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February 13, 2013
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Parent Organization Tonight

Please join us for the Parent Organization meeting tonight at 7 pm in the Eurythmy Room.  All parents of EWS are members of the PO.  We look forward to sharing up-coming plans.


You're invited to attend the upcoming workshop sponsored by the PO...

Substance Use: What to Know
Date: February 27 from 7-8:30 pm in the Brown Wing

While this topic may be most applicable to parents of teens and pre-teens, all school families are welcome to attend.

Contact Lauren Nyland at for more information.

Winter Break Starts Friday

Friday, February 15, 2013 is a 1/2 day for Nursery to 8th Grade.  It is a full day for High School students.
Aftercare available as usual.

Enjoy your break!

We Rocked the Camp Fair

Bella Mead 6th Grade, Singer

Batian Pienaar 7th Grade, Jazz Band

 Logan Valleroy 6th Grade, Bucket Brothers Band

 Pascal DiBetta 7th Grade, Jazz Band

                          Winter Faulkner 7th Grade, Singer

 Leland Child-Lanning 7th Grade, Percussion

Congratulations Forrest Jackson!

National Merit Finalist

forrest 2From the National Merit Scholarship Program:  "This Certificate of Merit is awarded to Forrest J. Jackson, who has advanced to Finalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship Program of 2013 by demonstrating through distinguished performance high potential for future academic accomplishment."

Forrest's candidacy for this academic honor began when he sat for the PSAT in October 2011–along with 1.5 million other students in the U.S.   In August 2012 he was notified that his scores had been high enough on the PSAT that he stood out among North Carolina students at a level to become one of 16,000 Semifinalists nationwide for the National Merit Scholarship Program. He was one of 47 students selected from all of the High Schools in Chapel Hill.

In order to advance to Finalist standing, Forrest completed an extensive application, which included a resume of his extracurricular activities and leadership positions and a personal essay.  Ms Rabius, High School Faculty Chair, wrote a letter of recommendation for him, and all of his courses and grades from high school were submitted, along with his SAT scores. All of the Semifinalists across the nation were evaluated for excellence, and 15,000 were chosen in February as Finalists in the competition.

By mid-June, National Merit Scholarship Corporation will notify approximately 8,300 of the Finalists that they have been selected to receive a Merit Scholarship.  These awards are of three types: one-time $2500 National Merit Scholarship; corporate Merit Scholarships of varying amounts; and college-specific Merit Scholarships of varying amounts.  Whether or not Forrest receives a monetary award, his recognition as National Merit Finalist is a rare achievement.

Forrest Jackson is not the first National Merit Scholar to graduate from Emerson Waldorf School.  Nearly every class since our first graduating class in 2006 has had a student recognized by the program–either as Commended Scholar, Semifinalist, or Finalist.  Recent Finalists include Colyer Durovich '12 and Bo Marchman '10.

Love: Discipline's Other Name

EWS & Triangle Home Nurseries Present

heartLove: Discipline's Other Name, an Early Childhood Conference with keynote speaker Sharifa Oppenheimer.

You won't want to miss this dynamic conference for parents and educators scheduled for Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2 with Waldorf-trained teacher Sharifa Oppenheimer, author of Heaven on Earth.

Registration is now open and there are only 100 seats!  This will be an inspiring weekend for all who attend.

Register and Learn More

EWS Hosts AWSNA Conference

Explore the Essential Skills that Will Help Children Meet Tomorrow's World

Understanding-Waldorf-Education-Petrash-Jack-9781458767530Emerson Waldorf will host this year's Southeast AWSNA conference, March 8-9, 2013.

Keynote speaker
Jack Petrash is a class teacher at the Washington Waldorf School with over thirty years of experience in the classroom.  He is the founder and director of the Nova Institute, an organization that helps promote Waldorf education to the wider world.  He is also the award-winning author of books on parenting and Waldorf education.



7th Grade Play - March 6th & 7th

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Written by - Michele L. Vacca
Produced by Special Arrangement with CLASSICS ON STAGE! of Chicago

College Acceptances

EWS Class of 2013

acceptAs of 2/13/2013

-Allegheny College (PA) + Merit Scholarship
-Appalachian State University (NC)
-Columbia College Chicago (IL)
-Elon University (NC) + Merit Scholarship
-Guilford College (NC) + Presidential Scholarship
-Hampshire College (MA) + Merit Scholarship
-Hendrix College (AR) + Merit Scholarship
-Kalamazoo College (MI) + Merit Scholarship
-University of North Carolina at Asheville (3)
-University of North Carolina at Greensboro
-Stetson University (FL)
-Warren Wilson College (NC)

Thank You For Your Contributions

Syria Donations: Huge Success

Four boxes have already made it to Zahle (two sent by air last week and two  the week before to Red Cross.) It cost a lot so now a kind man in Raleigh who is Syrian in origin will be shipping a container of goods and will add our boxes to it.

Your generosity has been amazing!

