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

March 26, 2014
Early Childhood News
Parent-Child Classes
This spring's Parent-Child session with Cherry Short-Lee will begin Monday, April 7 and continue on Mondays through May 29 (with a break on the Monday of spring vacation). This is a perfect way for parents (and grandparents or caretakers) of children 18 - 36 months to meet one another, exchange parenting ideas, glean wisdom from an experienced Waldorf educator and mother, and enjoy their children's growth in good company.
Registration deadline is Monday, March 31.

Forest Kindergarten
Check out this article about Ashwood's Forest  Kindergarten in the Pen-Bay Pilot.

Grade School News
Spring Concert

Join us on Tuesday, April 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House for Ashwood's annual Spring Concert! Grades 3-4, 5, 6 and 7 will be performing numbers from their vocal and string ensembles, and there will be some fun surprises as well. Everyone is invited! It's free!  See you there! 

-Laura Purdom, for the Music Committee  

Ultimate Frisbee Club

Coach: Jeremy Clough, Ashwood Waldorf School movement and class teacher

Who: Any students in the midcoast community in Grades 4-8. Bring your friends! This is club is coed, and no experience is needed. You will learn all the skills and rules you need to play. Your skills are sure to improve, but the main goal is to have fun.

When: Monday and Wednesday from 3:15-4:30 p.m. * May 5-June 4 (9 sessions; no practice on May 26). Students may sign up for two days or one day per week.

Where: We will meet at Ashwood Waldorf School, 180 Park Street, Rockport, at 3:15 and walk to the Marge Jones Recreation Fields on Rte 90. We will be playing on the Babe Ruth Field. Pick up is at the recreation fields at 4:30 p.m.

Cost: $30 per student

Sign up information:  Please call (207-236-8021) or email Elizabeth Larrow if your child would like to join the club.

Students will need to bring running shoes or cleats, a snack, water bottle, and appropriate clothing for the weather.
Alumni News
Jamie Oshima and Chloe Isis Concerts
Ashwood alumni Jamie Oshima and Chloe Isis will be making music in two upcoming performances: Whitefield on Friday, April 11 at Sheepscot General Store, and Camden, Saturday, April 12 at John Street Methodist Church.
Jamie and Chloe will be singing, playing guitar, piano, bass and drums, sometimes all at once! They will be the featured artists on WERU the week of April 7, you can hear them at 7:45 a.m. each day. Both concerts start at 7:00 p.m. Adults $10.00, students $6.00, and small children $2.00.
Portions of the proceeds benefit  "Making Change."
The Way I Am - Ingrid Michaelson Cover (Chloe & Jamie)

Glow Auction
Auction Update
It's been a little over a week since the culmination of our GLOW auction and event and many of us are still basking in the "after-GLOW." Our wonderful time together soaking up the incredible entertainment, excellent food, and our happy selves is punctuated by also meeting and exceeding our fiscal goal of $25,000 (net). We did it, everyone! Thank you to those who gave, to those who bid, to those who won, and those who didn't. Thank you to those who came to the event and those who wish they could have been there with us. We did good and well on so many levels.
Sponsors, volunteers, donors, and entertainers, we are ever so grateful for your support:

Our Generous Sponsors   In Honor of Families
Adventure Advertising Artisan Boatworks Belfast Dance Studio Bella Luna Toys
Comida Latin Kitchen Equinox Island Transit The First
Good Tern Food Co-op Rockland Fire and EMS Schooner Bay Printing Van Steenberg and Assoc.

And More Thanks To:
Alumni Volunteers Parent Dessert Makers Julia Dodge - Raffle
Skaar Design for GLOW Logo
Madrona Wienges for Photo Booth
Geoffrey Parker for Sound and Lighting Lesley Finlayson for Centerpieces

Savory Donations
Good Tern Co-op
Atlantic Baking Company
Ducktrap River Salmon
Curtis Meats
Eat More Cheese
Ray Family
John and Susan Silverio
John and Tania Chandler - In Honor of the Chandler Children Wayne and Susan Merritt - In Honor of the Eichenlaub Family William and Jane Sizeler - On Behalf of the Sizeler-Fletcher Family
Lorraine and Josef Soloway - In Honor of the Snider Family O'Herin and Newcomb Family - In Honor of the Children of Ashwood

