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20 minutes of your time to earn $100,000 for EWS
Each year we have an Annual Fund
drive to support the day-to-day functioning of the school itself.
The wonderful education that Emerson Waldorf provides to our children – the music, the art, the grounds, the staff, the wonder of our school – no piece of the Emerson Waldorf School experience is exempt from needing Annual Fund monies. This fund supports our school – it doesn't go to building an endowment or creating special opportunities – it goes straight to the bottom line.
This year, we're targeting a $100,000 goal to start providing – not just for today's operating expenses – but for tomorrow's unknown opportunities!
In order to make the Annual Fund a success, we need volunteers, as well as financial support.
Right now, we're looking for people to do the following:
- Spend 20 minutes at one drop-off or pick-up at the Annual Fund table in October, meeting people, sharing experiences, and encouraging folks to donate.
- Spend 20 minutes stopping in at your favorite local business and asking them to make a donation to Emerson Waldorf.
- Can't do it right now? Commit 5 minutes to yourself now to plan for future opportunities!
If you have an interest in volunteering your time for this, please contact me at 202-421-5870 or Jennifer_mcgonigle@merck.com. Jen McGonigle
Annual Fund Coordinator
EWS Board Member
Tea with Steve (and Mahatma Ghandi)
Aptly named, with "guest" speakers providing the philosophical grist for our mental mill.
Herb tea available and free. Today!
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Eurythmy Room 2PM
(before afternoon pick-up)
Rain or Shine the PO Comes Together!
VP - Merideth, Hearts Coordinator - Glenn, Pres - TinaMany thanks to the 15 EWS parents who participated in
the first PO meeting of the year.Ann Stephenson, Glenn Peirce, Shawna Hay, Ameli Fairman-Evans, Tina
Stevens, Dani Mouawad, Brandon and Leah Gibbons-Yarborough, Dana
Nicholson, Glenda and John Dinyari, Stacey Qandil, Jeanne Jepsen,
Katja Moos, and Adriana Smith
have stepped up. Won't you join them?Next Meeting:
Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 7pm
Looking to meet new friends at EWS?
Contact one of the PO
Officers to get plugged into fulfilling a volunteer need at the school.
Serving together is one of the best ways to be a part of the greater
vision of EWS.Election Results...President
Tina Stevens, 8th Grade Parent
Merideth Tomlinson, 2nd/5th/8th Grade Parent
Ann Stephenson, 3rd Grade Parent
Adriana Smith, 3rd Grade Parent
Katja Moos, Early Childhood Parent
Heads - Jeanne Jepsen, 7th Grade Parent
Hearts - Glenn Peirce, 1st/4th Grade Parent
Hands - Still Needed
Check out the Parent Organization By-Laws in our Governance Document on pages 52-55
Our New School Logo
Those of you who missed the Back-to-School parent evening and the unveiling of our new logo and web comps
might be wondering what the meaning is behind our new look. Indeed, our logo was very carefully and thoughtfully designed, worked, and reworked – a beautiful fusion of Kathleen Stone-Michael’s original design, The Splinter Group’s talent, Marketing’s input, and College’s wisdom and commitment to pedagogy. There is definitely meaning behind it – this is Waldorf, after all.
The spiral is central to our icon
and is the universal symbol for the spiritual journey. It represents spiritual growth, or depending on how one is encountered by the spiral, it can represent one’s need to grow spiritually. The spiral is also the universal symbol of the life force, both cosmic and microcosmic. Spiral forms are seen in nature from the great galaxies of outer space, to the whirlwind and whirlpools, to coiled serpents and conical seashells, to the tips of the fingers – our finger prints.
The EWS spiral has 5 segments,
each representing a part of our school: Nursery, Kindergarten, Lower Grades, Middle School, High School. And the spiral is held by the slightly asymmetrical structure that represents our physical school; i.e., the students are held by the school and are then released into the wider world upon graduating High School.
Finding a font that did the icon justice proved impossible,
so The Splinter Group hand-built our very own Waldorf font, a perfect complement to the icon. Voila our new logo!
Mountain Biking Wednesdays
Parents, faculty, staff, high schoolers, and friends!
Come out and hit the EWS woods trails with Ian and Barbara on Wednesdays 12:45-1:15pm.
