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September 26, 2012
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Governance 2

From Mr. Bennett's Desk...

zeusWhat a great experience for me to witness the end of unit presentations from Grade 9 for their first main lesson in High School – Mythology; present, articulate, imaginative, detailed, focused on the job. I felt lucky to be able to hear and see the fruits of the students' and the teachers' work at the school over the last three weeks as well as the last few years. I would hold high hopes for what these students will be producing by the time we get them to Grade 12. Look out! Well done, Mr Sphere. Well done, Grade 9.


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Michaelmas Details...

1st-8th Grade Students - Please wear "flame" colored shirts on Friday for our Michaelmas celebration (yellow, orange, or red).

High School Students
- Please wear white.

Parents are invited to attend
the performances beginning at 1:20pm at the Hinoki Theater (there will be limited seating). Otherwise, we hope to see everyone at the Athletic Field at 2pm for the All School Celebration!

Students will return to their classrooms for dismissal at 3:15pm.

The Festival Life of EWS begins with Michaelmas, the Celebration of Courage, Compassion, and the Inner Light of the Human Being

Michael has been the Champion of both Christian and Jew; hundreds of churches in Europe have been dedicated to him. He is a well-known figure in icon painting – usually shown with a shield and lance, or fiery sword, gazing outwards while subduing the dragon underfoot.

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Did You Know?

Angel Michael or Mikail...just depends on the spiritual tradition

EidFor Muslims, Mikail (Judeo-Christian Michael), provides nourishment for the body according to Islamic tradition. Mikail is often depicted as the Archangel of mercy who is responsible for bringing rain and thunder to Earth. He is also responsible for the rewards doled out to good persons in this life.

Muslims also believe in guardian angels. There are two for every believer and the angels follow a Muslim all through his or her life. One angel watches over the Muslim during the day, the other at night.  Before a Muslim prays, she greets the angel on her right and then her left with "Peace and Blessings Upon You."

The Diop Family are Muslim and joined the EWS community this school year.  Yacine in 4th grade and her sister Kadijah in 2nd grade are pictured right with their little sister, Sadio and baby brother all dressed up to celebrate their Muslim holiday, Eid last month.

The girls are enjoying school life at Emerson where they have been warmly welcomed by their classmates and teachers.  The girls' mother Elsi Nikiema and grandmother, Pauli Hogan, are happy to share something about their own beliefs that coincides with a festival tradition at EWS!

Picture Day!

seniors5Wednesday & Thursday,
October 3-4

Quick facts to make picture day easy and successful…

John Elkins Photography is returning once again to capture your
child’s beauty and charm while raising money for our lovely school.

Bring a comb from home to have your child’s hair touched-up. Pictures may be full body so be aware of what they are wearing.

The following classes for Wednesday: Kathleen’s Nursery, Ameli’s Kindergarten, 6th grade,  8th grade, 3rd grade, 1st grade, and 5th grade.
The following classes for Thursday: Patricia’s Nursery, Robin’s Kindergarten, High School, 2nd grade, 4th grade, and 7th grade
* For those who would like sibling photos taken, they will happen from 8:00-8:30am on each day.

Pictures will be taken outside in natural light up near the Kindergarten building.

Make-Up / Rain Date—Monday, October 8th

Soon after you will receive an order form with the proofs all on one sheet for easy ordering. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends can order your child’s pictures from this one package. Also, a photo CD will be offered at a lower cost than most other photographers with full printing rights!  So, by ordering the CD you may print as many pictures as you like of any size and email them to distant family – a truly great deal!

EWS' Published Author

Eve Cosmic Child (426x640)EWS Founder, Eurythmist, and recent author, Eve Olive, has published a book!

The book, Cosmic Child: Inspired Writings from the Threshold of Birth, includes stories from three faculty members and two parents and will be available to the public on November 1. 

All royalties from the sale of the book will be donated to the Emerson Waldorf School to benefit the Eurythmy Program.

Save-the-Date for an elegant  reception honoring Eve's accomplishment on Thursday, November 1, 6:30-8pm. Location TBA. Adults will not want to miss Eve's Poetry Reading and Book Signing!

Holiday Faire Meets Today!!

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Wednesday, September 26, 3:30pm

Meet us at the GAZEBO!

Still Taking Orders Through Midnight Monday for Spirit Wear!

EWS T-Shirts If you somehow missed the Spirit Wear tables last week, come by the office and check out samples.  Deadline for ordering Spirit Wear is Oct 1. Orders will be filled by Oct 31.  Help support your school – great prices, great outreach!

Click Here to Print Order Form or to Order via E-Mail


Adult Eurythmy

DSC_0479 (640x426)By Susan Hart

As I was walking out of Eve Olive’s Adult Eurythmy class, someone said to me cheerfully, “What a great way to start the day!”

I couldn’t have agreed more. Our busy lives had been set on pause for an hour and a half and we could now return to them in a more peaceful, mindful way.  We are so lucky to have this rare opportunity with Eve. Eurythmy is a fine art and one of Rudolf Steiner’s proudest achievements.

