This and That
Students and faculty of the Waldorf School are eligible to receive Somerset County Library cards; thus, giving them access to all of the materials and services available in the ten branch Library System. http://www.somerset.lib.nj.us/
Students and faculty will need to visit one of the branches in order to register for their library card. Students will need to provide proof of enrollment such as a tuition receipt, registration form, school ID, or a letter on school letterhead.
Coming to NYC on March 15&16:
Steiner Books Conference
Non-Violent Communication Practice Group
Orchard Farm (1052 Cherry Hill Rd.)
Non-Violent (Compassionate) Communication (NVC) is
a consciousness. It helps us to remain in the moment,
connected to one another, and aware of one another's
feelings and needs thus resolving or preventing
conflicts. If you would like to learn about and practice NVC, please join us on any Thursday that school is in session.
For more information about the Waldorf NVC Practice
Group, contact Ondria Wasem: email@example.com, 609-933-2994.
For more information about NVC in general, go to
Hear Ye Hear Ye!
Our 7th Graders Write Poetry!
The north winds they blow
An unwelcome neighbor here
It is very cold
By Lakumi Dias
swimming in the deep ocean,
brave thou little one.
By Elsa Fleurial
The tree is strong
It's coated with brown armour
It stands strong for years
By Donovan Kazakoff
Robin sings from tree.
The tree's green buds are swelling
Spring is coming soon.
By Nora Wynn
A lovely sunset
Like the watercolor paints
stands out in the sky.
By Sophia Seliquini
Like chocolate mousse
soft and cool between my toes
The best kind of mud.
By Angelina Han
Splashing flowing brooks
gurgling over the rock
the waterfall comes
By Emily Wasem
What that thing is in the sky.
Could it be a bird?
By Adam Olkin
Chocolate, bright, sweet
Chocolate nice, very light
gives me cavities
By Mia Conde
Green bamboo is tall
Its strength is its protector
It spreads its roots far
By Gareth Hornung
Save the Dates
Spring break - No School
Waldorf 101 Continues
April 2, 8, 23, 30
Screen Free Week
April 29- May 5
Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day*
*Note change in date: Events earlier this year than last year
Peek into the Garden
Our gardening teacher Suzanne Cunningham shares some highlights of what's coming up in grade school gardening:
The third grade starts tapping maple trees for maple syrup this month and it won't be long before they enjoy pancakes and syrup! The fifth grade will learn how to make soil mixes, start seedlings, and identify insects. The sixth grade will saw and paint signs for the garden and determine where the spring crops should be planted, based on their knowledge of crop rotation. The seventh grade will use recycled materials to start seedlings, and learn about native annual and perennial plants, and the eighth grade will continue learning about biodynamic compost and start their spring projects.
A Coach's Perspective
By Karrin Pearson '00
The girl's basketball
team recently finished an
excellent season with a record of 7-1. The Wildcats had a strong returning team with 6th graders Millie Brigaud, Josie Martin, and Isabelle McIntosh, 7th graders Lakumi Dias and Emily Wasem, and 8th graders Abigail Gray and Tara Eve Mershon. The team was completed with 6th grader Leah Sheen and 8th graders Lauren Conde, Bobbie Armstrong and Fiona McGahren. Over the season the Wildcats really grew and developed their game, making strides as both individuals and as a team. We learned how to set pics, perfect our layups and how to play a zone defense. Season highlights include a tournament at Kimberton where we played regional Waldorf schools and our improvement of playing a zone defense. Our 8th graders provided strong leadership for our team and they will be sorely missed next year. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors! We hope to see many new Wildcat faces next year to fill their shoes as we continue building this strong tradition.
As we all know, chill winds and darkness often dominate the early months of the year--and this year has been no exception. Happily for me, I had the pleasure of coaching the girls' basketball team through the coldest and darkest weeks of the new year. Indeed it brought much light and joy, along with satisfying hard work, to the winter days.
Each of our team players brought joy and passion to the game very reminiscent of the freedom with which they learn in the classroom. Many players began this season with little knowledge of the game. Similar to beginning a new class play, they were open to the experience and excited to master the game. Boys and girls alike welcomed the challenges of learning the basic skills, building their teams and competing with local schools.