We’ll meet at the High School every Wednesday beginning today
Make sure to wear your helmets!
Holiday Faire Committee Underway...
The Holiday Faire Steering Committee...
3rd Grade Parent
1st, 4th, 8th Grade Parent
1st, 3rd Grade Parent
Next Planning MeetingWednesday, September 26, 3:30pm
Meet us at the picnic bench in the rock garden in front of the Nursery.
Email Shelley Riselvato at email@example.com to join the Holiday Faire 2012 Google Group.
Inspiration from the first interest meeting (Shelley's notes)...What
is the intention of the Holiday Faire?
Each person at the meeting
shared her idea of what the purpose of the Faire could be. Below are
some of the ideas that were shared:
- To give back to the community (both the EWS community and the Chapel Hill and surrounding community)
- To create a beautiful, meaningful experience for our children
- Indirect "fundraising" by showing who EWS is and thereby drawing future families to our school
- To create a warm, loving, and magical aesthetic experience for all who choose to spend December 1 visiting EWS
- To create interest in the school
- To support local artists and crafters by including them as vendors
- To create a multicultural Faire experience
- To accurately and fully reflect EWS values and beliefs in each and every activity
bring mindfulness and presence to all aspects of the event (mindfulness
and loving kindness being such essential values in Waldorf education)
- To raise money for our school so that we can best and fully support the selfless efforts of EWS staff and faculty
- To create opportunities for folks to connect and more deeply establish relationships with each other and the school
our meeting, I felt compelled to note several wonderful comments and
questions that arose that really reflect the amazing warmth of our
and the strong desire to create connections and to further
develop relationships throughout our school community. Here are some of
those comments:"I would love a place to sit down, have a conversation with hot chocolate or cider, or have a meal with someone..."
"How can we give back to our community?"
"Let's make sure we don't burden our early childhood families with meeting too much of our crafting needs."
volunteers need clear instructions and communication. And they need to
be thanked in every way we can think of, little and big."
"Volunteers need to know they matter."
"Let's include the students in the events."
can we make the spaces between the activities connection spaces – little vignettes where people can gather and view art or play a little
music or hear a little story told?
EWS Teacher Produces Record Album
Wow. Benjamin Trueblood’s new Thresholds album defines eclectic.
For those of you with record players, I highly recommend you dust them off, purchase the album, and pump these sounds into your kitchen as you do the dishes or just sit back, close your eyes, and experience the sounds. How refreshing it is to put a needle down on vinyl after a 25-year hiatus and to such an amazing piece of work.
Benjamin Trueblood – redefining music in 2012.
LPs are $10 (Record Link
) and CDs are $5 (CD Link
). They may be purchased online or directly from Mr Trueblood (firstname.lastname@example.org).
View Samples of EWS Spirit Wear Today – Baseball Caps and Sports Bags Just Added!
At the request of faculty and parents, we’re also offering baseball caps and sports bags.
Check out all Spirit Wear offerings at pick-up this afternoon
(12:30pm Kindergarten, 3:15pm Lower School), Thursday (8am-3pm Kindergarten) and Friday (8am-3:30pm Lower School).
After that, samples will be located in the Main Office. Deadline for ordering Spirit Wear is Oct 1. Orders will be fulfilled by Oct 31. Help support your school – great prices, great outreach!
Click Here to Print Order Form or to Order via E-Mail
What IS Waldorf Education, Anyway?
In a nutshell, just in case your friends, neighbors, and extended family are asking:
Waldorf education (also known as Steiner education) is based on the educational philosophy of the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner, the founder of anthroposophy.
Learning is interdisciplinary, integrating practical, artistic, and conceptual elements. The approach emphasizes the role of the imagination in learning, developing thinking that includes a creative, as well as an analytic component. The educational philosophy's overarching goals are to provide young people the basis on which to develop into free, morally responsible, and integrated individuals, and to help every child fulfill his or her unique destiny.
The first Waldorf school was founded in 1919 to serve the children of employees at the Waldorf-Astoria cigarette factory in Stuttgart, Germany. As of 2012, there were 1,025 independent Waldorf Schools and 2,000 Kindergartens located in 93 countries. There are currently 146 Waldorf Schools in the USA. There is just one in North Carolina.
