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From Administration & Faculty...
From the Finance Office:
Please look for an email from TADS with a link to set up your 2013-14 tuition payments on your account. It will be arriving sometime in the next week.
Please contact our Finance Director, Mary Deutsch, at 967-1858 x12 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Online Auction Browsing Begins Friday!
Online bidding browsing begins on April 26th!
You can start bidding on Monday at noon. The browsing link will be sent on Friday.
5th Grade Teacher
1st-2nd Grade German Teacher
Happy Birthday Dear Ones!
Senior Project Presentations
The EWS Class of 2013 will
present their Senior Projects to the community on the evenings of
Wednesday, May 1 and Thursday, May 2. Gather at the Brown Wing at 6:15 pm for light refreshments. Welcome address and project presentations
will begin promptly at 6:45 pm.
May 1, 6:15-9:30 pm
Brendan Sanders – Automobile restoration
Shay Stifelman–Life in five media
Jonah Davidson – Beat tape
Menolly Bentley-Dyess – Translating a children's book
Jonathan Deutsch – Service trip to Botswana
May 2, 6:15-9:00 pm
Forrest Jackson – Puppetry
David D'Angelo – Instrumental album
Cerri O'Connor – Mosaic
Kate Rich – Protest songs and a surprise finale!
Please join the High School in celebrating the accomplishments of our remarkable Senior Class.
May Day Celebration
May Day at EWS 2013
May Day at the Emerson Waldorf School will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 1 by Early Childhood and on May 3, 2013 by Grades I to 12.
May Day customs can be traced back to a Roman festival held at the end of April, in honor of Flora, the Goddess of Flowers and the Bride of the West Wind. In the old Celtic year May 1st indicated the beginning of the summer. Later in England May Day was observed starting at dawn, with the leaps of Morris Men doing boisterous folk dances. They assist the great fire of the sun rising into the summer with hearty stamping of feet, jingling of bells and waving of large handkerchiefs.
In Southern Europe a tradition of attaching ribbons to the tree/ pole was taken up. The ribbons were carried by the dancers who wove patterns as they danced around the pole. The rhythm of the music brought magic to the weaving of the color and light that streamed through the summer air.
The Maypole was simply a tree cut and stripped of all its branches, except for a few sprouting branches to symbolize new life. At the beginning of May the plants are in their new growth and the patterns of the leaf structure are becoming defined and giving character to the plant. Soon the process of flowering and bearing fruit will take place. May Day brings promise to the gardener, promise of good weather, and hope for the future. “The moon shines bright and stars give light,
A little before its day
So God bless you all both great and small
And send you a joyful May”
~(Traditional English May Carol)
DETAILS FOR MAY DAY 2013Early Childhood and Families
Date: May 1, 2013
Time: 11 am - 12:30 pm
Place: Kindergarten Meadow
What children wear: Please dress your child in whites or pastels.
Flower garland crowns will be made by the teacher and the children in the classroom.
What to bring: Family and friends (if you wish), a blanket and a lunch for picnic following the Maypole dance of the Kindergarten children.
Rain date: May 2
Grades 1 through 12 and Community
Date: May, 3, 2013
Time: 2 pm for the Maypole Dance
Place: Kindergarten Meadow
What children wear: Whites or pastels
What to bring: Flowers for garlands (please bring in the morning before school). Family and friends (if you wish) and a blanket.
Dismissal: From the classrooms at the usual time – 3:15 pm
Rain date: May 6
My daughter, Cailyn Pozella, is a 2010 graduate of EWS. I thought I'd let you know that she was recently given the award for Outstanding Sports Medicine Major at the 2013 Guilford College Spring Awards Ceremony for being the top ranked student in the Sports Medicine Department.
She'll be graduating from Guilford College in December.
– by Patti Pozella
Parent Organization Events
Burrito Bar Again on Friday Morning!
Join us Friday mornings 7:45-8:30 am April 26-May 3 for breakfast, socializing, and shopping at Cafe Sol and Marketplace.
Breakfast options will include burrito bar (including gluten-free and vegan options), coffee, and tea. Cafe Sol is a wonderful place to meet parents from Nursery to High School. Meet at the Gazebo before school starts!
Burritos must be reserved
in advance at Cafe Sol Eventbrite
Free burritos for the first 10 people who RSVP!
