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May 14, 2014
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The End of Year is Upon Us!

DSC_0311 2There have been a few changes since our beautiful hard copy EWS calendar was published before the beginning of the school year.  Please make note of the end of year changes and always rely on the online calendar for the most up-to-date information.

Rose Ceremony - Friday, May 30th, 2:00 p.m. - location TBA

12th Grade Graduation - Friday, May 30th 7 pm at The Murphey School (3717 Murphey School Rd, Durham)

Thank you - Kelley Wiley

JOIN NOW: Community Google Group

Community Google GroupWelcome to the Emerson Waldorf School's Community Google Group. Please go to and in the search box type in ewscommunity (yes, all one word) and then click on it to request an invitation.
This community EWS Google Group provides a place where EWS parents can build cross-class relationships, provide support for one another, plan activities, and share information and services generally in keeping with Waldorf philosophy (e.g. healthy living tips, child care needs, nutrition, children's goods, etc.)

Please remember and use these guidelines for using this group:
  • We need to establish community-wide trust
  • Assume your input will be shared with the entire community
  • Do not use it as a venue for criticism
  • Practice the respect you show face-to-face
  • No personal attacks
  • No filibusters or interrupting
  • We must have open communication
E-mail is an imperfect medium and we have not reined it in to serve us well yet.  Let this be an opportunity to improve ourselves.
Parents have at times expressed disappointment in etiquette in the existing class groups; therefore if these guidelines are not followed, offenders will simply be removed from the group.



Auction/Gala Tickets and Raffle!

You may purchase your tickets online at, e-mail Kelley Wiley, or look for our volunteers down at the drop-off/pick-up circle.  There are no physical tickets but we will put your name on the list!  You can pay with cash, check, or through your TADS account – just let us know!
EWS tuition discount raffle May 2014
Look for the raffle sales at the drop-off/pick-up circle!
  1. You may buy as many $25 tickets as you want. Each purchased ticket will be entered into a random drawing at the EWS Gala/Auction on May 31, 2014. You do not need to be present at the Gala to win.
  2. The owner of the winning ticket will receive a $1,000 credit towards his/her EWS tuition bill in the 2014/2015 school year.
  3. If, by May 31, fewer than 40 tickets have been sold, the drawing will not be held and the $25 purchase price will be refunded to each ticket holder.
  4. All are eligible to participate except employees of EWS and members of its Board of Directors and their families.
  5. All proceeds will become income of the Emerson Waldorf School.
Our Gala is just around the corner!  Be sure to mark your calendar and line up your babysitter now! EWS Gala will be held at The  Murphey School in Durham on Saturday, May 31st, 6:30 - 11 pm!  This is one starry, starry night you won't want to miss!

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Starry Night Artwork by Nancy Moore (EWS HS Parent)

Have You Registered for Camp at EWS?!

DSC_0482Camps are filling, don't be late!
There are many new, exciting offerings this year, including Skate Camp, African Dance, African Drumming, Toys and Games, Earth Wisdom, and more! Check out the EWS Summer Camp webpage and please help spread the word to your friends and neighbors. Attending camp at EWS is a great way for the broader community to get a glimpse of what our school has to offer.

For your convenience you can pick up a registration form in the office or download one from the EWS Summer Camp webpage.

Questions? Contact

Candor Plaza
Summer Camp Director
Emerson Waldorf School



Library Volunteers Needed

Unknown-1KNOW LIBRARIES? Like to organize?  Like to volunteer for EWS? Help Nancy and Dee Anne keep the classroom libraries in order.  We’ll make it easy.  We need your help.  Thanks.

Dee Anne Lamb and Nancy Trueblood

Guatemala Trip

P4240560_02 2This July, 16 students and 3 adults from our N.C. Waldorf community will embark on a 10-day journey to Guatemala to connect with the local Waldorf community, while immersing in the culture, language, and beautiful scenery of the highlands around Lake Atitlan.

This unique service trip will balance physical beautification projects for the Waldorf school La Escuela Caracol with an educational experience for the Mayan children provided by our students.

Our students will spend a week actively providing special main lesson workshops, including circus, movement, and art, and will then provide individualized assistance during the subject lesson, working side by side with the local teachers.

The staff at La Escuela Caracol eagerly awaits this meaningful experience for their children's last week of the school year and assures us that this will create a lasting impression on their students.  

The families of our students are covering their own travel and lodging expenses. Please consider donating to our project to help cover the cost of our work materials, or sponsor the continued Waldorf education of a Mayan child that our students will connect with, and additional special excursions for our hardworking teens.

Kim D'Angelo
Spanish Teacher, Grades 1-8


PO Workday & Cook-Out

04.02.14POWorkdayThankYou 2Join us on May 17 for the last PO Work Day of the year! If you haven't come out to help beautify our grounds or engage in a building project, now is your chance!

