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  Friday, December 4, 2009Volume MMIX-X Issue 12  
Community Shopping Tonight    

For those who will be too busy during the Holiday Fair to shop, the vendors will be open for the Community Shopping Evening tonight, Friday, December 4, from 7-9 p.m.  Homespun will also be open for business.  Enjoy hors d'oeurves and sparkling cider while shopping, courtesy of the Development Committee.  Adults only, please.

Baking for the Holiday Fair    

Remember to keep baking those tasty treats for the Dessert Cafe and Bake Table at the Holiday Fair tomorrow!

Come to the PCA Meeting on Monday    

The Parent Community Association invites you to join our next meeting on Monday, December 7 at 7 p.m. in the Handwork Room. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join this monthly meeting. Please contact co-chairs Shannon Ames and Christine Alaimo with any questions by email or at extension 565.

Morning Advent Music    

There are still a few spaces available for musicians to sign up for morning music during the next two weeks!  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.

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 next Saturday, December 12 at 4 p.m.  The whole community is warmly invited.

Class Photos    

Parents, please note that this year's class photos will be taken during the day on Wednesday, December 9 and Thursday, December 10.
Wednesday, December 9:
Julia’s Nursery
Mary Beth’s Nursery
Leah’s Kindergarten
First Grade
Third Grade
Fourth Grade
Thursday, December 10:
Wendy’s Kindergarten
Marilyn and Kirsten’s Buttercups
Second Grade
Fifth Grade
Sixth Grade
Seventh Grade
Eighth Grade

Next Cookie Concert    

The next cookie concert is coming soon; it is a chance for students to share what they are learning on their instruments with other students and parents. Those interested in playing should check with their music tutors and sign up on the sheet outside the Orchestra Room. Please join us to hear the students play next Friday, December 11 at 3:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Hot Lunch Menu    

The new Hot Lunch Menu is posted in the Community section of the website, so have a look!

Upcoming Calendar Events    

Friday, December 4
Adult Community Holiday Fair shopping, 7- 9 p.m.
Saturday, December 5
Holiday Fair, 10 a.m.
Monday, December 7
Finance Committee meeting, 5:30 p.m.
Officer Committee meeting, 6:30 p.m.
PCA meeting, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, December 8
Info Session, 8:45-11 a.m.
Wednesday, December 9
Class Photos
Middle School Music Evening, 7-9 p.m.
Thursday, December 10
Class Photos
Friday, December 11
Waldorf Park, noon, Parent-Tot room
Cookie Concert, 3:30 p.m., Orchestra Room
Saturday, December 12
First day of Hanukkah
Shepherd's Play, 4 p.m., auditorium
Sunday, December 13
Community Sing, 5 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Monday, December 14
Board and College Meeting, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, December 15
Third Grade play, 4 p.m.
Waldorf High School Music Evening, 7:30 p.m., Belmont
Friday, December 18
Early Dismissal
Winter Break begins
Monday, January 4, 2013
School Resumes

Alumni in the News    

Waldorf School of Lexington alumnus Oliver Lubin (Mariana Jensen’s class of 1993), a cofounder of the online consignment clothing store thredUP, was recently profiled by the Boston Globe style section. The innovative website buys and sells used clothing. Also a graduate of Belmont Hill School and Boston College, Oliver is the Marketing Technology Manager at the Boston law firm Foley Hoag. To read the article, please click here.

Alumni Art    

Alumnus Nathan Prouty (class of 1998) has an upcoming exhibit of solo sculpture and prints at The Clay Studio in Philadephia, January 8 – January 31, 2013. For more information about Nathan and his exhibit, please click here.

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:    

  • Winter Season Singing
  • Come to the Holiday Fair Tomorrow!
  • Thank You!
  • Annual Giving News
  • Holiday Parking Reminder
  • Seventh Grade Workers Available
  • Seeking First Grade Teacher for 2013-2011 
  • 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    

In this special season of the winter solstice, the gathering darkness meets the rising light. Through the centuries, even over millennia, festivals have marked the waning of the old year and the rising of the new. In our hemisphere, the activity and revelry of harvest time slips away as we enter the more meditative season of earth’s rest and hibernation. At the Waldorf School of Lexington, the community Winter Sing is one of those markers of this seasonal and spiritual transition. Amid the hectic pace of shopping, cooking , preparation—and, of course, work and school—it gives us some precious moments to pause and reflect on the deeper meanings of the season and to celebrate with family and community. Singing together, we find a way to warm our world and keep the spirits alive though the colder, darker days to come.

Jennifer Farley Smith, who shared the above reflections with us, has been leading our Winter Sing since 1991. She is an alumni parent, a storyteller, singer, chorus teacher, and a previous editor of our school bulletin. She has been a long-time active member of our community, leading the community sings and singing classes, based on the principle that everyone is born to sing. She currently teaches recorder to adults and children at the school and in the Boston area.

This year's community Winter Sing will take place next Sunday, December 13, at 5 p.m. We would like to welcome the entire community to come and share the music. Please bring a candle in a holder to light the darkness. Children are very welcome, but please keep in mind that this is a family event and it is important that children sit with their parents.

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.

Come to the Holiday Fair Tomorrow!    

Our 39th annual Holiday Fair is tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come join the community to enjoy the work of dozens of area artisans both new and familiar.  Sample the tasty desserts and the delicious luncheon, and feast on live music in the Dessert Cafe all day long. The Sixth Grade will perform the traditional Mummers Play, a humorous and moving tale of St. George and some other colorful characters. You can also watch the marionette show of the Elves and the Shoemaker. Come get a treasure from the Pocket Peddler or the Angel Room, or buy a raffle ticket for your chance to win one of the many exciting raffle prizes. Alumni will have a chance to catch up with old friends at an Alumni Sing. There will be plenty to experience.  We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Thank You!    

Our community helped raise a tidy sum for book purchases for the library at the Barnes & Noble bookfair on November 20 & 21!  Please click here for the full thank you letter and to read about the smashing results. This was a truly wonderful community event, and our thanks go out to each and every one of you who helped to make it happen!

Susan Cody & Megan Curtis, Librarians & Holly Kania, Outreach & Communications Director

Book Donation Bookplates:
If you purchased a new book for the library during the bookfair, please stop by the library to fill out a bookplate acknowledging your kind and generous gift. You can also email Susan Cody to make other arrangements for signing your bookplate.

Annual Giving News    

This year’s Annual Giving campaign is off to a great start, with gifts and pledges to date from 12% of our families. Over the coming weeks, the beehive graphic (above) will show the percentage of current parents who have made a pledge or gift. Our goal this year is to reach 100% parent participation. Please help us fill the hive with honey! Your generous support is eagerly anticipated. Special thanks to those of you have already pledged or given. We are pleased to report that 100% of Trustees have pledged, and almost 100% of our full-time faculty. Every dollar counts towards strengthening our school and supporting important programs and needs.

To make a pledge online, click here.
To make a contribution online, click here.

Holiday Parking Reminder    

Please note that there will be no parking in the Follen Church parking lot opposite the school from today, Friday, December 4 to Friday, January 1, because the Follen Church will be holding their annual Christmas tree sale.

In addition, please do not park on Barnes Place (next to the Follen Church) at any time during the year, as trash trucks, emergency vehicles and others are unable to pass when there are parked cars.

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