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November 14, 2012
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The Emersonian is a weekly e-Newsletter sent to the
Emerson Waldorf School community every Wednesday during the school year.
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New EWS Website Launched!

Our New Website is Live!

comp1Check it out!  Tremendous thanks to the many folks who contributed to our new website!  First and foremost, I'd like to thank The Splinter Group for going above and beyond, for truly getting to know our school and Waldorf education before rebranding, and for designing such a warm, beautiful, well-organized site.  Thanks also to Paige Chandler and Raelee Peirce, who spear-headed this project over a year ago, hired Splinter, surveyed our entire parent body for input at the initial phase of this critical project, and saw it through with me until the end.  Is there an end?  Alice Armstrong, thank you for the incredible foundation, inspiration, and text from our former website. Tim Dowdall, I cannot thank you enough for photographing the events I could not attend (and some that I could!), for sifting through pictures, and uploading them.  Ann & Chris Stephenson – thanks for donating a full enchanting day's worth of photography by Joshua Weinfeld. To the other photographers who shared albums: Parker Chesson, Shoshanna DiBetta, Christine DeGuzman, Leigh Sparacino, Strouse Campbell, Patricia Cornell, Kathleen Stone-Michael, and Corey Alicks – thank you!  To Shannon Wiley who helped streamline Grades Curriculum content, to Judy Grant who helped edit all Curriculum content. And, finally, to Leigh Sparacino and Jeanne Jepsen for adding to our search engine list. Many hands, many minds, many eyes, beautiful site!

Over the next few weeks, Marketing will continue to load our wealth of new photos to a host of new Photo Galleries and will update Grades photos, some of which are already out-of-date.  We had to start somewhere!
Please, dive into our new site, share our web link with friends, forward them the Emersonian, and invite them to subscribe! Let’s spread the word about our incredible little corner of the universe and grow our beautiful community!

With warmest regards,
Barbara Holloway
Director of Marketing

10th Grade Play This Week

Alarms and Excursions

10th grade play 2Rated PG-13
Thursday, November 15 7pm
Friday, November 16 7pm

Brown Wing, High School

Four old friends sit down for a quiet evening together, but they are harassed by various bells, sirens, buzzers, warblers, beepers, and cheepers, all trying to warn them of something. What are these electronic voices trying to tell them? Can they understand the mysterious disasters before disaster strikes? It's a race against time – because there are seven more plays and twenty more characters still to come before the evening is over, plus a lot more strange noises – and increasingly desperate calls from eleven separate pay phones…

Our Lantern Walk Was Magical

holding lanterns

Governance 2

Attend the PO TONIGHT!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Eurythmy Room

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Thanksgiving All-School Assembly

ews1834KPOIt's wonderful and exciting that our whole school can participate in this year's Thanksgiving Assembly.  There's enough room for all families and their friends to see the fruits of our first months back at EWS!

You won't want to miss this event that, in the past, has been a confirmation of why we have chosen EWS for our children, for our family.

From 1st to 12th grade, the classes perform a song, a riddle, a poem, movement – something that reflects their skill and curriculum.

Wednesday, November 21
11am-12:00pm (pick-up is at 10:10am)
All School Assembly
4907 Garrett Road
Durham, NC

If you have questions regarding the transportation of your child, please refer to your teacher.

Box Tops!

Box Tops for Education

box_tops_big 2Save your “Box Tops for Education" and raise funds for EWS!
Deposit your box tops in the green box with the gold bow in the Main Office. Many products have these magenta coupons on their labels. 

scrip 2

What is SCRIP?
It's a wonderful way to give back to EWS while shopping at your favorite stores!


The 2013-2014 School Calendar

The 2013-14 School Year Calendar is now online!
Emerson Waldorf School's 2013-2014 calendar is available through this link ( ). Please scroll through the months to get to August 2013 and go forward from there.

– Kelley Wiley, Director of Communication

Directory Corrections - Nursery

Please update your new directory with the following:

Patricia’s Nursery
Gersbach, Juniper    12/14/2008
Catherine Reyes and Charles Gersbach
Address: 3220 Wilderness Rd., Durham, NC 27712

Holiday Faire Buzz...

Holiday Faire 2012

Volunteer Sign-Up Forms are outside your classroom door!

Holiday Faire Q & A Table:   Stop by the table at the Lower School to ask questions and purchase discounted tickets!

Click Here for a List of All Holiday Faire Booths

Tickets?  Tickets are for food and activities.  $1/per ticket; you can purchase tickets in advance via TADS for 10% off.  Email with the number of tickets you want to purchase. 

Activities cost 1-8 tickets each and food costs 1-8 tickets per item.  Typically, a family of four  might need at least 50 tickets for the day.  This year there will be many games and some food and a few activities that will be free!  So, if you can't buy a lot of tickets there will still be fun to be had!