We collected 304 items:

15 coats and 8 raincoats
2 large blankets
39 sweaters and 3 large sweatshirts
26 jackets
9 pairs of gloves and 10 hats
29 kid-sized pants
17 pajamas (3 thermals)
7 large thick adult-sized pants
44 long-sleeve shirts
3 dresses
11  t-shirts  
27 pairs kids' socks, 21 pairs large wool socks
7 scarves 
1 large wool cape
1 wool woman's coat/ 1 large wool man's coat 
2 pairs ear muffs
3 pairs slippers
3 pairs boots
12 pairs underwear

 (34 items from lost & found)


Thank you again!  We will send updates next week.

Dalia & Rula

Bucket Brothers on Radio!

Tune In

DSC_0537The Murphey School Radio Show, set for February 23, 2013, is a music/theater/comedy program in the format of an old-time radio show. Beneficiaries of this show, the fifth in a successful series, are SEEDS of Durham and Book Harvest, two of the best youth-oriented efforts around.

The Bucket Brothers, who are both Emerson Waldorf School students, will perform.

For ticket information and to learn more the show visit

8th Grade Project Overview

A Tradition at EWS

DSC_1799by Chloe Nash

Not very many Waldorf schools have eighth grade projects, but I count myself lucky to be in one of the schools that carries this tradition. I felt that the projects were a great experience for me and all my classmates. It was obvious to see that each project reflected the student's individual personality. The projects tested our abilities to work independently, dedicate ourselves, and find something we enjoyed that could also make us proud. I wish you all could have been there to see the culmination of our efforts.  Here is a short summary of each eighth grader's project in alphabetical order.

Dorian made jewelry using two techniques: wire wrapping and chain maille. She made eleven pieces of jewelry and had them on display during Project Night.

Rowan Bedick learned different styles of painting. She recreated masterpieces using watercolor, acrylic, and oil paints. These paintings were on display on Project Night along with original sketches.


Soren Emerson built a Tesla coil, a machine that generates purple lightning, and performed a demonstration with it on Project Night.


Zachary Gunn made a text-based computer game. The game was at his booth so visitors could try it out.


Lizzie Holloway learned how to telepathically communicate with animals. She collected animal experiences of her own along with others' which were all at her booth for everyone to read.


Eden Hopkin wrote a novella about a foster child named Tatum Hawke. She read aloud an excerpt from it on Project Night.

Emma Hulbert interned at Peaceful River Farm and learned hands-on the farm-to-table process. She collected her favorite recipes she learned and made a small cookbook of her own. She also had samples of some of the food she learned to make at her booth.


Gabriella LaLumia learned to play the guitar from her mentor, our School Administrator Steve Bennett. On Project Night she performed "Home" by Phillip Phillips along with the help of Lizzie Holloway.


Mlana Lore trained her dog Izzy in dog agility and created a book explaining the eight different obstacles she used to train her dog. She showed a video of Izzy running through the course on Project Night.

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Stelle Mandeville showed the history of dance, from ballet to jazz to hip hop, by choreographing a dance which she performed on Project Night.


Cate Matthews helped Ms. Rogers make the school yearbook, which will be available a week before school is out.


I, Chloe Nash, organized a run at the school on November 10th to raise money for Charity:Water. I ended up raising $262 for the organization. Pictures of the race and information about the charity were displayed on Project Night.

Eli Pfister learned different techniques of metal working. He made a two- foot-long hummingbird from stainless steel. The bird was on display on project night and will be auctioned off at the Gala.

Clare West traveled to Quito, Ecuador to learn about international traveling and to assist in a public health project in schools.



MS Ultimate

Gnomes Victorious!

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With five games in as many weeks, the Middle School Ultimate Frisbee team has been busy.   Two matches with Triangle Day ended with close victories for the Gnomes, who bravely rallied in spite of several players being sick with the flu.  Although we lost our games against Durham Academy and Carolina Friends, both league teams with more players and more experience than our own, they were good matches and we had fun!  Our last game was a resounding victory against Durham School of the Arts, leaving the Gnomes with 5 wins and 2 losses on the season.  We celebrated with a bowling party and a friendly match between the team and their parents and siblings.

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Our first ever Winter Ultimate Season has been a wonderful success.  One of the most gratifying aspects has been the introduction of the SPIRIT CIRCLE at the end of each game:  both teams stand in a circle with their arms around each other and choose the player who has exhibited the best sportsmanship.  EWS has brought the spirit circle to every team we've played, and it has spread to other teams and become a tradition.  Hope you will join us next winter!


Coaches Proud of Teams

DSC_1046 2The past two Fridays the Middle School basketball teams have played with great intensity and focus. The Boys' coach, Strouse Campbell, said that he was really proud of how well his team played last Friday against Gorman even though our young team lost. The Gorman coach came over after the game and gave many compliments to our EWS boys.  The Girls' team defeated Gorman.  They had to endure some rough play but kept their focus and played good solid basketball.

DSC_0931Cameron MacDonald, the Games
teacher from Charlottesville, was   visiting our school on Friday and went  to the Middle School games at Durham Academy. Cameron was very impressed with our teams. He could not get over how well all our players played against such a prestigious school as Durham Academy, where  Duke and Olympic basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski was in the stands! Sometimes it takes an outsider to appreciate what our students are accomplishing with such little gym time or experience. We are very proud of how both of our teams played with composure and focus on Friday.

