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  Sunday, October 16, 2011Volume MXI-XII, Issue 7  
    
Queen of the Sun This Afternoon!    

The award-winning movie about honey bees Queen of the Sun will be shown this afternoon, Sunday, October 16 at 3 p.m. here in the Waldorf School of Lexington auditorium. The movie, which is suitable for sixth graders and up, will end by 4:30 p.m. and for those wishing to participate, a there is a discussion that ends at 5 p.m. The film was shown at the Museum of Fine Arts in June. For more information and to watch the trailer, please visit the Queen of the Sun website

Annual Open Board Meeting    
Please join us at the annual Open Board Meeting on Monday, October 24 at 7 p.m. in the Handwork Room. This is a great opportunity to meet our board members, to experience a school board meeting, and to hear from the school's external independent auditors about the state of school finances. There is designated time on the agenda for community members to provide feedback and ask questions.
Kitchen Barter Shift Available for Treat Baker    
The kitchen is looking for a specialized, somewhat experienced baker for pies, scones, cookies, and the like. This can be a flexible time shift--whatever works for you. After lunch any day is good for us, and can be two to four hours a week in exchange for two lunch tickets per hour worked (and your lunch that day!).
New Hot Lunch Menu    
Please visit the Lunch Program page of our website for the Hot Lunch Menu for October and November.
Please Take Our Parent Survey    
We are very happy to have received 109 survey responses from parents--thank you! This is 73% of our target. Please help us reach 100% by filling out a survey: it is quick and easy and will provide very important feedback for our school. Please click here to complete this anonymous survey. The results of this survey will be used in our accreditation renewal process.
Waldorf Boutique Still Taking Donations    
Though the Holiday Fair may seem far away, donations to the Boutique need to be made by the end of October. (That's when we'll ask if you'd like to help sort!) Please bring your gently used clothing and Waldorf /wooden toys to the drop-off box across from the cafe, or outside the Little Meadow Nursery. If you can't make it into the school, please email Taryn or call to arrange a pick-up from your car or home at 617-504-5880.
Halloween Walk Still Needs Volunteers    
There are still plenty of ways you can help out with this year’s Walk, coming up on Monday, October 31. The sign-up sheet near the Kindergarten classrooms is beginning to fill up, but there are still plenty of openings in the Nursery Building. Anyone can sign-up on either sheet, so feel free to head over to the Nursery Building and you’ll find the sign-up poster on the bulletin board to your left right as you walk in. We are still looking for Musical Guides (no prior musical experience necessary), people to help set up, and plenty of props. Thank you to everyone who has already found a way to participate. Please remember, in order to preserve the magic of the day, do not discuss your participation or particulars of this event in the presence of the children. Questions may be directed to this year’s Halloween Walk Coordinators, Allison Moody, 617-259-7204 and Lori Wright, 781-863-7252.
Upcoming Events at Waldorf    
2nd Grade class evening, 7:30 p.m.
 
Tuesday, October 18
Info Session for Current Nursery & Kindergarten Parents, 8:45 a.m.
Fairybell Nursery class evening, 7:30 p.m.
 
Wednesday, October 19
Evergreen Kindergarten class evening, 6:30 p.m.
Transitional Nursery class evening, 7 p.m.
Little Meadow Nursery class evening, 7:30 p.m.
 
Thursday, October 20
8th Grade class evening, 7:30 p.m.
 
Friday, October 21
Fireside Chat, 7:30-9 p.m.
 
Sunday, October 23
Open House, 1-3 p.m.
 
Monday, October 24
4th Grade to Hawthorne Valley Farm
Open Board Meeting, 7 p.m.
 
Tuesday, October 25
5th Grade class evening, 7:30 p.m.
 
Wednesday, October 26
Foundation Studies 5 p.m.
Development Committee Meeting, 5:30 p.m. 
 
Friday, October 28
4th Grade returns from Farm
Cookie Concert, 3:30 p.m. 
Kim Payne Lecture, 7 p.m.
 
Saturday, October 29
Kim Payne Workshop, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
 
Monday, October 31
Halloween
Early Childhood Halloween Walk
 
Tuesday, November 1
3rd Grade class evening, 7:30 p.m.
 
Thursday, November 3
Sunflower Kindergarten class evening, 7 p.m.
Blue Sky Kindergarten class evening, 7 p.m.
 
Friday, November 4
Waldorf Park, 1 p.m.
Viennese Ball, 7-10 p.m.
 
Saturday, November 5
Little Meadow class meeting, 9 a.m.
Fireside Chat, 7:30 p.m.
 
Sunday, November 6
Daylight Savings Ends
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.
    
For more information about the Waldorf School of Lexington, please visit our website: www.thewaldorfschool.org
 
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In this week's edition:    
  • 10th Annual Viennese Ball
  • Waldorf School Open House
  • 'Simplicity Parenting' Lecture and Workshop with Kim John Payne
  • Medical and Educational Professionals
  • Drop-in Craft Sessions
  • Fireside Chats
  • Waldorf High School Information Sessions
10th Annual Viennese Ball    
"Alles Walzer! Let's Waltz!" This familiar introduction will be heard from Frau Clark on Friday, November 4 from 7-10 p.m. when the eighth grade will celebrate the beloved Viennese Ball with the Waldorf community. In its 10th year, this tradition is organized by German native and Waldorf German teacher Christa Clark.  Preparations for the Viennese Ball began immediately in the fall and excitement is building amongst the eighth graders.

