News, Notes & Updates 

March 2 0 1 4   V o l .  2

Imbue thyself

Housatonic Valley
Waldorf School
40 Dodgingtown Road
Newtown, CT 06470

In This Issue
Spring Benefit
Annual Appeal
PTA Meeting
Enrollment Reminders
Important Links

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The Sunflower Kindergarten works on their Spring Benefit Auction Project: A Hand-painted Quilt


Welcome, Spring!  My daughter was so excited to wake up on Thursday morning knowing Spring had finally arrived, and equally disappointed when she learned she still had to wear her winter clothes outside.  But we can see little shoots poking up through the soil and know the blooms and warmer weather will soon follow (...right?).

In addition to the approach of warm weather, the arrival of Spring also means we are very, very busy here at HVWS!  We have  many events on the horizon including a Puppet Show this Saturday, our Language Assembly next Saturday, and a Windows into Waldorf and our Seventh Grade Class Play in between.  These are followed soon thereafter by our annual Rainbow Garden School Store Spring Sale, and Newtown's Earth Day celebration (for which we need volunteers!).  The students -- with some help from teachers and parents -- are also busily working on their Spring Benefit auction projects.  Each year our classes put a lot of love and energy into creating these one-of-a-kind treasures, which will be auctioned off during our Spring Benefit on May 17th.  (In the sidebar you can see the Sunflower Kindergarten painting fabric which will be turned into a quilt.) We'll share more photos of the students at work on these projects as we get them!

With warm regards,

Christina Dixcy
Communications and Outreach Director

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Puppet Show: The Bremen Town Musicians



Eurythmy Room, Lower Level, Compass Hall  

Puppet play
Treat your young child to a free puppet show:
The Bremen Town Musicians by Brothers Grimm.   


The puppet show in the Waldorf tradition features hand-sewn puppets,

sumptuous plant-dyed silks, and a simple, age-appropriate performance style suited to young children's attention spans and level of awareness -- 2-5 year-olds. A peaceful and enchanted mood prevails.



A goodwill offering will be collected to support Women for Women International,

an organization helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives.



Seventh Grade Class Play:

Eleanor the Queen



Eurythmy Room, Lower Level, Compass Hall  

This play is based on the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine, who lived during the Early Renaissance and was determined to make a mark for herself and her children. Two of her sons served as King of England: King Richard the Lion-Heart and King John.

Language Assembly



Newtown Middle School, Queen St.  

**Grades 3-7 required to attend**


Family, friends, and Grades 1-2 are welcome to attend, to enjoy a celebration of German and Spanish language and culture! (Assembly dress required; no boots, no jeans, no t-shirts.)


Save the Date!

Rainbow Garden School Store Spring Sale


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

HVWS Community House, North Campus


Please join us to shop, mingle, and support HVWS!

  • NEW: handmade spring gifts
  • 10% off all purchases
  • Coffee, tea, and baked goods



Earth Day: Volunteers Needed



Newtown Middle School, Queen St.  

We are looking for volunteers to represent HVWS at our booth during Newtown's Earth Day celebration. Please e-mail Christina Dixcy at if you might be able to help!


Poster Distribution Volunteer Needed


Do you live in or around Monroe and would you be willing to distribute posters for HVWS events to local businesses?  If so, please e-mail Allison Valentino at

Spring Benefit



  • Would you be able to help us arrange for a donation of a hotel room for one night in New York City? If so, please contact Marisa DelMonaco at
  • Would you like to help a group of parents and teachers sew a menagerie of animal finger puppets? We'd love your help!  Please contact Aliz Mihok at
Annual Appeal: Matching Gift 

We have received a generous, anonymous matching gift for our Annual Appeal!  HVWS can receive an additional $25,000 if we can raise $25,000 -- this is a one-for-one match.  Every dollar donated becomes $2 with the matching gift. 


Please help us reach our goal of 100% school community participation by making a tax-deductible donation today!



Register Online for the second session of Parent-Child classes.

Alumni Spotlight


Benjamin Larsson (HVWS Class of 2005) writes: "I graduate June 9, 2014 from Lund University in Lund, Sweden, with a BS in Development Studies. My major is Economic History and Political Science.  Development studies at Lund University is a multi-discipline program, focusing on the four major social sciences: Political Science, Economic History, Human Geography and Sociology. My Bachelor thesis is a comparative study analyzing the relationship between non-governmental organizations and government donor agencies. My thesis is relevant to my internship, as I am interning at a consultant firm based in Vienna, Virginia which gets most of its business from USAID and other government donor agencies. My internship is a 3-month position with a possible extension of another 3 months.  Right now my main tasks are helping to manage two projects in Yemen, one of which is a food-for- peace project sponsored by the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance. I hope to get a permanent position at International Business and Technical Consultants Inc. as a program associate."


Maggie Disbrow (HVWS Class of 2010) was featured in Voices recently for her floriculture work. 


Tucker Grose (HVWS Class of 2005) is the Assistant Coach of the Newtown High School Hockey Team. The No. 2 seed Newtown High School beat Tri-Town 6-1 to make it to the Division III Championship game on Saturday morning. Congratulations to the team and to Tucker who also played on the team while in high school.


ZoŽ Schlanger (HVWS Class of 2005) has begun her work at Newsweek. Watch for her byline!  

The Sunflower Kindergarten Visits Warrup's Farm to Learn About Maple Syrup 

After three weeks of being Farmer Bill's helpers during circle time, the Sunflower children were very happy to have a chance to walk and run around Warrup's Farm and actually see Farmer Bill using the drill, hammer, and bucket and, of course, try the maple syrup!  Thank you, Farmer Bill!  (Thank you to parent Cady Carroll for the photographs.)

Third Grade Parent Evening 
At their recent parent evening, the Third Grade parents created self-portraits in beeswax!
Classroom Pets 
Chester (Fourth Grade)
Lotta & Daniela Sharing a Meal (Third Grade)
Classroom Chalkboard Drawings
Fourth Grade
Sixth Grade
Our Gratitude

Thank you to all who pitched in to make our March Windows into Waldorf a success: ClareAnn James for baking and being the informal crossing guard and escort, Allison Valentino for hospitality support, Joanne Andruscavage, Amalia Pretel-Gray, Deborah Lederman, and, Janelle Beardsley for sharing their experience and expertise, and alum Abraham DeFeo--HVWS Class of 2011--for fielding questions during the Q&A. We had a record attendance: 16!

Thank you, HVWS Community, for supporting the Seventh Grade fundraising efforts through the childcare during parent/teacher conferences. Mrs. Lew would like to thank the Seventh Grade Parents--without their support and hard work, this event could not take place! Thanks also to Thomas Reese, brother of Dempsey and Steven, for his help during the childcare.

Thank you to the Third Grade Parents for preparing a delicious faculty meal!

"Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages

 in the biography of souls." 

~David Thomas





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Suggested Links:


10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12 

Huffington Post


The Disturbing Transformation of Kindergarten 

Truth About Education


Kids These Days: Growing Up Too Fast Or Never At All?


Why Kids Love Waldorf
Why Kids Love Waldorf

The mission of the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School is
to develop each child's unique capacity
 to engage meaningfully in the world.
    Guided by the principles of Waldorf education,
the faculty inspires in our students
creative thinking, moral sensibility, and a passion for learning. 
We offer a classical education that integrates
experiential and artistic learning, in an environment emphasizing
academic excellence, respect for diversity,
and reverence for the natural world.
    Our faculty, board of trustees, and parents work together,
with dedication and warmth, to support our school community.