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Parent Council Corner
Save the Dates
School Events
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In the News
WSP Prepares to Roll Out Pilot Lunch Program

We asked a lot of questions and listened to your feedback, and we're happy to announce that a lunch program is coming to the Waldorf School of Princeton!  Wholesome Bounty, founded by Sha'ree Berkhout, a WSP early childhood parent, will offer healthy, organic, and locally sourced vegetarian lunches for students in grades 1-8, donating a portion of its profits to the school. The meals will be prepared in the certified kitchen at Orchard Farm Organics (next door to the school) and will incorporate Mrs. Phinney's freshly grown organic produce whenever possible. We will be launching a pilot session this fall; keep an eye out for details in upcoming communications.


Parent Council Corner

 by Lilian Sampaio

and Susie McCoy,

Parent Council Co-Chairs


Greetings to all, dear parents! We are very excited to start a new school year, and are hoping you can join us in our journey.


This year there has been a change in the Parent Council structure; instead of having 4 co-chairs as previous years, there are now 2 co-chairs, 1 secretary (Beth Miller), and 1 treasurer (Kimberly Trent).


We promote community meetings, the second Tuesday of each month, usually in the evenings at 7:30, with some morning meetings. It is a wonderful opportunity to know what is happening in our children's classrooms and in our school community at large. You are most welcome to participate!


Bring your thoughts and opinions, meet other parents from different grades, and chat with friends at the end while enjoying a light snack!


This year, we are planning to bring to these meetings teachers or Waldorf collaborators to speak about subjects related to education in the Waldorf environment. Soon we will announce the first enrichment to be part of our community meeting.

Stay tuned for more!

Save the Dates


Halloween Walk

Saturday, November 2


Monday, November 4

Faculty In Service


Dads' Night

Friday, November 8


Sample Early Childhood Class for New Families

Saturday, November 9 


Regional Alumni

Gathering in Philadelphia

Saturday, November 9


Folk Tale Puppet Show:

"Baba Yaga and Philipka"

Sunday, November 10


Waldorf Wednesday: Online Auction Begins

November 21



November 21-23

Happy Thanksgiving

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October 2013

Wishes are made, and candles blown out, for the school's 30th Birthday Celebration on September 28. 

Dear Friends,


Watching the grade school children participate in challenges as part of last week's Michaelmas festivities, I began to reflect upon the quality of courage. I have often wondered, when I am faced with a difficult challenge, how to find the courage to move forward. The ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu is credited with having said, "From caring comes courage." I believe he was right about the source of courage, both in our lives as individuals as well as in the life of the school.


I see two sides to caring: first, we must care about something in order to summon the courage to face it. For many of us, it is not easy to commit to an independent education for our children, nor is it necessarily easy to commit to an education whose approach is different from the one familiar to our family and friends.   For me, and perhaps for others, the courage to make this commitment comes from caring about the adults my children will become.


Second, when we have the support of others who care about us or our cause, we can often find the strength to be courageous. Each one of us connected to the Waldorf School of Princeton benefits from a caring and courageous community. It was the courage of our founders, three decades ago, that gifted us this beautiful school. The courage of those first teachers and parents breathed life into a dream, and the growth that followed was the result of strong wills and hard work. In the 30 years since the school's founding, we all come together each year, nourished and emboldened by one another, to re-create the best possible environment for our children to learn. And, we cannot forget the courage of those children themselves! From that first hesitant handshake on Opening Day to that poised speech at Graduation the children's ability to meet each new task is nurtured by a community of teachers who care deeply about each child. As a result, our children begin their time here leaping fearlessly from ladder to log, and they leave just as bravely, walking forth into the world as purposeful young adults, ready to rise to a challenge.


Just like the bulbs our littlest ones planted in the play yards this week, nestling them with care beneath the earth, our own acts of courage bear fruit over time.   We may not be able to check or measure the magic unfolding below the surface, but come spring, we are rewarded for our loving risk.   In the meantime, after a warm and well attended birthday party last Saturday (WSP's 30th!), and two joyful Michaelmas celebrations, it is clear we can rely on each other as a source of strength while we wait.


Janine Cleland

School Administrator



Parent Council Meeting

Tuesday, October 8, 7:30 p.m.

All parents welcome!


Home Cross-Country Meet: WSP Wildcats

vs. Newtown Friends, Stuart, Chapin, Princeton Charter, Cambridge, and St. Paul

Tuesday, October 22, 4:00 p.m.

Come support WSP at their final home game of the season!


Film: "Considering Waldorf:

Saturday, October 19, 3-5 p.m.

Hagens Hall

This is the first true documentary ever filmed about Waldorf Education. We examine its successes and its achievements, but also look squarely at the controversies that swirl around Waldorf schools. After the film there will be a Q&A session with Executive Producer Herbert H. Hagens, Co-Producer Sam Russell, and Waldorf Consultant Eugene Schwartz. Co-sponsored by the Parent Council. Admission is free and open to the public; childcare will be provided for children enrolled in the school (donations appreciated). Please pre-register at


"The Waldorf Experience: A Journey

from Early Childhood through the Grades"

Saturday, October 26, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Take a trip through the eyes, ears, and hands of the developing child. Participate in an illuminating, hands-on introduction to Waldorf Education, complete with discussions, presentations, and artistic activities led by WSP faculty. Sessions are designed for current and prospective parents. Spaces are limited; advance registration suggested at Admission is free; childcare will be provided for children enrolled in the school on a donation basis (pre-registration required).