We will start at 9 am and end at 4 pm – just in time for a cook-out. Regular and veggie burgers along with all the fixings provided by your PO; bring your appetite. We'd love to see you!

P.O. Elections

DSC_0238It's time for Parent Organization Elections! Please consider nominating yourself or someone else for one of the following positions: Coordinator (previously known as President), Assistant Coordinator (previously known as Vice President), Treasurer, and Secretary (we have two of these positions).

Please send your nominations to Leigh Sparacino by May 19th. Elections will be held at the final PO meeting of the year on Wednesday May 21st, from 8:30-9:30 in the morning.

Questions? Contact Merideth Tomlinson,


Early Childhood - Spots Available!

01We are still accepting applications for Nursery students ages 2.5 and potty-trained to 4 years and Kindergartners who are 4 by June 1st or turning 5 years this summer.  Please let your friends and neighbors know!

We will have a Tea & Play for inquiring parents and their preschoolers on Monday, June 9, 2014 10am-11am. 

Please send any parents who might want to attend, the link below to register for this sweet introductory event:

Morning Garden: Full Year Program!


2014-2015 Kicks off our full-year Morning Garden program.

Applications now being accepted.

If your child turned 1-2 years old by March 1st, 2014, he or she is eligible to enroll in our beloved Parent-Child program called Morning Garden. (Children are not younger than 12 mos nor older than 24 mos by March 1, 2014.)

This popular parent Waldorf education program prepares a child for a smooth transition into our Nursery program by age 2.5 and potty-trained and provides parents with a strong foundation in understanding Waldorf's perspective of the young child. 

Parents enroll for 24 Friday classes for 2014-2015 from September to April.   Nursery teachers Kathleen Stone-Michael and Kyle Dunlap will be facilitating each Morning Garden class of 8 parent-child pairs. 


7th Grade Yard Sale!

WHAT:  7th Grade Community Yard Sale!
WHEN:  Saturday, May 24th 8am - 2pm
WHERE:  Lockhart's Trading Post

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The 7th grade will be holding a 'yard' sale on Saturday, May 24th outside of our nearby Lockhart's Trading Post.  Drop by the Trading Post on that Saturday to see what deals you can find!

We are are also looking for community donations to help kick off this fundraising effort.  If you have a donation item that is worthy of selling, in good condition, and something you never want to see again...just bring it on by the 7th grade classroom.  For larger donation items please contact Mr. Wiley directly.

Hope to see you there!
Mr. Wiley


Best in Show & Hinoki Unveiling

316405_10151649840776869_2044557072_n 2Everyone! Please join us on Friday, May 23, 5:00 - 8:00 pm in the Brown Wing for the best entertainment in town! Bring family & friends and witness the culmination of EWS High School art & music programs. Last year we had a packed house of adults and children who were on the edge of their seats and positively awed by the performances. From Paperhand puppetry to music gigs, woodwork, poetry, paintings, and sculpture, our Best in Show is guaranteed to delight both young and old.

5:00 pm     Art show inside & outdoor music & food
                  (Gluten-free & regular pizza, baked treats, and drinks support
                  Guatemala project)

6:00 pm      Chorus, Strings Ensemble, Guitar Group, Drumming Group,
                   Videography, Poetry

7:30 pm       Life-sized puppets lead us to Hinoki, where we celebrate
                    our new Hinoki Amphitheater

Click Here for Last Year's Best in Show Pictures

Conscientious Objector E-Book Published

Screen Shot 2014-05-12 at 1.07.43 PM 4My senior project involved creating a book about the process of becoming a Conscientious Objector. I have decided, through my Quaker ideals, to register as a Conscientious Objector. As I was going through the process of learning how to do this, I noticed that there was a considerable lack of visually engaging or relatable material online. I found some very outdated websites and some dry government documents, but nothing that would really draw someone in. I decided to tackle the challenge of creating an appealing, concise, and interesting guide to the process that could be followed by someone with no background knowledge of the subject. The artistic material draws heavily on vintage propaganda posters and the pop art style, and the writing serves as an explanation of some of the reasons not to register for Selective Service, and how to become a Conscientious Objector to war. I intend to present my project to members of my monthly and yearly meetings this summer. In addition, I plan to share it with national Quaker organizations that might have links to my e-book.

Oliver Child-Lanning, EWS Grade 12


Grant Awarded to EWS Farm!

