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February 27, 2013
The Emersonian is a weekly e-Newsletter sent to the
Emerson Waldorf School community every Wednesday during the school year.
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Love: Discipline's Other Name

EWS & Triangle Home Nurseries Present

Love: Discipline's Other Name
, a weekend mini-conference for parents of children of all ages with keynote speaker Sharifa Oppenheimer.

You won't want to miss this dynamic conference for parents and educators scheduled for Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2 with Waldorf-trained teacher Sharifa Oppenheimer, author of Heaven on Earth.

Registration is now open and there are only 100 seats!  This will be an inspiring weekend for all who attend.

Register and Learn More

AWSNA Conference

Jack Petrash is March 8-9, 2013. Join us for the Southeast Regional AWSNA Conference!  (Association of Waldorf Schools of North America).

Click Here to Register

Hinoki Reborn

Funds were raised at last year's Gala Auction that have quietly been used to develop the ongoing plan for our outdoor theater. Junior Anthony Day provided initial drawings for Keith Bartholomew, and Robert Long and Will Bethune are working to develop engineering details. 

This plan will bring the aging theater back to life, including the design of a new canopy that will provide acoustic improvements, facility for lighting and, of course, shelter from the elements, at least for the performers.

Keep eyes and ears open for a Spring volunteer effort to rebuild the seating, under Keith's supervision, and for the latest drawings, almost off the drawing board.

Show Your School Spirit!

go teamCome cheer on the Mighty Gnomes tonight...

High School Boys Basketball Tournament--game for 3rd place in CCAL. Home (Central Rec) against St Thomas More 4:00 pm in Hillsborough!

Parent Handbook Reminders

EWS is currently using the 2010-2011 Parent Handbook,  available to the community via our website under the "Forms" link in the top right menu on the home page.

The Parent Handbook is under revision and the 2012-2013 edition will be available soon.

As a reminder to all parents for children in the Early Childhood and Grades, please review these current dress code rules:
  • No underwear should be visible, including boxer shorts and bra straps, including sports bras.
  • Shoes should have non-slip soles and should be sturdy enough for vigorous outside play. 
  • Laces should be tied, not dragging. 
  • Platform shoes, flip-flops, and jellies are not permitted. Crocs may only be worn inside. 
  • Inside shoes should be provided if street shoes are removed in the classroom. (if teacher prefers)
  • No bare feet on campus at any time. 
  • No make-up or nail polish before 8th grade; discreet make-up and nail polish in 8th grade. 
  • No hair coloring or extreme hair styles. 
  • Jewelry should be tasteful and not distracting. 
  • Watches are for 3rd grade and above, after telling time is introduced. Watches with dial faces rather than digital watches are recommended. No beeping watches. 
  • Writing and drawing on clothing and skin is not permitted. 
  • Body piercing other than ears is not permitted.
  • Sunglasses, hats and head coverings, except for religious purposes, should not be worn in the classroom.

Class News

6th Grade Class Sees Stars...and Planets!!

Morehead Planetarium 038 On Wednesday, Febrary 13 the 6th grade went to the Morehead Planetarium to bring perspective for the Astronomy Main Lesson they were finishing. Here is a little picture of what went on in the words of Mr. Wiley.

We had an AMAZING field trip today. Our three lessons started with an overview of the heliocentric solar systems and the newest discoveries of  the world's stage of scientists. The students were invited to become engineers and design a planetary drop module.  They were soon hard at work spending under 10 million dollars to obtain items that would keep their rover, which was inside a "Christmas ornament," from breaking on a makeshift rocky terrain. Sixth grade parent Jill Nelson was the launcher for their design and the kids all had a success - in that nothing shattered into small bits of glass ornament - however, some did not quite make the goal of landing upright. It was a great experience. I had a blast watching real-world social dynamics play out for the engineers at work. 

After that the students had a chance to view the Sun, Moon, and Earth in our solar system. The theatrical dome was both a scientific wonder and an entertaining romp through our solar system. And in the end, we saw the night sky of North Carolina as it looks tonight. Soon after that, the students returned to the labs and worked through the "Built to Tilt" program, which explained the very same concepts and ideas presented in the recent Main Lesson, but in a whole new way. The children lined up in birthday order at one point and our host was quite surprised at how quickly and efficiently the students were able to make that happen. Watching the earth move around the sun helped us understand both the seasonal change and the idea of global temperatures quite well. The lab ended with an experiment in working with solar panels which showed that they are more efficient and effective when facing the rays of the sun and why they are less effective when tilted away.

~ Mr. Wiley, 6th Grade Teacher 

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!

High School Cooking


A new cooking class taught with High School faculty member, Laura Guinan just started in the High School.

The students used eggs and herbs from our school farm. They made their own pasta and a very yummy alfredo sauce.


7th Grade Play - March 6th & 7th

tom sawyer

Written by - Michele L. Vacca
Produced by Special Arrangement with CLASSICS ON STAGE! of Chicago

Our Volunteers

Appreciating One Another

A huge Thank You to Alice Armstrong for organizing and overseeing Winter Middle School Ultimate Frisbee!



Directory Update

Kathy Keyser and Pat McKenzie
Tessa McKenzie-Keyser, Grade 4
New Address: 4619 Paces Ferry Drive, Durham 27712

Substance Abuse Workshop Tonight!

