Fourth Grade Class Trip
Eighth Grade Class Trip
7th Grade Bike Trip
Thursday, June 13
Currently a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago studying in the fashion design department, Tessa Mania '07 created this garment as part of her sophomore project, which was showcased in the program's spring 2013 fashion show.
Sasha Welm '06 has just published a collection of illustrated verse, My Eden Home, with Alondra Press.
Fulbright awards U.S. student grant to Marymount Manhattan senior Annabelle Grace Royer '05.
Does your child want to improve or practice his or her French? If so, contact Johanna Schneider '04, experienced francophone and French teacher for tutoring or childcare in French. $20 per hour, firstname.lastname@example.org
Greta Nelson '00 has just accepted a job at Stuart and is looking for a place to live in Princeton, ideally a walkable 1-2 bedroom apartment/house, rental or perhaps to buy; will even consider a long-term housesitting gig or a sublet. Contact her at email@example.com.
|This and That|
National Waldorf Art Exhibit Entry Deadline
Art Show in Philadelphia : "What Is Waldorf?"
For Waldorf alumni, parents or teachers. Deadline is June 15.
WSP Student Babysitters
These 7th graders are available to babysit as a fundraiser for their class trip: Emily W., Lakumi M. D., Mia C., and Sophia S. To contact their parents, please consult your school directory. All will be available over the summer as well.
French Exchange Opportunity
WSP teacher Herb Saperstein has an old friend who lives in the west of France in a city called Nantes, a place that is supposed to be quite nice. They also have a vacation house on the coast not far from there. He and his wife have three children, the youngest still in high school, about 17-18 years old. They are looking to see if there is an American family in our area who has a son or daughter that would want to do an exchange for about one month, probably July or August. Their son's name is Leo, and Herb's friend is Jean-Loup Florin. For more information, contact Mr. Saperstein or Jean-Loup Florin directly.
Furniture for Sale
Former WSP employee Mary Hirsch is selling some furniture in excellent condition as well as a piano. There is an Ethan Allen armoire, hand painted dresser and matching desk ($300 for both), table with four chairs ($100), and more. Please contact Mary for pictures or more info.
The Princeton Group of the Anthroposophical Society in America Announces Its June Study Course: "Understanding the St. John's Festival"
Mondays, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
June 10, 17 & 24
1052 Cherry Hill Rd, Princeton
This offering is free and open to all who are interested. Click here for more details.
by Wendell Berry
Once there was a man who
filmed his vacation.
He went flying down the river
in his boat
with his video camera to his
a moving picture of the
upon which his sleek boat
toward the end of his
vacation. He showed
his vacation to his camera,
which pictured it,
preserving it forever: the
river, the trees,
the sky, the light, the bow of
his rushing boat
behind which he stood with
preserving his vacation even
as he was having it
so that after he had had it he
have it. It would be there.
With a flick
of a switch, there it would
be. But he
would not be in it. He would
never be in it.
for your next Willow
September 1! Happy Summer!
The end of each school year leaves us with the warm feeling of accomplishment. The children have grown in leaps and bounds: their pant legs have risen, they carry multiple main lesson books, and the handwork and art projects are slowly making their way home. New students are no longer a novelty; they now blend with the crowd, clearly oriented in the ways of the class and the secrets of the campus (they know where to find Pebble Beach and have made at least one trip down the sledding hill!). We smile remembering the plays, the stories, the snow, and (of course) all the children have taught us thus far.
So many people play a role in guiding our children through this process of growth, it is almost impossible to count, but we can see the rich colors of a multifaceted group of adults encouraging the students at each step. Here, I would like to recognize these people and thank them all for their dedication to the children and the education; for the late nights and weekends they spent preparing to meet the children with something special.
Working so hard toward a common goal lends itself to a tight community, making it particularly difficult for me to say good-bye. So, as we thank everyone who is moving away, we also welcome the individuals who are picking up the exciting work of this school. Janine Cleland, our new administrator, is an excellent listener who is committed to helping our school grow into the future. (To make the transition seamless, Janine and I are working together for the next month.) We also welcome the fresh energies of Ms. Beatty, Mr. Hilgerdt, Ms. Pearson, and an as-yet-unnamed third grade teacher. May their work together next year be satisfying and fruitful.
I am grateful to have had the opportunity to serve this school and its children. It is with gratitude for so many rich experiences that I wish the school wisdom, harmony, peace, and joy in the upcoming school year.
Have a wonderful summer!
End-of-Year Grade School Assembly
Saturday, June 8, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Montgomery Upper Middle School
375 Burnt Hill Road, Skillman
Our assemblies offer a glimpse into the wonderful things our children have learned during the year. The end-of-year assembly is a morning filled with not-to-be-missed student performances in grades 1 through 8. 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 arrive earlier for tuning; please consult the communications to your class. Please leave some extra time for parking and entry into the school.
