|In the News |
Play Again: What are the consequences of a childhood removed from nature?
by Susan R Johnson MD
A testament to the openness of Waldorf education manifests in the work of Avery Waite (son of 2nd grade teacher, Clare Waite) who teaches music to children in Afghanistan. By allowing his students, who are unfamiliar with European composers to work on local folk music (and not just Suzuki), Waite has made breakthroughs in teaching Afghani students about Western classical music. Read more about this music school, supported by the World Bank, and their upcoming American tour. We may be lucky enough to get them to visit WSP!
View a touching trailer about the healing effects of music in a country with a history of war and repression.
|This Month's Main Lesson Blocks|
Math block: Introducing the four math processes that will include a lot of movement, counting and mental math. In first grade, the students learn about the quality of numbers, counting up to 100 by playing clapping games and moving games. By creatively naming the four math processes after gnomes, the children have fun and learn in an unforgettable way!
The Second Grade has been busy working hard on multiplication tables and place value during the current arithmetic block. The class is just about to learn how to carry double digit numbers. They have been hearing daily stories about the trickster, Anansi. The class has learned to sing the setting of the beloved children's poem, Wynken, Blynken and Nod and play the interlude on the pentatonic flutes in preparation for the all school assembly.
In preparation for their farm trip, the third graders are experiencing their environment in a practical way. They are learning about food, clothing (fibers such as cotton and wool) and how all things come from the sun. Alongside their study of farming, the children are introduced to linear, liquid and solid measurement. The third graders learn about measurement from a historical as well as practical perspective
The fourth grade is continuing to explore a wonderful (and sometimes confusing) new universe of numbers: fractions. Right now, the students are learning how to simplify (or reduce) the clutter of large fractions by finding common factors and dividing them out of both the numerator and denominator. One cannot just do it any old way. One has to be fair! In addition, the class will soon be embarking on the challenging task of finding a common denominator between two (seemingly unrelated) fractions that need to be added or subtracted. Reducing clutter, finding a common denominator...these are not just math lessons, they are life lessons. Ahhhhhh.......
Botany Block: The fifth grade is enjoying the plant world in all of it varieties. In studying vegetables, grains, flowers and in learning about the plants in the tropics, and plants in high altitudes, the students are discovering the great diversity in plant growth and development.
The sixth graders are well into the production of their rock opera The Stones Cry Out. While they have been singing songs about the igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks which make up the surface of the earth, they are also looking heavenward and exploring the skies. They are currently studying astronomy.
Wish, Wonder and Surprise! The seventh grade will soon dive into the world of creative writing/poetry and use all of their senses to describe the world in words. We look forward to sharing our musings in the next Willow.
The eighth graders have had a great time burning substances and cooking food during their Chemistry of the Kitchen block. Hopefully, by the time you read this, we will have baked bread in the outdoor oven. The eighth graders have had an informative overview of Shakespeare and the Old Globe Theater with Mr. Saperstein, and will begin reading A Midsummer Night's Dream in the coming weeks. History is our next block - topics to be covered are the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, American Civil War, World Wars I and II, and various world leaders and events of the 20th (and 21st!) centuries. Whew!
This and That
Orchard Farm Organics (the farm next door) is offering CSA shares for the 2013 growing season, and pestos, soups and sauces from its certified kitchen. Come by and see the baby goats. Caroline Phinney (609)466-1365
Camp Glen Brook has been weaving the ideals of Waldorf education into a rich New England summer camp experience since 1946. We are in southwest New Hampshire and are part of the Waldorf School of Garden City, NY. To learn more please visit our website or call us at 603-876-3342. We hope to see you this summer!
Thursday & Friday, March 14 & March 15
Sign-ups begin upstairs in the Golden House on February 4. Please note: If you plan on using childcare, you must sign up by February 15th on the Golden House landing or outside the Early Childhood classrooms. For details, please see your January 25 Friday Update e-mail.
New Merchandise for Valentine's Day. Children's Smart Wool socks on sale during February.
Wanted: Yearbook Photos
The Yearbook Committee wants your photos for the yearbook. We would like to include your favorite photos from school events, the playground, and class-specific events that are annual Waldorf traditions. The seasonal "around the school" pages will include class-specific photos, but they should not be the same photos you are putting in your class-only yearbook pages.