The Gawler Sisters Bennett Konesni
Tyler Yentes

The Fabulous Committee
Erin Brainerd Kate Chandler, Kari Luehman, Tina Lipmanowicz, Annie Mahle, Liz Snider Lisa Zahn

Coffee's (Still) On!
Wake up and smell the Ashwood Arabica! Please support the sixth grade's effort to raise money for our eighth grade trip. We are selling delicious coffee from Green Tree Coffee in Lincolnville, Maine. The coffee sells for $12.00 per pound and is for sale in the office, self-serve. Supplies are limited! Get some while you still can! If you have any questions, e-mail  Liz Sizeler
Pysanky Workshop
Tuesday April 15, 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
At Rosewood. For Grades 3 - 7 and their parents.

Cost ~ $10 individual; $15 for a family of 2; $20 for families with more ~ materials included.

Instructor ~ Lesia Sochor. Lesia has taught Ukrainian egg decorating (Pysanky) for many years throughout Maine. Lesia is of Ukrainian heritage and brings the folklore of the craft as well as the technique and stories from her family.

Please sign up in the office & pre-pay by Monday, April 14.  Make checks payable to Lesia Sochor.  Feel free to call Lisa Newcomb for more information, 589-4311.
ARTicipation! is the Center for Maine Contemporary Art's annual pre-season community celebration of student art from the Five Town Community School District and local private and preschools. The exhibition of student art is open from 1 - 5 p.m., Thursday through Sunday,
April 12 - April 27. Admission is free. Opening Celebration: Sunday, April 12, 1 - 5pm.

Participating schools and programs include:
Appleton Village School (K-8)
Ashwood Waldorf School
Camden Hills Regional High School
Camden Rockport Elementary School
Camden Rockport Middle School
Camden Rockport Middle School Horizons Art Program
Children's House Montessori School
Hope Elementary School (K-8)
Lincolnville Central School (K-8)
Peopleplace Cooperative Preschool
Riley School
Wayfinder Schools

Volunteer gallery sitters are needed:
Thursday & Friday 4/17, 4/18; Thursday & Friday 4/24, 4/25. All dates need coverage 1:00 pm-5:00 pm., except 4/24, 1-5, which has been filled. This could be divided into a couple of hours at a time if needed. Please let Judith Soleil know if you'd like to help.
(And More) Concerts
Our dear Ms. Purdom will be performing with 
Boston Harmony, the unique world-music choir led by Village Harmony directors Patty Cuyler and Larry Gordon, in  three April concerts:
Saturday, April 5, 8:00 p.m. at Hancock UCC Church in Lexington, MA,
Friday, April 11, 8:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Melrose, MA, and
Saturday, April 12, 7:30 p.m. at Wesley Methodist Church in Hadley, MA.
Admission at the door is $12, $8 for students and seniors.
The concert program presents South African songs and dances, sacred and secular music from Caucasus
, Georgia, Corsica, and Bulgaria, two dramatic English West Gallery Anthems by William Knapp, traditional
and contemporary American shape-note songs, and renaissance Italian laudae.
For more information: 802.426.3210  or see the Village Harmony website
In This Issue
Important Dates
Friday, March 28
All-School Games

Friday, April 4
Friday Assembly: Grade 3-4

Summer Activities Fair. Camden- Rockport Elementary School
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 5
Open House
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 12
Articipation! Exhibit Opening
2:00 p.m.

April 21 - 26
Spring Vacation

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

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Community Classifieds
Custom Built Stubben Genesis CL Dressage Saddle with Biomex Seat.  18" seat.  Size 28 tree (MN).  Less than one year old in immaculate condition.  Deep seat and huge external thigh blocks.  Retails for $3800, asking $2700 OBO.  Contact Alison at or 207-706-6708.
Writing/English Tutor:
Andrew Schindel would be glad to help you or your child to write more happily and with more confidence. For school, business or personal projects, contact Andrew by email, or call 207.342.5678.
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Forest Kindergarten
Ladybird, Ladybird, Fly Away Home...

The Department of Environmental Science and Architecture at the University of Copenhagen studies, among other things, Forest Kindergartens. They have a number of wonderful, short video clips on their website, including this one of a philosophical little boy with a ladybug.


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