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From the Administrator's Desk
Welcome back. Regardless of the rain, I think we are
ready to start another year!
After a very busy summer the classrooms
are ready and the property is awaiting the sounds of laughing
Don't forget there is a chance to meet each day at
our morning coffee table; I will continue to hold the Tea with Steve
sessions at 8.30 am on Fridays in The Cottage (more on the
Teacher's Meditative Life first off); and Parent Meetings are already
advertised and locked into the Calendar.
Please feel free to call if
there is anything you want to discuss or feedback to us. We look forward
to meeting and greeting everyone as the year unfolds.
Steve Bennett and the Admin Team
From the Board President
On behalf of the Board of Directors, welcome back for what we intend
will be the best year yet for Emerson Waldorf School. It is an exciting
time at EWS, with so much for which we can be grateful – most notably
the people who make our school what it is. The devotion of our
outstanding faculty and administrative staff is second to none. The
joyful and generous contributions of the many parents, grandparents, and
friends of EWS – in time, talent, and treasure – help makes this a
vibrant, thriving school. And, of course, our students, from Early
Childhood through High School, who are at the center of all we do and
for whom we come together as a community.
The Board supports the
work of the Administration and the College of Teachers by discussing
and making recommendations and decisions on budgets and finance, legal
matters, fundraising and development, and long-range planning. We will
make an effort to keep the community apprised of our work in this space
and through the minutes of our meetings, which are kept on file in the
Please feel free to contact me or any board member
with your thoughts and concerns. We are here to serve and promote the
long-term interests of our school. We can do that better with your
support and involvement -- and for that, we thank you.
Wishing you and our school our best year yet,
Welcome New Faculty & Staff
Eurythmy Teacher firstname.lastname@example.org
Joining us this October, Christina
Beck was born in Mississippi. She attended Emerson College, England
and began Eurythmy training, which she completed in Stuttgart Germany.
During that time she learned German, joined the Anthroposophical Society,
and later made her first experiences as a teacher and a performer with
the Stuttgart Stage Group. She returned to the States where after a
few years of freelance work she joined the faculty at the Washington
Waldorf School in Bethesda Maryland. There she found a home to work and
grow for twenty one years. In 2005 she joined The School of Eurythmy in
Spring Valley NY. She has a great love of teaching and of poetry,
music, and the story. She works with the question of how to fit Eurythmy
into the context of a festival, a play, and how to serve a soul need or
pedagogical goal. She is married with two step children.
Administrative Support • ext. 10 • email@example.com
Stinson Hollar grew up moving every few years, from Kalamazoo as a
young child, to places east and west, before finally finding her “roots”
on a farm in Silk Hope, NC. Lynda is married and has two adult
children living outside the home, and 2 step-children making their
transitions into adulthood. She is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and a
certified yoga instructor. Although not formally trained in the “wisdom
of Waldorf,” she feels quite at home here from her 15 years of studying
and eventually teaching Hatha yoga. Lynda has gained a deep reverence
for all sentient life through the awareness and acute focus that one
brings to yoga practice, and from time spent each day working on the
farm. She believes that the universe has always conspired to lead her
into a more authentic expression her innermost being, which is how she
found her way to Emerson Waldorf School.
Strings Ensemble Teacher • firstname.lastname@example.org
Kratzer earned his Master’s in Music Education from the Indiana
University Jacobs School of Music, where he studied string pedagogy
under Dr. Brenda Brenner. While at IU, he taught extensively in the
Fairview String Project and also assisted Mimi Zweig in the IU String
Academy. As a double bass player, he performed in Indiana University
orchestras and concert bands, and spent several years as a member of a
bluegrass band and of various jazz combos. He has toured in the US and
Ireland, and shared the stage with groups such as the Del McCoury Band,
David Grisman Quintet, Rusted Root, and Hot Buttered Rum String Band.
His love of teaching began with private bass and guitar lessons, and was
deepened through an Americorps term in which he mentored middle school
students and led an after-school guitar club. He loves spending time
outdoors gardening, hiking, and running, and is excited to have the
opportunity to be involved in Waldorf education.
History Teacher • email@example.com
Kevin Dry is excited to be joining the staff at Emerson Waldorf School. He will be teaching US History in the High School. Kevin was born and raised in the Raleigh/Cary NC area where he developed his love for history, teaching, and sports. He graduated from East Carolina University with a BA in History. His passion is working with students to help them reach their full potential. He has experience working with students of various ages. His search for a position to provide students with an authentic education has lead him to EWS. Mr Dry has also coached basketball for 6 years.
