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May 28, 2014
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Important End-of-Year Events

Rose_Ceremony The end of our productive 2013-2014 school year is coming to a close.  Please note the following changes to our end-of-year events:   
  • We are celebrating the end-of-the-year Rose Ceremony on FRIDAY, MAY 30th at 2:00 pm at the Hinoki Theater. Each class will provide an offering to wish the graduating students well on the next stage of their journey. We will also be saying goodbye to all the departing faculty and staff.

  • Field Day and Lake Day are on Thursday, June 5th.

  • On the last day of school, Friday, June 6th, at 10:45 am the 1st through 11th Grades will have an in-school celebration to "pass the baton" as each class is briefly introduced to their upcoming grade. The students will be dismissed from their classrooms at 12:00 pm.
We look forward to these new traditions and welcome anyone to attend. We thank you for noting that the initial rows of seating in the Hinoki Theater are reserved for Classes One through Eleven. Parents are welcome to sit in the unreserved seats. Due to the limited seating, please feel free to bring a folding chair from home.

Thank you - The Festivals Committee

New and Improved Hinoki

Two years ago, at the Gala, $6000 was raised in the new ‘Fund a Need’ section of the auction. Work began and plans were made. On a balmy Friday evening, May 23, 2014 we were entertained by the High School’s students in music, song, poetry and puppets. Starting in the ‘new, improved' Brown Wing (acoustics completed), we ended at the now newly completed Hinoki Theatre, rebuilt through a further generous contribution of the Mandeville Foundation and the Mandeville Family.

This is the Hinoki before restructuring began:

This is the Hinoki on Friday evening.

The theater has already hosted a dozen performances. Here the High School Chorus concludes our Best in Show evening.

Thanks to EWS community members Kathleen Stone-Michael, Will Bethune, Robert Long, Jacques Menache, Anthony Day, and Francisco Plaza, the Hinoki was ready for our end-of-year plays. Thanks to Keith Bartholomew, our builder, we have a beautiful, well-constructed day & night performance space that will be the scene of hundreds of shows over the coming years. Bravo Keith!

"In memory of their grandparents & parents, Ann Adams Mandeville and Hubert Turner Mandeville, and the contributions they have both made to education including the Emerson Waldorf School over their lifetimes, as well as the 20 years Courtney, Kempton, Henry, and Estelle have been a part of the Emerson Waldorf School, the family wanted to give back to Emerson. Our decision was to make a tangible gift to the school by making funds available for the Hinoki Theatre project through the generosity of the Mandeville Foundation and the Mandeville Family." 

Goodbye from Ms. Ameli

Ameli Fairman-Evans KGI am retiring at the end of this school year after my lifelong work with Waldorf Education and the young child.

I wish to thank the Emerson Waldorf School: the faculty, staff, board, and all the parents and children it has been my privilege to meet during my twenty years at this school.

I thank the community for their support and many kindnesses and learning opportunities.

With my sincere wishes for the future of this wonderful school and Waldorf Education.

Ameli Evans



Auction/Gala Tickets and Raffle!

5-13Gala3You may purchase your tickets online at, e-mail Kelley Wiley, or look for our volunteers down at the drop-off/pick-up circle.  There are no physical tickets but we will put your name on the list!  You can pay with cash, check, or through your TADS account – just let us know!

EWS tuition discount raffle May 2014
Look for the raffle sales at the drop-off/pick-up circle!
  1. You may buy as many $25 tickets as you want. Each purchased ticket will be entered into a random drawing at the EWS Gala/Auction on May 31, 2014. You do not need to be present at the Gala to win.
  2. The owner of the winning ticket will receive a $1,000 credit towards his/her EWS tuition bill in the 2014/2015 school year.
  3. If, by May 31, fewer than 40 tickets have been sold, the drawing will not be held and the $25 purchase price will be refunded to each ticket holder.
  4. All are eligible to participate except employees of EWS and members of its Board of Directors and their families.
  5. All proceeds will become income of the Emerson Waldorf School.
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!

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Starry Night Artwork by Nancy Moore (EWS HS Parent)

What is Social Inclusion?

