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January 16, 2013
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Remembering Dr. King

MLK-480x270"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Asked to write something on this Monday's holiday, I can only observe that the spirit of the day seems to be so genuinely held by so many people. Where so many holidays are a recognition of the past, this day seems to hold in it for Americans, a recognition of a future, of a potential in us all. In that respect, please have a happy holiday.

Mr. Bennett
Director of Administration

P.S. Spend time celebrating MLK Day and/or schedule family time.
Check out the Carolina Parent Calendar for both.

Birthdays Coming Up...


                                        21 Candor Plaza
                                        31 Jane Salemson

More Press on EWS

Triangle Business Journal


Triangle Business Journal has just highlighted our wonderful school in this past Friday’s issue.  Due to tight copyright laws, they aren’t able to share electronic versions of their publications with anyone, and their online content remains “locked” to non-subscribers for 4 weeks.  EWS is not currently a subscriber, so we’ll have to bide our time before posting to our website.  In the meantime, here’s the online link to At Chapel Hill School, Students Challenged to Exercise Minds.  And for those non-subscribers who are sitting on the edge of your seats, here’s The Rest of the Story.

A link to the pdf article will be listed on teh "Forms" page of the website. Check it out!

Waldorf Education Day Details...

Excitement Brewing

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Register Now

We have over 100 folks already registered for Waldorf Education Day!

If you haven't registered for childcare and classes, please do so at your earliest convenience as classes are filling quickly.

This is such a fun, restorative, and inspiring event for parents to attend, a chance to more fully grasp the brilliant education model that our own children benefit from each and every day!

This is the school we wish we had attended, and this is the event that fulfills that dream if just for a morning.

The way it works is that you drop your registered children off FIRST
with our dear faculty in the Nursery (2-4 year olds who are potty trained) and your 5 and older children in the 2nd grade classroom, between 8:30am-9:15am.

Registration begins at 9am in the Brown Wing with a lovely spread of delectable delights lovingly provided by our faculty and staff.  Peruse student work and the beautiful Waldorf crafts, books, and wares of Dragonfly Toy and Craft Store display.  Enjoy socializing with teachers and other parents.

Classes for parents follow our welcoming program.  See the class listings below!

See you Saturday morning!

Schedule for the Morning:

Registered Children Only

Childcare Drop-Off (Nursery and 2nd Grade Classroom)

8:30-9:15 am

Registration and Refreshments (Brown Wing)

9:00 am

Opening Program Begins

9:30 am

Parents Attend Class 1 Session (Register for 1)
9:55 am - 11:00 am

Ms Robin Early Childhood

“Reading Foundations Through Storytelling”

Ms Ameli Early Childhood

“Wet-on-Wet Watercolor Painting: The Use of Color in the Healing and Balance in the Young Child"

Ms O'Connor Lower School

“Chalkboard Drawings: No Smart Boards Needed”

Ms Comaniciu Lower School

"Not the 4th Grade Math You Remember"

Mr Wiley Middle School

“Experiential Science”

Mr Moyers Middle and High School

"Practical Arts: Woodwork with Hand Tools"

Mr Sphere High School Humanities Class

"Dante: One Ticket to Paradise"

Mr Moise High School Science Class

"The Human Body as a Mirror of Chemical Elements in Nature"

Ms Kirchoff All Grades

"Games: It is a Happy Talent to Know How to Play - R.W.Emerson"

Ms Nyland Parent Education

"Social Inclusion: How EWS Responds to Bullying"

Parents Attend Class 2 Session (Register for 1)
11:05 am - 12:05pm

Ms Robin Early Childhood

“Reading Foundations Through Storytelling”

Ms Ameli Early Childhood

“Wet-on-Wet Watercolor Painting: The Use of Color in the Healing and Balance in the Young Child"

Ms O'Connor Lower School

“Chalkboard Drawings: No Smart boards Needed”

Ms Stoychev Lower School

"The Importance of Movement for the Brain"

Ms Ritz Lower School

“The Waldorf Road to Reading”

Senora D'Angelo Lower School

"Learning the Love of Spanish"

Mr. Moyers Middle and High School

"Practical Arts: Woodwork with Hand Tools"

Mr Sphere High School Humanities Class

"Dante: One Ticket to Paradise"

Mr Rich High School Math Class

"Projective Geometry: How Infinity Blows the Lid Off Of Classical Geometry"

Ms Nyland Parent Education

"Social Inclusion: How EWS Responds to Bullying"

Refreshments, Q & A with Faculty

(Back in the Brown Wing)

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Admissions Request: Host Family Needed

We are seeking accommodations for a family visiting from Sarasota Waldorf School.  The parents have 3 children: a set of twins who will be 2nd year kindergarteners next year and rising 5th grade boy.

