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Friday, February 5, 2013
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  Friday, February 5, 2013Volume MMIX-X Issue 19  
Eary Dismissal Next Friday    

Next Friday, February 12 we will have early dismissal for the elementary grades as we break for February vacation. There will be no Early Childhood classes on that day.

Financial Aid Deadline    

Please note that the deadline for Financial Aid applications for the coming school year is next Friday, February 12. Click here for further information on Financial Aid.

Upcoming Calendar Events    

Monday, February 8
Finance Committee Meeting, 5:30 p.m.
Executive Committee Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 10
Info Session, 8:45-11 a.m.
Waldorf Park, Winter Wednesdays, 1:30-3 p.m.
Rodd Stockwell, MD, Lecture, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 12
Early Dismissal, Elementary grades
No School for Early Childhood

February Break begins
Saturday, February 13
WECAN Conference, Early Childhood
Monday, February 22
School Resumes
Tuesday, February 23
5th Grade class evening, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 23
Waldorf Park Winter Wednesday, 1:30-3 p.m.
Morning Glories class evening, 7 p.m.

3rd Grade class evening, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 25
Board Meeting, 7-9 p.m.
Friday, February 26
Rudolf Steiner's Birthday
Waldorf Park, noon-1:30 p.m.

Coffeehouse, 7:30 p.m.

SAFE Mass Ave    

Have you noticed bright green flags at three busy crosswalks in East Lexington?  To find out more about them and how to use them, please follow the link below.

Education with Lexington Symphony Orchestra    

On Sunday, February 7 at 2 p.m., the Lexington Symphony Orchestra will share a kids’ workshop and concert for the community. Children get to experience music in a hands-on workshop: trying out instruments, conducting their own group, enjoying crafts, and more. This will be followed by a one-hour concert, in which our own orchestra teachers, Leah Bartell and Jane Sheena, will play. The Lexington Symphony was recently awarded the MMEA Award for excellence in education; our third and fifth grades recently attended and enjoyed one of their educational concerts.

Family Folk Chorale Concert    

Come sing along at the next Family Folk Chorale Concert, "The Legacy of Johnny Cash and the Carter Family." Many Waldorf fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth graders will be performing as guest artists, along with Grammy winner John Carter Cash and Laura Cash from Nashville. The Family Folk Chorale is directed by our own chorus teacher, Chris Eastburn. Join us on Sunday, March 28, at 3 p.m. at Cary Hall in Lexington. Tickets are $15 ($12 for children and seniors) and are available at the door and in advance online, or by contacting Sara Levine at 781-259-9912. Discount tickets ($12/$10) are available through February. For more info about the concert, 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 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. Content may be accessed via the worldwide web. 
You can easily access this page 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    

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:    

  • Anatomy and Gravity
  • Re-acceptance Letters
  • Welcome New Board Members
  • Learning Differences and the Challenges of Our Time
  • Education in the Media
  • Coffeehouse Open Mic
  • Annual Giving Update
  • News from Homespun

You can also access the Bulletin, including past editions, on the Waldorf School of Lexington's website in the Community Section.

This Week at the Waldorf School of Lexington    

In the Waldorf Eighth Grade curriculum, the teacher must meet the students at a new developmental level. They are reaching a point where their physical development toward adolescence is becoming clearer, and their thinking is moving into a new phase. Their appetite for knowledge about world phenomena is growing along with their capacity for reflection and the beginnings of self-reflection. They are reaching the end of childhood and moving toward the new world of high school.

Along with these changes come new questions about their roles in the world and their relationships to their own bodies. One way the curriculum meets the students is with a block on the physical body, particularly the anatomy of the skeleton. By approaching this mineral component of our bodies in an artistic and practical way, we ground the students into their new bodily experiences. It is important to show how the skeleton confronts and resists gravity with uprightness and movement, as the students themselves are meeting the world with more gravity; both literally (you often see the tendency to slouch at this age) and metaphorically (they are able to bring serious thought to the world).

Our Eighth Grade during this block has been working as a group to artistically recreate a human skeleton in clay, carefully molding each bone separately before combining the entire effort into one body of work. In addition, students constructed individual clay skulls.

