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Festival News
All Hallows' Eve is Next Week 

Ashwood Waldorf School presents the 12th Annual All Hallows' Eve Walk. Beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 31, the grounds of Merryspring Nature Center, Conway Road, Camden, are transformed into an enchanted forest full of beautiful and mysterious creatures and magical characters from myth, fairytale, and legend. Walk the jack-o-lantern lit paths, and look for your favorite storybook scenes, from sleepy Rip Van Winkle and carefree Red Riding Hood to dear old Mother Holle and brave Sir Lancelot.


A delicious cookie awaits you as you exit the path. And don't miss storytime at the gazebo with our favorite good witch!


The All Hallows' Eve Walk is specially designed as a gift for young children and their parents or caregivers. We hope that it will be a place where the littlest ones in our community can have a happy and scare-free Halloween experience. For more information, see The Spirits of Halloween, an article by Eugene Schwartz on the young child's experience of Halloween.


For the older children, aged nine to thirteen, a mysterious character will offer a spooky story by the campfire in the woods. And to warm you up, hot cider will be served by the Parent Community Council.


Parking for the event is in Merryspring Nature Center's meadows past the buildings and off the main loop. Guides will show you the way. Families are encouraged to carpool. 


Join us! All Hallows' is a not-to-be-missed festival for young and old. And (we're not tricking!) it's always a treat to see everyone in their Halloween finery. So, dress up! But we do ask that you save the scary masks and costumes for elsewhere for the sake of the small children. 


Have You Picked Your Pumpkin?

Remember to bring a pumpkin or two to school for the annual pumpkin carving extravaganza! Tools, marked with your name, are also needed. Large spoons, wrapped carving knives, and markers are all useful items. The carving will take place from 12:15 to 1:20 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30. Parents are encouraged to join the fun! Please send a pumpkin or two of any size to school with your child between October 28 and 30. Carved pumpkins will be transported to Merryspring for the All Hallows' Eve walk. (They are the children's contribution to the festival and will not be returned.)

The Celebrations Committee: Lesley Finlayson (Chair), Jeremy Clough, Robert Kaczor, Laura Purdom
Board News
Stay Informed: Attend a Board Q&A Session

Another big thank you to all who participated in and all who attended Planapalooza II. Click here for the minutes, so adroitly scribed by the nimble fingers of Maria Northcott. Also, click here for a list of all Board and subcommittee members and their contact information. In addition, Jen Lavi and Betty Wyman are the current co-chairs of the PCC.  If you would like to join a committee (join the fun!), or just have a question, please contact the person noted on the list. 


The Strategic Planning Committee has met and reviewed all the questions posed at Planapalooza II. Questions not answered that night will be addressed in one-on-one conversation, via email or in upcoming PCC or committee meetings. The tentative meeting schedule is:

  • November 20, PCC Meeting, 8:45-10:45 a.m.: Board Members Annie Mahle and Betsy Morrell will answer questions asked at the Planapalooza II and in the PCC survey about Board membership, Board transparency, PCC "representation" on the board and other questions on this topic. 
  • December 18, PCC Meeting, 6-8 p.m.: Board members (to be announced) will answer questions on tuition assistance. Last year, at the request of many parents, we held a meeting on the school budget creation process, setting tuition and tuition assistance. If there is interest, we will update and repeat this presentation.
  • February PCC Meeting or another evening meeting time to be announced: Permaculture introduction by Jesse Labbe-Watson.
  • The Buildings & Grounds Committee (date to be announced) will hold a meeting to present and receive input on future driveway and parking configurations that will impact the master planning process and how permaculture plays a role in this discovery process.  

If you have any questions or comments about any of these topics please come to the meetings and/or contact a committee chair to arrange an alternate meeting time. 


