The Waldorf Buzz: Be Informed

Weekly News for Students, Parents, and Friends of Waldorf Moraine

Welcome

Welcome!

Our first days of school were filled with welcoming old friends and new faces – we are excited and grateful to kick off the new school year with you!

Over the coming months, Teri and I will be leading the school in partnership with our faculty, staff, and board. We are looking forward to working alongside you to make this school year the best one yet.

The first few weeks can be a flurry of activity and questions for students and families. Know that our doors are open – there is no question too big or too small. Please reach out if we can be of any help.

Best,

Heather Collis Puro
hcollispuro@waldorfmoraine.org

Teri Riddle
triddle@waldorfmoraine.org

PS – We hope you can join us at our parent reception on the morning of Friday, September 20. See you there!

Back to School Parent Reception September 20, 8:15 am – 9:00 am

Please join us in welcoming the school year in the Trayes room for a casual meet and greet with coffee and treats on Friday, September 20 right after drop off. The administrative staff will make some introductions and present helpful information and resources for the parent community. All parents are welcome to join.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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CARE Classes at Moraine Farm

What is CARE Class?
This year, students in grades 1-6 will have a weekly subject class called CARE Class, led by Mrs. Reed! Students will work with monthly themes such as Communication, Gratitude, and Creativity. Lessons will have aspects of story, art, movement, and service as part of the regular rhythm of each 45-minute period. The last class period of each month will be dedicated to an age-appropriate yoga and meditation practice that will help to integrate the learning that developed over the course of the month. Students in seventh and eighth grade have an extremely tight schedule, so their exposure to this program will be integrated into existing classes and curriculum planned for them throughout the year. While their experience with SEL and mindfulness will look different than the younger grades, they will still receive instruction as time allows and according to the same themes as grades 1-6. (more…)

Homeschooling Program Update

Our homeschooling program is gaining much interest. We currently have ten students enrolled in our inaugural session! The courses offered in this session are: Fine Arts and Science in Nature. During Tuesday’s meet and greet, interested and enrolled families met current session one teachers (Ana Coffey & Coleen Ryan) as well as other teachers that would teach during the program. Session one will run until November 7. Session two will run December 3 to February 7. Marshunda Smith will step into the position of Homeschool Program Coordinator. If you are interested in enrolling in a homeschool program class, please reachout to Marshunda Smith at msmith@waldorfmoraine.org.

Windows into the World of Waldorf Open House October 5

Save the Date!

On Saturday, October 5, we will host an Open House starting at 10 am. Experience how Waldorf’s time-tested approach to education promotes a learning environment that allows for self-discovery, creative problem solving and high achievement.

The upcoming event, Windows Into the World of Waldorf, is an excellent way for families to experience what a Waldorf education offers, how a child learns in a Waldorf environment and how Waldorf School at Moraine Farm differentiates from all other public and private schools in the area.

Visitors may choose from a series of 30-minute classes, specific to a range of grade levels. While in class, experience what it’s like to be taught in the Waldorf method and see how engaging it is to be a student at the school.

This event is for prospective and current families, and anyone who wants to learn more about Waldorf education.

Learn more about this event and RSVP here.

Outdoor Campus Improvements

The Outdoor Life Committee (OLC) has been working hard over the summer to create beautiful outdoor spaces that enhance the quality of life at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm. Our campus has been beautified over the past few months in two very distinct ways for which we are incredibly grateful.

First, we would like to acknowledge alumni parent Anita Brewer-Siljeholm for catalyzing a vision, informed by design ideas from faculty, staff, and community, to transform our former handicapped parking area into a community gathering space (“The Quad”). This vision has now become a reality thanks to Anita’s hard work, determination, and enormous generosity. We also want to recognize the great efforts of Jack Hogan, our facilities manager, in bringing phase one of this two-part phase plan for the campus to life.

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New Mural

We want to thank Stella Hellmann Flatt for her artistic drawing,  Isabel Hogan for the beautiful words and Marshunda Smith & Ryan Hemphill for their artistry and all for the collaborative effort to create the beautiful new mural on the wall to the garden level. If you haven’t seen it yet, please take a walk down the stairs toward the Great Hall. Click more to see an image of the artists by the mural.