New York Times Article
The Child, the Tablet, and the Developing Mind
by Nick Bilton
(featured in March 13, 2013 NYT
I recently watched my sister perform an act of magic.
were sitting in a restaurant, trying to have a conversation, but her
children, 4-year-old Willow and 7-year-old Luca, would not stop
fighting. The arguments — over a fork, or who had more water in a glass —
Like a magician quieting a group of children
by pulling a rabbit out of a hat, my sister reached into her purse and
produced two shiny Apple iPads, handing one to each child. Suddenly, the
two were quiet. Eerily so. They sat playing games and watching videos,
and we continued with our conversation.
Continue the story here
Incredible Visit by Waldorf Cyclist
How enlightening and inspiring Wilfried Steinbach’s visit was! Be sure to check out his blog
which has already been updated to include our fine school. Here’s a
picture of Steinbach before he heads out with his 120-pound bike to
begin his uphill journey to Raleigh.
There are so many opportunities for us to travel without emissions –
won’t you join us? And please don’t forget to wear your helmets!
Grade 8 Play Brilliant!
EWS Eighth Graders outdid themselves last week with a stellar performance of As You Like It
by William Shakespeare.
From the set to the costumes to the incredible acting and recitation of tremendously challenging lines, our Eighth Grade truly captivated their audiences, young and old alike. Congratulations to Mr Trueblood and his infinitely talented students!
HS Choir Takes Its Voices on the Road
by Claire Viadro
The 19 members of the EWS High School Chamber Choir recently spent three days in Washington, DC, accompanied by EWS Music Director Jason Child and EWS High School art teacher Laura Guinan. Students spent time singing with and getting to know their counterparts at the Washington Waldorf School (WWS). The original plan called for the additional participation of singers from the Rudolf Steiner School in New York City, but due to a family emergency the New York group had to cancel at the last minute. In all, 40 singers from EWS and WWS joined musical forces.
The first evening, EWS students attended a concert given by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Strathmore Music Center. According to Mr. Child, the students “were on the edge of their seats from the first note and left the program excited.” Daytime activities included vocal workshops and two performances featuring accompaniment by the WWS String Orchestra. Students from the two schools were so inspired by one another that “when the two choruses got up to sing together, their sound was far more than just the sum of the two groups.” When an extra 15 minutes opened up in the schedule, the EWS students—with no help from the chorus directors—taught a song (“The Lion Sleeps Tonight”) to the WWS group within minutes. The song was added to the final concert program as an encore.
Although the trip focused on musical exchanges, it also provided a meaningful opportunity to discover that another Waldorf school does things in much the same way that EWS does. Students seemed to appreciate what they saw “in the mirror.” EWS students also took full advantage of the sights to be seen in our nation’s capital, visiting seven key landmarks (by night!): the Lincoln Memorial; Vietnam War Memorial; Korean War Memorial; Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial; FDR Memorial; WWII Memorial; and the Jefferson Memorial. Students were “enthusiastic,” “awestruck,” and “inspired” by these sights. At the WWII Memorial, 12 of the students arranged themselves under the very resonant dome and sang Bruckner's Locus Iste on their own initiative.
The EWS High School students made a very positive impression on their WWS hosts. One WWS parent reported:
"We have had the pleasure of hosting and listening to the wonderful High School students from EWS. What a terrific performance they gave this afternoon! As my son goes through his Middle School years, I find myself often paying close attention to teenagers. I have to say that there are no better teenagers than the ones who attend a Waldorf school. The EWS students were kind, respectful, courteous, and downright funny at times! It makes me grateful that I have a Waldorf school accessible to my son. As long as he is within this community, I know he will be a terrific teenager too!"
The trip was such a success that it is going to become an annual tradition. Lower School students can look forward to having a turn to participate in this wonderful experience in the years to come.
As we enter the final weeks before the Gala, and with the anticipation of the online auction opening next Monday, a heartfelt thank you is in order for all of the inspiration and hard work put forth by so many of our community members.
An abundance of gratitude goes to the following folks:
Joelle Miller and Dianne Moore for overall guidance and support AND for overseeing the organization, cooking, and serving of the delicious food by Vimala for the Gala dinner!
Nancy Moore for the delightful artwork she created for the invitation!
Nancy Moore and Leigh Sparacino for taking care of Gala decorations (wait until you see them!!)!
Shawn Sullivan for bringing our Gala to the next step by offering the ONLINE AUCTION … and for researching, selecting, creating, and managing the auction website via www.biddingforgood.com, and for being in charge of auction checkout!
