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January 23, 2013
Gr 5 Cello Whole Group
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Waldorf Education Day

Thank You For Participating

Dante for Waldorf EdSaturday, January 19, 2013 was our annual Waldorf Education Day.  It was a smashing success! 

We had over 130 participants, the majority of whom were visiting our campus for the first time.  In fact, we had more participation from the greater community than ever before.  It  was also wonderful to see so many new EWS families in attendance and enjoying socializing with our community

Barbara Holloway, Marketing Director, outdid herself in her promotion efforts and it paid off.  We have thirty-one applications in process for the 2013-2014 school year already and more inquiries every day. 

The spirit of the morning was lovely, and a delicious, healthy buffet was provided by our faculty and staff.  Every full-time faculty member contributed to making this year's event the best one yet, either by presenting Waldorf classes, preparing food, or helping with logistics and child care. The EWS administration and faculty truly worked in unison to create an outstanding program for families.

Music Concert

EWS Winter Instrumental Concert

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    All students grades 6 - 8
    High School Orchestra
    High School Band
    High School Percussion
    After-School Jazz Ensemble

Friday, January 25, 2013
Concert begins at 6:30 p.m. 
Instrumentalists should arrive by 6:00 p.m.

Community Church of Chapel Hill
Unitarian Universalist
106 Purefoy Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Important Details:

This concert will last between sixty and ninety minutes.
Formal concert dress is required.  All performers must wear long, dark dress pants or a long, dark skirt and a long-sleeve white shirt or blouse.  Dress socks/stockings and shoes are also required. 

Please be in touch with our Instrumental Directors if you have specific questions:

    Matthew Chicurel, Orchestra:
    Jason Child, Band:
    Kyle Duppstadt, Percussion Ensemble:
    Erich Lieth, Jazz Band:

A wintry mix is possible Friday and snow is currently forecast as "likely" for that evening.  Please be on the lookout for an announcement regarding the EWS instrumental concert.  If dangerous weather is expected the concert will be cancelled, and we will schedule opportunities for you to hear the ensembles in other ways.

We will need some logistical help. 
Can you volunteer?

--Stage hands, three individuals: 5:45 - 6:15.  Clear stage area and set up chairs and stands for concert
--Clean-up, three individuals: after the concert.  Vacuum and sweep the floor as needed; be sure that everything is back in order; pick up papers and lost items; check that bathrooms are clean; take out the trash.
We are guests of very gracious hosts, and wish to thank them by leaving everything even more beautiful than we found it.

Thanks for all of your support.

Jason Child

Admissions: Host Family Found!

Thank you for the abundant generosity of so many families willing to host our visitors from Sarasota Waldorf School.  We have been blessed to have a new family to EWS who are familiar with Sarasota Waldorf School and acquainted with the visitors.  The visiting family will be in excellent hands while they are here.

Save the Date

AWSNA Regional Conference

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The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America Regional Conference will be held March 8-9, 2013 at the Emerson Waldorf School.

We will need ten beds for AWSNA conference presenters for March 8-10.  Contact Jason Child,  if you can host.  Thank you!



EWS Students at MLK March

MLK Hillsborough March 2013-2

Emerson Waldorf students kindergarten to 6th grade attended the Martin Luther King, Jr. March in Hillsborough, NC on Monday, January 21, 2013. The students learned about Martin Luther King Jr. in their After-school class last Thursday and were excited to attend the march together.

Healing Circle: Please Come

Prayers, Poetry, Song

heartPlease join us for a healing circle for Solana Smith.  Solana is the middle child of Adriana and Travis Smith, parents to Isabel in 3rd Grade and Sawyer in Nursery.

Solana went into the hospital during the holiday break with the flu and remained there for 12 days and nights, her parents by her side.  She was released after the holiday break with the hope that her health would improve.

Solana is due to return to the hospital for tests this week.  All are invited to say prayers, recite poetry, sing, and connect with her healing in mind.

Thursday, January 24, 2013
Eurythmy Room

Please bring something to share or just come to participate.

