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October 3, 2012
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Mr. Bennett at Michaelmas!

Steve at Michaelmas 4

Our Michaelmas Celebration

M2012-10by Kathleen Stone-Michael

Michaelmas, with all its symbolism, is a wonderful celebration in many Waldorf Schools throughout the world. Beyond the planning, choreography, and festivities, it is a gift that brings a community together to see what students can do collectively. 

From the 1st to the 12th grade, they join together as one, in a celebration of deeds for the whole school.  Not just for one day but for a week of preparation, each contributing a part.

The spirit, enthusiasm, and life can be felt as the activities unfold.  This is truly the will of St. Michael.




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EWS Community Enjoys Michaelmas 2012!







Check out additional pictures on EWS Facebook!

Calling All EWS Alums!

Where are you? What are you up to? 
We would love to have your story!  Free EWS t-shirt and 2012-2013 calendar to anyone who sends in a paragraph and pic by Oct 10. 



Holiday Faire Enchantment Shoppe         Craft Donations

DSC_0019 The EWS Holiday Faire Committee is seeking craft donations for the Enchantment Shoppe. 

For those of you new to EWS
, the Enchantment Shoppe is a yearly event at the Holiday Faire and is housed in the beautiful first grade classroom.  Magical, fairy-like volunteers work through the night creating an enchanting fairyland where young children can shop for their family and friends. 

Parents (and students) are called to work throughout the next 8 weeks to craft beautiful, natural gifts for the children to purchase with their EWS Holiday Faire Tickets.  Specifically, the Shoppe will sell knitting crafts, tissue paper stars, gems (with gem bags or beautiful wooden boxes), treasure boxes and the like.  We seek items which are small, beautiful and made of natural materials. 

We will begin taking donations immediately!  Please place your donations in a plastic or paper bag and drop them into the blue bin at the Lower School by the coffee table at drop-off or pick-up; contact Shelley (, Robyne ( or Rebecca (
919-961-9269) if you have any questions.

Holiday Faire Volunteer Call!!

Barbara and Karla Holiday Faire
The Holiday Faire Committee seeks volunteers to give your time and talent.  Below is a list of committees who would love to have you bring your fresh ideas, fabulous energy, and creativity to the 2012 EWS Holiday Faire!  If you are interested, please contact the coordinator of the committee in which you are interested.

Classroom Crafts - responsible for helping the class teachers, parents, and students organize their particular class activity at the Faire (candle dipping, jump-rope making, etc.) – contact Robyne Borhanian (

Food - responsible for planning and developing the dining experience at the Faire, including the food to be served and the aesthetics of each dining area – Anne Marie Masset (

Vendors - responsible for contacting and organizing vendors for the Faire – Robyne Borhanian (

- responsible for helping to create a magical, warm, inviting, and beautiful Faire experience, both indoors and out - Rebecca Foster  (

Enchantment Shoppe
- responsible for planning, organizing, and decorating the Enchantment Shoppe – Annie Oberstar  (

Special Attractions
- responsible for helping develop the Faire in such a way that all venues are connected and that transitions between the venues include beautiful and enticing activities – Shelley Riselvato (

Crystal Cookie Cave
- responsible for designing a beautiful and quiet “do nothing” space for our wee ones – a space to see pint-sized gnome caves and fairy bowers and other such magical places and to have a yummy cookie at the end! This committee seeks two co-coordinators.  If you feel you have the time, please contact Shelley (, Robyne ( or Rebecca (

Music - responsible for music throughout the Faire.  This committee seeks two co-coordinators - Claire Viadro (

Trader Joe's Peanut Butter Re-Call

tjpbSalmonella in Trader Joe's Peanut Butter
Peanut, cashew, and almond butters :

This site shows a list of products recalled
CORE Network > FDA Investigates Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Bredeney Infections Possibly Linked to Trader Joe's Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter

W.O.W.* Bakery

cookies*Waldorf One World

Baked goods for sale, made by the 6th grade!
Where:   At the Coffee Table, by the lower school parking lot

When:   Every school morning (for the next 2 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.

Picture Day Today and Tomorrow!

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 your child is wearing.

The following classes for Wednesday:
Kathleen’s Nursery
Ameli’s Kindergarten
1st Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
6th Grade

The following classes for Thursday:
Patricia’s Nursery
Robin’s Kindergarten
2nd Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade
High School

* 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 Picture Day 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!