Our super-solid, go-get-‘em Goddess auction committee: Dana Nicholson, Nice Polido, Charlotte Schnetler, Danielle Tanzer, Gaye Weaver!! Our auction assistants: Karla Boyce-Awai and Bonnie Cady!
Kelley Wiley for OH-SO-MUCH!! Including general counsel, auction help, ticket sales, and helping put together the online website!
Barbara Holloway for help with auction collection, publicity and marketing, and creation of the online auction!
Raelee Pierce for helping with publicity!
Robert Long and Neil Alexis for being Stage Manager and Musical Director for the evening of the Gala!
Robert Long and Anne Mandeville-Long for agreeing to be our Gala MCs!
Cheri and Rob at Whitted Bowers for donating strawberries and produce for the Gala dinner!
Vimala’s Curry Blossom for donating the food for the evening, and giving our folks a cooking lesson in the process!
Brigitte Schubert and Anne Mandeville-Long for much-needed wise counsel and consultation throughout the process!
Dana Nicholson, Danielle Tanzer, Katja Moos, Charlotte Schnetler, Dianne Moore, and Nice Polido for selling tickets at drop off and pick up!
Jeff Chandler and Chandler Foods for securing the beer for the night!
Dianne Moore, Karen Durovich, Susan Axelrod, Ann Stephenson, Claire Viadro, Dana Nicholson, Ian Iastrowsky, Laurie Carson, Katja Moos, and Nice Polido for cooking the Gala dinner with Vimala on the day of the event!
Class Parents for overseeing the creation of themed baskets!
And, last but not least… all of the parents, faculty, and staff who have made donations to the auction!
See you all on Saturday, May 11th for an evening of dining, dancing, and a darn good time!Merideth Tomlinson
2013 Gala Chairperson
April 29-May 5, 2013
The week of April 29-May 5, children around the world will celebrate Screen-Free Week (formerly TV-Turnoff) by turning off entertainment screen media (TVs, computers, video games) and turning on the world around them. The Association for Waldorf Schools of North America continues to be an endorser of Screen-Free Week, as do all our Waldorf schools and communities in North America.
Spring Instrumental Concert
Friday, May 3, 2013
6th - 12th grade students in Band and Orchestra will perform.
The concert begins at 6:30 pm and will last just over an hour.
Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist
106 Purefoy Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
players should report at 6:00 pm for tuning Band members report at
6:20 pm for setup. All performers are expected to wear formal concert
dress: dark dress pants or a skirt and a white shirt or blouse.
We will REALLY need some help, can you volunteer?
Please email me
if you can.
Stage hands, 4 individuals
: 5:30 - 6:10 pm to clear stage area for concert and set up chairs and stands Clean up, 4 individuals
: after the concert, to remove chairs and stands and reset the church Thanks for all of your support.
Dear Parents - Please take a few minutes to look at home and in your
cars for any books that belong to EWS. As you know, each classroom is a
library from which children and parents can borrow books. All the books
should have a label with the school's name and address on the back as
well as a stamped address in the front. These books are valuable assets
to the school. Families that have not returned books before the end of
the school year will be charged on TADS the cost of replacing the books.
Books may be returned in the classroom on in the Library box in the
Lower School Office.
Warm regards, Dee Anne Lamb and Nancy Trueblood
EWS Summer Camp
Summer is right around the corner! Have you registered for camp yet??
Check the website
to see which camps still have space and to complete your registration: FEATURED CAMP OF THE WEEK:
SNACK ATTACK! COOKING CAMP Ages 10-13
Are you an aspiring baker? Do you love to cook? Learn how to make classic snack foods at home with healthier ingredients. Measure, roll, pat, pour, stir, mix, and attack a snack every day! Gourmet chef Mary Moss will be sharing her expertise in the kitchen!
Mr. Nikias: An Interview
My first question: “Where do you live in India?”
by Rob Abbott
As a student of his for two years, I can say that David Nikias is a
highly spirited individual with a lot to say. In an attempt to capture
some of what he had to say, I interviewed him. The topics of the
interview were India, the school where he currently works, his position
at the school, and other topics that developed as the
conversation unfolded. For this article I have
decided to present the questions I asked him, and then choose
paragraphs from his responses.
live in Hyderabad, which is in the state of Andhra Pradesh, in
Southeast India. I work at a school called Prerana Waldorf School,
Prerana means sublime inspiration, and I've been working with that
school since 2004. In 2004, Hyderabad had around three to three-and-a-half million people. Now in 2013, the population is predicted to top ten
million. So, in eight years it has grown more than ten percent a year –
the changes I've seen are quite remarkable. The city is very congested,
polluted, and it doesn't have proper planning or infrastructure.