Consignment Table This Year!
Do you have a few handcrafted items you would like to sell this year at the Holiday Faire?  There will be a consignment table at which your items will be sold for you.  You'll receive 70% of the sale while 30% will be donated to EWS. To contribute items, visit the Holiday Faire Q & A table at the Lower School at drop off or pick up or email

Needing to Borrow...

chess pieces -The Holiday Faire Steering Committee has drafted a list of a few items needed to help create a magical Holiday Faire experience. 

If you have any of these items at home that you are willing to share with the school for the day, please contact Shelley at
2 bocce ball sets
3 chess sets (not glass)
2 sets of horse shoes
5 bean bags
5-7 metal fire pits
small pieces (2-4 feet long) of yarn, ribbon, weaving supplies for outdoor weaving “loom”
3 outdoor grills delivered to the pavilion before November 31

We look forward to seeing everyone come out and enjoy community, the holiday spirit, and grandly supporting Emerson Waldorf!

FarmNews 2

Shed Building This Weekend!

Everyone's Welcome!

Aidan-HammeringPlease come and join us on Saturday, Nov. 17 and/or Sunday, Nov. 18 between 9:00am and 4:00pm as we rebuild the much-needed shed at Emerson Farm.

Please email Mary Beth Mueller at to let her know that you plan to come or donate food so that we can make sure we have enough food for our workers and enough workers for our food. 

- Mary Beth Mueller

HighSchoolNews 3

Financing College Program for Parents of 6th-12th graders

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Ravenscroft Fine Arts Theater
For parents interested in learning how to plan, to save, and to pay for college.  Your child may have more college opportunities than you think!
Click Here For More Details

November HS News

2012 Roman archI feel as though we are reacting to nature's invitation to be outside and be industrious in this wonderful weather that we have been experiencing lately. We are having a very busy and creative time up at the High School.

Our Juniors did us proud with their fantastic internship presentations last Tuesday afternoon. It was very interesting to listen to the reasons why each one of them chose their specific internship and how each of them experienced their week at work. 

We are also very proud of Mr Moise and the Progressive Energy grant that he won. We are looking forward to that being put to use in the building of the High School blacksmithing space.

Our visiting student, Elea Proudhon, has arrived from France and is settling in very well. She had to jump right in and join the 10th graders in the preparation for their upcoming play. The stagecraft crew is busy creating and building the set for the play, which opens Thursday, November 15.

Students are also hard at work on the court now that basketball season has started.  We can't wait for the excitement of watching our teams play, and we wish them another successful season.

On the High School calendar for the rest of November:

November 15:  10th Grade Play (7pm)
November 16:  10th Grade Play (7pm)
November 19:  High School service morning
November 20:  High School to visit the North Carolina Museum of Art
November 21: Thanksgiving Assembly and half-day closure
November 22-25: Thanksgiving break
November 26: Start of new Main Lesson block

Therisa Pienaar
High School Coordinator

GradesNews 2

WANTED: Yarn for Jump Ropes!

PostcardYarnBallsThe 8th grade is collecting acrylic yarn for jump rope making. This is a very popular Holiday Faire activity! Please leave donations outside the classroom.  Bright colors rolled in balls make for especially beautiful ropes. Thanks!

Sports 2

MS Winter Ultimate Frisbee!

photoThere's still time to join our first ever Middle School Winter Ultimate Frisbee team!  Practices are 3:30-5:00pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Games start in December: most private schools play Middle School Ultimate in the winter so we have plenty of competition! 

We need a few more players, so please send your student to try it out.  Cost=$75 for the season.

Go Gnomes!

This Week's Verse

From Starry Realm


From starry realm

to green earth

I come


Dreaming through sphere

of planet and moon

I draw near


Falling asleep

to the home I have known

I awake

here on the earth


            From the All

            to the One




Eve Olive, 1934

Cosmic Child: Inspired Writings from the Threshold of Birth

All proceeds from sales of Eve’s book directly benefit our Eurythmy program.  Order from Wrightwood Press until January.  Thereafter, book available everywhere.

Classifieds 2

Community Announcement

Housing Needed:  2nd grader Garrett Pearson & mom Laura Lee are looking for a place to live! We are relocating from Raleigh and struggling to find something in the $700-800 price range. Would like to avoid large apartment complexes. Open to: garage apt, guesthouse, duplex, house etc. Please contact me if you can help! I have excellent renting references. or call (919)302-0098

Events and Classes

Dragonfly Natural Toy and Craft Store
Children's Workshop Saturday
Weave or Knot Workshop for Children with Jan French
November 17 from 10am-2:30pm
(919) 265-9734

Saturday, November 24, 10am-4:30pm. Whatever holiday you celebrate in December, come out and join our celebration at Blue Skies of Mapleview, the home of Mr. Moyers and Deborah Pearson-Moyers. 

