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October 10, 2012
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Governance 2

Parent Organization Meets Tonight!

ews_campus (8 of 27)Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Eurythmy Room.

Come early for refreshments at 6:45; meeting from 7-9.

We had such a great turnout for the last meeting and hope even more of you are able to join us tonight.

-You have a choice to have a voice-

Tina Stevens, President
Merideth Tomlinson, Vice President
Ann Stephenson and Adriana Smith, Secretaries
Katja Moos, Treasurer

Heads Committee-This committee organizes campus lectures, brings outside speakers, and organizes Waldorf Education Day. Contact Jeanne Jepsen @ for more information.

Hearts Committee - This committee is responsible for welcoming new parents to the school, thanking faculty and parents for work done, organizing teacher/staff appreciation days (fall and spring), and coordinating help for community members in times of need. Contact Glenn Peirce @ for more information.

Hands Committee - This committee organizes whole-school work days and puts together plans for playground, landscaping, and carpentry projects. Contact Tina Stevens @ for more information.

Whilst Shucking Corn

Whilst Shucking Corn 3Background    
Piano and a pristine, passionate teenage voice singing “Oh she used to be a pearl, oh ho ho, yeah she used to rule the world, oh ho ho... she is unstoppable...”

   Daydreams about how she used to rule the world, continues to shuck corn...

Young Kid   
Out of the blue, “I love my school because of you and your friends.”

Mom    “Really, why’s that?”

Young Kid  
  “Because you’re making the school.  You’re bringing more people and making stuff happen.”

  “And what if I weren’t involved in your school?” thinking that she might like to rule the world again...

Young Kid 
   “It’d probably be a plain school and not as good as this...”

Mom    “And what about your teacher?”

Young Kid    “She’s awesome too!”

Recent words from a teacher: 
“I am truly grateful for and value all the volunteer hours and financial contributions that so many give to our school, because what we do for our school benefits our children and, in turn, the whole of humanity.  It is in freedom that we determine our own ability and level of comfort for giving. Thank you for all you do.”

Support EWS - SCRIP Fundraising


Did you know that schools all around us are earning thousands of dollars just by their parents going grocery shopping or buying online items?

There are several very easy ways to help support our school program.  You Can Make the Difference!

•    Buy Whole Foods SCRIP at the Lower Grades at pick-up on Tuesdays and Thursdays: EWS earns 5% back on every $1 spent with SCRIP prepaid gift card!  Whole Foods SCRIP will also be available at Dragonfly on Wednesdays 9:00-3:00 and Fridays 11:00-2:00.

•    Weaver Street Market: purchase a gift card and ask the cashier to assign it to EWS (#108) and repeat every time you recharge your card. EWS earns 5%, averaging $5K-$6K annually!

•    Food Lion: link your MVP card at your local store or at

•    Harris Teeter: link your VIC card annually at your local store’s checkout or at:

•    Target: go to  to link your Target credit card to EWS

•    OneCause:  Just go through this site  to do your online shopping at well-known retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Gap, etc.

•    GoodSearch: register with this Yahoo! internet search engine to earn money for EWS every time you do an online search or shop through their website:

Contact Danielle Tanzer with any questions:
(919) 523-1744 or




A baby boy was born to Michelle and John Gruwell.  Carson Edward Gruwell was born on Oct. 3rd at 1:34pm weighing 9 lbs and 4 oz. Cameron, in Ms. Kathleen's class, is now a proud big brother!

A baby boy was born to Julia Wacker and John Beck.  Silas David Beck was born on October 2nd, at 9:20pm.  He weighed 7 lbs 13 oz.  Henry, in Ms. Kathleen's class, is also a proud big brother!  

Everyone is doing well and resting.


Mobile Manners: How Even Putting Your Phone on the Dinner Table Can Convince Your Friends You Don't Care

phonesMobile phones can damage personal relationships merely by their presence even when not in use, according to Essex researchers.

Two studies showed that if a mobile is visible during a conversation it causes people to feel less positive towards the person with whom they are chatting.

The findings suggest that fiddling with your mobile or simply leaving it in view during a romantic dinner or a meeting with a friend could be a serious social faux pas.

Read the Full Story

Waldorf Education and the Socratic Method

WALDORF_SCHOOL_05_11_2012_4421The Socratic Method of teaching aims to increase understanding and critical thinking skills through inquiry. Memorized facts are soon forgotten. Children learn best by asking questions spawned from genuine interest.

