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Your December AWSNA Inform is here!


California and the Importance of Cursive Writing


View from the Tropics: The Sea Heart School in Costa Rica


What Does a Waldorf High School in China Look Like?


View the latest photos on our Facebook page!


Too many recent goodies in Waldorf Today to link to them all! Browse their archive here.


Follow us on Twitter @NJWaldorf!

Parent Perspective: Morris Dancing

by a WSP Parent

My child has been drawn to Morris Dancing since the first time we saw it at Waldorf School of Princeton in 2008, one year before kindergarten began. Three years later, it was a highlight to starting 2nd grade, as now being involved would become a reality.


Morris Dancing is a living tradition of dance and music, ancient in its origins. We know that even in the fifteenth century, Morris Dancing was already an established practice.


From my child's perspective, it is a fun, exhilarating time to gather with a group of fellow students and enjoy dancing. The sound of the accordion, or fiddle when accompanying, is uplifting and inspires fluidity in the dance and the children.


From my perspective, I see the most wonderful transformation happen to all the children, especially my own, as they participate. To read more, click here.
From the Office

Windy Hill 2012 / 2011-12 Annual Report has been mailed. Did you get yours? If not, please contact Diane Barlow, or view it here


2013 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 a.m. until approximately 9:30 a.m. If you are interested in registering for a morning visit, please contact Diane Barlow at x115.


Openings at WSP

Interested in a larger role at our school, or know someone who would be a great fit for our community? We are currently looking for an Administrator, Summer Camp Director, and Before School Teacher to join us in 2013. See the website for more details.

This and That

News from the Center for Biography and Social Art

A new three-year cycle of the Biography and Social Art Certificate Program will begin this coming summer in Chestnut Ridge, New York, and enrollment is now open. In Waldorf schools, teachers intensively study child development. In biography work, we consider development across the life span, within the context of gender, temperament, planetary influences, the twelve senses, contemporary questions of human freedom. Rudolf Steiner anticipated the need for this important work-for people capable of "a special kind of human understanding." The Biography and Social Art Certificate Program develops competent leaders in this growing and vital endeavor.  


For more information or to request an application, visit


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.


Housemates Wanted

on Cherry Hill Road

Looking for a nonsmoking person or persons to share a house on the corner of Cherry Hill Road and Rt. 518. 2 bedrooms, a common area, and share of the house, garage and attic. Washer and dryer onsite. Includes gas/electric, garbage pickup, WIFI and cable. Dogs okay, but not cats (due to allergies). For more info, call WSP parent Amy Krause at 609-433-8326 or e-mail

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December 2012

Dear Friends,


Winter is almost here (though with the weather these days, who can be sure?)! On Windy Hill, we welcome a season of abundance: our calendars seem packed with fun things to do and see, long-awaited get-togethers, and holiday celebrations. Winter Break may be just around the bend, but there's plenty to cross off before we part.


Have you seen our online auction yet? Last year we unveiled our first online holiday auction; this year, we are almost halfway to our goal with over a week left to go! With new items still being added, we're on track to nearly double last year's offerings.


Trying to figure out what to do with that one free Saturday left in your datebook? Why not join us for YuleFest, our warm and intimate version of a holiday fair. There will be craft workshops for all ages, a crafters' market, complimentary refreshments, and more (don't forget to stay for the puppet show)!


There's our annual Shepherds' Play, of course, and for the first time we invite parents of alumni to attend our alumni holiday open house on the 22nd. A full schedule to be sure, but throughout all the festivity, let's remember it's also good to pause and breathe (especially while shoveling!).


Happy Holidays, whatever they may be and wherever they may take you this month. I hope you and your loved ones enjoy this season of giving, love, and light!




Nancy Lemmo

School Administrator



Winter Garden Walks

Saturday, December 1:

4:30 p.m. Mrs. Cirianni-Jones's Rose Garden

5:30 p.m. Mrs. Kessler's Sunflower Garden

6:30 p.m. Community Walk (RSVP to Front Desk, x110)


Sunday, December 2:

3:30 p.m. Ms. Dunlap's Lilac Garden

4:30 p.m. Ms. Cardenas's First Grade

5:30 p.m. Ms. Waite's Second Grade


yulefestYuleFest 2012

Saturday, December 8, 1-4 p.m.

Join us for a festive afternoon of crafting, shopping, and light refreshment. Stay for the puppet show! See the full schedule of events here.


Folk Tale Puppets Presents "Jonathan's Journey"

Saturday, December 8, 3 p.m.

