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December 19, 2012
The Emersonian is a weekly e-Newsletter sent to the
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Happy Holidays EWS Families!

Winter's Light

SaintLucyCandle2(bl)A candle's but a simple thing,
it starts with just a bit of string,

But dipped or rolled with patient hand, it gathers wax upon the strand.

Until complete and snowy white, it gives at last a lovely light.

Life seems so like that bit of string, each deed we do a simple thing.

Yet day by day on life's strand,
we work with patient heart and hand.

It gathers joy, makes dark days bright,
and gives at last a lovely light.

High School Bonfire at EWS Farm After Service Project Day


Celebrating Unity

The Emerson Waldorf community is blessed to have many faiths represented in its student body. 


Christians celebrate Christmas, commemorating the birth of Christ.  Probably the most celebrated holiday in the world, our modern Christmas is a product of hundreds of years of both secular and religious traditions from around the globe. Many of the traditions that are familiar today were created in the Victorian era of the 19th century. The custom of exchanging presents at Christmas is commonly linked to the Magis' visit to the infant Jesus and their gifts to him of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Gift-giving at the time of the winter solstice was also a Roman custom before Jesus' time. The custom is related to the generosity of the fourth century's St. Nicholas and the gifts that the baby Jesus is supposed to bring on his birthday.

Celebrating the Season.  Christmas Day is celebrated as a major festival and public holiday in countries around the world, including many whose populations are mostly non-Christian. Some families in the U.S. celebrate the holiday as a cultural holiday rather than a religious one.  For these families, Christmas is now a time for family and friends to reunite over sumptuous meals and exchange gifts, reaffirming links between family members and friends.

For Muslims, there are many stories about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ (called 'Isa in Arabic). The Qur'an recalls His miraculous birth, His teachings, the miracles He performed by God's permission, and His life as a respected prophet of God.  Muslims believe in the virgin birth of Jesus, but do not mark the occasion as a holiday.  Nevertheless, Muslims respect Jesus as a righteous prophet of God.  Gift-giving is part of the Eid al-Fitr celebration that ends the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan is the month of giving and benevolence: the Messenger was more benevolent than a falling rain. One of the most important features of Ramadan is the zakaat, the giving of charity. Zakaat (alms) is what one returns out of his or her wealth to the neediest of Muslims for the sake of the Almighty Allah. The word zakaat is from zakaa which means to increase, purify, and bless. 

The Baha'i Faith is an independent religion with its own holy days, so Baha’is generally do not celebrate Christmas in their own homes. However, because Baha’is recognize Christ as a Divine Messenger, they share in the season’s spirit of goodwill. Based on their Writing's instruction to “consort with the followers of all religions in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship,” Baha’is with Christian friends and family, enjoy various Christmas activities. The Baha'i season of gift-giving is Ayyam-i-Ha, which takes place at the end of February. It is followed by the annual 19-day Fast and then the Baha'i New Year, Naw-Ruz, on March 21.

In Judaism,
gifts are the modern incarnation of the tradition to hand out Hanukkah gelt, Yiddish for money. One of the major reasons Hanukkah has become so centered around gifts is its proximity to Christmas.  But even before the hegemony of Christmas, Hanukkah was a traditional time of giving, but in a different way than is popular today.  Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday celebrated for eight days and nights. It starts on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev, which coincides with late November to late December on the secular calendar.  In Hebrew, the word "hanukkah" means "dedication." The name reminds us that this holiday commemorates the re-dedication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem following the Jewish victory over the Syrian-Greeks in 165 B.C.E.

For Kwanzaa, gifts are played down and spiritual and social rejuvenation is played up. Handmade gifts are strongly encouraged over commercial purchases. Items related to Black heritage or items that have a special meaning that will help the person through the next year are strongly recommended. The gifts should be reflective of a commitment to education and the riches of our cultural heritage and a sign of the struggle for liberation for Black people.

Hindu families celebrate Diwali, the five-day Hindu festival that began on November 13 this year. Relatives and friends exchange food gifts, and at weddings, the families of bride and bridegroom exchange gifts. Otherwise, gift exchange isn't central to mainstream Hindu tradition. As one Indian-American recalls about the Diwali of her childhood: "Everything was absolutely cleaned, and the front doors kept wide open because it meant you're letting in Lakshmi. And the back doors were kept shut because it was believed that Akabai, the lazy sister who signifies poverty, comes in through the back door."  So turn on all the lights, open up the doors, and welcome in goodness, peace, and prosperity for yet another year.