It is important that children demonstrate pride in their performances by dressing appropriately. Parents are asked to help their children by using the following guidelines:
General: Dress nicely; this is a special occasion! No T-shirts with logos, no neon colors, no clothing or footwear that is shabby, torn, distracting, immodest, or calls attention to itself.
Girls: A simple dress or skirt, with hemline somewhere between knee and ankle, or nice pants (no jeans). A simple blouse or shirt, which will not reveal the midriff when arms are raised. No distracting jewelry or hair accessories. Low-heeled shoes or flats - no platform or chunky-heeled shoes.
Boys: Dress pants. Button-down shirt or polo shirt; no cargo pants, jeans, or sweat pants, no T-shirts, no loud ties or other distracting accessories. Discreet shoes, no sneakers, please.
Early childhood families are encouraged to attend, but if bringing a very young child, kindly sit toward the back where you can step out easily if needed.
Eighth Grade Graduation
Sunday, June 9, 12:30 p.m.
All are welcome to attend!
First Grade Play: "The Six Swans"
Tuesday, June 11, 6 p.m.
Last Day of Children's Garden Afternoon Class
Wednesday, June 12
Last Day of Children's Garden Classes
Last Day of Grade School After School Program
Thursday, June 13
Grade School Field Day
& Last Day of Grade School Classes
Friday, June 14
Parents are welcome to attend any of our Field Day festivities from 10:45 to noon; dismissal for classes will be at 12:40 p.m.
Farewell to Faculty & Friends
Thursday, June 20, 5:30 p.m. to dusk
Join us for food, music, games, and a campfire as we offer our farewells and celebrate the coming summer solstice! Please bring potluck food to share and your musical instruments.
For details of school events, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
FROM THE OFFICE
Link to Business Listing for Parent Directory
Attention, business-owning parents: if you would like to have a free listing in the back of the 2013-14 school directory, please complete this form online. It takes only a minute! Questions? Contact Jamie Quirk at x112.
Final Payments for 2012-13
Need to know your final amount? Check your coupon booklet, call the Business Office at x113, or e-mail email@example.com. Please remember you can pay online with a credit card by visiting our convenient payment portal here.
Tuition Invoices for 2013-14
Invoices for the 2013-14 school year will be mailed by June 4. Please call the Business Office at x113 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not receive them by June 11. Going away in June? Call now to request an invoice in advance.
2013-14 Back-to-School Forms Have Been E-Mailed!
Remember to complete your forms now before the busyness of summer sets in! Forms and questions may be directed to Solveig Pearson, email@example.com, or x114. Can't find your forms? Check the website (forms will be added throughout the summer).
Friday, June 7, is the last day to withdraw (in writing) your enrollment agreement and the financial commitment for the 2013-14 school year. After this date, enrollment agreements are binding for the full amount of yearly tuition. Deposits are nonrefundable.
Hey! Did you pay for something for your class? Parents and teachers, please submit receipts/invoices for reimbursement to the Business Office no later than June 30. Be sure to use the green reimbursement forms available upstairs in the Golden House copy room and attach all documentation. Anything submitted after June 30 will be considered a donation to the school!
Dear Parents, some of you received an Educational Support Plan (ESP) outlining recommended support for your child for next year. If you received a plan, please sign and return it to the main office as soon as possible. All plans are due before the end of the school year to ensure services for the fall. Once you have received your plan, contact your class teacher or Maureen Gold, Educational Support Coordinator, at x142 with any questions or concerns.
WSP Parent Library Book Reminder
With the end of the school year fast approaching, we would like to remind you that all borrowed books and DVDs are due by June 7. Thank you, everybody, for following our library procedures. As you know, we are an all-volunteer service, and we depend on all of you to use our honor system when signing out and returning books. Please remember to place cards in pockets before shelving!
Our fifth graders joined their counterparts at several other area Waldorf schools in a Greek-style Pentathlon on May 16, held on the grounds of Kimberton Waldorf School. The Pentathlon is a Waldorf tradition at many schools, but why in fifth grade? Read this informative piece from the Chicago school to learn more.
Summer Camp Starts July 1!
We still have spaces open for all three sessions of camp. Is your child a budding actor or visual artist finishing third to sixth grade? Check out our Session III Specialty Camps for July 29-August 9! E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or visit our website.
Grandparents' & Special Friends' Day Recap
We welcomed approximately 100 guests to our annual Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day held on May 10; a combination of grandparents, relatives, special friends, and parents were here to join in our Children's Garden May festival celebrations and to enjoy the grade school mini-assembly and visits to the classrooms. Many thanks to our teachers for their work in preparing for this special event, and to our students for their presentations. Thanks also to parents Jennifer Simons, Lilian Sampaio, Arleen Rasmussen, Yifat Leibner, Judy Chin, Shawn Tepper-Levine, Anna Roberts, Trisha Merriam, Kimberly Trent, and Susie McCoy for providing refreshments, taking photographs, and welcoming and registering our guests; and to Shawn Tepper-Levine for planting the lovely annuals in the pots that welcomed guests at the entrance of the Golden House.