Please send photos to 8th grade parent, Jennifer Bryson. Email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 908-421-3344 with any questions.
All photos should be submitted at full resolution. If you have too many photos to send via e-mail, we can provide you with a CD, DVD, or thumb drive.
Thank you for your contributions!
|Meet Our Care Group! |
The impulses to reach out to children with special learning modalities arose in the first Waldorf School and discussions about them were often held in the faculty meetings with Rudolf Steiner. A brief explanation of the situation was given and Steiner made insightful recommendations. Since that time, Waldorf schools continue to bring the needs of individual children into faculty meetings, often through a Care Group in the form of child study.
Like most Waldorf schools, our school has a Care Group comprised of teachers who voluntarily come together to carry the deeper aspects of education, growth, and well being of the students. Coming from diverse and rich backgrounds in education and life, this group brings a wealth of knowledge and heart forces, along with a desire for continued learning and self-development. This year's Care Group members include: Susan Eggers (Chair), Kristen Daley, Kyle Dunlap, Maureen Gold, and Sarah Kessler.
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Save the Dates
An Introduction to Therapeutic Eurythmy
An Education workshop with Linda Larson and Dr. Gerald Karnow
Thursday, March 7, 2013, 7:00 p.m., Hagens Hall
Saturday, March 9, 10-noon
Parent Council Meeting
Tuesday, March 12
A Talk on Technology by Signe Motter
Early Childhood Sample Class
Thursday, March 21
It's not just brisk these days, it is cold outside. Downright frigid at times. Often it is even colder when you get to Windy Hill, letting us know, on these mornings especially, why it is called Windy Hill. If we have forgotten, we now remember to tuck mittens into coat sleeves and pull scarves taught over chilled noses.
It is not a cold spell, as some might say. It is called winter.
This is the kind of season many remember, and some still hope for, as it lends a predictable rhythm to our journey through another year. Children at the school fearlessly brave these days, hoping for a grand snowstorm, awaiting the joys of sledding and snowmen. The obstacles of covered roads present no challenge to the fun of making snow angels.
And so we bundle and steel ourselves against the elements: woolies and snow pants and mittens and hats. Yet the strength to weather this weather comes not only from our protective outerwear, but also from the warmth sheltered and shared within our community and within ourselves. While much in nature slumbers, we can cozy up to the warmth and comforts offered by rhythms: there are soups on Thursday, there are boots in a row in the hallway, there are parents knitting in the Golden House, and after Winter will come Spring.
With chilled cheeks the children return after recess, to peel their layers off once more, knowing the warm-heartedness awaiting them within the school. They return to their lessons. Warmth again takes the lead, as the children innately knew it would, as the rhythm of the day proceeds, and as the school nurtures this sense. The cold outside will wait, until there is another time to mingle with the play and work of our children.
After all, it is still winter.
9th Annual Dads' Night at the Rebarber home
Friday, February 1, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
All Waldorf Dads are encouraged to attend all or part of this fun, social event. Dinner will be served. Contact Waldorf Dad Doug Jackson at cell 215-704-8401 or email email@example.com with any questions.
Crossing the Bridge: First Grade Readiness Evening
Monday, February 4, 7:30 p.m.
Grade School Building
If you are curious about the Waldorf Grade School...
If you wonder how it is different from the Kindergarten...
If you want to know what lies in the months ahead as your child crosses the bridge from the Early Childhood to the Elementary School...
This talk is for you!
Early Childhood teacher, Sarah Kessler and Class Teacher, David Heberlein will share with you a timeline of the transition for all first grade ready children in the Early Childhood program. In addition, David will provide a picture of a typical first Grade Day and how it builds upon with the work of the Early Childhood. Other Early Childhood teachers and seasoned parents with their own classes and children will be on hand to share their wisdom borne from their experience. Of course the most fruitful part of the evening will come from your questions and concerns. So please come for an informative evening aimed at supporting your children as they cross yet another bridge.
Sixth Grade Play: "The Stones Cry Out"
Tuesday, February 5, 7:00 p.m.
