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New Tuition Assistance Deadline for 2013-14 School Year Is January 25
For application instructions, click here.
2013 Grade School
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 to join us in 2013. See the website for more details.
PeaceWeavers' 23rd Annual New Year's Peace Gathering
Sat., Jan. 19, 7 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
An ecstatic evening of music, prayer, honoring, and gratitude. Reinvigorate your connection with the web of life and send out collective prayers of Peace for All Beings. This powerful event strengthens our resolve to create Peace on Earth in our lifetime. $15 donation/adult; kids are free. For more information, please call the PeaceWeavers at 607-776-4060.
Bullying: Changing the Culture with Jane Martin
Tues., Jan. 29, 6:45-9 p.m.
Princeton Public Library
Presented by WSP parent of alumni Jane Martin, a psychotherapist at Volition Wellness Solutions, this program for adults and teens explore a healing approach to bullying. Martin's program will focus on the bullies, examining ways to help them change by recognizing what has led them to bully.
Where the mind is without fear
and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been
broken up into fragments by
narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from
the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving
stretches its arms towards
Where the clear stream of
reason has not lost its way
into the dreary desert sand
of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward
by thee into ever-widening
thought and action--
Into that heaven of freedom,
my Father, let my country
~ Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
January dawns, a blank slate for the year to come. The mornings are dark; deep in the earth, the seeds of new beginnings await the sun's call. Most of us are home with our families; in another week, we will once again come together to bring our school to life and resume the year's rhythms.
On the heels of a well-attended YuleFest and a fantastically successful auction, I entered the holiday season with hope and enthusiasm. And although world events have tested that hope, I am, as always, strengthened by our collective ability to support and rally around one another in times of trial. Steel is tempered by fire, and fine silk threads made difficult to break when twisted together. May the whole of us, with our varying strengths, walk into this new year together, a community of hope and love.
Steadfast I stand in the world
With certainty I tread the path of life
Love I cherish in the core of my being
Hope I carry into every deed
Confidence I imprint upon my thinking.
These five lead me to my goal
These five give me my existence.
Monday, January 7
Monday, January 7, 7 p.m.
Monday, January 28, 7 p.m.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Co-sponsored by the WSP Parent Council.
Adult Eurythmy with Susan Eggers
Mondays, January 14-February 11, 2:10-3 p.m.
(4 Sessions; No Session January 21)
Hagens Hall; $25 for the course
Fees support an accompanist and other associated needs. Pre-registration is not required. Contact Susan Eggers with any questions or to arrange payment.
WSP All-School Community Meeting
Tuesday, January 15, 7:30 p.m.
MLK Day - NO SCHOOL
Monday, January 21
Sample Early Childhood Class
Thursday, January 24, 9-10:30 a.m.
Open to new families with children ages 2-5 with caregiver. Registration is required: email@example.com.
Saturday, January 26, 9:30 a.m.
Montgomery Upper Middle School
The midyear assembly is an exciting moment for the students. Each class prepares one or two pieces for the community. Some classes present pieces from both the main lesson and subject classes. All grade school children are asked to arrive no later than 9:15 a.m. and to join their classes at that time. Children who are playing stringed instruments need to come early, at 9:00, for tuning. Please leave some extra time for parking and entry into the theater. We encourage early childhood families to join in the celebration!
Educational Support Parent Information Evening
Tuesday, January 29, 7 p.m.
This event is an opportunity for ALL members of the parent community to learn more about the Educational Support programs as well as the vital role of the Care Group. Current members of the Care Group, Kristen Daley, Kyle Dunlap, Susan Eggers (Chair), and Sarah Kessler will be attending, as will our Educational Support Coordinator, Maureen Gold. Also attending will be our talented service providers: Linda Larson, Therapeutic Eurythmy; Joy Sayen, Extra Lesson and Educational Support Teacher; and Paola Tayvah, Educational Support Teacher.
For details of school events, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Soup for Supper
It's not too late! Enjoy delicious homemade soups through January; the order form may be found on our website here. Act now before your favorite one sells out!
After School Enrichment Update
The following offerings will continue through the winter:
Acting for Grades 5 & 6 on Tuesdays
Acting for Grades 7 & 8 on Fridays
Morris Dancing for Grades 3 and up on Wednesdays
Look for new classes starting in spring!
School Store Moves to Tuesday Mornings
The Windy Hill School Store will now be open Tuesdays instead of Wednesdays, 8:15 to 10:15 a.m. Stop by the Multipurpose Room upstairs in the Golden House to purchase SmartWool socks, art supplies, and more!
Scrip Gift Cards
Congratulations to Susan Eggers for winning our holiday raffle!
The solicitation has ceased, the bidding is over, and the spoils are now being distributed to the victors. Our 2012 Online Holiday Auction is completed, and what an auction it was! Our goal this year was the same as last year: raise $15,000 toward continuing education programs for our teachers. Last year we did not meet our goal, but it was an unusual year with two auctions in the same calendar year. This year was our first "real" run as an online-only auction, and we not only met our fundraising goal but exceeded it by $6,000 (including sponsorships)! This year, thanks to our community's efforts and enthusiastic participation, we offered 379 items and a total catalog value of $50,000+. There were 137 bidders and 1,430 total bids. With unique, one-of-a-kind donations (such as a trip to Switzerland; an American Sycamore tree; a week of camp at Kroka Expeditions; and a "date night" that included wine, dinner, theater, and babysitting provided by our beloved Eurythmy teacher Susan Eggers), we certainly raised the bar for our future online auctions.
Congratulations to each and every member of our school community who contributed in some way, either large or small. If you solicited, donated, bid, or spread the word, you were part of the magic this year, and we couldn't have done it without you! Many thanks to our "Auction Angels" who worked behind the scenes to get your donations live and looking good on the BiddingForGood website: Chi Park, Tineke Thio, Sha'ree Berkhout, and Nora Sheehan '04. You are all so talented, inspiring, and wonderful to work with! Special thanks to Mary Langeron, Judy Chin, Maureen Rocks, and Stephanie Gray for your marvelous acquisition efforts. Thanks to the Zancato family, Jennifer Crawford, Jill Miller, and the Kalif family for providing some very special items. Thanks to our teachers for "priceless" donations and sharing your time and talents with our community. And many thanks to our auction reps who coordinated acquisitions with their classes, and to our Platinum, Gold, and Silver sponsors.
This year we shipped items to winning bidders across North America, including California, Illinois, North Carolina, and Canada. One purchaser remarked, "I did all my holiday shopping on BiddingForGood this year," which shows the advantage of using the BiddingForGood auction space and the potential for expanding our reach even further.
We are already getting excited about next year's auction, and will be starting the acquisition process much earlier. If you are interested in joining the team, please e-mail email@example.com and we will include you in future meetings. Thanks again to everyone who made this year's auction an unforgettable event!
Amy Krause, Auction Committee Chair