Emerson Waldorf & Immunizations
The Waldorf Schools around the world have focused on educating the whole child
for nearly 100 years. With over 1000 schools across 93 countries, we have a unique and broad view of childhood development and education. Across our 146 schools in the United States, we see a broad range of successful, healthy, well-adjusted students graduate and become productive members of society, their community and their families. This is the Waldorf legacy. Part of that legacy has to do with a strong partnership with parents
– one that encourages them to be well-informed and to make thoughtful decisions about their children’s education and school environment. As part of that, we encourage parents to consult their physicians to determine the best course of action relative to immunizations. We respect parents' decisions regarding immunization and health. While we follow the North Carolina statute on immunizations to the letter, we leave the ultimate decision about immunizations to the parents. We do strictly enforce a stay-at-home policy for children who are sick, and we do require a physical before children engage in sports activities.
Weekend Volunteering in September!
There's a whole lot happening at our farm. Check out our blog spot.
During September, there will be weekend volunteer hours at the EWS Farm in addition to the regular Tuesday volunteer hours.
Saturday, Sept. 22
from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Sunday, Sept. 30
from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Come out any time during those hours and help us work the chicken tractor, weed, plant, mow, and prepare beds. When we're all done, take home some "Garden Dollars" to spend at the Tuesday Market. Hope to see you there! Mary Beth Mueller
National Merit Semi-Finalist!
12th Grader Forrest Jackson Named National Merit Semi-Finalist
On September 12, ofﬁcials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semiﬁnalists in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program; Forrest Jackson was among those honored. The National Merit Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semiﬁnalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. High School seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semiﬁnalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.
To become a Finalist, Forrest and the High School must submit a detailed scholarship application in which they provide information about his academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, and honors and awards received. He will have to have an outstanding academic record throughout High School, be endorsed and recommended by a High School official, write an essay and earn SAT scores that conﬁrm his earlier performance on the qualifying test.
Emerson Waldorf High School has graduated a number of students honored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Last year Colyer Durovich became a Finalist. Since our first class graduated in 2006, we have had four Finalists, two Commended students, and now Forrest, a Semi-finalist with an excellent chance to advance to Finalist status.
Congratulations to Forrest Jackson and the High School!Kathleen Jackson
Menolly Enjoying Woodworking with Mr. Moyers
Anthony Having a Good Time on the Court.
Parent Evenings This Week
September 19, 2012 4th Grade Parent Evening
September 20, 20121st Grade Parent Evening
6th Grade Geometric Drawings...
In Mathematics, where previously formal shapes have been drawn freehand in earlier grades, the 6th grader learns exact geometric construction with compass and straightedges as well as the mathematical properties of these shapes. Check out these amazing drawings by Mr. Wiley's 6th grade class in the right sidebar.
New Lower School German Teachers
Frau Moos is a native of Germany, where she spent the first
22 years of her life. She grew up near Frankfurt and later lived in Mannheim
and Stuttgart during her college years.
It was in Stuttgart where she first
became interested in Anthroposophy and Waldorf Education.
When she moved to the
United States in 1991, it was to pursue graduate studies in Library and
Information Science at The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. After a
few years of working in her field in Virginia, she moved back to the Triangle
in 1998, got married, and later, in 2007 and 2008, had two children.
She remained in her career until Spring 2010,
but knew from the moment her girls were born that she and her husband wanted to
enroll them at EWS when they were old enough to attend Nursery. While her
oldest daughter was still completing Nursery and her youngest daughter was a
baby, Katja realized she wanted to become more involved in the school and
She enrolled in Foundation
Studies in Anthroposophy and The Arts and volunteered for a number of school
events, most recently co-chairing the school’s Annual Gala Dinner and Auction
in 2012. In her former career, Katja traveled worldwide, and she has taught in
a classroom setting in the US and overseas. Katja completed the World Languages
Renewal Course intensive in Waldorf Education through the Center for
Anthroposophy in the Summer of 2012 and is teaching German in grades 1 - 3.
Joelle fell in love with the German language
in the seventh grade and has been learning it enthusiastically ever since. Her first experience abroad was for a summer with the American Field Service (AFS) in Vienna, Austria, as a High School student. She went on to spend her junior year of college on academic exchange in Regensburg, Germany.