Re-acceptance Letters    
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Re-acceptance letters for students currently enrolled in Little Meadows or Fairy Bell Nurseries, for returning kindergartners, and for students currently in grades 1-7 will be mailed early next week.

Students in transitional nursery classes who are applying to Fairy Bell or Little Meadow Nurseries and students applying to first grade will receive admissions decisions in mid-March. Letters informing families of the 2013-2011 tuition schedule will also go in the mail early next week.

Welcome New Board Members    

The Board of Trustees is very pleased to welcome two new trustees. Hélène Svahnqvist, mother of Knut (3rd grade), Isa (2nd grade), and Karl (Blue Sky Kindergarten), and Miguel Canizares, father of Sebastian (1st grade) and Benjamin, were elected for 3-year terms at the Board's meeting last Saturday. Hélène is a regulatory affairs professional in the biotechnology industry. Miguel supports equity portfolio management at a major local investment firm. We welcome Hélène and Miguel as trustees and thank them for their willingness to take on this important work.

Learning Differences and the Challenges of Our Time    

Our school doctor, Rodd Stockwell, M.D., will lecture on “Learning Differences and the Challenges of Our Time,” at the school next Wednesday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Childhood is more challenging than ever. The path of development for children is more varied and in some cases more rocky. What can parents do to aid this generation in their growth as human beings? Dr. Stockwell will outline the problems and the solutions in the light of modern and ancient wisdom. 

Rodd Stockwell, MD is board certified in Holistic Medicine and Family Medicine. He is the Director of Empowerment Medicine located in Middleton, MA. He divides his time between his medical practice in Middleton and Empowerment Medicine teaching and healing engagements.

Education in the Media    

Two articles that may be of interest to parents have recently been published. Although each writer comes from a discipline removed from Waldorf education, both point to important and effective principles at work at our school:

"Playing to Learn" by Susan Engel was published by the New York Times on Tuesday, February 2. Click here for link.

"Parents Seek Balance as Screen's Allure Grows" by Joan Anderman ran this Thursday, February 4 in the Boston Globe. Click here for link.

These articles can also be accessed via our website.

Coffeehouse Open Mic    

Come to the Coffeehouse at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 26.  In addition to our usual welcoming open mic setting and tasty treats, we will be celebrating Rudolf Steiner’s birthday! We’d like to invite the adults in our community to come with their instruments and their voices to share their musical talents with each other. Even if you just want to hear some great music, please come along. Middle school students are also encouraged to join in. The evening is geared toward adults and older students but younger children who are able sit quietly with their parents and listen are welcome to come.

Annual Giving Update    

We have raised $49,954, or roughly half our dollar goal of $100,000, with about 20% of families contributing to the year's Annual Giving. The development committee is deeply grateful to those in our community who have taken the lead by pledging or contributing to date. Thank you. To those who have not yet given: our school is counting on you! We hope to hear from you soon. Remember that Annual Giving dollars are part of our annual budget, and support critical needs from salaries to financial aid. To make a gift online, click here. To pledge on line, click here.

Class

%

Shining Stars Kindergarten

50%

Blue Sky Kindergarten

 13%

1st Grade

13%

2nd Grade

 8%

3rd Grade

33%

4th Grade

16%

5th Grade

 27%

6th Grade

 39%

7th Grade

 19%

8th Grade

 5%

 

News from Homespun    

Valentine's Day card materials, beautiful beeswax heart candles, and tiny glass hearts all stock our shelves. We have wooden Mancala boards, perfect for those snuggly winter days by the fire. The shipment of the plant-dyed felt has also just arrived. Large felt sheets are perfect for making a wintery wall hanging scene.

Drop-in Crafts
This Tuesday, February 9 we will be working on your unfinished objects (UFO). Perhaps you started a kitten and didn't quite remember how to finish, or maybe you have a snowflake fairy to do; bring any project. Come gather with other parents where we all will be working together. Come with questions and share answers, 8:45-10:45 a.m. in the Chorus Room. Also, on Thursday, February 11, we will be making origami hearts just in time for Valentine's Day, 8:45-10 a.m. at Cafe 8. As always, children are welcome.

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