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  Sunday, October 14, 2012Volume MMXII-XIII, Issue 6  
    
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What Makes Waldorf"Waldorf"?    
Come to the session of Waldorf 102 on Wednesday, October 17, from 7-9 p.m. This next session of this series presents topics such as the four temperaments, the significance of festivals, and myths and truths about Waldorf education—interesting and pertinent information for new and returning parents.
Parent-Teacher Conferences    
Parent-Teacher Conference sign-up sheets will be available in the Main Office beginning Monday, October 22 at 8 a.m.  Conferences will take place on Thursday, November 1 and Friday, November 2. There will be no classes for students on these days.
Handbook Highlight:    
Parent Responsibility for Supervision of Children (see page 58 for more details):
Students are not allowed to be in the building unsupervised when school is not in session.  Between 8:10 a.m. and 3 p.m. children who are not in class must be closely supervised at all times by their parent or guardian. 
 
Please be vigilant about having your youngsters stay with you when you are in the Café/Homespun basement area to insure that your children are not alone in the basement hallway or any other areas downstairs. Safety issues are a concern, as are noise levels that are disruptive to our teachers and students.
Conference Childcare    
When you think about your childcare options during Parent-Teacher Conferences, please think about the eighth grade. The eighth grade students will be offering onsite childcare for students in grades 1-6 on Thursday, November 1, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. to help raise money for their class trip. You may sign your child/children up for one hour or for the whole day. Check next week’s bulletin for more details and look for the sign-up sheet that will be posted in the Main Office when you sign up for your conference. Thank you! If you have a sibling younger than first grade who will need care as well, please email Susan Cody.
CafĂ© Use on Fridays    
The eighth grade uses the Café on Fridays from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. to organize and distribute pizza lunch to all the classes.  We ask that parents and faculty wait until 12:45 p.m. on Fridays to use the Café area so that the students will have the space they require to complete their work. Thank you.
Foundation Studies    

Come to the Foundation Studies Information Session on Monday, October 22, 7-8 p.m., in the second grade classroom. It is a new two-year cluster formation at the Waldorf School of Lexington beginning this fall. If you can't make the info session and/or want to learn more, contact Lexington Foundation Studies Coordinator, Brenda Behrend, for more information.

To learn more about the Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy and the Arts, please click "read more" above.

Waldorf Park Donations    
Waldorf Park, our drop-in program for families with small children, is ready and happy to receive donations of play items for children ages three and under. In addition to the items listed in last week's bulletin, we are in need of a small wagon, small cups and napkins, and rug liners (various sizes). Please contact Lucy by email or leave a message on extension 551 (Parent/Tot program). Thank you!
Upcoming Events    
8th Grade leaves for Shepkers trip
 
Tuesday, October 16
Fairy Bell Nursery class evening, 7:30 p.m.
6th Grade class evening, 7:30 p.m.
 
Wednesday, October 17
Info Session, 8:45 a.m.
Arlington Waldorf Park, 9:30 a.m.
Waldorf 102 for Parents, 7 p.m.
7th Grade class evening, 7:30 p.m.
 
Thursday, October 18
Concord Waldorf Park, 9:30 a.m.
Blue Sky Kindergarten class evening, 6 p.m.
 
Friday, October 19
Waldorf Park, 1 p.m.
8th Grade returns from Shepkers
 
Sunday, October 21
Admissions Open House, 1-3 p.m.

Monday, October 22
Introduction to Foundation Studies, 7 p.m.
Open Board Meeting, 7 p.m.
 
Tuesday, October 23
Evergreen Kindergarten class evening, 6:30 p.m.
 
Wednesday, October 24
Arlington Waldorf Park, 9:30 a.m.
Viennese Waltz Class, 7 p.m.
 
Thursday, October 25
Concord Waldorf Park, 9:30 a.m.
 
Friday, October 26
Waldorf Park, 1 p.m.
Cookie Concert, 3:30 p.m.
 
Saturday, October 27
Little Meadow class meeting, 10 a.m.
Lost Bookbag    
Have you found a bookbag full of papers?  If so, please return it to the Main Office for Mrs. Yudis.
Wider World of Waldorf    
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.
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:    
  • Bubbles at East Lex Fair Accreditation Visit
  • Annual Giving Kickoff
  • Open Board Meeting Invitation
  • Halloween Walk Volunteers
  • Soccer Slideshow
  • PCA Waldorf Boutique
  • Hot Lunch: Week of October 15
  • Class Fundraisers:
    • 8th Grade Dance Class
    • 7th Grade Halloween Party
  • WHS Events 
Accreditation Visit    
One of the assurances that parents, faculty, and the AWSNA logowider community have that the Waldorf School of Lexington is a strong, successful school is that we are accredited by both AWSNA (Association of Waldorf Schools of North America) and NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges). The school undergoes re-accreditation with both bodies every ten years to ensure that we continue to uphold both our own and the accrediting institutions’ expectations.
 
The first step of the accreditation process, which NEASC logobegan in the fall of 2011, is a thorough self-evaluation that involves faculty, staff, board members, and parents, and lasted throughout the 2011-12 school year.  The findings are summarized in a lengthy "self-study" that covers all aspects of the school from programs to policies, facilities to finances, and includes recommendations for improvement in coming years.
 
The final step of the process is a site visit by a team of educators, volunteers from area independent and Waldorf schools, who are affiliated with both AWSNA and NEASC. They will arrive on Sunday, October 21 and stay through Wednesday, October 24, during which time they will review our self-study, visit classrooms, and talk to faculty and staff, finally making their own commendations and recommendations. Our school then has a period of two years to enact any recommendations for improvement called for by our accreditors.
 
