Silk Dyeing Workshop Saturday, May 4, 9:30 am to noon
This weekend, celebrate spring with this fun, easy, hands-on workshop where you’ll learn the art of silk dyeing. Spend an hour or two with friends, learning to dye silks naturally. Each participant will dye 3 silks (like the ones we have in nursery and kindergarten) with beautiful natural colors like blue, yellow, red, and brown.
$50 workshop fee includes hands-on instruction and 3 silks. Delicious breakfast snack, coffee, and tea will be served.
Workshop will take place at the main school in the kindergarten playground.
Please RSVP to Kate Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org. Limited to 20 attendees.
5K Fund Run Friends and Family Fundraising Challenge
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Screen Free Week This Week April 29 – May 5
Screen-Free Week invites us to unplug from our digital devices and reconnect with the world around us. Both parents and kids can use this week to reconsider the value of screen-based entertainment in their lives and establish year-round screen-free habits.
Welcome the Newest Member of the Waldorf School Community, Zephyr Alexander!
Congratulations to Jessalyn Hall, 1st grade teacher, and her family, for the birth of her son, Zephyr Alexander Gow. He was born at 9:01 pm on Saturday, April 27. He weighed 7 lbs 8 oz and was 19 1/2 inches long.
Nursery and Kindergarten Outdoor Open House May 1, 1:30 to 3:00 pm
Join our Early Childhood teachers on an outdoor exploration of our Nursery and Kindergarten programs on May 1, from 1:30 to 3:00 pm.
The Moraine Farm campus offers countless nature explorations and learning experiences for the young child. The nursery and kindergarten children are immersed in the wonder of the natural world for 2 to 3 hours a day in all seasons. This outdoor open house will begin in the nursery play yard with a circle, then we will explore the field and forest. Families will have a glimpse into the joy, wonder and health giving qualities of nature based education.
Please come prepared to join us with walking shoes or hiking books, water bottles, and proper protective clothing. Strollers are not recommended as the trails can be tricky to maneuver.
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New Blog Post: Inside the Classroom: Social-Emotional Learning in 4th Grade
Every month, we share one or two classroom updates on our blog. This month, we share the 4th grade classroom update on social-emotional learning.
Being in school is a hugely social experience as children interact throughout the day with their same-grade classmates, teachers, teammates, coaches, recess buddies, aftercare group, younger reading buddies, and others. Even independent activities such as reading a book to oneself or visiting the bathroom are done within a social context where an awareness of others is at play. As they make their way from one social setting to another—from home to school, from the classroom to outdoor recess, or from math class to strings class—children are learning to navigate a range of individual personalities and social norms for the group.
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Earth Oven Restoration Project Postponed
The earth oven restoration project has been postponed until this fall. We have discovered other possibilities for this project that will take more time to plan and execute. More details to share on this soon.
Media Exposure and Our Children April 4 Summary of Event
The Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood (CCFC) focus on researching the impact of commercialism on children, explained Josh Golin, executive director of CCFC. Starting in the mid-1980s, marketing started to be directed at our children. The CCFC, founded in 2000, advocates for companies to stop marketing directly to our children. Luckily, they have been successful in many of their efforts.
Josh showed attendees examples of the ways in which various companies have infiltrated the places where children “hang out” online (YouTube, social media) and through TV, movies and video games, and how it is all paired with consumerism, offering merchandise in strategic ways. We saw how advertising used to “speak” to parents. Now, advertisement is speaking directly to children, knowing that children are often left unsupervised while on their screens.
Alli Ocean has cared for children most of her life. She’s a 27-year-old Manchester-by-the-Sea resident, gardener, meditation practitioner, wife, and nature lover.
Offering part or full time care for babies and toddlers; including all-weather outdoor play, creative indoor play (crafts, cooking, games), compassionate communication, and healthy foods.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-810-5011.
Cell Phone Usage Policy Update
The school has updated our cell phone use policy. Please see this link for the cell phone usage policy for students, parents, staff and teachers at the school.
Easter and Spring Gifts at the Enchanted Caravan Store
Looking for sweet spring gifts? Be sure to check out the school store! We have many lovely little items to help you celebrate the spring! Beautiful cards, egg shaped candles, Tomten Beeworks bunnies, and our very own pure maple syrup!
Thinking about backyard chickens? Spring chicks up for adoption
The WCA will be facilitating the incubation and hatching of fertilized chicken eggs during the month of May. It will provide an opportunity for our students to watch and learn about the process and for the overall community to get into the seasonal spirit of rebirth. The eggs will come from the Seibert family’s chickens, which hatched from the batch of eggs that Mrs. Coffey’s Fifth Grade (then fourth grade) class incubated last year. If you are interested in adopting any of the chicks, please contact Bill Wrinn at email@example.com.
Dinner for Two Anywhere in the World Raffle
FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS! The DINNER FOR TWO ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD raffle has taken off. Each Waldorf School at Moraine Farm family will receive today an envelope with details about this year’s raffle fundraiser and tickets to sell.
Raffle prize includes:
- Round-trip airfare for two people to any major international airport
- Hotel accommodations for two nights
- Dinner for two at the winner’s restaurant of choice
Tickets are $20 each and are only sold through a Waldorf School at Moraine Farm family and the Main Office.
Please see our 2019 terms and conditions for more details.
A Pancake and Maple Syrup Day Success. Thank you.
Thank you to everyone who came out for the Pancake Breakfast. It was awesome to see the community come together in celebration of our second successful maple sugaring season and the arrival of spring. We served over 170 people and raised $1,063 dollars!
A big thank you to some of our local grocery stores for their generous donations of goods toward the breakfast, including Market Basket, Stop & Shop, Shaws and Trader Joe’s. When asked to support this event they all responded without hesitation.
We could not have done it without the help of Valley View Farm in Topsfield. The folks there took all of our sap (over 110 gallons collected) and spent many nights in their steamy sugar shack evaporating it down to the delicious sweet syrup that we all enjoyed. If you would like some maple syrup, you can for a limited time buy 16oz for $15 at the school store. Get it while it lasts!
Introduction to Felting Workshop this Saturday, April 6
Celebrate spring with this fun, hands-on workshop where you’ll learn the art of felting. Workshop is for all skill levels. Elizabeth Stubbs, a Waldorf early childhood teacher and artist, will teach us needle felting and wet felting. Everyone will bring home a bunny and eggs decorated with watercolor paints. $40 workshop fee includes instruction and materials. Spend time with old friends and new, enjoy good conversation, plus a lovely breakfast snack. This workshop will take place from 9:30am to 12:30pm at the Gatehouse. Limited to 20 attendees, register soon! Adults only.
Please RSVP via e-mail to Kate Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org
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