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October 23, 2013
    10/23 12th Grade Parent Evening TONIGHT!
    10/24 School Photo Day for Nursery, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 8th, 9th, 12th Grades
    10/25 School Photo Day for Kindergarten, 4th, 5th, 7th, 10th Grades
    10/25 PO Potluck and Game Night!!
    10/30 Waldorf 101 Series Begins

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Emerson Waldorf School community every Wednesday during the school year.
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Twister, Monopoly, Charades, Chess... October 25!

10.23.13POFamilyNightPO Game Night will include these games and more for families. All ages and abilities welcome.

Bring a favorite game, cards, or just your enthusiasm. We'll gather at 5:30 pm in the Brown Wing to socialize and share a potluck dinner at 6 pm. At 6:30, let the games begin!
PO volunteers will provide tasty soup (vegan/gluten free); please bring a side dish, salad, 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!

Waldorf 101 Series Begins


Ever wonder why there is so much music and art in the early grades?

Why do we wait to concentrate on reading?

Don't quite understand why watching TV and playing video games is discouraged?

Waldorf 101 was developed with you in mind!

Ingeborg Boesch, our Pedagogical Chair, will address your questions and help to make clearer how the Waldorf curriculum is designed to meet children at their developmental level.

Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 8:00 pm

October 30, November 6, 13, & 20.

Come take a glimpse into the magic behind what your teacher does in the classroom.

Please e-mail Renee Militante at to register.

Admin Reminders

Photo Days

A friendly reminder that the new dates for Photo Days are this Thursday, Oct. 24 & Friday, Oct. 25.  See the side bar or our online calendar for the dates when each grade will have pictures taken. Make-up Photo Day will be Tuesday, October 29.

From 8:00 - 8:30 am on both days is the option for sibling or family photos.  If you are interested please come up to the Kindergarten building to have them taken.

Thank you.  – Kelley Wiley

Social Inclusion Policy and Procedures

The healthy social life is found when in the mirror of each human soul the whole community finds it reflection, and when in the community, the strength of each individual soul is working.   – Rudolf Steiner

Social and emotional learning was at the core of Rudolf Steiner's intentions for Waldorf education when the first school was founded, and still is today. Educational researchers now recognize that social and emotional learning is a prerequisite for academic success. At 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. (Current SICG members are Lauren Nyland, Rob Rich, and Merideth Tomlinson.)

To read the full Social Inclusion policy and procedure, please read your EWS Parent Handbook or online here.



Halloween Celebration at EWS


Halloween will be celebrated on Thursday, October 31 in Early Childhood with autumn crowns, capes, and magical leaf-changing wands made by your teacher (shhh...don't tell your little one).  This is a student-only event: parents will behold their little leaf-changers upon pick-up that day. Additional information about Halloween will be provided to you by your class teacher.

Halloween will be celebrated on Thursday, October 31 for Grades 1-12 from 11:05 am -12:40 pm in the Grades classrooms. When the 11:05 am bell rings, Grades 8-12 will meet in the classrooms of the younger grades with whom they have been paired to carve pumpkins. The grade pairings are as follows:

Grade 1- Grade 12
Grade 2- Grade 10
Grade 3- Grade 9
Grade 4- Grade 8
Grade 5- Grade 11
Grade 6-carve independently
Grade 7-carve independently
From 12:00 – 12:20 pm, students will clean up the classrooms and put the pumpkins on display.  At 12:20 pm the outside bell by the playground will be rung, signaling the start of the viewing of the pumpkins.  Students will visit the classrooms starting with the grade above them until they get to 7th Grade and then from 1st Grade to their own classroom for lunch.

At 12:40 pm the school day will resume its normal schedule for the remainder of the afternoon.  At the end of the school day, students will take their pumpkins home to light and enjoy on Halloween night!

Note to Grades parents:
Parents, please help your child select the right size pumpkin to carve, one that he or she can handle and carry independently. Pumpkins need to be brought to school by Wednesday, October 30. On Thursday, please send to school carving tools and utensils designated for pumpkin carving (tiny knives like saws). NO REAL KNIVES, PLEASE!

Many children enjoy leaving their candy out for the Halloween Witch or the Sugar Sprite Fairy on Halloween evening. When they wake up in the morning the Halloween Witch or Sugar Sprite Fairy has switched the candy for a special treasure! Be sure to make arrangements with the Halloween Witch or Sugar Sprite Fairy ahead of time…..

