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WCA Update

WCA Update

We’re excited to share that the Waldorf Community Association (WCA) now has its own email newsletter. It will go out on the 1st and 15th of each month with in-depth and up-to-date details. You can view it HERE. Each week, our Buzz Newsletter will include highlights from their most recent newsletter.

Below are the current projects and events that the WCA is organizing. All community members are invited to participate. Please click through to learn more and read more details.

  • General Meeting Recap
    Happening LIVE the 3rd Tuesday of each month via our private Facebook group. Read Recap


  • Class Parents
    Each of our classes has a special job for a parent to fill. If you would like to be class parent you should get in touch with your class teacher and discuss that possibility. Learn More


  • Buddy Program
    Are you a new family? Are you a “seasoned” Waldorf family with us? Then you might be interested in participating in our buddy program. Learn How to Participate


  • Buy, Sell, Trade Bin
    As parents who are often using and outgrowing similar items, we have always enjoyed having a place to advertise items we have to give, to sell, or to acquire. School administration has been kind enough to purchase a large, weatherproof bin for our exchange. It will live in the lower lot near the parked cars and the pathway. Learn More


  • Monthly Book Group
    This month we are reading Small, Great Things by Jodi Piccoult. We meet via zoom and all are welcome. Our next zoom call meeting is scheduled for October 10th at 8:00 pm. If you would like to join us please email Deann Reyes-Wangh at dreyeswangh@waldorfmoraine.org.


  • CPR / First Aid for Parents
    Saturday, October 3rd • 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Learn More


  • Family Freecycle
    October 19 – 23 • We have organized a Family Freecycle to share the outgrown clothes that are still in very good condition for use by others. Learn More


  • Movie Night in the Quad
    Friday, October 23 • 7:00 – 9:30 PM Learn More


WCA Update

WCA Update

Welcome Back Ice-Pop Social Event

Waldorf Community Association is hosting the annual Welcome Back “Anti-Social” this Friday • September 11 at both the 1:00 PM and 2:45 PM dismissal times. Please enjoy organic, vegan fruit pops on us and take home our welcome note and calendar of events without having to get out of your car!

We wish you a healthy and happy school year.



General WCA Meeting (virtual)
Tuesday • September 15

WCA General meeting Tuesday, September 15 at will now take place live-streaming on our private Facebook Waldorf Moraine Bulletin group on the 3rd Tuesday of the month — starting at 8:00 PM. All are welcome to participate! We’ll be live for 30 minutes or so and the meeting will be recorded with the replay available to watch later. Enjoy updates and guest speakers. Your comments and questions are welcome.

 

WCA Update

WCA Update: Week of June 15, 2020

 

St. John’s Tide

The following is an excerpt from “St. John’s Tide” written by Karen Rivers in the Celebrations and Festival section of  Waldorf Education: A Family Guide.

Just after the Summer Solstice is the Festival of St. John, celebrated on June 24. From now until the Winter Solstice in December, the sunlight will be diminishing….

High summer has been celebrated with fire since ancient times. Huge bonfires were lit on the Summer Solstice to help the sun continue to increase rather than to diminish in the light it brings. An old custom required that people should jump over the fire to burn away their woes and weaknesses. This is a common ritual used to celebrate this festival in the Waldorf calendar year. 

On this day, when the sun is at its height, we may turn our eye inward with the conviction that in times of abundance, the need for inner strength is just as great as in times of little light or in complete darkness.

 

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WCA Update

WCA Update: Week of June 8, 2020


Family Update 

The Spodick Family: A New Rhythm

Our minds search to find a new rhythm as our lives have ground to a halt and we find ourselves in lockdown with our families, faced both with one another and the question of what to do.  Being blessed with time at home together, we have found ourselves doing more cooking, creating, cleaning, and connecting.

Etta has always enjoyed baking, so with her newfound time she has been keeping us fat with what she calls ‘The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Ever’ recipe. It has been wonderful to have a sweet treat to add a little sunshine to our day. Happy to share the recipe.

