The Leaflet a newsletter for parents and friends of Ashwood Waldorf School

August 14, 2013Join Our Mailing List
rose ceremony
Join us at noon on September 2 for the Rose Ceremony! All welcome. 

Welcome to a new school year and a new format for the Leaflet, Ashwood Waldorf School's semi-monthly newsletter!


We hope the new format will make it easier for you to find the information you need while keeping you informed about events at Ashwood and beyond.
Here's a brief tour: Use the "In This Issue" section (top right) to skip to the content you need on this page. 
As you browse, look for text in green. These are links that will take you to full-length versions of the article you are reading or provide additional information. 
At the end of the "Important Dates" section, you'll always find a link to our interactive website calendar as well as our printable calendar.


In the "Why Waldorf?" section, we'll share videos, articles, or images that shed light on Waldorf education and that will help you better understand and articulate -- to friends, family and community members -- the value of a Waldorf education 

Finally, if you liked the photos in the old Leaflet, you'll love our website galleries. This month, go to new photos for a window on summer activities at Ashwood.

Please click on my name below to send an email. I would love to hear about your experiences with the new Leaflet
Warm regards,
Director of Communications
Ashwood Waldorf School
Board News
Nancy Harris Frohlich Joins Ashwood Board

Ashwood Waldorf School is pleased to announce that prominent educator Nancy Harris Frohlich has joined its Board of Trustees.


It was a chance encounter with a 12-year-old Ashwood student that led to Frohlich's association with the 28-year-old independent school.  More 

All-School Meeting Set for October 3
Save the date! Join Ashwood's Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) for a fun and informational evening on Thursday, October 3 at 6:00 p.m. in the Grade School building. The SPC is a dynamic group of parents, faculty and community members who care deeply about the school and are working to create a meaningful plan for our school's future. Come find out what's new! 
Early Childhood News
10 Beautiful Mornings!
Parent-Child Classes Begin September 19

Spend 10 beautiful mornings with your child in the company of a dynamic group of parents, led by our veteran early childhood educator Cherry Short-Lee.


Ashwood Waldorf School's Parent-Child classes are designed for children from 18 months to 36 months and a parent. Sessions begin September 19 and January 9. Discount applied when you sign up for both sessions in advance. Registration deadline for the first session is Friday, September 13. FMI: or 207-236-8021 or


Please pass this news along to your friends with young children!

Faculty News
Lisa Newcomb
Lisa, far right, at last year's Tug-of-Peace
Lisa Newcomb: New Aftercare Teacher

Please welcome Lisa Newcomb as Ashwood's aftercare teacher for our Early Childhood and First Grade students. Lisa has substituted in our classrooms for several years and is much loved by the students and teachers alike. Please see Lisa's note of introduction below: 


"My passion for working with children started at the age of 14 when I began to teach dance for children in my home. 


I came to Maine in 1976 and worked as a classroom teacher for Head Start for two years. I was then offered a position as the early childhood teacher at Strawberry Fields; a play-based local alternative school. With a group of parents at Strawberry Fields I helped start a nursery school that I ran in my home for 10 years. 


My desire to dance with children was an ongoing passion that led me to found the Belfast Dance Studio in 1985. This allowed me to focus on teaching dance full-time to children and eventually to adults as well. At the same time I started a program for the public schools called Song, Rhythm & Dance and have been teaching it state-wide for the past 20 years.


I am looking forward to working at Ashwood and to being with young children on a daily basis. I have enjoyed subbing these past two years, and I am excited to become part of the Ashwood faculty. 


Waldorf early childhood education speaks to me in a way that no other program ever has. To truly allow children to play and discover themselves in the environment that surrounds them is so rich for both teacher and child."


Lisa Newcomb, Aftercare Teacher

First Day of School & Rose Ceremony

Early Childhood and Grade School classes begin on Tuesday, September 3. The school day begins at 8:30 a.m. Students may enter the buildings starting at 8:15 a.m.


Beginning on Wednesday, September 6, Grade School children may arrive as early as 8:05 a.m. at the lower loop. Students may enter the buildings when the bell rings at 8:15 a.m. Early Childhood children who arrive before 8:15 a.m. must have a parent with them in the play area outside of Rosewood. 


