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CARE Corner • April 2021

Dear WSMF Families,

I hope you are enjoying the warmth and beauty of these early weeks of spring. This month I felt called to shift my plans for our SEL theme and was inspired by personal events, to offer the theme of  Inner Knowing for the month of April. Things happen in our lives each day. Events that bring us joy, and situations that cause us worry. In order to manage our feelings and interactions with others during these occurrences, and all those in between, we must trust ourselves to know what it is that we need to move forward. What it is that we need to heal. What it is that we need to support each other. 

I’d like to share a story with you…

When I was an undergraduate student at Emerson College, Bob Colby, Performing Arts Chair, was also my Theatre for Young Audiences teacher. In Bob’s TYA class, my urge to never “dumb down” theatre for children was reinforced, my desire to meet the needs of all different types of children was honored and supported, my desire to challenge the status quo was cheered, and my mistakes were named and collaborated on to get better each time. I remember one class in particular- something unrelated to TYA came up and Bob said something that has stuck with me: “You can never control how others treat you. What you can control is how you respond.” Some 12 years later I still repeat this phrase to myself every day. It was a HUGE a-ha moment for me. I believe it is the moment that set me on the path to the SEL and wellness impulses I am so passionate about integrating into all my work today. 

Bob also directed me in a production of The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes at The Cutler Majestic Theatre while I was at Emerson, which is just so fitting for what he stood for. Speaking up when someone is mistreated, and being brave in the face of adversity. These are both lessons I hope to teach each student I am lucky enough to work with.

On Monday, April 5, Bob Colby passed away after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer.

My Inner Knowing has guided me to engage in a project that honors the gifts Bob Colby left to us all through his passion, joy, and love for young people. Throughout this month I will be working with groups of students to create our own hundred dresses for Mr. Colby to thank him for how special he has been to me and to so many others. I openly invite anyone who wishes to join me in this project to do so- create a dress of your choice while listening to Eleanor Estes’ story read aloud on our page, and send me a picture of your completed project.  I will share pictures of our work with Bob’s family to bring them comfort in this time, so that they too can know just how loved he truly was, and will be for generations.

Namaste,
Branigan Reed
First Grade Class Teacher, SEL Specialist

 

Chase the Chill Update

 

We are excited to announce that we have donated 90 items to the local Chase the Chill chapter. These handmade items will be greatly appreciated by the people who receive them. We would love to reach our goal of donating 100 items this year. That means just 10 more, what a great spring break project!

If you want to make and donate a simple hat, or scarf, or other warm items, please let Heather Collis Puro know and she will arrange the pickup. Thank you!

 

Celebrating Earth Day

Earth Day is April 22 and the Enchanted Caravan is celebrating all month. The shoppe is full of eco-friendly toys and home goods for waste-free living. This week we are spotlighting our eco-friendly Food-on-the-Go products which include Travel Bamboo Cutlery Sets and Reusable Beeswax Food Wraps.

Say goodbye to disposable utensils with the Travel Bamboo Cutlery Sets. The bamboo utensils come with handmade zipper pouches that are lined with eco-friendly PUL fabric for easy cleaning.

The shoppe also has coordinating Reusable Beeswax Food Wraps which are handmade by our very own Anita Haller O’Neill. Made with organic cotton, beeswax, pine resin and jojoba oil, these Food Wraps are a sustainable and convenient alternative to plastic wrap. In addition to being kind to the planet, 100% of your Beeswax Food Wraps purchase is donated to the WSMF Annual Fund!

This Wednesday! • Dining for Dollars

Dining for Dollars is Back!

Stop by any Bertucci’s this Wednesday, April 14th between 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM and either dine in, take out, OR be extra nice and grab catering for your office. Show them this ad so they can scan the code OR enter our unique code if ordering online and our school gets 15% of the sale. Please help spread the word online to your family and friends. Thank you so much for your support!

Outdoor Movie Night

Thursday • May 13 • 7:30 PM

The Waldorf Community Association (WCA) is hosting an outdoor movie night to screen the documentary, “Social Dilemma”. Join us for social time, snacks, and a vibrant discussion of this timely and relevant topic. We will gather on the quad at 7:30 PM and the movie will begin at 8:00 PM followed by a discussion led by Urvi Morrison and Dianne McGaunn. Bring your comfy lawn chair. This event is for adults only, please.

 

Coming Soon • Running of the Gnomes!

Calling all runners, and helpers!

