The Waldorf Buzz: Be Informed

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

Welcome Bluebell Nursery!

We’re so excited to welcome our newest students– the 2-Day Bluebell Nursery– to campus! In the first days at school, the children started learning the names of their classmates, went for walks to the woods, made snow angels, and more! As they settled in more, they began to explore different relationships and the toys in the classroom as well. Waldorf education honors the beauty and excitement of childhood, and it is always such a pleasure to see it unfold here in our community. We are so grateful to our incredible lead nursery teacher, Stephanie Irvine, who will be guiding this class and so happy that our community is growing!

Cold Weather, Warm Smiles

Though the temperatures are dropping, our enthusiasm is not! Last week when temps were somewhere around 10 degrees outside (not including wind chill!) our intrepid students were bundled up and bustling around campus. Everywhere you look snow forts, sculptures, and even a few snowball fights(!) are popping up. A few creative grades students even figured out how to penguin slide on a patch of ice! We can’t say we’re shocked by the creativity and innovation of our students though– what else can you expect when you have the chance to live and play in the winter wonderland that is our campus?

Join the Team: Substitute Teachers Needed

We are still seeking substitute teachers to build out our roster. Those with an interest in Waldorf education are encouraged to apply, and you do NOT need to have educator experience. Depending on the program, subs will either assist a lead teacher, or will supervise an activity that has been organized previously by the teacher. Subbing is a great way to get first hand understanding of our pedagogy and deepen your understanding of Waldorf Education!

We are looking for subs for our EC, Grades, and Aftercare programs. EC programs run until 1PM, Grades run until 2:45 PM and Aftercare runs between 1PM and 5:30PM. We have flexible scheduling options available to meet your needs.

To learn more about working at WSMF, or to file your application, visit our site.

 


 

Apply Today!

Share Your Warmth this Winter – Support Chase the Chill

Chase the Chill is an organization of volunteer makers that gather, knit and sew hats, mittens, blankets and scarves to give to families and individuals in need, many who are homeless. For several years, volunteers have organized “scarf bombing” events in Salem or Lynn with centrally located outdoor displays of donated items welcoming everyone to take what they need. To see a video of past events you can follow this link.

This year’s scarf bombing event has been scheduled for February, and families are in need of warm items to carry them through the winter months. Priority items are hats, scarves, and items that are sized and in suitable colors for men. Last year, our community collected and made over 100 items to donate to Chase the Chill.

Heather Collis Puro, the grade school handwork teacher, is collecting items to pass on to Chase the Chill. There is a donation box outside the main office. Items may be purchased or handmade, and gently worn items are suitable as well. Drop in to any of our Thursday Morning Community Handwork Events and learn to knit to help the cause. Sewing patterns and lists of items needed can be found on the website www.ChasetheChillLynnMA.com. We will also be holding a fleece hat and mitten sewing event at our School on Sunday, February 6 at 11 am. Sewing machines and all materials will be provided. If you are interested in participating or donating materials, please feel free to contact Heather Collis Puro at hcollispuro@waldorfmoraine.org or call 781-775-3942.

Thank you for a successful holiday shopping season!

Thank you for choosing the Enchanted Caravan school store for your holiday shopping! When you buy from the Enchanted Caravan you are providing a source of income for the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm, as well as supporting the many talented makers.

We are excited to bring new items to the Enchanted Caravan Shoppe in the near future for Valentine’s Day, birthdays and spring holidays.  More unique, handmade and eco-friendly goodness is headed your way!

Help us make some room for new inventory by shopping our CLEARANCE SALE.  So many great items on sale including toys & stuffed animals, jewelry and home goods — many items 50% off or more!

Community Handwork: Learn-to-Knit!

Did you know that 3 times a month we host Community Handwork at the school? Each meeting our very own Heather Collis Puro helps community members work on their own exciting handwork projects– perfect for helping you create warm knit goods for the winter!

Interested in learning more, but unable to join us on campus? GOOD NEWS! We’re launching a series of instructional videos featuring Heather so you can get your projects underway from home. Check out the first of these videos here– Learn to Knit: Introduction to Needles and Casting On. We’ll share more to help you through your projects in future newsletters!

Solar update

In an effort to make our school greener and more sustainable, we worked with our community partner Revolusun to have solar panels installed this past fall. On 12/27/21 we started producing electricity!  While it has been cloudy and we haven’t come close to producing our maximum of  50 kWh, it is exciting that we are producing for ourselves and selling our excess production to the grid.  On average throughout the year, we expect to produce as much electricity as we use– the industry refers to this as net neutral carbon emissions!  Check out our energy dashboard below, and tune into future newsletters for more updates on our solar production.

January In-Person Handwork Workshop–Register Today!

The first in a series of exciting Handwork workshops  led by our own Heather Collis-Puro and guest instructor Elizabeth Stubbs is happening this month. Learn more about this workshop below and  Register here. 

Needle Felted Snowman & Snow Sprites
January 30, 2022
10 AM to 1 PM
Instructor: Elizabeth Stubbs
Participants will felt a winter figure out of colorful wool fleece to display on their nature table. We will also dye a 35″ square silk with indigo to set the scene for our new cold weather friends. Enrollment limited to 12 . All materials will be provided. Workshop fee is $45 plus $20 for materials.

Community Sing

On Friday afternoon our community gathered outside the school on our quad to sing holiday songs and send students off to break in a jolly mood.

Songs included favorites such as:

Dona Nobis Pacem

Feliz Navidad

People Look East

Shalom Chaverim

Frosty The Snowman

 

Below are photos of our community singing, dancing, and getting into the spirit! may the joy of our community be felt by you and yours this winter season.

