All Community Meeting • April Recording

April 26th, 2021 | Announcements, Faculty, Parents

Click below to watch the official recording of this month’s All Community Meeting. Thank you!

Tomorrow! Dining for Dollars at Chipotle

April 26th, 2021 | Announcements, Fundraiser

Let’s guac and roll… TOMORROW NIGHT while raising funds for WSMF! We’re partnering with the Beverly Chipotle location on a Dining for Dollars fundraiser. All orders must be placed ONLINE or via their APP. No in-store ordering/dining. Guac on, friends!


Step 1 — Download the chipotle app or hop on their website and place your order tomorrow for “Takeout Taco Tuesday”.

Step 2 — Be sure to enter the code 2TW8FXJ and the school will receive 33% of the proceeds.

Step 3 — Pick up your takeout order at the Beverly, MA location between 4:00 – 8:00 PM.

Step 4 — Enjoy!


Cocktails & Canapés Event • Limited Tickets

April 26th, 2021 | Announcements, Events, Fundraiser

Join us for a lively cocktail demo and light Sunday brunch on May 2, 2021 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Relax under the tent listening to music and chatting with friends. Come enjoy some much-needed adult time! We’ll be masked and socially distanced. Space is limited so snag your tickets now.


Order Tickets Online by April 28


 

 

Outdoor Movie Night

April 26th, 2021 | Announcements, Events, Waldorf Community Association

Thursday • May 13 • 7:30 PM

The Waldorf Community Association (WCA) is hosting an outdoor movie night to screen the documentary, “Social Dilemma”. Join us for social time, snacks, and a vibrant discussion of this timely and relevant topic. We will gather on the quad at 7:30 PM and the movie will begin at 8:00 PM followed by a discussion led by Urvi Morrison and Dianne McGaunn. Bring your comfy lawn chair. This event is for adults only, please.

 

CARE Corner • April 2021

April 12th, 2021 | Announcements

Dear WSMF Families,

I hope you are enjoying the warmth and beauty of these early weeks of spring. This month I felt called to shift my plans for our SEL theme and was inspired by personal events, to offer the theme of  Inner Knowing for the month of April. Things happen in our lives each day. Events that bring us joy, and situations that cause us worry. In order to manage our feelings and interactions with others during these occurrences, and all those in between, we must trust ourselves to know what it is that we need to move forward. What it is that we need to heal. What it is that we need to support each other. 

I’d like to share a story with you…

When I was an undergraduate student at Emerson College, Bob Colby, Performing Arts Chair, was also my Theatre for Young Audiences teacher. In Bob’s TYA class, my urge to never “dumb down” theatre for children was reinforced, my desire to meet the needs of all different types of children was honored and supported, my desire to challenge the status quo was cheered, and my mistakes were named and collaborated on to get better each time. I remember one class in particular- something unrelated to TYA came up and Bob said something that has stuck with me: “You can never control how others treat you. What you can control is how you respond.” Some 12 years later I still repeat this phrase to myself every day. It was a HUGE a-ha moment for me. I believe it is the moment that set me on the path to the SEL and wellness impulses I am so passionate about integrating into all my work today. 

Bob also directed me in a production of The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes at The Cutler Majestic Theatre while I was at Emerson, which is just so fitting for what he stood for. Speaking up when someone is mistreated, and being brave in the face of adversity. These are both lessons I hope to teach each student I am lucky enough to work with.

On Monday, April 5, Bob Colby passed away after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer.

My Inner Knowing has guided me to engage in a project that honors the gifts Bob Colby left to us all through his passion, joy, and love for young people. Throughout this month I will be working with groups of students to create our own hundred dresses for Mr. Colby to thank him for how special he has been to me and to so many others. I openly invite anyone who wishes to join me in this project to do so- create a dress of your choice while listening to Eleanor Estes’ story read aloud on our page, and send me a picture of your completed project.  I will share pictures of our work with Bob’s family to bring them comfort in this time, so that they too can know just how loved he truly was, and will be for generations.

Namaste,
Branigan Reed
First Grade Class Teacher, SEL Specialist

 

Chase the Chill Update

April 12th, 2021 | Announcements, Outreach, Volunteer

 

We are excited to announce that we have donated 90 items to the local Chase the Chill chapter. These handmade items will be greatly appreciated by the people who receive them. We would love to reach our goal of donating 100 items this year. That means just 10 more, what a great spring break project!

If you want to make and donate a simple hat, or scarf, or other warm items, please let Heather Collis Puro know and she will arrange the pickup. Thank you!

 

Celebrating Earth Day

April 12th, 2021 | Announcements, School Store

Earth Day is April 22 and the Enchanted Caravan is celebrating all month. The shoppe is full of eco-friendly toys and home goods for waste-free living. This week we are spotlighting our eco-friendly Food-on-the-Go products which include Travel Bamboo Cutlery Sets and Reusable Beeswax Food Wraps.

Say goodbye to disposable utensils with the Travel Bamboo Cutlery Sets. The bamboo utensils come with handmade zipper pouches that are lined with eco-friendly PUL fabric for easy cleaning.

The shoppe also has coordinating Reusable Beeswax Food Wraps which are handmade by our very own Anita Haller O’Neill. Made with organic cotton, beeswax, pine resin and jojoba oil, these Food Wraps are a sustainable and convenient alternative to plastic wrap. In addition to being kind to the planet, 100% of your Beeswax Food Wraps purchase is donated to the WSMF Annual Fund!

This Wednesday! • Dining for Dollars

April 12th, 2021 | Announcements, Events, Fundraiser

Dining for Dollars is Back!

