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

September 11, 2013Join Our Mailing List

Our school year has begun, and once more the sounds of busy, happy children echo through the buildings. For many of us, the sadness we feel at the loss of Jayashree Kalmath-- our dear teacher, colleague, and friend--remains constant. We are anticipating meeting Jayashree's family from India soon, but they still are not sure of the exact date of their arrival. I will update the entire Ashwood, and greater Waldorf community once the family has determined plans for a service to honor Jayashree.


Cards, e-mails, and phone calls have been pouring in from people all over the country, expressing sympathy and offering help. Innumerable parents and other friends have given the faculty their support--volunteering in so many ways--as we cope with a reduced administrative and teaching staff. On behalf of the entire Faculty and Board I want thank everyone who has reached out and helped.


I have initiated a nationwide search for a teacher for the Sixth Grade. In the meantime, the class is fortunate to be under the excellent leadership of Laura Purdom, who also continues to fulfill her administrative duties on a minimal basis.


Thank you to everyone for your loving support, kind words, and greatly appreciated useful deeds.


Jody Spanglet, School Director

Festival News
Michaelmas Is Friday, September 27 
The annual Michaelmas Pageant and Hike will take place on Friday, September 27. Parents are encouraged to join us at 8:45 for the pageant and Michaelmas Chorus presentation. After the pageant there will be challenges of strength and courage followed by a picnic lunch. Then, we will make our annual Michaelmas hike to the summit of Mount Battie. The bus from school will depart at 12:15 p.m and will drop off students at the Route 52 Carriage Road Trailhead. Because of very limited parking we encourage parents who wish to hike to arrange carpooling to the trailhead. The most convenient option is probably to park at the Route 1, Camden Hills State Park Headquarters entrance. After a snack atop Mt. Battie we will continue down to the Camden Hills State Park Headquarters where we will play games before dismissal. We encourage parents to arrive early and join in the games! 


All Grade School children must be picked up at the Camden Hills State Park Headquarters off of Route 1 at 3:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27.


Gear for the Hike

For the Michaelmas hike on September 27, we encourage parents to send their children to school wearing sturdy footwear and, if possible, a backpack (versus a satchel or sack) containing clothing that would accommodate comfort in any weather. Layers, layers, layers! It is often windy and several degrees cooler at the summit. Also include a hearty snack and plenty of water.


Decorations Needed 

Help make our festival festive! We need corn stalks, hay bales, pumpkins and gourds for the Michaelmas Pageant. If you are able to donate any of these items please bring them to school by Thursday, Sept. 26. Donated items may be left by the news kiosk near the office. Thanks!

--The Celebrations Committee
Early Childhood News
10 Beautiful Mornings

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


The deadline to register for fall Parent-Child Classes is Friday, September 13. 

Board News
Planapalooza graphic
All-School Meeting Set for Thursday, October 3

Please save the date for Planapalooza II, our all-school meeting. This is your first opportunity of the school year to hear what we ALL have accomplished since last gathering one year ago at our first ever Planapalooza, where we are now, where we are headed.


Good news abounds, as do challenges. We want to share it all with you and let you know how you can learn more and get involved. Our goal is to have at least one parent from each family attend - two would be even better. Other friends of Ashwood are also encouraged to attend.


Here are the details:


When: Thursday, October 3rd, 6-8pm

Where: Grade School Building - Lower Level

Childcare available? In the Early Childhood building. Free; but please register in the office in advance.

Food?   Yes, again! Light refreshments to keep us going.


--Betsy Morrell, Board Chair

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. 
The Lunchbox
"Vintage" Ashwood Cookbook Giveaway
The 2013-14 school year has begun, and that means cooking up some ideas for healthy and yummy lunch and snack ideas. 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. 
Click here to download Inform, the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America monthly newsetter. 

In This Issue
Important Dates

Friday, September 13

Fifth Grade Field Trip


Tuesday, September 17

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Grade 1/2 Parent Meeting


Wednesday, September 18

8:45 a.m.


Thursday, September 19

9:00-11:00 a.m.

Parent-Child Class

6:00-7:30 p.m.

Early Childhood Parent Evening


Friday, September 20

Common Ground Fair


Tuesday, September 24

School Photos with Marti Stone


Wednesday, September 25

School Photos Rain Date


Thursday, September 26

9:00-11:00 a.m.

Parent-Child Class


Friday, September 27

8:50 a.m. -3:14 p.m.

Michaelmas Festival & Hike

4:00 p.m.



Interactive Web Calendar


Printable Calendar


Community Classifieds
Lecture on Modern Brain Research and Education

This Friday, September 13, at 7:00 p.m. Douglas Gerwin, PhD, will offer a lecture on "Turning Education on Its Head: What modern brain research says about how children and young adults learn." Dr. Gerwin is the director of the Center for Anthroposophy in Wilton, New Hampshire and has taught history, literature, German, music and life science in college and at Waldorf high school levels for the past 35 years. The lecture takes place at Merriconeag Waldorf School in Freeport. More

"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. 

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Why Waldorf?
"The Waldorf Way" on CNN

Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on "The Waldorf Way," looking at three key aspects Waldorf education with a cognitive neuroscientist.


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