Boys Basketball Game
Wednesday, February 6, 5:00 p.m.
at Princeton Charter School
Girls Basketball Game
Thursday, February 7, 4:00 p.m.
at Stuart Country Day School
Come and cheer our team!! Go Wildcats!!
Chinese New Year: Year of the Snake.
February 8, Friday, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Cost: $25.
Inviting parents to come celebrate and learn about the Chinese culture and customs involved with the biggest holiday of the year. Enjoy a multi-course tasting of various foods eaten to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Music From the Heart
An Evening of Music for Adults at the Phinney's Orchard Farm
Saturday, February 9, 7:30 p.m.
Performances by WSP faculty, staff, and trustees.
Proceeds to support the Arts programs at WSP.
Go to Reservations for ticket information and details.
Calling all dessert makers to offer up their creations and add sweetness and pizzazz to the evening! Contact Brunda Moka Dias at email@example.com
Folk Tale Puppets Presents
Sunday, February 10, 2:00 p.m.
This performance is most appropriate for children ages 5 and up. Admission is $5 payable at the door. For reservations and information, call 609-466-1365
Parent Council Meeting
Tuesday, February 12, 7:30 pm
Third Grade Classroom
Adult Enrichment Offerings for 2013:
Waldorf 101 - Free Classes in Waldorf Education in March and April!
Classes on Storytelling in the Main Lesson, Eurythmy and Child Development, and the purposeful activity of Circle Time.
To reserve your place in any or all of these classes, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Scrip Gift Card Program
The holidays are over, but scrip gift cards are still selling! From clothing to entertainment and groceries, our scrip program offers gift cards to hundreds of retailers. WSP earns a rebate on each gift card sold. Select from our in-stock inventory, including Amazon.com, Whole Earth, Lands' End, and more, or place an order for the gift cards of your choice. Find scrip on Mondays in the community kitchen 8:30-9:00, Tuesdays in the school store 8:30-9:30, or anytime at email@example.com.
Since the start of the school year, 30 families have participated in our scrip gift card program, raising over $3000 for WSP. Thank you to all who have participated! This month we would love to increase the number of families that participate to 36. Please make your first purchase now!
A growing number of WSP families are using www.shopwithscrip.com to purchase ScripNow! E-giftcards and to reload spent gift cards. These online options from GLSC are terrific for last minute needs.
Volunteers needed to assist with the growing SCRIP Gift Card Program.
Please contact Marian Seliquini, firstname.lastname@example.org , for further information.
WSP Summer Camp 2013
Summer Camp planning is under way! The Waldorf Summer Camp Program will run three two-week sessions from July 1 - August 9 for campers ages 4 - 13. Specialty Camps will be available for older campers. Current WSP Students will receive a discount if registered before May 1.
For close to a decade, hundreds of children joyfully summered on our campus under the watchful eye of Deirdre Sciarretta. We offer heartfelt thanks to Mrs. Sciarretta for her dedicated years of service as our Camp Director!
This year, the camp torch will be passed on to Suzanne Cunningham, our beloved Gardening teacher. Please join us as we welcome Suzanne to our summer camp team. Her cheerful disposition and positive energy will serve her well as our new Camp Director. Additionally supporting our camp team, Jean Alexander will continue as an integral part of the camp organization and development.
Interested in joining our Camp Staff team? Volunteer positions are available to those ages 14 and 15; employment positions are available to those 16 and over.
More information, registration brochures, and staff applications will be available on our school website soon. Please e-mail email@example.com with inquiries.
Fundraising for the 8th grade trip
Look out for our 7th graders and support them in their chocolate sales this chocolate-giving month of February.
FROM THE OFFICE
Enrollment packets for the 2013-14 school year are being mailed out early in February. If you do not receive your packet by February 15, please contact the school registrar, Solveig Pearson, x114 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We ask that the forms be returned to the school by March 1. Don't delay in getting your paperwork in!
B6T (Transportation Reimbursement) Forms
The B6T transportation form for the 2013-14 school year was mailed out this week. If you have a student who will be five by Oct. 1, 2013, and you are a NJ resident, you should receive a form. Remember to return this form to the Waldorf School front office before February 25 so that you don't miss your opportunity for reimbursement. If you have questions, or do not receive a B6T form.