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A short time after the founding of the Waldorf School, Eurythmy became an essential part of the Waldorf School curriculum. It enters fundamentally into the teaching of writing, languages, music, geometry, and kindred subjects.  Eurythmy uses as its instrument the human body in motion. Eurythmy answers the riddle: what do language and music actually look like? What we could previously only hear, we can now see in Eurythmy. What is only heard is partly hidden, so gestures have always been an important component of expression and communication. Language and music are made visible in Eurythmy: as in the ear, so also in the eye.

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We explore this art with Eve’s gentle guidance, accompanied by the beautiful music played by Beth Shirey and through poems carefully chosen by Eve. Through Eve’s class, adults can get a glimpse of what Eurythmist Brigida Baldszun has given to our children.  Please join us in this exploration with Eve in her Wednesday morning class, 8:30-10am in the Eurythmy room, no experience necessary, to reap the benefits and insights of this inspiring class.

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Our Flow Form Fountain

Ian Pond
Thanks, Ian, for creating and nurturing our beautiful pond,
from fish to blossoms to pre-historic horsetails

By Peter Moyers

The small cascade that feeds our beautiful pond in the Shell Garden, just beyond the Main Office, was installed in memory of our founding teacher, Barbara Shell, who passed away in 2003. It is known as a Flow Form.  

Flow Forms were developed in the 1970s by the sculptor John Wilkes, who was based at Emerson College in England. By studying water for decades, John Wilkes developed these forms that, in his words, use unique figure-eight streaming flow. Using Goethean observation closely looking at water in its natural state and then inwardly working with the impressions gained, he concluded that water in its essence wants to move. Moreover, water is, as it were, alive when it moves and more alive when it meanders, moving in a back and forth motion, like an undulating stream.

Using this principle of the meander, he went on to experiment with creating shapes, which enhance this aspect. Gradually, the lemniscate-like figure-of-eight movement was observed as enhancing the quality of water. Double-sided bowls were shaped so that the in-flowing water passed from one side into the other in rhythmic, pulsating lemniscates before exiting.   Experiments were conducted that saw fish congregating below the water, which had passed through a series of Flow Forms. Plants grow more vibrantly when nourished with this water. The sewage system in Jarna, Sweden, uses Flow Forms as part of its cleansing process. Pioneered by John Wilkes, who passed away last year, these beautiful forms have been developed and worked with by both artists and scientists. Jennifer Greene, from Maine, was at the EWS Farm in 2011, casting numerous sets for local installation.   

Over 5,000 Flow Form projects have been installed internationally since 1970 with associated colleagues. Inspiration for the flow from research also came from Theodore Schwenck, whose book Sensitive Chaos is a marvelous treatise on the extraordinary nature of water.

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Volunteer This Sunday at the Farm!

FinniganThere's a whole lot happening the EWS Farm. Check out our blog spot.

Volunteer With Us!

Sunday, Sept. 30
from 9:00am to 1:00pm

Come out this weekend 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
Garden Coordinator

HighSchoolNews 3

Hermit Island 12th Grade Trip

IMG_1426By Strouse Campbell

The 12th graders have returned to school after a full week of camping and zoological exploration with five other Waldorf schools on Hermit Island, Maine! 

The weather could not have been any more hospitable to their learning and playing activities, which included thorough observations of intertidal pools and the vast array of species contained therein, campfire singalongs, painting, poetry, beach-side main lessons, microscope labs, and even some clam harvesting in the mud flats. 

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Accompanied by high school teachers Strouse Campbell and Laura Guinan and with invaluable camping and cooking help from parent Karen Durovich, the seniors experienced an integration of life, learning, work, and play in a beautiful natural setting in the company of 80 other students from the Atlanta, Chicago, Hawthorne Valley, Ann Arbor, and Washington DC Waldorf schools. 


Daily main lessons were taught by teachers from each of these schools, with a specific focus on marine invertebrates such as molluscs, worms, arthropods, and echinoderms.  This traditional trip to Hermit Island is one of the culminating points of the EWS high school experience, and we look forward to more successful trips in years to come! 





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W.O.W.* Bakery by 6th Grader!

cookies*Waldorf One World
Baked Goods For Sale

Where:   At the Coffee Table, by the Lower School parking lot
When:   Every school morning (for the next three weeks) 8:00-8:30am
Cost: $ 1.00 per item, but donations may be given for this cause. “W.O.W.” What a deal!
Why:   For part of my 6th grade service project I, Luci Martinez, have decided to raise money for W.O.W.

It is guaranteed that 100% of the money will go to W.O.W.
What is W.O.W.? W.O.W is an organization that helps children all over the world find better learning and living conditions.

Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) Visits 7th Grade

Seventh Grade history is an intensive study of the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Age of Exploration and Discovery. This was a great turning point in the evolution of human consciousness, for it ushered in a new age of wide scientific inquiry and exploration and new artistic impulses. Our study is done through the biography of some of the colorful dramatic figures of the times such as Joan of Arc, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Martin Luther and several of the great explorers.