Betsy Morrell, Board Chair

Alumni News
Alumna Plays Leading Role in Belfast Area High School Comedy
Ashwood Waldorf School alumna Emma Moesswilde '10 is playing the Lady of the Lake, the lead female role, in the Belfast Area High School's production of Spamalot, the Monty Python-esque musical comedy loosely based on the story of the Holy Grail. The show will be performed at BAHS on November 8, 9, 15, and 16 at 7 p.m., and on November 10 and 17 at 2 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. For more information and to reserve tickets, please call Belfast Area High School, 207-338-1790. 
Alumnus to Perform in Heartwood's "Fiddler on
the Roof"
Heartwood Regional Theater Company in collaboration with Lincoln Academy will present "Fiddler on the Roof," featuring Ashwood Waldorf School alumnus Gabe Ferrero '13 as Motel the Tailor. Six performances will be given in the Poe Theater at Lincoln Academy. There will be  a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday, November 3, as well as five evening performances at 7:30 p.m. on November 1-2, 7-9. Tickets are $8 for students through high school, $16 for adults. Seating is unreserved, unless specially requested in advance. Reservations very strongly recommended (shows tend to sell out). Call: 207-563-1373 or contact (Please do not contact Lincoln Academy for reservations). For more details, visit this link
Alumni to Perform in "Shrek, The Musical" at Camden Hills Regional High School

Several Ashwood Waldorf School alumni are cast in the Camden Hills production of "Shrek, The Musical," including Duncan Hall '10, Fiona Hall '13, Chloe Isis '13, Jamie Oshima '12, and Jonas Eichenlaub '13. The show will run Fridays and Saturdays, November 8, 9, 15, and 16 at 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday, November 10, at 2 p.m. in the Strom Auditorium, Rockport. Advance ticket sales are $12 reserved and $10 general admission; $6 for students and senior citizens. There will be a special Family Show on Wednesday, November 13, at 6:00 p.m. with the reduced ticket price of $5, all general admission. For more information: 207-236-7800, ext. 282 or visit this Strom website or the Penbay Pilot.


Parent-Teacher Conferences This Week
Parent-teacher conferences begin tomorrow (Thursday, Oct. 24) and run from 1:30-5:50 p.m. Conferences continue on Friday, October 25, 8:30 a.m.-3:55 p.m. There is no school on Friday. If you have not yet signed up, or need to make a change, please see your class teacher.

Please remember that no children may be on campus without adult supervision during conferences. 

Jody Spanglet, School Director
Seventh Grade Fundraisers
Seventh Grade is working hard to raise money for their Eighth Grade trip. You can help by patronizing our two current fundraisers. You'll be supporting a great cause!

Pizza Fridays: The Seventh Grade is offering Pizza Fridays beginning November 1. We are sending signup forms home with your child; extra forms are available in the school office. Signup forms are due by October 28. Please place them, with payment, in the envelope in the office. 

Florida Citrus: It's citrus ordering time again! These fresh Florida grapefruits and oranges are truly a treat to have for the holiday season. They are grown on a small independent farm and are far superior to the grocery store options. It doesn't get much fresher! Find an eager Seventh Grader and get your order in by November 15.

Amy Watson, Seventh Grade Teacher
Shop. Eat.
Save the World.

Participating in Ashwood Waldorf School's Hannaford grocery card fundraiser couldn't be easier. Just stop by the office to purchase a card, sold in denominations of $50 and $100. Then, the next time you're at Hannaford, use it to pay for your groceries. The gift card works just like cash. What you pay for the card pays for your groceries. 

Ashwood earns 5% on the weekly expenditures of everyone who participates!

Valid All Over New England!
Don' t forget: There are dozens of Hannaford stores throughout New England, and our grocery cards are valid at all of them. Take a card with you when you travel. Let your friends and relatives know that they can make a contribution to Ashwood simply by doing the grocery shopping. Or, tuck a grocery card into a holiday, birthday, or special thank you card. You really can't miss: Who doesn't like food?

Stop by the school office to purchase one today!
In This Issue
Important Dates

Thursday, October 24

Parent Teacher Conferences
1:30-5:50 p.m.

Friday, October 25
Parent Teacher Conferences
No School
8:30 a.m.-3:55 p.m.

Wednesday, October 30
Pumpkin Carving
12:15-1:20 p.m.

Thursday, October 31
4:30-5:45 p.m.

Friday, November 1
Friday Assembly: Grade Six Presents 
8:40-9:10 a.m.
All parents, whether their children are presenting are not, are welcome and encouraged to attend the Friday assemblies! 

Thursday, November 7
Seventh Grade Play
11:00 a.m.-noon

Friday, November 8

Friday Assembly: Fifth Grade Presents

8:40-9:15 a.m 

Sixth Grade Family Night

5:00 p.m. 

Seventh Grade Play

6:00 p.m.


Monday, November 11

Veterans' Day - No School 


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