Biodynamic Farming Assistant • firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristin McGee has had her hands in the earth since 1999 when she headed out to Perry-winkle Farm in Chatham County to learn a little about growing vegetables. She took that knowledge to the Peace Corps where she was an agriculture volunteer in Kenya, training women's groups on sustainable farming practices and working with children who have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS. Upon returning to the U.S in 2003., Kristin kept farming at an organic family farm while also pursuing her Masters of Social Work at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. It was starting a family that brought her and her husband back to North Carolina. Kristin is thrilled to be a part of the Emerson farm. When she is not at the farm, Kristin can be found near the EWS Kindergarten with her daughter, in Morning Garden with her son, or at home working with her hands.
HS Humanities Teacher • email@example.com
Ms. Parson grew up in Washington, DC. Her deep love of books and learning led her to attend St. John's College as an undergraduate; she also earned an MA in Classics at Cornell University. Ms. Parson spent eight years living in the San Francisco Bay Area, and taught at The College Preparatory School and The Urban School of San Francisco. She is especially interested in helping students develop their authentic voice as writers and sharing her enthusiasm for literature and grammar with them. After the birth of her twins Nick and Dash in 2011, her family decided to move to the East coast to be closer to the boys' grandparents. The move happily coincided with an opening at Emerson in 2013.
Our Gift, With Love, to You
If you weren't able to join us on Monday, August 19, 2013 for our
Welcome Reception, please be sure to visit the Main Office and ask
Lynda, our new Administrative Support staff member at the front desk, for your FREE GIFT (one per household).
*Nursery and Kindergarten
families who have not picked up their gift from the Lower School will receive them from their class teacher.
After School Reminders
School Dismissal is at 3:15 from your child's classroom. Middle School
children may wait supervised by the appointed teacher on duty at the
bench area by the Lower School parking lot until 3:25. Children not
picked up by 3:25 will be escorted to After School and families will be billed $15 per
day through TADS.
The $15 per day charge stands once your child has been signed in, regardless of the length of your stay.
phone calls to report delays are appreciated, they do not waive the
fee. This is standard procedure at most After School programs and
something we need to strengthen at EWS. Please be respectful of this
On days when parents are actively volunteering at
school (i.e. Parent/Teacher conferences, setting up for a festival,
conducting a Board meeting...etc...), there is no charge. But please do
make sure to sign your child in with Ms. Plaza during those times, as
unsupervised children are not allowed on the playground.
the playground is reserved for After School from 3:25 until 6:00. This
is for the safety of all the children. You are welcome to stay on campus
and visit the Fairy Meadow, walk to our Biodynamic Farm, or hang out at
the newly renovated gazebo (thanks PO and Keith Bartholomew!), but
please vacate the playground area at 3:25 unless your child is signed into After School.
After School is a time for children to play
together and to unwind after a LONG day. Following policies and
procedures helps our program flow smoothly, which is important for the children.
A wholesome snack is provided, but if your child has a food
allergy/sensitivity, please alert Ms. Plaza and consider packing extra food
for them so they can enjoy a special treat from home at snack time.
The afternoon is balanced between active free play and quieter indoor activities, including homework (as appropriate).
Please bring questions or concerns directly to Ms. Plaza.
Thank you, and have a great year!
Join an EWS Volunteer Effort...
Looking to plug into something that interests you? Want to meet some other EWS parents?
We have a way for you to plug in - volunteer as little or as much as works for you.
The Volunteer Commitment Form for 2013-2014
is ready to receive your interest.
Join a PO Committee, spend a morning at the coffee table, garden with Mary Beth Mueller at the EWS Farm, learn to give a tour of our campus or help with an Open House with the events committee, or maybe you would like to help Therisa Pienaar in the High School office during morning arrival .
These and more opportunities are listed on the Form link above.
First Parent Organization (PO) Gathering
Join us at our first PO meeting on Wednesday, August 28th from 7-9 pm in
the Eurythmy room! Topics to discuss include welcoming our new
members, elections for our 2013-2014 officers, renewing Renewal, and
envisioning the coming year.
See you there!
~ Tina Stevens, PO President 2012-2013
--You have a choice to have a voice--
Join the After School Jazz Band!
The EWS Jazz Band will be performing again this year. Rehearsals are at
3:30 on Thursdays in the music room. Anyone in 6th grade and up who
wants to play jazz can join. Rehearsals begin August 20th. Come check it
out to see if it's right for you. See you there.
