News, Notes & Updates

April 2014, Vol. 2

Imbue thyself

Housatonic Valley
Waldorf School
40 Dodgingtown Road
Newtown, CT 06470

In This Issue
Spring Benefit
May Fair
Car Wash
Screen-Free Week
6th Grade Class Play
Annual Appeal
Come Visit
Poster Distribution
Parent-Child Classes
Inside the Classroom
Fifth Grade Guest Speaker
Alumni Spotlight
Important Links

Visit the Gallery page of our website to see more!

5th Grade Class Play

First Grade Spring Flowers

Earth Day

5th Grade Live Auction Project Preview: Botanical Paintings

6th Grade Live Auction Project Preview: Geometric Drawing Coasters

After a drizzly and cold start last Saturday, the sun burst through the clouds and with it warmth and energy filled Newtown's Earth Day celebration.  Thank you to everyone who came by our table for a visit or to volunteer!
This Friday we will officially welcome Spring at our annual May Fair celebration, always a beautiful event filled with music, dancing, flowers, and of course, the Maypole.  Parents, remember to bring chairs or blankets and pack a lunch for the all-school picnic, or plan to buy one from our lead class at their sweet & savory bake sale. The Spring Benefit Committee will also have representatives at May Fair selling Spring Benefit Raffle Tickets.  $20 buys you a chance to win a beautiful BREITLING wristwatch worth more than $3,000!  Please visit our Spring Benefit page for more details.
Friday also marks the opening day of our Spring Benefit Online Auction. (Preview available now!) The online auction IS this year's silent auction.  Bid early and often!  The auction will run for two weeks. We have some amazing donations this year from our talented and generous families and friends.  Thank you for your donations!
Warm regards, 

Christina Dixcy
Communications and Outreach Director

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For a full calendar listing, please visit the Calendar page of our website.
Online Auction 
The online auction IS this year's silent auction!
Spring Benefit Evening

May Fair 


12 PM
Early Childhood parents make flower crowns on EC Campus

12:35 PM Picnic lunch on grades campus for ALL families 

1:30-2:50 PM Maypole dances on the grades campus


Music * Singing * Dancing



The Fifth Grade practicing their Maypole dance. 


Class of 2015 Car Wash


Berkshire Motors
25 Berkshire Road (Rt 34), Sandy Hook, 06482

All donations will go to support their class trip. Thank you for your support!

Rain Date May 17 

Screen-Free Week 

MAY 5-11 

Pledge to unplug with your family!  For more information, visit

Sixth Grade Class Play

FRIDAY, MAY 9, 6:30 PM

Eurythmy Room, Lower Level, Compass Hall  

Please join the the Sixth Grade for their performance.

Rainbow Garden School Store Notice


New bottles of Eucalan have arrived.  Stop by the store so you can wash up your woolens prior to summer storage.

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!



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

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

Odyssey of the Mind Competition

HVWS Seventh Grade students Jeremy and Dillon Larkin participated with the Newtown Middle School B team earlier this month at the Odyssey of the Mind States competition at Bristol Eastern High School. Their team met each week and every other Sunday beginning in September to design, rehearse, and deliver a presentation for solving a science problem with which each entry team was charged. A portion of the competition is called the Spontaneous Problem where each team has to solve a problem on the spot with limited tools and supplies. Their team had a perfect score for this portion of the competition and was given an award named after Jill Riggles, a former coach, assistant problem captain, and longtime board member who passed away after a long battle with cancer. In Jill's honor the CTOM Board has created the Jill Riggles Award for Excellence in Spontaneous. This award is given to teams with the highest spontaneous score at the yearly State Tournament in their division.
Fifth Grade Guest Speaker
On April 23rd the Fifth Grade was treated to a guest speaker, Joe Hurley, an author who walked across the country. He wrote a book about the experience: Ten Million Steps on Route 6.
Alumni Spotlight

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Knudsen (HVWS class of 2010) was one of 12 students to receive a full, four-year scholarship to Roanoke College in Virginia. After being accepted by Roanoke College, she was offered the opportunity to compete for this scholarship with approximately 400 other admitted students.  The process included an interview with a faculty member and an hour-long writing prompt.  Lizzie excelled in both areas.  She reported that the writing prompt ("What role should technology have in education?") was easy, because she could share from her own personal experience at the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School. The Danbury News-Times recently published a profile on Lizzie.  Read the full article on our website.

Tucker Grose (HVWS class of 2005), the Assistant Coach of the Newtown High School Hockey Team, was awarded Coach of the Year.

Our Gratitude
Thank you to our Newtown Earth Day volunteers Deborah Lederman,
Heather Reilly Hiemstra, and Rosemary Larkin for manning our table with energy and enthusiasm.  Thank you to Dale and Beatrice Tucker for helping with set-up and breakdown. Thank you to Seventh Grade students Maeve RooneyLena DeFeo, Jeremy Larkin, Dillon Larkin, and Michael Wipf for visiting, beeswax modeling, and help with break-down. Thank you to Bill Hill and Laura Selleck of Warrup's Farm for donating seeds and soil so that we could plant Bush Beans as part of our Earth Day celebration!
Thank you to Dasha and Tom Bukovsky and the Third Grade parents for their help with our Spring Cleaning efforts around campus.

Thank you very much to ClareAnn James for making fantastic, heavy, sturdy sand bags for the Early Childhood program.

Thank you to everyone who made our Rainbow Garden School Store Spring Sale a success: Wei Bertram for brewing sharing samples of delicious Arogya teas; Amy Abramson for working the entire sale; Allison Valentino for baking and volunteering; Rose Witte for brewing her famous pour over coffee and volunteering, Christina Dixcy for baking, all of you for shopping, and Jo Hurley for EVERYTHING. Thank you to Amy Abramson, Rose Witte, Allison and Thomas Washington, Gwynneth Sobejko, Denise Pedane, Aliz Mihok, and Jo Hurley for needle-felting eggs for the school store.   


"Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages

 in the biography of souls." 

~David Thomas


We send our deepest sympathy to the Storrier family on the passing of Tom's father.  




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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.