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October 31, 2012
The Emersonian is a weekly e-Newsletter sent to the
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Governance 2

                   HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

happy halloween

Be safe and have fun with your little witches and warlocks!

Parents: Tea With Steve, Weekly!

tea cupDo you have a burning concern, bright idea, thoughtful reflection or just like free tea, coffee, and muffins

Well!  Join your dear Administrator, Steve Bennett along with Admissions Director, Raelee Peirce, every Friday morning any time between 8:15am-9:30am in The Cottage. 

All parents are encouraged to drop-in. Tell us what we're doing well and where we could improve. Mr. Bennett will cheer our hearts each week with a sing-along and then we welcome you to share what is on your heart or mind.

Are you new to EWS?  Have questions?  Please drop-in!!

Tea With Steve (new time, new location)
Fridays (starting November 2, 2012)
The Cottage

The Sugar Sprite Takes Flight!

vintage-halloween-woman-fairies-postcard 2

The day after Halloween, November 1st, you may be lucky enough to get a visit from the Sugar Sprite.

You might ask, “Who is the Sugar Sprite?”

The Sugar Sprite is a fairy-like creature who comes in search of candy. She can get sugar from the flower nectar all spring and summer, but in winter there is not enough nectar to feed herself and all of her wee little sprite babes. She knows that on Halloween, human children have a tradition called trick-or-treating, and that because of this there will be plenty of sugary candy!

The Sugar Sprite works very hard to collect all the unwanted candy to store up for the long cold winter months ahead. And YOU can help her out! Only a lucky few even KNOW about the Sugar Sprite. Those who do can leave their Halloween candy at the doorstep or on the kitchen table with a note to the little Sprite and she will gladly leave them a special treasure in exchange for their candy.

Volunteer Gems


We are so fortunate to have parents who volunteer to clean, bake, speak, make name it, they do it!

Big thank you to these parents who are making EWS shine brighter...

All of you are anointed as a Volunteer Gem!

Did you miss last week's recognition list?  Check it out HERE.

Tina Stevens -
We can't thank you enough for breathing new life into the PO, Tina!  How blessed we are to have your leadership this year.

Keith Bartholomew - We consult your expertise often. Thank you for your time, energy, and willingness to meet and go beyond expectations.

Dee Anne Lamb and Nancy Trueblood - What a service you provide for our community by keeping our beautiful on-campus library organized and accessible!!

Wilson Lamb - We truly would be lost without your assistance with our phone system and many other electronic tasks on campus. It is greatly appreciated by all staff and faculty.

George Buehler - The countless hours you have put into our database configuration are mind boggling.  Sincere gratitude coming your way.

Has Someone Gone Above and Beyond for EWS? 
Nominate them for Volunteer Appreciation recognition!!  Send your nomination to to be mentioned in the next Emersonian.

Happy Birthday!

Make a Wish Dear Faculty...

November 11

Deborah Rogers, 2nd Grade

November 17
Matthew Chicurel, Violin Teacher

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What is SCRIP?
It's a wonderful way to give back to EWS while shopping at your favorite stores!



Holiday Faire Crafting Sessions

fish Dragonfly Toy Store:
When:  Every Wednesday
Time: 9:00am-12pm
Where: Dragonfly Natural Toy and Craft Store, 1607 Skye Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27516 (just several minutes from EWS!)

EWS Handwork Room:
When:  Thursdays
Time: 8:30am-10am
Where:  EWS Handwork Classroom, located in the brown trailer next to the Music trailer on the right as you're leaving the Early Childhood parking lot

No experience necessary; many supplies will be provided. Please stop by, even if you can only stay for a few minutes for inspiration and ideas!

Thank you all for your support. Looking forward to working together!

Feel free to direct any questions to Enchantment Shop Coordinator, Annie Oberstar

Reminder: Book Signing - Thursday!

Eve Cosmic Child 4Please join us for hors d'oeuvres, a poetry reading, and a private book-signing with Eve Olive, author of Cosmic Child.

Suzanne Mays will also grace us with her beautiful lyre music between readings.

Eve and Suzanne were both founding members of EWS. Please come on out!

Thursday, November 1, 2012
Eurythmy Room


Guess Who Went to a Waldorf School?

Julianna-Margulies-Wins-Emmy-460x250Famous Waldorf Graduates...