After watching some of the same students perform in the sixth grade play A Rock Opera (related to the class Geology block) I pondered the variety of the opportunities given to these students each day. One moment our students are learning their lines for the class play, singing, acting, painting, knitting and the next they are representing our school on the basketball court. Some experiences are in the classroom, while other challenges take place on class trips. This week, our third graders took up life on a farm in upstate NY! For a full week they will care for farm animals and experienced the rhythms of true farm life.
There is so much that makes this education rich and full. There is always so much to learn for parents as well! This month the school will offer Waldorf 101, a series of classes about Waldorf methods. We hope many of you will join our master teachers while they share their wisdom with you. Later in the month parent teacher conferences are another vital opportunity for parents to learn about their children from each of their teachers.
March is indeed a busy month! I hope you will enjoy all it has to offer as we move towards the more warm and light-filled days of Spring.
Mondays, March 4 & March 11, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Grade School Building
Storytelling in the Main Lesson
Signe Motter will talk about the Art of Storytelling and how the class teacher presents the curriculum for the students enabling them to receive it as a whole picture. She will explain the value of this integral part of being a Waldorf teacher, how it is done, and give participants a chance to experience the process.
Introduction to Therapeutic Eurythmy: A Workshop with Linda Larson, and Gerald Karnow, MD
Thursday, March 7, 7:00 p.m.
Parents, doctors, teachers, and therapists are invited to an informative and hands-on evening learning about and experiencing therapeutic eurythmy with anthroposophical physician, Gerald Karnow, and therapeutic eurythmist, Linda Larson. There will be a time for questions.
Saturday, March 9, 10 a.m.-Noon
A perfect opportunity for our early childhood families to visit the grade school! Tell your friends!
Parent Council Meeting
Tuesday, March 12, 7:30-8:00 p.m.
3rd grade classroom
Technology and Media: A conversation with Signe Motter
Please join us for an insightful evening with Ms. Motter.
Sample Early Childhood Class
Thursday, March 21, 9-10:30 a.m.
For children ages 2-5 with a caregiver. Open to new students; registration is required. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Dad's Bowling Night
Saturday, March 23, 7:30 p.m.
Hamilton Lanes, 1200 Kuser Rd, Trenton, NJ 08619
Contact: Waldorf Dad Doug Jackson at 215-704-8401 or email@example.com
FROM THE OFFICE
Thursday-Friday, March 14-15
There is no school for our students on these days. Round Robin will be held for the seventh grade on Tuesday, March 19. If you signed up for childcare, please make sure and bring a snack/lunch for your child. No food will be provided. Please know that drop-in child care is not available.
Friday, March 31 and Monday, April 1
Re-enrollment agreements for 2013-14 were mailed out to most families in the school.
- See below for one exception: Students who are birthday eligible for first grade next year. Families with first grade eligible students will be mailed their enrollment agreements immediately following the March conferences. Please direct any questions to your early childhood teacher.
Tuition Assistance Families
Please be sure to check the status of your tuition assistance application on the TADS website. The tuition assistance committee cannot make any decisions regarding a tuition assistance award until the application is rated "good" by TADS. Please note that your application will be processed without a complete 2012 tax return. However, in order for the award to be finalized, the 2012 tax return will need to be submitted by May 1, 2013.
If you have not submitted the 2013-14 B6T forms yet, please contact Solveig, x114 immediately. Forms will be mailed to local school districts on Monday, March 5.
Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day Coming Up on May 10; Addresses Needed!
If you would like us to mail an invitation to someone, please make sure we have the contact information. If your child had a grandparent or special friend invited last year, we will send mail to the address on file unless we hear from you. Please contact Diane Barlow, x115, to add or change an address to our guest list.
New Parent-Child Class Now Enrolling
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
Music From the Heart
Despite a snow storm Friday into Saturday, the evening of music at the Phinney's home went on as scheduled on Saturday, Feb. 9. Approximately 35 guests attended an evening filled with delightful classical, jazz and broadway music. Everyone left feeling joyful and warm after listening to uplifting and moving music from the incredible talent that lives in WSP community!
