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May 29, 2013
      4th Grade Coastal Plain Trip 5/28-5/31
      1st Grade Class Play 5/30-5/31 9 am Eurythmy Room
      Senior Class Play 5/30-6/1 7 pm at Lion's Club in Carrboro (Age 17+)

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From Administration & Faculty...

Administrator's Desk...

DSC_0624Dear Parents

Over the next 12 months we will be refining the High School IT Curriculum into a model we believe  suits a Waldorf School in the 21st Century.

Our final setup will involve a range of PCs and Macs but will center on Open Source machines. The Curriculum will address modern needs and sensible applications of computers as they fit our Chapel Hill context.

We are in one respect starting at the top and working backwards. Next year, we will further develop the Video/Music Technology lessons that began this year. In this light we are looking at enhancing our existing Mac lab with machines that may be lying dormant and unloved at home. At this point most any laptop or iMac would be of use, as I am able to customize most Macs to some extent. We will enhance our PC setup at the beginning of next year, so stay tuned.

In the mean time, any support or donations would be greatly appreciated and put to good use.

See you at Tea with Steve on Friday, our final for the year, looking at 'The Teacher's Meditative Life.'

Steve Bennett

2012-2013 EWS YEARBOOKS Arrived!

yearbookAvailable Friday After School!
Your copy of our 2012-2013 yearbook may be picked up between 3:00 and 3:35 on Friday, May 31st at the lower school benches.

A parent or guardian signature is needed in order to receive the yearbook. If a parent/guardian is not able to be at school Friday afternoon, you must provide a signed note giving your child authorization to pick up the yearbook. Yearbooks will not be released to children without parent or note.

Spend the weekend perusing this photo-rich keepsake. Your child may bring his/her yearbook to school next week if desired to obtain autographs during recesses. The yearbooks may not be brought out during class time. Teachers may have additional guidelines that must be followed. Your child is responsible for his/her yearbook and its whereabouts. Each yearbook will have a label inside with name and grade. It is advisable to write your child's name again on the inside cover.

There will be a limited supply of yearbooks available for purchase for those who were unable to pre-order or for those wanting additional copies for a cost of $50. Checks may be made out to EWS. Thank you.

Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy!

Holiday Faire Planning, Already?

starsThings are moving beautifully for the 2013 Holiday Faire!  We are getting a surprise jump on event planning for next school year.

Our Holiday Faire Chair
for 2013:
Janet Buehler
, mom to Jamie, Malcolm, and Aidan

Janet has many years of experience as an EWS parent, staff member,  and committee member.  We are so lucky and grateful that she accepted our request to oversee this beloved event. 

As the Chair, Janet and her Logistics Co-Chair will consult with the coordinators (food, music, vendor, enchantment shoppe, classroom crafts, parking, activities, and ticket sales) to ensure that each has a job description, time line, and time commitment. It is our goal for this year's Faire and all consecutive years that a Holiday Faire Manual will be provided to the Chair.  Janet will be compiling the manual this summer with her co-chair and coordinators. 

Stay tuned for next week's Emersonian for more details of our Holiday Faire Coordinators, the date, classroom craft assignments!

EWS Summer Camps


Summer Camp is right around the corner and promises to be SUPER FUN-PACKED and INSPIRING FOR ALL AGES! 

All but Week 3 (July1-5) of the Childhood Magic camps are now FULL and many of the theme camps have also filled.

These great camps currently have space available:
MAKE IT BIG, get small  Ages 7-10
JAZZ CAMP  Ages 13-18 (Two Week Camp)

Time to get your registration in if you haven't already! See the website for descriptions and to register or contact Candor with any questions:

Happy Birthday Faculty!

birthdayTuesday, June 4
Shannon Wiley - 6th Grade Teacher
Peter Moyers - Practical Arts Teacher

Caring Corner

Care Corner 5-29 IN MEMORY OF

Late one evening a dad and his son quietly planted a tree.  They wanted to catch the many nights of rain last week to give it a good beginning in its new home.   I want to thank all of the Nursery Parents who contributed this beautiful maple tree in Don Michael's memory.  The last thing he did on campus was to help Ian with the "planter" that is in the EC parking lot, now the home of the tree.   I appreciate your heartfelt gift and will think of him each time I come and go from school.