03.26.14SocialInclusionGroup-1At Emerson Waldorf School, we see children's social interactions at school as opportunities for learning and growth, and we strive to provide an environment where children can learn constructive responses to social difficulties. The Social Inclusion approach is a natural extension of the already existing practices in the workings of the school that embody these beliefs and values, and the Social Inclusion Coordinating Group (SICG) is the committee that carries out this mission. To find out more, read the Social Inclusion Section in the Parent Handbook (p. 20 ) or contact SICG members: Kathleen Stone-MIchael, Rob Rich, Lauren Nyland, or Merideth Tomlinson.

Summer Camp at EWS – Register Today!


Summer is almost here, and we have many new, exciting camp 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 invite your friends and neighbors to join you! 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

Candor Plaza
Summer Camp Director
Emerson Waldorf School



Please Return Your Library Books!

Unknown-1Dear Parents
It’s time to start looking around for any books that belong at EWS. If you are still using a book, feel free to keep it, but please let us know what you have. Please return any books you or your children have borrowed from the EWS Libraries in the classrooms, Office and Faculty Room.  Your  prompt attention to this is greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

Dee Anne Lamb and Nancy Trueblood


P.O. Year in Review

522POhighlightsThe PO had a very productive and successful year! Take a look at our accomplishments! Thank you Parents!!

  • Back to School Social
  • FOUR Workdays
  • Reworked financial procedures for the PO
  • Purchased copies of Renewal magazine for all new families
  • Game Night Potlucks
  • The Health and Wellness Series
  • Holiday Social
  • Valentine's Day treats and cards for faculty
  • Two ice skating gatherings
  • Refreshments after 3 musical evenings
  • Holiday appreciation gifts for Administrative staff
  • Survey about available camps during breaks and families' needs
  • End of year cookout
  • Rewriting the PO Bylaws

We thank all the parents for a wonderful year, and we thank our College of Teachers representative Carol Kubik for all of her support. We also would like to thank Mary Deutsch and Kelley Wiley for their endless support!

We look forward to another community-building year next year with our new officers that were elected last week:
Coordinator: Leigh Sparacino
Assistant Coordinator: LisaMarie Smith
Treasurer: LisaMarie Smith
Secretary: Shauna Hay
Secretary: still open
Hands: Keith Bartholomew
Hearts: Rhonda Child-Lanning
Heads: still open

Save the Dates!

BTSPicnicGo ahead and mark your calendars now for the annual PO Back to School Potluck Picnic: Sunday, August 24th from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. 

And SAVE THE DATE for a visit from Kim John Payne – – sponsored by the PO. Kim will offer a public lecture at the school Friday night September 12th – "The Soul of Discipline." He will lead a workshop the next day on the broad topic of what it means to be a socially inclusive school, and especially how this relates to our role as parents. All interested EWS community members are welcome to join us.


We're Expanding Our EC – Spots Available!

01Due to the great demand in our Early Childhood program, we are adding a 3rd Kindergarten!  In addition to accepting applications for Kindergartners who are 4 by June 1st or turning 5 this summer, we are also accepting applications for potty-trained Nursery students ages 2.5 to 4 years.  Please let your friends and neighbors know!

We will have a Tea & Play for inquiring parents and their preschoolers on Monday, June 9, 10-11am. 

Please forward the link below to any parents who might like to register for this introductory event:

Morning Garden: Full Year Program!


2014-2015 Kicks off our full-year Morning Garden program.

Applications are now being accepted.

If your child turned 1-2 years old by March 1st, 2014, he or she is eligible to enroll in our beloved Parent-Child program called Morning Garden. (Children are not younger than 12 mos nor older than 24 mos by March 1, 2014.)

This popular parent Waldorf education program prepares a child for a smooth transition into our Nursery program by age 2.5 and provides parents with a strong foundation in understanding Waldorf's perspective of the young child. 

Parents enroll for 24 Friday classes for 2014-2015 from September to April.  Nursery teachers Kathleen Stone-Michael and Kyle Dunlap will be facilitating each Morning Garden class of 8 parent-child pairs. 


4th Grade Field Trip



Senior Plans Class of 2014

After_GradAnthony Day will be studying Engineering at Lynchburg College (VA) on a merit scholarship.  He plans to transfer to the University of Virginia after 3 years on their 3/2 program. He hopes to make lots of friends and lots of money.  Anthony is excited to explore himself and the world. 

