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  Sunday, April 10, 2011Volume MMX-XI, Issue 26  
Vacation Begins April 16    
This Friday, April 15, we will break for April Vacation.  Please note that we will have our usual afternoon dismissal time, and all afternoon activities will take place.  School will resume on Monday, April 25.
Mendenhall Reception Platters    
Thank you to everyone who contributed food for the Mendenhall reception.  You will be able to collect your dish or platter any time this week down in the Café.  If you are unable to find yours, please contact Carolyn Dittes.
Cookie Concert Coming Up    
Save the date: The next Cookie Concert will be on Friday, April 29.  Cookie Concerts are a space for students to share what they have been practicing in their lessons. There will be a sign-up sheet by the orchestra room soon; students can check with their music teachers to see if they have a piece they can play. Please join us!
Time Change for Graduation    
Please note there has been a time change for this year’s Eighth Grade Graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 11: The ceremony will begin at 2:00 p.m., and will be followed by a light reception of cake and punch.
Upcoming Events at Waldorf    
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.
 
Thursday, April 28
Cafe Chat, 8:30 a.m.
 
Friday, April 29
Waldorf Park, noon
Cookie Concert, 3:15 p.m.
 
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
Grandparents' Tea, 8:45 a.m.
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.
 
Monday, May 9
Board Officer Committee meeting, 5:30 p.m.
Finance Committee meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Morning Glories class evening, 7 p.m.
 
Tuesday, May 10
4th Grade class evening, 7:30 p.m.
 
Wednesday, May 11
Waldorf Park in Arlington, 9:30 a.m.
Foundation Studies, 5 p.m.
 
Friday, May 13
5th Grade Olympics
Waldorf Park, noon
 
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.
Have Fun Supporting Community Farming    
Do you support community farming? Do you like carrying giant vegetables made of paper? Do you love parades?  Then join LexFarm as they march down Massachusetts Ave in the Lexington Patriot's Day Parade. All ages are welcome and it literally will be the more the merrier.  Please sign up now to let LexFarm know that you will be there!
Race to Nowhere    
There will be two showings of the film Race to Nowhere at Cary Hall on Thursday, April 28, 7-9 p.m., and Friday, April 29, 10 a.m. to noon. General admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Admission is free to the first 300 students, $5 per student thereafter. The movie is rated PG-13. Tickets can be obtained online. Even though there is no charge for the first 300 students at each screening, these free tickets still need to be obtained online.  To ensure a seat, advance registration is strongly recommended.
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:    
  • Poetic Waldorf
  • Seventh Grade Play Thursday Evening
  • Lost and Found Spring Cleaning
  • Gardening Workshop in the Café
  • Salsa Night
  • Grandparents' Tea is Upcoming
  • Storytelling and Dreamweaving with Children
  • Spring Garden Cleaning!
  • Support the Eighth Grade
Poetic Waldorf    
April is National Poetry Month, when we can celebrate the many forms that poetic expression can take.  In the Waldorf curriculum, you can find poetry in every classroom in many different forms.  It begins when first graders practice poems and nursery rhymes as a whole class during Main Lesson, with emphasis on strong rhythms.  Oral poetry recitation plays a large part througout the curriculum, not only in English but in the foreign languages as well.  It can be heard in games and jump rope rhymes.  As the children get older, they begin to write their own poetry in conjunction with many of the subjects they learn--perhaps a description of a tree in their fifth grade Main Lesson botany block, or a more personal poem expressing an emotion in their seventh grade language block or English class.  There may be only one month officially dedicated to poetry, but in Waldorf schools, poetry is woven intimately within the whole curriculum.
 
Spring has arrived. It is like a child that knows poems.
-Rainer Maria Rilke
Seventh Grade Play Thursday Evening    

The Seventh Grade would like to invite the whole community to their class play, Marco Polo's Return, 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 colorful tales from Marco Polo's journeys.  Join us for the show this Thursday, April 14, at 7 p.m.

Lost and Found Spring Cleaning    
The PCA-organized Lost and Found is due for a spring cleaning! The bins will be emptied on Thursday, April 14. Items not claimed by then will be donated to a children's charity, so stop by this week so that all missing mittens and stray sweaters can make it home before vacation week. The Lost and Found is located next to the PCA Lending Library in the cafeteria hallway.
Waldorf Dad's Connection    
The PCA-organized Waldorf Dad's Connection is meeting again on Friday, April 15, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Village Tavern at the Colonial Inn in Concord. Drop in for relaxed conversation with other Waldorf parents and celebrate the start of vacation week! Contact Juleby Hirsch for questions or directions.
Gardening Workshop in the CafĂ©    
On Thursday, April 28, 8:30 a.m., Meighan Matthews, Waldorf parent and founder of Growing for Good, a personal vegetable gardening service, will offer a free workshop in the Café on successfully growing food for your family! She will introduce you to the important building blocks of a healthy garden in our area: layout, soil health, fencing, raised beds, pest prevention and fail-safe varieties of vegetables. We will learn which veggies to plant when and how to tend them throughout the season. If there’s time and interest, and the weather permits, we will head down to the gardens with Amelia Mueller and do some hands-on learning. Please join us for a healthy conversation!
Salsa Night    
Senora Rios and the Seventh Grade would like to invite the whole community to this year's Salsa Night on Saturday, April 30 at 7 p.m.  Come dance the night away to live music by Combo Sabroso after enjoying a salsa performance by the seventh graders.  They'll even teach you to salsa if you get there early!  Children are warmly welcomed but must be supervised by an adult throughout the evening.  The night is always fun and festive, completed with tasty refreshments.  Wear your dancing shoes and party clothes!  Advance admission is $10 adults, $8 children, or $30 for a family.  For a PDF of the poster designed by eighth grader Vincent Jerosch-Herold, please click "read more."
Grandparents' Tea    
The Grandparents' Tea will be on Friday, May 6, 8:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.  The gathering will include morning tea and conversation with Joe O'Regan, Holly Kania, and Robert Schiappacasse, visits to grandchildren's classes, and light refreshments.  All grandparents whose names we have in our database have been mailed an invitation.  If you would like your child's grandparent to receive an invitation, please contact Holly Kania.  Include the grandparent's full mailing address in your email, and we will happily send out an invitation. 
Storytelling and Dreamweaving with Children    
Save the date: Please join us for an evening talk with Nancy Mellon on Friday, May 27, 7-9 p.m. in the Blue Sky Kindergarten.  You are invited to explore the power of of storytelling, and the sometimes bewildering border between waking and sleeping, imagination and dreams.  Learn delightful and profound ways to navigate with children the delicate and sometimes daunting journey from waking into sleep and back again.  Parents, grandparents, and all who love children are welcome to discover new ways to support the inner life of children. 
 
Nancy Mellon is a published author and has a background as a Waldorf teacher and therapist and has been connected to Waldorf education since 1976.  Her newest book is called Body Eloquence: The Power of Myth and Story to Awaken the Body's Energies.  For more information, please contact Nancy Mellon by email, or call 603-654-2982.
Spring Garden Cleaning!    

All around our school the crocuses are pushing up blossoms! But in between, leaves and weeds remain from last season. Every Tuesday morning from 8:15-9:15 a.m., a member of the PCA is busy cleaning up outside--and has extra gloves, clippers, and rakes. If you have some time to spare after drop-off, come and enjoy the fresh air and good company. Many hands make light work! Please email the PCA with any questions or comments.

Support the Eighth Grade    
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.
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