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February 26, 2014

    Feb 27      3rd Grade Parent Evening
    Mar 1        PO Health Series Workshop
    Mar 4        4th & 5th Grade Strings Concert

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We All Know What's About to Happen:

02.26.14AdministratorLittle shoots of green are the harbingers of flowers and warmer weather. We have seen the snow melt away and are ready for some lighter clothing and cheerier getting together. I still experience, here at EWS, the newness and the fresh outlook from my first weeks in the USA. I am still thankful for the warm community that exists here in Chapel Hill and especially at Emerson.

I am so thankful that our Faculty continues to dedicate their waking hours (and some of their sleeping) to the nurturing of the little souls you bring to us - they are talented and committed professionals, striving to better themselves and their teaching every day.

Our College of Teachers is also committed to the 'holding' of the spirit and vision of the school, and to the continued study and practice of the words and guidance that Rudolf Steiner gave to the world; our Board meets to ensure we continue to grow and to flourish here in North Carolina - what a wonderful place to be, here with you all, working and playing together.

(Poor Aussie, doesn't know Thanksgiving was in November!) Nevertheless, it is with gratitude and excitement that I return to school this week, to my Administrative staff who are also tireless, looking forward to the final months of a good year and many plans for the next, and the next.

With thanks,


Annual EWS Gala & Auction


Be sure to Save the Date - Saturday, May 31, 2014.

Great news!  We have our Chair for the annual Gala and Auction.  Please welcome Carlotta Kemper, alumni parent!  The date has been set, so please mark it on your calendars - Saturday, May 31st.

The most important task Carlotta has right now is to find parent volunteers.  So, please email ( or call (919-522-4451) Carlotta to sign up to help make this years Gala and Auction a success!

Keep your eye on the Emersonian over the upcoming weeks to find out more about this year's Gala and Auction!



Healing Thoughts For Barbara Holloway

b_holloway(1)Our dear administrative staffer and beloved long-time parent Barbara Holloway is recovering from surgery.  Please keep her and her family in your thoughts.

If you would like to assist with meals or other needs the family might have, please contact Emily West at

Waldorf Teacher Training Presentation

If you are interested in learning more about how to become a Waldorf-trained teacher please join us in the 4th Grade classroom on Monday, March 3 at 3:45 p.m.  Laura Andrews, Director of Office of Admissions from Antioch University New England, will offer a presentation about Antioch’s Waldorf Teacher Training.

Date: Monday, March 3, 2014, 3:45pm
Location: EWS 4th Grade Classroom
Facilitator: Laura Andrews from Antioch University, Keene, NH


PO Health & Wellness Workshop

turmeric-ayurveda-practiceTopic:  Balance Your Daily Life with Ayurveda
Facilitator: Shoshanna DiBetta
Date: Saturday, March 1, 2014
Time: 10:30am-12:30pm
Location: High School Brown Wing

Childcare Provided upon request: Contact Tina Stevens

Ayurveda is an ancient science and healing system which emphasizes the vitality and well-being of each individual, which can be achieved through balanced lifestyle choices. This holistic system addresses the root of disease rather than just alleviating symptoms. This is accomplished by incorporating the use of herbs, oils, diet, meditation, yoga, and bodywork.

For more information visit her website:

Social Inclusion Parent Study Group

02.26.14SICGStudyGroupThe PO and the Social Inclusion Coordinating Group (SICG) are co-sponsoring a Social Inclusion Parent Study Group.

All interested parents are welcome to attend these monthly meetings in the Woodland Cottage. The evening group meets the first Monday of the month at 7:00 pm; the next meeting is March 3. 

The morning group meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 8:30-9:30 am; the next meeting is March 5. Join us in learning and discussing principles of Social Inclusion.

For more information contact:

Lauren Nyland
Leigh Sparacino -
Merideth Tomlinson -


Emerson Farm is Looking for a Spring Intern



Please share this information with anyone you think might be interested!

Responsibilities include:
  • Assist in maintenance and upkeep of farm property, including preparing beds, planting, watering, weeding, mulching, mowing, weed- whacking, animal care and odd jobs
  • Assist in planning, preparing for and teaching 1st and 2nd Grade classes on Thursday afternoons
  • Assist with preparation for weekly markets Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday mornings. (Actual markets are held on school campus Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings, attendance optional.)
  • Attend monthly planning meeting with farm staff
  • Attend monthly Sustainability meeting
Internship would run from March 3 to June 6. 8¬10 hours/week including Wednesday mornings for about 2 hours (harvesting and preparing veggies for market) and 1:00 to 3:00 pm on Thursdays. Remaining hours are somewhat flexible.

Intern will gain experience with basic farming and marketing skills, with Biodynamic agriculture, and with running a school farm program. Any intern must enjoy working with young children.

Any experience with farming/gardening, working with children, Biodynamics, or Waldorf education a plus but not necessary.

Background check required by school office.  Opportunity to continue in the fall a possibility.  This is not a paid position.

If interested, please contact Farm Instructor Mary Beth Mueller at or 919.224.9697


High School Open House Update

DSC_0468For all parents and students interested in learning more about our High School, we invite you to participate in one of the following events in lieu of our Open House:

For families Nursery to 8th Grade, we invite you to attend a High School Visitor Morning, step into Main Lesson, and see our teachers and students in action from 8:00-10:00 am.