In the creative realm, Etta has been refurbishing old discarded skateboards. With the help of her father, she has learned to disassemble the boards and replace/restore the hardware. Then, she designs her own graphics and paints them on herself. She has been up to this for a while and has done several as gifts for friends and one which she is currently working on as a commission!

Spring and cleaning always seem to go hand in hand. We have been taking this time to clear out closets, drawers, and that box that has been sitting in the corner all year. It makes our space feel good, fresh, and lighter. Surprisingly, Etta has cleaned her room a record amount of times since the lockdown. Her parents have never been so impressed! Of course, it looks like a cyclone hit it by the next day, but it’s the effort that counts.

One of our newfound favorite things to do is connecting on Zoom with our family and friends. Who knew video chat could be so much fun? Though as the days in lockdown turn into months we are reminded that nothing really replaces human contact and seeing our loved ones in person. But, since that isn’t allowed at this time Zoom will have to do, and we are thankful for it.

In addition to connecting with others, we have been connecting with nature. Most days in which weather allows we find ourselves on another trail along the Ipswich River. This is one of our favorite places to hike. The abundant wildlife and lush forestry is both relaxing and grounding for our family. Even on days in which our situation seems impossible, being in nature helps to melt our stress away as we wander the paths deeper and deeper into the forest. I highly recommend time in the woods to cure just about anything that ails you.

We really miss our Waldorf family! Until we can be together again, remember the words a very wise man once said:

Happiness can be found in the darkest of times,
if one only remembers to turn on the light.

—Dumbledore

 


 

Teacher Appreciation 

We hope you had a chance to pick up packets of wish flags and safety pins at school over the weekend. Many thanks to Gretchen MacKilligan for cutting the fabric for us. 

Please use these flags to write a sentiment of gratitude for your child’s teacher/s. Fill out an extra flag for the eighth grade as we usher them onward to high school. When you have completed your flags you may return them to school and hang them up on the first and second-grade playground. These flags act as our cards to our teachers for a year of loving and challenging work. If we all fill them out they will also act as our reminder of the strength of community acting together. Come visit the flags over the summer to enjoy this gift. 

 


 

Supporting Each Other

There is still time left in this school year to contribute a gesture of giving towards a fellow Waldorf family. Many have lost income. If you and your family are in the fortunate position of financial stability please consider donating a grocery gift card. These are being distributed with discretion and dignity to families who have given so much for our school over the years. If you are aware of anyone in the community who would benefit from this gift we are committed to standing beside them and reminding them that they are worth every kindness. Let us know. 

Contact WCA@waldorfmoraine.org and we will be happy to assist this heartfelt gesture.

 


 

Family Freecycle

Along the lines of families boosting families (and Mother Nature at the same time) we have enjoyed a couple of instances of organized clothing giving in the past. All of our students are outgrowing clothing. We could all benefit from sharing items in good condition for re-use. Let’s take care with this gorgeous planet and each other at the same time! 

Would anyone like to help organize a Family Freecycle for the upcoming summer season? Let us know! WCA@waldorfmoraine.org 

 


 

Send us your updates and your photos!

There is still time to tell us about your family’s newfound patterns of life. Send a couple of paragraphs to us and tell us what you have been doing to pass the time. What has surprised you and what has challenged you. And include photos. We miss you and would love to hear what you’ve been up to. 

Send entries to wca@waldorfmoraine.org and we will share them here. 

 


 

Book Group

Our next book is called Cutting Stone by Abraham Verghese. Next Zoom gathering TBA. Let us know you want to join the discussion by writing to Deann Reyes-Wangh at dreyeswangh@waldorfmoraine.org 

 

WCA Update

WCA Update: Week of June 1


Teacher Appreciation 

Of the many ways we have had the pleasure of witnessing the grace and aplomb of our teachers this year, their mettle was fully tested when the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm went abruptly to remote learning in March. 

