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

November 6, 2013Join Our Mailing List
Why Waldorf?
Master teacher, experienced administrator, and parent of five Kathleen Young has been mentoring our teachers at Ashwood Waldorf School for many years. On Monday evening, November 4, Kathleen met with parents and staff to put Waldorf education in context, and, as far as possible, "in a nutshell." The evening was lively, and several parents volunteered to continue the conversation at a later date with an eye to becoming advocates for the school in our wider community. More
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

Early Childhood News
Lantern Walk
Families in the Early Childhood program and the First and Second Grades are getting ready for the annual Lantern Walk on Friday, November 15 from 4:15-5:30 p.m. This is a tradition in many Waldorf schools around the world. The children make lanterns out of their watercolor paintings, a candle is placed within, and we carry them on a short walk together through the forest. The theme is centered around carrying the light into the cold nights of winter ahead, and is portrayed through a legend of St. Martin, a French knight from long ago. It will be wonderful to celebrate this occasion together.  

Beth Lunt, Early Childhood Teacher
Alumni News
Calling All Alumni!
We'd love to strengthen and nurture our connections with former Ashwood students near and far. Alums, parents, and friends, please keep us up to date. We're eager to hear any news and to know the whereabouts of our extended Ashwood family.
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. Remaining performances are at 7:30 p.m., November 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.


Tour of the Grades

Join us on Wednesday, November 20 at 8:15

a.m. for a behind-the-scenes look at Waldorf

education! In this tour you will wind your way

through three Grade School classrooms,

seeing firsthand how Waldorf works from the

early elementary grades through the middle

school. After the tour there will be a chance

to meet with School Director Jody Spanglet

for questions and conversation. Advance

registration is required. Contact: Judith Soleil


Florida Citrus on Sale Now
The Seventh Grade is working hard to raise money for their Eighth Grade trip. You can help by patronizing our Florida Citrus Sale. 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!

Click the link below to download the November edition of Inform, AWSNA's (Association of Waldorf Schools of North America) newsletter.  Link



In This Issue
Important Dates

Thursday, November 7

Seventh Grade Play
11:00 a.m.-noon
Fifth Grade Deepavali Gathering
6:00-8:00 p.m.

Friday, November 8

Friday Assembly: Fifth Grade

8:40-9:15 a.m 

All parents, whether their children are presenting are not, are welcome and encouraged to attend the Friday assemblies! 
Sixth Grade Family Night

5:00 p.m. 

Seventh Grade Play

6:00 p.m.


Monday, November 11

Veterans' Day - No School 


Wednesday, November 13

Sixth Grade Field Trip

Hope Elephants

Noon-2:30 p.m.

Seventh Grade Parent Evening

6:00-8:00 p.m.


Thursday, November 14

Board Meeting

6:00-9:00 p.m.


Friday, November 15

All School Games - No Assembly

8:40 a.m.


Monday, November 18

Sixth Grade Parent Evening

5:30-7:30 p.m.


Wednesday, November 20

PCC Meeting, Community Cottage

8:45-10:45 a.m.

Board President Betsy Morrell and Board Vice President Annie Mahle will give a presentation. More


Friday, November 22

Friday Assembly: Grade 3/4

8:40 a.m.


Wednesday-Friday, November 27-29

Thanksgiving Break - No School


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Community Classifieds
Bella Luna Is Hiring
Bella Luna Toys, a leading online retailer of Waldorf toys based in Rockland, is seeking a part-time customer service rep. Hours are
9 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Must have excellent communication and writing skills. Familiarity with Waldorf education and Waldorf toys a big plus! Must be available during the holidays, and willing to work the Friday after Thanksgiving and through December 20. Please send resume to this link.
We publish community-service announcements from and for Ashwood community members at no charge (50-words max.). Send to: Judith Soleil

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