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  Sunday, May 15, 2011Volume MMX-XI, Issue 30  
Super-easy Clothes Donations for the PCA Waldorf Boutique!    
Have you been gathering gently used clothes and Waldorf and wooden toys for the Waldorf Boutique, but you just can't seem to make it down to the Café or nursery to deposit them in the drop-boxes? On Thursday, May 19 we'll make it even easier! From noon to 1:30 p.m., volunteers will be in the horseshoe ready to take things directly from your car as you go about your routine of picking up your children. Please be mindful that the first priority of dismissal is safety, and do not leave your car unattended in the horseshoe to make your donation.  
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Upcoming Events at Waldorf    
Monday, May 16
1st Grade class evening, 7:30 p.m.
 
Tuesday, May 17
2nd Grade class evening, 7:30 p.m.
 
Wednesday, May 18
Waldorf Park in Arlington, 9:30 a.m.
Sweet Peas class evening, 7 p.m.
Julia's Nursery class evening, 7 p.m.
Buttercups class evening, 7:30 p.m.
Mary Beth's Nursery class evening, 7:30 p.m.
 
Friday, May 20
Waldorf Park, noon
Eighth Grade Musical, 7 p.m.
 
Saturday, May 21
Eighth Grade Musical, 7 p.m.
 
Monday, May 23
Paula van den Broek's Incoming 1st Grade class evening, 7 p.m.
 
Tuesday, May 24
Board Meeting, 7 p.m.
7th Grade class evening, 7:30 p.m.
 
Wednesday, May 25
Waldorf Park in Arlington, 9:30 a.m.
3rd Grade class evening, 6:30 p.m.
 
Friday, May 27
Waldorf Park, noon
 
Monday, May 30
No School
Memorial Day
 
Wednesday, June 1
Waldorf Park in Arlington, 9:30 a.m.
 
Friday, June 3
Last Waldorf Park, noon
 
Saturday, June 4
Julia's Nursery Class Picnic
Mary Beth's Nursery Class Picnic
 
Monday, June 6
Board Officer Committee, 5:30 p.m.
Finance Committee, 6:30 p.m.
PCA Meeting, 7 p.m.
 
Friday, June 10
Last Day of School
Early Dismissal
 
Saturday, June 11
Eighth Grade Graduation, 2 p.m.
 
Saturday, June 18
Board Meeting, 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.
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:    
  • Come to the Musical This Weekend!
  • Glorious Olympic Day
  • Measles Information from the Health Office
  • MBTA Student Charlie Cards
  • Save the Date
  • The School Announces Opening of a Third Kindergarten
  • Articles of Interest
Come to the Musical This Weekend!    
If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Want to change the world?
There's nothing to it

There is no life I know
To compare with pure imagination
Living there you'll be free
If you truly wish to be
 
-Pure Imagination, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
 
You can see the imagination of our students in the classrooms, on the walls in the hallways, and in their main lesson books.  It's apparent during play time, and in the stories that the students write and tell.  It's no wonder that our Eighth Grade will be celebrating imagination in the form of their musical, "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory."  The Eighth Grade is very excited to invite the entire community to their musical this weekend. Roald Dahl's timeless children's tale follows Charlie Bucket, one of five lucky winners of a Golden Ticket, as he explores the fantastic world inside the eccentric Wonka Chocolate Factory.  Come meet the imaginative characters, listen to the catchy music, and have a wonderful time.  There will be performances on Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21, both at 7 p.m.  Students, parents, and alumni of all ages are welcome.
Glorious Olympic Day    
Many thanks to all who participated in the Olympics on Friday.  We had beautiful sunny weather for an exciting day of events.  Thank you to the Fifth Grade, Ms. Niiva, Mr. Brooks, and the students and faculty of the visiting schools: Monadnock Waldorf School, Cape Cod Waldorf School, Cape Ann Waldorf School, Meadowbrook Waldorf School, and Ecole L'Eau Vive from Quebec.  Many thanks as well to all the parents, faculty, staff, and alumni who helped to make the day a success!
Measles Information from the Health Office    
Measles cases are on the rise in Massachusetts. Please review the fact sheet about measles provided by the Massachusetts Department of Health (click "read more" above) and know the signs of measles. Contact your pediatrician or doctor with any questions or if you suspect someone in your family may have contracted or come in contact with the measles. 
Luana Preston, Health Coordinator
MBTA Student Charlie Cards    
Plastic Student CharlieCards currently being used will be turned off on June 30, and the cards will no longer work after that date. Cards that are turned off will not be accepted for travel on the MBTA system. Please inform students that if they have a balance on their CharlieCard it must be spent down to zero prior to the June 30th deadline. There will be no refunds issued for remaining balances on Student CharlieCards. There is a limit of only $10.00 on Student CharlieCards and therefore there is sufficient time to use up any amount on cards by the end of the school year.

If you want a student CharlieCard for the 2011-2012 school year please inform Luana in the Main Office by Friday, June 24.
Save the Date    
The Faculty, Staff, and Board of Trustees warmly invites all parents to our first annual End-of-Year Summer’s Eve Celebration, an evening of refreshments, song, and a program of gratitude for the leadership of our parent volunteers. Join us on Thursday, June 9 from 7-9 p.m.
 
The School Announces Opening of a Third Kindergarten    
Due to increased demand for enrollment in our kindergarten program, the school announced this week it will be adding a third kindergarten in the 2011-12 academic year. The hiring process for a kindergarten teacher and kindergarten assistant are underway. We are very excited by the growth in our kindergarten program, and we hope parents and friends of the school will spread the word.  Please click "read more" above for more information.
Articles of Interest    
From the Boston Globe: Media Diet?
Today's adults and children live more than ever in a media-saturated world. How can adults mindfully manage our relationships with the electronic forms of communication so often required by our work and be good electronic role models for our kids? In this Q&A with the Boston Globe, Emerson College Professor Thomas Cooper suggests that even adults need an occasional "media fast" to help regain control.
 
From the New York Times: Fixated by Screens
Fixated by Screens, but Seemingly Nothing Else
, by Perri Klass, M.D. (NY Times, 5/9/2011) In her column “18 and Under,” Dr. Klass examines the relationship between screen time and ADHD in today’s youth. She cites Dr. Christopher Lucas, associate professor of child psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine, who suggests that screen time and video gaming develops the wrong kind of attention: “It’s not sustained attention in the absence of rewards,” he said. “It’s sustained attention with frequent intermittent rewards.” 
 
You can find the link to these articles on our website, along with many other relevant articles, in our Research and Commentary section.
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