Sunday, November 11, 2012Volume MMXII-XIII, Issue 11  
    
Annual Giving
School News
Viennese Ball on Friday
Grandparents Tea
Kudos to PCA Parent Ed Committee
Thanksgiving Food Donations
Holiday Fair Updates
Spread the Word
Early Childhood Holiday Fair Sign-up
Baked Goods for Holiday Fair
Drop-In Crafts
From the Kitchen
Hot Lunch Menu
Kitchen Shifts Available
Alumni News
Urinetown
    
Veterans Day
Please note that school will be closed tomorrow, Monday, November 12, in observance of Veterans Day.
 
Emergency Notification System
We have already made use of the school's auto-dial telephone notification system when school was called off for Hurricane Sandy. This notification system (along with email) is the school's most efficient way of contacting parents in cases of emergency—for this reason, it is essential that families keep the school up to date with current phone numbers and email addresses. To update your contact information, please fill out a change of address form in the Main Office. For more information about school-wide communication and snow days, please see page 53 of the School Handbook.

Dessert Cafe Musicians Wanted
We would like to invite any musicians in the community to help us create the lovely ambiance of the Dessert Café at the
Holiday Fair on Saturday, December 1 by signing up for a performance slot. In the past we've had caroling, piano, guitar, madrigals, and cello music creating a festive mood as people enjoy their desserts. If you are interested, click here to sign up online for a slot. Contact Megan Curtis or Leah Bartell with questions.
    
Family Vacations & Planned Absences
We strongly discourage family vacations when school is in session. In addition to compromising the attendance policies, absences interrupt the educational process in each subject area in ways that make-up work cannot reverse. Teachers are not required to provide work for a family vacation.  Parents are responsible to ensure that any make-up work given by the teacher after vacation is completed in a timely manner. Absences due to family vacations are considered unexcused.  Parents are asked to contact the School Director about planned absences more than 7 days before your child is to be away. 
 
Please try to schedule doctor and dentist appointments outside of school hours.
    
 
Monday, November 12
No School
Veterans' Day
 
Tuesday, November 13
Evergreen Kindergarten class evening, 6:30 p.m.
Sunflower Kindergarten class evening, 7 p.m.
8th Grade class evening, 7:30 p.m.
 
Wednesday, November 14
Info Session, 8:45-11 a.m.
Arlington Waldorf Park, 9:30 a.m.
Morning Glories class evening, 7 p.m.
 
Thursday, November 15
Concord Waldorf Park, 9:30 a.m.
 
Friday, November 16
Waldorf Park, 1 p.m.
Viennese Ball, 7 p.m.
 
Monday, November 19
5th Grade class evening, 7 p.m.
 
Wednesday, November 21
Grandparents Tea
Thanksgiving Assembly
Early Dismissal
 
Thursday, November 22
No School
Thanksgiving
 
Friday, November 23
No School
    
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. Submissions should be limited to 200 words in length.  Thank you!
    
Donate to Annual Giving
School News    
Come to the Viennese Ball This Friday
Join Frau Clark and the eighth grade for a beloved community event at the Viennese Ball this Friday, Viennese Ball 2011November 16 from 7-10 p.m. Konditormeister of Braintree will provide delicacies from various regions of Germany and there will be live music by Andrew Blickenderfer and band. Join us in elegant attire and a festive mood for this special event to raise money for the eighth grade class trip in June.

Tickets will be sold in the horseshoe at dismissal time, in Homespun, and in the Main Office. 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.
 
Grandparents Tea
Wednesday, November 21, 8:30 a.m.
Grandparents Tea InviteGrandparents Tea at the Waldorf School of Lexington is always a wonderful event that we look forward to hosting each year. This year, we are especially thrilled to have grandparents join us at the Thanksgiving Assembly after tea.

Please assist us by forwarding to your children's grandparents the invitation that we sent to your email. They can RSVP by clicking on the invitation or you can click here and fill out the form if you prefer that we send the invitation to them directly.  RSVP by Friday, November 16. If you have questions, contact Linda Mack, Director of Development.
 
Kudos to PCA Parent Ed Committee
PCA with Kim Payne
The PCA Parent Education Committee did a fantastic job of organizing and publicizing the Kim John Payne lecture last week. Over 160 people attended the lecture and 45 attended the workshop, among whom were a few faculty and volunteers. As is always the case when listening to and working with Kim, everyone left enlightened and inspired.

The school is grateful for all of the hard work and talent brought by this group of parents. If you are interested in supporting the mission of the committee and would like to volunteer in some capacity, contact Mandy DeBurro.

