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September 28, 2016
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Michaelmas and High School Ribbon Cutting Tomorrow


Each year the rich Waldorf curriculum offers opportunities for children to celebrate different festivals from around the world. Michaelmas, the feast of Saint Michael, is a festival that we celebrate yearly as a school community and EWS families, friends, and alumni are welcome to join us.

Read more about the Michaelmas Festival on our ANNUAL EVENTS website page.


(Rain Date: Friday, September 30, 1-3pm - we will make the Rain Date call by 10am Thursday Morning so check your email!)

Grades 1-12
Remember to Wear Red* on the Day of the Event
  • 1:20pm Songs and verses from the grades.  Grades 1, 2, 3, and 4 will perform "Michael and the Dragon" play at the outdoor Hinoki Theater behind the High School.
  • 2:00pm "Town Crier" invites Hinoki guests and students to the HS Courtyard where Michael will "fight" the dragon.
  • 2:30pm Board President, Mark Hulbert, will share some remarks, and we will cut the ribbon for the new building.
* We traditionally wear Red on Michaelmas as a symbol of courage and will.  Other "flame" colors such as yellow or orange are also acceptable.

Mom's Night Out Bonfire This Saturday Night!

Mom's Night Out Bonfire
Saturday, October 1st, 6pm
Mary Latham's Meadow
4829 Hollow Oaks Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

P.S. Dad's Night Out Bonfire – Saturday, November 5th, 6pm

Photo Days: Oct. 5 & 6


Wednesday, October 5 and Thursday, October 6
Quick facts to make photo day easy and successful…

John Elkins Photography is returning once again to capture your child’s beauty and charm while raising money for our lovely school.

Bring a comb from home to have your child’s hair touched-up. Pictures may be full-body, so be aware of what they are wearing.

The following classes for Wednesday: Both Nurseries for class picture only; Bluebird Kindergarten, 3rd grade, 5th grade, 9th grade, 1st grade, 10th grade & 11th grade.

The following classes for Thursday: Hummingbird Kindergarten, Goldfinch Kindergarten, 2nd grade, 8th grade, 12th grade, 4th grade, 6th grade & 7th grade.

* For those who would like sibling photos taken they will happen from 8:00am-8:30am on each day.

Pictures will be taken outside in natural light up near the Kindergarten building.

Make-Up / Rain Date—Thursday, October 13th
(The call for cancellation because of rain will happen the morning of the date involved.)

Soon after the photo day, you will receive an order form with the proofs all on one sheet for easy ordering. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends can order your child’s pictures from this one package. Also, a photo CD will be offered at a lower cost than most other photographers with full printing rights! So, by ordering the CD you may print as many pictures as you like of any size and email them to distant family – a truly great deal!

Hard Copy Directory Available

Parents in Grades 1-12, if you would like to get a copy of the EWS 2016-17 Directory, please email Kelley Wiley,

And if you haven't yet, please consider downloading the EWS Mobile App for easy access to all contacts, the school calendar, newsletters, website, admissions, handbook, forms, campus map, EWS facebook, and more.  Just go to App Store, search for Emerson Waldorf School, and download straight to your phone.  It's that easy!

Announcing the "Hearts Speak" Project

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Children learn from the hearts of the adults who
love them. Teachers, parents, and students know this best. Write your story of transformation when teachers’ hearts connect with students’ hearts. Help the cause of educational freedom by explaining the power of human connections which no artificial intelligence can replace.

It’s easy! Type a personal story of 600 words or less in a Word document and upload it at by November 30, on the theme of “transformations in children’s lives that can only happen when there is a heart connection between teachers and students.”

A qualitative research study will use the stories submitted. Storytellers can be public and private school teachers, parents, and students. All stories will be accessible to the public via the Hearts Speak website. Your anonymity will be protected in the research study.

The Avalon Initiative is co-sponsored by the Research Institute for Waldorf Education and the Hawthorne Valley Center for Social Research.

Early Childhood Open House October 8th!

Tell your friends! 

Our next Early Childhood Open House is October 8th 10-11:30am for newly inquiring families who intend to apply for the 2017-2018 school year.

Applications for our Early Childhood program are due January 6, 2017.

Interested parents may e-mail for details.

Quote for the Week



"Be the change you wish to see in the world."

– Mahatma Gandhi

Upcoming Events

9/28   7th Grade Field Trip to Chestnut Ridge 8:30am
9/28   Early Childhood Information Session 1:15pm
9/28   MS X-Country @ Durham Academy 3:30pm
9/28   HS Soccer @ HOME vs. Hawbridge School 4:00pm
9/29   Michaelmas starts @ Hinoki at 1:15pm
9/29   HS X-Country @ The Hawbridge School 3:45pm
9/29   MS Girls Volleyball @ Gorman Christian Academy 4:00pm
9/30   9th Grade Field Trip to Nasher Museum 9:00am
9/30   HS Soccer @ Piney Wood Park vs. Camelot Academy 4:00pm
9/30   MS Girls Volleyball @ Gorman Christian Academy 4:00pm
10/1   P.O. Sponsored Mom's Night Out Bonfire 6:30pm
10/3   11th Grade Lunch 11:45am
10/5   Photo Day 8:00am
10/5   HS Girls Volleyball vs. Southern Wake 4:00pm
10/5   HS Soccer @ HOME vs. Fletcher Academy 4:00pm
10/6   Photo Day 8:00am
10/6   HS X-Country @ Umstead Park 3:45pm
10/7   9th Grade Field Trip to Ackland Museum 9:00am
10/7   MS X-Country vs. Triangle Day School 3:30pm
10/7   MS Girls Volleyball vs. Carolina Friends 4:00pm
10/8   Early Childhood Sampler Morning 10:00am
10/10 All High School Parent Evening 7:00pm
10/11 Free PSAT Prep Session w/ Rich Tapper-10th/11th grades in lab 6pm


Our Mission

The Emerson Waldorf School provides an integrated Waldorf curriculum and environment which encourage and promote independent thinking and social responsibility as well as academic and artistic excellence.

The unique gifts and contributions of each child are honored through a developmentally appropriate awakening of thinking, feeling, and willing. Further, the Emerson Waldorf School understands children as beings of body, soul, and spirit, and guides them to develop compassion and reverence for themselves and the world community.






Emersonian Publishing Team:

Kelley Wiley - Content, layout, correspondence
Raelee Peirce - Content, layout, correspondence
Christina Wise - Content, editing
Barbara Holloway - Content, photos, editing

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