 Thank you and much love, Kathleen Stone-Michael

Eye on Our Alumni

Kate Brady, Class of 2007

529KateBradyKate Brady is a graduate of the Emerson Waldorf High School Class of 2007. 

She is currently in her second year of graduate work at Vanderbilt University studying Machine Learning which is a subfield of Artificial Intelligence. 

Machine learning blends methods from statistics and computer science to make computer programs that can create evidence-based models of the world. 

Kate is currently working on making computers judges of creativity, which she hopes will eventually be used someday to assist designers and to prioritize grants.  Kate graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2011 with a degree in Discrete Mathematics and a minor in Computer Science.

EWS Alumni Reunion Next Tuesday

529AlumReunionPlease join us at The Depot in Hillsborough on Tuesday, June 4, 7-9 pm for infectious grooves, intoxicating guitar, and a relentless drive of EWS soul and passion. Depot Bucks Card at the door welcomes all EWS alumni, EWS HS students, and EWS faculty to choose age-appropriate beverages, wine and craft beer, and indulgent snacks. Please bring your friends, family, significant others, and instruments for the jam session that will happen after we visit together and enjoy the rhythms of our HS Rock Band and other talented members of the EWS music scene.

We're looking forward to catching up with you!  Please share this invitation with all alumni you know, and make sure to like the EWS Alumni Facebook page!



1st Grade Play

1st grade playJoin the 1st Grade for their magical fairy tale play.

Thursday, May 30, 2013 9 am
Friday, May 30, 2013 9 am

Both performances will be in the Eurythmy Room, which is located at the Lower School, the last classroom on the backside of the 5-8th grade building.

3rd Grade Curriculum Trip

by Cole Holloway

What an awesome trip!  We visited Minka Farm, which is owned by an EWS family.  At Minka, we fed goats the compost that we collected from our meals, we explored coyote dens – luckily the coyotes were all out hunting!  We went creek sloshing and got stuck in mud; we went through a pipe to escape the perils of an electric fence while searching for the old homestead; some sang at the top of their lungs into the silo, while others climbed the silo up to the vine boundary; we went gardening and cut asparagus that would be sold to local markets and restaurants, including Panciuto in Hillsborough; we went boating on a beautiful pond; we shoveled manure and fed the ducks; we made fires, carved sticks, and roasted marshmallows; we even played collaborative games like moon ball, giants elves & wizards, whole-class jump roping, and sculpting classmates into our own creations!  It was a wonderful three-day trip, but I’m glad to take a rest now from the busy farm life!





6th Grade Play

6th grade playJoin us for a
showing of:


Monday, June 3, 2013

6th Grade Class Play - The King's Folly (In-school student audience)
8:45 am - 10:00 am
6th Grade Class Play - The King's Folly (In-school student audience)
1:25 pm - 3:00 pm
6th Grade Class Play - The King's Folly (cast members must be at the stage by 5:30pm) 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
6th Grade Class Play - The King's Folly (In-school student audience)
8:45 am - 10:00 am

6th Grade Class Play - The King's Folly (In-school student audience)
1:25 pm - 3:00 pm

6th Grade Class Play - The King's Folly (cast members must be at the stage by 5:30pm) 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

All performances scheduled for the Hinoki Theater.

8th Grade Class Trip


Last week the 8th Grade took their class trip to the Living Earth School program outside of Charlottesville, VA. The class began the week taking off their shoes and slipping into the green of the spring forest to 'fox walk.' The week started with a chilly evening in the cabins, but the temperatures rose steadily as the week progressed.

Throughout the week, each student learned to make his or her own fire and craft beautiful spoons, cups, or other utensils. In addition, we all descended into the earth on Wednesday and explored a 'wet cave' filled with tight passages and muddy pits. Thursday evening was spent tending individual fires and reflecting on the trip and the journey that our class has taken together.


On Friday we packed up and headed to Washington, DC for a night and a day. We saw the sights and were lucky enough to attend 'Twelfth Night' at the The Folger's Shakespeare Theater. Then we drove home through the rain, arriving back at EWS in high spirits on Saturday night. Many thanks to the parents of the class of 2017 and all of the individuals who made this amazing trip a reality.




