In This Issue
In the News
Parent Council Corner
In Memory of Terri Fredericks
Community Events
Save the Dates
School Events
From the Enrollment Office
School News

SCHOOL RESUMES MONDAY, JANUARY 6

In the News
Parent Council Corner

by Susie McCoy & Lilian Sampaio, Co-Chairs

  

Brrrr! Winter is truly upon us, and a Happy New Year to all! We hope your holidays were wonderful and that much fun and relaxation was had while you were away. We are looking forward to catching up with you this month at the first Parent Council meeting of the year, on Tuesday, January 14. It will be a community meeting with discussions about the 2014-15 school year, as well as plans for tuition. Parent Council also encourages you to stop by the multipurpose room on the 2nd floor on Tuesday mornings following dropoff for a cup of tea/coffee and fellowship (not to mention you could do some shopping at the school store or join in the handwork circle)!

 

RESCHEDULED! December's morning enrichment meeting with Ms. Shafer and Ms. Daley will now happen February 11 at 8:45 a.m.--just in time for Valentine's Day! Mark your calendars!

 

Please check the bulletin board in front of the school for other Parent Council announcements.

MLK Day - No School

Monday, January 20

Gratitude: In Memory of Terri Fredericks
  
This past month, our community was deeply saddened by the passing of a beloved former class teacher and friend, Terri Fredericks. Below is a link to an essay on gratitude, a subject for which she was passionate, which Terri shared with us just last year. It expresses some of the journey she'd taken in life, and reminds us how important it is to savor every moment. Those who knew her at the Waldorf School of Princeton certainly feel a wealth of gratitude, or as she describes, "endless appreciation," for all she contributed to our community, and to our children. Thank you, Terri.   

 

Endless Appreciation - The Practice of Gratitude

 

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say "thank you?"

               ~ William A. Ward

 

I believe that it was Michio Kushi who coined the phrase, "Endless Appreciation," and who encouraged his students and clients to allow it to penetrate their being and their way of living.  It is a big challenge to set as a goal for oneself to be endlessly appreciative.  Endless is ceaseless, never-ending, never-stopping; It means bringing gratitude to every part of one's day, hour, second, nanosecond, every moment of the day.  When we are consumed with our daily work, school, chores, cooking, cleaning, and mowing the lawn, how can appreciation and gratitude possible be present in every moment of our live?  When you add the hardships that life can bring, pain, sorrow, depression, illness and disease, it is clear that the "endless appreciation" is a lofty goal; nonetheless, it is a worthy aspiration.  Simply striving for "endless appreciation" can change the way you encounter the world, but before we can really engage ourselves in striving towards such a lofty and ambitious goal we must understand gratitude better.  We must understand gratitude inwardly from our own perspective.  How does gratitude manifest within us?  When do we say "thank you" to others?  When don't we give thanks?  What goes on inside of us when we choose to thank one another? [More] 

Thank You

The Waldorf School of Princeton faculty and staff appreciates your generosity this holiday season. Thank you to all of the parents who gave gifts this year. 

We Need Books!

 

Help our Groundhog Day Community Book Fair be a success on February 2! Donate books in good condition, any subject, now through January 17. Contact Jamie Quirk at x112 to schedule a dropoff.

Stay Warm with

Soup for Supper!

 

The 7th grade class will be selling soup on Wednesdays at pickup. Order forms are available here.

Study Group to Start 

 

Would you like to participate in a study group this year? Meetings would take place Mondays or Wednesdays after dropoff (8:40-9:30 a.m.) in the multipurpose room. Please contact Diane Barlow, x115, for more details or to express your interest; this group will only happen if enough folks respond! 

Waldorf 101 Classes:
A New Cycle Begins
  

These free, introductory classes will be offered again in the coming months and the dates will be posted soon. We will continue the theme of human development which began at the October Open House when we looked at the curriculum in terms of child development. In Waldorf 101, we will look at the stages of adult development. Anthroposophy offers us several ways to look at the human being. We can look at the life cycles in nature or see the prominence of each of the Four Temperaments in different life stages.

 

Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Anthroposophy, explained human development in seven-year cycles as well as through the Zodiac, which he called the soul types. After asking participants whether weeknights or Saturday mornings were preferred, it was split almost evenly. Therefore we will be offering two Saturdays and two weekday evenings, though there will be four separate topics. Signe Motter, our sixth grade teacher, and Susan Eggers, our eurythmy teacher, have agreed to speak and offer artistic experiences related to the topics. The cost is free, and anyone who is interested is invited. Please let us know of your interest if you are not already on the list from last year at pshafer@princetonwaldorf.org.