Hagens Hall

A special presentation of WSP founding art teacher Elizabeth Lombardi's delightful holiday tale, now a children's book from Steiner Books! Enjoy the show, then meet the author (Shh! It's her birthday!). Books will be available for purchase and signing. Tickets are $5 per person at the door. Most appropriate for families with children age 5 and up.


AuctionOnline Holiday Auction Ends!

Sunday, December 9, 8 p.m.

We're almost halfway to our goal, and there's still a week left to bid on your most watched items (250+ in all)! If you haven't already, please share the link with friends and family!


Parent Council Morning Enrichment Meeting

Tuesday, December 11, 8:30 a.m.

Multipurpose Room (upstairs in the Golden House)

Teachers Pamela Shafer and Kristen Daley host a holiday craft and discussion; topic is "Developing Resilience in Children: The Role of Handwork and Sculptural Arts." The craft project will be decorating candles with colored beeswax using several techniques. This is a project that you can also do at home with your children and satisfies all ages.


Grades 4 & 5 Strings Recital

Thursday, December 13, 2 p.m.

Hagens Hall

Parents welcome!


Shepherds' Play

Friday, December 21, 7 p.m.

Mackay Campus Center, Princeton Theological Seminary

At this time of the year, faculty and staff at Waldorf schools around the world perform this reverential and humorous medieval Nativity play as a gift to students and to the school community. Click here for directions.


Alumni & Alumni Parents Holiday Open House

Saturday, December 22, 4-6 p.m.

Golden House

RSVPs are appreciated but not necessary:



A Special Open House and Alumni Panel

for Current and Prospective Families

Saturday, January 12, 2013, 10 a.m.-Noon

Childcare available for current families, pre-registration required, contact co-sponsored by the WSP Parent Council.


For details of school events, please contact



Soup's On!

Soup for Supper is back, starting December 6. Download an order form with all the details, and enjoy hot homemade soup now through January!


Scrip Gift Cards: Holiday Shopping and Raffle

Purchase your holiday gift cards through our Scrip program and raise funds for WSP at the same time! Order by December 17 to ensure delivery before Winter Break. Orders are collected on an ongoing basis and can be delivered within 1 week of purchase.


Holiday Raffle: Earn a raffle ticket toward 2 movie tickets with every scrip order placed now through December 17! Winner will have their choice of 2 tickets to either AMC Theaters or Regal Entertainment Group.


Come by the School Store on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings starting at 8:30 to place an order in person or select from our Grab-and-Go inventory of gift cards. Find a complete listing of participating retailer at For more information, visit our website. Look for a scrip table taking holiday orders at YuleFest December 8!


Windy Hill School Store Grand Re-Opening!
Visit the school store in its new (old) location upstairs in the Golden House Multipurpose Room (formerly the Peach Blossom classroom; turn left at the top of the stairs). Enjoy extended holiday hours now until Winter Break! New SmartWool is rolling in; shop for Advent/Hanukkah candles and candle-making kits, star paper, and more!


Holiday Hours:

Monday, December 3                    8:15-10:15 a.m.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays            8:15-10:15 a.m.

Saturday, December 8 (YuleFest)  1:00-4:00 p.m.

By Appointment: Wednesdays, 2:10-2:30 p.m.; Fridays, 2:30-3:00 p.m. Contact



River Valley Waldorf School Winter Fair 

Saturday, December 15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

1395 Bridgeton Hill Road, Upper Black Eddy, PA

We invite you and your family to join us for an enchanting celebration of the holiday season! Children's craft activities, delicious café fare, live music and . . . King Winter Himself! Doors open at 11 with performances; most activities begin at noon.


Celebrating the Birth of Selflessness:

The Cosmic Jesus and the practice of Christmas

Sunday, December 16, 7:30 p.m.

Hagens Hall / FREE

Sponsored by the Princeton Group

of the Anthroposophical Society

Those who work with Anthroposophy are well aware of the importance it places on understanding the Cosmic nature of Christ. But just as important, and perhaps less well known, is the depth of insight it offers into the being that received the Cosmic Christ at the Baptism: Jesus. This being is also better understood from a cosmic perspective and can lead us to a deeper understanding of Christmas and the practice of selflessness in our lives. Not only will we look into the cosmic biography of this Jesus as a picture of Cosmic Selflessness, but through his example we will explore how to find the Christ in our soul.


There will be a potluck supper at the Ratliff home in Princeton beginning at 5:00 p.m. before the talk. If interested, please contact alumni parent Heide Ratliff at






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