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  Sunday, January 15, 2012Volume MMXI-XII, Issue 18  
No School Tomorrow    
We'd like to remind parents that in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, school will be closed tomorrow, Monday, January 16.
Rescheduled Class Photos    
Rescheduled class photos for the following classes will take place on Monday, January 23:
Mary Beth's Fairy Bell Nursery
Julia's Little Meadow Nursery
Leah's Kindergarten
Grades 1 through 5
Bagel Service on Thursdays    
The eighth grade will continue to offer delivery of fresh, sliced plain bagels with cream cheese for Thursday snack. This option is open to children in grades 3-6. A sign-up form is available in the front office.  If you have any questions about this feel free to contact Claudia van Dijk or one of the eighth grade parents tending the Café table on Thursdays.
Financial Aid Applications Due February 17 for 2012-13 School Year    
Financial Aid applications for the coming 2012-13 school year are due soon. All applications and documents need to be submitted electronically directly to SSS On Line no later than Friday, February 17. If you have any questions about financial aid please visit the Financial Aid section on our school website, or call the Business Office at 781-863-1063.
Upcoming Events at Waldorf    
No School
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Tuesday, January 17
Board Officer Committee meeting, 6 p.m
Finance Committee Meeting, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, January 18
Compensation Committee meeting, 4 p.m.
Development Committee Meeting, 5:30 p.m.
Transitional Nursery class evening, 7 p.m.
Little Meadow Nursery class evening, 7:30 p.m.
3rd Grade class evening, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 19
Simplicity Parenting, 7 p.m.
Friday, January 20
Waldorf Park, 1 p.m.
Saturday, January 21
Open House: Early Childhood-3rd Grade, 10a.m.-noon
Monday, January 23
Fairy Bell Nursery class evening, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 24
1st Grade class evening, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 25
Foundation Studies, 5 p.m.
Thursday, January 26
Middle School Music Evening (6th-8th grades), 7:30 p.m.
Friday, January 27
Waldorf Park, 1 p.m.
Saturday, January 28
Board/College Meeting and Retreat, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
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 public 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    
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In this week's edition:    
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Check Out the New Gala Website!
  • Annual Giving 2012: Two weeks left to participate!
  • Faces of Homelessness: Social Inclusion Visitors
  • Help Promote Next Saturday's Open House!
  • PCA Nursery and Kindergarten Parent Reception
  • News from Homespun
Martin Luther King, Jr.    
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.  I have a dream today!
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

By the time students arrive in eighth grade, the history they learn is no longer offered simply as stories of long ago; now they are delving into more recent events. More importantly, they have reached a stage of development where their abstract thinking is burgeoning, and their ability for conceptual thinking becomes stronger. They are striving to find themselves as individuals while at the same time looking for their connection to humanity as a whole. The focus of the history curriculum is revolution and innovation. The eighth graders can begin to see the causality in the social consequences of the great inventions, both positive (medicine, transport, trade unions, etc.) and negative (child labor, slavery, colonialism, etc.). These pictures will leave the most vivid impression when told through the accounts and biographies of individuals who played important roles in society. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose life we celebrate on Monday, is an example of one of these individuals.

The pedagogical task for the middle of childhood is to understand that the children enter in their own time into the rhythm of a past that can be thought and a future that can be sensed.
-Rudolf Steiner
Check Out the New Gala Website!    
The Gala is live online!  Check out the brand-new website (featuring artwork by Mirja Troppenhagen) where you can buy tickets, view item previews, fill out donation forms, and more. New items will be added weekly, so check back often.
Annual Giving 2012: Two weeks left to participate!    
There are only two weeks left to participate in the Waldorf School Annual Giving Campaign 2012. Please join us in making a meaningful gift. We are eager to reach 93% or more to meet the $15,000 dollar challenge from the Board of Trustees. Presently we are at 69% and need your gift to make the difference. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact Linda Mack at extension 564.
Faces of Homelessness: Social Inclusion Visitors    
This past Wednesday, January 11, the eighth grade Social Inclusion class had two visitors from the Faces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau, a program which is part of the National Coalition for the Homeless.  You can read more about this program by clicking "read more" above.  The Speakers' Bureau is comprised of people who are or have been homeless and it works to educate the public about homelessness and what can be done to end it. Everyone has a story, and our visitor shared his, while the facilitator educated the students about homelessness. He left the students with an acronym as a reminder of what we can do to help:
Reach out
For middle school students, he suggested that it might be as simple as looking with kindness, compassion, and understanding when we see a homeless person and to offer a smile or a hello. This visit was made possible by the grant the school received to help the Social Inclusion program.  Next week the eighth grade will begin their community service project with Social Inclusion teacher Susan Cody to make sandwiches for a meals program that serves the homeless and those in need. 
Help Promote Next Saturday's Open House!    
Please help promote our upcoming Admissions Open House (Saturday, January 21 from 10 a.m. to noon, for students entering pre-K through grade 3) by sharing our flyer with your local parenting group, town listserv, or other online group. Click "read more" above for a PDF and JPG version. If you would like to join our “guerilla poster team” and take some flyers to post in your town’s library or other public bulletin board, please contact Holly Kania.
PCA Nursery and Kindergarten Parent Reception    
The Parent Community Association is pleased to sponsor the 3rd Annual Nursery and Kindergarten Parent Reception on Sunday, January 22 from 2-4 p.m. If you are anticipating your child's move from nursery to kindergarten, or from kindergarten to first grade, then this is your opportunity to meet parents with children in the elementary and middle grades and hear about their experiences first hand. This casual off-campus gathering, held at a local Waldorf family home, will provide the opportunity to ask other parents questions or simply hear what they have to share. The PCA hopes you will enjoy this warm social event, linger over a glass of wine or sparkling water, and enjoy a sampling of homemade hors d'oeuvres. Please look for future notices on the bulletin boards outside the nursery and kindergarten rooms, and check your email for an upcoming electronic invitation.
News from Homespun    
Beautiful crayon cases, juggling bean bags, wool felt, and a brand new Waldorf doll are examples of just a few items that have come in this week. We carry all the supplies to make Valentines for that special someone. We also have 2012 Waldorf calendars to start your year off, along with many great new books, wonderfully illustrated stories, crafting, and more.

All Advent, Christmas, and Hanukkah items are on the sale table at 30% off through the end of this week.

Drop-in Craft Sessions
With the holiday season behind us, we are all back at school, and so are the drop-in craft sessions!  We continue to meet in the Chorus room on the ground level of the Adams Building on Tuesday after drop-off (around 8:30) until 10 a.m., and Wednesday after drop-off until 11 a.m. Come join other parents in learning lovely seasonal crafts. Children are welcome.  This week, we will make window luminaries and window stars using kite paper.
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