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

Class of 2022 Graduates

This past Friday, on the most beautiful spring day that you can imagine, the Class of 2022 concluded their journey here at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm. This class, many of whom had been together with their beloved teacher Mrs. Coffey, showed incredible poise, wisdom, and humility, as they took to the podium to share with the audience their gratitude, memories of their time here, and their best advice for younger students. We were treated to hilarious stories of annual camping trips, many theatrical productions, classroom shenanigans, apology letter templates that were used just a bit too frequently one year, academic struggles and triumphs, and more.

As a school, we are so proud of these brilliant, creative, and inspiring young people, and it has been a privilege to watch them grow up. We know that they will continue to thrive and change the world in profound ways, and we look forward to continuing to support them as they do so (and welcoming them back to campus as alumni!).

To the class of 2022, conGRADulations!

Summer Community Yoga Series

This summer, join Branigan Reed on the Quad for Community Yoga! 

This will be an all-level, family-oriented class that will meet weekly 10-11 am on Saturday mornings (weather permitting) throughout July and August. All are welcome to move together in the sunshine and spend time with friends! Payment is by donation, with a suggested rate of $10 per group. Cash, Paypal & Venmo accepted.

North Shore Pride Parade

Join us on Saturday, June 25 as our school shows our support in marching in the North Shore Pride Parade. We will gather at Shetland Park Properties parking lot located at 27 Congress St. Salem, MA no later than 11:30am with the kick off starting at noon. The parade ends at the Salem Common with music performances, food trucks, kids activities, etc. Email Ana Coffey at acoffey@waldorfmoraine.org if you will be joining in on the fun.

New Entry CSA– Pick-Ups and Volunteering!

This week marks the first week of New Entry’s CSA pick-up, being hosted here at WSMF. Our wonderful neighbors are still looking for volunteers to help with pick-ups. Volunteers would ideally commit for the full season June 14th – October 25th and would be stationed in our  parking area from 3pm – 6pm on Tuesdays. Responsibilities include greeting CSA members as they come to pick up their shares, answering questions about any mystery veggies, and stacking up the empty bins for a New Entry staff to pick up at the end of the night. Volunteers receive a free CSA share and first dibs on unclaimed shares at the end of pick up.

To sign up, contact Ginger at ginger.turner@tufts.edu or fill out the volunteer form at https://nesfp.org/volunteer

NOAA Endangered Species Art

Earlier this spring many of our students participated in an art contest held by NOAA Fisheries. The purpose of the competition was to bring awareness to endangered marine species in our area. The students created beautiful works of art (paintings, sculptures, etc.) and science teacher Ms. Yaeger submitted pictures to the organization.
We are so proud to announce that TWO of our students were selected to receive prizes out of over 250 submissions! We have one student, Kaleigh in grade 5, who won first prize for her age group and another, Poyraz in grade 2, who was chosen as an honorable mention for his age group! Congratulations Kaleigh and Poyraz!
See pictures of their works below and visit NOAA’s website to learn more about the art competition.

Kaleigh's 1st Place Submission

Poyraz' Honorable Mention Submission

Gnomes on the Roam…

This weekend brought our community together for the annual Running of the Gnomes 5K and Fun Run. Our top runners posted up impressive times (around 26 minutes!) after circling our property in a cross-country style race. More impressive still were the magnificent gnome costumes! Such creativity really showcased the heart of our community– and brought plenty of smiles to the faces of those who were cheering at the race finish. Check out some of the photos below, and we hope to see you on the course next year!

North Shore Pride Parade

Join us on Saturday, June 25 as our school shows our support in marching in the North Shore Pride Parade. We will gather at Shetland Park Properties parking lot located at 27 Congress St. Salem, MA no later than 11:30am with the kick off starting at noon. The parade ends at the Salem Common with music performances, food trucks, kids activities, etc. Email Ana Coffey at acoffey@waldorfmoraine.org if you will be joining in on the fun.