Visitor Morning on Friday, March 7, 2014
Visitor Morning on Friday, March 21, 2014
Click Here to Register

For 7th Grade Families:
In addition to a Visitor Morning, you will be receiving an invitation for our 1st Annual 7th Grade Family High School Dinner.  7th Grade families will be invited to enjoy an informal dinner in the Brown Wing with our High School faculty and community members.  The evening will provide you with the opportunity to ask questions of our faculty and staff about the unique aspects of a Waldorf High School.  Your invitation will be sent soon!


Parent/Faculty Basketball Game this Friday

DSC_0167Parents and faculty of the Middle School basketball teams will play against the Middle School players, and the parents and faculty of the High School basketball teams will play against the High School players this Friday, February 28.

The game is at Central Rec, 300 West Tryon Street in Hillsborough. The Middle School Girls play at 4:00 pm and the Boys at 4:30 pm. The High School Girls play at 5:00 pm and the Boys at 5:30 pm.

All are welcome to come out and watch and support this fun event.


Is Kindergarten Too Young to Test?

02.26.14IsKindergartenTooYoungby Holly Korbey

In light of recent headlines around standardized testing for kindergarteners in Oregon and New York, the growing voice of opposition against bubble tests is gaining steam.

According to the New York Daily News, multiple-choice questions and bubble answer sheets left New York’s four- and five-year-old students feeling “bewildered,” and some in tears. In one Washington Heights school; the standardized tests were cancelled for kindergarteners after 80 percent of parents decided to opt out.

Read the full story here.

A Moment of Pause

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Embark on the Journey of Love
It takes you from yourself to your self.

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Circle of the Seasons Art Workshop
Saturday, March 8 - 1:30-4:30 pm
Richards Room, EWS High School

Please join us for the third of our artistic workshops celebrating the seasons.  As in the other workshops, we will engage in a variety of activities including drawing, nature observation, singing, creative writing and watercolor painting to deepen our experience of the inner and outer aspects of spring.

Pre-registration suggested as we only have room for 12 participants. 
Contact Peg Carmody at or 919-537-8142.
Cost is $25 plus a $5 supply fee. Workshop is sponsored by the Rudolf Steiner Branch.

The Body Fantastique: Anatomy & Physiology from the Point of View of Soul & Spirit with  Robert Stewart
Monday, March 10, 2014 -  7:00 p.m.
Brown Wing, EWS High School

From diet to diseases, the human physical body is a huge concern for people today, almost an obsession. You can't pick up a popular magazine or newspaper without seeing pages devoted to at least its medical aspect. But the view is generally one of defective parts, or of a complicated machine that all-too-frequently tends to malfunction. Is there anything about the human physical body that justifies using the phrase in Genesis that we are "made in the image or likeness" of God? Is the seat of human conscience and destiny--- that is, the heart----really merely a mechanical pump? And how do the carrots and peas and all the food that we eat become, through the magical process of nutrition, the physical bearer of Soul and Spirit? These are only some of the questions that will be addressed in this lively and provocative presentation.

Robert Stewart had a long career as a highly respected creative homeopath in Woodstock, NY and New York City. A longtime student of Rudolf Steiner, he now teaches a variety of High School Main Lesson blocks at EWS and other Waldorf High Schools.
Presentation sponsored by the Rudolf Steiner Branch and EWS.  Suggested donation at the door $10.

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: 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  Let the good hair days begin!

With most of us on the go each morning sometimes there is no time for a sit-down breakfast.  For a fast food option that is actually healthy, try low-fat, low-glycemic Shaklee Meal Shakes - Great tasting, easy-to-mix drinks that provide 19 essential vitamins and minerals +  a rich source of calcium and protein - the fundamental nutrients that growing kids and teens need to stay strong and healthy.  A non-soy protein choice.  Questions?  Call Joanne Estes (919)929-4534 or email me at    French Vanilla Shake and Bavarian Cocoa.

Dr. 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 for more info.


Relocating from New York: EWS Eurythmy teacher and husband seeking a house to buy near Emerson Waldorf School.  Rental also an option. 
919-308-8316 - Christina Beck.  Please contact with any leads.  Thank you.

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 919-265-8600.

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.

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. The costs are as follows: $5.00/week; $10.00/month or $100.00/school year (10 months). Payment for Community Bulletin Board Submissions should be made by the Friday before the publication week (we publish every Wednesday school is in session.) No charge for advertisements of free events or non-profit organizations. Submit ads to:

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

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Thurs 2/27
EWS Jazz Band rehearsal 3:30 - 4:30 pm
3rd Grade Parent Evening 6:45 - 8:30 pm

Fri 2/28
Parent/Faculty Basketball Game @ Central Rec
4:00 pm MS Girls 
4:30 pm MS Boys
5:00 pm HS Girls
5:30 pm HS Boys
Sat 3/1
PO Health Series: "Balance Your Life with Ayurveda” 
by Shoshanna DiBetta
Brown Wing 
10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Tues 3/4
4th and 5th Grade Strings Concert in the Brown Wing 3:30 pm

School Staff


Steve Bennett x11
Director of Administration

Mary Deutsch x12
Finance Director

Lynda Hollar x10
Administrative Support

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       8:30 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

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