The family would need a room (children are prepared to use sleeping bags on the floor) the week of March 11.  They will have their own vehicle and cover their own food costs.  They are just looking for sleeping accommodations. 

Please contact Raelee Peirce if you can offer a room

Save the Date

AWSNA Regional Conference

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The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America Regional Conference, will be March 8 & 9, 2013 at the Emerson Waldorf School this year.

We will need ten beds for AWSNA conference presenters for March 8 - 10.  Contact Jason Child,  jchild@emersonwaldorf,  if you can host.  Thank you!

Parenting Workshop

Substance Use: What to Know

drugsInformation, warning signs, and tools to support effective parenting around this issue.

Linda Hammock, a Licensed Professional Counselor and Clinical Addictions Specialist, has worked with this topic for 25 years and is now in private practice locally with HRC Behavioral Health and Psychiatry, PA. She has particular expertise in supporting adolescents and their parents.

Date: February 27 from 7-8:30pm in the Brown Wing

While this topic may be most applicable to parents of teens and pre-teens, all school families are welcome to attend.

This talk is sponsored by the PO.

Contact Lauren Nyland at for more information.



Grade 8 Anatomy & Social Dynamics

In the student's own words...

EmmaHulbertAs part of the recent Anatomy Block in 8th Grade, Mr Trueblood asked the students, "What does our class need socially to remain upright, maintain balance and carry weight?" Here are a few responses, along with a sampling of artwork from Main Lesson books.

"Our class is held together because we work things out. We don't let things fester – if something is wrong we talk things through. This quality of our class is like the ligaments and muscles, holding each bone, or each one of us, together. We are also like the vertebral column with the rib cage protecting us. The rib cage is all of us standing up for each other and urging us on to be better people."
– Emma Hulbert (drawing above)

Mlana Lore

"Our class is like a person's body because we need each other to function well. Without each other we would be less effective as a whole. We are supportive of each other and help each other. We know each other well and when one of us breaks, we all work to help them. We are all individuals but function as a whole. We work together to learn and work; without all of us there wouldn't be a full class."
– Zachary Gunn

Lizzie Holloway

"Our class is able to remain upright because of our attitudes. When our attitudes are positive and hopeful we can hold ourselves together as one. But, if we give up or just plainly don't care about anything, we will fall apart like a torn ligament  or crack like a broken bone. This is why we have learned to work together as one, balancing struggle with success. We always seem to pull out of the most difficult and unbalanced situations and turn them into happy endings. As our body grows, so does our class; we hold the weight of our own homework and the changing personalities of 15 different people. In this way, we are one body springing in and out of struggle like the spine; holding up the weight like hips and feet."
– Dorian Alexis

Chloe Nash

"I believe that what helps us stay together is that everyone plays a part in keeping us strong: The people that make us laugh, the people that keep us on task and the people that distract us from our task. They all act as different parts of the body, helping us to keep our balance throughout the day. When someone is gone, it feels like something is wrong, like a piece of our whole has disappeared or as if something is missing from our body."
– Estelle Mandeville

Rowan Bedick

"Every day we go to school. We are a class. We study, do homework and have fun. But how does our class relate to a body? Our school has certain rules that we have to follow: dress like this, act like that and be nice. But our body has rules like that as well. Our body resists certain movements to protect ourselves and stay safe. Certain bones, muscles and ligaments restrict those movements. Although our class is different from other classes, we must still follow the rules. It is the same with the body."
– Zak LaPrade

Budding Spanish Authors at EWS

Original Works in Spanish by 9th Grade

Spanish-3 1-16-2013During advent, Sra. Fitzgerald's ninth grade Spanish students worked hard on producing their own, original Spanish children's books.  Students wrote, rewrote, revised, illustrated, and binded these beautiful books. 

Topics ranged from tales of heroes saving kingdoms to a monkey who traveled the world.  Students wrote about animals, adventures, worlds without keys, imaginary places, and even teddy bears! 

Their hard work culminated with sharing their stories with Sra. D'Angelo's and Mrs. Rogers' second graders.  The ninth graders read their unique stories aloud as the 2nd grade students enjoyed their company.
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Sra. Fitzgerald made color copies of the books to keep at school, but all of the original books came with her to Honduras over the break, where she donated them to a rural school in the remote community of El Pital. 