Pure Gold: 1st Grade Play Earns Great Applause

This year’s first grade class recently performed their first ever class play The Golden Goose for our school community. Each actor brought a stunning mix of both humor and gravitas to their role, reciting lines that would have tripped up even professionals. In the hands of this talented troupe, a story about being kind, fair, and humble was brilliantly brought to life. We congratulate the 1st graders on a job well done and eagerly look forward to future performances by this superb group of young thespians.

Comings and Goings

As one school year comes to a close and we begin to look toward the next we would like to take some time to share updates around faculty and staff who will be joining, or leaving, our school.

8th grade and 1st grade are the culmination and starting points of our grade school journey, both for students and sometimes for teachers as well.

Going

Ana Coffey

The upcoming graduation will celebrate the 8th grade class. Their class teacher has been a significant part of this journey. In 2013, Anna Coffey came to our school for an internship, where she assisted Sabrina Babcock in a second grade class. She joined our school as a class teacher in 2014 when she became our first grade class teacher. She has carried this class through their 8 year journey at our school, has guided the students, and parents, through these developmental phases of life, and has further contributed to our school in a myriad of ways. Along the way she has written, adapted, produced, and directed 11 plays for her class and others. These include Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Radio Drama and Puffs!, a spoof on Harry Potter.

Next year she will be working at Lowell Highschool where she was hired to create a drama department for this school of 3500 students. We send her forward with pride, will follow her continuing growth and will miss her greatly.

Coming

Celia Martone

Celia Martone will be joining our faculty next year as our First Grade Teacher. Currently she is working at the Susquehana Waldorf school. She completed her internship in the Fall and has been assisting in first grade main lessons since January and teaching subject classes to 3rd and 4th grades in the afternoons. She will be joining us as our newest grades teacher and we look forward to her joining us for years to come.

Music in the Maple Grove

May 17th was our Spring Concert, hosted outdoors in the Maple Grove! The rushing of wind through the trees joined the sonorous instruments to create a unique and beautiful concert experience.

We are so proud of all of our students who have worked so hard this year to hone their craft. We are especially proud of the members of our 8th Grade class who entertained us all with their solo and small group performances– we know they will only continue to grow as musician after they graduate.

Please enjoy photos from the concert below, and to learn more about what music was performed, check out the concert program.

 

What’s Happening At WSMF?

Have you ever wondered what goes on inside our classrooms? We invite you to take a peek behind the curtain by reading our monthly reports. This month, we’re sharing some exciting updates from Grade 2 and Grade 6/7. Check out the highlights below then read the linked reports in full to learn more!

Leadership Lessons From Grade 2

-Have you ever heard that you can’t always get what you want? Grade 2 knows all about this important life lesson as they’ve been honing communications skills to help them express themselves, navigate conflict, and more. Students are learning to work together, and are learning how to harness their own talents for the betterment of themselves and the group.

-We bet you can figure out how knitting can support the development of fine motor skills and math competencies, but did you know it can also support reading? It’s true! Following each stitch in a project helps students with eye-tracking which is a critical reading skill. Class 2 is working on an exciting and complex project– creating Gnomes– in handwork class that will set them up for success in all areas.

Click here to read the full Grade 2 report

 

Exploring with Class 6/7

-What is it like to experience history? Class 6/7 has been building an intimate understanding of the Age of Exploration by reading primary sources and accounts of voyages, settlements, and more that are focused on the human experience. This approach enables them to not only reflect on, but truly inhabit, the topics they’re studying.

-Sally sells seashells at the sea shore? If your tongue was tripping over that, imagine studying tongue twisters in German! Class 6/7 uses complicated rhymes to build their fluency and pronunciation– and has a lot of fun in the process!

