Talent Show this Sunday!

May 25th, 2020 | Announcements, Events, Programs

Join us on Sunday for our Virtual Talent Show!

May 31 • 2:00 – 3:30 PM via Zoom

It’s not too late to present your talent! If you have a talent to perform in 5 minutes or less and that’s appropriate for all ages, we’d love to see what you’ve got. Branigan Reed will be our host as we Zoom it up and come together virtually to enjoy the variety of talents throughout our community.

For performers and audience members, we’ll share the Zoom link the day prior to the event. We do ask that you do not share that information publicly, as this event is for just our school community. A recording will be available to share with the family afterward. It is not for public consumption.

Be part of the audience!

Don’t want to perform, you’re more than welcome to be a viewer. Just use the shared link to sit back and enjoy the show!

If you would like to be an act in the show, please email Coleen Ryan. She will collect names and titles of the acts, as well as a check-in with each act prior to ensure they are ready to go. Any questions or sign-ups can be emailed Coleen Ryan at cryan@waldorfmoraine.org

Ideas for acts… songs, juggling, stories, poetry, magic, dance, comedy, instrumentals, feats of human strength, superpowers, and any variety of hidden talents!

 

Free Online Eurythmy Series

May 25th, 2020 | Announcements, Outreach, Parents, Programs

 

ATHENA and Eurythmy Online are offering a free 6-week online Eurythmy Series on Tuesdays beginning May 26th called “EURYTHMY FOR HEALTH AND RESILIENCE” with Cynthia Hoven

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (EST)
May 26 – June 30
6 Consecutive Tuesdays

More information can be found here on Facebook. The Zoom registration link is here. I am excited about this opportunity and I hope to see some of you there!

Branigan Reed,
Care Class Teacher

 

WCA Update: Week of May 25, 2020

May 25th, 2020 | Announcements, Waldorf Community Association


Memorial Day weekend
brings us fully into the season of sun, fresh air, splashing in cool water, cookouts, and remembering the sacrifices of many who have gone before us. The WCA wishes you a safe and fun season ahead. 

A friend recently pointed out that during this time of pandemic we are all on the same stormy sea, though many a different boat we row. Row with kindness as you meet other boats on the water! Be patient and find solace in our shared journey. 

 


 

Eighth Graders

Watch the newsletter for opportunities to honor our eighth graders as they get ready to show us their eighth-grade projects and as they prepare to graduate.

 


 

Osprey Nest-Cam

The Essex County Greenbelt has set up a camera to view the Osprey nest in the salt marsh outside the LobstaLand Restaurant in Gloucester. There are two ospreys living there (names Annie and Squam) and more osprey on the way! Watch the progression of their daily life and the hatching of the young at Osprey Nest-Cam. 


Send Us Your Photos!

You’ve been hiking and baking and celebrating birthdays and taking photos to share with your friends and family. We miss you and would love to see your photos! Send a few of your favorite shots to wca@waldorfmoraine.org and we will share them here.

 


 

Bunnies for Adoption!

Springtime, furry, warm, cuddly, affectionate, silly, bouncy, bunnies are available for adoption as of mid-June. If you are interested you can contact Matthew Yoors at 978-675-7530.

 

Smile.Amazon.com 

Reminder that as we search for those most sought after items on Amazon.com, we consider initiating and using smile.amazon.com so our purchases can contribute extra fundraising dollars to our school.

 


 

Book Group

Our next book is called Cutting Stone by Abraham Verghese. Next Zoom gathering TBA. Let us know you want to join the discussion by writing to Deann Reyes-Wangh at dreyeswangh@waldorfmoraine.org.

Talent Show!

May 18th, 2020 | Announcements, Events, Programs

Sunday • May 31 • 2:00–3:30 PM

Do you have a special talent that you would like to share? If it’s 5 minutes or less, and appropriate for all ages, we’d love to see what you’ve got. Branigan Reed will be our host as we Zoom it up and come together virtually to enjoy the variety of talents that live in our community.

We will share the Zoom link the day prior to the event. We do ask that you do not share that information publicly, as this event is for just our school community. A recording will be available to share with the family afterward. It is not for public consumption.

If you would like to be a viewer, you can use the shared link to sit back and watch. If you would like to be an act in the show, please email Coleen Ryan. She will collect names and titles of the acts, as well as a check-in with each act prior to ensure they are ready to go!

Any questions or sign-ups can be emailed Coleen Ryan at cryan@waldorfmoraine.org

Ideas for acts…songs, juggling, stories, magic, dance, comedy, instrumentals, feats of human strength, superpowers, and any variety of hidden talents….

 

Campus Flowers

May 18th, 2020 | Announcements

The campus landscape is coming alive with greenery and flowers. While the bounty of colors and fragrances can’t be appreciated in person, we’ve collected a few photographs to share.

The bulbs that students planted late last fall with Coleen’s Science & Nature Program are popping up to reveal their happy selves. Other perennial bushes and plants are remerging slowly but surely, coming alive with their glory. May they brighten up your day!

 

Working Together Digitally & Staying Whole

May 18th, 2020 | Announcements

Almost overnight, there has been a significant shift towards the use of screen technology as a primary means of communication. While this technology is not new, social distancing has brought us into a new level of dependency on it. As a consequence, many people are experiencing increased stress and a lack of vitality, phenomena described recently in articles in the National Geographic and the New York Times

We already know about some of the negative effects of extensive screen time: exposure to EMFs and screen light; the lack of physical movement; and an overstimulation of the eyes. All of these are particularly harmful when not balanced with in-person human interactions, time in nature, full-body movement, and play. 

Here are some thoughts about how to counteract these effects and stay healthy both in this challenging time and beyond.