Stop by any Bertucci’s this Wednesday, April 14th between 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM and either dine in, take out, OR be extra nice and grab catering for your office. Show them this ad so they can scan the code OR enter our unique code if ordering online and our school gets 15% of the sale. Please help spread the word online to your family and friends. Thank you so much for your support!

Coming Soon • Running of the Gnomes!

April 12th, 2021 | Announcements

Calling all runners, and helpers!

We are looking ahead to our annual gnome run on May 15th. It will be exciting to be outdoors on the campus running through the trails with our friends. If anyone is interested in helping the development committee plan the gnome run, map out trails, or set up swag bags please let Heidi Zohn know via email at drheidiwellness@gmail.com.

Details about how to participate in the gnome run are coming soon.

Family Freecycle Returns

April 5th, 2021 | Announcements, Events, Volunteer, Waldorf Community Association

Organized by the Waldorf Community Association.

It’s time to share warm weather clothing. Donate and/or pick up some gently used children’s and maternity clothes. Size infant through size 16 adolescent clothes and shoes and maternity clothes. You don’t need to bring clothes to take clothes. You may invite a friend to shop. Thank you for observing the school safety rules by wearing a mask and maintain a safe distance from others.

We’re Currently Collecting:

• Warm weather attire
• Sizes infant through youth size 16
• Maternity clothing

Clothing should be in the kind of shape that you would choose for your own child.

 

Homeschool Session III is Full!

March 29th, 2021 | Announcements, Programs

We’re excited to share that the third and final session of our Homeschool Program is officially FULL. A heartfelt congratulations to program coordinator, Marshunda Smith, for developing and growing this program over the course of this school year. Not only were you able to meet the needs of many local families, but you also added much engagement and enrichment for the homeschool students.

Marshunda is the Homeschool Program Coordinator, the Music Teacher, and the Games & Movement instructor. Previous session teachers included Branigan Reed who brought theatre, Kim Indresano with outdoor photography, Heather Collis Puro with handwork, and Ana Coffey with fine arts. Much gratitude to all involved in making this program a success.

Upcoming School Tours

March 29th, 2021 | Admissions, Announcements

Virtual school tours have been added to the calendar for April! They will be hosted virtually via Zoom. We invite you to share our official Schedule a Tour page with your local friends who might be interested in learning more about the programs at our school.



Focusing on Grades 1 – 8
Friday • April 2 • 10 – 11 AM

Hosted LIVE via Zoom • Limited to 12
Reserve a Spot



Focusing on Nursery & Kindergarten
Friday • April 9 • 10 – 11 AM

Hosted LIVE via Zoom • Limited to 12
Reserve a Spot



Focusing on Grades 1 – 8
Friday • April 16 • 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Hosted LIVE via Zoom • Limited to 12
Reserve a Spot


WCA Update

March 29th, 2021 | Announcements, Waldorf Community Association

View the most recent Waldorf Community Association (WCA) newsletter: March 15 • WCA Newsletter. Below are highlights of WCA’s current projects and events. All community members are invited to participate.

New Kindergarten Teacher!

March 22nd, 2021 | Announcements, Faculty

We are thrilled to announce the appointment of a new Kindergarten Lead teacher: Ms. Alannah Ivy LeBlace for the 2021–2022 school year!

In the summer of 2015, Alannah discovered Waldorf Education on a permaculture farm in Carpinteria, California while completing her Permaculture Design Certification. She has been working ever since to become a trained Waldorf Early Childhood teacher. In 2016, she graduated from UC Riverside with a BA in Foreign Languages and Comparative Literature, with concentrations in French, German, and Arabic. Upon graduating from university, Alannah began working with young children both as a caregiver and in the classroom, working as an instructional assistant in a kindergarten for children with moderate to severe Autism and then as a Teaching Fellow in a neuro-typical kindergarten classroom the following year.

In 2018, Alannah accepted the position of First Grade Class Teacher at a Waldorf-inspired charter school in Prescott, Arizona. Teaching in a Waldorf school affirmed for her that not only was Waldorf Education her life’s work, but that Anthroposophy was her life’s path. Due to the strength and conviction of this realization, she made the decision to pursue her Waldorf Teacher Training full-time in Eugene, Oregon with the Waldorf Teacher Education, Eugene (WTEE) program held on the campus of the Eugene Waldorf School.

Alannah completed her Foundations studies with WTEE and is currently completing her specialization in Early Childhood with the Sound Circle Center for the Arts and Anthroposophy and will graduate this summer. Additionally, Alannah is currently working as the Lead Teacher of the afternoon program at the Red Earth Waldorf Kindergarten in Sedona, Arizona where she is also being mentored by the founder, Charity Cygal. Alannah feels blessed to be joining the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm!

Please join us in welcoming Alannah to our WSMF community!

 

Outdoor Pop-Up Shoppe this Wednesday

March 22nd, 2021 | Announcements, Events, School Store

Join us for another Enchanted Caravan Spring Pop Up Shop this Wednesday, March 24 at 11:30 AM — 1:30 PM and 2:30–3:15 PM on the quad at school. Come see our collection of spring items, including baskets, snuggly stuffed animals, egg decorating kits, and more. Don’t forget we always have a wonderful selection of gift ideas for all ages, including jewelry, crafts, home decor, and toys.

Shopping at our store not only supports socially responsible, local artists and craftspeople, but also helps add revenue to our school. Already our school has doubled our budget goal from the Enchanted Caravan store. We appreciate the enthusiasm and support this year!

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