Sunday, January 22, 2012Volume MMXI-XII, Issue 19  
    
    
Rescheduled Class Photos    
Rescheduled class photos for the following classes will take place tomorrow, Monday, January 23: 
Mary Beth's Fairy Bell Nursery
Julia's Little Meadow Nursery
Leah's Kindergarten
Grades 1 through 5
Open Positions at the Waldorf School    
Please visit the Positions Available page on our website to see descriptions of the job opportunities here at the school. Please feel free to share this page with any qualified candidates you may know.
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    
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.

Monday, January 30
6th Grade to Hawthorne Valley Farm
2nd Grade class evening, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 31
Information Session, 8:45-11 a.m.
8th Grade class evening, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 1
Simplicity Parenting, 7 p.m.

Thursday, February 2
Stan Davis Lecture, 7-9 p.m.

Friday, February 3
Waldorf Park, 1 p.m.
6th Grade returns from Farm
 
Sunday, February 5
International Potluck, 11 a.m.-2 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    
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:    
  • Learning Support at the Waldorf School
  • Preventing Bullying, Preventing Harm
  • One Week Left to Meet Annual Giving Match Challenge!
  • 3rd Annual International Potluck
  • Supervision Outside of School Hours
  • Gala Spotlight!
  • New Piano Donation
Learning Support at the Waldorf School    
 Remedial can be a scary word for parents of school-age children. It seems to imply that something has gone awry or that a child is disabled in some way.  Brigitta Witteveen, Chair of the Learning Support Group at The Waldorf School, has a different perspective. "Everyone needs a little extra help," she explains, "adults as well as chil­dren. In fact, I find that what is good for the child is good for the parent."
From her cozy workspace in the third floor attic of 703 Massachusetts Avenue, a naturally-lit "rainbow room" furnished with plants, wicker baskets, and simple wooden fur­niture, she assesses every child who enters our elementary school to determine academic readi­ness, assists teachers in planning classroom activities, and works with students individually, in small groups, or as a class to enhance their ability to learn.
Her work is based on the Waldorf theory, now supported by modern neuropsychiatry, that healthy movement is an important key to developing a child's learning capacities. Children who have trouble listening, reading, writing, or adding numbers correctly may have skipped or skimped on some early stage of physical development. The right exercises can help compensate for this by improving their sense of balance, hand/eye coordination, rhythmic breathing, spatial orientation, or gross and fine motor skills. Indeed, many Waldorf educators attest that this therapy has a direct and perma­nent effect on academic performance. Students become more alert, more focused, more facile at reading or writing, and more competent socially when they are more fully incarnated and at home in their physical bodies.
 
Please click "read more" above for the rest of the article, which was originally printed in our October 28, 2004 bulletin.
Preventing Bullying, Preventing Harm    
We are very pleased to invite parents and friends to a talk by Stan Davis entitled Preventing Bullying, Preventing Harm.  It will take place on Thursday, February 2 at 7 p.m. We would like to encourage all parents, but particularly those with students in the middle school, to attend, as Stan will work with the middle school students during the school day.  Admission is free, and the public is welcome to attend.  This event is made possible by a generous grant to the Social Inclusion Program at the Waldorf School of Lexington.  Click "read more" above for a flyer. 
 
In looking forward to his work with us, Stan has requested that parents take a survey so he can get a sense of our community as he prepares for his visit.
 
Stan’s talk will address ways that parents can raise strong, kind youth and how schools can build positive behavior norms, respond to a reported incident of peer mistreatment, best support mistreated youth, and help mistreating youth change their behavior.  

Stan Davis co-leads the Youth Voice Research Project, which has collected information from more than 13,000 young people in the U.S. about what works and what doesn't work in bullying prevention. He has worked with young people and families for more than 40 years as a therapist and school counselor, is the author of two books on the subject, and his work has been featured in newspapers and on radio and TV, including a segment of the television newsmagazine "20/20" with John Stossel.  For more information on Stan Davis and his work, please visit his website.
One Week Left to Meet Annual Giving Match Challenge!    
One week left! Please help us reach 93% or more participation in the Annual Campaign by January 31!
In the last bulletin we spoke about the importance of participation. We also spoke about the challenge given to the community by the board. For those who have not been able to give due to one thing or another, please take the time and help us reach this wonderful challenge from the board by Tuesday, January 31. When we reach this goal we will receive an additional $15,000 from the board. Your gift will make a huge difference to the school. We are almost there! If you have not yet made a gift, please join us!

The Annual Giving Phone-a-thon
We moved our annual phone-a-thon date from Sunday (Go Pats!) to Wednesday, January 25. Each year, our Development Committee volunteers graciously offer their time to call families we haven’t yet heard from to remind them of the importance of giving to our Annual Giving Campaign. Please help them by giving today.
Third Annual International Potluck    
The PCA invites everyone to the Third Annual International Potluck on Sunday, February 5, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

We hope to create an experience at this event where attendees feel like they are traveling the globe and learning about different cultures through all their senses. The event will take place in the auditorium and will be organized in such a way that people will "travel" through three regions of the world - Europe, the Americas (North/South/Central) and Asia/Africa (including Oceania). Upon entry, each family will receive a "passport" that they can get stamped at each region/country they taste from. This year we are also going to incorporate live music, group singing, and dancing to help bring the culture of the regions to life.

We hope to create a space for reverence and celebration for all the wonderfully different cultures in our community and around our world. We would like to invite everyone in the community to contribute a dish from any culture/country within any of these regions. We hope this experience of sharing a meal with music/song/dance will further the connections and bonds we all share.

Please let us know if you can be a part of this event and bring a dish by signing up on our online form. Please also remember to attach a list of ingredients to your dish per health code guidelines and allergy restrictions. For further information, please contact Amy Durlach or Emi Morse.

Look forward to seeing you!

Amy Durlach & Emi Morse
PCA Volunteers/Organizers
Supervision Outside of School Hours    
We feel it is important to remind parents of the school rule regarding supervision of children outside of school hours.  Students are not allowed to be in the building unsupervised when school is not in session. There are times when children must be at school outside of school hours: before/after lessons and sports events, and when attending evening performances or events, for instance. During these times, parents are responsible for the supervision of their children. This is for the safety and well-being of the children, and we ask for your diligence and full cooperation. After school socializing should take place outside the building, under close parental supervision.  Please make appropriate arrangements for your children to be supervised by another adult if you cannot be there.  It is important for parents to be aware that the gym is not an option for afterschool activities, even with parental supervision.  You can find more details on page 59 of the Community Handbook in the Parent Pages section.
Gala Spotlight!    
St. John Eco-Resort
Enjoy a five-night stay at Concordia Eco-Resort in St. John--a pristine, natural setting surrounded by the US Virgin Islands National Park. Walk the nature trail, bask on the white sands of Salt Pond Beach, or swim, sail, snorkel, scuba, and wind surf. Details on the Gala website.
  
Muckykids
Looking for indoor activities?  Let your kids' creativity and imagination run wild with eight hours of drop-in studio time at Muckykids Art Studio. More info on the Muckykids website.
New Piano Donation    
We were all very excited on Thursday afternoon to see the arrival of the beautiful piano donated by the MacShane family. The school is truly grateful to Heather and Nick MacShane for their generous donation, and for thinking of the Waldorf School in their giving. Quincy and Grace MacShane, former students at our school, are still missed, and we are so grateful for this former family’s continued thoughtfulness to our community. The piano came at a perfect time and is a much needed addition to our music program. On behalf of the faculty, students, and community, we are filled with gratitude to have this addition to our program. Thank you!
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