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March 6, 2013
Spanish 1-16-2013
The Emersonian is a weekly e-Newsletter sent to the
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From Administration & Faculty...

AWSNA Regional Conference

AWSNAMarch 8-10, 2013
What Makes a Waldorf Student Unique? Exploring the essential skills that will help children meet tomorrow’s world with Keynote Speaker Jack Petrash and a wealth of other speakers and workshops.

Click Here to register and for the details of the conference.

Grandparents' Day March 28th

grandparents day 3Heralding the Spring is our Emerson Waldorf School Grandparents' Day on Thursday, March 28th.

We welcome grandparents, parents, and friends alike to visit classes for a glimpse into their children's wondrous world of learning.

All are invited to a reception and orientation in the Brown Wing at 8:30 am followed by visits to the classrooms from 9:00-10:00 am.

Children will then be picked up at 10:20 am and transported to Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (ERUUF), where an assembly for the 1st through 12th grades will begin at 11:00 and will end at noon.

Grades and High School dismissal will be from ERUUF.

We look forward to seeing you all there!
The Festivals Committee

Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
4907 Garrett Road, Durham

Emerson Farm

weeding the babiesGiving "Garden Dollars" to Spend at Tuesday Markets!

Spring is on its way!  On some of the colder days, it's hard to tell, but the garden is definitely waking up and becoming more beautiful every day.  If you would like to spend some time outdoors helping to grow delicious vegetables and beautiful flowers with a group of folks who love to be outside and feel the earth with their hands, come join us on:

Mondays any time between 11:00 and 3:00
Wednesday mornings 8:30 to 10:30 (starting March 13)
Thursdays any time between noon and 3:00

No need to call ahead.  Someone will be on site during those hours every week to help you get started and to share information.  If you spend an hour or more helping out in the garden, you will receive three "garden dollars"  each time you show up, redeemable at the Tuesday Market each week.  Hope to see you there!

If you would like more information about what is going on at Emerson Farm, please be sure to check out our blogspot at or by clicking through on the EWS website link.

Mary Beth Mueller
Garden Coordinator
Emerson Waldorf School

6th Grade T-Shirt Fundraiser

Click Here for a bigger view of this flyer.  The 6th Grade is learning about how run a business.  To purchase one of their amazing, unique tie-dye shirts, contact a 6th grader for an order form!

Parent Organization Events

Campus Beautification

directionsPrune – plant – water – weed – plow – dig – flowers – sweep – deadhead – earth up – hoe – hedge – rake – revive – root up – seed – sow – sprout – thin – transplant – grow!
Saturday, March 23, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
8:30 – 11:30 am – Beautifying the campus
11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Potluck lunch
Be a part of the Parent Organization and join the 'Hands' at our first 2013 Work Day
An RSVP to would be useful, but not necessary.

Our Volunteers

Appreciating One Another

A huge Thank You to Merideth Tomlinson for all she is doing for the 2013 Gala Auction!

Board News

Save the Date!

Fields of Fun AuctionEWS 2013 Gala Auction Fundraiser "Fields of Fun!" Dinner, Socializing, Silent & Live Auctions, & Dancing!

Saturday, May 11th

The event will be held at the charming historic Murphey School, with a veritable smorgasbord of musical delights by EWS musicians, plus dance music by Cyril Lance and the Outskirts.

Calling All Auction Donations!

gala 2Dear Emerson Waldorf Community,

The annual EWS Gala is not just one of the largest fundraising events for our school,  it also is a very special night, held once a year, when we join together to celebrate with other adults in our community. This year’s Gala is shaping up to be an exciting evening of music, dining, socializing, and dancing.

We need your help to make this Gala a huge success. 
Please make a donation to the auction or help us find businesses and organizations in the Triangle who would be willing to donate goods or services to be offered in the auction.

This year the silent auction will be going online! In the days before the event, the bidding will begin online and be available to people both within and outside of the EWS community, also making it possible for grandparents and folks who otherwise cannot attend to participate. Folks who donate will have the option of having a link to their business directly from the auction site. And you will have plenty of time to peruse and bid as you feel moved, saving more time for dancing and catching up with friends at the event itself (where the bidding will continue)!

