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May Day Celebrations!
May Day Plan for Nursery and KindergartenDate
School May Day will be celebrated on Thursday, May 1 for the Early Childhood and
on Friday, May 2, for the Grades.
Thursday, May 1st, parents arrive at 11 amRain Date
The Early Childhood Rain Date is Friday, May 2;
please check email if weather for Thursday looks
Kindergarten MeadowDress Code
White or pastels; flower crowns providedProgram
Children will dance around the pole, parents will be
invited to join in, picnic lunch to follow. Your child will
join his/her parents for a picnic lunch packed and
brought by the parents. Feel free to bring your
blankets or chairs to comfortably enjoy your lunch. If
you can't join your child for May Day, please inform
your teacher.May Day Plan for Grades 1-12Date
Friday, May 2, parents arrive at 2 pmRain Date
The Grades Rain Date is Monday, May 5thLocation
Flowers and blankets needed ( Friday morning). The
flowers are for making garlands and can be anything
from daisies to roses to ferns, or any flower growing
around your property. The grocery store can be an
easy and relatively inexpensive place to get flowers. If
you are inspired, you can see if your local
florist/grocer may donate on their throw-out day. The
flowers are to be dropped on Thursday or on Friday
morning by your child’s classroom. Each class will
need two or three blankets to sit on.Dress Code
The children must wear white or pastel clothing. Make
sure your child wears comfortable, sturdy shoes
suitable for skipping on the grass. Sunscreen
Apply sunscreen in the morning to your child’s skin to
prevent sunburn.Community Dance
There will be a community invitation to dance
around the pole. Please wear comfortable shoes.Dismissal
Your children will be dismissed at the usual time.
To learn about why we do May Day Click Here
EWS Community Google Group
Welcome to the Emerson Waldorf School's Community Google Group. Please go to groups.google.com
and in the search box type in ewscommunity (yes, all one word) and then click on it to request an invitation.
This community EWS Google Group provides a place where EWS parents can build cross-class relationships, provide support for one another, plan activities, and share information and services generally in keeping with Waldorf philosophy (e.g. healthy living tips, child care needs, nutrition, children's goods, etc.)
Please remember and use these guidelines for using this group:
- We need to establish community wide trust
- Assume your input will be shared with the entire community
- Do not use it as a venue for criticism
- Practice the respect you show face-to-face
- No personal attacks
- No filibusters or interrupting
- We must have open communication
Email is an imperfect medium and we have not reined it in to serve us well, yet, let this be an opportunity to improve ourselves.
Parents have continually expressed disappointment in etiquette in the existing class groups; therefore if these guidelines are not followed, offenders will simply be removed from the group.
Truck Needed for Ian
For some unknown reason, Ian is not happy with his (hi-tech extremely cool) work truck anymore. He mentions shoe strings and band aids...
Before we go to the wider world we thought we would tap the school on the shoulder for a possible source of a replacement vehicle (hard to top what we have, I know).
If you have a reliable, suitable vehicle available, perhaps you could contact Ian
or myself to negotiate a price (or a swap!!).
Much appreciated.Steve Bennett
Spring weather is finally here. That means warmer weather and more consistency with coffee and other beverages being served in the morning. So come out and mingle at the coffee table, meet new parents and greet the familiar. You will be surprised at how much you can learn from these gatherings. MOST IMPORTANT is the need for more volunteers so we can be a presence on more days. Please consider taking a shift (only 30-40 minutes) or two. All proceeds go to the beautification of campus. For more information and to offer your help, call Pat McKenzie at 919.308.0721 or email her at: email@example.com
Make GALA Decorations
- What - We are gathering to create decorations for the Starry Night Gala. This is also a fun way to get to know people in the community.
- Where - Handwork Room
- When - Thursday Mornings after drop-off.
- Who is Coordinating - Nancy Moore (EWS High School Mom)
- What - During these morning gatherings you will have a chance to learn new skills, make
fun projects, and socialize with other hardworking parents while
supporting EWS. We are going to make beautiful and useful items for
Holiday Faire 2014. I will provide all the materials and tools and guide
you through all the processes.
- When - Wednesday Mornings after drop-off.
- Who is Coordinating - Ildiko Horovitz Balintfy. I am a Waldorf Handwork teacher and a new parent at EWS this Spring in the Nursery. During these gatherings you will have a chance to learn new skills, make fun projects, and socialize with other hardworking parents while supporting EWS. We are going to make beautiful and useful items for Holiday Faire 2014. I will provide all the materials and tools and guide you through all the processes.
Have You Registered for Camp at EWS?!
Camps are filling, don't be late!
