Sunday, September 4, 2011Volume MMXI-XII, Issue 1  
You Are Invited!    
School Warming
This Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
We warmly invite both new and returning parents to our annual School Warming event this Tuesday, September 6 at 7:30 p.m. The Warming is a time when we gather as a community to welcome in the new school year with singing, meet the faculty, and look ahead to the coming school year. Please join us for this beloved school tradition! 
 
Directly following the warming at about 8 p.m., the first class evening of the year for all elementary grades will take place in their respective classrooms.  Early childhood class evenings begin before the warming at 6:30 p.m.
 
We hope you can join us in warming up the building for the year to come!
Useful Links    
For quick reference to resources on our website (sign in to access them on our Parent Pages):
 
To access the Parent Pages:    
1. From any page on the website, click the word Login that appears at the bottom right corner of each page.
2. A login window appears. Submit your username and password.
3. The page will refresh, but it will not redirect you to the Parent Pages.
4. Click on the Community tab in the red banner that heads each page of the website.
5. From the drop-down menu, click on “Parent Pages”
6. The navigation menu at the left now shows all contents of the Parent Pages.

Call ext 516 or email Communications Director Holly Kania if you experience continued difficulty logging in.

Main Office Hours    
The Main Office will be closed tomorrow, Monday, September 5, for Labor Day. We reopen on Tuesday with our regular daily office hours of 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
First PCA Meeting of the Year    
Save the date for the first PCA Meeting of the year on Monday, September 12 at 7 p.m. in the Handwork Room upstairs.  All are welcome to join.
Sins of Omission    
A careful reader pointed out to us that Julie Hannon’s name was missing from the list of stalwart kitchen volunteers in the Summer News feature thanking our parent volunteer leaders. We do apologize, and offer our sincere thanks to Julie for supporting our hot lunch program with her time.
Save the Date!    
PCA All-School Picnic: September 17
East Lexington Fair: October 1
Community Dinner & Auction at Charles Hotel: March 31
Finding out about Current Events at School    

• The homepage of our website posts ongoing school news and events weekly. See the News & Events column at right.

• Access our online calendar by clicking on the word “Calendar” in the red heading on any page of the website.

• Our Facebook fan page also posts upcoming events, current research, and other school news.

• Our weekly email bulletin previews events to come as well as gives insight into life at the school.  You can find previous editions on our website.

Stone Building Update    
Upon your return to campus, you will notice that the renovations to the Town of Lexington’s Stone Building (the former East Lexington Library) are largely complete. For a report on the renovations, please click here.
Upcoming Events at Waldorf    
Monday, September 5
Labor Day
Main Office closed
 
Tuesday, September 6
Early Childhood parent class evenings, 6:30 p.m.
School Warming, 7:30 p.m.
Elementary parent class evenings immediately following the warming
 
Thursday, September 8
First Day of Classes, Nursery through 8th Grade
 
Monday, September 12
After School Programs begin
PCA Meeting, 7 p.m.
 
Wednesday, September 14
Foundation Studies, 5 p.m.
New Parent Welcome Eve, 7 p.m.
 
Friday, September 16
Fireside Chat, 7 p.m.
 
Saturday, September 17
PCA All-School Picnic, noon-2 p.m.
 
Monday, September 19
Transitional Nursery class evening, 7 p.m.
3rd Grade class evening, 7:30 p.m.
 
Tuesday, September 20
Fairybell Nursery class evening, 7:30 p.m.
5th Grade class evening, 7:30 p.m.
 
Wednesday, September 21
Development Committee Meeting, 5:30 p.m.
Evergreen Kindergarten class evening, 6:30 p.m.
 
Saturday, September 24
Little Meadow class meeting, 9 a.m.
Biodynamic Farming Talk, 7 p.m.
 
Monday, September 26
Rosebuds class begins
 
Tuesday, September 27
Roses class begins
Board Meeting, 7 p.m.
 
Wednesday, September 28
Foundation Studies, 5 p.m.
 
Thursday, September 29
Rosh Hoshana
No School
 
Friday, September 30
Fireside Chat, 7 p.m.
 