Jennifer Aniston, movie star
Kenneth Chenault, CEO of American Express Corporation
Michael Ende, writer, author of The Neverending Story
Sandra Bullock, movie star
Julianna Margolies, actress,
star of the television series "The Good Wife"
(High Mowing Waldorf School):
    "The first time I understood the benefit of a Waldorf education was my first week in college. Students around me were flipping out because they were afraid of writing papers. At High Mowing we had at least ten pages to write every night. It was such a big part of our education that I was very confident in my writing. We had to analyze each scene, then write the analysis. I still have my "Faust" main lesson book with me. When I wrote about it, I was able to expand my thinking and make it my own. That's what's so wonderful about Waldorf education. You're exposed to all these different ideas, but you're never given one view of it. You're encouraged to think as an individual."
Other Waldorf students who have famous parents include...
Children and grandchildren of Paul Newman, actor
Daughter of Mikhail Baryshnikov, dancer
Children of Greg Allman, musician (Allman Brothers Band)
Daughter of Tom Waits, musician
Daughter of Jessica Lange and Sam Shepard, screen
Daughter of Lenny Kravitz, rock musician
Children of Glen Frey, singer (The Eagles)
Son of Charles Neville, musician (The Neville Brothers)
Children of George Lucas, film director
Children of James Taylor and Carly Simon, musicians
Children of Clifford Stoll, codeveloper of the Internet and
author of Log Out
Children of John Paul Jones, bass player of Led Zeppelin
Son of Mick Jones, musician (member of the band Foreigner)
Children of Joe Namath, football quarterback
Children of John DeLorean, automobile designer and
Children of Russell Schweikert, astronaut
Daughter of Chubby Checker, “King of the Twist”
Children of Gilbert Grosvenor, longtime editor of
National Geographic


FarmNews 3

Barn-Raising at Emerson Farm

barn raising black and whiteOK, so we're actually raising a shed, but we still need all of the community support we can get.  Please come and join us on Saturday, Nov. 17 and/or Sunday, Nov. 18 between 9:00am and 4:00pm as we rebuild the much needed shed at Emerson Farm.  The shed-raising will be directed by Keith Bartholomew.  Architectural plans for the shed are being drawn up by HS Junior Anthony Day who is interning with Mr. Bartholomew.

We need people
  • with building skills,
  • cooks who are willing to help provide a hearty meal and snacks during the day,
  • and extras who can step in when many hands are needed and work on other projects in the garden when fewer hands are needed. 
Please email Mary Beth Mueller at to let her know that you plan to come or donate food so that we can make sure we have enough food for our workers and enough workers for our food. 

Many thank you's to Beck Kasimov and Zumrad Ahmedjanova who, together with their group from the Legacy Center, tore down our old shed last spring...leaving this lovely space for the new shed.

- Mary Beth Mueller

HighSchoolNews 3

Reminder: High School Open House

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

HS Home BrendanBuildsComputerAll parents are welcome to attend the Emerson Waldorf High School Open House from 7-9pm. 

Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth grade students and their parents are especially encouraged to attend.

Come and learn how Waldorf education unfolds 9th-12th grade...

Monthly Mythology Mondays

Politics and Mythology: Myths of the King

C_Romney_ObamaHS Humanties teacher Angelo Sphere is offering a monthly adult discussion session devoted to mythology.

This will be a chance for us to share our knowledge views and experiences of archetypes, dreams and the incarnation of the heroic in the world.

These sessions are open to EWS and non-EWS community members.

The first session will be:
 Monday, Nov. 5th at 7pm in the High School Faculty Library.
This Month's session will focus on...

Politics and Mythology: Myths of the King preparation for the election.

Forging Ahead!

Piedmont grantOne year ago the whole High School faculty was enrolled in the Renewal week of teacher training in Wilton, NH. We visited the High Mowing Waldorf School, and we were impressed with work done in the blacksmith facility at the school. Jessie Rabius came back to EWS determined to have a blacksmithing program in our school. When 5th grade teacher Kris Ritz invited master blacksmith Allan Green from Hillsborough Woodcrest Farm to do some sample classes, Dan Moise saw an opportunity. We started our first blacksmithing course at EWS High School last year, having Jessie and Dan driving the senior students to Woodcrest Farm to practice.

Mr. Green offered to build a forge for the school at an affordable price. Dan Moise applied for a grant with NC Electric Cooperative’s  “Bright Ideas” program. Our efforts have been successful. Piedmont Electric, our local electric cooperative, has awarded EWS $1,500 for the project. A group of teachers and volunteers will build the blacksmithing facility under Mr. Green’s supervision.

Blacksmith shop

If you are willing to help by volunteering or making a donation please contact Dan Moise, Jessie Rabius, or our school administrator, Steve Bennett. 

– Dan Moise

GradesNews 2

Cancer Dolls Ease Little Patient Fears

pix_-_medical_play_dollsI’m making medical play dolls for kids with cancer. The kids with cancer get nervous when having an IV, so the doctors show how they do it on the dolls. Duke Children’s Hospital has asked for dolls urgently and I really want volunteers or donations.

For more information please contact Cooper Lamb or Chris Lamb at  Thank You! -  Cooper Lamb, 6th Grade Student

Read More About the Project

Wood Working Masterpiece

11th Grader, Nicholas Schneider's stool...

