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  Friday, November 20, 2009Volume MMIX-X Issue 11  
Thanksgiving Break    

In observance of Thanksgiving, next Wednesday, November 25 will end with early dismissal (Early Childhood 11:30 a.m., Elementary noon) and school will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27
Please note that there will be no Bulletin next Friday due to the holiday.

Morning Advent Music    

All musicians are invited to come and contribute to our special morning music performances during the Advent season, beginning Monday, November 30, and continuing until the holiday break. Every year we have live music during morning arrival in the hallway of the Adams Building, as well as over at 703 Mass Ave, from 7:50 a.m. until about 8:20 a.m.  Everyone is welcome to play, either solo or in groups. Children especially are invited to perform with adult guidance. A sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board in the Main Office.

Lost and Found    

Please come claim your items from the Lost and Found Bin (located across the hall from the Cafe). The Lost and Found will be emptied and the contents donated to charity the day before the Holiday Fair, Friday, December 4.

Nursey Parent Soiree    

The Parent Community Association invites you to a Soiree for Nursery Parents this Sunday, November 22 from 2 – 4 p.m. at the home of Mary Ross and Will Lyons. Come for an afternoon cocktail to meet and mingle with parents who have children in the upper grades at the Waldorf School of Lexington. We look forward to meeting you! Please RSVP to Mary by email  or phone at 781-402-1715.

Advent Spiral Invitation for Parents    

The Advent Spiral is a traditional event at the start of the Advent season which prepares us to walk courageously into the darkest time of the year. Parents are invited to participate in this quiet, contemplative event in the Eurythmy Room on the evening of Tuesday, December 1. The door will open at 7:30 p.m., and then again at 7:45 p.m. Please come and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and beautiful spiral.

Community Table at the Holiday Fair    

The PCA will sponsor a Community Table at the Holiday Fair. Anyone with a craft or homemade/handmade item of any sort to donate to this fundraiser can email the PCA  for more information. Proceeds from the sale of all crafts will go to the school.

Winter Sing    

Continuing a long community tradition where we gather to celebrate the season with song, the annual Winter Sing will be taking place on Sunday, December 13, 5 - 6:15 p.m.  All community members are welcome to come and sing. We ask that children be old enough so that they are able to remain seated for the entire time. Please bring a candle in a sturdy holder to help light the darkness and share this special time together as a community.

Come See the Shepherd's Play    

The Oberufer Shepherd’s Play is a Medieval Christmas Nativity play, both humorous and inspiring, which is performed in many Waldorf Schools around the world, often by the faculty of the school. The Cape Ann Waldorf School faculty will be offering a production of the Shepherd's Play here at the Waldorf School of Lexington on Saturday, December 12 at 4 p.m.  The whole community is warmly invited.

Upcoming Calendar Events    

Friday, November 20
Barnes & Noble Library Fundraiser and Concert, 7 p.m., Burlington store

Saturday, November 21
Holiday Crafting, 9 a.m.
Board and College Retreat, 9 a.m.
Barnes & Noble Library Fundraiser shopping, all day, Burlington store

Monday, November 23
1st, 2nd, and 3rd joint class evening, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 25
Thanksgiving Assembly, 10:35 a.m.
Early Dismissal

Thursday, November 26
No School
Thanksgiving

Friday, November 27
No School
Sunday, November 29
Advent Begins
Tuesday, December 1
Advent Spiral for Parents, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 2
Development Committee meeting, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, December 4
Early Dismissal
Holiday Fair setup, 1 p.m.
Saturday, December 5
Holiday Fair, 10 a.m.
Monday, December 7
Finance Committee meeting, 5:30 p.m.
Executive Committee meeting, 6:30 p.m.
PCA meeting, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, December 9
Middle School Music Evening, 7-9 p.m.
Friday, December 11
Waldorf Park, noon, Parent-Tot room
Cookie Concert, 3:30 p.m., Orchestra Room
Saturday, December 12
First day of Hannukah
Shepherd's Play, 4 p.m., auditorium
Sunday, December 13
Community Sing, 5 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Monday, December 14
Board Meeting, 7 p.m.
Friday, Decembet 18
Early Dismissal
Winter Break begins
Monday, January 4, 2013
School Resumes

Alumni Art    

Alumnus Adam Curtis (Karen Weiland's class of 1997 and Waldorf High School of Mass Bay 2001), who painted the beautiful walls in our Extended Day room, currently has an art show at Cary Memorial Library in Lexington. The show, called “Chasing Lines,” includes freehand ink drawings, paintings, and furniture; it is in the Pierce Gallery, outside the children’s room, and will be up until November 30. There will be an artist’s reception on Monday, November 23, 7 – 8:30 p.m. All are invited.

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 follow the link below for frequently updated information and resources from the Anthroposophical Society of Greater Boston, AWSNA, The Pfeiffer Center, and others.

Community Classifieds    

Remember to check the Community Classifieds 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.  You can easily access this page on the website in the Community Section, where you will also find the submission form and guidelines.  Please contact Luana Preston with any questions.

Bulletin Submissions    

For future additions to this bulletin, please email Megan Curtis. Items received by Wednesday afternoon will be included in that week's edition. 