The horses will be decorated for all the holidays and your $40 pre-paid reservation includes a 50-minute ride on a horse, hot cider, home baked sweet (including gluten- and dairy-free options) and a small gift. We've had folks of all ages enjoy their ride on these beautiful animals. Grandmas, dads, and children have all booked together for mounted games and fun on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

If you are looking to book a fun family activity on the Thanksgiving weekend, contact Deborah at 919-933-1444 or to make your reservation. Riders and new riders are all welcome. No age limit!   

Briar Chapel Craft Fair - Reserve a table for your creative pieces!  The fair is November 17, 2012 at Briar Chapel.  1/2 Tents are $25, Full Tents are $50.  Read the details in the flyer.

Free to a Good Home

We are looking for a home for our lovely tortoise shell cat, Callie.
We adopted her when someone found her wandering around an empty parking lot. She does not tend to be a lap cat but she does like to be petted. She likes to spend the majority of her time outside (especially at nights). Usually she just comes inside to eat and sometimes to take a "cat nap." She has been unhappy with the latest two dogs that we have brought into the house, so we feel obligated to find her a better place. We are hoping there may be someone who lives in the country (or at the very least in a neighborhood that does not have a lot of traffic) and would be willing to adopt our dear cat. Please contact Pat McKenzie at or call 919.308.0721.


Support a Waldorf family and enjoy beautiful hair at the same time! Put your hair in the hands of artist-hairdresser Nancy Moore. She is good with hair of every kind, yes even curly.  Call for appointment, you may have to leave a message, 919 260-2495. Or make your appointment online,  4905 Pine Cone Drive Durham, NC 27707

Looking for a new or used Waldorf related item... toy, musical instrument, book? Visit The Waldorf Exchange at

WERBECK SINGING INSTRUCTION AVAILABLE: AVAILABLE:  Free half hour lesson in the Werbeck method of singing developed by Valborg Swardstrom Werbeck, a contemporary and colleague of Rudolf Steiner who brought about a truly healing and strengthening way to sing based on her Anthroposophical research into the nature of the human voice.  Joanna Carey has 20 years of experience and training working in this method and can help others to find a renewed relationship to their own voice and body. Joanna has worked with voice problems as well as psychological and physical issues through teaching user friendly exercises to bring positive results in a multitude of situations.  Sliding scale fee of $40-60 per lesson.   Call 919-885-7569 or email her at

Are you living with questions about your life, your relationships, your parenting, your future? Lynn Jericho offers compassionate listening and creative guidance - a Waldorf wisdom for adult needs and challenges. Call Lynn (919-240-4094) or learn more

Dr. Oz says:  "If I could pick one vitamin to push to EVERYBODY, it's Vitamin D ~ Are you at risk? Check out my blog post relating to this to learn more about this amazing vitamin.  To see how much vitamin D you need go to this website and take the quiz. 
(Joanne Estes, a grandmother of 4 EWS students and at 69 she is living healthy, strong, and prescription-free).

Are you looking for a New or Slightly Used Car?
Great Deals for EWS Parents, Friends & Faculty. Call David Rabius, Proud EWS Parent at 919-408-9633  Johnson Lexus @ SouthPoint- 2013 New Lexus Line Up..Certified Pre-Owned Lexus and a wide range of slightly used cars to meet your budget.
(David Rabius)

Composted Cow Manure For Sale
4 Cuyds, $125, delivery beyond 10 miles of Calvander extra. 968-1123

Create a space that aligns with your dreams! 
EWS First Grade teacher, Shannon Dawn O'Connor happily uses her "super-power" to organize, lazure, simplify or re-create your home or office so that your environment supports what really matters to you.  Shannon received a BFA from Parsons School of Design and studied the Environment and Its Effects on Psychology through Lesley College and has been happily beautifying the world ever since. For free estimates, work samples, or references contact Shannon Dawn @ 919.259.5252 and watch your world transform as it grows brighter and clearer around you! 
"She's got the midas-touch" - Tyler G.
"Everything she lays her hands on turns golden"- Charlotte S.
"Shannon purely sparkles, and your home will too" - Megan W.

Offering illuminating and renewing Dr. Hauschka facial treatments.  Cori Roth, NC Licensed/Holistic Esthetician and Dr. Hauschka retailer.  Please visit for more info.

Dragonfly Natural Toy and Craft Store 
Therapeutic Painting with Malina Stoychev. November 10, 2:00-3:30pm.  Like us on Facebook or visit our website for more information.  Call Charlotte or Danielle with questions at 919.265.9734.
(EWS parents Charlotte Schnetler and Danielle Tanzer).