Annual Fund: Gifts Matched Through End of Year

The end of the year is a time to reflect and be grateful. It is also a time to look forward to the potential of a new year. This year, we are so grateful to our amazing community of supporters. With your support we have brought interdisciplinary, holistic, education to 115 students. We have introduced anti-bullying programs, equipping our students to be advocates for those might be targeted. We reduced our carbon footprint by installing solar panels, and we kept students in person, offering a sense of normalcy during challenging times. With all that we’ve done this year, imagine what we can do next year.

Your end of the year gift makes next year our best year yet. A generous donor is matching gifts made through the end of the year up to $10,000. Make your gift today and imagine next year.

Visit www.waldorfmoraine.org/giving to learn more or make your gift today.

Winter Concert

On December 7th some of our families had the opportunity to come together for the first time in over a year for the Winter Concert! The music was beautiful and we are so happy that we were able to share this moment with many proud parents. While the realities of the pandemic mean that we couldn’t welcome everyone to see the concert live, we are thrilled to share a recording of the concert with you now! Enjoy the talent of our wonderful musicians!

 

WCA Update

View the most recent Waldorf Community Association (WCA) newsletter: December 16 • WCA Newsletter. Below are highlights of WCA’s current projects and events. All community members are invited to participate.

  • WCA General Meeting
    The next WCA meeting will be happening on January 12th in our community Facebook Group.


  • Sally Mavor Bedtime Stitches Exhibit at the New England Quilt Museum
    Happening through December 31st, check out these beautiful examples of handwork!


Last Chance to Holiday Shop at the Enchanted Caravan Pop-Up!

Join us for the last two Enchanted Caravan pop-ups this week!
Wednesday – December 15 – 12 PM to 3PM
Friday – December 17 – 8 AM to 3 PM
This week only, all books are on sale!  The Enchanted Caravan has a beautiful collection of books for children of all ages.  Enjoy 10% to 20% off all books before the store takes a holiday break.  Sale ends Friday, December 17th.
Please note for online purchases: All pick-up orders need to be completed by Thursday, December 16, for pick-up on Friday, Dec. 17. All online orders for Christmas delivery need to be completed by Friday, December 17 at noon.
All orders placed December 18, 2021 — January 3, 2022 will be ready for shipment or pick-up on January 4, 2022.

Homeschool Winter Session: Enrolling Now!

Do you know anyone who is committed to homeschooling this year? Let them know about our Homeschool Program! Waldorf School at Moraine Farm offers an enrichment program for students who are homeschooled twice a week on-campus. Students are invited to join us for fine arts, music, social activities, and more! This program is an excellent way to round out a homeschooling program and enrollment for the winter session is going on now. Visit www.waldorfmoraine.org/homeschool to learn more or to enroll now.

In Person Handwork Workshops Start in January! Register Today!

Looking for a creative outlet? Look no further! WSMF will be hosting a series of exciting Handwork workshops in the coming months led by our own Heather Collis-Puro and guest instructor Elizabeth Stubbs. Register here. 

Needle Felted Snowman & Snow Sprites
January 30, 2022
10 AM to 1 PM
Instructor: Elizabeth Stubbs
Participants will felt a winter figure out of colorful wool fleece to display on their nature table. We will also dye a 35″ square silk with indigo to set the scene for our new cold weather friends. Enrollment limited to 12 . All materials will be provided. Workshop fee is $45 plus $20 for materials.

Spring Workshops

Wet Felted Nest & Eggs
March 20, 2022
10 AM to 1 PM
Instructor: Elizabeth Stubbs
Participants will wet-felt a charming nest and eggs to display on their nature table. We will also dye a 30″ square silk with Indigo and Osage Orange to create a glorious green color in joyful anticipation of spring. Enrollment is limited to 12 . Please bring a towel. All materials will be provided. Workshop fee is $45, plus $20 for materials.
Create Your Own Rainbow: Natural Silk Dyeing Workshop
April 10, 2022
10 AM to 1 PM
Instructor: Heather Collis Puro

Let’s play with color! We will use natural plant dyes to create luxurious silks that can be used for imaginative play or gifts. Learn about the dyeing process while enjoying the process of creating vibrant color on 100% silk scarves. Tools will be available to tie-dye the silks as well. Enrollment is limited to 12. Please bring an apron (or wear old clothes) and a pair of gloves. All other materials will be provided. Workshop Fee is $45, plus $25 for materials. We will dye six silks one for each color of the rainbow. Participants can also choose to dye one long silk (22″ by 90″) with six colors. Please contact the instructor at hcollispuro@waldorfmoraine.org to order in advance.

Meet the Instructors:

Elizabeth Stubbs is a felt artist living and working in Nahant, Massachusetts. She has a BFA from Boston University School for the Arts in painting, and has spent many years as a fine artist, illustrator, and teacher. She also holds a MEd from Antioch University in Early Childhood with a Waldorf certificate. It was during this teacher training that she was first exposed to the art of felt making and has been making felt for over 20 years. Elizabeth taught nursery students at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm and retired in 2015. She teaches felt making classes and workshops in the greater Boston area.

 

Heather Collis Puro is the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm Handwork teacher for students in first through eighth grade. Originally she came to the community when her son entered Parent and Child classes in 2000, but couldn’t resist the opportunity to teach and joined the faculty in 2007. Knitting, mending, and machine sewing have been a part of her family life for as long as she can remember and a shared past time across many generations in her family. Mrs. Collis Puro loves to teach handwork and crafts and she always learns something new from her students as well.

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