Online Access to Your School Forms on Our New School Database
This fall the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm will be using a new technology to give guardians and parents their own Guardian Portal. This means online access to all your child’s school reports, health information, and the ability to fill out forms and register for aftercare and sports online. It will also allow families to view and search the school Directory online. Please ensure you have received the email with instructions on how to login to your Guardian Portal.
Read on to see how this will help you.
Summer Community Market Two More Fridays
We’ve had a great season for our Community Market this summer. Thank you to Joann McDonough for all her hard work coordinating this effort and to the many parents and community volunteers that helped set up, clean up, staff booths, spread the word, and so much more. We are so grateful to have this supportive community.
There are still two more Friday Community Markets scheduled, 8/23 and 8/30, with special performances by Kat Hill (8/23) and Marshunda Smith (8/30).
We’re looking at the possibility of extending the community market. Follow our Facebook posts for the latest information.
Substitute Teachers Wanted
We’re always looking to grow our pool of substitute teachers. Becoming a substitute teacher is a great way to learn more about Waldorf education while getting to know our students. Visit our Employment Opportunities page to learn more and apply.
2019-20 School Calendar
Our school 2019-20 calendar is now available. All 2019-20 dates have been entered into the school website calendar. Although we try not to make any changes to the school calendar during the school year, if changes need to be made, all currently enrolled families will be notified of school calendar changes via email announcements. Please refer to the school website calendar for the most accurate school calendar information.
Sewing Help Needed for Early Childhood
Our Parent and Child program has a new home on the first floor of the Main Building. Follow your nose down the hall to the delicious smell of huckabuck bread! Parent and Child and some of our Early Childhood classes are in need of fresh linens. If you can lend your sewing expertise, we would be most grateful. All material has been purchased. Please contact Kate Hill if you’re available to help. Thank you!
New Homeschooling Program
We’re excited to announce a new homeschooling program at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm starting this fall. We hope that by offering programs to homeschooling groups in our region we will expand the accessibility of Waldorf education to a wider audience. Our homeschooling program runs from 10:35 am to 12:10 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays and is for elementary through middle school age children. Each course is a 8-week session meeting once a week. Each day there will be two 45-minute subject classes. Homeschoolers can choose to take one or two courses in the same 8-week session.
Learn more about our homeschooling program.
Nursery Kindergarten Summer Program and Summer Camp Update
What a wonderful success with the development of our new Nursery and Kindergarten Summer Program. Children ages 3.5 to 6 years old have been discovering new friends, plants, creatures, hiking, water play and all of the fun the summer season brings us. We are happy to report that all of our sessions are full!
Our summer camp for ages 7 to 11 years old begins July 22! We still have space available in the first Session 1, July 29 to August 2 and Session 2, August 5 to 9. Session 3 is full. Learn more and register here.
Improvements on Campus
Phase I of the quad project is underway. A new fence is up giving a sense of separation from the parking lot while providing a safe space for students and visitors. A new shade tent has been added to provide shade and encourage a gathering space for the community. Outdoor committee members have been working hard tiding up our flower beds, shrubs and plants.
Our parent & child program has settled into the main school building. The nursery playground is expanding to include the parent and child families and new grass is growing over our newly created tunnel hill.
Coleen’s summer camp program now has a new tent in the lower field for shade and coverage.
Upcoming projects include kitchen remodeling, painting and office moves.
Summer Alumni Party
On July 14, we hosted our inaugural Alumni Family Party. The response was incredible and we had close to a 100 attendees joining us.
We had a wonderful time enjoying good food, good music, and good conversation. We are deeply thankful to all who helped make this event possible.
For those who attended, it was great to see you all. And for those who were unable to attend, we look forward to seeing you next time!
Board Chair Teri Riddle posted some impromptu shots of the event on our community page. You can see them here.
A Reflection from the Waldorf National Conference 2019 in Philadelphia
A refection on the AWSNA conference by Marshunda Smith, Music and Strings Teacher
One of the many activities we (teachers) do during the summer months (besides going to the bathroom whenever we want) is keeping up to date with our personal growth as teachers. For some, it’s going to a Renewal course at an Anthroposical School, for some others it’s attending the AWSNA conference.
AWSNA (Association of Waldorf Schools in North America) conference happens every year around the last week of June, and it is hosted by different Waldorf Schools every summer. Last year’s conference was in Washington DC and the theme was “Social Justice: Exploring Place, Race, Class and Gender in Waldorf Education.” This year’s conference was held in Philadelphia and the theme was “Responsible Innovation: Charting the Course for the Next Century.”
The FMG (Faculty Management Group) is using the recent feedback from the Parent Survey to prepare and plan for the next school year. The survey questions in the Parent Survey were designed to gather information needed to shed light on our practices, and to inform any changes needed. It’s important to hear from every parent in the school community. If you have not submitted your feedback, please do so today.
Costume Organization Help
Did you rifle through and try on your mom’s or dad’s clothes before you could afford your own? Do you still imagine yourself as a captain of a periwinkle boat that sails between Neptune and the Andromeda star system? If so, (or not) come and awaken your imagination while helping the school’s costume department become a more efficient space for our student thespians.
We are looking for some folks to help organize the costume storage area this summer. If you are free on Mondays and Thursdays, please reach out to Ms. Smith to schedule your periwinkle boat ride!
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project Open Farm Day August 10
Being neighbors, New Entry would like to personally invite to Waldorf community for their August 10 Open Farm Day. This will be the public’s opportunity to check out the farm, see the food hub operation, and meet the people who make it all happen. They will have a farmers market featuring their incubator farmers, a sampling of food and refreshments from their organic growing fields, children’s activities, and music. The “Parfait” truck will also be on hand serving healthy frozen dessert treats.
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The Little Prince Play August 24
Anthroposophical Society of Cape Ann is co-sponsoring this play, The Little Prince, performed by Matthew Dexter, at the House of Peace, 1 High Street, Ipswich, MA on Saturday, August 24, 3:00 to 4:30 pm. Suggested donation $10 per person or $25 per family.
Attitude of Gratitude
Last change to give your notes of gratitude. This year we are asking that students, parents, teachers and friends of Waldorf School at Moraine Farm, let us know who they appreciate for their leadership, volunteerism and/or acts of service. Make a quick note and put it in the box in the common area or send us an email at email@example.com today! We will share these during our Year End Assembly.
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