Community Events

"The Five Golden Rules

for Parenting":

A Talk by Louise DeForest

Wednesday, January 15

6:30 p.m.

River Valley Waldorf School

1395 Bridgeton Hill Rd

Upper Black Eddy, PA 

Click here for the flyer. 

Save the Dates

 

Feb. 1: Early Childhood Sample Class & Puppet Show

 

Feb. 2: Groundhog Day Community Book Fair

 

Feb. 17-23: NO SCHOOL

(Presidents' Week)

 

Mar. 1: Dads' Bowling Night

 

Apr. 5: Spring Gala

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January 2014
Sunrise in the WSP garden, December 2013.

Dear Friends,  

 

Have you ever enjoyed a winter sunrise? There is something about the colors, the quality of the silence, that makes the world seem stiller than in any other season. Over the past few weeks, I had the opportunity to take some walks and to observe that much of the natural world is at rest at this time of year. What a stark contrast to the human world I observe around me - a world in which people seem to get busier and busier and little value is placed on rest. In 2014, with so much to do and so many ways to do it, is there any real benefit to rest for us humans?

 

It turns out that rest, which encompasses both sleep and wakeful forms such as walks, playing games, and meditation, is vital not only to our health but to our ability to be both creative and productive. It provides us with the ability to integrate what we have learned and allows us to gain perspective. 

 

In Waldorf schools, rest is actually built into the curriculum and the rhythm of the school day at many levels, whether it comes in the form of ample recess, or the structure of teaching subjects in blocks, or simply in how the lessons are planned so that they alternate between elements that require focused attention and more playful elements.  As I read about the importance of rest to our ability to be productive, creative, and content, I felt a deep sense of comfort in knowing that my children are developing an innate sense for healthy rhythms as part of their education. My hope is that this will help them navigate gracefully through a world with constant demands and pressures to do more.

 

For us as parents, we return from a holiday break (which probably was not much of a break in many regards) to gear up for classes, assemblies, and other events--and, for some, the push toward graduation and the world beyond. There are meetings to attend, an art show opening for our students at Small World, and a rescheduled puppet show coming up.  But, as much as I would love for you to participate, my real wish for you in this new year is that in the midst of busy schedules, you find time to pause.  Admire a sunrise. And, for one moment or sixty, rest.

 

Happy New Year!

 

Warm Regards,

 

Janine Cleland

School Administrator

SCHOOL EVENTS

 

School Resumes

Monday, January 6

 

Board Meetings

Monday, January 6, 7 p.m.

Monday, January 27, 7 p.m.

 

Japanese Activity Class for Grades K-4

Wednesday, January 8, 2:35-4:35 p.m.

As seen in the Online Holiday Auction. Did you miss this? There are still spots available! Cost is $20 per child; open to grades K-4. Sign up in the Golden House stairwell.

 

Small World Student Art Exhibit Opening Reception:

Sacred Geometry

Friday, January 10, 7-9 p.m.

Small World Coffee

254 Nassau St, Princeton

Students from the Grade School will have work on display January 8 through February 4, illustrating the areas of connection between geometry, mathematics, and the humanities. Please join us at their opening reception as we celebrate their creations!

 

What Can You Do With a Waldorf Education?

A Special Open House and Alumni Panel

for Current and Prospective Families

Saturday, January 11, 10 a.m.-Noon

The better question is, What can't you do? Recent Nobel Prize winner Thomas Sudhof is among Waldorf's global alumni. Come listen to our own alumni. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear from WSP alumni, and to ask your questions. You are welcome to submit questions for the panelists in advance by contacting parentcouncil@princetonwaldorf.org or to bring them with you. Childcare is available for currently enrolled children; pre-registration is requested. Contact admissions@princetonwaldorf.org. Co-sponsored by the WSP Parent Council.

 

Foundation Studies Graduation

Saturday, January 11, 3 p.m.

Hagens Hall

There are five graduates this semester! Come celebrate with these special people; enjoy their eurythmy performance, some wise words, and good food. Unfamiliar with the Foundations program? Read all about it here.

 

The next cycle of classes starts February 1. Write to Pamela Shafer for more information.

 

WSP All-School Community Meeting

Tuesday, January 14, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Hagens Hall

Parents are strongly encouraged to attend this joint meeting of the Board and Parent Council, as a state of the school and upcoming changes will be discussed.

 

Crossing the Bridge: Transitioning from Early Childhood

to the Grade School

Tuesday, January 21, 7:15-9:15 p.m.

Grade School Building

During the eight years our students are with us in the grade school, they travel from fairy tales through Shakespeare, from dreamy watercolor painting to the precision and exactness of geometry, from the wonder of nature to botany, physics, and chemistry. Their academic achievements coincide with an ever-increasing self and social awareness as their capacities unfold in a safe and loving environment. 