We are looking ahead to our annual gnome run on May 15th. It will be exciting to be outdoors on the campus running through the trails with our friends. If anyone is interested in helping the development committee plan the gnome run, map out trails, or set up swag bags please let Heidi Zohn know via email at drheidiwellness@gmail.com.

Details about how to participate in the gnome run are coming soon.

WCA Update

View the most recent Waldorf Community Association (WCA) newsletter: April 1 • WCA Newsletter. Below are highlights of WCA’s current projects and events. All community members are invited to participate.

  • Next WCA General Meeting
    Tuesday • April 13 • 6:00 – 6:30 PM
    Streaming LIVE in our private community Facebook Group.

  • March Meeting Recap
    We talked with representatives of Cape Ann TimeBank about this system of bartering services here on the North Shore. You can view our 30-minute meeting preserved on our Facebook Community Bulletin page.


  • Wellness Event Series: Technology Mindfulness
    Thursday • May 3 • 6:30 – 8:00 PM • Via Zoom
    This session focuses on our families with children in the 2nd to the 5th grade. We invite parents and teachers to join a zoom call to hear from Urvi Morrison and Dianne McGaunn about the ways in which our technology habits impact our children.


  • Cyber Security Presentation by Scott McGaunn
    Thursday • April 28 • 6:30 – 8:00 PM • Via Zoom
    Scott McGaunn, alumni parent and FBI special agent, will talk to us about the safety risks that are present online for our children. You will not want to miss this. Zoom call link to be distributed as the date gets closer.


  • Youth Logo Design Competition
    The Race Amity North Shore Committee announces a logo design contest for students in K-12th grade. The deadline is May 14th and the winner will be announced on Race Amity Day, June 13th, 2021. Visit the National Center for Race Amity website for more details.


This Week’s Menu • Enchanted Caravan

Our selection of goodies has grown from our delicious A&J King Bakery Box to now include fresh pickles from fellow WSMF parents, Maitland Mountain Farm! It’s a joy to be collaborating with such delicious local businesses.


Order by April 7 for Pickup April 9


 

Maitland Mountain Farm Pickles

A&J King Bread & Pastry Box

Each week, the Enchanted Caravan is also offering a specially curated bread & pastry box from North Shore’s favorite, A&J King Artisan Bakers. Place your order online by Wednesday, April 7 and your order will be ready to pick up at school on Friday, April 9 during 1:00 PM pickup and 2:45 PM pickup.

This week’s assortment includes:

1 – Half Loaf Sourdough Grand Levain
2 – Sticky Buns
2 – Apricot Ginger Scones

GRAND LEVAIN SANDWICH HALF LOAF
The sandwich-loaf version of the Pain au Levain. Makes every sandwich better.

STICKY BUN
An all-time classic. Flaky croissant dough, rolled up with house-made spiced sugar and baked until bubbling!

APRICOT GINGER SCONE
One of the all-time bakery favorites; a traditional cream scone with ginger and dried apricots.

ORDER ONLINE HERE

 

Family Freecycle Returns

Organized by the Waldorf Community Association.

It’s time to share warm weather clothing. Donate and/or pick up some gently used children’s and maternity clothes. Size infant through size 16 adolescent clothes and shoes and maternity clothes. You don’t need to bring clothes to take clothes. You may invite a friend to shop. Thank you for observing the school safety rules by wearing a mask and maintain a safe distance from others.

We’re Currently Collecting:

• Warm weather attire
• Sizes infant through youth size 16
• Maternity clothing

Clothing should be in the kind of shape that you would choose for your own child.

 

Homeschool Session III is Full!

We’re excited to share that the third and final session of our Homeschool Program is officially FULL. A heartfelt congratulations to program coordinator, Marshunda Smith, for developing and growing this program over the course of this school year. Not only were you able to meet the needs of many local families, but you also added much engagement and enrichment for the homeschool students.

Marshunda is the Homeschool Program Coordinator, the Music Teacher, and the Games & Movement instructor. Previous session teachers included Branigan Reed who brought theatre, Kim Indresano with outdoor photography, Heather Collis Puro with handwork, and Ana Coffey with fine arts. Much gratitude to all involved in making this program a success.

It’s Spring at the Enchanted Caravan

 

The Enchanted Caravan has everything you need for a super fun egg hunt!  Say goodbye to plastic eggs — decorate eco-friendly paper eggs and wooden eggs with natural earth paintbeeswax crayons or Eco Glitter. Then fill the paper eggs with the cutest little dollsfelted stars, and colorful gemstones!

The shoppe also has beautiful, handmade Bolga baskets.  Available in a variety of sizes, these baskets are perfect for gifts, flowers and organizing your home.