We Wish Our School Community
a Wonderful Break
Spent With Their Families!
Enjoy Lots of
Good Food and Good Rest Before 2013!

Grade 11 Art Class

Laura Guinan’s 11th Grade art class on the human figure draws the skeleton before sculpting the human form – truly inspired education!


A Time for Song

DSC_0878Join 15 million people around the world in singing at 5 p.m. EST on Friday, December 21, 2012, for fifteen minutes. Together we will midwife the birth of a new consciousness for the Earth and plead with the leaders of the world to stop the violence to and on the Earth.

We would also ask that you join us in dedicating this singing to the children, teachers and staff who died on Friday at the Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut, and to their families who face so much in this important season of trauma and loss. We will also sing for all those in the community of our sister school, the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School. They are neighbors in Newtown and experienced the mandatory lockdown and the shock of what happened to their friends and colleagues at Sandy Hook very closely. Our support at this time will give them strength, too.

Thank you – and we at the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) will be singing for you and with you on December 21!


Mark Your Calendars in 2013!

Saturday, January 19, 2013, 9am-12pm
Waldorf Education Day

Plan to attend and invite your friends, family, and neighbors to discover the best-kept educational secret in the Triangle!  Another great WED event is in the works.  Our talented faculty will be offering dynamic classes and workshops to further share and explain the Waldorf Way.

End of January 2013
Re-Enrollment for 2013-2014!

Yes, it's coming.  Plan to celebrate with us as we invite our community members to re-enroll for another year at EWS.

This is Beautiful!!

Click the picture to "Play" the video documentary teaser...


Landfill Harmonic is an upcoming feature-length documentary about a remarkable musical orchestra in Paraguay, where young musicians play instruments made from trash.



We Love Our Volunteers

Appreciating Each Other

volunteer-hands2Thank you Rob Schertz, Charlie Viles,  Bonnie Cady, and Laurie Carson for your contributions to the morning coffee table!

We also want to honor Sergio Escobar for his incredible IT services for the school.  We greatly appreciate your expertise!
Nominate a faculty, staff, or parent at EWS to be acknowledged for efforts toward our community and school!

Send your nominations to

Burrito Orders Due Friday!

Please be sure to have your burrito order forms submitted to the Main Office or High School Office by Friday, December 21, 2012!

EWS Gnomes Basketball!

And They're Off!

basketballThe basketball season is in full swing!  The Middle School teams played their first games Monday, Nov. 26 against Trinity School. The girls' team started off the afternoon by demonstrating excellent passing into the key to Clare West, who put the first three baskets on the board. The girls played excellent defense and had a number of steals with Cate Matthews leading in that department. In the end EWS was the better team, winning in points as well.  Fully half of the boys' MS team is sixth graders.  This young team is exciting to watch! In their opening game, they were fast and energetic and never gave up. The Trinity boys' team was stronger and taller, but they did not intimidate our team. The EWS boys just kept pressing their defense and improving their offense. EWS outscored Trinity near the end of the game, but Trinity won the game. Our last MS game before break is against Triangle Day. The girls are playing at Triangle Day on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 4:00. 7th and 8th grade boys play at 5:00 at Triangle Day, and 6th grade boys play at home at 4:00 vs. Triangle Day.
The boys' High School team defeated Camelot on Wednesday, Nov. 28 by a large margin. It was their first game of the season, so it was their first opportunity to test their skills. Coach Dowdall was excited after the game, because he could feel the team's "magic" begin to come back. The game gave the new players and the seasoned players a chance to come together as a team prior to playing their first official league game on Friday, Nov. 30 against Woods Charter. EWS defeated Woods Charter and went on to win against Clover Garden on Dec 3 and Pace Academy on Dec 7.
The girls' High School team has played three games and has improved with each game. They lost to Woods Charter and Clover Garden but defeated Pace Academy. Their next game is Wednesday, Dec. 19 vs. Carolina Friends School at 4:00 p.m. at Central Rec. in Hillsborough.

Please come out and support our teams!

College Acceptances

acceptEWS CLASS OF 2013
As of 12/18/2012

Elon University (NC) + merit scholarship
Hendrix College (AR) + merit scholarship
University of North Carolina at Asheville
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Stetson University (FL)

Collect Your Buns!