 

Please join WSP's early childhood educator Sarah Kessler and grade school class teacher David Heberlein for this informative discussion about Waldorf Education and how the early childhood curriculum prepares students for grade school. Might first grade be in your child's near future? This will be of special interest to you!

 

Japanese Calligraphy Class

Thursday, January 23, 3:20-5:20 p.m.

As seen in the Online Holiday Auction. Did you miss this? There are still spots available! Cost is $20 per person; open to grade 5 through adult. Sign up in the Golden House stairwell.

 

Winter Grade School Assembly

Saturday, January 25, 9:30 a.m.

Montgomery Upper Middle School

375 Burnt Hill Rd, Montgomery
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!

 

 

For details of school events, please contact events@princetonwaldorf.org.

 

FROM THE ENROLLMENT OFFICE

  

Grade School Tours and Observation Mornings in 2014

We are scheduling grade school tours and observation mornings for WSP early childhood parents after dropoff on weekday mornings. If you are interested in registering, please contact Diane Barlow at x115.

 

Financial Aid Applications Due February 1

Visit TADS to apply now, or contact Diane Barlow with questions at x115. 

SCHOOL NEWS

  

Eighth Graders Volunteer at Mercer Street Friends Food Bank

Ms. Rosenstein's eighth grade will be helping out for four Mondays starting January 13, inspecting child-friendly foods destined to feed over 500 students in 13 local schools (5 of the schools are actually in Princeton), count the foods and help update the food bank's inventory. In addition, they will be delivering donations collected here at WSP; see below to learn how you can help!

 

Food Drive to Benefit Send Hunger Packing

Mercer Street Friends Food Bank is looking for donations to its Send Hunger Packing program, which provides food to school children in need. In particular they are looking for items in individual serving sizes, specifically oatmeal and hot chocolate packets. Also, NEW winter hats, scarves, gloves and mittens are greatly appreciated. Please deposit in the box in the Golden House through January 31, and our eighth graders will deliver our gifts! Click here to learn more about the program. Questions? Contact Ms. Rosenstein.

 

Cheer on the WSP Wildcats!
Our girls and boys have been practicing hard! Check out a basketball game this month and be impressed! The students appreciate the support. Click here for the full schedule.

 

Bantam Basketball Mini-Tournament

& High School Open House

Saturday, January 11, 9: a.m.-1 p.m.

Kimberton Waldorf School

410 West Seven Stars Road, Phoenixville, PA

The Waldorf School of Philadelphia, the Waldorf School of Princeton, and Susquehanna Waldorf School will join Kimberton's Bantam team for a mini-tournament in the Gymnasium.

 

Discover Kimberton's High School

During the Bantam Basketball Mini-Tournament

The High School faculty warmly invites middle school families from the Waldorf School of Philadelphia, Susquehanna Waldorf School, and Waldorf School of Princeton to the High School Library for an interactive session on the crowning years of a Waldorf Education. You will have an opportunity to hear more about the goals of the education, see the high school classrooms, and meet and speak with the high school faculty on a variety of topics while your team is not playing (10:30-11:30 a.m. for Princeton families). For more information, please contact Lael Rasch in the Admissions Office at 610-933-3635, x108, or admissions@kimberton.org.

 

A HUGE Auction Thank you!

A huge Thank You and Congratulations to every member of our school community who contributed to our 30th Anniversary Auction. From the solicitors to the donors, to the bidders--you all made this possible! We raised $25,000 from bidding, sponsorships, and some last-minute gifts. Proceeds from our auction goes toward valuable continuing education opportunities for our teachers.

 

Many people from our community contributed to this fundraiser in many different ways. Parents, teachers, students, alumni students and families, and those supportive of education participated by giving donations, soliciting items, referring friends and family, bidding on items, and performing administrative work.

 

Thanks to Amy Krause who worked tirelessly coordinating the efforts of our auction angels, managing the auction and the Bidding For Good website. Special thanks to Judy Chin, Maureen Rocks, Tineke Thio, Lauren Jones, Jennifer Dowd, and Jamie Quirk for their extra efforts in getting generous donations! Thank you to Tineke for helping with data entry and photography, and thank you to Sha'ree Berkhout for help with boxing and shipping items. Special thanks to Mary Langeron for doing a huge amount of work all around on our auction, from organizing, to soliciting, to inputting.

 

Congratulations to everyone again--our school will be stronger because of all of your efforts!

~Beth Miller, Development Director

Waldorf School of Princeton   1062 Cherry Hill Road   Princeton, NJ 08540
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