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  Sunday, April 3, 2011Volume MMX-XI, Issue 25  
Last Chance for Mendenhall Tickets    
The Robert Mendenhall Memorial Concert is this coming Friday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Follen Church.  Don't miss this beautiful performance by our professional faculty and parent musicians, along with selected student musicians.  A reception follows.  If you have not yet, you may purchase your tickets ahead of time online, or by sending in a check. Tickets are $35. 
 
Interested in Volunteering?
The Mendenhall Concert reception needs volunteers for set-up, clean-up and to bring a food item to share. Please email Carolyn Dittes if you can help out.
Adult Eurythmy Class    
Liaat Zehavi is teaching an adult eurythmy class every
Friday morning in the Eurythmy Room.  The hour long class starts at 8:20 a.m.  Eurythmy is a gentle art of movement which we will move along with beautiful live piano music. If you would like to sign up for the class, or for more information, please email Liaat.
Help with Housing    
Our new School Director Robert Schiappacasse and his wife Heike are seeking a 2-3 bedroom dwelling to lease or purchase beginning on July 1. They are hoping to find something within a 15-minute radius of the school. If you have any leads or suggestions please contact Heike by email or by phone at 303-945-4993.  Thanks for your help!
Upcoming Events at Waldorf    
Monday, April 4
3rd Grade to Hawthorne Valley Farm
PCA Meeting, 7 p.m.
 
Wednesday, April 6
Waldorf Park in Arlington, 9:30 a.m.
Foundation Studies, 5-9 p.m.
Wendy's Kindergarten class evening, 6:30 p.m.
5th Grade class evening, 7:30 p.m.
 
Friday, April 8
3rd Grade returns from Farm
Waldorf Park, noon
Mendenhall Concert, 7:30 p.m.
 
Monday, April 11
Board Officer Committee Meeting, 5:30 p.m.
Finance Committee Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
 
Wednesday, April 13
Waldorf Park in Arlingon, 9:30 a.m.
Foundation Studies, 5 p.m.
2nd Grade class evening, 7:30 p.m.
 
Thursday, April 14
7th Grade play, 7 p.m.
 
Friday, April 15
Waldorf Park, noon
April Vacation begins after regular afternoon dismissal
 
Wednesday, April 20
Waldorf Park in Arlington, 9:30 a.m.
 
Monday, April 25
School Resumes
Sweet Peas parent evening, 7 p.m.
Buttercups parent evening, 7:30 p.m.
 
Tuesday, April 26
Board Meeting, 7 p.m.
3rd Grade class evening, 7:30 p.m.
 
Wednesday, April 27
Waldorf Park in Arlington, 9:30 a.m.
6th Grade class evening, 7:30 p.m.
7th Grade class evening, 7:30 p.m.
 
Friday, April 29
Waldorf Park, noon
 
Saturday, April 30
8th Grade Yard Sale, 8 a.m.-noon
Salsa Night,7 p.m.
 
Monday, May 2
PCA Meeting, 7 p.m.
 
Tuesday, May 3
8th Grade class evening, 7:30 p.m.
 
Wednesday, May 4
Waldorf Park in Arlington, 9:30 a.m.
5th Grade class evening, 7:30 p.m.
 
Thursday, May 5
Leah's Kindergarten class evening, 7 p.m.
 
Friday, May 6
6th Grade at Medieval Games
Waldorf Park, noon
 
Saturday, May 7
May Day, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Student-Faculty Basketball Game, Waldorf High School, 6:30-9 p.m.
 
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 click "read more" above for frequently updated information and resources from the Anthroposophical Society of Greater Boston, AWSNA, The Pfeiffer Center, and others.
Caring for Ourselves    
Margaret Ris will be hosting a Waldorf-based support group for parents of young children at the Evergreen Garden Playschool.  This spring, gather with other parents in a warm and caring environment to share a light supper and an evening theme on aspects of parenting, and how to best support ourselves and our families along the way.  For details and contact information, please click "read more" above.
Anthroposophical Society Event    
Archangel Raphael: Healing and Breathing through Color
Come to a talk here at the Waldorf School of Lexington by Carla Mattioli on April 9, 9-10 a.m., followed by a workshop with slides from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 pm. Carla is an artist, art therapist, yoga teacher and healer of the heart who devotes her life to celebrating the power of the arts as a living, awakening source of soul healing and spiritual renewal. $10 for the lecture only, $40 for the workshop to cover supplies.
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 and can be accessed on the worldwide web.
   You can easily access the Classifieds 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    
If you would like to submit an item to the Bulletin, please email Megan Curtis by Wednesday for it to appear in that week's edition.
In this week's edition:    
  • German Waffle Café
  • Seventh Grade Play
  • New Director to Attend Tomorrow's PCA Meeting
  • From the PCA
  • Seeking Nominations for New Members to the Board and Board Committees
  • Eighth Grade Posters for Sale
  • Tenth Grade Play Next Week
  • News from Homespun
German Waffle CafĂ©    
All of nature begins to whisper its secrets to us through its sounds. Sounds that were previously incomprehensible to our soul now become the meaningful language of nature.
-Rudolf Steiner
 
When learning German in the Waldorf school, the students focus not only on grammar and vocabulary but also on the culture from which the language originated.  This means songs, stories, and history are woven into the German curriculum.  By the time the students reach the middle school, they are beginning to practice conversing in German, as well as communicating with pen pals. 
 