Hyderabad is something of an IT (Information Technology) hub for India.
There is a whole section of the city called ‘cyberbad’ where all the
biggest technology companies have huge office buildings. It’s in this
section of town, Gachibowli, where Prerana is. Five years ago Gachibowli was nothing, and now it is very built up with proper
infrastructure.” My second question: “When was Prerana Waldorf School established?”
in Hyderabad, there are four Waldorf schools. The first Waldorf school
in India, Sloka, is in Hyderabad. Then because of some internal
challenges, a second Waldorf school split off, which was Abhaya, and
then another Waldorf school, called Diksha, was started as well. Our
Waldorf school, Prerana, was started in 1996. The founders of the
school, Indira and Maj. Varna, originally created a mainstream school. Indira, realizing the morally wrong aspects of mainstream education,
began a study of different educational systems and curricula, and in
doing so discovered Waldorf education. She then started Prerana as a
Kindergarten/Nursery, and it has grown one grade a year since then
(2001). A few years ago, Prerana was given its official accreditation as
a Waldorf school. We are the youngest Waldorf school in Hyderabad, and
for some strange reason, Hyderabad has four Waldorf schools, while most
of India has none at all.” My third question: “What is your position at Prerana Waldorf School?”
“I am what is called a ‘Pedagogical Chair’. I mentor
teachers, I do classroom observation, I lead all the faculty meetings, I
facilitate the meetings, I lead the pedagogical study, I give workshops
to try and help teachers understand the curriculum better, I do
in-house workshops as well as bigger workshops that people pay to come
to, I do all the orientation interviewing of new parents who have
questions about Waldorf education, and I do some classroom work. During
this time, Indira had a back problem and ended up in the hospital, and
we are required by the state to have a principal, and that is Indira, so
I basically took over her role as Headmaster of the school. I do a lot
of the writing for the school – I wrote a faculty handbook, I’m in the
process of formatting a new parent handbook, and I completely redid our
website. The real big thing right now that I’m doing is writing, which
is what I've wanted to do for years, yet it was not something that was
possible while I was teaching a class. In India it is much cheaper to
get things published. In addition to my other projects, I am working on a
form drawing handbook for the teachers, along with a book on teaching
language. In India, Waldorf education is young, so they are thirsty for
me to give workshops and spread my knowledge of the curriculum and the
philosophy with them. I feel that my opportunities as an artist and a
teacher are much greater there then they are in the United States.”
conclusion, I’m happy that Mr. Nikias is enjoying living in India and
that he is able to write as much as he wants and explore different
things that he has wanted to do. I’m glad that his opportunities have expanded and
that he is able to spread his knowledge with people who are eager to
hear it. Although India may be crowded and not have proper
infrastructure, it seems like Mr. Nikias is really enjoying spending
time with the humble, helpful, and kind-hearted people in India. I’m
glad that he is happy, and I’m glad that I was able to interview him to
learn of his life in India, as it was very interesting.
This past week the High School Ultimate Frisbee team defeated Camelot Academy 15-9. Forrest Jackson was the top offensive player accounting for 6 assists and 3 goals of the Gnomes' 15 points. Jake Marchman and Emily Jolly both had 3 blocks on defense.
The high school team defeated Woods Charter 15-6. Forrest again led the team with 6 assists, and added two goals. Jon Deutsch scored 5 goals and threw 5 assists. Jon and Forrest also led defenders with 6 blocks each.
The Gnome Brigade plays Clover Garden in Burlington this Wednesday at 4:00 pm, and then at home on Friday at 4:00 pm.
Next week on Monday the HS team will play CE Jordan HS at home at 4:00 pm.
The Middle School game last week was postponed due to the tornado threat and will take place today against Duke School at home at 4:00 pm. On Friday the Middle School team will travel to Duke School for a 4:00 pm game. Their next home game will be on Tuesday, April 30 at 4:00 pm. Please come out and cheer on our Gnomes!