Senior Class Play this Thursday-Saturday

detectivejpg_2“Clever Dick” by Charles Marowitz is a bawdy spoof of the British detective novels and plays that have been so popular in modern literature.  Colonel Calverley is dead and someone is the killer.  Will Detective Farcus and Special Assistant Potts figure it out before the killer kills again?  This play is for older teens and adults only due to the language and the provocative content. 

Get a babysitter, laugh all evening!

Thursday May 30, 7pm
Friday, May 31, 7pm
Saturday, June 1 7pm

All showings will be at the Lion's Club in Carrboro for audiences 17 and older.5/

Best in Show 2013

What a fabulous evening of music and art!  From High School chorus, flute, piano, poi, brilliant videography, the mantis expo, drumming, dramatic reading of novella-in-progress, guitar, jazz/blues, poetry, and rock to the stunning collection of drawings, paintings, sculpture, and woodwork, our Best in Show was the best ever!  Thank you EWS High School, Laura Guinan, Jason Child, and Peter Moyers for an enlightening evening. Check out more pictures on EWS Facebook.





9th Grade Curriculum Trip

The 9th Grade, along with chaperones Ms Guinan, Mr Griffin, Ms Mueller and Ms Durovich, had a whirlwind week in Virginia and Washington, DC.  They visited Polyface Farm, featured in The Omnivore's Dilemma; visited art museums and government buildings in DC; and toured Monticello near Charlottesville.  Pictured below is the group with Representative David Price.


10th Grade Curriculum Trip

The intrepid 10th Grade, accompanied by Mr Moise, went on their own odyssey, canoeing and backpacking in the mountains of western North Carolina.  Emily Boykin (EWS '10) who is in her third year of the Outdoor Leadership program at Brevard College, was their expert guide for the trip.

10th grade trip 2013 hikers

10th grade trip 2013 rocks

11th Grade Curriculum Trip

The 11th Grade Botany trip, led by Mr Campbell and Ms Pienaar, took place at the stunning Natural Tunnel area of southwestern Virginia.  Plants, ecology, and geology were all topics of exploration for the group.

11th grade botany trip 2013 view 2

11th grade botany trip 2013 cave

Senior Class Trip

The 12th Grade took four days at Ocean Isle to relax together one last time and get a head start on preparation for their Senior Class Play.  Mr Moyers and Ms Rabius joined them on their lovely coastal retreat.

12th grade trip 2013 sunset

12th grade trip 2013 shay

12th grade trip 2013 evening


High School Ultimate Frisbee Picnic



Brave souls Therisa Pienaar, Dan Moise, Strouse Campbell, Alan Best, Lars Nyland, Mary Kirchoff, Lee Marchman, Peter McKinnis, Francisco Plaza, and Keith Bartholomew took on the High School League champions last Wednesday night. The League champion Gnome Brigade won, but the Faculty and Parents team gave them a pretty good game. 
Alan Best was recognized as Gnome Brigade's outstanding coach.  Captain Forrest Jackson won the annual "Golden Gnome" award. The "Golden Gnome" is a coach's award given to the player who gives their best effort, participates in a high percentage of practices and games, and inspires others to play their best.
All the players on the team were recognized for their contributions to this championship team.


Forrest Jackson also was honored with a new award. Ms. Kirchoff unveiled a plaque with Forrest's picture on it. The plaque read:
"Emerson Waldorf High School Annual 'Spirit Award'
Given to the student who most exemplifies all that is great in sports.      
Forrest Jackson's spirit on and off the field has inspired this award. Therefore it is only fitting that he is pictured on the plaque and is the first recipient."
Forrest won this award for many reasons, chief among them that he is such a good role model for others. He was able to make all the Ultimate games fun whether we were winning or losing, and he inspired so many to play so many sports.  When the cross-country team needed someone to run for the CCAL Gnome invitational, he ran.  When the soccer team needed a goalie, he volunteered.  He claims that basketball is not his game, but he has worked so hard at it and has developed into a very good player.  Forrest was able to convince a team of 16 teenagers to get up at 6:30 am to play Ultimate on a Saturday and Sunday, and they all had fun because he helped to make it fun.
His name was engraved on this plaque and there is room for 24 more names. The plaque will stay in the High School. Please stop by and check it out!
Congratulations to the Gnome Brigade!