None of us knew what to expect, including our dear teachers. Just a week beforehand we sat in the great hall during our last all community meeting surmising about the impact the virus might have. It seems surreal to recall a time when we could sit in one room together and actually see each other’s faces. We were stunned into the strangest era most of us have experienced as we isolated ourselves from just about everyone. 

Let’s not forget that we are all still here. We are only apart by miles. Our day to day eases and struggles are shared and they are real. It has been, at its core, disorienting and sad. When we go to school to pick up our children’s assignment packets, the quiet is filled with our voices. We can imagine the doors opening and children steering themselves, headlong into the sunshine. We remember the dyed silks patiently waving on a drying rack and the gardens accumulating beloved sticks from an early childhood walk. 

Through all of these images, there are teachers who accompany our children and guide them to learn. Those teachers, torn just as abruptly as the rest of us from this daily rhythm, were unflappable. They took a deep breath, set up a corner of their homes to use for zoom meetings and packaged their teaching to send to us, their proxies, in homes from the north shore to Boston. They taught us how to deliver their promises to our children. They delivered love through varied and heartfelt means. 

And we want to thank them. 

Our idea to thank our teachers is to make wish flags for them and hang them up at school. 

To best appreciate the historical legacy of this gesture let’s take a brief journey back in time. 

Approximately a decade ago (10 years in April 2021) the Cape Ann Waldorf School packed up and moved from Hale Street to Moraine Farm. In an effort to bring closure to our tenure there and to bring hope to our new home, we made wish flags that were hung at both our old school and at our new home. The wish flags bore gratitude for the memories at Hale Street and offered hopes and dreams for our new chapter at Moraine Farm. The flags were meant to wave in the wind until they disintegrated, rejoining the cycle of nature around them. They faded and they quietly observed our beautiful dance as we found our roots and carried on learning. We were living through a transition back then and we are living through a transition now. 

In the spirit of that unity, let’s find our gratitude for our teachers and once again, decorate our school with rows of wishes and thanks in the form of wish flags. 

Over the last couple of weeks of school, we will supply flags in the Trayes room so you can take them home and decorate them and then return them to school. Each class will receive more pointed detail from their class parents. Questions can also be directed to the WCA. 

So watch for email communication from your class parent and watch the newsletter for reminders that the flags are ready to be picked up, decorated, and returned to school to be displayed alongside the other flags. 

In that way the flags truly represent us. We may seem to be apart but we are still one big community. We are all invited to come and enjoy the flags as they are displayed from mid-June and well into the summer. 

Let the flags be the little voices we still hear on the playground and the lines of a play recited by middle schoolers, the songs of string instruments, and the parents greeting each other, exchanging ideas and friendship. Let our praise for our dedicated teachers be a gift to them and a reminder to us that such a special school does not exist without the hearts, heads, and hands of all of us. 

 


 

Eighth Graders

We promised there would be an opportunity to congratulate our eighth-grade graduates. They will have their own string of wish flags at school. We are all invited to take an extra flag to fill out for our graduating students. Write to one of them or write to all of them. Write to the teacher. Let them know that we honor the years they have spent in a school imagined and built by parents and teachers just like us and made whole by students just like them.  

 


 

Osprey Nest-Cam

The Essex County Greenbelt has set up a camera to view the Osprey nest in the salt marsh outside the LobstaLand Restaurant in Gloucester. There are two ospreys living there (names Annie and Squam) and more osprey on the way! Watch the progression of their daily life and the hatching of the young at Osprey Cam.

 

Send us your updates and your photos!

There is still time to tell us about your family’s newfound patterns of life. Send a couple of paragraphs to us and tell us what you have been doing to pass the time. What has surprised you and what has challenged you. And include photos. We miss you and would love to hear what you’ve been up to. 

Send entries to wca@waldorfmoraine.org and we will share them here. 

