The Waldorf Buzz: Be InformedWeekly News for Students, Parents, and Friends of Waldorf Moraine
Costume Organization Help
Did you rifle through and try on your mom’s or dad’s clothes before you could afford your own? Do you still imagine yourself as a captain of a periwinkle boat that sails between Neptune and the Andromeda star system? If so, (or not) come and awaken your imagination while helping the school’s costume department become a more efficient space for our student thespians.
We are looking for some folks to help organize the costume storage area this summer. If you are free on Mondays and Thursdays, please reach out to Ms. Smith to schedule your periwinkle boat ride!
A Reflection from the Waldorf National Conference 2019 in Philadelphia
A refection on the AWSNA conference by Marshunda Smith, Music and Strings Teacher
One of the many activities we (teachers) do during the summer months (besides going to the bathroom whenever we want) is keeping up to date with our personal growth as teachers. For some, it’s going to a Renewal course at an Anthroposical School, for some others it’s attending the AWSNA conference.
AWSNA (Association of Waldorf Schools in North America) conference happens every year around the last week of June, and it is hosted by different Waldorf Schools every summer. Last year’s conference was in Washington DC and the theme was “Social Justice: Exploring Place, Race, Class and Gender in Waldorf Education.” This year’s conference was held in Philadelphia and the theme was “Responsible Innovation: Charting the Course for the Next Century.”
Summer Community Market Fridays
We have 7 weeks left of our Waldorf School at Moraine Farm Summer Community Market and each week just keeps getting better and better! If you haven’t made it out yet, be sure to stop by on Fridays from 2:30 to 6:00 pm for live music, children’s activities, local vegetables, food, arts, and more!
We are still looking for a few market volunteers as well as sponsors for our Summer Music Series.
Please check out the forms below if you would like to help out in either department.
Thank you so much for making this new adventure an amazing experience!
New Homeschooling Program
We’re excited to announce a new homeschooling program at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm starting this fall. We hope that by offering programs to homeschooling groups in our region we will expand the accessibility of Waldorf education to a wider audience. Our homeschooling program runs from 10:35 am to 12:10 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays and is for elementary through middle school age children. Each course is a 8-week session meeting once a week. Each day there will be two 45-minute subject classes. Homeschoolers can choose to take one or two courses in the same 8-week session.
The FMG (Faculty Management Group) is using the recent feedback from the Parent Survey to prepare and plan for the next school year. The survey questions in the Parent Survey were designed to gather information needed to shed light on our practices, and to inform any changes needed. It’s important to hear from every parent in the school community. If you have not submitted your feedback, please do so today.
Upgrading Our School Database
We are upgraded the school database to a new system called BigSIS. This system will allow our school to operate more efficiently and provide even more professional support for our community.
Read on to see how this will help you.
The Little Prince Play August 24
Anthroposophical Society of Cape Ann is co-sponsoring this play, The Little Prince, performed by Matthew Dexter, at the House of Peace, 1 High Street, Ipswich, MA on Saturday, August 24, 3:00 to 4:30 pm. Suggested donation $5 per person or $25 per family.
2019-20 School Calendar Now Available
Our school 2019-20 calendar is now available. All these dates will be entered into the school website calendar soon. Although we try not to make any changes to the school calendar during the school year, if changes need to be made, all currently enrolled families will be notified of school calendar changes via email announcements. Once these dates are uploaded to the school website calendar, please refer to the school website calendar for the most accurate school calendar information.
Parent & Child Fall Registration Open
Our fall Parent & Child classes start in early September. We offer seven different classes for families with newborns to 3 1/2 year old. Each class holds 8 families, so register soon to get 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.
Nursery Kindergarten Summer Program
What a wonderful success with the development of our new Nursery and Kindergarten Summer Program. Children ages 3.5 to 6 years old have been discovering new friends, plants, creatures, hiking, water play and all of the fun the summer season brings us. We do have space for one more child in our final two-week, Session 4, August 5-16. All of the other sessions are full. Come join us! Learn more and register here.
Our summer camp for ages 7 to 11 years old begins July 22! We still have space available in the first Session 1, July 29 to August 2 and Session 2, August 5 to 9. Session 3 is full. Learn more and register here.
Attitude of Gratitude
Last change to give your notes of gratitude. This year we are asking that students, parents, teachers and friends of Waldorf School at Moraine Farm, let us know who they appreciate for their leadership, volunteerism and/or acts of service. Make a quick note and put it in the box in the common area or send us an email at email@example.com today! We will share these during our Year End Assembly.
Thank You to All Our Volunteers Reception
Please join us in thanking the many volunteers who help with so many aspect of the school community, from planning events, to gardening, clean up, maintenance, committee work and so much more. Coffee and treats will be served in the Trayes Room on Wednesday from 10:30 am to 12:30 am. We’ll gather before and after assembly.
Summer Camp at Waldorf
Summer is really here now. Do you have your summer plans figured out? There is still space in our Waldorf Summer Camp with Coleen Ryan, for children age 7 to 11.
- July 29 – August 2
- August 5 – August 9
- August 12 – August 16
Community Market Every Friday. Sign up for Preorders, CSA Shares and more
Our Summer Community Market will be happening again this Friday, from 2:30 to 6pm, and will continue throughout the summer through August 30. Shop here, shop local for produce, baked goods, flowers, prepared foods, cheeses, meats, seafood, artisanal wares, honey, children’s activities, treats, music and so much more
If you would like to learn more or would like to sign up for preorders and monthly shares, please contact JoAnne McDonough. Preorders include: Bonny Breads Sourdough Bread Subscriptions, New Entry Farms CSA Share, TGI Fungi, Contigo Kitchen’s Pre-Order Friday Night Dinner Meals, and Feather Glen Farm’s Raw Goat’s Milk.
On the Blog: Embracing the Goodness in the World For Our Young Children
Read our latest blog post on The Chalkboard.
Now more than ever, as adults, as parents, as educators, we need to embrace the goodness in the world and celebrate the amazing people on this planet! Why? Because our children need it. A child’s connection to a parent is so powerful, it is as though the two are one. Young children can sense profoundly the joy and distress in our inner being.
In our lives, unfortunately, we will continue to live through tragedies, natural disasters, wars, and political turmoil across the world. This piece, written by Waldorf early childhood educator Susan Weber in 2011 following the tragedy in Japan, shows us how we can always create goodness for our young children.
How Do I Find and Create Goodness for My Children?
by Susan Weber