Unknown-5 2Emerson Farm is excited to announce that it has been awarded a grant of $1500 from the Captain Planet Foundation for a Bee Keeping and Pollinator Garden.  This grant will allow us to finish our flow form fountain, design and install a pollinator garden, and keep two beehives.  When students come to work at the farm next school year, they will be the ones deciding which plants to put where, preparing the garden for planting, and tending the plants.  Once the garden is growing. we look forward to class visits to observe, draw, and learn about pollinator plants, insects, and of course, honeybees.  We believe this garden will be a wonderful addition to our school and that students will learn first-hand how food grows.  The Captain Planet Foundation was founded in 1991 to support hands-on environmental projects for youth.  Its objective is to encourage innovative projects that empower today's children, both in the United States and around the world, as environmental stewards.

If you are interested in learning more, helping with this project, or becoming a parent volunteer beekeeper, please contact Kristin McGee, Biodynamic Farm Assistant, at  Also, we will begin finishing our flow form fountain this summer.  If anyone has experience installing solar-powered fountains, your help would be greatly appreciated.  

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Do Our Kids Get Off Too Easy?

04TROPHYweb-master495By ALFIE KOHN
The New York Times
MAY 3, 2014

THE conventional wisdom these days is that kids come by everything too easily — stickers, praise, A’s, trophies. It’s outrageous, we’re told, that all kids on the field may get a thanks – for-playing token, in contrast to the good old days, when recognition was reserved for the conquering heroes.

Children are said to be indulged and overcelebrated, spared from having to confront the full impact of their inadequacy. There are ringing declarations about the benefits of frustration and the need for grit.

Read More Here

A Moment of Pause...


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Simplicity Parenting Coaching Call! 
Learn the art of parenting with simplicity. Join Raelee Peirce, Simplicity Parenting Coach  for “Simple Thursdays” for an online group coaching call and begin to receive effective parenting support and strategies that can immediately positively impact your family.  The next call is scheduled for Thursday, May 22, 2014, 7:30pm-8:30pm EST (4:30pm PST). 
TOPIC: Creating Unhurried Daily Rhythms

Camp Registration is now open for Oak Leaf Farm’s Natural Horsemanship Camp
, the only Natural Horsemanship camp in the area.  Children are naturals when it comes to horses.  We want to nurture that ability at our camp with great experiences for them to remember the rest of their lives.  For more information go to

AT SPENCE'S FARM, CHILDREN BLOSSOM. SIGN-UP FOR SUMMER CAMP NOW! Every week from June 9 through August 22, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM, Monday to Friday with AM/PM Extended Care available.  Enjoy horseback riding, swimming, hiking, gardening, feeding the farm animals, woodworking, pottery and fun in our haymaze. We still have a few spaces left for Rainbow Campers, Ages 4-7, Trailblazers, Ages 7-11, and Tween Adventures, Ages 12-15.  Call 919-968-8581 or apply through our website:

The 5 Great Adventures Camp is now open for registration.   The camp that was created by kids for kids.  5 different adventure themed days for the camper who has a variety of interests.  This is a camp your child won’t want to miss.  One week only!  This camp will fill quickly so register today.  For more information go to

Blue Skies of Mapleview offers its sixteenth year of summer horsemanship day camp. Children aged 7-18 learn all aspects of horsemanship, including leadership skills, safe bareback riding, mounted games, trail ride, and visits from the  farrier, vet, and equine chiropractor . We ride every day and have two unmounted clinics each morning as well. We come into our house for art projects, games, and fun and then end the day with a dip in the pool. Deborah is happy to offer this camp with her grown daughters, her lovely horses and other counselors who grew up riding at Blue Skies. A fabulous place to learn to ride and a great place to continue learning about horses and yourself.  919-933-1444  Special 20% off for Waldorf students and friends attending camp on week 1 June 9-13!!

Want to support a local organic farm, two EWS alumni, and receive fresh veggies every week? Join us this season by subscribing to our 28 week CSA. We provide fresh, locally and organically grown vegetables to you every week in exchange for your support! We even offer a home-delivery option. Visit our website to subscribe at Or contact us to find out more about our farm at

Balance your Life with Ayurveda ~ Health & Lifestyle Consultations and Restorative Bodywork.  The focus of this consultation gives you direction in creating optimal health by making simple alterations in daily eating and lifestyle habits which are specific to your unique constitution. Restorative Bodywork nourishes the nervous system as well as the body with Hot Stones, Warm Oil & Steam Therapy. A wonderful gift for loved ones, friends, colleagues, or yourself!  Gift Certificates for special occasions or just giving thanks. Offered in my lovely home office just minutes from Emerson. For monthly specials & more details: or call Shoshanna at 919-309-9989.

Why not have an artist do your hair?  Nancy Moore has been an artist/hairdresser for over 20 years, and an EWS mom for 16. Now located at the beautiful FLOW Salon, 587 Old Farrington Road, Chapel Hill NC  27517  For appointment call or text (919)260-2495 ...or book yourself online at  Let the good hair days begin!