There are many new, exciting offerings this year, including Skate Camp, African Dance, African Drumming, Toys and Games, Earth Wisdom, and more! Check out the EWS Summer Camp webpage
and please help spread the word to your friends and neighbors. Attending camp at EWS is a great way for the broader community to get a glimpse of what our school has to offer.
For your convenience you can pick up a registration form in the office or download one from the EWS Summer Camp webpage
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer Camp Director
Emerson Waldorf School
Eurythmy at Emerson Waldorf School
break, I witnessed a gorgeous Eurythmy performance by our very own
Christina Beck. Simply breathtaking! EVERYONE, please come out and
join Ms Beck for performance, therapy, and education. Very powerful
work, indeed.Tuesday, May 13th, 7:00 - 8:45 pmLocation:
Eurythmy Room – number of participants limited.
- Introductory Eurythmy for adults
- Mini sample lesson out of the Waldorf curriculum
- Mini performance of speech and tone
Pre-register by Thursday, May 8th email@example.com
No fee for EWS parents – bring soft-soled shoes.
Book Your Sitter for Gala!
Artwork by Nancy Moore (EWS HS Parent)
Our Gala is just around the corner! Be sure to mark your calendar and line up your babysitter now! EWS Gala will be held at The Murphey School in Durham on Saturday, May 31st, 6:30 - 11 pm!
This is one starry starry night you won't want to miss!
EWS Alumni Reunion - Spread the Word!
Please join us at Industry
in Chapel Hill on Wednesday, June 4, 7-9 pm to reconnect with alumni and the current EWS community. You'll find a relaxed atmosphere, food and drink, and live music. Gift card at the door welcomes all EWS alumni (anyone who has ever attended or worked at EWS) plus EWS HS students and EWS faculty to choose age-appropriate beverages, wine and craft beer, and indulgent snacks.
Please bring your friends, family, significant others, and instruments for the jam session that will happen after we catch up and enjoy the rhythms of our HS Rock Band and other talented members of the EWS music scene.
We're looking forward to reconnecting with you! Please share this invitation with all alumni you know, and make sure to like the EWS Alumni Facebook
If you're interested in performing, please contact Barbara Holloway
See you at Industry!
Housing or Hosting Request
Short-term summer housing or hosting needed for visiting Waldorf teachers July 13 - 18.
This summer the Emerson Waldorf School will be hosting an international music conference for Waldorf educators during the month of July. Teachers will be traveling here from Europe, Asia, and all over North America to attend, and some would like to stay with a host family.
If you can offer a spare bed, a guest room, an empty house, or even just a comfortable corner on the floor, we would be grateful. Most teachers simply need a place to sleep and need no other special accommodations. They are willing to pay a nightly fee, but (living on teachers' salaries) would also be grateful for free accommodations.
Please let me know if you are able to host a teacher any time between July 13-18, 2014.
Jason Child firstname.lastname@example.org
Library Volunteers Needed
KNOW LIBRARIES? Like to organize? Like to volunteer for EWS? Help Nancy and Dee Anne keep the classroom libraries in order. We’ll make it easy. We need your help. Thanks.
Dee Anne Lamb and Nancy Trueblood
It's time for Parent Organization Elections! Please consider nominating yourself or someone else for one of the following positions: Coordinator (previously known as President), Assistant Coordinator (previously known as Vice President), Treasurer, and Secretary (we have two of these positions).
Please send your nominations to Leigh Sparacino email@example.com
by May 19th. Elections will be held at the final PO meeting of the year on Wednesday May 21st, from 8:30-9:30 in the morning.
Questions? Contact Merideth Tomlinson, MeridethT711@gmail.com
P.O. Health & Wellness Series Final!
"Using Nutrition to Bolster Your Mood, Attention, Focus, and Memory”
Mark N. Mead, MSc
High School Brown Wing
Saturday, May 3rd, 11:00 am-12:30 pm
Childcare provided. Please contact TinalStevens@gmail.com
for more information.
Please join us for our final talk of the year!
Come learn about nutritional & herbal strategies for bolstering your inner calm and resilience, as well as focus, attention, and memory. Nutrition educator Mark N. Mead, MSc, holds a master’s in Nutrition from the UNC School of Public Health, has worked at four integrative medicine clinics, is a former long-time contributing editor to Natural Health magazine, and co-authored The Rapid Recovery Handbook
(HarperCollins 2006). His website is www.selfhealingoptions.com
Social Inclusion Parent Study Group
The last Social Inclusion Parent Study Group meeting of the year will be Monday, May 5 at 7:00 pm in the Woodland Cottage. There will be no Wednesday morning group this month. Join us in learning and discussing principles of Social Inclusion! For more information contact:
Lauren Nyland -firstname.lastname@example.org
Leigh Sparacino - email@example.com
Merideth Tomlinson - MeridethT711@gmail.com
Share Old Renewal Magazines
Call for old Renewal
Parents, if you're ready to pass along old copies of Renewal
magazine, please drop them off in the container on the Woodland Cottage porch.
