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January 4, 2017
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Administrator News

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year!  Welcome back to all of our students and families. It is a pleasure to be back on campus with all of the familiar faces and many new ones as well. We have new students this term in our Nursery, 4th, 7th, 9th, and 10th grade classes.

Everyone should have received their re-enrollment packets in the mail over the break. Please return your Re-enrollment Intention Forms to the Early Childhood, High School, or Main Office to aid in our planning efforts.

We have a new addition to our lower school playground area – a gaga ball pit! Ella Bartholomew installed the octagonal structure over the December break as part of her 8th grade project. To say it is being actively used would be an understatement! If you've never heard of 'gaga', you can read a little more about the game HERE.  

We have a number of exciting events coming up in the next few weeks. Many of us will have the privilege of attending the classical concert this evening in support of the senior class trip. Waldorf Education Day is also quickly approaching on the 14th of January. Whether you've never attended or have been 10 years in a row, there is always something interesting to learn about how and why we do what we do in Waldorf education. Please CLICK HERE to register.

Finally, I want to highlight the upcoming speaker series arranged by Emma Hulbert as part of her Senior Project. 'It's Time to Wake Up: Social Awareness Through Conversation' includes a series of timely and thought-provoking speakers and topics. The first event examining Islamophobia in our local area is on January 19th at 7pm in the High School Brown Wing. I hope everyone will make an effort to participate in as many parts of the series as they are able.  

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

Christina Wise
Director of Administration

Did You Know?  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service - January 16th


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life’s most persistent and urgent 
question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" Against what seemed like impossible odds, Dr. King and scores of his fellow citizens of all races came together and, ultimately, helped bend the moral arc of the universe toward justice.

In recognition of Dr. King’s incredible legacy of service to all, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service in 1994, and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort.

Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.”

The upcoming commemoration of the MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 16 is an opportunity to remember that history and re-commit ourselves as citizens by volunteering in service to one another. It is also a time to consider how much work still remains to fulfill Dr. King’s dream. Service is a powerful tool for strengthening our communities, but it is only a start.

As we work together, we will create economic opportunities by improving
education, strengthening health care services, and improving financial literacy. These are central to making our economy work for every American.

An appropriate way to honor Dr. King is through service and volunteering in our communities. Dr. King devoted his life to advancing equality, social justice, and economic opportunity for all. He challenged us to build a more perfect union and taught us that everyone has a role to play. Five decades later, we still have work to do to realize Dr. King’s dream.

So, the question is "What are you doing for others?"  Use Monday, January 16, 2017 as a day to provide service to your family or in your community. It could be that you make a baked good for an elderly neighbor or you send a card to a friend who is sick or perhaps it is something bigger that you do with your children. For ideas in our area, click the link below, put in your zip code, and find out what you can do! 

CLICK HERE for Triangle Volunteer Ideas and be part of Martin Luther King's Dream!

Update to Grades Dress Code

Grades Dress Code

Because clothing is part of the class environment, we expect our dress policy to help create an atmosphere conducive to learning, focusing attention on the children and not their clothing. The faculty reserves the right to decide if dress and appearance constitute a distraction. If a child is not dressed appropriately, parents may be called to bring a change of clothing before the child is permitted in the classroom. In High School we know that dress and fashion are important forms of self-expression. See the High School Student/Parent Handbook for details on the High School dress code.

General Guidelines
  • Clothing should be well-fitted — not so large that it extends over hands or feet. Likewise, clothing should not be overly short, tight, backless or strapless. Wide, sagging, overlong, baggy or mesh shorts or pants are unacceptable. No writing on any garments except for Waldorf school t-shirts, or shirts commemorating Emerson Waldorf School cultural or athletic events.
  • Clothing may not have tears, stains, holes, or unfinished edges (such as cut-off jeans).
  • As the children go outside every day, please send along appropriate gear i.e., raincoat, hood, hat, boots, warm coat, mittens or gloves, and leg coverings. Shorts are not acceptable on any day the temperature is below 60 degrees.
  • Label clothing with your child’s name, especially outerwear.
  • Acceptable patterns, colors, and designs for K-8: solid colors, overall patterns, stripes, and soft natural images are acceptable, as well as small discreet outer brand labels and sports logos no larger than a 3” diameter.
  • Not Acceptable patterns, colors, and designs: advertising, team logos, words, numbers, cartoon drawings are not acceptable.
Acceptable length
  • Shirts should be long enough to cover the midriff area even when stretching. Shorts should come approximately to mid-thigh length or no shorter than where the tip of the index finger rests when the arm is alongside the body. Skirts and dress hems and side slits should be no more than 4" above the knee.  Sleeveless shirts and dresses should have at least a 1" wide strap.
  • 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 and flip-flops are not permitted.
  • No bare feet on campus outside without teacher permission.
  • Discreet make-up and nail polish allowed in 8th grade.
  • No hair coloring or extreme hair styles.
  • Jewelry should not be distracting or a safety issue to classmates, teachers or yourself..
  • Watches are for 3rd grade and above, after telling time is introduced. Analog watches rather than digital watches are recommended. No beeping watches.
  • Writing and drawing on clothing, skin, and nails are not permitted.
  • Body piercing other than ears is not permitted.
  • Sunglasses, hats and hoodies should not be worn in the classroom.  Head coverings for religious purposes are allowed.
Grades Assembly Dress

Assembly clothes should be clean, pressed semi-formal school attire. Parents are asked to support our efforts to create a special event for the whole school: parents will be called and asked to bring a change of clothes for children who are not dressed properly for an assembly.
  • Students should come in pants (not jeans), dressy shirts (not t-shirts), skirt, or dress.