The Ball captures the culture, mood, and history of Vienna. This way of studying foreign language at the Waldorf School is unique in that it encompasses learning not just through academic work, but also through studying the culture of a country. By means of mannerisms, movement, and music, students learn through direct experience.  The tradition of the ball requires that each student learn protocol that promotes respect and maturity. The students are required to wear formal attire and there is an opportunity at this dance for the teens to connect in an adult way with a formality that requires exceptional manners.

Once again, Konditormeister of Braintree will provide delicacies from various regions of Germany. The music will "retain the splendor of the era of Strauss" with live music by Andrew Blickenderfer and band.
Please join us in elegant attire and a festive mood for this special event to raise money for the eighth grade class trip in June, as well as to help us celebrate the coming of age of these soon-to-be graduates.

Please save the date! Tickets will be sold in the horseshoe at dismissal time, in Homespun, and in the main office starting October 20. Adults $10, children $5, family $30 ($15, $8, $40 at the door). We would like to remind parents that all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Waldorf School Open House    
Your friends and referrals are often our best source of new students at the school and help to build our strong community. Please help us spread the word about our Open House on October 23 by inviting friends, neighbors, or family members who may be looking for a school for their children. Are you a member of a parenting listserv in your town? If so, please let Holly Kania know. We are trying to compile a good list of parenting networks our parents are willing to notify about upcoming events at the school.  Click "read more" above for a PDF of the Open House flyer to print or email.
 
'Simplicity Parenting' Lecture and Workshop with Kim John Payne    
The PCA is pleased to present the renowned author and speaker, Kim John Payne, for a Friday evening lecture and Saturday morning workshop on October 28 and 29
 
Kim John Payne, M.Ed., believes that today’s busier, faster lifestyle is waging an "undeclared war on childhood." With too much stuff, too many choices, and too little time, children can become anxious, have trouble with friends and school, or even be diagnosed with behavioral problems. To help parents dial down the pressures of “cumulative stress,” The Waldorf School of Lexington is bringing Payne to give a lecture and workshop on October 28 and 29. Simplicity Parenting offers parents, teachers, and therapists a do-able, orderly, and effective pathway to address many children's difficulties; this work helps parents reclaim for their children the space and freedom that all kids need for their attention to deepen and their individuality to flourish.  For more about Kim John Payne, please click "read more" above.
 
You can register for the lecture and workshop in Homespun or on the school's website. The Waldorf School Auditorium seating for both the lecture and workshop is limited; please reserve your seat by October 24 and take advantage of reduced pricing. For a more rewarding experience, we warmly encourage parents who intend to participate in the Saturday morning workshop to also attend the Friday evening lecture. For parents who are able to attend only one event, the Friday evening lecture is recommended.
Medical and Educational Professionals    
Our Educational Support Department would like to build a list of resources for our families by creating a reference list of community members who work in the following fields:
  • Educational Psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Behavioral Optometry
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Any other medical and educational services
We would like to be able to refer our families who need services to professionals within our community.  If you work in these fields or have made use of the services of someone you would like to recommend, please contact Magnolia Rios by email or at extension 527.
Drop-in Craft Sessions    

We warmly invite parents to our Drop-in Craft Sessions as we continue to make beautiful handmade items for this year's Holiday Fair. We will meet, as usual, in the Chorus Room on Tuesday and Thursday after drop off (around 8:30) until 10:00 a.m. and Wednesday 8:30ish until 11:00 a.m. This week's craft activities includes making knitted animals, needle-felted pictures, and felt purses for the Angel Room. We welcome all levels of experience and will happily teach you the skills required to create something special. We hope to see you there. You can view the planned activities for the rest of the month of October by clicking "read more" above. 

PCA Holiday Fair Community Table
In the spirit of giving, we are looking for 12 parents to join us in a project to make a set of holiday decorations for the PCA Community Table for this year's holiday Fair. Please contact either Yoshiko  or Debbie to share ideas and inspiration.

Warmest Regards, Debbie and Yoshiko
Holiday Fair "Angel Room" Coordinators

Fireside Chats    
Don't miss your chance to attend a fireside chat this fall. These chats happen every four to five years and are venues to provide feedback to the school on Long Range Plan initiatives.  For more information about this process and to read the Long Range Plan, please visit the LRP section on our school website.

Only three dates left!

October 21
November 5
November 11

Please email Joe O'Regan to sign up.
Waldorf High School Information Sessions    
Waldorf High School of Massachusetts Bay will be holding Information Sessions on Tuesday, November 1, & Monday, November 21, 10:15 a.m.-noon.  Other dates will be announced in the Bulletin and on their web site. You will visit classes in session, meet students and faculty, attend a Q&A with students, Mara White, Administrative Director, and Chuck Claus, math, science and music teacher. Waldorf High School of Massachusetts Bay is a college preparatory school offering an alternative to a high stress, high pressure high school education.  Kindly call 617-489-6600 to let them know if you are planning to attend an information session.
Mara White, Brett Fabris, Cedar Oliver
Waldorf High School has recently hired two new faculty members.  Barret Fabris was previously the social studies department leader for Providence Public Schools in Rhode Island, and is teaching humanities as well as coaching the soccer team.  Barret will lead the senior inter-disciplinary block this year entitled “Arab Sprint." Cedar Oliver joins the school after teaching at High Mowing Waldorf High school for twelve years and is teaching science, math, and digital arts.  For more information about these new high school faculty, please click "read more" above.
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