Third Grader Helping in the Community!
Child’s gift helps a local nonprofit help others in the area
By Vanessa C. Shortley, Special to the News of Orange
GRAHAM—As much as anything, it was a gift of good timing.
Dalia DeJianne decided to keep the tradition going; instead of receiving gifts for herself for her last birthday, she asked friends and classmates to bring toys for kids of all ages and donated them in turn to the Exchange SCAN Child Abuse Prevention Center in Graham, which covers Alamance, Orange, Chatham, Caswell, Person, Guilford, and Randolph counties. The previous year, she gave gifts to the Ronald McDonald House of Durham.Read Full Article Here
8th Grade Fundraising
The 8th Grade will be having a bake sale every Tuesday from 2:45-3:45 pm through the end of the school year. Their baked goods are made with EWS farm fresh eggs!
Please help support the 8th Grade for their end-of-year field trip!
Class of 2018
EWS Orchestra at Carrboro Farmer's Market
The 6th & 7th Grade Orchestra will be performing at Carrboro Farmer's Market on Saturday, May 10, 8:30 - 9:10 am. This will no doubt be a very busy market day given that it's Mother's Day and UNC Graduation weekend, so please arrive early to find parking.
Make sure to wear your EWS Spirit Wear!! Order New Items Here
Welcome New High School Faculty and Staff for 2014-15 Year!
Michael Judge – Full-time History Teacher:
Michael graduated with a B.A. in History and completed further studies in education. Michael has worked in education in different ways, both conventional and Waldorf, since 1988 with students of all ages and in a variety of settings. He now finds High School academics to be the most appealing area where he estimates the biggest impact can be made for our future world.
Michael has been active in anthroposophy for many years, serving in the local Anthroposophical Society in Washington DC arranging events including his own, facilitating study groups, and fostering biodynamic agriculture and gardening.
He also has done his own long-term original scientific research into evolution/human evolution demonstrating how Natural Science and Spiritual Science plausibly match in their findings. Michael has lectured widely around the country sharing his research findings in the last eight years.
Michael says the following about teaching History in the High School:
“Sharing the remarkable and dramatic story of the human past and its implication for the future with those students growing into adulthood and who will need to meet our coming future is a serious business.”
Rebecca (Becca) Haque – Part-time College Guidance Counselor:
Becca is a native North Carolinian and happy to be putting down some roots with her family here in the Triangle after having spent a few years in the beautiful mountains of southwestern Virginia. Becca has had experience both in a College Admissions office as well as in being the College Guidance Counselor for an independent school. She is in the process of completing her M.A. Career and Placement Counseling at UNC Chapel Hill.
“It thrills me to help young people achieve their own post-secondary experience, whatever it may be, that fits with their passion. I believe in helping students achieve a higher level of self-awareness so that they may feel confident and excited about what they want to do after graduation.”Richard Waynor -- Full-time Physical Science Teacher:
Richard earned his B.S. in Biology at Rutgers University and his M.S. at Louisiana State University studying Wildlife Science. He has 17 years of experience teaching a wide variety of High school Science and Math in New Jersey and Italy, and he also has experience as a field technician.
Richard has been interested in Waldorf pedagogy for many years and has embraced the approach of educating the whole human being through the different stages of development. Richard has been an active participant in an Anthroposophical study group in Princeton, NJ, and he is eager to continue to expand his understanding of the role of spirituality in education. He values the strong emphasis on the arts, movement, and the human relationship to the natural world, essential components that he found to be underrepresented in the public education system. Richard is interested in a community that values human relationships to the land and to food, and he has been particularly inspired by Steiner’s bee lectures.
Richard approaches this opportunity as more than merely a job; he sees it as a way of life that will help him to learn, to grow, and to inspire others to become their best selves.
Brilliant Senior Projects!
Congratulations, dear Seniors on your fabulous projects! Your in-depth project work, together with the rigorous academics you have experienced at EWS, has prepared you well to make a positive impact on the world. It's clear to see that you're ready for anything. Your determination, presentation skills, passion, and patience are wonderful gifts to behold.