Be grateful every day for the opportunity to connect online. Appreciate everything and everyone who has helped make our computers, the internet, and video conferencing possible and be grateful for the technologies themselves. They are truly amazing tools. When we are grateful for something, our relationship to it changes for the better.

Continue Reading this article by Michael Soule, AWSNA executive

 

WCA Update: Week of May 18, 2020

May 18th, 2020 | Announcements, Volunteer, Waldorf Community Association

A Family Update

From the Capobianco family, Sarita, Alessandro, and Vince in the fifth grade. 

Our new daily norm for our family is that with four boys they are on their zoom classes for the majority of the morning and early afternoon. In the afternoon we usually go outside for a hike or work in our yard. We have some new baby chickens that we are working on building a coop for and also doing a lot of projects around the house. Vince recently got a new bike so he has been spending a lot of time biking around our neighborhood and playing with his dogs. (more…)

Local MA Farmers Need Your Support

May 18th, 2020 | Announcements

As the COVID epidemic continues and significantly impacts food distribution throughout the county, New Entry remains committed more than ever to training beginning farmers in the region and in helping them to succeed.

Please consider shopping local and supporting local farms. The New Entry CSA is unique in a few ways:

  1. We aggregate produce and fruit from 20 local MA farms.
  2. New this year, we are offering both a traditional CSA and a “CSA Your Way”, where you
    choose your weekly items and quantities!
  3. We offer convenient pickup / drop-off locations in Beverly, Boston, and the surrounding areas. We are working diligently to establish practices to safety get members their produce this season including home delivery and contactless pickup.

Reserve your share today! https://nesfp.org/NewEntryCSA

Little Faces, Little Masks

May 11th, 2020 | Announcements

Thanks for the beautiful masks! The kids loved them!!! —Beardslee Family

In a flurry of elastic and fabric, our team has made and distributed child-sized masks to all early nursery, kindergarten, and grades 1 & 2 students.

“How wonderful! We were really struggling to find masks for the kids. These are PERFECT, and they love wearing them. Thank you for thinking of us.”  —The Wardle Family

We’re here to help. We have adult masks available and—if you want to give a try—we have mask making kits, as well. Please contact us if you need more masks or want to pass them on to friends and family. Stay well!

Stars Across the Communities

May 11th, 2020 | Announcements, Parents

Inspired by Denver Waldorf School, we – and many Waldorf schools across North America – are inviting our families to create simple paper stars to be hung in your windows providing color, beauty, and joy.

We offered star-making kits to our families on our weekend pick-up. If you didn’t have an opportunity to pick up the materials but have tissue paper and glue sticks at home, you can download the instructions here: Waldorf Window Stars (pdf).

Once you have your stars up, please email us your pictures or post them on our community Facebook group. We’d love to see them!

A Tale of Two Clefs • No. 4

May 11th, 2020 | Curriculum, Faculty, Parents, Students

Head over to our Community Facebook page to view another precious video of 1st grader, Jack, performing his very own story. Ms. Smith has asked 1st and 2nd-grade students to select an instrument and create a story involving the Treble Clef and the Bass Clef, along with various elements of nature. What a creative assignment!

Well done, Jack. Encore!

WCA Update: Week of May 11, 2020

May 10th, 2020 | Announcements, Volunteer, Waldorf Community Association


Flowers Fairies

Please, if you haven’t received it already, continue to watch for a sweet greeting from your WCA to your front doorstep in the coming days and weeks. If you live very far away from school you might find a treat in your mailbox instead!

The WCA would like to thank the flower fairies for the following heroic acts of kindness:

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Summer Program & Camp Update

May 4th, 2020 | Announcements, Parents, Programs

While it is difficult to look too far ahead, please know that we continue to make plans and have some exciting offerings for the summer! This includes summer camp for 7-12-year-olds, and our early childhood summer program for 3.5-6-year-olds. Being able to spend time outside on our beautiful Moraine Farm campus with friends both new and old, is something we can all look forward to!

We will continue to offer programs based on recommendations received from the CDC and state health authorities. We are in good communication with these agencies and will keep the community up to date if any changes are made. If we need to cancel or delay the start of this year’s camp season, this would happen no later than one month prior to camp start date. Should this become necessary, all fees will be refunded.

In an effort to encourage families to register please know that we want to work with you and we can be flexible with the payment options. If anyone needs to cancel their registration for summer camps and programs within 4 weeks of the camp start date, there will be a $45.95 fee charged per week.

Check our Summer Camp page for all the details and registration information!

If you have any questions contact Coleen Ryan at cryan@waldorfmoraine.org.

 

Lessons in ✨ Magic

May 4th, 2020 | Parents

Our middle school students have been deeply invested in their current reading of A Witch’s Kitchen. (Check out their character drawings below!) And, with great glee, they all received a very special guest in their Zoom class this week – Dianna Sanchez, the author. Dianna visited with each middle school class via Zoom and did a reading from her book, answered ALL the students’ questions, and did a short writing exercise with them about “reversals.” (The students had to imagine a rule they would like to have in reverse, and then write about it. For example, instead of not being allowed to have candy before dinner, as she explained, what if a rule existed that stated YOU MUST EAT CANDY BEFORE DINNER!)

We are all grateful to Dianna Sanchez for the incredible visits. And feeling thankful for faculty member Amanda Wiederhold for her creative lessons and connections in bringing in some really fantastic (pun intended?) guest experts.

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A Tale of Two Clefs • No. 3

May 4th, 2020 | Curriculum, Faculty, Parents, Students

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Here’s another precious video of 2nd grader, Juliannah, performing her very own story. Ms. Smith has asked 1st and 2nd-grade students to select an instrument and create a story involving the Treble Clef and the Bass Clef, along with various elements of nature. What a creative assignment provided by Ms. Smith!

Well done Juliannah! Encore!

 

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