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February 16, 2017
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Administrator News

Dear Parents,

A belated Happy Valentine's Day and a heartfelt thank you to the PO and all of the parents who helped provide such a wonderful Valentine lunch for the faculty & staff yesterday. We all felt very loved and appreciated!

We hope lots of our families will be able to support the High School Girls Basketball Team in their last game of the season. It is at the Hillsborough Central Rec Center at 4:30 this afternoon. 8th Grade Project Presentations are also this evening beginning at 6:30pm in the Brown Wing. There have been some amazing projects this year, and we are excited to hear the students share about this important 8th grade experience.

Monday, February 27th will be an in-service day which the faculty are using as a curriculum workshop. We will be using this valuable time to refine and update our Curriculum Guide; documenting some recent curriculum innovation and envisioning where we are headed in the near future. Inspiring and exciting work for all of us!

We hope everyone enjoys some extra time with family over the Winter Break and returns healthy and refreshed. We look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday, February 28th.  

Thank you for all you do in support of our school,

Christina Wise
Director of Administration

Financial Aid Applications Due March 10, 2017

All re-enrolling 2017-2018 families
must submit their Financial Aid application by March 10.

The Tuition Adjustment application period is January 3-March 10, 2017. Tax Returns from 2016 will be required for submission. All Tuition Adjustment applications must be COMPLETED by March 10 for families to receive their Tuition Agreement before 2017-2018 tuition payments begin June 1st. Families applying for assistance will receive a letter detailing their assistance offer in the first two week of April if their application meets the deadline.  The application can be found at 

Please review the FAQ at before contacting Mary Deutsch at or 919-967-1858 ext 112.

Early Childhood Re-Enrollment

In December, all families received a mailing from the Administration regarding re-enrollment for 2017-2018.

On January 25, re-enrolling Nursery and Kindergarten families received a notification from TADS via email to enroll their returning student and pay their deposit.

The deadline to re-enroll was February 6, 2017.  A re-enrollment extension was provided and sent on Saturday, February 11 prompting families to re-enroll before February 15th. On February 15, new families received their acceptance notification.

Our Early Childhood program requires immediate re-enrollment to ensure that returning families do not lose a spot in the program and to ensure that new families receive their notification to enroll.

If you have not re-enrolled your Nursery or Kindergarten student, please do so today.  

If you have questions about tuition or financial aid, please email Finance Director, Mary Deutsch, at

Annual All-School Meeting on March 6 – Save the Date!

Everyone is invited to our yearly All-School Meeting on Monday, March 6, at 5:30pm in the Richards room of the EWS High School. At this meeting, school leaders will review the accomplishments and celebrations of last year and the goals and objectives for this coming year. There will be light hors d'oeuvres from Mediterranean Deli!
This meeting is a requirement of WEANC (Waldorf Educational Association of North Carolina), the 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation that manages the Emerson Waldorf School. Parents of enrolled students are members of WEANC. We hope to see you there! 

– EWS Board of Directors

Dee Anne Lamb Thanks Emerson Waldorf School

We received a beautiful thank you note from Dee Anne Lamb after the dedication of the "Dee Anne Lofland Lamb Library and Community Room" at the High School last month.

"Dear Friends,

How blessed I am to have had the privilege of being part of Emerson Waldorf School, to have watched children grow and blossom under the warm and wise guidance of their teachers and parents and to be able to see some of my own grandchildren thrive there! And I too have grown as I learned to work with others in our community, our hearts and eyes focused on building a strong future for the School based on the hard work of those who came before me."

Annual Giving Update


1:1 MATCH for any NEW or ADDITIONAL gift to the Annual Fund Campaign has been EXTENDED until FEBRUARY 28, 2017!

Thanks to everyone for their generosity! We're almost at $65,000.

If you haven't made your annual gift, please do so!

Maybe you have a little more to share, if so, please consider making an additional gift!

Click here to donate:

Or email Mary to add a donation to your TADS account:

Annual giving is a tradition at Emerson, another demonstration of commitment to each other and the school.

Here's our wish list:

1 generous donor to give a gift of $1000
3 generous donors to give a gift of $500 each
10 generous donors to give a gift of $100 each
20 generous donors give a gift of $50 each
20 generous donors give a gift of $25 each

Would you be one of these generous donors?

Deb Feinberg
Director of Development

Vote EWS in Indy Best of 2017 – Let's Win AGAIN!

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For the last several years, we've won the Best of Early Childhood and Best Summer Camp in Orange County.  Let's keep those Best Of spots!

Just takes 4 minutes!

The process is simple:
  • CLICK HERE to vote
  • Select Services category
  • Scroll down to Early Childhood Learning Facility in Orange County and select EWS
  • Scroll quite a bit further down to Summer Camps in Orange County and select EWS
  • That's it! There's no submit button – as soon as you hit nominate, your nomination is saved.
Please do this NOW, as polls close on March 5th!  Thank you!!

