Sunday, April 29, 2012Volume MMXI-XII, Issue 31  
Middle School Music Evening    
The community is invited to attend the Middle School Music evening this Thursday, May 3, at 7 p.m.  The students in sixth through eighth grade will perform the music they have been learning in their orchestra and chorus classes, and will also share eurythmy forms.  The event is a great opportunity for parents to see their children perform, as well as for those with younger children to see what is to come in future years.
Student-Faculty Basketball Game    
Please join us at this year's Student-Faculty Basketball Game on Saturday, May 5, at the Waldorf High School of Mass Bay in Belmont.  Come at 6:30 p.m. for a warm up and stay to watch the basketball teams pit their skills against the faculty. The girls play at 7 p.m., followed by the boys at 8 p.m.  Refreshments and admission help support the athletic program.  The whole community is invited to attend this fun event.
Drop-in Craft Sessions    
Please join us in preparation to celebrate May Day as we make felt flowers for May crowns this week. We will meet, as usual, in the Chorus Room on Tuesday and Thursday after drop off (around 8:30 a.m.) until 10 a.m. on Tuesday and 11 a.m. on Wednesday. We are also starting to think about the Angel Room for next year's Holiday Fair and have knitting kits ready for you to take home and work on over the summer.
Upcoming Events at Waldorf    
Board Meeting, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 1
Waldorf Park Concord, 9:30 a.m.
1st Grade class evening, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 2
Waldorf Park Arlington, 9:30 a.m.
2nd Grade class evening, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 3
Middle School Music Evening, 7 p.m.
Friday, May 4
6th Grade to Medieval Games
Waldorf Park, 1 p.m.
Saturday, May 5
May Day 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Student Faculty Basketball Game, 6:30 p.m.
Monday, May 7
PCA Meeting, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 8
Waldorf Park Concord, 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday, May 9
Waldorf Park Arlington, 9:30 a.m.
Foundation Studies, 5 p.m.
Morning Glories parent evening, 7 p.m.
Friday, May 11
5th Grade Olympics
Waldorf Park, 1 p.m.
PCA Dad's Group, 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 13
Mother's Day
Full Length Documentary on Rudolf Steiner    
The Challenge of Rudolf Steiner is the newly-released, first full-length feature documentary film on the life and work of Rudolf Steiner as it lives and grows with us today.  Click here to see a trailer for the film.  There will be a showing of the film here at the Waldorf School of Lexington on Friday, May 4, in the Orchestra Room.  Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the film will begin at 7 p.m. promptly, as it is over three hours long.  Questions? Email Geneva or catch her in the kitchen.  During intermission, there will be a short Q&A session regarding upcoming Foundation Studies cycle to begin in Fall 2012. 
Alumni Performances    
Urinetown at Lexington High School
Alumnus Alex Sheena ('09) will be performing in one of the lead roles in the Lexington High School musical production of the Broadway comedy Urinetown. Performances are on May 3, 4, and 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Celebrating Pete Seeger and Friends
Eighth grader Gabrielle Paquette and alumna Kayla Seeger ('11) and parent Kim Shaknis will be singing in an upcoming Newton Family Singers concert entitled Celebrating Pete Seeger and Friends, directed by none other than our own Waldorf Musical Director Chris Eastburn, on Sunday, May 6 at 4 p.m. at the Memorial Spaulding Elementary in Newton. This concert will be fun for adults and children of all ages, and very participatory. Tickets are limited, and can be purchased online or directly from Kim (find her in the kitchen on Thursday afternoons.) Click "read more" for a flyer.
Events in the Larger Waldorf Community    
There are many anthroposophical events in 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: music lessons, professional services, items for sale, workshops and more.
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:    
  • Screen-Free Week
  • Grandparents' Tea
  • May Day This Saturday
  • Fifth Grade Olympics
  • Electronic Device Policy Reminder
  • Education in the News
Screen-Free Week    
AWSNA (Association of Waldorf Schools of North America) is once again officially endorsing Screen-Free Week, April 30-May 6. This is the annual celebration where children, families, schools, and communities turn off screens and turn on life. Nationally, children spend far too much time with screens: an astonishing average of 32 hours a week for preschoolers and even more for older children. We all know that excessive screen time is harmful for children - it's linked to poor school performance, childhood obesity, attention problems, and the erosion of creative play.

