Currently, our early childhood programs have record enrollments. We have a waitlist for both our kindergarten program as well as our two nursery programs.
With the recent departure of Mari Yamaguchi, beloved nursery teacher (read more about Ms. Yamaguchi in the “Comings and Goings” section), we are diligently working to find a lead nursery teacher, and we are also interviewing several assistants. We are working with several wonderful candidates, and will communicate details with classes as soon as we have concrete information.
Parent and Child, with Kate Hill, has two new programs offered at the Gatehouse. Rosebud, a weekly class for parents of newborns ages zero to six months, premiered this spring and will be offered again in the fall. Our first ever summer parent and child program was also successful!
Our summer puppetry and storytelling hours were also well attended, with at least 40 – 50 in attendance. Many parents there were new to our school and were just learning about Waldorf education. It is exciting to meet these new families and we hope to see them at our school in the future.
This coming year, music will be brought to the children not only by their classroom teachers on a daily basis, but also in music classes with Ms. Smith. Ms. Smith just returned from her Waldorf music certification program and will be incorporating many new and wonderful music opportunities for grades students. Stay tuned for more information about the “new and improved” music program.
We will continue the Science in Nature programming and are exploring alternative ways of connecting with our partners on Moraine Farm, which includes working with New Entry Sustainable Farming. In addition, we will continue our strong middle school program with a new math skills teacher, Deann Reyes-Wangh and our beloved language arts teacher, Amanda Weiderhold. Dirk Tiede will also continue in his role as Cyber Civics teacher for the middle school (grades six and seven this year).
Signe Motter will be the sixth and seventh grade morning lesson teacher. However the morning lessons will not be combined: Signe will teach morning lesson to the seventh grade class before morning recess and the sixth grade class after morning recess. Vanya Yoors will be supporting Signe by teaching all of the science blocks to both classes, and he will continue to support teachers in the earlier grades in several areas.
Several of us attended the summer AWSNA (Association for Waldorf Schools of North America) this summer in Washington, DC. The theme was Social Justice in Waldorf education, and it was incredibly inspiring and uplifting to have many open and honest discussions around this very important topic. We have many ideas and new impulses and will share more with you in an upcoming newsletter.