New Medical Practice 
We are pleased to announce our practice "Integrative Medical" at Haven Medical Clinic on 121 S Estes Dr, Suite 205 D, Chapel Hill 27514. For appointments, you may contact us directly: 
Rula Freiji
919-525-5626 General Pediatrics & Pediatric Infectious Disease Consults
Dani Mouawad
919-525-5625 General Pediatrics & Integrative Medicine.
– Rula and Dani Freiji-Mouawad

TUTORING AVAILABLE:  My name is Susan Shmania and I am an EWS alumna, UNC graduate, NC Licensed Teacher, and Master of Education graduate student offering tutoring services for students with and without disabilities.  Services include Reading, Homework Help, Study Skills and Organizational Skills, Handwriting, Writing, Math, and Spanish.  Please see for more information or contact me at or (919) 283-6777.


Our house is for sale and we want to spread the word around as much as possible so that people will come take a look.
We live in an older established neighborhood (started in the 70s) just minutes from three of the Eno River parks and just over the line from Orange County. It has a great fenced back yard and over 13 different kinds of hardwood trees  It sits on a corner lot, and best of all has not only a double garage that connects to the house but also a finished wired separate garage that is great for storage, a workshop and other wonderful possibilities.
Click Here for the Link

Buying a home?  Selling a home?  Investing in real estate?  HEAD, HEART and 20+ years of HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE giving caring advice and guidance to hundreds of happy home buyers and sellers – let me help you with all of your Real Estate needs! 
Judy Weinstock, REALTOR, EWS Alumni parent.  Joyfully donating to EWS with every sale.  Phone 919-951-1800.

Waldorf families are unique and special. 
You need a realtor who is unique and special too.  Lynn Hayes has been helping Waldorf families for over 25 years, offering caring and sensitive service while supporting Waldorf education in our community.  For MLS searches, community information and lots more visit or call Lynn at 919-968-9989.

Advertising Changes for the Emersonian
We accept small classified-type advertisements. Each submission to the Classifieds should be no more than 6 lines of text, which is approximately 60 words. Each submission costs $5.00. Payment for Community Bulletin Board Submissions should be made by Friday of the publication week. No charge for advertisements of free events or nonprofit organizations. Submit ads to:

General Policy for the Bulletin  
No political or religious advertisements.  No competitive program advertisements.  No fundraisers.  The editors will decide the placement of advertisements.  Submissions may be edited for content and length.  The Emerson Waldorf School retains the right to choose not to print an advertisement.


Public announcements and services offered in the Emersonian or other circulars produced by Emerson Waldorf School are paid advertisements and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Emerson Waldorf School or its employees.

E-Newsletter Design and Graphics
E-Newsletter Content and Layout - Raelee Peirce & Barbara Holloway


Farm News
High School News
Grades News
EC News
This Week's Verse

This Week

Wed Nov 14        

Campus Tour - Pre-K to 1st Grade
1:30 - 2:30 pm
PO Meeting
7:00 - 9:00 pm

Thurs, Nov 15           
Middle School Jazz Band 3:30 - 4:25 pm

High School Jazz Band 4:30 - 5:30 pm

10th Grade Class Play "Alarms & Excursions" in the Brown Wing 7:00 pm
Fri, Nov 16         
Tea With Steve
8:30 - 9:30 am

10th Grade Class Play "Alarms & Excursions" in the Brown Wing 7:00 pm
Sat, Nov 17
Raising a Shed at EWS Farm!  9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sun, Nov 18         
Raising a Shed at EWS Farm!  9:00 am - 4:00 pm  

Mon, Nov 19         
All High School Service Day
12th Grade Parent Evening 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Tues, Nov 20         
All High School Field Trip to NC Museum of Art 10:15 am - 3:00 pm
Wed, Nov 21         
Half Day –  12pm DISMISSAL from ERUUF

Thanksgiving Assembly at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 4907 Garrett Rd, Durham 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Nursery and Kindergarten check with your teacher regarding school hours for Wednesday, Nov 21st.

School Staff


Steve Bennett x 11
Director of Administration

Tara Furze x 12
Finance Director

Barbara Holloway
Marketing Director

Ian Ostrowski x29
Facilities Manager

Raelee Peirce x14
Admissions Director

Therisa Pienaar x20
High School Coordinator

Kelley Wiley x13
Communications Director

School Hours

N/K       8:30am-12:30pm
1st-5th  8:30am-3:15pm
6th-8th  8:15am-3:15pm
HS        8:10am-3:15pm

Aftercare N/K    until 3pm
Aftercare 1st +  until 6pm
Office Hours     8am-4pm

Don't Forget!

Tuesday Markets

Zari Weeding Brocolli Patch 3
Tuesday Markets run from 8:00 - 8:45 am and
3:00 - 3:30pm

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