El Pital is a small community of about 500 people, situated along the Cangrejal River valley in northern Honduras.  Though schools in Honduras were on vacation during her visit, the organization "Un Mundo," based at El Pital awaited the books' arrival.

Two student volunteers from the community's library program greeted Sra. Fitzgerald with excitement and open arms.  They showed her their plans for building a new community library (they currently use a spare room in the local school), and they devoured the books on the spot. 

The community Un Mundo volunteers who showed Sra. Fitzgerald and her family around El Pital were eternally grateful for our contribution, and they look forward to more!  Sra. Fitzgerald plans to make this activity a tradition with her students given that she goes home to Honduras every year ... Let's help El Pital build the library of their dreams and fill it with student-made books!

Adult Eurythmy Begins

Join us Wednesdays

DSC_0490Eurythmy classes will start up again Wednesday, January 23.

We hope we will be joined by many new parents.  No prior experience is necessary. 

Classes are from 8:30 - 10:00 am Wednesdays.  Come and enjoy!

"Movement in Tune with the
Rhythms of Life"

Cost:  $110 (can be paid in installments and benefits the Eurythmy program for students at EWS).

For more information call Eve Olive at 919-489-2564.


Tough Games for the Gnomes

MS Boys Basketball BatianThe HS boys and both MS teams had tough challenges last week which were met with great courage and grace. 
The HS boys team traveled to Zebulon and defeated East Wake Academy in a very close 47-43 game.  They are now 5-2 on the season.

 The MS girls and boys  had to face the huge Dragon at Duke School and play in an atmosphere that, as one mother put it, " was like being in a Roman Coliseum."  Although both EWS teams lost, all of our players showed sportsmanship and hustled until the final buzzer.  After the game, the girls' coach, Marty King, stated "My team was amazing, pointing out only their own faults and playing with class the whole game."  And one parent wrote "I'm really proud that my son is part of a team which is part of a community that values and encourages kindness and good sportsmanship."

Our School Volunteers

Appreciating One Other

Nominate EWS faculty, staff, or parents to be acknowledged for efforts toward our community and school!

Send your nominations to

Article: Another Perspective

Evidence of our Culture of Punishment

by Bonnie Harris, M.S.Ed.

While most readers of the viral blog, “I am Adam Lanza’s Mother” were overcome with empathy for this mother of a reportedly mentally ill son and christened her a national heroine, I had a different take. I could not help but see it all from her son’s perspective.
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Members of the Emerson Waldorf School community, as well as greater community parents, have been pro-actively exploring a paradigm shift from the punishing parenting paradigm to one of connection and relationship as Dr. Gordon Neufeld, child development psychologist and author of Hold Onto Your Kids.  The group began meeting last January 2012 and has continued to meet in 2013.  The group is open to the public.  If you want more information about the free parent support group, contact

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Events & Classes

Drop-in Playgroup:   Families who are exploring the tenets of Waldorf education and parenting are encouraged to bring their babies and toddlers any Wednesday, 9:30am-11am starting January 9, 2013. Playgroup facilitator Lisa Stauffer lives in Carrboro and has over 10 years of experience guiding young children through rhythm, baking, nature, and seasonal crafting.  She looks forward to sharing these nurturing ways with children and their parents.  $10 per family, per playgroup gathering.  Refreshments served.  Contact Lisa for more information and directions at or 919 929 9827.


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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


Our house is for sale and we want to spread the word around as much as possible so that people will come take a look.
We live in an older established neighborhood (started in the 70s) just minutes from three of the Eno River parks and just over the line from Orange County. It has a great fenced back yard and over 13 different kinds of hardwood trees  It sits on a corner lot, and best of all has not only a double garage that connects to the house but also a finished wired separate garage that is great for storage, a workshop and other wonderful possibilities.
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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 non-profit 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

This Week


Thu, Jan 17  
HS Girls Basketball game vs Carolina Friends JV HS girls at Friends 3:30 pm

3rd Grade Parent Evening 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

7th Grade Parent Evening 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Fri, Jan 18
MS Ultimate Frisbee vs Durham Academy at HOME 3:45 pm

HS Boys Basketball at HOME vs. Fletcher Academy 4:00 pm

MS Basketball at Trinity Girls at 4:00pm 
Boys at 5:15 pm

Sat, Jan 19
Waldorf Education Day 
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Mon, Jan 21  
Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Holiday

Tue, Jan 22
MS Basketball at Carolina Friends School 
Girls at 4:00 pm
Boys at 5:00 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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