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  Sunday, March 20, 2011Volume MMX-XI, Issue 23  
Middle School Music Evening    
We would like to welcome the entire community to come to the Middle School Music Evening this Wednesday, March 23, at 7 p.m.  The sixth, seventh, and eighth grades will have the chance to perform pieces of music they have been working very hard on in their orchestra and chorus classes.  It is a wonderful chance to see some of the fruits of Waldorf education!
Middle School Cake Concert    
The Middle School Cake Concert, which is a space for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders to share what they have been practicing in their lessons, will be this Tuesday, March 22, at 3:15 p.m.  There is a sign-up sheet by the orchestra room; students can check with their music teachers to see if they have a piece they can play.  Please join us!
The Neuroscience of Waldorf Education    
Save the date: The PCA invites you to join us on Friday, April 1, 2011, 7-9 p.m. to hear Steven Prouty, Ph.D., talk about "The Sense and Neuroscience of Waldorf Education." How does the latest research on the neurodevelopment of intelligence support the Waldorf approach to education? We've long known THAT it works, don't miss this opportunity to learn WHY!  Please contact Carol Jones with any questions.
Waldorf Boutique Needs Your Donations    
The PCA Waldorf Boutique 2011 wants your outgrown, gently-used children's clothes and Waldorf/wooden toys. Collection boxes will be placed across from the Café and in the nursery lobby starting Friday, April 1. Let your old things support the school!
New Hot Lunch Menu    
There's a new Hot Lunch Program menu on our website--check out the Lunch Program section of our website for the PDF.
Adult Eurythmy Class    
Liaat Zehavi will be teaching an adult eurythmy class on Friday mornings in the Eurythmy Room, beginning on April 1. The hour long class will start at 8:20 a.m.  Eurythmy is a gentle art of movement which we will move along with beautiful live piano music. If you would like to sign up for the class, or for more information, please email Liaat.
Leah Palumbo‚Äôs Simple Maple Cream Cake    
This delectable recipe by our own Leah Palumbo, the Blue Sky Kindergarten teacher, was featured in the Boston Globe Magazine on March 6. The sap is rising…let them eat cake!
Upcoming Events at Waldorf    
Monday, March 21
Morning Glories class evening, 7 p.m.
 
Tuesday, March 22
Middle School Cake Concert, 3:15 p.m.
Board Meeting, 7 p.m.
Mary Beth's Nursery class evening, 7:30 p.m.
 
Wednesday, March 23
Waldorf Park Arlington, 9:30 a.m.
Foundation Studies make-up class, 5 p.m.
Middle School Performing Arts Evening, 7 p.m.
 
Thursday, March 24
Parent Teacher Conferences
No School
 
Friday, March 25
Parent Teacher Conferences
No School
 
Monday, March 28
5th Grade to Hawthorne Valley Farm
Sweet Peas parent evening, 7 p.m.
Long Range Plan/Budget Meeting, 7 p.m.
Buttercups parent evening, 7:30 p.m.
 
Tuesday, March 29
4th Grade class evening, 7:30 p.m.
 
Wednesday, March 30
Waldorf Park Arlington, 9:30 a.m.
Foundation Studies, 5 p.m.
 
Friday, April 1
5th Grade returns from Farm
Waldorf Park, noon
 
Monday, April 4
3rd Grade to Hawthorne Valley Farm
PCA Meeting, 7 p.m.
 
Wednesday, April 6
Waldorf Park in Arlington, 9:30 a.m.
Wendy's Kindergarten class evening, 6:30 p.m.
5th Grade class evening, 7:30 p.m.
 
Friday, April 8
3rd Grade returns from Farm
Waldorf Park, noon
Mendenhall Concert, 7:30 p.m.
 
Monday, April 11
Board Officer Committee Meeting, 5:30 p.m.
Finance Committee Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
 
Wednesday, April 13
Waldorf Park in Arlingon, 9:30 a.m.
Foundation Studies, 5 p.m.
2nd Grade class evening, 7:30 p.m.
 
Friday, April 15
Waldorf Park, noon
April Vacation begins after regular afternoon dismissal
 