The Rose Ceremony will take place at noon on the first day of school. Its purpose is to welcome the First Grade and to allow class teachers to share their hopes and wishes for their classes. All are invited to attend. The ceremony is followed by an all-school picnic. Please bring your own lunch. 


Dismissal will be at 1 p.m. for all students on the first day of school. After the first day, Grade School dismissal will follow the regular schedule: 3:15 p.m. except on Thursdays, when dismissal is at 1 p.m. There will be no extended day program on the first day of school.

New Family Welcome Tea

We invite all new families joining our Ashwood Waldorf School community, including families entering the First Grade from our Kindergarten program, to our New Family Tea, hosted by Ashwood administrators and the Parent Community Council. Join us on Thursday, September 5 at 8:45 a.m. in the school director's office. Any questions, please contact Laura Purdom.

School Directory and Parent Handbook
The School Directory and Parent Handbook are on their way! Elizabeth Larrow, our wonderful administrative assistant, is busy making sure this year's directory is collated, corrected, and complete so you can have an accurate listing of "Who's Who" at Ashwood! Directories will be winging their way to you via student courier (i.e., sent home with your child) by Friday, September 20. Until then, do give a call to the office if you need contact information for someone in the school community. Meanwhile, the Faculty will be making minor revisions to the Parent Handbook as our new school year gets underway. New families will receive a copy of the Parent Handbook on September 20, while returning families may find an updated version of the handbook on our website. 
Student Forms and Documentation

The student information forms and immunization documentation (records and/or form letters) are due on Friday, August 23. If you have not returned your child's forms yet, please do so as soon as possible. If you have any questions or need additional forms, email or call the school at 207-236-8021. It is essential that these forms be returned in advance of the first day of school (September 3).

The Lunchbox
"Vintage" Ashwood Cookbook Giveaway
The first day of school is coming soon, and that means cooking up some ideas for healthy and yummy lunches and snacks. What do you put in your child's lunchbox? Have a favorite sandwich that is a hit every time? A quick trick for those busy mornings? Email The Lunchbox with your ideas! We will draw a winner at random from the entries. The winner will receive a copy of the 2002 Ashwood Cookbook: Food for Families & Friends, still full of fresh ideas and sweet illustrations. We'll publish our favorites in coming issues. 
In This Issue
Important Dates

Friday, August 23

9:30-11:30 a.m. 

Early Childhood Tea


August 26-28

Faculty Meeting Days


Wednesday, August 28

6:00 p.m. 

Board meeting

Monday, September 2

Labor Day; school holiday


Tuesday, September 3

8:30  a.m.

First Day of Early Childhood and Grade School Classes


12 noon

Rose Ceremony followed by
all-school picnic


1:00 p.m. 

Early dismissal


Thursday, September 5

8:45 a.m.

New Family Welcome Tea


Interactive Calendar


Printable Calendar 

Community Classifieds
"Parzival: A Consciousness Soul" Course
Studies in Anthroposophy announces a Fall 2013 course for adults taught by Cheryl Martine and Jennifer GreeneEight Sunday afternoons. September 15 through November 10, 3:00-5:30 p.m. More

English/Writing Tutor

English tutor, experienced and qualified, happy to help all ages on school assignments, college entrance essays, personal and business writing. FMI: Tutor 

or 207-342-5678.

We publish community-service announcements from and for Ashwood community members at no charge (50-words maximum). Send to: Laura Purdom. 

Support Our Sponsors

STAR After-School Program

The award-winning STAR after-school program is free to all 5th through 8th graders in the Five-Town community! Classes start September 24 and are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:15-5:15 p.m. FMI: 236-9800 or go to: STAR Program.

Be a Sponsor
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Why Waldorf?
Educating Children For The Journey: Jack Petrash at TEDxRockCreekPark Educating Children For The Journey: Jack Petrash at TEDxRockCreekPark  
Our world is changing at a rapid and dramatic pace. Every decade brings technological advances and unforeseen social change. So how can we prepare our children for a world we can't envision? Click on the image above for a video presentation by Jack Petrash. Excellent viewing!   

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