Sign Up for Holiday Faire!

08.27.13HolidayFaireHoliday Faire, Saturday, Nov 23, is fast approaching. It takes everyone’s help to make this a great fundraiser for EWS and a lovely way to share the Waldorf magic with our children and the broader community.

Soon you will receive from your Holiday Faire class parent a link to an online sign-up form for your class’ particular event at Holiday Faire. Please sign up as soon as possible! By using the online service we hope to make this as easy and convenient as possible. (Big thanks to Dana Nicholson for creating all these forms!)

Some Faire activities aren’t held by a particular class, so they need EVERYONE’S help. Check out the links below and see where you can help out:

Coffee Station

Peppy Lemons/Popcorn

Baking Cakes for the Cake Walk
(last year we had 30 cakes, and it was a huge money-maker for EWS. Perhaps we can bake more this year and do even better!)

Puppet Show Ticket Taker
(a super short and easy shift – just 20 minutes)

Parking Greeter


Harvest Café Servers
(serve soup and pizza to the hungry masses)

Havest Café Soup Makers
Please email Alice Armstrong:

Calling All Musicians!

2012-12-01_11.37.39_2The Emerson Waldorf School Holiday Faire is an all-ages event which is eagerly anticipated each year by our community. This year’s Faire takes place on Saturday, November 23. Along with crafting, archery, hayrides, and many other enjoyable activities, music is a vital element of the magic of the Faire. As music coordinator for this year’s Faire, I am looking for interested musicians to contribute their talents. Whether you are interested in sharing 15 minutes of music for the fun Cakewalk activity or would like to perform in one of our High School venues, please contact me as soon as possible. Thank you, and see you at the Faire! Claire Viadro, 919-967-8215 (home) or

Crafty Thank You!

Many thanks to all of the parents and wee ones who have been crafting for Holiday Faire. Check out the beautiful creations that were made for the Enchantment Shoppe during the crafting session over Fall Break!

Let's keep crafting!  Bring your non-EWS friends and join the weekly festivities in the Handwork Room on Thursdays after drop-off. Only 5 more Thursdays before the Holiday Faire!

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Those Soccer Gnomes!

09.11SoccerEmerson Waldorf School Soccer Team defeated Southern Wake Tuesday evening in overtime 1-0. This is the first time the soccer team has made it to the finals of the end of season soccer tournament. Every player on the team played their best game, believed they could win, and played 100% as a team with perfect focus.

In the second half of overtime, with 8.5 minutes left to go, Emily Jolly passed to Anthony Day who shot the ball past the goalie. Liam Pearson-Moyers played outstanding in the goal, not letting anything go past him. The team had to keep their focus and intensity for 98 minutes as Southern Wake was a very strong team, shown by their strong second place finish in the league this season. Southern Wake also was the team to beat as they won the tournament last year.

The finals will be Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at Springwood Park, 1450 Springwood Church Road, Burlington, NC 27215.


Farm Survey

The Farm Based Educators Inspired by Anthroposophy is seeking your input in a survey about kids, farming, and how education can best meet the needs of people and society today and in the future.  Please take a few minutes to go to the link below, located on the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association website, and weigh in on the subject.  Feel free to share the survey with anyone you think might have an interesting perspective or would be willing to fill it out.  We are particularly interested in feedback from younger folks.  Thank you!
10.23.13Farm 2

Mary Beth Mueller
Garden Coordinator


Is Music the Key to Success?

10.23.13IsMusicKeySuccessBy JOANNE LIPMAN
Published: October 12, 2013

CONDOLEEZZA RICE trained to be a concert pianist. Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, was a professional clarinet and saxophone player. The hedge fund billionaire Bruce Kovner is a pianist who took classes at Juilliard.

Multiple studies link music study to academic achievement. But what is it about serious music training that seems to correlate with outsize success in other fields?

Read the whole article here.

A Moment of Pause

Our True Self

10.23.13OurTrueSelf"Each of us is here to discover our true Self... that essentially we are spiritual beings who have taken manifestation in physical form... that we're not human beings that have occasional spiritual experiences... that we're spiritual beings that have occasional human experiences."
– Deepak Chopra

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Science and Spirit Come

TOGETHER to shine
a new light on

It’s not about either/or. Michael Judge will share his 35 years of research on the topic and demonstrate how science and spirit can plausibly complete one another.

