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  Sunday, May 29, 2011Volme MMX-XI, Issue 32  
Memorial Day Tomorrow    
We would like to remind parents that school will be closed tomorrow, Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day. 
Summer’s Eve Celebration    

Do you like wine and roses? Then you won’t want to miss our first annual Summer’s Eve Celebration, an evening of gratitude for our parents’ generosity, with catered hors d’oeuvres, wine and yes, even roses: Thursday, June 9 from 7-9 p.m. Click "read more" above for a detailed invitation.  It’s sure to be a lovely way to bring closure to our year together, and celebrate summer. All parents and faculty are welcome to attend.

Upcoming Events at Waldorf    
Monday, May 30
No School
Memorial Day
 
Wednesday, June 1
Waldorf Park in Arlington, 9:30 a.m.
 
Friday, June 3
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.
 
Wednesday, June 8
Waldorf Park in Arlington, 9:30 a.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:    
  • Main Lesson Books
  • All Library Books Due Friday
  • Did You Miss the Outside Donation Drop-Off?
  • Third Kindergarten Opening Next Year
  • Importance of Play in Education
  • Lyme Disease Awareness
  • News from Homespun
Main Lesson Books    
One of the elements that differentiates Waldorf education from other schools is the fact that we do not use textbooks.  Rather than expecting the students to memorize and regurgitate information that has been prepackaged for them, teachers bring fresh material that they themselves have researched and learned.  The approach to science is hands-on, phenomenologically based, and rooted in observation and experience.  History is brought alive through a combination of myth, story, and biography, making the people and events alive for the students in a way which reading it in a textbook cannot.
 
Out of this rich experience students create beautiful books detailing the concepts, stories, and experiments from their Main Lesson blocks.  Students record and illustrate the many subjects and lessons they have worked on throughout the year, making their learning personal and lasting.  At this time of year,  students are beginning to organize these Main Lesson books, sewing them together, and putting on the covers.  By the last day of school, every student will have a rich and unique record of his or her year to take home and keep.
All Library Books Due Friday    
The year is quickly drawing to a close, and the Waldorf School elementary student library is hoping to collect all the books that have been borrowed by students before we leave for the summer.  Please check under beds, on shelves, and in cars for stray library books--we would like all books to be returned by this coming Friday, June 3.  Any books that have been lost must be replaced; we will contact parents if books are missing.  Thank you for your help in making sure our library collection remains complete!
Did You Miss the Outside Donation Drop-Off?    
We'll be having outside drop-off for the PCA Waldorf Boutique again in the fall, probably more than once! Also, boxes are still across from the Café and in the Nursery building, and the PCA Waldorf Boutique appreciates every donation of gently used clothing and Waldorf-type toys. If you'd like to arrange for a special pick-up (in the parking lot, or at your home), contact Taryn.
Third Kindergarten Opening Next Year    
Due to increased demand for enrollment in our kindergarten program, the school 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.  For information about the job openings, please visit the Job Opportunities section of our website.
Importance of Play in Education    
You may be interested in reading a piece from CNN entitled Want to get your kids into college? Let them playIt states: “…The beauty of a play-based curriculum is that very young children can routinely observe and learn from others' emotions and experiences. Skills-based curricula, on the other hand, are sometimes derisively known as "drill and kill" programs because most teachers understand that young children can't learn meaningfully in the social isolation required for such an approach.”
Lyme Disease Awareness    
We would like to remind parents that as the weather gets warmer and you spend more time outside, it's important to be aware of deer ticks, which can spread lyme disease.  Be sure to check your skin and clothes, as well as your pets after you spend time in wooded or grassy areas.  For a fact sheet from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, please click here.
News from Homespun    
Homespun's End of School Sale starts Tuesday, May 31 and will last through the last day of school, Friday, June 10. All items in the store are 20% off (except red tagged items). Come stock up for supplies and gifts for the summer months as Homespun will be closing on Friday, June 10 at 1 p.m. for the summer. Are you searching for that perfect gift for a teacher or a gift for a host as you travel for the summer? Come choose an owl or turtle soap gift set, a beautiful beeswax candle, or perhaps a gift certificate.

Homespun Hours
Monday, May 30 - CLOSED
Tuesday, May 31 through Friday June 3: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Monday, June 6 through Thursday, June 9: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Friday, June 10: 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
CLOSED for the summer
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