As the new school year begins, Nancy and I ask that you look around your homes for any books belonging to EWS. Please return books to the Library mailbox in the Lower School Main Office.
Thank you for helping us maintain our EWS Library.
Dee Anne Lamb and Nancy Trueblood
It's Back! Eurythmy for Parents & Friends
Eurythmy classes will start up again on Wednesday, September 12. We many new parents will join us! No prior experience is necessary. Classes are from 8:30 - 10:00 am Wednesdays.
Come and enjoyDates
"Movement in Tune with the Rhythms of Life"
Sept 18, 25
Oct 2, 9, 23, 30
Nov 6, 13, 20
Dec 4, 11, 18
Cost: $110 can be paid in installments and benefits the Eurythmy program for Students at EWS. For more information call Eve Olive at 919-489-2564.
Our Morning Farmer's Market Returns on Thursdays
The Emerson Farmer's Market will return starting on Thursday, August 29th. Don't forget to bring check or cash and come see what we have to offer.
7:45 to 8:45 am
2:45 to 3:45 pm
Next to the Lower School parking lot by the coffee table
New this year!
You can establish a line of credit at the market table by paying up front via a check for whatever amount you feel comfortable with. We will start a Market Card for you to keep track of how much money is in your account and will send you a reminder to refill your account when your balance reaches $10 or less.
On Thursday, August 29th we will have:
All Blue Potatoes
Interested in what's happening at The Farm? Check out our blog at emersonfarm.blogspot.com
Would you like to learn more about biodynamic farming through hands-on learning experiences? Sign up to be on our volunteer list, and you will receive a weekly update with volunteer opportunities. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
to sign up.
Hope to see you at The Farm and at the market table!
Mary Beth Mueller
Biodynamic Farming Instructor
Emerson Waldorf School
Why We Love EWS Summer Camp
Article By Tiffany Schubert, Parent of EWS Kindergartner & 2nd Grader
Adventures to far off lands, learning to make a fire, making magical
crafts, playing all day with friends – new and old. These are just a few
reasons why we love camp. Finishing up our first year at EWS, we decided
the continuity and the convenience of attending all 6 weeks of camp for
both of our children would make everyone’s lives much easier this
summer. I had a very small worry that maybe it would be too much of the
same for my kids, and maybe they would need a break from the campus.
Boy, was I wrong.
Each week provided the continuity of being on
the campus that we know and love paired with the excitement of a brand
new adventure. My children got to re-connect with old friends who now go
to different schools and meet new friends. They made “passports” and
“traveled” to each country in Central America, had a week of fairyland
adventures, explored the Ancient Cultures of India including learning a
beautiful dance, traveled back in time to the ancient land of
Adshusheer, and made the coolest crafts ever!
Summertime is always a
challenge, balancing the hot dog days of summer with busy schedules. The
EWS camp was the perfect fit. After the first day we knew the children
would be happy, would be outside, playing, experiencing, and enjoying
each day as summer is meant to be.
We wanted to say thank you to
Candor Plaza for her amazing organization, to all the camp teachers,
counselors, and counselors-
in-training, and to say that we are looking
forward to next year!
Work Days Help Campus Shine!
Article by Tina Stevens, 2012-2013 PO President & EWS HS Parent
Thank you to our volunteers who stepped up during the heat of summer to
work together for the beauty of our campus! We had a great turn-out this
year with lots of new and familiar faces.
Many hands make light work! Hoping you'll join us for the next Parent-Organization-sponsored Hands event.
Parent Organization, affectionately called "the PO", looks forward to
recruiting parents to help with social and service projects for the
2013-2014 school year.
The PO meetings are held every 2nd
Wednesday at 7pm in the Eurythmy Room starting August 28th. We
anticipate a great turn-out for these planning and social gatherings.
Please mark your calendars – you have a choice to have a voice!
Every EWS parent is a member of the PO. Your $35 membership dues were paid as part of your tuition.
is my hope that the PO of 2013-2014 will be a great year, balanced in
both community-building and service to our school. May every EWS parent
commit to 1 or more hours per month to help our school environment and
culture become even more beautiful and warm. Just think what we could
1st Grade Rose Ceremony 2013
Not An Ordinary First Day of School
Rose Ceremony at Emerson Waldorf School marks first graders’
move from childhood play to academic focus
On Tuesday, August 20, 2013 the semi-annual Rose Ceremony was celebrated, marking the beginning of the first graders’ journey of learning and discovery with the beautiful tradition of receiving a rose from a twelfth grader, who is completing their educational journey. The Waldorf educational tradition emphasizes rhythm and marks special events with ceremonies shared by the entire school community. The Rose Ceremony is a moving, profound experience that honors the transition from the kindergartener’s dreamy childhood play to the more focused mentality of the first grader, who is ready to learn reading, writing, and arithmetic.