Have American Parents Got It All Backwards?

529HuffingtonPost 2Christine Gross-Loh
The Huffington Post
May 7, 2013 

We hold some basic truths as self-evident when it comes to good parenting. Our job is to keep our children safe, enable them to fulfill their potential and make sure they're healthy and happy and thriving.

The parent I used to be and the parent I am now both have the same goal: to raise self-reliant, self-assured, successful children. But 12 years of parenting, over five years of living on and off in Japan, two years of research, investigative trips to Europe and Asia, and dozens of interviews with psychologists, child development experts, sociologists, educators, administrators, and parents in Japan, Korea, China, Finland, Germany, Sweden, France, Spain, Brazil, and elsewhere have taught me that though parents around the world have the same goals, American parents like me (despite our very best intentions) have gotten it all backwards.

Imagine my surprise when I came across a kindergartener in the German forest whittling away on a stick with a penknife. His teacher, Wolfgang, lightheartedly dismissed my concern: "No one's ever lost a finger!"

Ellen Hansen Sandseter, a Norwegian researcher at Queen Maud University in Norway, has found in her research that the relaxed approach to risk-taking and safety actually keeps our children safer by honing their judgment about what they're capable of. Children are drawn to the things we parents fear: high places, water, wandering far away, dangerous sharp tools. Our instinct is to keep them safe by childproofing their lives. But "the most important safety protection you can give a child," Sandseter explained when we talked, "is to let them take... risks." 

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Summer office Hours

Beginning June 17th, the Main Office will be open
Monday - Friday from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Regular office hours will resume on August 12th.

Thank You Abbott Family!

ew-picnic-185Community picnics, Holiday Faire sausage grilling ... these events required EWS to ask families to lend their gas grills for use. No more! The Abbott Family has graciously bestowed the school with a fantastic new grill!

Thank You Trisha, Steve, Rob, and Jack!!

Moment of Pause...


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Sacred Art Tour
The Tibetan Monks will be at Saxapahaw Art Gallery, June 12-16.  For more information visit  They will also be selling their wares made by Tibetan refugees.  

Harmonia Studio Presents
An Evening of Classical and Original Music
Saturday June 1, 2013
6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
Christ United Methodist Church
Southern Village 800 Market St, Chapel Hill, NC
Music by Bolcom, Debussy, Debussy-Heifetz, Saint-Saëns, Yiruma
Premieres by Harmonia composers
Virtual Choir with  singers and sound engineers from around the world
EWS students and alumni performing
Free Admission


Going out of town this summer and looking for someone to take care of your pets and home? Look no further than graduating senior Forrest Jackson.  I have been pet and house-sitting for 7 years, and have taken care of more than 30 animals - from dogs and cats to chickens and parrots.  I'd love to meet yours!  Contact me at, or (919)-614-1653

Fun!  That's what summer is for.  Explore!  The wonders of the horse world.  Learn!  New skills of Horsemanship. Children are naturals when it comes to horses. We nurture that natural ability at our camp with great experiences for them to remember the rest of their lives.  Registration is still being accepted for Natural Horsemanship Camp at Oak Leaf Farm. 

Three weeks of summer horse camp at Blue Skies of Mapleview now FULL. Only weeks 4 (July 8-12) and 5 (July 15-19) have a few openings left. I hope to fill the spots with Waldorf students (my favorites after being a Waldorf mom for 26 years).  This holistic horse camp runs from 8:30-3:00 Mon-Friday and involves all aspects of horsemanship and riding every day including mounted games, bareback riding and trail ride. Beautiful art projects, horsey games and a dip in the pool round out the day. For boys and girls 7-17 years of age. or call 919-933-1444 for a brochure from Deborah Pearson-Moyers.... or run up and ask the woodworking teacher, Mr. Moyers for a reference!