Oliver Child-Lanning Conscientious Objector Project
Anthony Day Hiking and the Appalachian Trail
Tudor ComaniciuHand-building Armor
Jake MarchmanStudy of Martial Arts
Tristan MeadAction Screen Play
Jebe MoiwaiEnvironmental Education
Liam Pearson-Moyers Designing a Restaurant
Malcolm PriceFilm on Laughter
(View Film Here
Art and Film
(View Film Here
Nicholas SchneiderBuilding a Go-cart
Most of the 12th Graders applied and were offered admission to a number of excellent colleges and universities. Almost all have decided where they are headed in the Fall. Here are their destinations for the Fall of 2014. (More decisions will be posted in the next Emersonian.)
Oliver Child-Lanning, Haverford College, Haverford, PA.
Tudor Comaniciu, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Emily Jolly, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA.
Tristan Mead, University of North Carolina at Asheville.
Jebe Moiwai, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH
Liam Pearson-Moyers, gap year in Europe with admission to University of North Carolina at Asheville deferred to fall 2015.
Malcolm Price, Guilford College, Greensboro, NC.
Shanti Rogers, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL.
EWS Wins CCAL Ultimate Tournament!
Our High School Ultimate Frisbee Team went undefeated in season play taking
first place in the Central Carolina Athletic League (CCAL). They had a chance
to defend their title last Saturday playing in the post-season
tournament held on our campus. The team kept their league-undefeated
streak going by working their plays like a well-oiled machine, winning
all three of their tournament matches and finding themselves again
taking home that first place plaque. Ian, the High School trophy shelf
is overflowing – we need you to put all those plaques up on the wall!!!
The High School team has also done much better
against the much larger schools in the Triangle Youth Ultimate League (TYUL) than they
anticipated, placing 5th out of ten schools. Their next game is this Thursday
against Chapel Hill at the Lincoln Center, 750 South Merritt Mill Road at 5:00 pm
. They will also be playing this Saturday at 12:45
pm at Durham Memorial Stadium, 750 Stadium Drive, Durham in the TYUL
post-season game. Their last game of the season will be Monday, May 5th at 4:00
pm against Clover Garden. Come cheer them on at their remaining games.
Thanks to Timothy Dowdall for the stellar HS Ultimate photos.
Check out EWS Facebook for more photos and be sure to Like our page!
Middle School Ultimate Wins Season Series!
The Middle School Ultimate team defeated Duke School on Tuesday, April 29 13-6 to win the season series. EWS
won 3 out of 4 competitions against Duke School using strong defense and
excellent teamwork for their offense. Their last game of the season is Monday, May 5th, at 4:00 pm against Immaculata. So there will be two games to watch this upcoming Monday. Come cheer both teams on!
This annual, international initiative was created in 1994 to encourage families, schools, and communities to embrace screen-free entertainment for a week. Hundreds of organizations such as the American Medical Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and the YMCA support the movement.
Here are some fun ways to shut off the screens and have a blast — outside or inside — with your family. These ideas are also good to think about as we all begin planning for summer!
- Get the imagination going by helping your kids write & illustrate their own book.
- Take a ride and ask the kids to paint what they saw.
- Go for a family bike ride.
- Gather some yummy goodies and take the family on a picnic.
- Take your kids to read to patients at nursing homes.
See the Full List Here
A Moment of Pause...
SERVICES AND ITEMSSUMMER HORSE CAMP:
Blue Skies of Mapleview offers its sixteenth year of summer horsemanship daycamp. Children aged 7-18 learn all aspects of horsemanship, including leadership skills, safe bareback riding, mounted games, trail ride, and visits from the farrier, vet, and equine chiropractor . We ride every day and have two unmounted clinics each morning as well. We come into our house for art projects, games, and fun and then end the day with a dip in the pool. Deborah is happy to offer this camp with her grown daughters, her lovely horses and other counselors who grew up riding at Blue Skies. A fabulous place to learn to ride and a great place to continue learning about horses and yourself. www.blueskiesmapleview.us
919-933-1444 Special 20% off for Waldorf students and friends attending camp on week 1 June 9-13!! CARPOOL/CHILDCARE ASSISTANCE NEEDED:
We have a critical need for a teenager/stay at home mom/grandparent to help with morning/after school rides and /or childcare for a rising 3rd grader during the 2014-2015 school year. We live in downtown Durham, but location (ie. your house or ours) and payment are flexible. Jen McGonigle Want to support a local organic farm, two EWS alumni, and receive fresh veggies every week?
Join us this season by subscribing to our 28 week CSA. We provide fresh, locally and organically grown vegetables to you every week in exchange for your support! We even offer a home-delivery option. Visit our website to subscribe at www.timberwoodorganics.com
. Or contact us to find out more about our farm at firstname.lastname@example.org
Balance your Life with Ayurveda~ Health & Lifestyle Consultations and Restorative Bodywork.
