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Friday, May 28, 2013

  Friday, May 28, 2013Volume MMIX-X, Issue 33  
Strep Throat Advisory    

There are still ongoing cases of strep throat in a few classes. Please have your child checked if they have symptoms which include any or all of the following: sore throat, fever, swollen glands, headache and/or stomachache. Children with strep need to stay home until they have been on antibiotics for 24 hours. Thank you.

Library Book Return    

I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.
(Jorge Luis Borges)

The school librarians would like to remind families to look on shelves and under beds for any stray library books; all library books are due back by next Friday, June 4.

Lexington Discovery Day    

Discovery Day is a Lexington community event which will take place this Saturday, May 29 during Memorial Day weekend, in the parking lot behind Mass Ave between Walden and Muzzey Streets, where the school will once again have a booth and representatives present. Joe O’Regan, Tuija Voutilainen and Marilyn Pelrine will be there, and they would love families from the school to stop by and visit. We also welcome parent volunteers who would like to help greet visitors to our booth with a simple craft such as wool felting or beeswax modeling. To volunteer, please email Holly Kania . We hope to see you there!

The PCA Needs Your Help!    

The PCA is hoping to get volunteers to come to next week's crafting sessions to create a bunch of felted sunflowers that will serve various purposes at future PCA events. We will have treats too! Come join other parents to needle-felt sunflowers on Wednesday, June 2 and Thursday, June 3, 8:45-10:30 a.m. in the music room next to the Cafe. Children are welcome.

PCA and Long Range Planning    

Come to celebrate how far we have come and to brainstorm on where we will go next year. The last PCA meeting of the year will be on Monday, June 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m., upstairs in the Handwork Room. The Long Range Planning meeting will follow immediately after from 7:30-9 p.m. in the same location. All are invited to both meetings!

Fresh Flowers Needed    

We are in need of cut flowers to decorate for the Eighth Grade Graduation. Please bring any flowers that you would like to share to the auditorium on Friday, June 11 and place them in the buckets provided. Thank you!

Student MBTA Passes    

Please note that 2009-10 MBTA Student Charlie Cards and Monthly Passes will expire after Wednesday, June 30. Students should use any balance on their cards before that date or it will be lost.  In addition, please let Luana know if you want to obtain a student monthly pass for the coming 2013-11 school year ($20/month) by the same date. If you have any questions about student passes or Charlie Cards please contact Luana  in the Main Office

Upcoming Calendar Events    

Monday, May 31
No School
Memorial Day
Tuesday, June 1
8th Grade leaves for class trip
Wednesday, June 2
Craft workshop, 8:45-10:30 a.m.
Thursday, June 3
Craft workshop, 8:45-10:30 a.m.
4th Grade Arts Evening, 7 p.m.
Friday, June 4
Waldorf Park, noon
Monday, June 7
Finance Committee Meeting, 5:30 p.m.
Executive Committee Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

PCA Meeting, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Long Range Plan meeting, 7:30-9 p.m.
Thursday, June 10
Waldorf High School Chorus Performance, 2:30 p.m.
7th and 8th Grade Arts Evening, 7 p.m.
Friday, June 11
Last Day of School
Early Dismissal
Saturday, June 12
8th Grade Graduation, 1 p.m.
Saturday, June 19
Board Meeting and Retreat, noon-6 p.m.

Satellite Waldorf Playgroup    

Daisies is a Waldorf-inspired playgroup in Lincoln starting up in September. The playgroup will be led by Waldorf teacher Tara Rachel Jones and assistant Maureen Ryan and will meet twice a week. Daisies follows the Waldorf School of Lexington's yearly calendar, including community festivals.  For more information, please contact Tara Rachel Jones.

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.

There are several wonderful courses taking place in the area this summer.  Rudolf Steiner Institute for Summer 2013 in Easton, MA is offering many workshops, as is the Center for Anthroposophy in Wilton, NH.  Follow the link below for more information about these and several other summer courses.