Family Folk Chorale    
Calling all critters to take your place in the choir!  Come sing along with Bill Staines and the Family Folk Chorale on Sunday, April 3 at the Regent Theatre in Arlington.  Tomorrow, Monday, March 21 is the last day to get $11 tickets from FFC members (Geneva in the kitchen has them!) Did you know Bill grew up here and went to the Adams School as a child? The Chorale is full of warm, friendly faces, including several of our own students and families as well as Chris Eastburn, our chorus director.  Order tickets online for $13
or $12 from the Regent Theatre box office.
Events in the Larger Waldorf Community    
There are many anthroposophical events in and around the Boston area, and beyond, that support and enliven what we do here at school. Please click "read more" above for frequently updated information and resources from the Anthroposophical Society of Greater Boston, AWSNA, The Pfeiffer Center, and others.
A Conversation Between Two Writers: Patricia MacLachlan and Gregory McGuire    
Patricia MacLachlan and Gregory Maguire will talk about their books, the writing process, and the importance of books to children on Wednesday, April 27, at 6 p.m. at The Thoreau School in Concord.  This will be followed by a question and answer period, book signing, and reception.  Advance tickets $18, $20 at the door, $10 with university ID.  Children under 18 are free.  All proceeds to benefit the Waldorf-inspired Evergreen Garden Playschool in Devens.  For more information, please call 978-772-9595 or send an email.  For details about this event, please click "read more" above.
Community Classifieds    
Remember to check the Community Classifieds page on the school website every week for information about any items of more general interest, such as music lessons, professional services, real estate, items for sale, workshops or events in locations other than the school. Advertisers are advised that the Community Classifieds are published via the school’s website for the benefit of members and friends of the school community and can be accessed on the worldwide web.
   You can easily access the Classifieds on the school's website in the Community section, where you will also find the submission form and guidelines. Please contact Luana Preston with any questions.
Bulletin Submissions    
If you would like to submit an item to the Bulletin, please email Megan Curtis by Wednesday for it to appear in that week's edition.
In this week's edition:    
  • Fourth Grade Norse Myths
  • Parent Teacher Conferences
  • 40th Anniversary Encore Presentation and More
  • PCA Garden Cleaning
  • Mendenhall Concert Coming Soon
  • Sign Up Early for the Summer Program
  • Gala Results & Thank You's
  • Eighth Grade Posters for Sale
  • Get a Spot on Thursday's Ski Trip
  • Japan in Need
  • A Jubilee to Celebrate Rudolf Steiner's 150th
Fourth Grade Norse Myths    
In fourth grade, the children express a vigor and enthusiasm for life that translates into an ability to work and play hard, in the classroom and out.  To meet this new energy, the Main Lesson curriculum brings the Norse Myths, which are full of multiple, playful personalities embodied by the pantheon of gods.  Figures like powerful Thor and the mischievous Loki show how gods with very human qualities can work together to make a whole community.  The children can begin to see the play between dark and light, and where they fit into this picture and into the social whole.
 
On Friday, the Fourth Grade gave a very entertaining performance of their play, Scenes from Asgard, which provided a glimpse into their journey through the Norse Myths.  Many thanks to Mrs. Weiland, the students, and the parents for their work.
Parent Teacher Conferences    
Sign-up sheets for Parent Teacher Conference are now available in the Main Office.  Conferences will be held this Thursday, March 24 and Friday, March 25.  Spaces are filling up quickly, so stop by and find a time that suits you. 
 
There will be no classes or afternoon programs held during these days.  Any children at the school must be under the supervision of an adult at all times for safety reasons.
40th Anniversary Encore Presentation and More    
Come join us on Thursday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the school auditorium for a presentation of the highlights of our anniversary celebration, along with a conversation with Stephen Bloomquist about our school's first forty years. This is for all adults and students in grades 6 through 8: those who could not be at the March 12 celebration as well as those at the Gala who want to share more deeply in the memories of our forty years.

Come view the history montage and Paul Menz in his starring role as Master of the Roof along with some archival footage from the 1980s. Look out for those Bermuda shorts and knee socks. We will also have birthday cake from Quebrada.

Students in grades 6 through 8 who are interested in hearing about the school's history and want to share in the celebration must sit with their family during the videos and the retrospective. Alumni and alumni parents and other friends of the school are also welcome to join in the celebration.

Please email Carol Damm if you plan to be there and include how many are coming. We want to be sure to have enough cake for everyone.
PCA Garden Cleaning    
All around our school the snow is receding and bulbs are pushing up shoots! But in between, leaves and weeds remain from last season. Every Tuesday morning from 8:15-9:15 a.m., starting this week on March 22, a member of the PCA will be busy cleaning up outside--and will have extra gloves, clippers, and rakes. If you have some time to spare after drop-off, come and enjoy the fresh air and good company. Many hands make light work! Please email the PCA with any questions or comments.
Mendenhall Concert Coming Soon    
The Robert Mendenhall Memorial Concert is coming up soon: Friday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Follen Church.  This year, you may purchase your tickets ahead of time online, as well as by sending in a check. Tickets are $35 each and are only available at the door on a space-available basis, so we recommend purchasing yours ahead of time. 
   The beautiful evening features performances by our professional faculty and parent musicians, and selected student musicians as well. A reception in the Follen Church parish hall follows the concert. Concert proceeds benefit the Mendenhall Memorial Music Scholarship fund, which has helped provide private music instruction for scores of our students
Sign Up Early for the Summer Program    
Our enchanting Great Meadows Summer Program is busy enrolling! We are offering a special 5% early-bird discount if you register before Friday, April 1. Application forms are available in the Main Office or you can sign up on the Great Meadows page on the school's website.