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Waldorf Community Association (WCA) Upcoming Events

September

  • New Family Welcome Table Monday 9/9 – Thursday 9/12 at early years dismissal times in which WCA seeks to meet our new families and welcome them to this warm community of parents and educators.
  • WCA General Meeting Saturday, Sept 14 10 am – 12 pm in Gloucester at Linda Wrinn’s house (50 Bennett Street South.) All are welcome.
  • Faculty/Staff lunch Friday, Sept 27 in which we provide a warm, nourishing meal in appreciation for the people who educate and guide our children here at school. To participate in this gratifying activity, please contact Jessica Brand-Alves at brand.jessica@gmail.com

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Ice Cream Social Thank You

Our annual Ice Cream Social was a great success this past Friday! Thank you to the WCA for always bringing the smiles! More photos can be found on our community Facebook group.

Start of School

The first full day for Grades 1-8 will be September 4, with doors opening at 8:00 am. Parents are invited to stay for the opening-day assembly and Rose Ceremony which begins at 8:30 am and runs about an hour. All parents are welcome to join us in the Trayes Room starting at 8:00 am for coffee and greetings prior to the start of assembly and ceremonies.

For nursery and kindergarten students, families will be staying with their children on September 4 and will leave with their children after their welcoming ceremonies.

– Buttercup Nursery and Kindergarten 5-day programs will have their welcoming ceremonies from 9:30 am to 10:30 am.

– Daisy and Snowdrop 3-day Nursery will have their welcoming ceremonies from 10:30 am to 11:30 am.

The first full day for Nursery and Kindergarten will be September 5, with the school opening at 8:00 am.

We look forward to seeing you then!

What is the Rose Ceremony? (more…)

Back-to-School Ice Cream Social. Friday September 6

The Waldorf Community Association (WCA) welcomes everyone, old and new, to an ice cream social on Friday, Sept. 6. The social is right after the end of the school day, outside the main building. 1 pm for Nursery & Kindergarten students and families. 2:45 pm for Community & Grades students and families. (For students and families who have allergies & dietary restrictions, we will have alternatives available.)

The WCA is a volunteer, parent led organization that plans educational and social events throughout the year. Everyone is invited to be a member. Interested in getting involved? Reach out to Linda Wrinn or watch the school calendar and emails for monthly meetings.

James Kennedy Is Our New Snowdrop 3-Day Nursery Lead Teacher

We are pleased to announce James Kennedy as our new Snowdrop 3-Day Nursery Lead Teacher. For many years James has been an early childhood teacher in nursery and kindergarten as well as being a member of the community for more than a decade as a parent. We are thrilled that he has chosen to further gift our community with his warmth and experience in our newest nursery.

After-School Programs

Our After-School Programs serve the families of our school community by offering the same nurturing, pedagogical impulses that guide your child’s day at school. We are delighted to have Michael Mansur continue to coordinate and lead our after-school programs. Our After-School Programs consist of two groups, Sweat Pea for nursery and kindergarten students and Goldenstar for first through fifth-grade students. Nursery and kindergarten students can enroll for part of the after-school program (1:00 pm to 2:40 pm) or the full day (1:00 pm to 5:30 pm.) The Goldenstar after-school programs runs from 2:45 pm to 5:30 pm.   Michael shares a few aspects of the rhythm of the afternoon on our website.

To enroll watch for an email from the Main Office with instructions on how to enroll into our After-School Program using the new Guardian Portal system to be launched next week.

Parent & Child Fall Registration Open

We have limited spaces available in our Parent & Child classes–starting in early September. registration is still open! Classes start in early September. We offer seven different classes for families with newborns to 3 1/2 year old. Each class holds eight families. Register soon to secure your spot. This unique program is a special time for parents, grandparents, and caregivers to learn about child development, participate in circle games, bread making, play, movement and songs while connecting with other families in a warm and inviting environment.

Learn more and register here

Watch Your Speed

As a reminder, the speed limit on the dirt road is 15 mph. Please help us be respectful neighbors and keep to the speed limit. Thank you

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Upcoming Events

Thu 19

Soccer Game vs Landmark School HOME GAME

September 19 @ 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
Fri 20

Back to School Parent Reception Breakfast

September 20 @ 8:15 am - 9:00 am
Wed 25

School Photo Day

September 25
Thu 26

Soccer Game vs Harborlight Montessori (Home)

September 26 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Thu 26

Fifth Grade Parent Meeting

September 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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