Nicholas' Stool
Poplar legs.

stool top
Top of Nicholas' Stool. 
Oak top milled from Wilson Lamb's
 Hurricane Fran (1996) harvest.
Black walnut wedges.


Sweet Imitation

Snack time at Morning Garden

Beautiful Fall Craft for Little Ones

leavesYou can hang this beautiful leaf mobile in front of a window to let the light shine through the rich colors.

Have a little one collect 5-6 beautiful fall leaves and place them on laminating sheets.  You can assist with the lamination (you can fit several onto one laminating pouch). 

Once the leaves have been laminated, an adult can cut them out (allowing a small margin of plastic around the leaf); your little one can punch a hole in the top, and feed a fine cotton or nylon thread through the holes, and an adult can knot  the leaf into position on the thread as you go.

You can start with a large leaf at the top, using progressively smaller leaves further down. Tie a small loop at the top to hang in the window.  Fall captured through November!

See more of this project

Sports 2

Basketball Season Has Arrived!

basketballTo keep up with the basketball schedule, check the on-line school calendar:


This Week's Verse

Jack-o-lanternsJack O' Lantern, Jack O' Lantern
Your light it doth shine,
Sitting up upon the window
And your light it is mine.

Once you were a yellow pumpkin
Sitting on a sturdy vine
Now you are a Jack O lantern,
And in the night you will shine

Classifieds 2

Events and Classes

Community Gathering for World Peace
Musical Meditations and Peace Prayers from 12 Religious Traditions
Monday, November 5th, 7 - 9 pm
EWS Eurythmy Room
Concert Pianist Kara Choi
This Sacred Circle is profoundly moving because it transforms our conception of 'One Humanity' into an experience. The music opens the soul to universal realms, and the peace prayers uniquely portray our common ground from diverse perspectives.  For more information, please call Kelly Calegar 919-361-0691 or visit www.SophiaSchoolOfMovement.Org.
Sponsored by The Sophia School of Movement

Parents of teens and teens-to-be!
Please join us for an informal learning and discussion group
as we guide our children (and ourselves!) through these challenging
and exciting years. We will meet monthly to discuss relevant topics and
ideas gleaned from a variety of sources, and share our questions,
stories, and experiences.
Our first meeting will be Monday, November 12, at 7 pm in the Woodland Cottage. We hope to see you there!  Questions? Contact
Lauren Nyland: (919) 928-2386 or
Leigh Sparacino: (919) 259-9177 or

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.


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

WERBECK SINGING INSTRUCTION AVAILABLE: 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 living with questions about your life, your relationships, your parenting, your future? Lynn Jericho offers compassionate listening and creative guidance - a Waldorf wisdom for adult needs and challenges. Call Lynn (919-240-4094) or learn more

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 
Therapeutic Painting with Malina Stoychev. November 10, 2:00-3:30pm.  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.


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
This Week's Verse

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

This Week

Thurs Nov 1         
Holiday Faire Crafting Sessions in Handwork Rm
8:30a - 10:00a

Middle School Jazz Band (Gr 6-8) 3:30p - 4:25p

High School Jazz Band
(Gr 9-12) 4:30p - 5:30p

German Lessons
3:30p - 4:15p
Gr 8 Classroom

Eve Olive's Cosmic Child Poetry Reading & Book Signing in the Eurythmy Room 6:30p - 8:00p

Fri Nov 2         
11th Grade Internship Presentations

Tea With Steve in The Cottage 8:15a-9:30a
Post-Modernism, Relational Aesthetics, Post Colonialism and Post Medium Art! Can Anthroposophy Contribute to the Contemporary Discussion? - Nathaniel Williams - in the Brown Wing 7:00p - 9:00p

Sun Nov 4
Daylight Savings Ends!

Mon Nov 5         
9th Grade Parent Evening 7:00p-8:00p

Mythology Mondays with Angelo Sphere 7:00p-8:00p

All School WEANC Meeting 7:00p-8:00p

Tues Nov 6  Election Day
"Old Time" String Band Ensemble 3:30p - 4:30p
2nd Grade Parent Evening 7:00p-9:00p
Wed Nov 7         
Eurythmy for Parents and Friends 8:30a - 10:00a

Holiday Faire Crafting Sessions at Dragonfly
9:00a - 12:00p
High School Open House in Brown Wing 7:00p - 9:00 p

Don't Forget!

Run For Water

runwaterChloe Nash is hosting a run/walk to raise money for charity water as partial requirement for her 8th grade project. Please support her and the organization by participating. The event takes place November 10th at noon. There is a $5 registration fee that will go directly to the charity. Additional donations are also welcome.

Saturday, November 10th
Where: EWS
Time: Event begins at 12:00
3/4 mile run at 12:10
3K run at 12:30
Contact: for further details

Tuesday Markets

artichoke 2
Tuesday Markets run from 8:00-8:45am and 3:00-3:30pm

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