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  Friday, June 4, 2013Volume MMIX-X, Issue 34  
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 next 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!

Library Book Return    

The summer is quickly approaching; our school librarians would like to remind you that all library books must returned by this coming Wednesday, June 10 or before. Parents are asked to replace any lost books, and will be notified by email if this is necessary.  Thank you for your help.

Waldorf High School Chorus Visit    

The Waldorf High School of Mass Bay Chorus will visit on Thursday, June 10 at 2:30 p.m. to sing to Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grades in the auditorium. The chorus includes many of our elementary school graduates. The community is invited to join the middle school at this event.

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 next Friday, June 11 and place them in the buckets provided. Thank you!

Thank You from the Development Committee    

Please join us at the after-school picnic behind the school for cake and a hearty thank you on the last day of school, next Friday, June 11.

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, 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.
8th Grade returns from trip
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

Rose Ceremony
Early Dismissal
After School Picnic, noon
Saturday, June 12
8th Grade Graduation, 1 p.m.
Saturday, June 19
Board Meeting and Retreat, noon-6 p.m.

Office Hours for the Summer    

Summer is almost here! Our summer office hours for the school are:
Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon
Closed Fridays

The office will be closed for two weeks in August, beginning Monday, August 16 and reopening Tuesday, August 31.

40th Birthday Events Coordinator Position    

The school is looking to hire a part-time Events Coordinator to support with volunteers, staff, and suppliers in planning and executing events/activities related to the school’s 40th Birthday celebrations. Click here for the job description.  Please contact Joe O'Regan  if interested.

Clean Out Your Closets!    

There is still time to donate your gently used children's clothing and wooden/natural toys for the fall PCA Rummage Sale/Fundraiser. Please note that there will be a special section at the sale for high-end children's clothing, so if you are having a hard time parting with those expensive outgrown outfits, rest assured that they will be priced accordingly. Please drop off your donations in the boxes located in the Cafe and Nursery Building lobby or please contact Taryn Pinstein to request a pick-up at (617) 527-4547.

Mindfulness for Parents    

Nancy Hathaway, M.Ed. R.C. SDT will be holding a workshop entitled "Mindfulness for Parents" tonight, Friday, June 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Parent Tot room. Integrating mindfulness into everyday life with children is challenging. This evening talk will offer suggestions for bringing simple but skillful mindfulness techniques home to family life. The cost will be $10/$15 parenting partners. Please follow the link below for more information.

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.

In this week's edition:    

  • Strength of Storytelling
  • Arts Evening Invitation 
  • Goodbye and Thank You
  • $50,000 Match Challenge - 9 Days to Go!
  • Graduation and Beyond 
  • Sports Editors' Basketball Update 
  • Class of 2006
  • Summer Drop-In Programs 
  • Bulletin and Classifieds Submissions
  • 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 telling of stories is an essential part of Waldorf pedagogy, and the curriculum from the kindergarten through the twelfth grade is filled with stories. Through the grades, Waldorf students hear fairy tales, Aesop's fables, the Norse, Greek, Roman myths, tales of the lives of great men and women, and stories of the Earth and its mountains and waterways. Teachers learn these stories "by heart" so that they can tell rather than read them and thus bring the story to the children and young people with a living consciousness.

All children love stories. The most rambunctious children will sit quietly in the hope of hearing a story. They know that stories are a nourishment for their souls. The moments of transformation--when the swans return to their human form, when the youngest (virtuous) brother wins the beautiful maiden, when the princess is wakened from her deathlike sleep--lift up their hearts and offer instruction and inspiration to seek the good, to change, and to correct the thing that has gone awry.

Children grow strong in their moral judgement when they are called upon to discern what is right and wrong. Stories offer abundant opportunities for this. The countless stories that Waldorf students experience in their passage through the grades are opportunities to exercise and strengthen their moral sense.

(Excerpted from "Can Morality Be Taught?" by Patrice Maynard in Renewal, Fall/Winter 2008)

Arts Evening Invitation    

Many thanks to the Fourth Grade and all their teachers for a lovely Arts Evening last night! 

The whole community is 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!

Goodbye and Thank You    

This upcoming arts evening will be a particularly special one as it will be the last student performance for our long-time eurythmy teacher Dolores Kaufmann, who will be retiring this June. The whole community is invited to join us as we say farewell and thank you to Mrs. Kaufmann for all her work over these many years. For those who wish to write a more personal goodbye, there will be a card in the Main Office, and an envelope for those who wish to give a gift.

$50,000 Match Challenge - 9 Days to Go!    

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. We are now at $108,773 with $41,227 to go with the possiblity to be matched in the next nine days. 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.

Graduation and Beyond    

While the Class of 2013 is adventuring in Colorado on their Eighth Grade Trip, we would like to share with you the news of where they will be attending school next year:

Arlington High School
Beaver Country Day
Bedford High School
Boston College High School
Brookline High School
Concord-Carlisle High School
Lawrence Academy
Milton Academy
The Newman School
Newton North High School
St. John’s Prep
Waldorf High School of Massachusetts Bay
Weston High School

Please join us in wishing them well on the next stage of their educational journey. The school community is invited to attend the graduation ceremony for the class of 2013 on Saturday, June 12, at 1 p.m.  Please RSVP by emailing Amelia Mueller.  (Click below to view the full invitation.)

Sports Editors' Basketball Update    

Seventh grade sports reporters Sebastian, Jeffrey, and Shaheen had an opportunity to speak with Jeremy Seeger, coach of the Waldorf Girls’ Basketball team, one afternoon after school at the tail end of the season. Following are the highlights of the interview with the coach regarding his perspective on the team’s performance this year and his plans for next year. Click the link below to read the full interview.

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