Annual Fund 2017 – Thank You Donors!

Thank you to all our generous donors!

Visionary ($2,500–$9,999):
Adam & Susannah Tripp
Donna Belajac

Patron ($1,000–$2,499):

Al Bowers & Susan Krouse
Christine Gooch
Hemant Agrawal Julie Pal-Agrawal
Anne Clair Goodman & Hal Shapera
Kirsten Christopherson-Clark & John Clark
Kelly & Paul Rodgers
Malcolm & Paula Webster

Fellow ($500–$999):

Carrie Tongarm
Shannon & William Hula
Gretchen Aiyangar
Amelia Brett
Mario Castagnaro & Linda Santelices
Joe Nawrocki & Camille DiNicola
Bob & Charlotte Roberson
Jill & Jim Roediger
Andrew & Lindsay Wood
Adam & Jill Zihar
Andy English & Delanie Jenkins
Cass Neely & Greg Clary

Supporter ($250–$499):

Cynthia & Michele Savoia
David Orenstein & Alex Gruskos
Josh Aderholt & Aggie Hanczewski
Rebecca Mizikar & Andrei Voicu
Andrew & Stephanie Bruno
Myrvin & Anne Christopherson
Meghan & Stefan Dann
Courtney Ehrlichman
Bobbi & David Konefal-Shaer
Denise McMorrow

Partner ($100–$249):

Ian Winter & Devon Wood
David & Peggy Darnell
Jeffrey Dorsey & Holly King
John & Laura Kulick
Kevin Lenzo & Andrea Noyes
Gena & Russ Loyd
Viachaslau Charnashei & Valentina Kuprijanova
Virginia Van Pelt
Gabriel & Kimberly O’Donnell
Claire Westbrook
Christopher Ballod & Melissa Wagner
Sarah Banach
Randy Bartlett & Paige Wiegman
Jason & Jessica Benton
Daniel Berlin & Monique Murad
Jason Bright & Wendy Bright
Ian & Melissa Brown
Michael Bundy
Kristin Bundy
Stan Caldwell & Deborah Gross
Heather Conrad & Michael Marcsisin
Markus Erbeldinger & Zuleikha Erbeldinger-Bjork
Brendan & Kate Froeschl
Ralph Gross
Alicia Haley & Michael Kozak
Julie & Kent Jensen
Adam & Amanda Kenney
Elizabeth & Jeffrey Kline
Betty & Bill Lychack
Juanita & Robert Mizikar
Kelly & Lance Mroz
Wayne Patterson
Bob Roberson
Linda Schmid
Ahimsa Shakti
Alan Shuckrow
Mali & Jill Tongarm
Akif Burak & Saniye Ayca Tosun
Randi & Ryan Voss
Laura Zech
Immacolata Zottola

Friend (up to $99):

Thomas Bowser & Michelle Opdahl
Christina & Michael Chirdon-Jones
Albert Froeschl
Breen Casey & Sean Lehr-Nuth
Molly Mehling & Carl Nim
Pamela Paich-Caraway
Erin Copeland & Barton Kirk
Rebecca Davis
Rebecca Farabaugh
Shannon Flynn & Brian Lysell
Albert & Emily Hanser
Valerie Lueth & Paul Roden
Richard & Carol Winter
Renee Gielewski
Heather Seiders & Michael Wik
Martin & Carol Zihar
Joshua & Rebecca Brown
Stephanie Mayer-Staley & Mark Staley
Dawn Penney & Jacob Stempky
Laura Phillips
Merrit & Ryan Deslauriers
Karin Fast
Lisa Jackson-Schebetta Dennis Schebetta
Jennifer Larson
Sebastian Swetoha
Morgan Brown
Michael Cochran & Nadine Lehrer
Benjamin & Lisa Collier
Maya Goldstein
Lykourgos Iordanidis
Alice Lychack
Kate & Moshe Sherman
Juli Strang-Tryc
Wendy & Rick Thielbar
Robyn Thomas
Claudia Kitchen
Alissa Miller
Torben Clark
Summer Erbeldinger-Bjork
Marissa Erbeldinger-Bjork
Bill & Pegin Foglia
Nolan Hunter
Ella Lesko
Frederick Lychack
Kavi Mankoff-Dey
Georgia-Rae Roca-Steele
Miles Sanders
Kevin Seal
Selden Webster
Nathaniel Winter
Phineas Wood
Finnegan Bartlett
Rebecca Davidson-Wagner & Brian Wagner
Rachel Durst
Abigail Hanser
Cynthia Lopez
Andrew Lopez
Burgess Lychack
William Lychack
Esther Nawrocki
Ian Oliver
Maryam Salem
Cecelia Wagner
Ayvind Wiegman
August Wiegman
Beatrice Wood
Bailey Zihar
Elliott Brown
Elizabeth Ketcham
Helena Ballod
Lucius Deslauriers
Finnegan Deslauriers
Jack Lis
Nicholas Iordanidis
John Iordanidis
Jacob Julin
Clayton Kenney
David Mroz
Della Wagner
Tyler Zihar
Elise Bowser
Thomas Bowser
Sofia Castagnaro
Luca Castagnaro
Enzo Castagnaro
Aila Dann
Lyle Kenney
Thomas Ketcham
Gabriel Mroz
Penelope Schebetta
Ori Sherman
Elizabeth Shipman

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Join Us for Waldoberfest

Waldoberfest is happening again this year at East End Brewery. Check out more information here.