Thursday, December 20 Pick-Up

IMG_1755Please pick up your bun orders near the coffee table this Thursday, December 20th at either 8:15-8:40 AM (bring along your free coffee card!) or 3:00-3:25 PM.

Hyland's Cold'n Cough Samples

Free 4 oz Bottle in the Main Office!

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This product meets criteria for natural because it is made primarily of natural ingredients with minimal processing. Natural ingredients are extracted directly from plants or animals as opposed to being made synthetically.

  • Temporarily relieve the symptoms of the common cold including nasal congestion, cough, sore throat, runny nose and sneezing.

Click Here for the Website

Need More Simplicity?

Reflect, Learn, and Practice Simplicity

GARDEN_OF_SIMPLICITY_386_X_486Even small changes you bring into your home can have lasting effects for your children and for you.
In a webinar series like this you can slow down and gently go deeper into finding sensible and do-able ways to bring greater connection, balance, and a feeling of inner spaciousness to your parenting.

You will be joining with thousands of other parents around the world who have found the practice of Simplicity Parenting has been the answer to that uneasy feeling that "something is not right."

This is a personal, step-by-step approach to implementing the ideas in the book, Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne, into your own family life.

What will be explored....

Gift-Quirk-Disorder Spectrum

How to move your child's quirks towards their gifts and away from potential behavioral and discipline problems.

Soul Fever
How to cool the "soul fever" many children and families experience.

Decluttering the Environment
Gain support to simplify books, clothes, toys, lighting, noise etc.

Strengthen Rhythm & Predictability
Experience the powerful and soothing effects on the whole family when daily safety valves of rhythm are strengthened and made more predictable.

Prioritizing Schedules
Receive support to dial back busyness and over-scheduling.  Rediscover the gift of boredom and the gift of anticipation.

Screens...Filtering Out the Adult World
Taking a sensible and objective look at the effects of screen media and designing your own plan around what you feel is healthy.

Adult Conversation...Filtering out the Adult World
Becoming increasingly aware of how to filter out the amount of adult conversation your child hears..

Plus a bonus session....
How to Deal with Defiance and Intervene in Sibling Put-Downs

Each session will feature Kim John Payne on screen leading participants through a series of beautiful slides that lay out and clarify the content.  You will be able to print out the slides to form a Simplicity Parenting Home Guide.

Learn more about the course...

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Events or 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.

Infinity Farm's Tenth year to Carol to the Cows: Join our farm community as we express gratitude for our four legged friends. Sing and sip Cider. Warm by the fires with homemade soup and bread. Live Nativity with extra children's angel and shepherd clothes.
Mon. Dec. 24th, 2012    4:30 to 8:30
1600 McDade Store Rd., Cedar Grove, NC 27231, 919-619-3440

The Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department publishes a program guide and information three times per year (September, December, April).  These guides have all the programs and activities that the Town of Carrboro offers for kids, families, and seniors. View the information on-line here:

Childcare Needed

In search of a gentle & loving part-time nanny for infant son.  Caregiver position to begin in January 2013.  Please contact Jewell Whitmer: or (919) 672.8519.


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 - a Waldorf wisdom for adult needs and challenges. Call Lynn (919-240-4094) or learn more

If only our organic whole foods provided all of the daily nutrients we need.  90% of Americans are lacking nutrients in their diets.  Now, moms can meet their bone and breast health needs and boost immune support and energy for the price of a daily latte.  Shaklee's Vitalizer will establish your optimal nutritional foundation.  You know that not all vitamins are created equal - Click Here to learn about the Shaklee Difference. (Joanne Estes is a grandmother of 4 EWS children, living prescription-free at almost age 70 and feeling great).

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.
Click Here for the Link

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

Wed, Dec 19         
HS Girls Basketball game vs Friends JV HS Girls HOME

Thurs, Dec 20         
Kindergarten Potluck - NO NAP 11:00 am

Nursery Potluck - NO NAP 11:00 am

Middle School Jazz Band (Gr. 6-8) 3:30 pm - 4:25 pm

6th Grade Science Night 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm in Grade 6 Classroom
Fri, Dec 21         
NO Nursery & Kindergarten

Tea With Steve 8:30 am - 9:30 am

11am Shepherd's Play in the Brown Wing

NO AFTERCARE 12:00 DISMISSAL for 1st-12th


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

Don't Forget!

Tuesday Markets

Tuesday Markets run from 8:00 - 8:45 am for a few more weeks - until the veggies get too cold!

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