Emma Hulbert's Senior Project


EWS senior Emma Hulbert has created a speaker series with four events for her senior project. These events are on Islamophobia (1/19), Tuition Inequality for Undocumented Students and the Future of DACA (1/26), Racism in the Justice System (2/9), and a film screening of “Ties that Bind”, a documentary about a family’s journey with their transgender sister (3/16).
Each event is free and open to the public.
Emma created this project to start the conversation at Emerson Waldorf School, as well as in the wider community, about issues that are vitally important but may not directly impact those in the audience. Come to these events and hear renowned panelists speak on issues that may have never occurred to you, and engage in lively community discussions! All are welcome.

All events will be held on Thursdays from 7-9pm in the Brown Wing of the High School.


Waldorf Education Day


Mark your calendars!
 Waldorf Education Day is an annual event provided for the EWS parent body and the greater community to provide deeper understanding about Waldorf Education.

Here is the agenda for this year's program on Saturday, January 14, 2017 9am-1pm. Register and encourage your friends to register as well!

Registration, Coffee, and Childcare Drop-Off at the Cottage

[Register for the program you are most interested in experiencing].
  • Nursery Information Session for Parents & 2-3 YO - Spots Limited!
  • Kindergarten Information Session for Parents & 4-5 YO - Spots Limited!
  • Grades 1-8 Tour & Information Session 
  • Grades 1-4: Watercolor Painting 
  • Grade 5-8: Learning History Through Storytelling 
  • Grade 5-8: Learning a Foreign Language Waldorf-Style 
  • High School Academic Sampler - HS Faculty
[Register for the program you are most interested in experiencing].
  • EC Workshop - The Body as The Foundation of Learning 
  • Early Childhood: Workshop - Best Practices for the Developing Brain
  • EC & 1st Grade Information Session & Tour 
  • Grades 1-4: Creating Your Own Textbook for Language Arts 
  • Grade 5-8: What Does STEM look like in Waldorf? 
  • Grade 6-12: Tour & Information Session 
  • High School Arts Sampler - HS Faculty
11:30am-12:45pm Brunch and Alumni Parent/Student Panel - Brown Wing

12:45pm-1:00pm   Closing Circle

1pm - Childcare Pick-Up

EWS 2nd & 3rd Graders Give to Wider Community




Check out the gorgeous, handmade Grade 3 quilt and the tremendous number of canned and dry goods that Grade 2 collected for those in need!

Grade 2

As part of their studies, the second grade class at Emerson Waldorf School has been learning about different people that dedicate their lives to a greater good or cause. They heard the stories of Malala Yousafzai, Santa Lucia, Sammy Lee, and many others. The stories of helping those in need generated a great deal of enthusiasm for the idea of a food drive. In just three weeks, the students collected, counted, and carried over 400 cans and dry goods. In their own way, the children recognized a need in our community and did something to make the world a little bit better.

Grade 3

Once in third grade, students at Emerson Waldorf School explore many topics in theory as well as in practical, experiential ways. The children learn about farming and work regularly in our biodynamic farm garden; they study shelter/house building, building teepees, small projects of an individual kind, and do some woodworking and blacksmithing; they are also introduced to measuring and explore cooking with fluid measures, weight measures, and metric measures. Loosely connected with “Farming and Animal Care,” students learn about different fibers: silk, wool, and cotton. As our big “woolen service project,” we chose the service aspect of creating a blanket for someone who is either homeless or newly-arrived in this country and needing help. Every child knitted several squares which were then crocheted together into this blanket. We are still working on completing this project and are looking for the right family to gift it to. It is heartwarming to witness the children’s eagerness to serve!




Our five basketball teams are mid-way through their seasons. Over the course of the first part of the season, we've seen some amazing effort and wonderful growth in our players and teams. Congratulations to all the players and coaches – keep up the great work! There is quite a bit of basketball to support in the month of January. Please come out and support our teams when you can!  Go Gnomes!

Ted Hall
Athletic Director

EWS Seeking Part-Time Facilities Helper

Emerson Waldorf School is seeking a part-time Assistant to work with Ian Ostrowski, our Facilities Manager. The position is approximately 24 hrs per week with some flexibility on days of the week. Starting pay is $10/hr. The Assistant will assist Ian with basic campus groundskeeping and improvements. Must be able to bend, lift up to 50lbs, operate machinery, and hold a valid driver's license.  Trade skills a plus.

Please e-mail your resume, cover letter, and three references to:
 Kelley Wiley, Communications Director,

Quote for the Week

Upcoming Events

1/5         1st Grade Parent Evening 6:45pm
1/5         7th Grade Parent Evening 7pm
1/6         6th Grade Boys Basketball @ HOME vs. Duke 4pm
1/6         HS Boys Basketball @ Camelot 4pm
1/6         MS Basketball @ Carolina Friends School Girls 4pm Boys 5:30pm
1/12       4th Grade Parent Evening 7pm
1/14       Waldorf Education Day 9am
1/16       NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
1/19       Emma H. Senior Project in Brown Wing 6pm


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.






Emersonian Publishing Team:

Kelley Wiley - Content, layout, correspondence
Raelee Peirce - Content, layout, correspondence
Christina Wise - Content, editing
Barbara Holloway - Content, photos, editing

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