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

Diversity Mural Finalist

Congratulations to our 5 finalists: Sabina Sappia, Stella Hellmann Flatt, Aiyana Murphy, Isabel Hogan and Sorelle Indresano!
Now it’s time for you to vote for your two favorites.

  • Voting is open to all current and past community members, students, alumni and families.
    Each person may vote for 2 SEPARATE entries
  • Voters name must be on the voting slip.
  • Vote on the finalist that you think best embodies the diversity in our community and world!
  • Vote electronically: Email your vote to Diversity@WaldorfMoraine.org
  • Voting ends Friday, March 22

Make sure you are subscribed to our Facebook Community page to view the submissions and hear more from the finalists speaking about their creations!

Thinking about backyard chickens? Spring chicks up for adoption

The WCA will be facilitating the incubation and hatching of fertilized chicken eggs during the month of May. It will provide an opportunity for our students to watch and learn about the process and for the overall community to get into the seasonal spirit of rebirth. The eggs will come from the Seibert family’s chickens, which hatched from the batch of eggs that Mrs. Coffey’s Fifth Grade (then fourth grade) class incubated last year. If you are interested in adopting any of the chicks, please contact Bill Wrinn at wmwrinn@gmail.com.

Save the Date! Spring Clean Up April 28

Calling all volunteers and their families to come out Sunday, April 28, to participate in our annual Spring Clean Up Day and to help begin the restoration of our campus Earth Oven. Arrive between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. with a rake and work gloves and we’ll all do our part to give our outdoor grounds a spring-cleaning. This is your chance to literally have a hand in shaping our community. We will help re-rope the first and second grade playground area and help with many other tasks. Among those tasks is an opportunity to practice making your own earth oven. (more…)

Introduction to Felting Workshop April 6

Celebrate spring with this fun, hands-on workshop where you’ll learn the art of felting. Workshop is for all skill levels. Elizabeth Stubbs, a Waldorf early childhood teacher and artist, will teach us needle felting and wet felting. Everyone will bring home a bunny and eggs decorated with watercolor paints. $40 workshop fee includes instruction and materials. Spend time with old friends and new, enjoy good conversation, plus a lovely breakfast snack. This workshop will take place from 9:30am to 12:30pm at the Gatehouse. Limited to 20 attendees, register soon! Adults only.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 2, via e-mail to Kate Hill at khill@waldorfmoraine.org

It was a wonderful night for pie

The WCA is sending a big pie shaped, whipped cream covered thank you to everyone who helped make happen the first-ever Waldorf Pi Day Pie Auction on 3.14. Parents, faculty, and alumni all came together to bake pies and put on a great celebration that helped give our school community a night of fun, laughs, and connection. As a result of the night, the WCA is able to fund our community association for all of next year and donate to this year’s annual fund. Jeni Indresano’s Color Splash Designs generously donated 25% of its evening’s proceeds to the annual fund. Cathy and James Kennedy were anointed Pius Maximus status for baking the pie that brought in the highest bid ($150). Congratulations, Kennedys!

 

WCA Speaker Series: Media Exposure and Our Children April 4

WCA sponsors its last speaker event of the year with a presentation by the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood Thursday, April 4, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Josh Golin, Executive Director of Campaign For a Commercial Free Childhood, will present on commercialism’s impact on children’s wellbeing and the effects of child-targeted marketing, and what we can do to ensure healthy exposure. Learn more about this and the latest research on how excessive screen time interferes with children’s wellbeing, relationships and play. Please join us for this relevant and timely topic. This event is free and open to the public.

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Let’s reach 100 % Participation in the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm Fund. Together We Make Our School!

This week we’ve reached 76% participation in our community. Thank you and let’s keep it going! The sooner we reach 100% participation, the more confidently we can approach foundations. WSMF Fund 2018-2019 Goal: $150,000

We’ve also added a way to give on Facebook. Share with your friends and family. Invite them to donate and share your story of Why You Give.

Donate Online Today.