UNC Journalism Students Writes Article on Emma's Social Awareness Lecture Series


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- A student at Emerson Waldorf High School put together a speaker series for her senior project that consists of three speaker panels and one film screening in an effort to create dialogue about injustices facing the community and the world as a whole.

Emma Hulbert said the main goal of her project entitled “It's Time to Wake Up – Social Awareness Through Conversation” is to spread awareness of injustice and racism to an audience that may not directly experience such things.

“Those experiencing racism, for example, do not need to be told about racism,” she said. “It is the people who don’t notice, or choose to ignore, who are the intended audience of my project.”

Emerson Waldorf School in Chapel Hill is one of many Waldorf schools in the nation. Their goal is to provide a creative learning environment based on the philosophy and teachings of Dr. Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian philosopher during the late 19th and early 20th century.

College Acceptances for Our Seniors

Below is a list of colleges where our seniors have been accepted thus far in the school year. 
Guilford College
UNC-Chapel Hill
Hampshire College
Ursinus College
Hollins University
University of Kentucky
Agnes Scott College
Eckerd College
University of Vermont
Ithaca College
Loyola Univeristy (MD)
Juniata College
Goucher College
University of Mary Washington
Virginia Tech
Denison University

Early Childhood Info Sessions for Inquiring New Families

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If you have a Nursery or Kindergarten aged-child for the 2017-2018 school year, contact to register to attend our upcoming Information Sessions.
  • Monday, March 6th Kindergarten Information Session
  • Thursday, March 9th Nursery Information Session
Parents attend with their child to meet our teachers and experience our classrooms.

High School Open House – Join Us, Invite Friends!

How Eurythmy Supports the Developing Human Being

Eurythmy For Parents

EWS Gala – Picnic at the Park – Save the Date!


The EWS Gala Committee has been busy planning a wonderful event for our community! Thank you Kristy Burrows, Cydney English, Nadia Heuberger, and Danielle Tanzer for stepping up!

When:   Saturday, March 25th, 6:30pm
Where:  The Murphey School

See you at the Gala!

Donations for Cabin


Dear Friends,

We are currently outfitting our farm cabin to house a visiting teacher who will be assisting in the lower grades for the remainder of this school year.  If you have any of the following items, please let us know.  Items can be dropped off on the front porch of the cabin next Monday through Wednesday and we can make arrangements to pick up larger items.  Thanks!

Wish List:

    •    Comfy chair (for living room)

    •    2 to 3 table lamps

    •    Rug

    •    Full / Queen bed
    •    Twin bed

    •    2 nightstands or small tables that could serve this purpose

    •    dresser

    •    kitchen utensils (basic set of silverware & common cooking things)
    •    towels & sheet sets

Summer Camp Registration Now Open!

Grade 8 Projects – Check Them Out TONIGHT!

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We have quite a line-up of projects this year! Please come out and see what our eighth graders have been up to!

When: Thursday, February 16, 6:30-8pm
Where: EWS High School

Gaga Ball Pit - Ella
Clothes and Feelings - Tessa
Blacksmithing - André
Study of Dreams - Addison
Creating a Vision for Race Unity - Isabel
Writing a Book - Kiara
Making a Puppet Show - Violet
Therapy through Music - Julia
The Theremin - Henry V.
Railroad Transportation - Lingyu
Making Jewelry - Shanice
A Study of Cooking - Aurora
In Grandfather's Footsteps - Mira
Blacksmithing - Henry M.
Creative Art Piece - Rania
Leather Armor - Michelle
Creating a Game - Max

Class of 2017 Ireland Trip

We are the senior class at Emerson Waldorf School in Chapel Hill.  We are raising money for our class trip to Ireland, where we will visit wonders such as New Grange and Kilkenny Castle. We have previously studied these architectural phenomena but now we have the chance to experience them in depth. Please help make this trip possible by donating to our fund.

Quote for the Week


Upcoming Events

2/15     4th Grade Play "Thor the Bride" at Hinoki 2:15pm
2/15     7th Grade Physics Presentations 6:30pm
2/16     HS Girls Basketball vs. Carolina Friends @ HOME 4:30pm
2/16     4th Grade Play "Thor the Bride" at the Hinoki 5pm
2/16     8th Grade Project Presentations 6:30pm
2/17     8th Grade Trip to Chestnut Ridge 8:00am
2/17     HALF DAY - NOON DISMISSAL for Nursery - 12th Grade
2/17     Parent/Teacher Conferences for N-8th grade
2/17     HS Faculty In-Service 12-3:30pm
2/28    School Back in Session for N-12th
2/28     6th Grade Physics Night 7pm
3/1       Eurythmy Sessions for Parents in Eurythmy Room 8:45am


Our Mission

The Emerson Waldorf School provides an integrated Waldorf curriculum and environment which encourage and promote independent thinking and social responsibility as well as academic and artistic excellence.

The unique gifts and contributions of each child are honored through a developmentally appropriate awakening of thinking, feeling, and willing. Further, the Emerson Waldorf School understands children as beings of body, soul, and spirit, and guides them to develop compassion and reverence for themselves and the world community.






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