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

January 22, 2014Join Our Mailing List
Buildings & Grounds
Many thanks to all who attended the Buildings & Grounds Master Planning Informational Meeting.  What we lacked in quantity of attendees, we certainly made up for in quality.  Please look for a meeting recap and next steps in the next Leaflet.

Betsy Morrell, B&G Chair.
Contracts for 2014-2015
All current Ashwood families will receive the 2014-15 tuition schedule and enrollment contract with associated forms by postal mail next week. Tuition assistance packets will be available in the front office on Friday, January 24. You can also access them here.
WinterKinder Crafts
The enrollment season is upon us and we are actively seeking new early-childhood students to join us in the coming year. YOU are our best help in this effort!  We have created the WinterKinder crafts program to introduce Ashwood to new families and children. Please consider inviting your friends with young children to attend; these workshops will be a fun and easy way to spread the word about what we have to offer. You are most welcome to attend and help us welcome new families to our school! 
Annual Appeal Update

Annual Appeal Update


This cake could be yours. Don't let some other class get your cake! First class to get to 100% participation is the lucky winner, delivered to your next parent evening.


We've raised $23,759.22 so far and only have another $16,240.78 to go! We can do it, Ashwood. We did it last year; we can do it again this year.


Here's a thought: If you set aside, for example, $10 every other week between February 14 and June 30, 2014, and it becomes a donation of $90. We can arrange to have your donation withdrawn on a regular basis from your bank account, to make this contribution seamless for you. If you already have a Capital Campaign donation that will expire shortly, we can continue this pledge as an ongoing Annual Appeal pledge with the end date of your choice.


Thank you so very much for helping us all get to 100% participation. We did so well last year and I know we can get there again.


Annie Mahle, Development Chair (and baker extraordinaire) 


Movement: The Magic Key. Practical Tips for Helping Our Children at Home
What can parents do at home to help our children with learning and behavioral difficulties? Movement is a powerful key. Waldorf educator Randi Stein will present practical movements and other suggestions to address specific behavioral issues and situations .
Suggested donation: $5.00. High Mountain Hall, Camden, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. This talk is suitable for a general audience (adults only, please); feel free to bring friends.
Early Childhood
Winter Wonders
Hello Everyone:
    Our first week back in class found the children happily re-entering into their play after the long Christmas break.  Unfortunately we were not able to be outdoors as much as we usually are, due to the frigid temperatures.  We don't mind the cold at all, but that was a bit much! We usually have 45 minutes outside in the morning and an hour before lunch. But they still found lots to do and we had some circle games and free play indoors.
    Circle time began with a new theme, "King Winter," which was certainly apropos! This circle has a lot of movement and action, and the children really enjoy it; especially the "sledding."

A new student has joined us, Gabriel Verite. We are so very happy that he is with us.  Romi, his sister, is also in our class, and he has two other siblings at Ashwood, Phoenix Verite in 2nd grade and Julian King in 7th. Welcome, Gabe!
     Thank you to everyone who made it to our Winter Spiral, and for all the wonderful food and gifts you shared. This was a lovely evening, and I am planning a parent evening for the near future (date to be announced). I am going speak about phases of childhood and some of the challenges that arise. Several parents have had questions about different behaviors and how to meet them. Please let me know of questions you might have regarding your child, and we can address them from a Waldorf perspective.
    I thank you for your lovely children, and for all of your support.

-Ms. Beth
Coffee's (Still) On!
Wake up and smell the Ashwood Arabica!
Please support the sixth grade's efforts to raise money for our eighth grade trip. We are selling delicious, freshly roasted coffee from Green Tree Coffee in Lincolnville, Maine. Choose drip-ground or whole bean, decaffeinated or regular. The coffee sells for $12 per pound and comes in vacuum-packed bags. Stock up now! This is a limited-time fundraiser.
Please see a sixth grader after school, or email sixth grade parent Liz Sizeler: 
Randi Stein to Speak
Movement: The Magic Key. Practical Tips for  
Helping Our Children at Home
February 5 6:00p.m. - 8:00 p.m. High Mountain Hall, Camden. 
What can parents do at home to help our children with learning and behavioral difficulties? Movement is a powerful key. Waldorf educator Randi Stein will present practical movements and other suggestions to address specific issues and situations.