Board Meeting

Monday, October 28, 7 p.m.


Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thursday & Friday, October 31 & November 1

Sign up Oct. 7-18; for full details on conference scheduling and childcare, please read this attachment. Remember, there is no school or full-day care program on either day.



For details of school events, please contact




2013-14 Directories Are Here!

School directories were sent home this week with the oldest child in each family. If you have not received yours, or you have any corrections or updates to submit, please contact the registrar.

Easy Ways to Support WSP

There are multiple fund-raising opportunities throughout the year, but here are just a few simple ways to help the school:

  • Stop and Shop: Link your card to have our school get a piece of the funding that goes to schools using this program and register your card online.
  • Scrip: Purchase gift cards to your favorite stores; our school gets a percentage of the value of the gift card (2-20%). See our website for details.
  • Our School Store: Open Tuesday mornings, 8:15-10:15 a.m. Come see what the store has to offer; from warm wooly socks to arts supplies, items are always changing!
  • Online Holiday Auction: First, ask your favorite businesses to make a donation to the school's annual auction. Second, from Nov. 27 through Dec. 8, view the items on our auction site and bid on items that catch your eye.
  •  Do you have a Target Red Card? If so, you can link WSP to the card to raise funds for our school. Please call 1-800-316-6142. An amount equal to 1% of target purchases and % of all other purchases will be donated to the school.
  • Our school will be participating in a School Days fund-raiser with Tea Collection clothing, running Oct. 21-27. For every purchase made through their unique storefront during School Days, Tea will donate 15% of sales back to our school and you'll receive free shipping on your order. The more we buy, the more money we will raise!
  • Amazon Storefront: We are setting up shop! Soon we will link to our storefront from the website, but for now you can preview our humble beginnings here.

See our website for new programs as they become available.

For more information about any of these programs, please contact Beth Miller at 609 466 1970, x121.


Thank You for the Birthday Wishes!

A special thank-you to all of those who helped make the WSP 30th Birthday Bash a complete success on September 28! Special mention to the lasagna and popcorn makers who brought delicious offerings to our community and to the speakers, Joseph McLean and David Heberlein, who led us through the journey of what brought WSP to today. Thank you also to Scott Albert, who emceed the event, and to Susan Eggers, who led our children in song.This was truly a community effort with so many people pitching in to help bring this party together! To view our birthday photos, click here.


WSP's Holiday Online Auction: 30th Anniversary Edition

Call for Donations

Greetings from the WSP Auction Committee! After the smashing success of last year's auction, we are gearing up for this year's auction fund-raiser with much enthusiasm. The evidence is clear: packed rooms during auction committee meetings, ideas galore, and heated bidding wars . . . our community likes a good auction. Interested in volunteering for this effort? Come join the fun! E-mail if interested.


The auction is a grand collaborative effort on the part of our community. Parents, teachers, students, alumni and staff all work together to make it happen. But the basic need is donations, and we are asking that each family procure two donations.


Please click here for all of our auction details!



ScripNow!, available through Great Lakes Scrip Center, is the quickest way to purchase scrip gift cards. ScripNow! allows you to purchase eCards for yourself, or you can send them to someone else as a gift. The eCards work just like plastic gift cards. They have a bar code, which means you can print them out and bring them to a store to be scanned. They also have a pin number to use for online purchases. A growing number of retailers are available through the ScripNow! program, and more are joining every day. Click here to learn how you can purchase ScripNow! today.



First Sundays in the Park

October highlights and celebrates local farms as we explore and photograph Orchard Farm Organics on Cherry Hill Road in Montgomery Township (right next door!). Details here.


Outside the Box: Re-Imagining School

View and Discuss TED Talks

by Sir Ken Robinson & Daniel Pink

Tuesday, October 8, 7 p.m.

Princeton Learning Cooperative

16 All Saints Road, Princeton

Free and open to the public

PLC's educational series continues with a discussion based on two popular TED talks by Ken Robinson and Daniel Pink. Following a screening of each talk we will lead an open discussion about re-imagining schools based on the themes introduced by Robinson and Pink. For more information, visit or call 609-851-2522.


Workshop: "Enriching Language Development in Early Childhood: Nursery Rhymes, Puppetry & Storytelling" Presented by LifeWays North America

and Kimberton Waldorf School

Friday-Sunday, October 18-20, 2013


"The Power of Quiet: Parenting Quiet Kids

in a Noisy World" with Susan Cain

Sponsored by Princeton Common Ground

(of which WSP is a member)

Tuesday, October 22, 7:30-9 p.m.

Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart

In a world with Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail, which value incessant chatter and loud, aggressive personalities, Cain reminds us of the importance of deep thinking, reflection, and the hidden value of introverts. Based on research, interviews and experience, her findings help educators, parents, and kids appreciate the differing contributions of extroverts and introverts and better understand how good ideas come from collaboration between the self-confident and the soft-spoken. This lecture is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served at 7 p.m.


Waldorf School of Princeton   1062 Cherry Hill Road   Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 466-1970