The focus of this consultation gives you direction in creating optimal health by making simple alterations in daily eating and lifestyle habits which are specific to your unique constitution. Restorative Bodywork nourishes the nervous system as well as the body with Hot Stones, Warm Oil & Steam Therapy. A wonderful gift for loved ones, friends, colleagues, or yourself! Gift Certificates for special occasions or just giving thanks. Offered in my lovely home office just minutes from Emerson. For monthly specials & more details: www.stoneandspa.com
or call Shoshanna at 919-309-9989.Why not have an artist do your hair?
Nancy Moore has been an artist/hairdresser for over 20 years, and an EWS mom for 16. Now located at the beautiful FLOW Salon, 587 Old Farrington Road, Chapel Hill NC 27517 For appointment call or text (919)260-2495 ...or book yourself online at www.nancyannmoore.com
. Let the good hair days begin!In celebration of Earth Day I am proud to present Shaklee's non-toxic home products.
Would you like me to show you how to set up a non-toxic home? I will come to your home with free samples and let you find out how well these products work. Just connect with me at email@example.com
or call for an appointment at 919-929-4534. Home should be the safest place on earth. Clean it up with the safe, powerful, green, smart clean that is Shaklee, and surround yourself with health :) My Product Site: http://www.joanne-estes.myshaklee.comDr. Hauschka Facials/Retailer:
CORI ROTH/Licensed, Certified, Holistic Esthetician. Revive your body, mind, and senses with a nourishing and soothing Divinerose Facial. Offered in an unhurried and retreat-like setting. 15% off first-time client. Visit www.divinerose.com
for more info.
REALTORS/HOUSINGBeautiful Country House for rent!
3 bedroom, 2 baths on 3 acres with a creek and beautiful gardens. 15 min from school, 5 min from downtown Hillsborough. Available July 1st. For pictures and more info please contact Gaura at firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking to buy or sell a home?
As your fellow EWS parent and a REALTOR, I can help! Moving can be chaotic, especially with children. As your REALTOR, I will guide you through the process of buying or selling your home with sensitivity, integrity, and patience. Serving your best interests is my #1 focus! Contact EVE VAN BUREN at 919-259-1042 or email@example.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 919-265-8600.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
Advertising Changes for the Emersonian
Through the end of the 2013-2014 school year, we accept small classified-type advertisements. Beginning next school year, the Emersonian will no longer contain advertisements. Each submission to the Classifieds should be no more than 6 lines of text, which is approximately 60 words. The costs are $5.00/week; $10.00/month. Payment for Community Bulletin Board Submissions should be made by the Friday before the publication week (we publish every other Wednesday school is in session.) No charge for advertisements of free events or non-profit organizations. Submit ads to: firstname.lastname@example.org
General Policy for the Bulletin
No political or religious advertisements. No competitive program advertisements. No outside 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
Emersonian Publishing Team:
Kelley Wiley - Content, layout, correspondence, advertising
Raelee Peirce - Header design, layout
Barbara Holloway - Photo & creative content, editing
Kathleen Jackson - Editing
Ultimate Frisbee Game
4:00 - 5:15 pm
12th Grade Parent Evening
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Auction/Gala Decoration Creation in Handwork Room 8:15 - 9:30 am
N/K May Day Celebration - Kindergarten Meadow
EWS Jazz Band Rehearsal
3:30 - 4:30 pm
HS Ultimate Frisbe vs CHUF
Lincoln Center 5:00 pm
4th Grade Parent Evening
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Fri 5/27:00 am - 9:00 pm
Upper School Band and Orchestra to Carowinds Music Festival
RAIN DATE: May Day N/K Celebration 11 am
5th Grade Extra Olympic Training Time
3:15 - 4:15 pmSat 5/3
TYUL Ultimate Frisbee Tournament
@ Memorial Stadium
Durham 12:45 pm
RAIN DATE: May Day Grades Celebration
2:00 - 3:00 pm
HS Ultimate Frisbee Game vs. Clover Garden HOME 4:00 pm
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Social Inclusion Parent Study Group in the Woodland Cottage
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Steve Bennett x11
Director of Administration
Mary Deutsch x12
Lynda Hollar x10
Ian Ostrowski x29
Raelee Peirce x14
Therisa Pienaar x20
High School Coordinator
Kelley Wiley x13
N/K 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
1st-5th 8:30 am - 3:15 pm
6th-8th 8:15 am - 3:15 pm
HS 8:10 am - 3:15 pm
Aftercare N/K until 3 pm
Aftercare 1st + until 6 pm
Office Hours 8 am - 4 pm