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Using The Power of Will To Heal 2020

An incredible workshop taking place on March 1st at Green Tea Yoga in Salem, MA. I helped facilitate this last year and it has left me transformed. I wish the same for you. A $5 discount is offered for all Waldorf Staff. ~Miranda Ovesen ❤ (more…)

Woodwork and Ghana

Leading up to the Cultural Diversity Assembly on February 6, grades one, two, three and five participated in creating their own rhythm sticks to use during the Ghanaian song Obwisana that was the closing activity for the assembly. Lead by music teacher Ms. Smith who is Ghanian by heritage, the kids watched as Ms. Smith started with several long sticks. The kids then watched as each stick (more…)

Cultural Diversity Assembly

On Thursday, February 6th, grades one to eight participated in Cultural Diversity Assembly and the classes offered poems and music from different cultures and peoples around the world. The assembly opened with Mrs. Reed, our CARE Class teacher, leading everyone in a Samba dance lesson which can be seen here on our Community Facebook Page and closed with Ms. Smith, our Music teacher, leading the grades in a Ghanaian rhythm song. (more…)

New EC playground inauguration

Tuesday, February 4th was the first day for EC children to use their brand-new playground located at the back of the school, adjacent to the existing nursery playground. Included in the playground is a play structure, a mini-house, and a sandpit. Mrs. Hill’s parent and child class were the first to break the playground in and by the happy looks on all of the children’s faces, the inaugural use was a huge success! This playground is currently being used by parent and child, Snowdrop and aftercare classes. (more…)

WCA Update for Week of February 10

Last week we enjoyed a Natural Cleaning class hosted by the WCA. In this case, we were taught by the parents, for the parents. We reviewed homemade cleaning products and made samples to take home. We shared ideas about keeping our homes clean and non-toxic. Jamie Carbone won our raffle basket of natural homemaking items. Thank you to all who contributed and inspired our efforts.

Upcoming Events

Next WCA General Meeting
Tuesday, February 11, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm in the Trayes Room
We will offer articles on nature tables and lazure painting. Learn why and how these have become hallmarks of a Waldorf classroom. Our craft will support the animals recovering from the bushfires in Australia. Your help is welcome as we plan our second annual Pi Day Pie Auction fundraiser, our next family Freecycle, movie night, playgroups and more.

Save the date!
Pi Day Pie Auction – Saturday, March 14, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
It’s going to be a Wonderful Night For Pie! Save the important date, secure the babysitter, and join us for an adult evening filled with music, laughs, appetizers/wine, and loads of pie. The signup list for baking pies will be available at the end of February. For more information, contact us at wca@waldorfmoraine.org.

CPR/First Aid Class – April 4, 10:00 am – 11:30 (CPR) and 11:30 – 1:00 (first aid)
Certification for these handy skills will be offered to parents interested in knowing the basics of administering CPR and other first aid techniques.
Cost is $40 for CPR training, $20 for first aid training. A minimum of eight attendees is required, so please rsvp to wca@waldorfmoraine.org. Thank you!

Lastly, but not least, we share the verse we speak at each meeting…

“A healthy social life is found only when, in the mirror of each soul, the whole community finds its reflection, and when, in the whole community, the virtue of each one is living.”
– Rudolf Steiner

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Announcing Class of 2021 Eighth-Grade Teacher

The Faculty and Staff of Waldorf School at Moraine Farm are pleased to announce that Vanya Yoors will be the eighth-grade teacher for the rising seventh-grade class and for the 2020-2021 year. Mr. Yoors has taught at our school since 1996 and this is his fourth time teaching an eighth grade class at our school. We know Vanya will bring his warmth, dedication, and depth of experience to his new role.

We would be remiss if we did not mention how deeply grateful we are to Signe Motter for her work with the Class of 2021 over the last two years. She has forged a strong relationship with these students over a short period. She must also be commended for bringing the seventh graders together with the eighth graders for a very successful partnership.