Thanksgiving Food Donations
Turkey handIn the mood of the Thanksgiving season, WSL will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Arlington Food Pantry beginning Monday, November 19 through Wednesday, November 21 (the week of Thanksgiving). There will be a table in the front hall on which to place the food. This is a wonderful moment to help our children learn about giving to those less fortunate than ourselves, so let them help you pick out the food items to donate. Note that bigger containers are not better, and remember to check the expiration dates as expired food will be thrown away. Please avoid glass containers.
Food Items Sought:
Cereal
Dried Milk
Canned Fruits & Vegetables
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Tuna Fish & Canned Meats
Stews, Hash, Ravioli, Soups
Fruit Juices, Coffee, Tea
Pasta & Sauces
Canned Tomatoes and Tomato Sauce
Crackers, Cookies, Mixes
Pudding Mixes
Baby Food

Toiletries Sought:
Soap
Shampoo
Conditioners
Toothpaste
Toothbrushes
Toilet Paper
Paper Towels
Diapers

Holiday Fair Updates    
Spread the Word!
Holiday Fair pocket peddlarsIt’s that time of year again: Halloween is over, the days are shorter, and the Holiday Fair is right around the corner on Saturday, December 1. We want to get the word out to all of our communities. There will be lots of entertainment and fun for all with a marionette show for the young ones, the Mummers Play for all ages, as well as holiday music and good food to eat.

We would like to have flyers posted as broadly as possible, so please come by the office and pick some up. We will have both large and small sizes to suit all sorts. You can also click “read more” above and print the flyer from the website.

Your help in spreading the word makes a big difference and is greatly appreciated!
 
Early Childhood Holiday Fair Sign-up
Calling all Buttercup, Sweetpea, Nursery, and Kindergarten parents! Sign-up sheets to volunteer for shifts for the Holiday Fair are now available in Homespun. Please stop by to sign-up for your shift(s). You can volunteer to help in the Angel Room, as a Pocket Peddler, Marionette Show Greeter, and/or in the Young Children's Quiet Play Space.
Also, if you have completed craft kits, please return them to Homespun before the Thanksgiving break. If you are having difficulty finishing any projects and need help, please get in touch with us as we would be glad to help. When returning kits, please also return any tools and leftover materials (unused yarn, roving, felt scraps, needles, etc.) as we will reuse those again in future projects. For questions, please contact Yoshiko Mizukami or Heather Lawson-Spratley.
 
Baked Goods for the Holiday Fair
DessertsThe Holiday Fair is just around the corner on Saturday, December 1, and planning has begun for the Bake Table in the auditorium and the Dessert Café in the orchestra room. In these locations, we sell donated baked goods and beverages. We ask you to help us stock the tables with delicious treats such as cakes, cookies, brownies, breads, muffins, tarts, pies, etc. (gluten-, dairy-, and nut-free items in any category are always of interest). As you plan your holiday baking, please consider making extra for the Fair! You can drop off your items at school on Friday, November 30 or Saturday, December 1 for refrigerated items. Please note that a comprehensive ingredient list is requested so that questions about contents can be answered thoroughly. Any questions?  Contact Anne Gates-Gursky, Lilia Flores-Zambrano, or Kim Ayan.
 
Drop-in CraftsKnitted gnomes
This week at Drop-in Crafts, we will make acorn necklaces, walnut mice, and boats for the Holiday Fair Angel Room and the Pocket Peddler. We will meet in the Chorus Room on Tuesday and Wednesday after drop-off until 11 a.m., and Thursday after drop-off until 10 a.m. You are also welcome to bring your own projects. All materials are provided. Children are welcome.
From the Kitchen    
Hot Lunch: Week of November 12
For the full hot lunch menu, please visit the Lunch Program page.
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Veterans Day
NO SCHOOL
Chunky potato celery soup
Homemade bread
Cheese/HB egg
Fruit
Roasted butternuts
Cheddar red bean
cornbread
Fruit
Tikka masala wrap
w/chicken
Veg stix
Mango lassi

Kitchen Shifts Available
Three barter shifts are available in the kitchen: Tuesday 1:30-3:30 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and Friday 1:30-3:30 p.m. You earn two lunch tickets per hour, your lunch that day, plus fun, comraderie, and exercise! Come see us in the kitchen or contact Geneva by email or at 617-558-3322.
Alumni News    
Urinetown at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School
Sophie Green, '09 and Solomon Abrams, '10 will both be appearing in Cambridge Rindge and Latin's upcoming musical, Urinetown, November 15-18.  The show is appropriate for middle school students and older.  Click here for details and tickets. 
 
The Laramie Project at St. John's Prep
Andrew Donahue, '10 will be performing the roles of Doc and Andrew Gomez in The St. John's Prep Drama Guild production of The Laramie Project on November 24, 25 and 30, and on December 1 and 2. Click here for details about The Laramie Project and to buy tickets.  Because of the mature subject matter and language, the production is recommended for students 13 and older.
    
For more information about the Waldorf School of Lexington,
please visit our website: www.thewaldorfschool.org
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