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:    

  • Woodwork
  • Arts Evenings Invitation
  • Eighth Grade Graduation
  • $50,000 Match Challenge
  • Looking for Birthday Benefit Volunteers
  • Summer Drop-In Programs
  • Waldorf Alum Gives Back
  • Anti-Idling Law
  • 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    

The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.
(Tony Konovaloff)


Once students in the Waldorf school reach fifth grade, they are introduced to a new subject: woodwork. Though the skills are new, this class refers back to the very first day of school when straight and curved lines were drawn in first grade. Both qualities are present in each item made by the children. For example, a wooden spoon has a straight handle and a rounded bowl. Long movements such as planing or sawing relate to the straight line, while short movements such as chiseling relate to the curve.

Woodwork is an important part of the students' overall learning experience, as thinking and understanding arise out of activity and movement, and in fact, lively thinking is internalized movement. Practical work harmonizes the children's thinking, feeling, and willing. Learning through doing practical crafts such as woodwork helps students to connect what their hands have made to what their heads understand, and to connect what is useful with what is beautiful.

You will have a chance to see many of the woodwork projects completed by our students at the upcoming Arts Evenings; keep an eye out in the main hallway for some of the eighth grade stools over the next few weeks as well.

Arts Evenings Invitation    

We had a lovely Arts Evening with the Fifth and Sixth Grades last night, where they were able to share their artistic endeavours with the community. Next Thursday, June 3, at 7 p.m. join us again for the Fourth Grade Arts Evening to see the work the students do in their subject classes.  The whole community is also invited to join us at the Seventh and Eighth Grade Arts Evening on Thursday, June 10 at 7 p.m. The arts evenings are a nice way to see both what your own children have been working on as well as a way to look forward to what is to come as your children get older. Please join us!

Eighth Grade Graduation    

The community is invited to share this special event with the Eighth Grade on Saturday, June 12, at 1 p.m.  Please RSVP by emailing Amelia Mueller.

$50,000 Match Challenge    

Look for the rainbow graphics on the chalkboard and in the front hallway of the Adams Building, charting our fundraising progress. Every dollar you give is eligible to be matched, up to $50,000. Please help us take advantage of this extraordinarily generous potential gift to our school from an anonymous benefactor. Whether you are a first-time donor, or are giving again, any amount you can contribute will mean so much to the students, faculty, and staff. Click here to donate with a credit card, or look for giving envelopes at the display board in the front hall.

Looking for Birthday Benefit Volunteers    

The 40th Anniversary Steering Committee seeks volunteers to help plan and execute a fabulous, wonderful, joyful Birthday Benefit on March 12, 2011. Are you energetic, full of ideas, and really fun? Then join us in crafting this exciting event over the next nine months. We’ll have one kickoff meeting before the end of the school year. Experience in party planning, general organizing/coordinating and/or planning charity auctions or fundraisers particularly welcome, but all that’s really necessary is enthusiasm. Want to volunteer? Or do you have questions? Please email Holly Kania .

Summer Drop-In Programs    

We are pleased to announce the schedule for our summer drop-in programs for young children:

Storytime treats children and parents/caregivers to a live storytelling experience by one of our master teacher-storytellers, followed by a light snack and outdoor play. Storytime will take place on Monday mornings, 10-11 a.m., June 21 & 28, July 5, 12, 19, and 26 in the Parent-Child Room in the Adams Building. A suggested donation of $5-10 is appreciated.

Waldorf Park is a drop-in program for parents/caregivers with infants, toddlers, and young children, offering a chance for children to play in our sun-drenched parent-child classroom, while caregivers relax, socialize, observe, and learn. Join Waldorf Park on Wednesdays mornings, 10-11:30 a.m. on July 7, 14, 21, and 28 in the Parent-Child Room in the Adams Building. A suggested donation of $5-10 is appreciated.

Waldorf Alum Gives Back    

Trevor Ruggiero is a Waldorf School of Lexington alumni (Class of 2000) as well as a Waldorf High School of Massachusetts Bay alum (Class of 2004), and is graduating this month from Northeastern University with a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in electrical engineering. He recently returned to WHS teach a course in Computer-aided Design and brought a generous donation of new computer equipment with him.

There was a recent article about Trevor in the WHS newsletter, The Comet, in which Trevor attributes some of his engineering interest and skills to his Waldorf education. “In addition to the math and science,” he says, “to be a good engineer, you need creativity. You need your own ideas and to know how to apply them in creative ways. The relationship between engineering and art is not so far-fetched. Art is a bridge between an idea and the final product.”  You can read the full article by following the link below.

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