High School Basketball - Semi Finals this Friday Night!
Last Friday both High School teams played Pace Academy. Pace never let up in either game but our girls and boys kept their cool and ended up on top. It was the High School Girls' last game of the season. This extremely young team played very well and look forward to next year when they are able to practice consistently together.

Last Wednesday night our High School Boys' basketball team played their best basketball of the season and defeated a very determined Woods Charter team 58-47. The High School team was tied for 3rd with 3 other teams but this win gave them sole possession of third place in their conference for the season! The seniors, playing in their last season game of their high school career, played inspiring basketball.  Jonah Davidson finished with 11 points and 4 assists, Forrest Jackson 13 points and 7 rebounds, and Brendan Sanders had a season high 24 points and 9 rebounds.

Our boys basketball team played East Wake Academy in the quarter finals of the Central Carolina Athletic League and won last night!  That win allows our team to play in the semifinals this Friday night at 7:00 at Woods Charter, (please come cheer us on!!) and if they win that night they will play in the finals Saturday night at 6:00 again at Woods Charter. Tickets are $3 for students/$5 for adults and in the finals it is $5 for students/$8 for adults.

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Help Wanted

Admissions Assistant Needed.  Seeking a volunteer Admissions Assistant to help with administrative tasks.  5-10 hours/week ideal.  Gain experience in providing professional support to applying families with follow-up calls, thank you notes, event planning, and data entry.  Volunteer  can assist any time between 8am-4pm in the office, have computer experience, and professional manner.  (4-10 hours weekly)
Contact if interested.

Events & Classes

HORSES, HORSES, and more HORSES. Late February afterschool horsemanship lessons and Women's Intuitive Riding groups for moms are now forming for daytimes and Saturdays. Renew your love for these "Dolphins of the Land" or begin a new relationship formed on partnership and trust. Blue Skies of Mapleview LLC is "Where horse sense is stable thinking" since 1996. Also currently accepting applications for summer 2013 Horse Camp.  Please go to or call Deborah Pearson-Moyers 919-933-1444 for more information


Maple Spring Gardens is accepting CSA registrations for our 2013 season. Members will receive weekly boxes of fresh produce delivered to convenient locations in Durham, Hillsborough, Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Boxes contain a wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables ranging from Arugula to Zucchini, with strawberries, blueberries and lots of tomatoes. We have been providing fresh produce to the local community for over 30 years. As EWS grandparents, we are committed to growing food that is delicious, nutritious and safe for kids.  Info at On Facebook at

Nick's Plumbing and More:  Nick Schneider continues to solve problems with plumbing, water filtration, heating, general maintenance, carpentry, winterizing equipment, pools, and general mechanical issues.  Nick has been a Waldorf dad of two for 14 years and a plumber for twice that. He is the favorite "go-to problem solver" for the Pearson-Moyers family. Call Nick's Plumbing and More at 336-684-7407.  Reasonable rates.

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

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

Are you at a weight you are not comfortable with?  Consider a "turnaround" with a safe and effective program to lose inches and pounds.  I have been able to reach a weight and size that I have not been in the last 20 years with the Shaklee 180 Program   I am offering information and free samples at a "Turnaround Party" at my home on February 21 (Thursday) from 7:30 pm ~ 8:30 pm.  To RSVP and more information go to  Feel free to bring your friends and find out how you can get your products for free!  Hope you will join us!  (Joanne is a proud grandmother to 4 Waldorf children and feeling more energy every day :)

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)

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.

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


House Available.  You might pass it every day on your way to EWS on Merrittmill Road. The owners are selling and/or renting.  Ever dream of being less than a minute from EWS? Now is your opportunity!
Click Here to Learn More

Let The Home Team help you “Find Home”  Now conveniently located in Timberlyne Shopping Center, our locally-owned real estate company has been helping clients, including several EWS families, “find home” since 1990. For more information or to speak to one of our experienced agents call 919.967.6363 or visit Also, please stop by to check out our exclusive, interactive window display!  

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.

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

This Week

Wednesday 2/13  
6th Grade Field Trip to Morehead Planetarium 8:15 am - 2:30 pm

Eurythmy for Parents and Friends 8:30 am - 10:00 am

12th Grade Field Trip to Ackland Art Museum 
11:05 am -1:15 pm

3rd Grade Parent Evening 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

PO Meeting 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Friday 2/15  
Full Day for High School
Half Day 12:00 DISMISSAL for N-8 ONLY

Aftercare Available 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Parent/Teacher Conferences Nursery-8th Grade

Tea With Steve 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Semi-finals of CCAL HS Boys' Basketball Tournament held at Woods Charter 7:00 pm

Saturday 2/16  
Finals of CCAL High School Boys' Basketball Tournament held at Woods Charter

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Sunday 2/17
Parent/Teacher Conferences

Week of 2/18-22   
Winter Break

School Staff


Steve Bennett x 11
Director of Administration

Mary Deutsch 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

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