Screen-Free Week (formerly TV-Turnoff) is a wonderful way to help children lead healthier, happier lives by reducing dependence on entertainment screen media-including television, video games, computers, and hand-held devices. By encouraging children and families to unplug, Screen-Free Week provides time for them to play, connect with nature, read, daydream, create, explore, and spend more time with family and friends.
Grandparents' Tea this Friday    
We cordially invite Grandparents to join us this Friday morning, May 4, from 8:30 to 10:15, for tea, conversation, and a visit to their grandchild's classroom.  Every year, it is a delight for us to welcome these wonderful family members to our school.  Click "read more" above for an invitation you can send to your child's grandparents. 
May Day This Saturday    
Come one, come all, to our annual May Day celebration o
n Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m to 1 p.m. Help us welcome in the spring as Lady Spring finally defeats King Winter, followed by performances by the elementary grades, including maypole dancing by the Fourth Grade. Wear your spring garlands and festive garb, and bring a picnic to finish with a lunch on the green. We will conclude with strawberry shortcake for all. Grandparents are especially welcome.

Please bring spring boughs and flowering branches to school on Friday, May 4, to help our decorating effort. There will be buckets of water in the front hallway in which to put your offerings.
Fifth Grade Olympics    
On Friday, May 11, the Waldorf School of Lexington will once again act as host to the annual Fifth Grade Olympics. Our own fifth graders will be joined by peers from several other nearby Waldorf schools in a reenactment of the original Greek pentathlon. The community is invited to support this joyful celebration of the Greek history curriculum by coming out to the back field to watch the competition.  The Olympics help the students to practice elements of both beauty and strength, ideals held highly by the ancient Greeks.
We hope you will come to cheer on the many students who will be taking part in the events, but we would like to remind everyone to be respectful of the events and the people involved by remaining in the designated areas to enjoy the activities.

Olympics Day Lunch Available To All!
While you are enjoying the athletic offerings, any and all are welcome to eat! The seventh grade traditionally offers a lunch, available for purchase, to students and spectators in the community.  There will be two choices available, each including chips and fruit. Though higher in price than in previous years, we feel that the price reflects the quality of the ingredients, and is still less expensive than a local bakery or sandwich shop. Even better, it supports the eighth grade trip for the Class of 2013.  The offered lunch takes the place of the regular Friday pizza. Fifth graders participating in the Olympics receive a free and separate lunch.  In addition to the lunches, the seventh graders will sell ice cream sandwiches, ices, water and snacks throughout the day. The Café will offer baked goods as well.

Should you wish for yourself, a grandparent, other guests or your child(ren) to receive a lunch that day, click "read more" to access a printable order form. Then drop it off (with payment) in the marked envelope in the Main Office next week by Tuesday, May 8.  If you have any questions feel free to contact Anna Horvath or Millicent Cutler.
Cell Phone Policy Reminder    
From our Community Handbook:
Electronics such as cell phones, Blackberrys, gaming devices, iPods and other audio/video MP3/CD/DVD players are not allowed in school, for students or adults. If a student needs to bring a cell phone to school, it must remain turned off during school hours.

The use of any electronic devices is prohibited for both students and adults at any time during school or school-related activities. This extends beyond the school day to include activities such as field trips, sports, and performances. Electronic devices will be held in the Main Office if students are found using them during the school day. Parents will be notified if a student has used his/her personal electronic device during the school day and it has been confiscated.
At last month's Gala celebration, Karl Weiland bought the kayak for fifth grade teacher Karen Weiland; Brigitta Wittveen took a photo as she went on her first trip on Hart Pond in Chelmsford.
Education in the News    
We recommend you read a recent, excellent article which supports the ideas behind our mission here at the Waldorf School of Lexington.  "Like" our Facebook page to see these and other great articles on a regular basis.
Educating the Next Steve Jobs in the Wall Street Journal on April 13:
"In conventional schools, students learn so that they can get good grades. My most important research finding is that young innovators are intrinsically motivated. The culture of learning in programs that excel at educating for innovation emphasize what I call the three P's—play, passion and purpose. The play is discovery-based learning that leads young people to find and pursue a passion, which evolves, over time, into a deeper sense of purpose."

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