This goes against an assumption some have about the purpose of schooling. Waldorf educators believe that the purpose of education is NOT to instruct students.

Surprised? Consider this except from the whitepaper: Assessment without High-Stakes Testing: Protecting Childhood and the Purpose of School.
    “The teachers’ task is not to convey what they know to their unknowing students, then confirm the efficacy of this transaction by testing the students’ ability to remember––or at least recognize–– what they have received. … A teacher’s task is … to draw out students’ nascent capacities.

    Herein lies the fundamental difference between in-struction,  which in its etymological origins means to pour stones (Latin structus) into an empty vessel, and e-ducation, which in its origins means to lead or draw (Latin ducere) forth or out (Latin e-). When they instruct, teachers insert what they know into the empty vessel of the student who knows not. By contrast, when they educate, teachers draw forth from a student what he or she in some sense already knows, whether implicitly or explicitly. Like Socrates in Plato’s dialogue Meno, the teacher coaxes from the students––with the help of skillful leading questions–– responses that help them figure out the lesson for themselves, instead of waiting for the teacher to supply it.”
What would using the Socratic method look like in the classroom? Here’s one example:

During a science lesson, the teacher blows up a balloon by combining baking soda and vinegar. Instead of telling the class that an endothermic reaction produced CO2, the teacher asks them: What happened here? Who has an idea? The teacher can then lead the inquires and debates between students. Then the teacher might have a few students hold the balloon and ask: What do you notice about it? Then the teacher can guide students inquiries about the implications of its temperature and weight.

In this way, together as a class, they take the time to truly learn the why and how of this experiential science.

Link to this Article on the Spring Valley Waldorf School Blog

FarmNews 3

3rd Grade Gardeners - Rain or Shine!

Garlic Herb Butter

butterOur seventh grade chef this week was Leland.  Leland baked delicious home made bread for us and made garlic, herb butter to go on top.

To make the garlic herb butter, he peeled a bulb of garlic, washed and chopped some basil, threw it all in the blender with some butter and voila!

Pungent and delicious, a little goes a long way!

Visit the Emerson Farm Blog for more pics and recipes!

HighSchoolNews 3

College Admissions Counselors Visit EWS HS

futureFall is the season when college, university, conservatory, and art school admissions representatives travel across the country and around the world to visit high schools.  High school visits allow them to meet guidance counselors and prospective students, present information about their institutions, and learn about the schools in their admissions territories.

An admissions representative who visits EWS will meet first with our College Counselor, Kathleen Jackson.  Ms Jackson provides an overview of Waldorf education, gives a tour of the HS building and other parts of the campus, and offers specific information about our students, their accomplishments, and their paths following graduation.  Many college admissions officers are not familiar with Waldorf education, or have mistaken ideas about it ("Isn't Waldorf education the same as Montessori?").  When they visit our high school, they learn about our Main Lesson block schedule, see examples of Main Lesson books and our students' art, and get an idea of the academic rigor of our program along with the spiritual basis of the pedagogy.

Whenever possible, admissions visitors are also scheduled to meet with our high school students.  We love for them to present information and images of their schools, and answer our students' questions.  Often these presentations will happen during lunch so that all interested students can choose to attend.  Otherwise they are scheduled during the 11th grade College Guidance period.  Often a junior will become interested in a college's programs and will follow up by visiting there during a school break. 

Seniors who meet visiting college reps may end up adding to their list of schools to which they will apply.  The visits also afford an opportunity for seniors to be interviewed by the admissions officer.  This is a wonderful convenience, as many of the colleges are outside of easy travel distance, plus there is a certain comfort in interviewing on one's own home turf.  Often the admissions officer who visits is the person who will read applications from our school.  It is highly advantageous for our students to have met and to have made a good impression on the person who will have the most say in their admissions decision.

Since 2008 the number of admissions visitors to EWS has gone from five per year to sixteen.  In the winter and spring we will host representatives of gap-year programs and more art and design schools.  Hosting admissions representatives at EWS allows our high school to be better known in the world of higher education, and contributes to a greater understanding of the Waldorf movement.  It leads to a wonderful cycle--as more admissions officers get to know us, our students have greater success in being admitted to colleges, conservatories, and art schools.  This success in turn leads to greater awareness of Emerson Waldorf School as a strong high school which graduates students of character and capacity....and more and more institutions want to visit us. 

