Little Faces, Little Masks
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
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
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
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:
Summer Program & Camp Update
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lessons in ✨ Magic
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.
A Tale of Two Clefs • No. 3
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!
Waldorf Student a Finalist in Local Poetry Contest
In January, during their Creative Writing block, the 8th graders studied short stories and sonnets. “They despaired gleefully at the challenge of writing a sonnet…” wrote Mrs. Motter. “So much of the students’ inner self was revealed in what they wrote during this block; what they think, feel, or wonder about.” One student, Sienna Cullem, wrote a particularly beautiful poem, “A Winter Sonnet” (below). In March, Ms. Weiderhold told the class that Beverly Public Library was holding a Middle School Division Poetry Contest and Sienna decided to enter her sonnet. Last week she received this news:
“Congratulations! Your poem, “A Winter Sonnet”, has been chosen as a finalist in the middle school division of the Beverly Public Library’s Poetry Contest! Thank you for submitting your poetry to the Contest. Our judges, three respected local poets, truly enjoyed reading your work, and have selected this poem as a finalist out of over 500 entries.”
Beverly Public Library went on to say that they will be collecting recordings of each finalist reading their own poem aloud and then choosing the winner by May 15. We are looking forward to sharing her reading with you when the link is available online.
A Winter Sonnet
by Sienna Cullem
It hurts to look up at the sun-bright sky,
As the cold winds turn your face to ice.
To the ardent colors of autumn ~ goodbye
Snug in my house, I share my space with mice.
As hats, snowshoes, sleds and shovels come out,
All the warm weather animals must hide,
While lucky pets may lazily lay about,
Like many of us who at our homes may bide.
Yet I adore this incredible time,
Little white flowers fall from the heavens,
Each one with its own intricate design,
Even the sun might reveal its pleasance.
As the air grows cold our hearts will grow warm,
Laughs shared with family, a new closeness forms.
We Are Part of History • Recording Our Experiences
During the next two weeks, CARE Class students will be recording their experiences at home during this unprecedented time of the Coronavirus outbreak. Using a resource created by graphic designer and mom, Natalie Long, students can record thoughts, feelings, and experiences through writing and artwork. I am offering this resource to the wider community as well for those who may be interested in participating. I recently discovered that a second version of the packet has been released so that kids and adults now have their own versions to work through!
Downloadable versions of the packets can be found here:
Feel free to share any of your work with me at email@example.com. I will collect community responses to create a record of experiences from our WSMF community.
Hogan’s Sabbatical Canceled
Dear Waldorf Community,
After a great deal of careful thought, my family and I have decided to postpone the year-long sabbatical we were scheduled to begin this coming August. We are hopeful that the state of the world will enable us to take our trip a year later, in August 2021.
We want to acknowledge how much we appreciate all of the support we have received from the school, the board, the community, and our children’s teachers as we worked through making this decision. As a result of our decision, I will continue on as the Facility Manager for the 2020–2021 school year, and our daughters will complete third and sixth grades with their classes.
At a time when we want to stay focused on the positive, we feel grateful to have yet another year to be among this wonderful community and so many friends.
WCA Update: Week of May 4, 2020
Celebrate May Day by leaving flowers on a friend’s porch.
Throughout history, humankind has celebrated the transition from season to season. The festival of May Day takes place on May 1 at the halfway point between the beginning of spring and the start of summer and originated in ancient times as a celebration of nature’s renewal. May Day shares origins with the Gaelic and pagan fire festival of Beltane, honoring Flora, the goddess of spring and flowers, as she returned to the earth to bring the fields back to life with her touch.
Five Stones Farm Seedling Sale
One silver lining of these strange times is that our friends/family/community have been re-evaluating their food sources and choosing to adventure into home gardening this year.
We love that you all thought of us and, thanks to your encouragement, we are SUPER EXCITED to announce our first ever online seedling sale.
Since most of our seedlings are warm loving plants, we are opening up orders now for mid-May pick-ups (May 16 & 17). If you have any questions at all about how to get started with your home garden, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are happy to answer questions and point you in the right direction for in-ground, raised beds, or container plantings.
Our supplies are limited and this sale is first come first serve.
Seedling Sale Order Form
Happy Spring and Happy Growing everyone!!
The McDonough Family (Seth, JoAnne, Jonas & Juniper)
Helping Healthcare Workers Nationwide
The WSMF Mask Making collective, led by parent Natalie DiBello, has been hard at work creating thousands of masks for neighbors, friends, families and healthcare workers – near and far.
The team has received generous donations from friends and families (Caitlin Auguste, looking at you!), and our team has made and distributed masks to:
- Newton-Wellesley Hospital, MA
- Mount Auburn Hospital, MA
- Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, MA
- Tufts Medical Center, MA
- Mission Heritage Hospitals, CA
- Kaplan Family Hospice House, MA
- Pine Street Inn, MA
- Hattie Ide Chaffee Home, RI
Heather Collis Puro has also been assembling and distributing mask making kits for the eighth graders.
Want to join in? We welcome everyone in our Facebook group!
New Resource for Early Childhood Families
Our Early Childhood faculty team have curated and created a rich tapestry of Waldorf resources onto a new webpage for the families of our youngest students. Found at Waldorfmoraine.org/EC, the webpage will be updated weekly with new resources, activities, and ideas. Please be sure to bookmark the page so you can quickly refer back to it. The site holds a wealth of information — from parent articles on rhythms and schedules, finger knitting videos to try at home, and stories to read aloud. We are happy to add to the remote learning experiences already being shared by our parent and child, nursery, and kindergarten faculty.
A Tale of Two Clefs • No. 2
Here’s another precious video of 1st grader, Jonas, performing his very own story. 1st and 2nd-grade students were asked 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.
Bravo, Jonas! Encore!
Stay tuned for one more performance.
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