail McManus. 

Location: Arteum School of Painting in Ghent, NY 


Please inform your communities and mark your calendars!


You are welcome to send Waldorf-related events for posting on our web site.

We want to remind you that we are active on Facebook, and that is a good place to find news and articles about Waldorf Education and our school communities. If you haven't already done so, please "like" and follow us there. 

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Leader of Outreach and Development: Beverly Amico


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Leader of Programs and Activities: Melanie Reiser


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