Our program runs from June 20 through August 12, eight weeks full of summer fun! Sign-up is flexible and here to serve your summer needs: enroll for just one week or for all eight! Word of mouth is our best form of advertising, so please pass this offer along to your friends.  If you have any questions, please call Julia directly at (781)254-6892.
Gala Results & Thank You's    
We are very pleased to report that, due to the overwhelming generosity of our community, net proceeds for the 40th Anniversary Gala were approximately $83,000.  The special appeal for the Adams Building Roof Repairs raised over $36,000, earning the full $10,000. in matching funds offered by our generous anonymous benefactor.  THANK YOU!  The live & silent auctions netted an additional $37,000.
 
The school is deeply grateful to the volunteers who worked so hard at the Gala on March 12 for treating all who attended to such a smooth-running and relaxing evening.  They are:  Ralph Brooks, Eliza Brown, Peter DeMasi, Dianna Dixon, Andrew Freeburg, Phyllis Frothingham, Julie Hannon, Carol Jones, Paul Menz, Andrea Paquette, Linda Rhines, and Debbie Ridley.  We also thank Sebastian Diaz for providing audio/visual expertise and support, and Mia Moran, who was our volunteer photographer.We also want to thank all the donors--especially teachers, parents, and students-- who created and/or donated such wonderful and valued items to the auction.  
 
Lastly, the Gala Team worked tirelessly, cheerfully, and enthusiastically for over a year to bring this vision of celebration and renewal to fruition.  We cannot thank them enough.  They are:  Christine Alaimo, Amy Durlach, Deb Goldman, Elizabeth Green, Julie Hannon, Elizabeth Stubbs, Kerstin Zanger and our indispensable, invaluable Co-Chairs, Carol Damm and Laurel Kayne. 
 
To all in the community who lent a hand in ways great and small, and to all who simply extended their best wishes for the evening to be a joyous celebration of our history and an outpouring of confidence in our future, thank you.
Eighth Grade Posters for Sale    
The eighth grade will be selling posters of an original drawing done by the students.  This special edition poster is based on a collaborative drawing in which the eighth grade students independently added their contributions to the whole composition as a fantastical tribute to the Waldorf School. If you are interested in owning a copy, please email Carol with your order. Pick up your copy at Café 8 on Thursday mornings for $15.  Proceeds will help fund the class trip in June.
Get a Spot on Thursday's Ski Trip    
There are still a few spaces left for the ski trip this Thursday, March 24. Any parents with children in the younger grades who would like to take their child skiing for the day at Mt. Snow are welcome to come. The cost is $65 per person and includes the bus ride and a lift ticket.  To sign up, please click "read more" above.
Japan in Need    
Dear friends in the Waldorf community,

We would like to thank you all for your thoughtfulness regarding the recent earthquake disaster in Japan. As each day passes and the extent of the damage becomes more apparent our hearts go out to all those affected by this disaster. The death toll reported on March 18th is 6,406 and 10,259 people are still missing. 386,000 people are staying at evacuation shelters. There are over 100,000 destroyed or partially destroyed buildings and houses. People who live within a radius of 20 km (12.4 miles) of the nuclear power plants have been evacuated and within a radius of 30 (18.6 miles) km have been advised to stay inside.
 
With help from all around the world people in Japan are trying their best to rescue survivors and support the victims. While it may not seem like much any donation you could make in support of the relief efforts would be greatly appreciated.  There are several ways to donate to aid the victims of the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami; click on "read more" above for details and information.
 
We thank you for your kindness and consideration.
Sincerely,

Yoko Masuda-Graham (Nursery parent)
Yoshiko Mizukami Reddy (First grade parent)
Emi Usui Morse (First grade parent)
A Jubilee to Celebrate Rudolf Steiner's 150th    
Waldorf School of Lexington will host the Anthroposophical Society's festive, informative Jubilee event on Sunday, April 17, 1-4:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Tables are still available (free of charge) for showcasing Anthroposophical-inspired initiatives.
On board so far are: Joe O'Regan and The Bees, (featuring a special screening of the documentary, "Queen of the Sun," about the current plight of the bees and ecological health), The Center for Anthroposophy, Biodynamics, Jason Healy with Lazuring, Colors and Soul Life, Carla Mattioli with painting, Brigitta Witteveen with curative education in Waldorf, Bread, Grains and Sprouting with Barbara Martin, The House of Peace, True Botannica and Anthroposophical healing preparations, Eurthymy, and Threefold Social Order.

For more information or to sign up to participate, contact Geneva Cooper by email or at 617 558 3322, or email Andrew Linnell.
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