The Tuition Assistance deadline was January 25. If you missed the deadline or have questions, please contact Solveig Pearson.
News from Admissions and Development
Applications are now arriving from new families, and we have begun our interview and acceptance process. If you intend to enroll a sibling in our 2013-2014 early childhood or grade school program, please request an application form from Diane Barlow, 609-466-1970, x115, email@example.com
New Parent-Child Class
We are pleased to announce a new parent-child class beginning on Thursday, March 28. This class will be held in the Buttercup classroom on Thursdays from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. and will be led by early childhood teacher Amy Shor. Please tell your friends! Contact Diane Barlow if you are interested at 609-466-1970, x115.
Visiting Mornings in the Grade School
The admissions office is scheduling "visiting" mornings for current WSP parents, and several grade school classrooms will be open for observation for the first part of morning lesson until approximately 9:30 a.m. If you are interested in registering for a morning visit, please contact Diane Barlow at firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual Fund Update
Many thanks to the 47 parents, 37 parents of alumni, 28 faculty/staff members, 10 grandparents, 13 alumni, and 13 WSP friends who have made gifts or pledges to our 2012-2013 Annual Fund to date. Together we've raised $75,000 and are now more than halfway to our final goal of $120,000 by June 30!
Class participation to date:
First Grade = 46%
Second Grade = 30%
Third Grade = 31%
Fourth Grade = 41%
Fifth Grade = 53%
Sixth Grade = 55%
Seventh Grade = 40%
Eighth Grade = 42%
Rose Class = 50%
Sunflower Class = 36%
Lilac Class = 17%
Buttercup Class = 40%
Morning Garden Parent-Child = 22%
Gifts large and small are needed now to help us reach our goal. Parents and alumni parents will be making calls early next month to ask for everyone's support.
To make your gift online today, please visit our website.
Please contact Diane Barlow with any questions or if you need another copy of the Annual Fund request letter and gift envelope: 609-466-1970, x115, email@example.com
Announcing Board of Trustees' Parent Participation Challenge!
Our Board of Trustees is offering a new Parent Participation Challenge. If every class achieves 100% participation this spring, our board members will contribute an additional $13,000 to the school (13 classes X $1,000). This is double last year's challenge of $500 per class!!
May Fair News
Before you know it, spring will be here and so will May Fair! This year our May Fair will be held on Saturday, May 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For those new to the school, the May Fair unites our community in celebrating the arrival of spring. Members of the community are all welcome to attend with friends and family. If you are interested in joining the leadership team, please contact this year's May Fair Coordinator, Brunda Moka Dias at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Common Ground Presents:
FREE RANGE KIDS: Raising Self-Reliant Children Without Going Nuts
By Lenore Skenazy
Chapin School, 4101 Princeton Pike
Thursday, February 7, 7:30- 9:00p.m.
Do you ever let your child ride a bike to the library? Walk to school? Make dinner? Why are we so much more protective of our children than our parents were? In an engaging, informative and humorous lecture, Ms. Skenazy will explain why preventing every possible danger or difficulty in our child's everyday life is harmful to kids. Check out Lenore Skenazy's website www.freerangekids.com
Next Generation Environmental Fair
The Princeton Public Library
Saturday, February 9, 11:00 a.m-1:00 p.m.
Swing by and support our eighth graders, who along with gardening teacher Ms. Cunningham will be presenting their work with composting.
4th Annual Intergenerational Variety Show
Friday, Feb 8, 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb 9, 3 & 8 p.m., Sunday, Feb 10, 3 p.m.
Stone Soup Circus operated by WSP parent Zoe Brooks is once again collaborating with other Princeton performing artists to put together a family variety show at the Arts Council of Princeton. Come see some of our students perform.
4th Annual Love Show at Small World Coffee
February 6 - March 5
Opening celebration and party on Friday, February 8, from 7-11 p.m.
The show, which raises funds for a local non-profit, centers around the word 'love' and artists are encouraged to respond to that word and its myriad of connotations. WSP alumna Charlotte Martin '12 has been selected as one of the forty artists participating in the show this year. Suzanne Ives Cunningham, our own gardening teacher, has been curating art shows at Small World since 2009 and is one of the founding members of the Love Show.
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