In choosing to support the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm Fund*, you help change everyday moments into transformative ones. You directly improve our ability to educate a new generation of independent and compassionate individuals through an integrated curriculum of rich storytelling, creative play, and goal-oriented academic activities. You also provide an opportunity for deserving children, who otherwise would not be able, to experience Waldorf School at Moraine Farm. Each and every meaningful gift in our small community is vital and directly influences the daily experience of our children and our ability to grow and thrive as a school. Donate Online Today.

*combination of our Annual Fund and Enhancement Fund

Summer Camps at Waldorf for Children Age 7 to 11

This year we’re excited to offer several summer camps this summer!

Waldorf Summer Camp Weeks with Coleen Ryan for children age 7 to 11.

  1. July 29 – August 2
  2. August 5 – August 9
  3. August 12 – August 16

Specialty Camps

  1. August 5-9 – Introduction to Arabic Language and Culture with Syonara Tomoum for children ages 7-11 years old.
  2. August 12-16 – Animal Detectives with Clay Kern for children ages 7-11 years old.

Learn more and register on our website.

Running of the Gnomes 5K Fund Run May 18

This year, instead of our Spring Soiree, we are hosting our first ever 5K trail race through Moraine Farm! This is an exclusive opportunity to run on this private property, thanks to our Moraine Farm partners at Project Adventure. We’ll have activities for the whole family to do before, during and after the race, children’s activities, mini gnome toddler run, music, food and more. After the run we’ll have a picnic lunch celebration with music and games, and we’ll announce the winner of the Dinner for Two Anywhere in the World raffle (more info on the raffle coming soon.) (more…)

Maple Syrup and Pancake Breakfast March 30, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Come and enjoy a pancake breakfast topped off with maple syrup collected at Moraine Farm by the Science in Nature program. This culminating event will be an opportunity to come together in celebration of our second successful maple sugaring season. We will both enjoy the fruits of our labor and learn about the intricacies of maple syrup creation.

We are looking for volunteers who can give an hour of their time flipping pancakes, helping with set up or clean up. Please sign up here.

This event is open to current families and their guests. Cost: $5 per person, maximum $20 per family. All proceeds will go to the school. Please RSVP to Coleen Ryan by March 25, at cryan@waldorfmoraine.org, Let her know how many people in your party and if there are any gluten-free needs.

Looking for Substitute Teachers!

We are looking for new substitute teachers to join our team. This important role is essential especially during the winter season and allows our teachers to take needed time when they are not well. If you have an interest in this position please check out the job posting on our website. If you have any questions ask Coleen Ryan at cryan@waldorfmoraine.org or drop in to speak with her.

Register for Nursery Kindergarten Summer Program

Have you signed up for our summer program? Our Nursery Kindergarten Summer Program, lead Michael Mansur, gives your nursery and kindergarten age child the opportunity to continue the rhythm of school through the summer while experiencing seasonally and developmentally appropriate summer fun activities. Our two-week summer sessions are a complete offering, but together will also be a cohesive experience. Below is a list of our programs and themes for each session.  Learn more on our website.

Sowing the seeds (Gardening) June 24 – July 5*
Woodland Wonders (Hiking/exploration) July 8 – 19
Water is Life! (Shoreline adventure/water activities) July 22 – August 2
Harvest the Joy (Gardening/homesteading) August 5 – 16

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Childcare Available During the March 24 Board Coffee Meeting

The WCA is providing childcare for those parents wishing to attend the next Board of Trustees coffee meet up from 9:30 am to 11:30 am, Sunday, March 24. Please contact Linda Wrinn at lmwrinn@gmail.com to reserve a spot for your child.

Thank You to Alumni Parent

With deep appreciation, we would like to acknowledge Anita Brewer-Siljeholm who donated the gift of a much-needed washer and dryer. Thank you, Anita!

We also want to encourage you to take a look at the newly installed plaque on the sports and kindergarten cabin adjacent to the upper parking lot named in honor of Anita’s son David, class of 2005. A heart felt thank you Anita and to your family for the many ways you contribute to the future sustainability of our school.

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Parent Handwork Morning

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Board-Hosted Coffee

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