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

Spring Concert May 28

Third grade through seventh grade will present their spring music concert on May 28 at 5pm at Second Congregational Church located on the corner of Conant and Cabot Street. The students will showcase their musical skills on a variety of mediums: vocal, recorder, and strings, from the Renaissance era, Mozart, Ogden Nash and more.

Today! Outdoor Open House May 20 1:30 to 3pm

Didn’t have a chance to join our last Nursery and Kindergarten Outdoor Open House? Come Monday, May 20, from 1:30 to 3:00 pm and explore with our nursery and kindergarten teachers what Moraine Farm has to offer young children.

The Moraine Farm campus offers countless nature exploration and learning experiences for the young child. The nursery and kindergarten children are immersed in the wonder of the natural world for 2 to 3 hours per day in all seasons. This outdoor open house will begin in the nursery play yard with a circle, then we will explore the field and forest. This outdoor open house provides interested families a glimpse into the joy, wonder and health giving qualities of nature based education.

Please come prepare to join us with walking shoes or hiking books, water bottles, and proper protective clothing. Babies in baby-carriers are recommended rather than strollers as the trails can be tricky to maneuver.

Tonight! All Community Meeting Monday May 20 6:30 pm

Please join our All Community Meeting tonight, from 6:30 to 8pm, in the Great Hall.  We ask that at least one member of your family be present at the Monday, May 20 ACM meeting. If you need childcare please contact the Main Office today. These meetings are important to attend so that the Board can share updates and next steps towards the future of our school, along with hearing and discussing your comments and concerns. Your participation is essential for the success and growth of this community. Truly, together we make our school.

Dinner for Two Anywhere in the World Raffle Winner

The winner of the 2019 Dinner for Two Anywhere in the World Raffle is Brian Pletcher! Congratulations!!! Winning ticket was sold by Anita Brewer-Siljeholm, alumni parent and long-time supporter of our school.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our raffle, bought tickets, sold tickets, counted tickets and more. Together, we raised $26,500, a new record for our school! This is a great accomplishment. Big thank you to everyone.

Spend Part of Your Summer at Waldorf

Our Waldorf Summer Camp with Coleen Ryan, for children age 7 to 11, offers outdoor explorers and budding artists inspiring adventures throughout our Moraine Farm campus.

Hands-on experiences help strengthen a personal connection to the earth and foster a sense of stewardship. Each week is unique, with a balance of activities including outdoor exploration, nature walks, creative arts, cooking, team building exercises, sports, games, water play, songs, music, and much more.

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

Learn more and register on our website.

Specialty Summer Camps: Animal Detectives and Arabic Language and Culture

This summer we are also offering two Specialty Camps for children ages 7-11 years old.

  1. August 5-9 – Introduction to Arabic Language and Culture with Syonara Tomoum
  2. August 12-16 – Animal Detectives with Clay Kern

Learn more and register here

Nursery Kindergarten Summer Program Starting June 24. Register today!

We have quite a group forming for our Nursery Kindergarten Summer Program. If you are thinking about your summer plans, please consider supporting the school by having your little one join our Nursery Kindergarten Summer Program. This summer program follows the same rhythm of the current nursery and kindergarten program with the benefit of being outdoors for most of the day. Lead by experienced Waldorf educator, Michael Mansur, the Nursery Kindergarten Summer Program gives your nursery and kindergarten age child (3.5 to 6) the opportunity to experience seasonally and developmentally appropriate summer fun activities. Our two-week summer sessions are a complete offering, but together (4 sessions total) will also be a cohesive experience. Click below to see the list of themes for each two-week session.

Learn more and register on our website.


Coquettish Dances to Help Professional Development

From now until the end of the month of May, 50% of sales from the purchase of Coquettish Dance ($10) will go towards the Social Emotional Development training program for Branigan Reed this summer. Learn more and share at

Coquettish Dances: Flirtatious Works from 1847 to 2018 is Marshunda Smith’s first album.

Essential Oil Class May 29

On Wednesday, May 29, from 1 to 1:30 pm and 2:45 – 3:45 pm, Heidi Zohn will bring her essential oils and her expertise to us. Come learn, smell and ask questions about how to use these plant oils for health and wellness.  The group will meet at the Main School building, exact location TBD. All are welcome. This event is free.

Save the Date Talent Show Friday May 31

Everyone loves our annual Talent Show and this year it will be held on Friday, May 31 at 6 pm. If you have a talent to share, start practicing! Students, alumni and adults are welcome. Look for the sign-up sheet by the Main Office. Each act should last no longer than 3 minutes and will need to be vetted by Ms. Ryan or Mrs. MacKilligan. Admission is $5 per person and there will be refreshments for sale (proceeds to go to the Annual Fund).

Gatehouse Moving Paid Help

Jack Hogan needs people to help move boxes and furniture on June 20, 21, and 25 from 9am – 3pm each day. This is hourly minimum wage paid work. If you are available for work on these dates or have any questions let Jack know at or call  (978) 860 5345.

Painting with Wool Workshop June 1

Join us on Saturday, June 1, 9:30am to 12:00pm, for a creative, enriching workshop where you’ll create a felted wool painting of your child. Elizabeth Stubbs, a Waldorf early childhood teacher and artist, will teach a painting technique which uses soft, unspun wool fleece. We will begin with a guided meditation on the birth and early years of our children’s lives, and find inspiration for the images that will follow. Workshop is for all skill levels and each participant will go home with a completed picture. $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 in the Handwork classroom. Limited to 12 attendees, register soon. Adults only.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, May 28, via e-mail to Kate Hill at

Bonny Bread CSA in Beverly


Stephanie from Bonny Bread in Beverly is interested in our farmer’s market and would love to have it mostly be a Bread CSA pick-up! The cost is $29/month and you will receive a large sourdough bread each week. She offers breads made with fresh flour predominately from Four Star Farms (Northfield, MA), Maine Grains out of Skowhegan, Maine and One Mighty Mill out of Lynn, Massachusetts. With only three ingredients–flour, water, and salt–each bread is slow-fermented with wild yeast. This fermentation allows for the gluten to begin to break down, giving your gut a head start, and also allows for deep, rich flavor to develop! Here is her website with more information.

If you would like to sign-up for her Bread CSA please contact JoAnne McDonough

Quad Project Starting This Week

Thanks to the inspiration of alumni parent Anita Brewer-Siljeholm and vision of the school community, the handicap parking/dismissal area will be converted into a beautiful outdoor community space. The quad project will start today and, for this reason, we will be closing the area off through mid-June. The handicap parking spots will be moved to the paved parking area closest to the pathway to the school. Some of the uses for the quad will be: an outdoor classroom, a meeting space, and rental venue for weddings and parties during the summer, fall and spring seasons. During Phase One of the quad project, to be completed by the end of this summer, a fence and path along the paved parking lot will be installed, as well as a grass area and canopy. Phase Two of the quad project will include landscaping details, new plantings, and lighting. The landscape design for the quad is on display in the community space. If you would like to be involved in the planning and fundraising for Phase Two of this project, please connect with Facilities Manager, Jack Hogan and/or Caroline Horner.  Any further questions or ideas about the quad project, please contact Jack Hogan.

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