GradesNews 2

Experiential, Educational Opportunity for Third Grade

photo 1by Dani Mouawad

The Integrative Healing and Educational Center (IHAEC), in collaboration with Orange County Forestry, offered EWS 3rd graders a unique opportunity to learn about natural tree succession. 

As pine trees reach full maturity, they will naturally be replaced by deciduous trees, such as white oaks. The filling that recently took place at the IHAEC (in preparation for future construction of the Center) has facilitated this natural succession.

photo 2

On Friday, October 5th, Jake Pressley, the Ranger of Orange County Forestry, and his team, taught 3rd graders about the ecological practices that nurture healing for all beings.  Acorns that were collected from the same genetic pool at the Emerson Waldorf School campus were carefully distributed throughout the land of the future Healing Center by the warm and tender hands of Malina Stoychev’s class. 

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It was a very joyful experience for all participants – parents, children, and teachers alike.  The Integrative Healing and Educational Center looks forward to future opportunities to collaborate with the EWS community in order to more fully understand and offer healing to all beings through the everlasting gifts of Mother Nature.

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Wood Working Master Piece

eli's spoon

Eli's Spoon – From Log to Art & Utility

pear wood spoon


Kindergarten Handwork - Embroidered Blankets

A Magical Scene From the 9/29/12 Puppet Show

Sports 2

Dorian, From Girls Middle School Cross Country Team

MS XC Girls Compete
Girls Middle School Cross Country Team Competing

EWS Basketball is Coming...

basketball 2

Basketball season is just around the corner. Middle and High School students interested in basketball – please read below:
Completed and signed consent and a physical forms
. (Both forms are on the EWS web site under Parents, Useful Documents, and then scroll down to find the consent and physical forms).  Place completed forms in the "Sports" mailbox in the Main Office.
Basketball shoes
Shoes worn on the court may not be shoes that have been worn outside. Students must carry their clean basketball shoes to the gym and change into them once they are inside. Shoes worn outside will ruin the court. 
Coaches: Marty King for the MS Girls and Strouse Campbell for the MS Boys. Tim Dowdall for the HS boys and Paul Reily for the HS girls. I will send out more background on the coaches in the future.
Transportation: Hopefully the buses will remain fully functional and will be available to deliver your players to practices and games. If they do break down, we will need parent assistance. Please let me know if you are able to assist in driving the players to practices or games in these emergency situations.  We don't want players to miss games due to lack of drivers. You will need to be an "Approved Driver."  If you are willing to drive, let me know, and I will tell you how to become approved.
Cost: Basketball is a very costly sport. Court rental costs $35 an hour.  Hiring referees costs an initial $200 for scheduling, plus per game cost of  $130 for two referees. We also pay our coaches (basically minimum wage when you add up all the hours) and pay for balls, uniforms, first aid, and gas. To help defray these expenses, the charge per player is $250. 
 Water:  Players are responsible for bringing their own water bottles to games and practices. Since the water fountains at Central Rec are not right in the gym, players need water bottles at the bench. 

 Mary Kirchoff, Athletic Director

This Week's Verse

High School Afternoon Verse

teaching(Last week's Emersonian highlighted the High School Morning Verse)

To wonder at Beauty
To watch over Truth
To esteem what is Noble
To resolve on the Good

It leads human beings
To aims in our lives
To right in our actions
To peace in our feelings
To light in our thinking

And teaches us trust
In the workings of God
In all that exists, in all the world, in depths of soul.

Classifieds 2

Events and Classes

FREE Workshop: Eating For Energy  Thursday, October 11, 2012 6:30pm-8:00pm. What would your life be like with an abundance of energy and vitality? What foods are best to eat to increase your energy?Join MS Certified Health Counselor, Leah Gibbons at the Emerson Waldorf School, Eurythmy Room.  Reserve your spot

Parents of teens and teens-to-be!
Please join us for an informal learning and discussion group
as we guide our children (and ourselves!) through these challenging
and exciting years. We will meet monthly to discuss relevant topics and
ideas gleaned from a variety of sources, and share our questions,
stories, and experiences.
Our first meeting will be Monday, November 12, at 7 pm in the Woodland Cottage. We hope to see you there!  Questions? Contact
Lauren Nyland: (919) 928-2386 or
Leigh Sparacino: (919) 259-9177 or

Briar Chapel Craft Fair - Reserve a table for your creative pieces!  The fair is November 17, 2012 at Briar Chapel.  1/2 Tents are $25, Full Tents are $50.  Read the details in the flyer.