Location: Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road, Durham NC 27707

For more information and Early Bird Registration go to or contact Peg Carmody at or phone 919-537-8142

Cosmic Dance Classes
: The Third Sunday of the Month (Oct. 20, Nov. 17, and Dec 15) 1-3 pm in the Eurythmy Room. This movement path is a one of self-healing through Re-union. We utilize the Eurythmy gestures and forms given by Rudolf Steiner as a way of manifesting both the strength and beauty of the Divine Feminine. All are welcome! Donations please : )
Kelly Calegar,  The Sophia School of Movement  www.SophiaSchoolOfMovement.Org

FOR SALE 1998 VOLVO s70, automatic
,  200K+ miles, has a few scratches and dents, never in an accident, runs very well, perfect car for a new driver - $1600. I am the second owner, used it for 1 year and have maintenance records since it came out of the dealer. 919-259.6754


Balance your Life with Ayurveda~ Health & Lifestyle Consultations and Restorative Bodywork tailored to your unique constitution.  Hot Stone Therapy & Ayurvedic Bodywork- A very special gift idea for loved ones, friends, colleagues, or yourself!  Wonderful for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, graduations, and giving thanks.
For monthly specials & more details visit: or call Shoshanna at 919-309-9989.  Offered in my lovely home office just minutes from Emerson.

I am a mother of a 10-month-old daughter and I am looking for work as a nanny. I am inspired by Waldorf education.  When caring for children I value, among other activities, daily rhythm, exploring nature, singing songs, reading stories, making up stories and quiet time. I can provide references from EWS parents. Please email me at

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!

Research shows that your skin can absorb as much as 60% of whatever is applied to it.  That is why it is so important to use a skin care system that has the right nutrients, in the right amounts, and in the right form your skin can use.  55 years of nutrition science by Shaklee has created Enfuselle with the exclusive Vital Repair+ complex.  Check it out here or call Joanne Estes 919-929-4534 ~ All Waldorf customers receive 10% off from me. Have questions about Shaklee? Visit me any Tuesday morning at the Lower School coffee table during my volunteer shift until 8:30 am!

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.

KatieBeth's Learning Garden! We are a retail store and community class space located at 400 S. Elliott Road in the Galleria Shopping Center. Here, you can find the supplies you need for a Waldorf-friendly home, including imaginative natural toys from Camden Rose, Ralph Evans, and Sarah's Silk, fiber arts kits and supplies from Harrisville, beeswax candles, stones, and supplies from Mercurius. We sell new and consigned educational materials and games for your whole family.

Cozy Rental Cottage on wooded lot .5 mile from I-40 and 9 minutes from EWS (4 miles).  3-BR 1 bath, hardwood floors, new fridge, dishwasher, AC, natural gas stove, deck, storage shed, pets negotiable.  3 miles on country roads to Mapleview Ice Cream sunsets!  911 New Hope Church Rd.  $1,000. 919-413-5767, 919-382-9846 evenings.

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 10/23
Junior Internships

Eurythmy for
Parents and Friends
8:30 - 10:00 am

HOME Gnome Invitational Cross Country Meet – All CCAL Teams Competing 3:45 pm Walk-through 
4:15 pm Meet

12th Grade
Parent Evening
7:00 - 8:30 pm  

Thurs 10/24
Junior Internships

School Photo Day
Ms Kathleen, Ms Patricia, 3rd, 2nd, 6th, 9th, 12th & 8th grades 8:00 am - 12:30 pm

Craft-Making for the Holiday Faire 
Handwork Room 8:30 am

CCAL High School
Soccer Tournament Finals
EWS Jazz Band Rehearsal 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Fri 10/25

Junior Internships
School Photo Day
Ms Robin, Ms Ameli, 4th, 5th, 10th & 7th grades
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Tea With Steve
8:30 - 9:30 am
3:45 - 5:00 pm
PO Family Potluck and Games Night, Brown Wing 5:30 - 9:00 pm

Mon 10/28
Basketball Practice Starts for Both MS and HS 

Tues 10/29 
No HS Sports – PSAT Eve
School Photo Day for
11th Grade &  Rain Date and/or Make-up Date
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Kindergarten Parent Evening 7:00 - 8:30 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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