No More Toxic Cleaning in Your Waldorf Home!  The Shaklee Get Clean Mini Kit includes everything you need for a non-toxic, clean home or your child's classroom! With its incredible powerful formula, Basic H2 dominates grease, grime, and dirt 1,000 different ways. Super concentrated, it can be used indoors or out on any washable surface. Just two ounces of Basic H2 provides the same cleaning power of 728 bottles of the 26 ounce size of Windex original formula. No wonder you can save so much money by using Basic H2.  Call or email EWS Grandma, Joanne Estes, your Shaklee Consultant for your non-toxic home consultation or host a Get Clean home party; or 919.929.4534.

EWS’s resident artist/ hairdresser Nancy Ann Moore, has moved her business to Flow, 587 Old Farrington Road Chapel Hill NC  27517   Book your own appointment on line at or call the salon at (919)918-7776 or Nancy’s private cell (919)260-2495 Go with the Flow and support Nancy and let the good hair days begin!

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)

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


5 Ellen Place in Chapel Hill  available as of July 1
3 bdrm 1.5 bath 1200 SF big kitchen,W/D, hardwood floors, tile baths
new furnace, gas heat,stove,dryer
Fenced backyard, carport, ample on site parking
Private area on cul de sac, friendly but quiet neighborhood.
5 min. walk from MLK/ Frequent bus service.
$1250/month, One mo. security dep. Prefer year lease
Reply to or call (919) 360-3721

Dear EWS Community, my daughter and I are looking for housing. We are grateful to have lived in a beautiful home this last year and will need to move again at the end of the school year. Ideally, we would love a long-term house sitting situation, perhaps for someone on sabbatical. We are looking for a cat-friendly 2-bedroom home no more than 15-20 minutes from school. We appreciate any and all leads. Thank you, Deborah Rogers, Second Grade Teacher, 949.510.0244

Let The Home Team help you “Find Home” 
Now conveniently located in Timberlyne Shopping Center, our locally-owned real estate company has been helping clients, including several EWS families, “find home” since 1990. For more information or to speak to one of our experienced agents call 919.967.6363 or visit Also, please stop by to check out our exclusive, interactive window display! 

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 in 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 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:

Jamie Lamkin - Design and Layout
Raelee Peirce - Coordinator
Claire Viadro - Creative Content
Forrest Jackson, Kathleen Jackson, and Barbara Holloway - Editing
Kelley Wiley - Correspondence and Advertising

This Week

Wed 5/29
4th Grade Field Trip to Carolina Beach State Park

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

MS Ultimate Frisbee Parent/Faculty Game
3:30 - 4:30 pm
Thurs 5/30    
4th Grade Field Trip to Carolina Beach State Park
Waldorf Works 
Campus Tour N-HS
8:30 - 10:30 am

1st Grade Class Play  Eurythmy Room
9:00 am

12th Grade Class Play "Clever Dick" performed at the Lions Club in Carrboro - Appropriate for 17 & up 7:00 pm
Fri 5/31    
4th Grade Field Trip to Carolina Beach State Park
Tea With Steve 
8:30 - 9:30 am

1st Grade Class Play  Eurythmy Room
9:00 am
12th Grade Class Play "Clever Dick" performed at the Lions Club in Carrboro - Appropriate for 17 & up 7:00 pm

Sat 6/1        
12th Grade Class Play "Clever Dick" performed at the Lions Club in Carrboro - Appropriate for 17 & up 7:00 pm
Mon 6/3        
6th Grade Class Play 
"The King's Folly" (In-school student audience)
8:45 - 10:00 am
6th Grade Class Play
"The King's Folly" (In-school student audience)
1:25 - 3:00 pm

6th Grade Class Play 
"The King's Folly"
 (cast members must be at the stage by 5:30 pm)
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Tues 6/4        
6th Grade Class Play 
"The King's Folly" (In-school student audience)
8:45 - 10:00 am

6th Grade Class Play 
"The King's Folly" (In-school student audience)
1:25 - 3:00 pm
6th Grade Class Play
"The King's Folly"
(cast members must be at the stage by 5:30 pm)
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Alumni Reception at The Depot in Hillsborough
7:00 - 9:00 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       8:30 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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