After graduating from the University of Colorado
, Joelle spent a year as an Au Pair in Berlin, Germany. Her experiences abroad have given her invaluable insights into German and Austrian culture, and the opportunity to hone her ability to speak the German language.
Joelle earned a Master’s degree in German
and Art History from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and is currently pursuing Waldorf teacher training. She grew up in Oregon, but spent twenty-five years living in Colorado. She and her family moved to Chapel Hill in June of 2011. She loves North Carolina and is thrilled to have the chance to explore the East Coast and the South.
Joelle has two daughters who attend the Emerson Waldorf School,
and feels blessed to be a part of such a special community. Joelle is teaching German in grades 4 - 5.
Parenting Evenings Coming Up!
September 24, 2012Nursery Parent Evening
September 24, 2012Kindergarten Parent Evening
Seasonal Puppet Show!
If you haven't been to a Waldorf puppet show yet, you're in for a special treat. The EWS community is invited to bring their friends to an Early Childhood puppet show for children ages 0-6.
Our puppet shows are one of the ways we introduce new families to our Early Childhood program. Have a friend with whom you'd love to share Waldorf education? Bring them along!Saturday, September 29, 2012
High School Building (follow balloons)
No reservations needed
Great Week for the Gnomes!
Last Tuesday, the EWS Middle School Boys Cross Country team
took second place!
Batian Pienaar-4th Place
Cooper Lamb-5th Place
Denis Armstrong-Carter-8th Place
Simon Bruckert-9th Place
Noah Lie-Nielsen-12th Place
Tthe EWS Middle School Girls Cross Country team
hosted Trinity and Triangle Day. Our girls team won the meet!
Dorian Alexis-1st Place
Aly McKinnis-2nd Place
Maite Ramos-5th Place
Emma Hulbert-6th Place
Clare West-7th Place
Every runner, including boys and girls, improved their times. The EWS High School Boys Cross Country team
won first place in their first meet of the year on Wednesday defeating three other schools - The Fletcher Academy, Kestrel, and St. Thomas More.
Jake Marchman-2nd Place
Hagen Stauffer-4th Place
Tristan Mead- 5th Place
Coach Paul Reily was extremely happy with both the Middle School and High School performances this week. The EWS High School Co-ed Soccer team
(without the seniors, who were in Maine last week) tied Southern Wake's team 1-1. Liam Pearson-Moyers, who has never played goalie previously, allowed only one goal. Our one goal came from Anthony Day, after Kaylen Alexis kicked a perfect corner kick. Coaches Keith Bartholomew and Mike Fann both felt the players played as a united team and were very happy with their performance. The Southern Wake team was able to substitute 6 players at a time, while our Gnomes had only 1 substitute. Upcoming:
Weds, Sept 19 4pm HOME Co-ed Non-League Game vs Woods Charter
Fri, Sept. 21, 4:30pm AWAY League game vs Clover Garden, Away
Mon, Sept 24, 4pm HOME Middle School Cross Country vs Friends SchoolSee you there! Go Gnomes! – Mary Kirchoff
This Week's Lyrics
Yellow the Bracken
Yellow the bracken,
Golden the sheaves
Rosy the apples,
Crimson the leaves
Mist on the hillside –
Clouds grey and white
Autumn good morning –
Summer good night.
Walk in a field of gold and sing this song on a sunny, cool morning. You might just feel at one with everything and radiate that out to everyone.
Events and Classes
Briar Chapel Craft Fai
r - 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.
Family Day at Hillsborough Yoga and Healing Arts
is Saturday, October 6th! Lil Asana Workshop for children with art, story time, & yoga, Family yoga, Mother Daughter yoga, & much more! More information at our website www.hillsboroughyoga.com
or call us at 919-732-3051."
Free baby items- but donations to the Emerson Waldorf School String Instrument Fund would be greatly appreciated. Grandchildren not babies anymore, so no need for -Graco Crib with Sealy Ortho-rest mattress, mattress cover and sheets; Pac 'n Play crib; Misc. Fisher-Price toys, some toddler clothes. Call for morning or weekend appointment - Jane Salemson 919-929-2477
The Waldorf Exchange
- Let’s bring our Waldorf community together even further and make it stronger in the process. THE WALDORF EXCHANGE is the place to buy and sell new and gently used Waldorf items. A portion of net proceeds will go to Waldorf schools around the country. www.thewaldorfexchange.com
. – FAMILY OWNED & OPERATED. Listing fees waived through September. Use code: PROMOTION. Check the site for a BIG giveaway on 9/24!