Information, 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: TONIGHT! 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.

                     ~Save the Date~

Campus Beautify
Saturday, March 23
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Join the 'Hands' at our first 2013 Work Day
Details to come
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Calling All Summer Campers!

summer 1
Have you looked at the summer camp schedule yet?

Don't delay, camps are filling up quickly!

Click here for details


Winter Sports Banquet

High School Sports Banquet

Dear Soccer Players, Cross Country Runners, and Basketball Players,

Monday, March 4
we will have our first combined Fall and Winter Sports Banquet. Please come and celebrate the achievements of our soccer, cross country, and basketball teams. Each coach will have a chance to speak about the season and recognize each player for individual contributions to the team.

TIME: 5:30-7:00 or so
WHERE: EWS High School.  Please RSVP so we know whether to set up in the Richards Room or the larger Brown Wing.

RSVP to Mary Kirchoff  at by Friday, March 1st.

Congratulations GNOMES!

Tennis Option

After School Spring Tennis

RDUTennis presents EWS After School Tennis at Five Oaks Club in Durham.

Clinics will be held on Thursdays at 5109 Pine Cone Drive, Durham.

Sessions: 8 Thursdays
Begins: March 7th (No Class on 4/4 Spring Break)
Time Frame 4:00-6:00pm
Price Point: $150 per child for the 8-week Session

Grades 6-12 welcome.  Beginner to Intermediate. There will be multiple coaches if needed.  Other children and guests are welcome to ensure we will have enough kids to operate. 

Any questions, please contact Brian Rosenthal
(919) 395-7329, or email

Classifieds 2

Help Wanted

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

Volunteer Admissions Assistant Needed.  Seeking a volunteer Admissions Assistant to help with administrative tasks. Gain experience in providing professional support to applying families with follow-up calls, thank you notes, event planning, and data entry.  Volunteer can assist any time between 8am-4pm in the office.  Must have computer experience and a professional manner.  (4 hours weekly)
Contact if interested.

Events & Classes

HORSES, HORSES, and more HORSES. Late February afterschool horsemanship lessons and Women's Intuitive Riding groups for moms are now forming for daytimes and Saturdays. Renew your love for these "Dolphins of the Land" or begin a new relationship formed on partnership and trust. Blue Skies of Mapleview LLC is "Where horse sense is stable thinking" since 1996. Also currently accepting applications for summer 2013 Horse Camp.  Please go to or call Deborah Pearson-Moyers 919-933-1444 for more information


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

Nick's Plumbing and More:  Nick Schneider continues to solve problems with plumbing, water filtration, heating, general maintenance, carpentry, winterizing equipment, pools, and general mechanical issues.  Nick has been a Waldorf dad of two for 14 years and a plumber for twice that. He is the favorite "go-to problem solver" for the Pearson-Moyers family. Call Nick's Plumbing and More at 336-684-7407.  Reasonable rates.

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 – 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 EWS 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


Unique Log Home on Dairyland Road – This one-of-a-kind well-appointed home only ½ mile from Maple View Ice Cream store and 10 minutes from EWS features 7.5 acres of beautiful woods and overlooks a private pond. The house is updated and efficient, has dual wood/electric heat, 2,450 sq. ft., 3 / 4  Bedrooms 3 bath, 390 sq. ft. finished room over 2-car garage, out buildings, privacy, convenience, and loads of character.  $590,000.  Adjoining  5.75 acre land with home site also available.  Call Brad at 260-6647 or email
– Build your dream home on 5.75 acres of beautiful woods within walking distance of the Maple View Ice Cream store.  Neighbors are friendly and the mature hardwoods are majestic.  There is an approved four-bedroom septic field and a garden area ready to clear.  Seller will build your energy efficient home or consult on doing it yourself.  Travel to EWS in 10 minutes, Carrboro in 5, UNC in 12.  Address and school system is Chapel Hill.  For more information email or phone 919-260-6647.

Former Waldorf music teacher looking for one or two good people to share my lovely house with. Centrally located in Chapel Hill.  Walking and biking trails, quiet friendly family neighborhood. 2 rooms available with a bathroom for both. $450 per room.  Deposit and background check required. For information please contact:

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:

Barbara Holloway - Editing
Kathleen and Forrest Jackson -  Editing
Jamie Lamkin - Design and Lay-out
Raelee Peirce - Coordinator
Claire Viadro - Creative Content
Kelley Wiley - Correspondence and Advertising

This Week

Wednesday 2/27  
Eurythmy for Parents and Friends 8:30 am - 10:00 am

HS BOYS Basketball Tournament--game for 3rd place in CCAL. Home (Central Rec) against St Thomas More 4:00 pm

Talk on Substance Use
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Brown Wing

Thursday 2/28 
7th Grade Parent Evening 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Friday 3/1  
Tea With Steve 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Parent/Teacher Basketball Game vs. MS and HS Teams; HS Boys Senior Night, Central Rec
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Sharifa Oppenheimer Lecture 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Saturday 3/2
Sharifa Oppenheimer Lecture 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Monday 3/4
HS Basketball/Soccer/XC Banquet. Pot Luck 
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Tuesday 3/5
8th Grade Parent Evening 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Prospective Nursery & Kindergarten Parents Introduction 7:00 pm - 8:00 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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