This past Thursday, the sixth graders and some of the teachers were treated to waffles and drinks by the seventh graders in their Waffle Café.  The seventh graders recently studied food in German class by cooking and baking different foods, reading recipes in German and practicing ordering a meal in a restaurant, and it was their turn now to be cooks and waiters for others. Each sixth grader received a written invitation in German. This gave the sixth graders an opportunity to practice ordering drinks and waffles with toppings in German, and to become familiar with using Euros (which looked real, but were not!) One seventh grader played live music. It took cooperation and engagement from the all students to make this happen. They took on this challenge with joy and excitement, and everyone involved enjoyed this educational treat.
Seventh Grade Play    
The Seventh Grade would like to invite the whole community to their class play, Marco Polo's Return, which is an exciting saga that ties into their Discovery and Exploration Main Lesson block as it takes you on a colorful whirlwind tour of the globe.  There will be music, dancing, and exciting tales from Marco Polo's journeys.  Join us for the show on Thursday, April 14, at 7 p.m.
New Director to Attend Tomorrow's PCA Meeting    
Incoming School Director Robert Schiappacasse will visit the school next week for a few days of internal meetings as we continue to prepare for his May arrival. Robert will attend Monday night's PCA meeting in order to become more familiar with the Parent Community Association and its work. The meeting is open to all interested community members.
From the PCA    
The Parent Community Association is proud to announce that Ann Wiedie and Christina Stanley Polyak are teaming up with Taryn Pinstein as Co-Chairs for the 2011 Waldorf Children's Boutique at the Holiday Fair. Thank you to Ann and Christina for coming aboard. The planning has begun--please save your outgrown kids' clothing and toys!
Seeking Nominations for New Members to the Board and Board Committees    

The Board of Trustees’ Nominating Committee is recruiting new board members, and would like your nominations. Click "read more" above for a detailed description of Board duties. We ask that any people you nominate are known to you to be willing and available to serve, as described in the attached description. No self-nominations, please. We seek full representation of our community, so alumni, alumni parents, and friends of the school make excellent candidates, as well as current parents, faculty and staff. In addition, the nominating committee is looking for volunteers to serve on various Board committees. Serving on one of the school’s committees is a great way to give to the school and learn more about our governance. It also requires less of a time commitment and is the natural path to potentially becoming a board nominee. Please send your questions or nominations to a member of the nominating committee: Helene Svahnqvist, Keith Hartt, Shannon Ames, Wendy Margo.

Eighth Grade Posters for Sale    

The eighth grade is selling posters of an original drawing done by the students.  This special edition poster is based on a collaborative drawing in which the eighth grade students independently added their contributions to the whole composition as a fantastical tribute to the Waldorf School. If you are interested in owning a copy, please email Carol with your order. Pick up your copy at Café 8 on Thursday mornings for $15.  Proceeds will help fund the class trip in June.

Tenth Grade Play Next Week    
Dear Waldorf Community and Friends,

Come to Waldorf High School and enjoy an evening of theater! We present to you a timeless piece: a classic American play about small town life, love, marriage, and something eternal--familiar, yet new. Come and ponder with us the smallest events in our daily lives: “Oh Earth, you’re too wonderful for anybody to realize you.”

The Tenth Grade has been working hard on its production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. We warmly invite you to attend our evening performances, Thursday and Friday, April 7 and 8, at 7 p.m. in the Waldorf High School of Massachusetts Bay auditorium. Waldorf School of Lexington alums Katie Graham-O’Regan, Claire Raizen, and Julius van den Broek will be performing in the play. (Chloe Smith and Jonathan Voutilainen-Gregg are also members of the class but are both on exchange in Germany.) We look forward to seeing you!
News from Homespun    
The weather may not say that it is spring, but truly it is in Homespun.  Come see the beautiful chicks, birds, and felted egg ornaments on the pussywillow branches. The wooden, tin, and soap eggs look delicious enough to eat. Perhaps you are looking for a hostess gift; the bunny, hen, and turtle soaps in their lovely gift boxes are here. The very colorful wooden puzzles and block sets come in all different sizes. A new shipment of baskets has just arrived, and they are super for Easter baskets or holding your knitting projects. The woven grass baskets are just right to gather your farmer's market goods or do your grocery shopping. The sidewalk sale table continues to grow in items that are marked between 20% and 60% off.

Drop-In Crafts
At this week's drop-in crafts, on Tuesday and Wednesday (8:30-11 a.m.), we will be making origami cranes. In Japan, it is commonly said that folding one thousand paper origami cranes makes a person's wish come true. This makes them popular gifts for special friends and family. We are working together to make 1000 cranes to bring a wish of joy to the Japanese communities that are recovering from the earthquake and tsunami disaster. For each crane we make, the Students Rebuild organization is willing to donate $2 to the relief fund for the disaster recovery in Japan. We are nearly halfway to our goal of 1000 cranes. Please stop at Homespun for an origami kit (including directions and paper) if you are unable to attend the drop-in craft sessions. You may bring any completed cranes back to Homespun. Come see the strings of cranes on display in the Café.

On Thursday (8:30-10 a.m.) we will be making knitted bunnies and chickens. As always, children are welcome.
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