From Sandbox to Stage: Waldorf Education Nurtures Our Children's Creativity

Bucket Boys
By  Claire Viadro

Imagination, exploration, worthy imitation:
these are some of the essential ingredients of Waldorf education, especially in the early childhood years. These ingredients have paid handsome dividends for our two sons’ musical creativity. My older son, Logan Valleroy (Grade 6), who now plays multiple instruments, got his start exploring the percussive potential of sandbox pails at a Waldorf home nursery. With the encouragement of an environment where his imagination was allowed full rein, he converted wooden boards into a stage, used yarn and string to make microphone cords, and explored what it meant to stand up and be a performer.   Bringing in the imitation principle, his younger brother, Casey (now Grade 3) then followed suit.

Later, when Logan and Casey entered the Lower Grades at EWS, they received the benefits of our school ‘s amazing music program. Our wonderful music teacher, Jason Child, recently explained that Waldorf students don't have problems playing string instruments [think about all the screechy violins you've heard elsewhere], because they've been working on tone from the beginning.  I’m sure that all the finger-play and fine motor exercises that our Waldorf children excel in also translate into dexterity with musical instruments.

Fast forward to the present: Our two Bucket Brothers now play about eight instruments between them, write original music, and display an enviable ease in sharing their music publicly. There is no doubt in my mind that Waldorf education has played an important role in their musical evolution.

Many thanks to Claire for writing this requested article for Emersonian And congratulations to Logan for winning Adult Bluegrass Fiddle Contest (2nd Place) at Shakori Hills' Hoppin' John Fiddle Festival!

Whole Lotta EWS at                  Carrboro Music Festival

What a talented community we have!  Sunday's festival opened with our very own Bucket Brothers (Casey and Logan Valleroy, Grades 3 and 6), who wowed the audience with their incredible talent. 

Bucket Bros 1

Bucket Bros 2

Bucket Bros 3

This act was immediately followed by the forever-young CarrBros – EWS alum parents Berkeley Grimball (lead guitar), Ed Witkin (bass), and Robert Long (drums and vocals) playing timeless tunes... Robert also played another spot with his other band, The Pagan Hellcats.

CarrBros(photo by Laura Hendry Shmania Photography

And then, just around the corner, EWS parent Neil Alexis was spotted playing with his band, The Lids.  You may remember them from last year's Gala! 

The Lids

Finally, our very own EWS Jazz Band hit the Kids' Stage to round out a perfect day. So very cool to see such a strong and vibrant EWS presence in the broader community! 
Jazz Band 1

Jazz Band 3

Jazz Band 4

Jazz Band 5

FarmNews 3

Coffee and Composting Workshop

counter culture TONIGHT!

Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 6-7:30 pm

Learn about coffee farming, soil, and organic agriculture with Counter Culture Coffee

Counter Culture's Sustainability Manager, Kim Elena Ionescu, will lead a workshop on organic agriculture as it relates to coffee farming and home composting methods. 

Students will learn about SEEDS composting techniques and the inner tidbits of natural fertilizers. Kim will utilize an organic-certified farm, Nueva Armenia in Huehuetenango, Guatemala, as a case study. Meanwhile, we will be tasting delicious coffee from Counter Culture Coffee.

As much about agriculture as it is about coffee, Coffee Farming, Soil, and Organic Agriculture is a great workshop for those in the coffee industry, but you don't have to be a coffee person to attend. Gardeners, foodies, agriculture scholars, and organic activists are encouraged to participate!

The class will begin promptly at 6pm and will last until 7:30pm.
The suggested donation is $10 for participants.
To register, please contact Alexis Mastromichalis

HighSchoolNews 3

High School Morning Verse

HS Art Self Portrait Collier_5124I look into the world
In which the sun is shining
In which the stars are sparkling
In which the stones repose.
The living plants are growing
The feeling animals live
The human being, ensouled,
Gives dwelling to the Spirit.
I look into the soul
That lives within my being
The spirit of God it weaves
In sunlight and in soul light
In heights of worlds without
In depths of soul within.
To thee, o spirit of God,
I want to turn myself
To ask that strength and blessing
For learning and for work
May ever grow within me.

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1st, 2nd, and HS Visited by  Australian Storyteller

Australian VisitorPaul Taylor, aboriginal storyteller came to first and second grade to share stories of the Australian bush! There were didgeridoos, boomerangs, and other Australian specialties, as well as many laughs!