College Acceptances

EWS Class of 2013

acceptCollege acceptance letters are trickling in; many more should begin to arrive late in January.  As of today, the following offers of admission and merit scholarships have been received by our seniors:

Allegheny College (PA) + merit scholarship

Elon University (NC) + merit scholarship

Guilford College (NC) + Presidential scholarship

Hendrix College (AR) + merit scholarship

Kalamazoo College (MI) + merit scholarship

University of North Carolina at Asheville

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Stetson University (FL)


Our Volunteers

Appreciating One Another

A shout out goes to Renée Schwartz, Kindergarten parent extraordinaire  for her design help with Waldorf Education Day and Summer Camp collateral.

Thank you to Rebecca Moore-Bowers for her generous contribution of 3 dozen bagels and cream cheese for Waldorf Education Day!

Nominate EWS faculty, staff, or parents to be acknowledged for efforts toward our community and school!

Send your nominations to

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Events & Classes

HORSES, HORSES, and more HORSES. Late February afterschool horsemanship lessons and Women's Intuitive Riding groups for moms are now forming for weekdays and Saturdays. Renew your love for these "Dolphins of the Land" or begin a new relationship formed on partnership and trust. Blue Skies of Mapleview LLC is "Where horse sense is stable thinking" since 1996. Also currently accepting applications for summer 2013 Horse Camp.  Please go to or call Deborah Pearson-Moyers 919-933-1444 for more information

Drop-in Playgroup:   Families who are exploring the tenets of Waldorf education and parenting are encouraged to bring their babies and toddlers any Wednesday, 9:30-11 a.m. starting January 9, 2013. Playgroup facilitator Lisa Stauffer lives in Carrboro and has over ten years of experience guiding young children through rhythm, baking, nature, and seasonal crafting.  She looks forward to sharing these nurturing ways with children and their parents.  $10 per family, per playgroup gathering.  Refreshments served.  Contact Lisa for more information and directions at or 919 929 9827.


Nick's Plumbing and More:  Nick Schneider continues to solve problems with plumbing, machines, water filtration, heating, general maintenance, carpentry, winterizing equipment and pools.  Nick has been a Waldorf dad of two for fourteen years and a plumber for twice that. He is the favorite "go-to problem solver" for the Pearson-Moyers family. Call Nick's Plumbing and More at 336-684-7407.  Reasonable rates.

SHAKLEE 180 ~  Clinically tested products and a program to help you lose the weight and learn how to keep it off.  Being healthy begins with a healthy weight.  If you are overweight, the most critical action you can take to reduce your risk of developing future health problems is to lose weight.  Start with our Shaklee 180 Weight-Loss Program ~ validated by thousands of satisfied customers.  For more information click here  or email Joanne Estes at  Joanne is the proud grandmother of four Waldorf children and is enjoying her new turnaround with this program.

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)

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.

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


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 non-profit 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.


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E-Newsletter Design and Graphics
E-Newsletter Content and Layout - Raelee Peirce & Barbara Holloway

This Week

Wednesday, 1/23
Eurythmy for Parents and Friends 8:30 am - 10am

Boys HS Basketball @ HOME vs. Camelot 4pm

1st Grade Parent Evening 7pm - 8:30 pm

Board Meeting 7pm - 9 pm
Thursday, 1/24    
Healing Circle for Solana

Pre-K to 1st Grade TOUR 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Friday, 1/25    
Tea With Steve
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Instrumental Concert, Grades 6-12
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Monday, 1/28    
3rd Grade Field Trip to Masset's Farm
12 pm - 3:15 pm

Girls HS Basketball @ HOME vs. Clover Garden 3:30 pm
Boys HS Basketball @ HOME vs. Clover Garden 4:45 pm
9th Grade Parent Evening 7 pm - 8:30 pm
Tuesday, 1/29    
Ultimate Frisbee at Triangle Day 4:00 pm


School Staff


Steve Bennett x 11
Director of Administration

Mary Deutsch 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

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