Tim Dowdall, EWS parent and beloved Ultimate Frisbee coach to the Middle School team, recently suffered a stroke. As a result of a blood clot, he is now blind in one eye.
Tim is father to Owen Dowdall (9th grade) and husband to Nancy Moore. Please hold the family in your thoughts and prayers.
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.
Do you or your organization need a skilled editor?
I enjoy helping people organize their words and ideas. I have 25 years of writing and editing experience as well as master’s and doctoral degrees in public health. If you know of editing opportunities (either freelance or steady part-time), contact Claire Viadro at email@example.com or (919) 967-8215.
Spring has Sprung!
And so now will your grass. But worry not, for Anthony Day and his lawn care expertise will keep your grass in check. With over four years of lawn mowing experience under his belt, Anthony will find a way to tame your lawn's needs, be they big or small. Average small lawns for the low-low price of $20. Call Anthony at 919.537.8206 to arrange a free estimate.
EWS' resident artist/ hairdresser
Nancy Ann Moore, has moved her business to Flow, 587 Old Farrington Road Chapel Hill NC 27517 http://mapq.st/10Lx6m3
Book your own appointment online at www.vagaro.com/nancyannmoore
or call the salon at 919.918.7776 or Nancy’s mobile phone (919) 260-2495. Go with the Flow, support Nancy and let the good hair days begin!
SUMMER HORSE CAMP @ Blue Skies of Mapleview LLC.
Deborah Pearson-Moyers will be offering five weeks of summer horse camp. What is different about our camp? 1. Deborah and her daughters Sara and Sonja are three Waldorf-inspired adult riding instructors. 2. We offer a gentle approach to horsemanship which focuses on being the leader your horse wants to follow. 3. We offer instruction in drawing and painting of the horse from a Waldorf-trained painter, followed by a jump into a cool pool. www.blueskiesmapleview.us
919.933.1444 Deborah Pearson-Moyers "Where horse sense is stable thinking" since 1996! 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 www.imagineself.com/about-Lynn/Be sure and check out my Shaklee 180 Auction items for the Emerson Waldorf Gala Event!
I am offering a 30 day supply of Shaklee 180 Energizing Smoothee Mix (vanilla and chocolate), 24 gr. protein, 6 grams fiber, lactose fee, non-GMO soy protein, no artificial favors or sweeteners, 35% of the DV of 21 vitamins and minerals and powered by Leucine, an amino acid that signals you body to retain muscle, so you lose the right kind of weight, as well as an assortment back (10 bars) of Shaklee 180 snack bars, 10 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, low glycemic index, no trans fat, gluten free, no artificial flavors, colors or sweetners, non-GMO soy protein ~a great snack on the go with just 120 calories! $120 retail value for a minimum starting bid of just $50.00! For more information about these products go to my Shaklee 180 website ~ http://www.joanneestes.myshaklee180.com
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.
Offering illuminating and renewing Dr. Hauschka facial treatments. Cori Roth, NC Licensed/Holistic Esthetician and Dr. Hauschka retailer. Please visit Divinerose.com
for more info.New Medical Practice
We are pleased to announce our practice "Integrative Medical" (www.imevpc.com
) 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
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 www.Home-Team.com
. 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. www.seejudy.com
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 www.lynnhayes.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Wednesday 4/24Eurythmy for Parents & Friends
8:30 - 10:00 am
H.S. Ultimate Frisbee at Clover Garden-on Clover Garden Campus 4:00 pm
Re-scheduled M.S. Ultimate Frisbee vs. Duke School at HOME 4:00 pm
11th Grade Parent Evening 7:00 - 8:30 pm
ON-LINE AUCTION BROWSING BEGINS
Tea With Steve
8:30 - 9:30 am
H.S. Ultimate Frisbee vs. Clover Garden at HOME 4:00 pm
M.S. Ultimate Frisbee vs. Duke School at Duke School 4:00 pm
ONLINE AUCTION BIDDING BEGINS
H.S. Ultimate Frisbee vs. CE Jordan HS at HOME 4:00 pm
High School Faculty Meeting
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
M.S. Ultimate Frisbee vs. Duke School at HOME
Steve Bennett x 11
Director of Administration
Mary Deutsch x 12
Ian Ostrowski x29
Raelee Peirce x14
Therisa Pienaar x20
High School Coordinator
Kelley Wiley x13
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 3pm
Aftercare 1st + until 6pm
Office Hours 8 am - 4 pm