In this week's edition:    

  • Thanksgiving
  • Barnes & Noble Library Fundraiser This Weekend!
  • Thanksgiving Assembly
  • Thanksgiving Food Collection 
  • Sports News Update
  • Annual Giving
  • Seeking First Grade Teacher for 2013-2011 
  • Handbook Highlight
  • Silent Auction and Holiday Fair Raffle
  • News from Homespun  

If you missed a past edition of the Bulletin, or would like to look something up, you can access the Bulletin in the Community Section of the Waldorf School of Lexington's website. 

This Week at the Waldorf School of Lexington    

Come ye thankful people, come,
Raise the song of harvest home;
All is safely gathered in,
Ere the winter storms begin.
God our maker doth provide
For our wants to be supplied;
Come to god's own temple, come,
Raise the song of harvest home.

-Henry Alford, 1844, harvest hymn

Several hundred years ago, a group of people traveled from England to the New World. They were seeking freedom to practice their religion in a new place. When they arrived in Plymouth on their ship the Mayflower, they found that despite their best efforts, their attempts at farming failed—the crops they were used to growing in England did not flourish in the harsher climate of this area. They struggled through the extreme winter weather in this new country; it was only when befriended by a Native American named Squanto, who had learned English when captured by traders years before, taught them to hunt, fish, and cultivate the native crops of this climate—corn, beans, and squash, the “three sisters”—that they were able to celebrate a successful harvest. They shared their plentiful feast with Squanto and his tribe in the spirit of peace.

We celebrate in this spirit—one of giving thanks for that which we have, and of gratitude for those around us—on the fourth Thursday of every November. Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, November 26 this year. We will celebrate with our school assembly and days off to spend with our families. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Do you have ideas for subjects related to Waldorf education or anthroposophy that you would like to see in the Bulletin? Do you want to hear more about curriculum or subject classes? Please email Bulletin Editor Megan Curtis with ideas and suggestions.

Barnes & Noble Library Fundraiser This Weekend!    

Come join us tonight at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble in Burlington, where you will be treated to a chorus performance by fifth, sixth and seventh graders, as well as a string quartet of alumni, including current Waldorf High of Mass Bay students Isabel Ryan, Hanna Rajabi, and Claire Raizen. Student art will also grace the front windows and we’ll have an information table up, so come say hello! Please click here for a voucher to use when you make any purchases during this two-day event tonight, Friday, November 20 and tomorrow, Saturday, November 21. The voucher ensures that 10% of all purchases you make at any time during these two days will benefit the school. Feel free to forward the voucher to neighbors, friends, and families! Thanks for your support. For more information about this event, please click here.

Thanksgiving Assembly    
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All parents are cordially invited to the Thanksgiving Assembly next Wednesday, November 25 at 10:35 a.m.  Come enjoy while the elementary students share work from their classes. Early Childhood parents are also warmly included in this invitation; it is an opportunity for you to have a glimpse into what is to come for your children as they move forward in the school.

Please be aware that the assembly will be followed by early dismissal.  Early Childhood classes will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. and Elementary classes will be dismissed at noon.  There will be no Hot Lunch, Extended Day, or afternoon classes.  Please speak to your children's music lesson tutors for individual lesson schedules.

Thanksgiving Food Collection    

In the mood of the Thanksgiving season, the Waldorf School of Lexington will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Lexington Food Pantry on Monday, November 23, Tuesday, November 24, and Wednesday, November 25, this coming week. There will be a table in the front hall on which to place the food.  This is a wonderful moment to help our children learn about giving to those less fortunate than ourselves, so let them help you pick out the food items to donate. Lexington Food Pantry has supplied us with a list of the food they most particularly need, so please keep this in mind when choosing what to bring. Note that bigger containers are not better, and remember to check the expiration dates, as expired food will be thrown away. 

Lexington Food Pantry’s Wish List
Baked beans -16 oz. cans
Cereal, such as Cheerios, or 18 oz. oatmeal canisters
Canned fruit -15 oz. cans
Hashes, stews, and chili -15 oz. cans
Mac & cheese - 7.5 oz. boxes
Peanut butter - 16-18 oz. jars
Tuna fish – 5-6 oz. Cans
Canned veggies -15 oz. cans
Hearty soups
Spaghetti sauce
Brown rice
Angel hair or thin spaghetti

Sports News Update    

Our Seventh Grade Sports Editors have an update for the second half of a successful soccer season. To read all about the challenges and triumphs, please follow the link below.

“As a team, we felt much better as the season progressed, recognizing our strengths and learning from our opponents’ strategies.”

Annual Giving    

There is a host of reasons to support Annual Giving, our school’s chief fundraiser to cover the gap between tuition revenues and the cost of providing our education. Did you know that last year, teachers and staff members sacrificed annual cost-of-living increases and retirement benefits in order to help the school meet the fiscal challenges of the recession? Please support Annual Giving as generously as you are able. We are deeply grateful for any amount you can give.

Tom Digby, Development Committee Chair

Click here for Online Annual Giving.
Click here to Pledge to Annual Giving.

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