May Fair Recap
Thanks to each one of you who worked toward making the May Fair a success. The children enjoyed themselves, and visitors had the chance to experience the dedication, positive energy, and creativity of our school community. The weather held up just as long as we needed it to, the activities were fun, the food was delicious, and the music was impressive!
In particular I'd like to thank the May Fair committee: Angela Kneppers for taking on the role of class activity liaison, Melissa Printon and Kristin Menapace for organizing the fair vendors, Bill Bauer for coordinating music, John Orrok for managing the general fair tasks, Sha'ree Berkhout for recruiting food vendors, and Mary Langeron for soliciting advertisements.
Thanks are also due to the 7th grade a cappella group for sharing their amazing musical talents; Lakumi Moka Dias for creating art that made for a beautiful program; Shyam Singh Maharjan for running the hot dog station; Jamie Quirk for calling out the raffle; Susan Eggers for orchestrating all of the Maypole songs/dances and for being the faculty liaison; the upper grade students for providing music for the Maypole activity; and Kyle Dunlap for decorating the Maypole.
A big thank you, of course, to all of the parent representatives, parent volunteers and teachers who helped to organize each of the class activities and fulfilled their tasks wonderfully. Finally, I would like to express my appreciation to the administration for creating a wonderfully supportive environment to work in, and the entire school community for their spirit of volunteerism in making this community building event something to be proud of.
~Brunda Moka Dias, May Fair 2013 Coordinator
New Generators Installed
Two permanent generators were installed on our campus over spring break thanks to a generous gift from our school's founding friend Herbert H. Hagens. Hopefully we are prepared for whatever the next hurricane season brings!
Annual Fund Update: Congratulations, Parents!
You did it again! As of May 29, 100 percent of our current families have made gifts and pledges to the Annual Fund! (For those who made pledges, your gift can be made online or by sending it to the school before June 30.)
You also met the Board of Trustees' Parent Participation Challenge which means our trustees will contribute an additional $13,000 to the school once all pledges are paid.
Many thanks to our class giving representatives Karleen Aghevli, Bill Bauer, Sha'ree Berkhout, Judy Chin, Jennifer Curtis, Makiko Kato, Mary Langeron, Margaret and Curtis Lee, Susie McCoy, Penny Foss Miller, Jennifer Murray, Beth Patchel, and JoanMarie Zetterberg.
And thanks to all who have participated in making this a successful year of fund-raising for WSP!
Announcing the 2013-14 Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce three new members: Christa Bruneau-Flynn (WSP '01), Judy Chin (parent of Sophia, Grade 3, and Cameron, EC), and Enrique Curchitser (parent of Marina, Grade 3, and Florencia, EC).
These three individuals bring a variety of background and interests to their new roles. Christa is our first alumni trustee, having served on the Development Committee for the past 2 years. Judy's extensive business management and marketing experience, as well as her leadership roles in the not-for-profit sector, make her a welcome addition; Enrique, also a member of this year's Development Committee, is a Professor of Oceanography at Rutgers University.
Finally, we thank outgoing board member Scott Albert for his years of service.
Parent Council Announces New Officers for 2013-14
The Parent Council is proud to announce the following officers for 2013-14:
Lilian Sampaio & Susan McCoy, Co-Chairs
Kimberly Trent, Treasurer
Beth Miller, Secretary
As the school year winds down, we wish to thank everyone who has participated in our Scrip program thus far. With the participation of just 32 families, Scrip has raised $5000 for WSP! But the year is not over yet, and there is still plenty of time to take advantage of this great fundraising program. Scrip gift cards will continue to be sold through the end of the school year. Shopping for summer clothing, sporting gear, or home and garden needs? Making reservations for summer travel? Shopping through our Scrip program allows you to raise money for WSP at no extra cost to yourself. The gift cards made available to us through The Great Lakes Scrip Association (GLSA) and our local retailers provide a rebate to WSP between 3-20%. You pay face value, and WSP earns the rebate. It's a great program! Many gift cards are kept in stock for immediate purchase. Currently in stock: Regal Cinema, AMC Theaters, Barnes & Noble, Whole Earth, and more. All others can be ordered and will be delivered to you within about 1 week. See www.glsc.com for a complete list of participating retailers.
Any questions? Want to place an order? Come by the community kitchen on Mondays, 8:30-9:00, or the school store on Tuesdays 8:30-9:15 to meet with Scrip coordinators Marian Seliquini or Lisa
Farajollahi. An order form is available on the school website (http://www.princetonwaldorf.org/support_wsp/scrip) or can be picked up in the Golden House lobby, or simply e-mail email@example.com. We accept cash or check, debit cards for orders over $150, and credit cards are for orders of $500 and above.
The fifth cycle of the Foundation Studies Program will begin in January 2014. This is the initial study for all pursuits into Waldorf disciplines and professions. It can be used as a stepping stone into further training, or it can be instrumental as a self-development path. It is now possible to complete the cycle in 15 months. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or read this document for more.