|In the News|
Mumbai's Tridha School
by Brunda Moka Dias
This past spring, Mrs. Chandrika from the Tridha Rudolf Steiner School in Mumbai visited our school in Princeton and shared information about Waldorf
education in India. So I was eager to reciprocate the visit to Tridha during a family visit to India this past summer. Tridha was not easy to find, but after
getting stuck in heavy traffic and making our way through a fish market, we finally found the school.
Upon entering the gates of Tridha, all the annoyances of city life seemed to vanish and the surroundings let us breathe deeply. Some classes were at recess, and we heard the joyful noise and laughter of children at play. As I looked at the students, I was a little startled to realize that one of those students at play was my daughter, Lakumi!
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Peek into the Classroom:
WOW Day 2012
by Susan Eggers
WOW! What's WOW? Waldorf One World is an opportunity for established Waldorf schools throughout the world to connect with young Waldorf schools, kindergartens, and therapeutic initiatives from South America to India to Africa. This was the first year that the Waldorf School of Princeton participated, joining over 200 Waldorf schools in 31 countries. By the end of October, the equivalent of $170,000 had been raised. Thanks to the creativity of our teachers, the hard work of the students and the generosity of parents and friends, we contributed over $800 to support El Nido, a kindergarten in Colombia that exists largely on donations.
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Thanks from the WSP Faculty & Staff for the Refreshments Generously Provided during Parent-Teacher Conferences!
|This and That|
Wanted: Digital Piano
For Sale: Turn-of-the-(20th) Century Violin/Fiddle
Contact Jennifer Rosenstein.
Home for Sale in Skillman,
3% of Proceeds to Be Donated to WSP
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. If interested, please contact Diane for more information.
Congrats to The Farmhouse Store Princeton
WSP parents Ron and Kristin Menapace celebrate the opening of their new store at 43 Hulfish Street (Palmer Square)! Visit their website or Facebook page to learn more.
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plus free shipping
now thru 11/13
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|From the Office|
Parent Survey Responses Due November 12
Thanks to all who completed the online survey sent by e-mail on Wednesday; it's too late to be one of our first 10 responders (and thus eligible for a WSP spirit wear sample), but we will still be choosing one responder at random Monday, so if you haven't filled yours out yet, a special prize may yet be yours! Check your e-mail for the link, or access the survey here.
YuleFest 2012 Volunteer Opportunities
This year's YuleFest is Saturday, December 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. We're looking for volunteers to help the day run smoothly. Please contact Jamie Quirk at x112 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Pay Your WSP Bills Online!
The business office is happy to announce that WSP is now accepting credit card payments for tuition and all other school-related invoices. Annual fund donations as well! Simply visit the convenient payment portal here.
This portal can be used for any tuition payment plan and any invoices from the WSP business office, including aftercare, enrichment and other activities. There is a small convenience fee charged for each transaction. Debit cards also accepted.
Please feel free to contact the business office with any questions.
After Hurricane Sandy, third graders celebrate a belated Sukkot outdoors, with homemade vegetable soup and cornbread. Gratitude and responsibility for one another are just two of several themes that make this Jewish holiday especially poignant this year.
Oh, the winds did blow! As the house creaked, the lights darkened, and the temperature dropped, we were all reminded of the power of Mother Nature. Here at school, the buildings made it through the storm relatively unscathed, but Sandy certainly left her mark elsewhere on campus. Just as we were looking forward to returning to a normal routine, Athena swept in with gusts of wind and snow! Though it is heartbreaking to see the personal loss and destruction in some areas, it is heartwarming to hear stories of our families helping one another as the days tick by and rebuilding and recovery continue.
I am also pleased to see staff and children back on campus, resuming their rhythms and looking ahead to this season's joyful community offerings: our Martinmas lantern walks, a rescheduled puppet show, and our annual online auction are just a few examples. This past week, Ms. Benson's third grade celebrated a belated Sukkot outdoors in the warmth and light of the garden; though the traditional Jewish holiday is celebrated earlier in the fall, I could not help but think that its messages--compassion, simplicity, gratitude--were especially timely now.
In our modern world it can be difficult to remember how dependent each part of nature is on the other. The holiday of Sukkot reinforces the idea that all of nature relies on relationship. After two storms such as Sandy and Athena, it was a confirmation of hope and a true delight to be able to watch our children joyfully serve each other and their guests soup and cornbread under the shade of their bamboo shelter.
Martinmas Lantern Walks
Saturday, November 10 (EC)
Sunday, November 11 (Grades 1 & 2)
Cross-Country End-of-Year Celebration
Monday, November 12, 3:15 p.m.
8th Grade Classroom
Grade School Photo Re-Take Day
Tuesday, November 13
The Broommaker Returns to WSP
Tuesday, November 13
Dr. Sam Moyer will be coming to make brooms with the third grade. The seventh grade will assist. He will set up a booth to sell his own brooms at dismissal.
Parent Council Meeting
Tuesday, November 13, 7:30 p.m.
Orchard Farm Organics Market
to Support WSP Gardening Program
Tuesday-Thursday, November 13-15, Noon-3:00 p.m.
