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January 28, 2014

    Jan 30  High School Open House
    Jan 31  PO Game Night!
    Feb 1    Love On a Horse at Blue Skies
    Feb 4    Snow Date for 8th Grade Project Presentations

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Annual Fund Update - Closing In On Goal!

01.29.14AnnualFundUpdateby Lee Marchman
EWS Board of Directors

We're two-thirds  of the way to our $65,000 target.  Many, many thanks to all who have pledged so far. And for all who are still planning to contribute, please act soon to help us complete this important drive. We've budgeted the goal amount, so every uncollected dollar is already targeted to specific activities – mainly teacher training and support. Thanks in advance for helping to keep Emerson Waldorf School strong!

Donate Online NOW!

Dude-Approved EWS Swag & Apparel

01.29.14SpiritWearCheck out our awesome new Spirit Wear! We’ve added cozy spider purple sweatshirts, Dickie work shirts, and other sporty things to keep you warm and sharp this season.  Have your children outgrown their assembly attire?  Are they yearning for organic cotton long-sleeve EWS t-shirts?  Click here to order your dude-approved things today!  Make sure to click on More to see the many pages of offerings.  Prices are very reasonable, so stock up today!



High School Open House THIS THURSDAY

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Discover the Waldorf Difference! 

Prospective Parents and Students Invited to High School Reception & Open House

Thursday, Jan
uary 30, 2014 (Snow Date is February 13 - Check Website)
6:45 pm   Registration
7:00 pm   Introduction & Overview
7:30- 9:15 pm   A Day in the Life

Register: Contact

"By the time they reach us at the college and university level, Waldorf students are grounded broadly and deeply and have a remarkable enthusiasm for learning."

Arthur Zajonc, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Physics
Amherst College

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EWS Summer Camp

01.29.14SummerCampEWS Summer Camp registration is now OPEN and folks are already signing up!  Please take a moment on this chilly day to visit the EWS Website and think about which camps your children would enjoy the most.  We have a number of new offerings, as well as many well-loved programs that children count on each summer.  EWS will participate in the Summer Camp Fair at University Mall on Saturday, February 8 from 10 am-2 pm.  Please come out, check out the programs, and support our music groups who will be performing throughout the day.


Social Inclusion Parent Study Group

01.29.14SICGParentStudyGroup1 2The 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. We will be meeting on the first Wednesday morning of each month in the Woodland Cottage from 8:30-9:30 am, with the first meeting being Februrary 5th. There will also be a separate evening group on the first Monday of each month starting in March. Join us in learning and discussing principles of Social Inclusion! For more information contact Lauren Nyland - , Leigh Sparacino - , or Merideth Tomlinson -

Twister, Monopoly, Charades, and Chess...

01.15.14POFamilyGameNightFriday, January 31st!

PO Game Night returns and will include these games and more for families. All ages and abilities welcome.

Bring a favorite game, cards, or just your enthusiasm. We'll begin to gather in the Brown Room at 5:30 pm to socialize and then share dinner at approximately 6 pm. Games will begin right after dinner.
The PO will provide a vegetarian main dish (including gluten-free options) and drinks; please bring a salad, snack food, or dessert to share. Paper dinnerware will be provided; please bring your own picnic dishes if you'd like. Contact Rhonda at with any questions. We hope to see you there.


The Role of Purposeful Work in a Waldorf Kindergarten

01.29.15KindergartenArticle 2by KAREN SMITH

Karen Smith's article is available at the Online Waldorf Library. The OWL is a great resource for parents and teachers and has an extensive selection of articles, books, and journals about Waldorf Education.

As Waldorf early childhood educators, one of our primary goals is to teach by example. Through our work, the children learn important lessons to prepare them for the academics they will begin in Grade One. This teaching method is quite different from the trend in mainstream education today, where out-of-context abstract concepts provide the basis for all learning, and opportunities for shared work activity with adults are not available.

Read the whole article here.


Senior Class Fundraiser

 "Love on a Horse"
Saturday, February 1, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Pre-book a fun one-hour riding session on a Valentine's Day decorated horse and receive hot cider and home baked goodies for only $40!  

We've had three generations ride together!  ALL the proceeds go to the EWS Class of 2014 for their senior trip and graduation.

Bring your family, neighbors, and friends out for a fun afternoon on the farm. Absolute beginners are our specialty!!

Blue Skies of Mapleview LLC,  3609 Pasture Road, Hillsborough, NC. 200 lb limit, no age limits.

Contact Deborah Pearson-Moyers 919-933-1444 with questions.

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Winter Ultimate Frisbee Team Flying High!

01.29.14WinterUltimateVictoriousThe Ultimate Gnomes emerged victorious in their hard-fought battle with the Durham Academy Greens on Monday. They now stand at #2 in the Triangle Youth Ultimate League, and are headed to the league's Championship Tournament from 9 am - 5 pm on Saturday Feb 1 at Durham Academy Upper School.  Please come and cheer for our team!

A Moment of Pause

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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 nonsoy 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.


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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Wed 1/29
MS Basketball Practice at Central Rec
3:45 - 5:45 pm
HS Girls Basketball Game @ Carolina Friends 
4:00 pm
MS Ultimate Frisbee 
@ Carolina Friends 
4:00 pm
Nursery Parent Evening 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Thurs 1/30
HS Basketball Practice
3:15 - 5:55 pm
EWS Jazz Band Rehearsal 3:30 - 4:30 pm

High School Open House 7:00 - 9:15 pm
(Snow Date is Feb 13)
Fri 1/31
HS Basketball @ HOME
vs Clover Garden
Girls 4:00; Boys to follow
Tea With Steve & Therisa 8:30 - 9:30 am
Winter Ultimate Practice 3:30 - 5:00 pm
MS Basketball 
@ Triangle Day School
Girls 4:00; Boys 5:15 pm
PO Game Night and Family Potluck in the Brown Wing
5:30 - 9:00 pm

Sat 2/1
Board/ College Meeting 8:30 - 11:30 am
Triangle Middle School Ultimate Frisbee Tournament at Durham Academy Upper School
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

"Love on a Horse" 
12th Grade Fundraiser
at Blue Skies of MPV
9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Mon 2/3
CCAL HS Basketball
Tournament Quarter Finals - Girls and Boys
MS Basketball @ HOME vs. Gorman 
Girls 3:45; Boys 4:45
Winter Ultimate Practice 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Mon 2/4
CCAL High School Basketball Tournament Semi Finals
Girls and Boys
MS Basketball 
@ Duke School
Girls 4:00; Boys 5:15
8th Grade Projects
Brown Wing 
7:00 - 9:00 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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