Click here to read the full Grade 6/7 report

Volunteers Needed

Our neighbors at New Entry Sustainable Farming are looking for volunteers to help with their CSA pick-up here at WSMF. Volunteers would ideally commit for the full season June 14th – October 25th. The pick up is in the parking area from 3pm – 6pm on Tuesdays. Responsibilities include greeting CSA members as they come to pick up their shares, answering questions about any mystery veggies, and stacking up the empty bins for a New Entry staff to pick up at the end of the night. We provide a free CSA share and first dibs on unclaimed shares at the end of pick up.

To sign up, contact Ginger at ginger.turner@tufts.edu or fill out the volunteer form at https://nesfp.org/volunteer

Comings and Goings

As one school year comes to a close and we begin to look toward the next we would like to take some time to share updates around faculty and staff who will be joining, or leaving, our school.

Going

Jennie Cain

We have been fortunate in having Jennie Cain join us this year as our German teacher, and we are sorry to announce that she will be leaving at the end of the school year. In addition to her work here, Jennie has been working at the Lexington Waldorf School, which is closer to her home. She will be focusing her energies on her work with WSL next year. We wish her all the best and are grateful for the gifts she brought to our school this year.

 


 

With Jennie’s departure, we are actively looking for a foreign language teacher for next year to teach German or Spanish. We have generally had German as the foreign language taught at our school, and while we value continuity, we also know that Spanish is a language that is much more prevalently spoken in the United States and in The Americas. 

 

As a Waldorf School, where human integrity is a leading guideline, we highly value the numerous qualities of our teachers. A significant aspect of hiring a teacher is their background, expertise and teaching style. While we are leaning toward finding a Spanish teacher, we will balance this with the quality of the candidates who are available. 

Please see the school’s employment page for our current openings. Should you know anyone who may be interested please share this page with them.

Comings and Goings

As one school year comes to a close and we begin to look toward the next we would like to take some time to share updates around faculty and staff who will be joining, or leaving, our school. 

Going

Coleen Ryan

It is bittersweet to share the news that Coleen will be leaving her role as Admissions Director at the end of this school year. She will be moving back to Western Massachusetts where she is originally from to be closer to her family. 

Coleen joined the school in the fall of 2011 as the Assistant to the Administrator, and has been a member of the admin team for the last 11 years. She was instrumental in re-establishing and growing the summer camp programs and helped create the Science in Nature class. Getting students outside utilizing our beautiful Moraine Farm property has been a continual focus for her. 

Per Coleen, “This past school year I have been happy to step into the interim leadership role, and moving closer to my family has been on my mind for quite awhile. Now that the school is well positioned and moving forward with such positive momentum, I feel the time is right for me to make this transition. Being a member of the school community has helped shape me into the person I am today and I look forward to continuing to be a contributing member of the community. I am so grateful to all the colleagues, parents and students I have been lucky to work with. The strength of the community is evident when I reflect on all we have accomplished together and I am excited about what the future holds for the school.” 

We wish Coleen the very best in her next endeavors and are so grateful for everything she has brought to our community. She will be missed! 

Coming

Jack Hogan

We anticipate the return of facilities manager Jack Hogan this summer with great excitement. Jack has spent the past year on sabbatical traveling the world with his family. In Jack’s absence we have been deeply grateful to Al Masone for keeping our campus beautiful, upkept, and running. We look forward to welcoming back Jack and hearing many stories of his adventures

Maple Syrup Breakfast and Environmental Celebration

On April 30th the school welcomed current families and wider community members to campus for our annual pancake breakfast and our first ever environmental celebration. We were fortunate to have beautiful weather as community members gathered around tables on the basketball court to enjoy fluffy flapjacks with sweet syrup!

The pancake breakfast is a much beloved tradition at WSMF because it not only brings our community together, but it also provides a joyous opportunity for students to showcase their learning. Throughout the late winter and early spring, each class of students plays a part in the tapping of maple trees, collection of sap and boiling of sap to create syrup during their Science classes. Take a look at photos from the event below to see some proud students and their families enjoying the fruits of their labor!

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