We do welcome donations from both within and outside of our community. If you have a service you would be willing to donate, we welcome it. Or, if you have a vacation home you would be willing to donate for a week or weekend, please consider entering that in the auction. Other items that often are favorites are tickets to sporting events, the theater, concerts, or museums. If you are an artisan and would like to submit a sample of your work, by all means, let us know.

And finally, the Auction Committee would gladly accept offers to help with procuring items from the larger community. If you are willing and able to help with this, even just from your favorite spots, please contact Merideth Tomlinson, at 919-932-0834, or

Just stop by the Lower School Office and pick up an “Auction Donation Form.” Once you’ve completed the form, bring it back to the office and place it in the Auction mailbox. Someone from the Auction Committee will then contact you to make any necessary arrangements.
So, in summary, the two ways you can help:

1.    Donate a service, vacation spot, tickets, art or other item by filling out an Auction Donation Form.
2.    Call Merideth to let her know that you would be willing to help procure items from the larger community (or call Merideth with great ideas!).

And of course, most importantly, MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE GALA – May 11th!! And join us for what is sure to be an evening to remember!

The Auction Committee,
Bonnie Cady, Dana Nichols, Nice Polido, Joelle Ramos, Charlotte Schnetler, Danielle Tanzer, Merideth Tomlinson, Gaye Weaver & Kelley Wiley



EWS Yearbook - Order Now & Save!

WALDORF_SCHOOL_05_11_2012_4351Deborah Rogers and the Yearbook Committee have been hard at work bringing together the content and the design for the 2012-2013 EWS Yearbook.  This eighty-page book will be a gorgeous full-color bound keepsake of your children's 2012-2013 school year, including beautiful portrait pages as well as candid photos of each class and each individual. Feature pages will depict sports, festivals, farming and gardening, field trips, chorus, bands, orchestra, and more.

This one-of-a-kind keepsake will be a lifelong reminder in glowing color of your child's halcyon days in school.  Keep in mind that one day our children fly the nest and take their copies of the yearbook with them – parents will want to order an extra copy for themselves to keep forever!

Between now and Spring Break the Early Bird price for a yearbook is just $42.50.  This represents a savings of $7.50 for each book – after Spring Break the cost will be $50. Payment is by check or cash only (no TADS).  Order form envelopes will be distributed by the end of this week.  Orders and payments should be submitted in the Lower School Office.

Don't miss out on this deep discount for the yearbook you and your family will treasure always.  Submit your order and payment before Spring Break begins on March 28!

Family Meetings

family mtgInterested in how to initiate family meetings, how to have effective ones, or how to adapt your meeting as families shift and children age? Come to our next Teen and Pre-Teen discussion evening to hear from others, share ideas, problem-solve, and practice. We meet on the second Monday of every month at 7 pm in the Woodland Cottage. The next meeting is March 11. Our group is open; anyone can attend any meeting. We hope to see you there!

For more information, please contact Lauren at, or Leigh at

Waldorf Parenting Discussion Group


Sharifa Oppenheimer, Kim John Payne, Dr. Gordon many wonderful resources for parents. How does it come together? Join the discussion!

Free Parenting Group that explores ways to connect with our children in the modern world.  Waldorf families and their friends are welcome to attend this monthly gathering.  Parents of Early Childhood and Lower School children will find the discussion most helpful.

Bring a snack to share!

7-9pm, Saturday, March 23, 2013
Brown Wing at the High School
TOPIC: Anxiety and Our Children - Prevention
Review the information here for discussion points


Gnomes in the CCAL Basketball Tournament

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The EWS High School Boys Fighting Gnomes finished fourth last week out of ten teams in the CCAL Basketball Tournament. They defeated East Wake Academy in the quarterfinals, 57-48, then suffered a tough 35-33 loss at the buzzer to Kestrel Heights in the semifinals. The consolation game for third place was played last Wednesday on the Gnomes' home court where they were beaten 43-41 by St Thomas More Academy.



Senior Night

On Friday, March 1, parents, faculty, and alumni came out to challenge the Middle School and High School basketball teams in a fun community event that also featured the High School Boys’ Basketball Senior Night.