Emily Jolly will be attending Ursinus College, a liberal arts school in PA, on a merit scholarship.  She is unsure what her major will be, however she is excited to explore all her options.

Jake Marchman will attend Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, where he plans to study Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Jebe Moiwai will be attending Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH on a full tuition scholarship.  She will be pursuing her interests of Psychology, Spanish, Global Studies and Environmental Studies.  Jebe is thrilled to be traveling, meeting new people, and exploring different possibilities academically.

Liam Pearson Moyers will be deferring for a year to travel in Europe and work in restaurants (a smorgasbord in Norway?) before attending the University of North Carolina at Asheville in the fall of 2015.

Malcolm Price plans to spend a gap year working and pursuing his interest in film until matriculating at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC in the fall of 2015. He hopes to incorporate his interests in comedy over the next year and maintain a steady income. 

Nicholas Schneider will be working in Chapel Hill in an attempt to be financially self-sustaining.

Oliver Child-Lanning will be attending Haverford College near Philadelphia, PA, on a merit scholarship.  He is not sure what he will be studying but is interested in Music, Political Science, Social Sciences, and Art.

Next year Shanti Rogers plans to pursue her art through new, as of yet unexplored avenues.  While her major at Columbia College Chicago (IL) is undecided at present, she can see herself going into graphic design for practical application to the outside world or perhaps becoming an illustrator.

Tristan Mead will attend University of North Carolina at Asheville this fall.  He will be studying New Media and History.

Tudor Comaniciu will be studying in the pre-med track at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


--Kathleen Jackson, College Counselor, HS

Best in Show

Brilliant evening!  Thanks to Laura Guinan and Peter Moyers for bringing Best in Show to our community.  What an enlightening evening of music, art, and drama performed by our talented High School students!





Click here for more pictures.

(Thanks to Tim Dowdall Photography for photographing!)

High School Curriculum Trips

Grade 9 Farm Trip to Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, PA, where students worked alongside developmentally disabled villagers and Camphill co-workers in the dairy, orchard, vineyard, CSA farm, cafe, weavery, pottery, and herb garden.




Grade 10 Odyssey Trip to New Bern




Grade 11 Botany Trip to Natural Tunnel State Park, VA
, where students began their Botany block with a creek walk through a natural tunnel and further explored nature through caving, botany hikes, kayaking, and snorkeling for clams and plants.  The trip ended with an enlightening visit to an apiary, where students witnessed two swarms, 40 hives, and a beautiful biodynamic garden!






Grade 12 End-of-Year Trip to New York City!





Spirit Award and Golden Gnome


Jake Marchman and Emily Jolly win the "Spirit Award" and Kaylen Alexis the "Golden Gnome"


The last athletic event of the season took place last Monday with the parents/alumni/faculty taking on the High School Ultimate Frisbee team. The team took first place in the Central Carolina League and fifth place out of ten in the Triangle Youth League this season. They showed their strength in defeating our adult team even though we had alumnus Forrest Jackson and coach Alan Best on our team.

Following the game there was a cookout and awards were granted. An annual Ultimate award "The Golden Gnome" was given to Kaylen Alexis for his strong leadership and work ethic. An annual "Spirit Award" was started last year; Forrest Jackson '13 was the first winner as his spirit inspired this award. Forrest and Alan jointly presented the award this year to two players, Jake Marchman and Emily Jolly, who have shown their spirit in all four years of High School sports at Emerson Waldorf School. Jake was captain of the Cross Country team and a leader in Ultimate Frisbee but perhaps his most spirited move was to play basketball this season after not playing since Middle School. Emily has been on every sports team possible since her freshman year. When there were not enough players to make a basketball team, she joined forces with another school to play. Both Jake and Emily demonstrated not only great spirit but excellent integrity, leadership, and sportsmanship.

Thanks to all the parents and grandparents who have supported the eighty percent of our students who participate in our sports program. It has been a wonderful season and year!

A Moment of Pause...