For Sale

Audubon Society Birdseed and Shade Grown Coffee for Sale!
Click Here for the Order Form.


Looking for a new or used Waldorf related item... toy, musical instrument, book? Visit The Waldorf Exchange at

WERBECK SINGING INSTRUCTION AVAILABLE:  Free half-hour lesson in the Werbeck method of singing developed by Valborg Swardstrom Werbeck, a contemporary and colleague of Rudolf Steiner who brought about a truly healing and strengthening way to sing based on her Anthroposophical research into the nature of the human voice.  Joanna Carey has 20 years of experience and training working in this method and can help others to find a renewed relationship to their own voice and body. Joanna has worked with voice problems as well as psychological and physical issues through teaching user-friendly exercises to bring positive results in a multitude of situations.  Sliding scale fee of $40-60 per lesson.   Call 919-885-7569 or email her at

Are you living with questions about your life, your relationships, your parenting, your future? Lynn Jericho offers compassionate listening and creative guidance - a Waldorf wisdom for adult needs and challenges. Call Lynn (919-240-4094) or learn more

Are you deficient in Vitamin D?
"Vitamin D Is possibly the most important thing you can do to improve your health and save yourself from many chronic diseases" -David Servan-Schreiber, M.D.,Ph.D
Take the Vitamin D Quiz at
(Joanne Estes, a grandmother of 4 EWS students and at 69 she is living healthy, strong, and prescription-free).

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)

Composted Cow Manure For Sale
4 Cuyds, $125, delivery beyond 10 miles of Calvander extra. 968-1123

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.

Dragonfly Natural Toy and Craft Store 
Saturday, October 6, 2012 2-4pm  Autumn Needlefelting Workshop with Carol Kubik, $25.  Like us on Facebook or visit our website for more information.  Call Charlotte or Danielle with questions at 919.265.9734.
(EWS parents Charlotte Schnetler and Danielle Tanzer).

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)

TUTORING AVAILABLE:  My name is Susan Shmania and I am an EWS alumna, UNC graduate, NC Licensed Teacher, and Master of Education graduate student offering tutoring services for students with and without disabilities.  Services include Reading, Homework Help, Study Skills and Organizational Skills, Handwriting, Writing, Math, and Spanish.  Please see for more information or contact me at or (919) 283-6777.

TWIG COUPON  To show TWIG’s appreciation and support, for each coupon that is redeemed in a purchase of at least $20, Twig will donate $5 to your school or organization.  This will apply to all qualified purchases including those from the start of our program.

The TWIG coupon is good until mid-October, so there is still plenty of time to take advantage of the offer.  Thank you. – Kelley Wiley


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 nonprofit 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.


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



Farm News
High School News
Grades News
EC News
This Weeks Verse

School Staff

Steve Bennett x 11
Director of Administration

Tara Furze 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

Dates to Remember

10 - HS Soccer Home 4p
10 - PO Meeting 6:45p
11 - Eating For Energy 6:30p
11 - 11th Gr Parent Eve 7p
12 - 1/2 Day N-8th Gr
(After School until 6p)
12 - Full Day HS
15-19 Fall Break!

Don't Forget!

W.O.W.* Bakery

cookies*Waldorf One World

Lucy will be selling her baked goods for this last week in the mornings 8am-8:30am!

Mountain Biking Changed to THURSDAYS

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Parents, faculty, staff, high schoolers, and friends!

Come out and hit the EWS woods trails with Ian and Barbara on THURSDAYS 12:45-1:15pm. 

We’ll meet at the High School every Thursday.

Make sure to wear your helmets!

EWS' Published Author

Eve Cosmic Child (426x640)EWS Founder, Eurythmist, and recent author, Eve Olive, has published the book, Cosmic Child: Inspired Writings from the Threshold of Birth,

Save-the-Date for an elegant  reception honoring Eve's accomplishment on Thursday, November 1, 6:30-8pm. Location TBA. Adults will not want to miss Eve's Poetry Reading and Book Signing!

EWS 2012-2013 School Calendars $5

EWS CalendarAre you enjoying your beautiful EWS School Calendar? 

Share them with grandparents, friends, and colleagues.  We have calendars for sale in the Main Office for only $5.00!

Tuesday Markets

Farmer's Market 2
Tuesday Markets run from 8:00-8:45am and 3:00-3:30pm

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