We look forward to welcoming the Visiting Accreditation Team members as they explore and evaluate our school, and if you should happen to meet our guests, we invite you to help them feel welcome during their visit.
Annual Giving Kickoff    
annual giving treeApple Cake and Cider are back!  Join the Annual Giving Committee, staff, and faculty at drop-off on Monday, October 15 in the Café to kick off our Annual Giving Campaign. What better way to start the Annual Giving Campaign off but on a sweet autumn note? You can expect a serving of Geneva’s amazing apple cake and a drink of local cider. We want to show our gratitude for the thoughtful and generous donations the school received last year which made our last campaign a huge success with 97% participation of parents – an all-time high!
This year we continue, as all independent schools do, to raise funds for the Annual Giving Campaign. Your donation makes a critical difference in the strength of our program, the beauty of our facilities, and the compensation to our amazing teachers.

For more information on our Annual Giving Campaign, you can view our Q & A on our website.  Please support the Waldorf School of Lexington and make your gift today. You can donate online here, or send your gift to the attention of Linda Mack, Director of Development, The Waldorf School of Lexington, 739 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA 02420 or call Linda at 781-863-1062, extension 564.
Open Board Meeting Invitation    
Reading in the libraryPlease join us at the annual Open Board Meeting on Monday, October 22 at 7 p.m. in the Handwork Room. This is a great opportunity to meet our board members, to experience a school board meeting, and to hear from the school's external independent auditors about the state of school finances. There is designated time on the agenda for community members to provide feedback and ask questions.
Halloween Walk Volunteers    
Halloween Walk gnomesYou can still be a part of this magical event for our nursery and kindergarten children on the morning of Wednesday, October 31! Volunteer for one of several openings found on the sign-up sheets posted in both the lobby of the Nursery building and near the kindergarten classrooms in the Adams Building. Volunteer opportunities are open to all. In order to preserve the magic of the day, please remember not to discuss your participation or particulars of this event in the presence of the children. Questions may be directed to this year’s Halloween Walk Coordinators, Allison Moody and Lori Wright.
Soccer Slideshow    
Girls' soccer gameOur fall soccer season is still in session, and it's been a fun and exciting time so far.  All the members of the boys' and the girls' teams have shown great enthusiasm and effort in their games.  To see the girls' team in action, please click "read more" above for a soccer slideshow. We will have a slideshow next week of the boys.
PCA Waldorf Boutique    
wooden toysThe Waldorf Boutique succeeds through your generosity.  Though volunteers' garages and lofts are bursting with donations made so far, the PCA will be happy to accept more. Proceeds from the event at the Holiday Fair benefit both the school and the Parent Education program, so please consider passing on gently used children's clothing and natural and/or wooden toys. If you cannot make it into the building, or have bulky items, please email Taryn or call her at 617-504-5880.
Hot Lunch: Week of October 15    
For the full hot lunch menu, please visit the Lunch Program page.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Sesame noodles & tempeh
Snow peas
Fruit
Corn chowder
Homemade bread
Cheese/HB egg
Berry pudding
Cheese & spinach strata
Savory quinoa
Fruit
Roast turkey and
mashed parsley Potatoes
Fruit
Class Fundraisers    
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Ball Dance Fundraiser, 8th Grade
Eighth grade parent Heather Chatfield and dance instructor Michael Bergman will be leading a dance workshop for adults to prepare for the Viennese Ball on November 16. Join this fun workshop on Wednesday, October 24 or Wednesday, November 7, 7-9 p.m. Suggested donation for the two hours is $40. Click "read more" above for details and a flyer; please contact Heather with questions or to sign up.
 
Halloween Party Fundraiser, 7th Grade
The seventh grade students will be hosting a Halloween Party for kids eight and under as a class fundraiser. It will feature fun games, festive food and drink, and lightly spooky activities on Saturday, October 27, 2 p.m.- 4 p.m. Cost: $7 per child / $12 family cap. Companion adults are free! Join us at Gibbs Gym, between Tufts and Foster Streets in Arlington (entrance at the Broadway Street end of the building). Costumes are strongly encouraged: it’s Halloween!
 
WHS Events    
WHS logoInformation Session at WHS
The first WHS Information Session this year is Wednesday, October 17, 10:15 a.m.- noon. Parents and students will observe classes in session, and meet faculty and students. There is also a panel discussion with Administrative Director Mara White, Mr. Claus, the math/science/music teacher, and students. Check the WHS website for dates throughout the year.
 
Open House at Waldorf High School
What makes Waldorf High School unique? It is how the curriculum and style of teaching meet the essential questions of the adolescent. Attend the  Open House on Sunday, October 28, and find out how different a Waldorf high school is. The teachers are available to talk with you about the curriculum and the students will be your guides.  Tours: 1-2 p.m.  Student Panel: 2-2:30 p.m.  No registration required. For more information, call 617-489-6600 or visit the WHS website.
 
Douglas Gerwin Lecture: “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: Mind over Machinery.”
Waldorf High School is sponsoring a public lecture on the dangers and advantages of technology by Douglas Gerwin, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Anthroposophy, author, and a renowned educator of high school students and teachers, onTuesday, October 23, 2012, 7 p.m. in the WHS auditorium.  Please click "read more" for details about this relevant and interesting lecture.
    
For more information about the Waldorf School of Lexington,
please visit our website: www.thewaldorfschool.org.
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