Many thanks to our performers Jessica Alfaro, Bill Bauer, Fumiko Bauer, Solveig and John Pearson, Bob Phinney, Peter Sheen, Clare Waite, and Ondria Wasem for sharing their talents. Much appreciation goes out to our parents Joelle Meyer, Shyam Singh, Julie Martin, Lilian Sampaio, Lauren Jones, Yifat Leibner, and Ondria Wasem for providing us with delicious appetizers and desserts. Finally, thanks to Bob and Caroline Phinney for opening up their home and hosting this special event. Proceeds from the event will support the purchase of eurythmy silks.
WSP Alumni Panel
The Parent Council sponsored an Alumni Panel Presentation as part of our Open House on January 12, 2013. Parent Council co-chair Beth Miller moderated. Trustee and parent of four WSP graduates, John Pearson, recorded the event which can be viewed here
Dad's Night Review
Over 50 Waldorf Dads attended the 9th Annual Waldorf Father's Night on Friday, February 1 at the beautiful home of Wayne and Rachelle Rebarber. Early childhood dads, grade school dads, alumni dads and some of our Waldorf teachers (who are Dads) all joined in on a fun evening of eating and socializing. This has become truly a much anticipated tradition for the Dads at our school and everyone is already looking forward to next year's milestone special event celebrating 10 years of the Dads Program! - Doug Jackson
Summer Camp 2013
Warmer weather is on the way; make your summertime plans today! The WSP 2013 Camp Season runs three 2-week sessions from July 1- August 9 for ages 4-13; for more information and to register, download a WSP Camp Brochure .
2013 Camp Highlights:
* Waldorf School of Princeton student discount offering expires May 1.
* Optional Afternoon Program from 1:00pm - 3:30p.m. will feature fun in our garden!
* Specialty Camps are now open to children entering 4th - 7th grades.
* Having trouble deciding between our great specialty offerings? Our new session format allows campers to enroll in both Morning and Afternoon Specialty Camps, and all for a discounted rate!
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. Download a Staff Application today!
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with inquiries.
Communiversity Volunteers Needed!
This year's Communiversity event is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, April 28. WSP will once again have a booth, and we are looking for dynamic and friendly volunteers to interact with visitors. If this date does not work for you, please consider helping at our booth at the Montgomery Earth Day Fair on Sunday, April 21, 12-4 p.m. Contact Jamie Quirk, x112, if interested.
Musicians Wanted for May Fair
There are a number of people in the school's extended community who have experience performing music. If you would like to contribute your talents to the Open Mic at the May Fair on May 11, please contact Bill at email@example.com or 732.647.6931.
Dancing with the Devil:
Healing Adolescence through
Two Lectures by John Wulsin
Two Mondays: March 4 and March 11, 2013
School of Eurythmy
260 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977
$15 / lecture
How can the Waldorf High School Curriculum help guide adolescents in their fall from innocence through experience in ways that strengthen rather than destroy their emerging individualities, so they can help the world become whole, rather than participate in its disintegration? Veteran Waldorf high school educator John Wulsin will explore these questions in two evening lectures. Information: 845-352-5020, ext. 13, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is Dalcroze Eurhythmics? Exploring the Music/Movement Matrix
Workshop by WSP Parent and trustee Bill Bauer, PhD
Sunday, March 17, 2013, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation
50 Cherry Hill Rd, Princeton NJ 08540
Admission $20/$15 students and DSA members
Eurhythmics and eurythmy are often confused for one another because the words sound so similar; they both come from the Greek for "good flow." The former was developed by the Swiss composer Emile Jaques-Dalcroze at the start of the 20th century; through improvised music and movement activities, it helps people experience music more deeply.
ReTribe: A Rite of Passage Retreat for Teens
Earth Immersion and Tribal Rekindling: June 30-July 7.
Adventure Game Theater: August 18-25.
Organized by WSP alumna Julia Martin '01 and Jane Martin, alumni parent and counselor.
Sky Meadow Retreat Center in Stannard, VT.
Fee: $790. Scholarships Available.
For more Information visit: www.ReTribe.org,
Email: ReTribeTransformation@gmail.com, or call: 802-371-5027
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