Saturday, October 1
East Lexington Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 
 
You can access the full school calendar on our website.
Summer Newsletter    
If you didn't have a chance to read the Summer Newsletter, you can find it on the website.  Click "read more" above for the PDF link.
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's 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. 

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:    
  • Welcome Back to School!
  • Opening Days School Hours
  • After School Program Applications
  • Hot Lunch Ordering Info
  • Traffic Safety Reminders
  • Community Fireside Chats This Fall
  • New School Roof
  • Faculty Work Week Retreat
  • News from Homespun
Welcome Back to School!    
Welcome back to the 2011-2012 school year!  We hope everyone had a relaxing and wonderful summer.  We are heading right into our new year with our first bulletin, which is chock full of helpful information to get the year started.
       The Bulletin is published every week, and will be emailed to the school community every Sunday. It reviews events of the prior week and previews important events on the calendar and information for the upcoming week. The Bulletin also provides pedagogical snapshots of the curriculum and the student experience as we move through the year.
       If you would like to submit any items to the Bulletin, or have any questions, please email them to Bulletin Editor Megan Curtis.  All items received by Wednesday will be in that Sunday's edition. 
 
All Bulletin editions are also published on our website in the Community section; use the drop-down menu and click on "Waldorf School of Lexington Bulletin." Editions are organized by academic year in the left menu.
 
As the Bulletin is focused solely on events and information directly related to the school, we also have our Community Classifieds, which is a place where parents, faculty, alumni, and the further-reaching community can share information about items such as music lessons, professional services, real estate, items for sale, workshops or events in locations other than the school. 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 about the Community Classifieds.
Opening Days School Hours:    
Thursday, September 8
Grades 1-8: 8:10 a.m.-Noon
Two-Day and Five-Day Nursery: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Kindergarten: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
“Buttercups” begins: 9:15-10:15 a.m.

Friday, September 9
Three-Day and Five-Day Nursery: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Kindergarten: regular day, 8:20 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Elementary: regular day, 8:10 a.m.-3:05 p.m.
Morning Glories begins: 9-11 a.m.
 
Monday, September 12
Nursery classes begin regular schedule
Early Childhood Afternoon Program begins: Noon-3 pm.. (for Nursery & Kindergarten)
Extended Day Program begins: 3-6 p.m. (for Nursery-Grade 6)
 
Tuesday, September 13
Sweet Peas begins: 9-11:30 a.m.

Monday, September 26
Parent-Infant Classes “Rosebuds” begins

Tuesday, September 27
Parent- Young Toddler Class “Roses” begins
After School Program Applications    

If you have not done so already, now is the time to apply for After School Programs:

  • Nursery and Kindergarten students from dismissal until 3 p.m.
  • Nursery through Grade 6 students from 3-6 p.m.

Brochures and application forms can be accessed online. Under the School tab on the home page, select “After School” and use the links shown. Space is limited in these programs, so please print and fill out your application form and deliver it with your payment to the Main Office as soon as possible.

Hot Lunch Ordering Info    
There is a 10% discount for those who sign up for all-year lunch (no tickets needed!) and there is a 5% discount for ordering half a year's worth of tickets up front. You can find the mail order form, lunch info, and menu on the school website in the Lunch Program section.  Pre-order by mail requires payment by check.  You can also buy tickets in sheets of 12 in Homespun, where it is possible to use a credit card.  Homespun is open usually by 8:30 a.m.
       We also have a couple of barter shifts open for parents who want to earn two lunch tickets per hour. If you have some kitchen smarts (or are open to developing more), and an energetic disposition, maybe you can join our fun team.
 
 Remember, if you have a favorite meal at home, we'd love to give it a whirl as a lunch special here--come talk to us!

The first lunch day is Monday, September 12. You can use tickets from last year for the first two weeks, after which you need to use the new ones.  Please remember to get those tickets in the baskets by 9 a.m.  Thanks!
Traffic Safety Reminders    

Drop-off and pickup in the horseshoe are very busy times at our school. Please support the safety of our community members by following a few simple rules:

  • Avoid making or receiving cell phone calls during drop-off and pickup. Children may dart out into the drive unexpectedly, and your full attention is required.
  • Do not pass a car that is in the process of picking up or dropping off children. Your patience is appreciated.
  • Lexington is an “idle-free” zone. If you are waiting more than 30 seconds in a dropoff or pickup line, please turn off your engine.