Striking While the Iron's Hot



Many of your children may have come home last Friday with stories about working with a "real blacksmith".  On Michaelmas, we were lucky enough to host Allan Green, resident blacksmith at Woodcrest Farm in Hillsborough, who brought his open forge to our campus and demonstrated his craft live!  Just before our Michaelmas celebration, children witnessed the process of transforming steel from a soft substance to a hard substance, which is symbolic of the change of cosmic iron to the earthly iron of St Michael's sword.  Michaelmas is all about Transformation, and Mr Green's visit was meaningful part of our celebration.

If you're interested in experiencing this yourself,
the Blacksmith Open Forge group meets most Saturdays from 10am-12pm at Woodcrest Farm.  Check out Woodcrest's website for more information on this and other courses and events at this sustainable working family farm in Hillsborough (

EWS Girls Rock at Woodworking

8th Grade Girls - Woodworking

Woodworking Pic


EWS Nursery and Kindergarten Parents  Invited for Private 1st-8th Grade Tour and Reception!

Gr 1 Circle_5283"Touring the lower school, you really see first-hand how the Waldorf approach is taken to the next level. The seeds of Waldorf are planted in early education, but when you walk through the lower grades, you can see those seeds sprout and thrive. As you observe children who are engaged and eager to learn and help one another, you walk away with a firm understanding of why Waldorf works."

~Annie and Darren Oberstar-Prager (parents to rising 1st grader, Jonas)

The EWS 1st-3rd Grade Families are hosting a reception for Early Childhood Parents after their private 1st-8th Grade tour at EWS this month!

EWS Administrator, Steve Bennett, and Director of Admissions, Raelee Peirce, will guide our Early Childhood parents into the 1st-8th grade classrooms on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. For some, it will be their first glimpse of the Lower School and will provide them with a look at what their children's nursery and kindergarten experience is laying groundwork for in the future.

The tour begins with free coffee and tea at the lower school coffee table at 8:30am, just after drop-off.  The group will be given a brief introduction and overview before heading into the classrooms for a short observation of Main Lessons.  Observations and answers to questions will be provided along the way, through the grades.

The morning tour will end in the Eurythmy Room by 10:15 or so with a delightful spread of goodies and a panel of 1st-3rd grade parents who can field questions.  If you are a parent who would like to join this event, email for a google calendar invite.

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Soccer Action

After School Sports Update

High School Co-ed Soccer defeated Hopewell Academy 5-0 on Monday. The last time our team played Hopewell 2 weeks ago, we lost 5-1.  So what’s the difference? The team has improved substantially in that time and having the seniors back was definitely a plus!  Goals were scored by Jon Deutsch and Anthony Day. The next game is Tuesday on our EWS field against Camelot Academy. Please come out and cheer them on at 4:00.
Middle School Cross Country hosted Carolina Friends School on Monday. Both the boys and the girls defeated Carolina Friends. The boys and the girls ran together.  First for the girls and second overall was Dorian Alexis, running her best time for the season. Aly Mckinnis placed second, Emma Hulbert third, Mlana Lore fourth, Chloe Nash fifth, Luci Martinez sixth, Cate Matthews eighth, Annika Emerson ninth and Dalia Mouawad eleventh.
The boys' team was led by Cooper Lamb who came in second, Dennis Armstrong-Carter third, Noah Lie-Nielsen fourth, Batian Pienaar fifth, Sam Marchman sixth, Alden Schertz eighth, Eli Hicks tenth, Simon Bruckert eleventh, John Coleman Demers seventeenth, Matthew Qandil twenty-fourth, and Nathaniel Graber twenty-fifth.

The next Middle School meet is Tuesday at Carolina Friends School at 4:30.
Mary Kirchoff

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Events and Classes

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

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.

For Sale

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


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

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

Are you 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

Oct 3 - Oct 9

3rd-4th School Pictures!
9th 2nd GR Parent Eve
10th PO Meeting

Don't Forget!

Mountain Biking Changed to THURSDAYS

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Parents, faculty, staff, high schoolers, and friends!

Come out and hit the EWS woods trails with Ian and Barbara on THURSDAYS 12:45-1:15pm. 

We’ll meet at the High School every Thursday.

Make sure to wear your helmets!

EWS' Published Author

Eve Cosmic Child (426x640)EWS Founder, Eurythmist, and recent author, Eve Olive, has published the book, Cosmic Child: Inspired Writings from the Threshold of Birth,

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!

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!

Tuesday Markets

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

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