The Middle School Girls and Boys and the High School Girls all narrowly defeated their opponents.

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Before the last game, High School Boys’ coach Paul Reily honored the seniors, Jonah Davidson, Brendan Sanders, and Forrest Jackson, and their parents. Coach Reily spoke highly of the three boys’ commitment, athleticism, leadership, and sportsmanship, and honored their earlier coaches, Whitney MacDonald and Timothy Dowdall, for their role in the seniors’ development as players. Following the Senior Night festivities, the High School Boys’ team finished their season with a decisive victory over their parent, faculty, and alumni challengers.



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Help Wanted

Morning Coffee Volunteers!  
Volunteers needed for Morning Coffee Table. 1 hour per week.
All proceeds fund professional development for EWS teachers.  Contact Pat McKenzie (4th grade parent) at (919) 316-9567 to sign up.  

Volunteer to Help With Admissions Events.  Help needed with refreshments, set-up, and greeting.  2 hours per month.
Contact if interested.


Chainsaw and tree work hourly or by the job by Emerson Waldorf graduate saving money to go back to school.  Call or email for odd jobs as well!  Will Reily at 919.225.1024 or

Maple Spring Gardens is accepting CSA registrations
for our 2013 season. Members will receive weekly boxes of fresh produce delivered to convenient locations in Durham, Hillsborough, Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Boxes contain a wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables ranging from Arugula to Zucchini, with strawberries, blueberries and lots of tomatoes. We have been providing fresh produce to the local community for over 30 years. As EWS grandparents, we are committed to growing food that is delicious, nutritious and safe for kids.  Info at On Facebook at

Would you like a counselor
for yourself, your child, and/or your family who understands the uniqueness of Waldorf philosophy?  HarDarshan Khalsa, MA, LPC, raised two children who attended the Emerson Waldorf School and are now grown.  HarDarshan is now a psychotherapist trained in transpersonal counseling, with office in Chapel Hill and Durham.  Most insurance plans are accepted.  Some of HarDarshan's specialities are sandtray therapy (for adults as well as children), stress reduction, grief, and the highly sensitive person.  To learn more, visit her website:, or call (919) 257-7814. Email:

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

Introducing Shaklee 180 ~ a complete program with clinically tested weight loss products, designed to help you lose the right kind of weight ~ fat, not muscle.  I have been on this program and have now reached a weight I have not been at for the last 20 years!  With these great results I am sharing with others at my Shaklee "Turnaround" Parties - check out the next date (or call me (919) 929-4534) at this website` Drop by for some free samples.  Joanne has just turned 70, feeling more energy than she did at 50, and is the proud grandmother to 4 Waldorf children.

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)

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.

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


Elegant Farmhouse with separate apartment on 5 rolling acres within walking distance of Emerson Waldorf.  Warm and welcoming floor plan has 5 spacious bedrooms and 3 ½ baths with hardwood floors, 2 fireplaces, new tiled backsplash, sink, and appliances in the kitchen and- new paint, carpet, light fixtures and more.  Contact Dene Lee or Alexis Rudolph at 919.968.9989.  $416,900.00

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

Wednesday 3/6  
Eurythmy for Parents and Friends 8:30 - 10:00 am

7th Grade Play in the Brown Wing 6:30 pm

1st Grade Parent Evening 7:00  - 8:30 pm

Thursday 3/7 
7th Grade Play in the Brown Wing 8:45 am

Friday 3/8  
Tea With Steve 
8:30  - 9:30 am

AWSNA Regional Conference & Delegates' Meeting - Keynote with Jack Petrash on What Makes A Waldorf Student Unique
7:00 - 8:30 pm

Saturday 3/9
AWSNA Regional Conference & Delegates Meeting 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sunday 3/10
AWSNA Regional Conference & Delegates Meeting 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Monday 3/11
HS Ultimate Frisbee at East Chapel Hill High School 4:30 pm

Teen and Pre-Teen Discussion Evening in the Woodland Cottage
7:00  - 8:30 pm

Tuesday 3/12
Prospective 1st-5th Grade Sampler 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       8:30am-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

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