GLOW - A Celebration of Light with Music, Food, and Community


Well, the committee has been hard at work for months, and you are just now beginning to see the fruits of their labors. The Facebook event page is up, the postcard invitations will be mailed by the end of the week, and the posters, too, will be up and around town shortly!


Online Auction: February 14 to March 14


Live Event: March 15 6 p.m., Rockport Opera House

  • Featuring Tyler Yentes, the Gawler sisters, Bennett Konesni and Droplet Dance
  • Great food, cash bar, silent auction
  • Purchase tickets at HAVll, Good Tern, Belfast Co-Op, Rising Tide or Ashwood. $15 advanced, $18 at the door, $200/table of 10
Door Prize Announcement! We have just confirmed that our HOT door prize is a gourmet dinner prepared by the Rockland Fire Department, which just so happens to boast several former chefs. Your party will be picked up by the fire department in one of their fire engines and driven to the station for your 4-course dinner. You are then returned in the same style. Every ticket holder is entered to win this prize and extra raffle tickets are available for purchase.


New Items: They are coming in every day. Thank you to all those who have donated; we clearly couldn't do this without you. If you still have a super-special item that is begging to be donated, contact Kate Chandler or Kari Luehman


Sponsorships: Family and business sponsorships are still available. Our goal is to offset the event costs completely, and we need your help! Grandparents, alumni, friends of Ashwood, parents, and businesses, all are welcome.  


-Annie Mahle or 594-4823.

Hannaford Scrip Shop. Eat.

Stop by the office to purchase a Hannaford's card, sold in $50 and $100 denominations.

Ashwood earns 5% on the weekly expenditures of everyone who participates!
In This Issue
Important Dates
Friday, January 24
Tuition assistance packets available in the office.

Monday, January 27
Parent-Child Classes Begin
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, January 28
Introduction to First Grade in a Waldorf School
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
In the grade 1-2 classroom

Wednesday, January 29
Winter KinderCrafts 2:00 - 3:15
First of 3 sessions: Rolled Beeswax Candles. Sign up by January 22.

Wednesday, February 5
Movement: The Magic Key 
Practical Tips for Helping Our Children at Home 6:00p.m. - 8:00 p.m. High Mountain Hall 5 Mountain St. Camden. (Mountain St. entrance, downstairs.) 

Interactive Web Calendar


Printable Calendar

Community Classifieds
I have a much loved piano that has been in the family for 3 generations that I would like to pass on to someone who will play it. It is an upright Bluthner and needs a tune and some superficial work on its casing. No charge, but it probably needs to be professionally moved.Audrey McGlashan: 207.594.6331

Biography Course Offered by Studies in Anthroposophy
There is still room for participants to enroll in the winter course in biography offered by Studies in Anthroposophy. Elizabeth Trocki of Ellsworth, formerly a class teacher at the Cape Ann Waldorf School in Massachusetts and instructor of Foundation Studies courses in Lexington, Mass. and Quechee, Vermont, will lead the class for eight Sunday afternoons (with the exception of February 16) beginning January 26. The class will be held at Ashwood Waldorf School in Rockport. More information, including a course description and registration details, is available at: Or phone Susan Silverio: 207.763.4652.

Christian Community
A warm invitation goes out to all Ashwood families and community members for this weekend's Christian Community gathering in the garden-level classroom of the grade school. Please call Cherry Short-Lee (273-3045) about attending the children's service and religious instruction on Sunday morning, and for childcare afterward. See the full schedule here.
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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Why Waldorf?
Preparing for Life

The New York Times sparked national media coverage with its front page story on why Silicon Valley parents are turning to Waldorf education. This film picks up where that story left off. "Preparing for Life" takes viewers inside the Waldorf School of the Peninsula in California where the focus is on developing the capacities for creativity, resilience, innovative thinking, and social and emotional intelligence over rote learning. Entrepreneurs, Stanford researchers, investment bankers, and parents who run some of the largest hi-tech companies in the world weigh in on what children need to navigate the challenges of the 21st Century in order to find success, purpose, and joy in their lives.  

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