Upcoming School Tours

Virtual school tours have been added to the calendar for April! They will be hosted virtually via Zoom. We invite you to share our official Schedule a Tour page with your local friends who might be interested in learning more about the programs at our school.



Focusing on Grades 1 – 8
Friday • April 2 • 10 – 11 AM

Hosted LIVE via Zoom • Limited to 12
Reserve a Spot



Focusing on Nursery & Kindergarten
Friday • April 9 • 10 – 11 AM

Hosted LIVE via Zoom • Limited to 12
Reserve a Spot



Focusing on Grades 1 – 8
Friday • April 16 • 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Hosted LIVE via Zoom • Limited to 12
Reserve a Spot


WCA Update

View the most recent Waldorf Community Association (WCA) newsletter: March 15 • WCA Newsletter. Below are highlights of WCA’s current projects and events. All community members are invited to participate.

  • Next WCA General Meeting
    Tuesday • April 27 • 6:00 – 6:30 PM
    Streaming LIVE in our private community Facebook Group.

  • March Meeting Recap
    We talked with representatives of Cape Ann TimeBank about this system of bartering services here on the North Shore. You can view our 30-minute meeting preserved on our Facebook Community Bulletin page.


  • Wellness Event Series
    Technology Mindfulness
    Thursday • April 15 • 6:30 – 8:00 PM • Via Zoom
    This session focuses on our families with children in the 2nd to the 5th grade. We invite parents and teachers to join a zoom call to hear from Urvi Morrison and Dianne McGaunn about the ways in which our technology habits impact our children.


  • Cyber Security Presentation by Scott McGaunn
    Thursday • April 28 • 6:30 – 8:00 PM • Via Zoom
    Scott McGaunn, alumni parent and FBI special agent, will talk to us about the safety risks that are present online for our children. You will not want to miss this. Zoom call link to be distributed as the date gets closer.


  • Youth Logo Design Competition
    The Race Amity North Shore Committee announces a logo design contest for students in K-12th grade. The deadline is May 14th and the winner will be announced on Race Amity Day, June 13th, 2021. Visit the National Center for Race Amity website for more details.


New Kindergarten Teacher!

We are thrilled to announce the appointment of a new Kindergarten Lead teacher: Ms. Alannah Ivy LeBlace for the 2021–2022 school year!

In the summer of 2015, Alannah discovered Waldorf Education on a permaculture farm in Carpinteria, California while completing her Permaculture Design Certification. She has been working ever since to become a trained Waldorf Early Childhood teacher. In 2016, she graduated from UC Riverside with a BA in Foreign Languages and Comparative Literature, with concentrations in French, German, and Arabic. Upon graduating from university, Alannah began working with young children both as a caregiver and in the classroom, working as an instructional assistant in a kindergarten for children with moderate to severe Autism and then as a Teaching Fellow in a neuro-typical kindergarten classroom the following year.

In 2018, Alannah accepted the position of First Grade Class Teacher at a Waldorf-inspired charter school in Prescott, Arizona. Teaching in a Waldorf school affirmed for her that not only was Waldorf Education her life’s work, but that Anthroposophy was her life’s path. Due to the strength and conviction of this realization, she made the decision to pursue her Waldorf Teacher Training full-time in Eugene, Oregon with the Waldorf Teacher Education, Eugene (WTEE) program held on the campus of the Eugene Waldorf School.

Alannah completed her Foundations studies with WTEE and is currently completing her specialization in Early Childhood with the Sound Circle Center for the Arts and Anthroposophy and will graduate this summer. Additionally, Alannah is currently working as the Lead Teacher of the afternoon program at the Red Earth Waldorf Kindergarten in Sedona, Arizona where she is also being mentored by the founder, Charity Cygal. Alannah feels blessed to be joining the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm!

Please join us in welcoming Alannah to our WSMF community!

 

Outdoor Pop-Up Shoppe this Wednesday

Join us for another Enchanted Caravan Spring Pop Up Shop this Wednesday, March 24 at 11:30 AM — 1:30 PM and 2:30–3:15 PM on the quad at school. Come see our collection of spring items, including baskets, snuggly stuffed animals, egg decorating kits, and more. Don’t forget we always have a wonderful selection of gift ideas for all ages, including jewelry, crafts, home decor, and toys.

Shopping at our store not only supports socially responsible, local artists and craftspeople, but also helps add revenue to our school. Already our school has doubled our budget goal from the Enchanted Caravan store. We appreciate the enthusiasm and support this year!

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