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WSP Implements Energy Grant

West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund (WPPSEF) awarded the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh (WSP) a $25,000 grant to co-fund the installation of an innovative Energy Dashboard that shows real-time energy usage feedback to monitor and display energy use as part of WSP’s Smart Energy Living Learning Lab. WPPSEF is providing this co-funding to collect, measure, and display real-time energy use and building performance data to inform WSP’s future strategic energy efficiency improvements and building upgrades as well as enable hands-on and experiential learning throughout their educational programs and teaching curriculum.

The goals of the Smart Energy Living Learning Laboratory include:

  • Unlocking knowledge of real-time energy use, which impacts occupant behavior change
  • Creating experiential learning opportunities for WSP students, parents, and faculty; educators in training; visitors to the school; and students from the region during summer camps; and
  • Inspiring other schools in the region to implement similar infrastructure and energy efficiency practices for reduced environmental impact and operational costs, as well as enhanced learning opportunities

“Students want to know how to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.  WSP is compelled to meet the significant need to equip them to solve daunting environmental problems – and, to do this by demonstrating the world’s best green building practices, innovative technology, and curricula standards in a healthy, toxin-free learning space, and by instilling the critical connection between ecological and human health,” shares Kirsten Christopherson-Clark, WSP Head of School.

The Waldorf educational experience ensures that students fully appreciate the impact every person has on their surrounding environment.  To be able to measure the impact of human behavior on the consumption of energy in real-time expands WSP’s mission and further influences behavior change that is mindful of environmental impact. The experiential learning at the Laboratory will inspire students’ thinking and creativity to address solutions to some of our most important challenges today, and educate parents and future teachers about the importance of energy use. 

“Through the Smart Energy Living Learning Laboratory, we aspire to elevate an essential  conversation in the greater Pittsburgh and Western PA communities about the types of energy used to power our schools and the impact on financial resources, the environment, and health,” notes Ms. Christopherson-Clark.

This project is a collaboration between the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh, Green Building Alliance’s Green & Healthy Schools Academy, and Energy Assurance Solutions, with generous support from funders including WPPSEF.

The West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund (WPPSEF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that invests in the deployment of sustainable energy technologies that benefit West Penn Power ratepayers in Pennsylvania. WPPSEF investments are focused in three broad categories:

  • Deployment of sustainable and clean energy technologies;
  • Deployment of energy efficiency and conservation technologies; and
  • Facilitating economic development, environmental betterment, and public education as they relate to sustainable energy deployment in the WPP service region.

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Infant Class Now Enrolling

Morning Garden Parent Infant Class – Now Enrolling

Each 6 week series in this infant and caregiver class will focus on observation and understanding of  babies’ development and unique personalities, attuning and responding, giving babies space to explore and communicate with one another, and bonding with other caregivers and families.  This will create an early sense of community and sharing for even the youngest Waldorf child. Information shared will include body and brain development, rhythm as temperament, and the meaning of attunement.  Each class will weave observation with some education and awareness building and engagement activities.

Enroll via TADS now!

Families are welcomed and encouraged to attend both Session 1 and 2.
Infant Classes will be held on:
Tuesdays 10:00—11:15

Fall Session
September 19—October 24

Spring Session
April 10—May 15

This year our infant class will be taught by Dawn Penney. Dawn has 17 years experience as a Dance Movement Therapist, a psychotherapeutic approach to whole person health and development.  DMT uses a lens of observation and assessment of movement to understand the inner temperament and needs of even the youngest individual.  She also practices as a Licensed Professional Counselor for both Adults and Children, Yoga teacher for adults, children and families, and teaches about Creativity at Seton Hill University.  Additionally, Dawn created and taught an infant caregiver attunement through movement and rhythm class in Chicago for 4 years before finding her home in Pittsburgh.   Her most important job is as mama to her 3 Waldorf Children. In this class, Dawn will share her passion and understanding of the importance of early infant and child development and attunement, facilitating a special bond and unique dialogue between each pair.

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Assistant in After-School Program

The Waldorf School of Pittsburgh is currently seeking an assistant for our After-School Program for the 2017-18 school year. The position starts at the beginning of September and runs through early June of 2018.

Duties include preparing snacks, engaging the children in games and activities, helping monitor classroom and outdoor playtime, and maintaining a safe and nurturing environment.

Our After-School Program runs from 3-6pm daily and serves children ages 3 years – 13 years.

Open Position
After School Assistant (works with and assists our Lead After–School teacher)
Hours: 2:45 pm – 6:00 pm M – F
-15 minutes of prep before program start
Pay: Hourly beginning at $11.50/hour

High-school Diploma
2 years verifiable work with children
An interest in Waldorf education
Act 33, 34 and FBI Clearances (less than 1 year old)

(Must Include)
Cover Letter
Biography – one page (or less) document explaining your personal/professional background including how you became interested in working at the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh.
List of 3 professional references

To apply, please send application materials to: Address application materials to Anna Phelps, Extended Care Coordinator.

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Join us for Waldifest

Waldifest is an end-of-the-school-year, beginning-of-summer social event for parents and friends of the school. All are welcome! Please click here for more information.

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