Kindergarteners who are entering first grade face a huge and possibly scary change. They are leaving the teacher they have had for one, two, or possibly three years, and meeting a new teacher they are likely to have for eight years, as is the Waldorf tradition before high school. They are also leaving behind some friends in kindergarten who are not transitioning this year. Most of all, they are leaving the world in which everything is play time or active, to a more focused academic world that involves some desk work.
Rather than let this change just happen, Waldorf education celebrates it with ceremony. The first graders hear a beautiful story about children in a garden who are moving out into the greater world, just as they themselves are doing. The whole school joins together in welcoming the first graders, as their Kindergarten teachers lead them across a large wooden bridge called the Rainbow Bridge. Once on the other side, they greet their new, first grade teacher with a handshake and receive a rose from a twelfth grader. These seniors are at the end of the journey the first graders are just beginning.
At the end of the academic year in June, the first and twelfth graders come together for another Rose Ceremony, to mark the transition of the seniors into world beyond high school. Thus the rhythm of the developing child continues.
A Moment of Pause
Then said a teacher, "Speak to us of Teaching."
And he said:
No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of our knowledge.
The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his lovingness.
If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.
The astronomer may speak to you of his understanding of space, but he cannot give you his understanding.
The musician may sing to you of the rhythm which is in all space, but he cannot give you the ear which arrests the rhythm nor the voice that echoes it.
And he who is versed in the science of numbers can tell of the regions of weight and measure, but he cannot conduct you thither.
For the vision of one man lends not its wings to another man.
And even as each one of you stands alone in God's knowledge, so must each one of you be alone in his knowledge of God and in his understanding of the earth.
From The Prophet
by Kahlil Gibran
EVENTS OR CLASSESFoundation Studies Program in Anthroposophy
and the Arts. Foundation Courses with local Group Leaders sponsored by Sophia Institute have been set up in several locations and can be set up with the help of the Sophia Institute in your location also. We have detailed and adaptive course materials and lesson plans available for local foundation courses. Groups of 6 or more students may enroll in the courses with a local group leader. The group leader works as an adjunct faculty of the Sophia Institute using the Sophia Institute course materials. Group leaders need to have completed a Waldorf Teacher Training and have successfully taught in a Waldorf school, Camphill Community or similar Anthroposophical institution and need to have experience in adult education, being able to provide feedback and mentoring in the areas of Waldorf education, Anthroposophy and the path of self development. Typically the local foundation courses comprise 2 semesters and meet weekly or bi-weekly during the school year. Individuals interested in working as (or training to become) group leaders, and students interested in taking these courses please contact the Sophia Institute at www.sophiainstitute.us
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We are a retail store and community class space located at 400 S. Elliott Road in the Galleria Shopping Center. Here, you can find the supplies you need for a Waldorf-friendly home, including imaginative natural toys from Camden Rose, Ralph Evans and Sarah's Silk, fiber arts kits and supplies from Harrisville, beeswax candles, stones and supplies from Mercurius. We sell new and consigned educational materials and games for your whole family. www.katiebethsgarden.comREALTORS/HOUSINGWe have a lovely home located one mile from EWS.
It has two bedrooms,two baths all appliances, fenced yard and sits on 2.5 acres with deer and blue birds visiting daily. Situated in a quiet neighborhood just off rte 86. Home will be available September 1. Rental fee is $1500.00 per month. To visit or ask questions you may call Chris Quinn (919) 949-1950Advertising Changes for the Emersonian
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All High School Retreat
Kindergarten Orientation 7:00 pm
All High School Retreat
EWS Jazz Band Rehearsal 3:30 pm
All High School Retreat
6th Grade Parent Morning 9:30 am - 11:30 am
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Kindergarten Potluck 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
New Parent Orientation and Reception in the Brown Wing (All 2012 & 2013 EWS Newbies & All 1st Grade Parents New to the Lower School)
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
First Day of Kindergarten and Nursery
3rd Grade Parent Evening 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm
Steve Bennett x 11
Director of Administration
Mary Deutsch x 12
Lynda Hollar x 10
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