A Blissful Back-to-School Special!
Treat Yourself to a Head, Neck & Facial Massage-just $45. Relieve Tension, Release Stress, Relax & Rejuvenate. Drop off your children and drop into the Stone and Spa Home Studio just down the road off Mt. Sinai. For Appointments w) Shoshanna book online
Sign up for the Stone & Spa newsletter to receive monthly bodywork specials!
Are you deficient in Vitamin D?"Vitamin
D Is possibly the most important thing you can do to improve your
health and save yourself from many chronic diseases" -David Servan-Schreiber, M.D.,Ph.D
Take the Vitamin D Quiz at www.joestes.com
(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.
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.
illuminating and renewing Dr. Hauschka facial treatments. Cori Roth,
NC Licensed/Holistic Esthetician and Dr. Hauschka retailer. Please
visit Divinerose.com for more info.
Dragonfly Natural Toy and Craft Store
Saturday, October 6, 2012 2-4pm Autumn Needlefelting Workshop with Carol Kubik, $25. Like us on Facebook or visit our website
for more information. Call Charlotte or Danielle with questions at
(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
General Pediatrics & Integrative Medicine.
– Rula and Dani Freiji-Mouawad)
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 www.RealizedVisions.com
for more information or contact me at RealizedVisions@gmail.com or (919) 283-6777.
TWIG COUPON To show TWIG’s appreciation and support, for each coupon that is redeemed in a purchase of at least $20, Twig will donate $5 to your school or organization. This will apply to all qualified purchases including those from the start of our program.
The TWIG coupon is good until mid-October, so there is still plenty of time to take advantage of the offer. Thank you. – Kelley Wiley
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. www.seejudy.com.
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 www.lynnhayes.com
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: email@example.com.
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 any
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.
In This Issue
High School News
Steve Bennet x 11
Director of Administration
Tara Furze x 12
Ian Ostrowski x29
Raelee Peirce x14
Therisa Pienaar x20
High School Coordinator
Kelley Wiley x13
Aftercare N/K until 3pm
Aftercare 1st + until 6pm
Office Hours 8am-4pm
Dates to Remember
19 HS Soccer 4p
19 4th GR Parent Eve 7p
20 HS XC @Woods 4p
20 MS Jazz Band 3:30p
20 HS Jazz Band 4:30p
20 1st GR Parent Eve 7p
21 HS Soccer 4:30p
24 MS XC @Home 4p
24 HS Soccer 4pm
24 N + K Parent Eve 7p
25 String Band 3:30p
EWS 2012-2013 School Calendars $10
Are you enjoying your beautiful EWS School Calendar? Share them
with grandparents, friends, and colleagues. We have calendars for sale in the Main Office for only $10.00 each!
Parents, friends, and other members of our community are invited to join us on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 2pm on the athletic field to celebrate Michaelmas!
As this is an outdoor festival, respectful photography is permitted; however, please do not take photos from inside the circle if you choose to join the spiral, and, if possible, please do not use large cameras and lenses (unless you are a designated school photographer), as they are distracting.
Students in grades 1-8 should wear "flame colored" shirts – red, orange, or yellow; guests are invited to do the same.
Tuesday Markets run from 7:45-8:45am and 2:45-3:45pm
Rudolf Steiner Reading Group
We meet Mondays at 9am at Ingeborg Boesch's home.
We are reading From Beetroot to Buddhism, To join us, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
EWS School Pictures
October 3-4, 2012
Early Childhood Magic Morning Open House
Encourage your friends
who are exploring nursery and kindergarten options, to reserve a space
to attend our Early Childhood Open House following the puppet show with their little ones. They will be able to:
ask our dear community members to allow visitors to reserve the spaces
for the Magic Morning Open House event due to space and craft materials.
- Tour classrooms
- Speak with the EWS Director of Admissions, Raelee Peirce
- Meet teachers
- Create a seasonal make-and-take craft
6th Grade Geometric Drawings