Most people who suffer with allergy and sinus problems feel that they must resort to using medications that have unpleasant and even dangerous side effects.  For those who may be interested in safer, more natural alternatives, check out this article about some of the premium products offered by Shaklee.  Interested?  Call Joanne at 919-929-4534 or go to her website.  Shaklee is also offering a free bottle of OmegaGuard (fish oil)  for new members with qualified orders.  Ask me about it!

Dr. Hauschka Facials/Retailer: CORI ROTH/Licensed, Certified, Holistic Esthetician.  Revive your body, mind, and senses with a nourishing and soothing Divinerose Facial.  Offered in an unhurried and retreat-like setting.  15% off first-time client.  Visit for more info.


Beautiful Country House for rent! 3 bedroom, 2 baths on 3 acres with a creek and beautiful gardens. 15 min from school, 5 min from downtown Hillsborough. Available July 1st. For pictures and more info please contact  Gaura at

Are you relocating?  Buying or selling a home? 
As your fellow EWS parent and a Realtor®, Eve Van Buren can help.  Guiding families through the home buying and selling process with sensitivity, integrity, and patience – and supporting EWS with a donation for every sale.  Please call with your real estate questions.  Contact Eve at 919-259-1042 or

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 919-265-8600.

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.

Advertising Changes for the Emersonian

Through the end of the 2013-2014 school year, we accept small classified-type advertisements. Beginning next school year, the Emersonian will no longer contain advertisements. Each submission to the Classifieds should be no more than 6 lines of text, which is approximately 60 words. The costs are $5.00/week; $10.00/month. Payment for Community Bulletin Board Submissions should be made by the Friday before the publication week (we publish every other Wednesday school is in session.) 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:

Kelley Wiley - Content, layout, correspondence, advertising
Raelee Peirce - Header design, layout
Barbara Holloway - Photo & creative content, editing
Kathleen Jackson - Editing


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Wed 5/14
9th, 10th & 11th grade curriculum trips
Handwork Parent Group in Handwork Room
8:30-9:30 am

5th Grade Play "Perseus, the Son of Zeus" at the Hinoki
11:05 am

Thurs 5/15
9th, 10th & 11th grade curriculum trips

Auction/Gala Decoration Creation in Handwork Room 8:15 - 9:30 am

5th Grade Class Play 'Perseus, the Son of Zeus' at the Hinoki
9:10 am

EWS Jazz Band rehearsal    
3:30 pm
Fri 5/16
9th, 10th & 11th grade curriculum trips

5th Grade Class Play 'Perseus, the Son of Zeus' at the Hinoki
9:45 am

3rd Grade Play 'Moses: The Exodus' at the Gazebo
2:15 pm

5th Grade Class Play 'Perseus, the Son of Zeus' at the Hinoki
5:00 pm

Sat 5/17
Board Retreat
8:30 am

PO Work Day
9:00-4:00 pm

PO End-of-Year Cookout on Campus
5:00 pm

Mon 5/19
8th Grade Class Trip

3rd Grade Play 'Moses: The Exodus' at the Gazebo
2:15 pm

HS Ultimate Frisbee Parent/Faculty/Alumni game and barbeque
3:30 pm

Tues 5/20
8th Grade Class Trip

3rd Grade Play 'Moses: The Exodus' at the Gazebo

9:30 am

Wed 5/21
8th Grade Class Trip

3rd Grade Farm Trip at Minka Farm

PO Meeting
8:30-9:30 am

Handwork Parent Group in Handwork Room
8:30-9:30 am

Annual Tea & Dessert Reception for New Parents 2014-2015
7:00 pm

Thurs 5/22
8th Grade Class Trip

3rd Grade Farm Trip at Minka Farm

Auction/Gala Decoration Creation in Handwork Room
8:30-9:30 am

EWS Jazz Band rehearsal
3:30 pm

Fri 5/23
8th Grade Class Trip

3rd Grade Farm Trip at Minka Farm

Best In Show
5:00 pm

Sat 5/24
7th Grade Yard Sale at Lockharts
8:00 am

Mon 5/26
No School - Memorial Day

Tues 5/27
4th Grade Coastal Trip

1st Grade Play 'Prince Ivan and the Little Sister of the Sun' at the Gazebo
9:00 am & 1:30 pm

12th Grade Play
7:00 pm

School Staff


Steve Bennett x11
Director of Administration

Mary Deutsch x12
Finance Director

Lynda Hollar x10
Administrative Support

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       8:30 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 3 pm
Aftercare 1st +  until 6 pm
Office Hours     8 am - 4 pm

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