Last week, the 7th grade was visited by the Canton of Kappellenberg, a local chapter of the larger Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) located in Chapel Hill.

The SCA is dedicated to recreating the best parts of the Middle Ages, such as courtly love, honor, chivalry, tournaments, and pageantry. As a group, the Canton holds weekly meetings and fighter practices, as well as workshops and occasionally weekend events.  Our 7th graders were fully entertained, as you can see from the pictures below...






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No More 1950's: How Simplicity is the Way to Prepare Kids for a Complex Future

playBy Kim John Payne

Subjecting a child to a life of super structured and fast-paced activity in order to prepare him/her for the world is a well-meaning falsehood and a more than serious mistake.

Simplicity Parenting is not some silly retro concept. It is a forward-looking attempt to help families get real about what we’re facing. The great news is that we don’t have to do that much to introduce our kids to the benefits of their own intelligence and freedom. Just relax a little bit. Give them just a bit more space than you think you can. Allow playtime to extend just a few minutes longer. It doesn’t take much to bring out the innate capacities for innovation that are already there. In fact, covering it up takes a lot more effort. And all of us who need your kids’ brilliance in the future will thank you for it.

Read the Full Article

Sports 2

Great Race, Gnomes!

MS XC Team Girls MS Cross Country Team Wins
1st Place over Trinity and Triangle Day's Teams

Aly McKinnis -3rd
Clare West - 4th
Emma Hulbert - 5th
Maite Ramos - 6th
Mlana Lore - 9th
Chloe Nash - 10th
Luci Martinez - 12th
Annika Emerson - 15th
Dalia Mouawad - 16th (1st Race!)

Boys MS Cross Country Team Win 2nd Place over Triangle Day's Team!

Dennis Armstrong-Carter - 5th
Simon Bruckert - 6th
Cooper Lamb - 7th
Sam Marchman - 9th (1st Race!)
Noah Lie-Nielsen -10th
Carter Dinyari - 12th
Eli Hicks - 14th
Leland Child-Lanning - 15th
John Coleman Demers - 22nd
Mathew Qandil - 23rd
Great spirit in the group, many improvements, and great running!
Congratulations Middle School Cross Country team!  
Go Gnomes! 

Mary Kirchoff

This Week's Lyrics

St. Michaelmas Poem

leaf Copyright 2011,
Paul Hawkins

On the evening of St Michaelmas
the light will cause a silver stair to meet
lost sleepers at their feet and
guide them to a bed of air,
for there to heal and sleep and dream,
St Michael for to keep protection on their fading days
as Autumn stirs and Autumn plays
beneath their silver hair with stabs of youth,
When love was not yet sought nor lost, nor truth denied.
St Michael, you were always there;
St Michael you are still here now
to ease our sleep, unknit our brow,
to guide, to lift the burden of our hearts,
to bind our wounds, to heal,
remind us of the love that led us here,
for one another's cross to bear,
with promise of God's love, protected sleep
some day to waken in the air,
a world with love as strong as youth
awake from shadows into truth,
as silver spinning stories told,
of silver transformed into gold.

Classifieds 2

Events and Classes

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.

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 or call us at 919-732-3051.

FREE Workshop: Eating For Energy  Thursday, October 11, 2012 6:30pm-8:00pm. What would your life be like with an abundance of energy and vitality? What foods are best to eat to increase your energy?Join MS Certified Health Counselor, Leah Gibbons at the Emerson Waldorf School, Eurythmy Room.  Reserve your spot

For Sale

Children's Violin for sale - used and in great condition. Call Kelly Calegar: 919-361-0691

Audubon Society Birdseed and Shade Grown Coffee for Sale!
Click Here for the Order Form.

Free!  Twin Hollywood bed frame; double mattress and box spring - smoke free, comfortable, has been in mountain house - so although older, rarely used.  Just needs to be picked up 15 minutes from EWS.  Email for details.


Enter The Waldorf Exchange giveaway and you could win a $150 arts and crafts basket! Please visit our blog at to find out how to enter. The Waldorf Exchange is the place to go for new and used Waldorf related items! Listing fees waived through September.Family owned and operated.

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
(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 
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 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.

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.

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

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

Dates to Remember

Sept 26-
Oct 3

26th Yom Kippur

26th 9am
1st-8th GR Campus Tour

26th 1pm
Pre-K to K Campus Tour

26th 3:30pm
Holiday Faire Meeting

28th 2pm
Michaelmas Festival

29th 10:30am
Puppet Show

8th Grade HS Visits

3rd-4th School Pictures!


Don't Forget!

Mountain Biking Wednesdays

Ian Mountain Biking 2Parents, 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.

Make sure to wear your helmets!

EWS 2012-2013 School Calendars $5

EWS CalendarAre 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 $5.00 each!

Tuesday Markets

Farmer's Market 2
Tuesday Markets run from 7:45-8:45am and 2:45-3:45pm

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