 


 

Book Group

Our next book is called Cutting Stone by Abraham Verghese. Next Zoom gathering TBA. Let us know you want to join the discussion by writing to Deann Reyes-Wangh at dreyeswangh@waldorfmoraine.org 

WCA Update

WCA Update: Week of May 25, 2020


Memorial Day weekend
brings us fully into the season of sun, fresh air, splashing in cool water, cookouts, and remembering the sacrifices of many who have gone before us. The WCA wishes you a safe and fun season ahead. 

A friend recently pointed out that during this time of pandemic we are all on the same stormy sea, though many a different boat we row. Row with kindness as you meet other boats on the water! Be patient and find solace in our shared journey. 

 


 

Eighth Graders

Watch the newsletter for opportunities to honor our eighth graders as they get ready to show us their eighth-grade projects and as they prepare to graduate.

 


 

Osprey Nest-Cam

The Essex County Greenbelt has set up a camera to view the Osprey nest in the salt marsh outside the LobstaLand Restaurant in Gloucester. There are two ospreys living there (names Annie and Squam) and more osprey on the way! Watch the progression of their daily life and the hatching of the young at Osprey Nest-Cam. 


Send Us Your Photos!

You’ve been hiking and baking and celebrating birthdays and taking photos to share with your friends and family. We miss you and would love to see your photos! Send a few of your favorite shots to wca@waldorfmoraine.org and we will share them here.

 


 

Bunnies for Adoption!

Springtime, furry, warm, cuddly, affectionate, silly, bouncy, bunnies are available for adoption as of mid-June. If you are interested you can contact Matthew Yoors at 978-675-7530.

 

Smile.Amazon.com 

Reminder that as we search for those most sought after items on Amazon.com, we consider initiating and using smile.amazon.com so our purchases can contribute extra fundraising dollars to our school.

 


 

Book Group

Our next book is called Cutting Stone by Abraham Verghese. Next Zoom gathering TBA. Let us know you want to join the discussion by writing to Deann Reyes-Wangh at dreyeswangh@waldorfmoraine.org.

WCA Update

WCA Update: Week of May 18, 2020

A Family Update

From the Capobianco family, Sarita, Alessandro, and Vince in the fifth grade. 

Our new daily norm for our family is that with four boys they are on their zoom classes for the majority of the morning and early afternoon. In the afternoon we usually go outside for a hike or work in our yard. We have some new baby chickens that we are working on building a coop for and also doing a lot of projects around the house. Vince recently got a new bike so he has been spending a lot of time biking around our neighborhood and playing with his dogs. (more…)

WCA Update

WCA Update: Week of May 11, 2020


Flowers Fairies

Please, if you haven’t received it already, continue to watch for a sweet greeting from your WCA to your front doorstep in the coming days and weeks. If you live very far away from school you might find a treat in your mailbox instead!

The WCA would like to thank the flower fairies for the following heroic acts of kindness:

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WCA Update

WCA Update: Week of May 4, 2020

Celebrate May Day by leaving flowers on a friend’s porch.

Throughout history, humankind has celebrated the transition from season to season. The festival of May Day takes place on May 1 at the halfway point between the beginning of spring and the start of summer and originated in ancient times as a celebration of nature’s renewal. May Day shares origins with the Gaelic and pagan fire festival of Beltane, honoring Flora, the goddess of spring and flowers, as she returned to the earth to bring the fields back to life with her touch. 

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WCA Update

WCA Update: Week of April 27, 2020

Our recent paradigm shift in daily life has brought, for many, a newly recovered appreciation for what is essential. It has brought a refreshing reprieve from the overestimated value of the ticking clock. Suddenly, accounting for every minute of the day is not the tool we use to measure our productivity. Many joke that they don’t know what day it is anymore.

As we observe that change in our daily life it is worth reminding you that a group of us parents and faculty are reading Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall-Kimmerer. In it, the author draws from her heritage in Native American stories and culture to point out our modern-day need to turn down the volume of our consumerism and heal our relationship with nature. To rediscover what is essential we must get closer to the rhythms of the burgeoning life around us. From trees to insects to rocks, nature’s language is clear.

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