You may need to park your car to drop off or pick up your children at times; parking is limited, so it's important to be familiar with where and when parking is available. Please take a moment to familarize yourself with parking information and other traffic tips on page 57 of the Community Handbook, which is online in the Parent Pages (you can also click "read more" above).  You will need to sign in to access the Parent Pages; if you need assistance, please contact Holly Kania.

Community Fireside Chats This Fall    
Our Long Range Planning Committee has distributed the final draft document of the school's Long Range Plan. This draft of the LRP represents the good work and contributions of parents, faculty, board members, and staff. Formulated by board members Miguel Canizares and Cheryl Dressler, this document went through several drafts, with feedback and suggestions from board, faculty, and staff. Click "read more" above to read the Long Range Plan document.

This fall, as part of the LRP process led by board Vice President Keith Hartt, the trustees and faculty will conduct a number of "Fireside Chats." These will be casual conversations in parent homes, engaging community members in the spirit and content of this document and receiving feedback. In these gatherings we will outline long-term goals such as creating a campus master plan, and seeding an endowment to ensure the school's facilities and financial health many years into the future. You are receiving this LRP document as part of our preparations for a productive, engaging series of discussions.

The dates we are planning to hold Fireside Chats are: (all Fridays evenings) September 16 & 30, October 14 & 21 and November 11, starting at 7:30 p.m. and finishing at 9 p.m. Space for twelve adults will be needed for each Fireside Chat. Board and Faculty members will bring cookies and the host would provide tea/coffee.  If you are interested in hosting a Fireside Chat in your home, please contact Joe O'Regan to discuss.
New School Roof    
Our new school roof was installed just in time for Hurricane Irene to test its strength--and it passed with flying colors! Above is a photo or our Building Manager, Paul Menz, standing on the new roof. Mr. Menz was featured in the special appeal video at our 40th Gala.  $48,800 was raised towards the new roof at the Gala. Thank you all so much for supporting this effort and making Mr. Menz so happy! Thank you to Julia Van Daam for making this inspiring video for us.
Faculty Work Week Retreat    
After a summer of refreshment, professional development, and preparation for the new school year, faculty and staff came together on Monday, August 29 to begin our back-to-school work week with a walk through Arlington’s Great Meadows, led by two naturalists.
 
The many acres of Great Meadows are a frequent destination for our students, who go there to study nature--from geology to zoology, botany to the water cycle--or simply to play and enjoy the woods and wetlands. Our guides introduced us to the great variety of trees and flora in the Great Meadows, and also reported on the many species of wildlife inhabiting the area: weasels, red and gray foxes (the latter climb trees!), coyote, deer, rabbits, frogs, and even a fisher cat (a member of the weasel family). Our school is enormously fortunate to have such a rich resource for learning and refreshment in our backyard. If you would like to learn more about Great Meadows, their website offers walking guides, a scavenger hunt for tracking wildlife, and other useful information.
News from Homespun    
Welcome back! Homespun's shelves are filling up daily with new shipments of some familiar things and some brand new items. Come see the new look of Homespun! Do you need to stock up for school or projects? There are plenty of school supplies: pencils, erasers, notebooks, pencil sharpeners, yarn, felting wool, and more.

Homespun Hours
Thursday, September 8: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Friday, September 9: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

On Monday, September 12 we start regular hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Thursday from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Special Hours
East Lexington Fair, Saturday, October 1 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Open House, Sunday, October 23 from 1-3 p.m.

Shopkeepers Wanted
Do you have interest in volunteering in our fabulous school store? Being a shopkeeper is a wonderful way to meet other parents, learn new skills and learn more about the Waldorf community. We provide on-the-job training. Contact Homespun for more details.

Crafting Workshops
Do you have handwork skills that you would like to share with others?  Do you have a skill you'd like to learn? Let Homespun know as we put together our Drop-In Craft and Workshop Schedule for the fall.
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