Spring Eggs Felting Workshop March 14

Needle felt colorful eggs usingsoft, unspun wool fleece. Saturday, March 14, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Enjoy warm drinks, snacks and friendly conversation while you learn the skill of felting. Elizabeth Stubbs, a Waldorf early childhood teacher and artist, will provide gentle, hands-on guidance in this felting workshop. All skill levels welcome.  $40 workshop fee includes instruction and materials. Everyone will bring home at least 3 beautiful eggs.  This workshop will take place at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm and is limited to 12 attendees. Adults only.  Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 11, to Kate Hill at khill@waldorfmoraine.org.

Learn more and register here

Rosebud Drop In Class

Next month we are starting a drop-in Parent & Child class for newborns through one year of age. Class will take place March 3, 10, 17, and 24, from 12:30-2:00 pm. Cost per class is $20. Please help us spread the word.
Space is limited. Please RSVP to Cryan@waldorfmoraine.org
(Photo credit Ms Jessalyn Hall)

Wood Carving Class March 28

Learn how to carve a spoon from fresh-cut wood on March 28 from 12:30 til 4pm. This course is designed for beginners and will cover wood anatomy, how to ax out a spoon blank from a tree or tree branch, knife holds and techniques, basic sharpening skills, as well as drying and finishing.
* If you are left-handed, please let us know in advance so that we can bring the appropriate tools for you.
Each student will walk away with their very own cooking spoon as well as receive sandpaper and oil/beeswax blend for finishing. (more…)

Jan 25 Mouse Felting Workshop with Elizabeth Stubbs

Last Saturday, 15 people gathered in the cozy Handwork Room to enjoy warm drinks and goodies, and three hours of needle felting with Elizabeth Stubbs. The group included current and past parents, faculty, friends and even a board member! Using unspun wool fleece and barbed needles, a charming group of mice began to take shape. Each participant went home with a mouse and the materials to make more. It was a delightful morning, enjoyed by all.

Our next adult handwork class is Saturday, March 14, 9:30 to 12:30, with Elizabeth Stubbs. Contact Kate Hill for more details, khill@waldorfmoraine.org (more…)

New Solar Panel is Operating

The new solar panel is now up and running in the Quad, designed to run the rope lights attached to the canopy structure using 100% solar energy. These cheerful lights will brighten the space underneath, turning on automatically each afternoon and evening at no cost in fossil fuel consumption. (more…)

Parent & Child Drop-In Class Thursdays

Our Parent & Child Drop-In Thursday classes continue through the month of February. Experience a Waldorf Parent & Child Class for just $30! Morning Glory class is for parents, grandparents, and caregivers with children/grandchildren age 1 to 3 years. The class takes place on Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:00 am, on 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27. Classes follow the normal rhythm of our Parent & Child classes, with bread making, circle games, play in our beautiful classroom and outdoor playground. Limited to 10 families per class. RSVP to Coleen Ryan at cryan@waldorfmoraine.org

 

WCA Update for Week of February 3

We are in full swing with fun events so take out your calendar as you read our updates below! A reminder that every evening gathering we offer has childcare offered free of charge.

Eurythmy for Parents found a room full of parents moving through the stages of child growth via eurythmy exercises, learning the advantages of each exercise to each stage. (more…)

Open Houses This Friday and Saturday

We invite existing families and new families to join our Open Houses this Friday and Saturday.

Nursery & Kindergarten Open House on Saturday, Feb 1, 10 am to 12 pm

Grades 1- 8 Open House and Open Classrooms on Friday, January 31, from 8:30 to 9:30 am.

RSVP to Coleen Ryan at admissions@waldorfmoraine.org

Dining for Dollars at Flatbread Pizza January 28

Join us for our next Dining for Dollars at Flatbread Pizza in Salem. Onn January 28 come support a local business that appreciates farm to fork like we do. Dine together with your school family and friends and Flatbread will give us a portion of all pizzas sold between 5-10 PM! We will even have a 50/50 raffle so come join the fun!
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