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Camp Registration is now open for Oak Leaf Farm’s Natural Horsemanship Camp
, the only Natural Horsemanship camp in the area.  Children are naturals when it comes to horses.  We want to nurture that ability at our camp with great experiences for them to remember the rest of their lives.  For more information go to

AT SPENCE'S FARM, CHILDREN BLOSSOM. SIGN UP FOR SUMMER CAMP NOW! Every week from June 9 through August 22, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM, Monday to Friday with AM/PM Extended Care available.  Enjoy horseback riding, swimming, hiking, gardening, feeding the farm animals, woodworking, pottery and fun in our hay maze. We still have a few spaces left for Rainbow Campers, Ages 4-7, Trailblazers, Ages 7-11, and Tween Adventures, Ages 12-15.  Call 919-968-8581 or apply through our website:

The 5 Great Adventures Camp is now open for registration.   The camp that was created by kids for kids.  5 different adventure themed days for the camper who has a variety of interests.  This is a camp your child won’t want to miss.  One week only!  This camp will fill quickly so register today.  For more information go to

Blue Skies of Mapleview offers its sixteenth year of summer horsemanship day camp. 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.  919-933-1444  Special 20% off for Waldorf students and friends attending camp on week 1 June 9-13!!

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 Or contact us to find out more about our farm at

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!

Most people who suffer with allergy and sinus problems feel that they must resort to using medications that have unpleasant and even dangerous side effects.  For those who may be interested in safer, more natural alternatives, check out this article about some of the premium products offered by Shaklee.  Interested?  Call Joanne at 919-929-4534 or go to her website.  Shaklee is also offering a free bottle of OmegaGuard (fish oil)  for new members with qualified orders.  Ask me about it!

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.


Beautiful 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

Are you relocating?  Buying or selling a home? 
As your fellow EWS parent and a Realtor®, Eve Van Buren can help.  Guiding families through the home buying and selling process with sensitivity, integrity, and patience – and supporting EWS with a donation for every sale.  Please call with your real estate questions.  Contact Eve at 919-259-1042 or

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

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:

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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Wed 5/28
4th Grade Coastal Trip
Handwork Parent Group in Handwork Room
8:30 - 9:30 am
1st Grade Play 
"Prince Ivan and the Little Sister of the Sun" 
Gazebo 9:00 am
1st Grade Play
"Prince Ivan and the Little Sister of the Sun" 
Gazebo 2:30 pm
12th Grade Play
"Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club" 
Brown Wing 7:00 pm

Thurs 5/29
4th Grade Coastal Trip
Auction/Gala Decoration Creation in Handwork Room 8:15 - 9:30 am
6th Grade Play 
"King Arthur" on the 1st Grade Playground 9:45 am
8th Grade Field Trip to 
Mi Peru Cafe
12:45 - 2:15 pm
EWS Jazz Band Rehearsal 3:30 - 4:30 pm
12th Grade Play 
"Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club"
Brown Wing 7:00 pm

Fri 5/30
4th Grade Coastal Trip
6th Grade Play 
"King Arthur" on the 1st Grade Playground 9:00 am
2nd Grade Sampling in the Eurythmy Room 10:00 am
Rose Ceremony 2:00 pm
Hinoki Theater
12th Grade Graduation 
7:00 pm 
The Murphey School 
3717 Murphey School Rd Durham, NC 27705

Sat 5/31
A Starry Night Auction/Gala 6:30 - 11:00 pm
The Murphey School
3717 Murphey School Rd Durham, NC 27705 

Mon 6/2
7th Grade Play
"The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" 
6:00 pm Hinoki Theater

Tues 6/3
7th Grade Play 
"The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" 
6:00 pm  Hinoki Theater

Wed 6/4
Handwork Parent Group Handwork Room
8:30 - 9:30 am
Social Inclusion Parent Study Group
Woodland Cottage
8:30 - 9:30 am
7th Grade Play 
"The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" 
6:00 pm  Hinoki Theater
Alumni Reunion at
Industry in Carrboro
7:00 - 9:00 pm

Thurs 6/5
6th Grade Knighting Ceremony
Field Day Grades 1-7
Lake Day for HS/8th Grade 8:30 am - 3:15 pm
Nursery Potluck - Last Day no AFTERCARE/NAP 10:15 am
Kindergarten Potluck - Last Day- No Aftercare/NAP 11:00 am
EWS Jazz Band 
Performance  7:00 pm
SECU Family House 

Fri 6/6

LAST DAY Half Day 12:00 DISMISSAL for 1-11th - NO AFTERSCHOOL 12:00 pm
8th Grade Ceremony 
7:00 pm
Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist
106 Purefoy Rd, 27514 

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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