Our neighbor farm and CSA would like to donate part of the proceeds to the WSP gardening program! They will bring over fresh vegetables and farm products from their certified kitchen such as Organic Garlic Scapes Pesto, Organic Basil Pesto, Organic Tomato Sauce, Organic Squash/Carrot Soup, and Organic Beet Soup. Also they will bring Organic Sage, Nettle, Chamomile, and Mint Teas, Sage Sprays for the home, and Garlic Bunches for the kitchen. For Thanksgiving, Pumpkin Pie Puree. Families may order Advent Candle Centerpieces and Fresh Holiday Wreaths. The farmers will also bring over honey from Stonehedge Farm in Hopewell. Remember to bring your baskets!
Wednesday, November 14, 7:00 p.m.
Early Childhood Sample Class
Thursday, November 15, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
For new applicants ages 2-5 with a caregiver. To register, e-mail email@example.com.
Saturday, November 17, 10:00 a.m.-Noon
Meet teachers and other families, and learn more about the Waldorf journey from early childhood through the eighth grade. Open to all.
Folk Tale Puppets Presents "Hansel and Gretel"
Saturday, November 17, 2:00 p.m.
Tickets are $5 per person at the door. Most appropriate for families with children age 5 and up.
Nights @ Nomad: Pizza Night Returns!
Tuesday, November 20, 4:00-8:00 p.m.
10 East Broad St., Hopewell
We're delighted WSP parent and Nomad Pizza Company co-owner Stalin Bedon is bringing back this community event for another year! A portion of the proceeds goes to the school.
WSP 2nd Annual Online Holiday Auction Begins
"Waldorf Wednesday," November 21
Monday, November 26, 7:00 p.m.
Seventh Grade Play: "The Music of the Spheres"
Tuesday & Wednesday, November 27 & 28, 6:30 p.m.
Basketball Practice Begins Wednesday, November 28
For details of school events, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for the Online Auction Is At Hand!
We are excited that our Holiday Auction opens in less than two weeks! As a reminder, we are asking each family to obtain two donations for the online auction, which will begin on "Waldorf Wednesday," the day before Thanksgiving. A big thank-you to those who have already submitted their items! We have received some beautiful things (including generous donations from Hauschka and Luxaby Baby & Child!) as well as a variety of gift certificates. However, many donations are still needed in order for the auction to raise enough to meet its $15,000 goal. These monies will be used to fund professional development for our wonderful faculty.
The donation deadline has been extended to Monday, November 12, at 4:00 p.m. There are a few changes this year: donations are being coordinated through the auction representatives in each grade/class. Please take an hour this week to determine what you can donate, and let the auction reps know your intentions. Also, this year we are accepting auction sponsors whose logo and link will be visible on every page of our auction on the BiddingforGood site! When soliciting donations from your local businesses, please also offer the sponsorship opportunity. Forms are available through your auction reps or by clicking here.
Your efforts are greatly appreciated! Auction donation forms can be downloaded here.
Questions? E-mail Amy Krause at email@example.com.
Soup-er Cooks Needed!
This year Soup-for-Supper will be a school community fundraising collaboration, and your contributions are needed! Get all the info in the form attached, or contact Lynda Malone (908) 829-0130 or Lilian Sampaio (609) 466-1512, or e-mail if interested. Please respond by November 16.
Summer Camp News
Under the watchful eyes of Deirdre Sciarretta and Jean Alexander, our summer camp has grown is both size and reputation. Last summer we hosted hundreds of local children at our school. They enjoyed the carefully orchestrated activities and played on the beautiful property. There were many smiling faces and wonderful stories to tell. In addition to supporting the children, the camp has become a wonderful opportunity for our alums to come back and share some summer fun. Thank you to both ladies for your vision and hard work.
Ms. Sciarretta began forming the present camp 10(?) years ago. Now that the vision is so well formed, and the camp hums along in the same way each summer, Ms. Sciarretta has decided to step aside. It will be hard to fill her shoes, but we are grateful for the many hours and summers she gave building this program. The school is presently conducting a search for a camp director.
Scrip Gift Cards: Winter Is on the Way!
Scrip is a great way to shop for all your cold weather gear and raise money for WSP at the same time. Did you know that our rebate is as high as 16-18% on Lands' End and LL Bean? Purchasing a $100 gift card to either retailer automatically raises $16 for our school!
Scrip customers are already getting a start on their holiday shopping! Considering the incredible variety of gift cards available to hundreds of major retailers, it is easy to use scrip to take care of your holiday shopping list and stick to a budget at the same time. Whether you are giving gift cards as presents or using gift cards to buy presents, doing it with scrip will simultaneously donate money to WSP--look for a scrip table taking holiday orders at YuleFest December 8!
New! Scrip is now accepting debit cards as payment for any order $150 and up! Payment can also be made by cash, check, or credit card for orders $500 and up. Scrip gift cards can be purchased in the community kitchen on Tuesday mornings, 8:30-9:00, and now also during school store hours on Wednesday mornings starting at 8:30. Come by to place an order or purchase grab-and-go gift cards. Currently in stock: Amazon.com, Home Depot, AMC theater tickets, Whole Earth, and much more! E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for other vendors.