Newsletter December 3, 2010

Weekly Newsletter                                                          December 3, 2010

“Throughout the afternoon I watched them there,
Snow-fairies falling, falling from the sky,
Whirling fantastic in the misty air,
Contending fierce for space supremacy.”

-From “The Snow Fairy” by Claude McKay

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Sat 12/4 • Winter Fair, 11:00 am-4:00 pm

Mon 12/6 • In Service, No School; Extended Care Program and Little Friends is open

Fri 12/10 • Winter Spiral, Auditorium, All students will participate throughout the

day. Open to the community from 6:00-7:00 pm

Mon 12/13 • Enrollment Committee Meeting, Wiegman-Bartlett Home, 6:30-8:00 pm

Tue 12/14 • Board Meeting, Library, 6:30-8:00 pm

Fri 12/17 • Early Dismissal 12:15 pm, Buses will be here at dismissal, Little Friends

still in session full day. No Extended Care Program.

GENERAL NEWS

Winter Fair

Come celebrate the beauty of winter in Victorian style at the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh Annual Winter Fair, this Saturday, December 4th, from 11:00 am-4:00 pm. Admission is $8.00 per person, $32.00 per family—children under 2 are free. This event is open to the public, so please, bring your friends and family. There are parking variances on Coral, S. Evaline, and S. Winebiddle Streets, so these streets are available for parking. Full article available at http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/winter-fair/

Winter Spiral

This year’s Winter Spiral will take place on Friday, December 10th throughout the day.  Parents are welcome to attend, but please check with your child’s teacher for their class’s time slot and please be sure you are here exactly on time. Late comers will not be admitted, A community spiral will be held on the 10th as well, beginning at 6:00 pm and ending when all of the participants have left the spiral.  Full article available at http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/winter-spiral/

Use GoodSearch.com this holiday season

As a member of the WSP community you are encouraged to utilize this search engine this holiday season in an effort to get donations for the school. Just specify the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh as your choice for charity. Full article available at http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/goodsearch/

The Ursuline Academy—Past, Present, and Future

Everyone in the school community is invited to attend a presentation on the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh’s building, formerly the Ursuline Academy given by University of Pittsburgh architecture students on Tuesday, December 14th , at 7:00 pm. For details visit http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/the-ursuline-academy/

FROM THE ENROLLMENT OFFICE

Why Waldorf Works
In the article, Holiday Season: Putting the Genie Back in the Bottle, Kim John Payne gives parents some tips to remember during this stressful time of year. He talks about clutter, rhythm and predictability, scheduling, and filtering out adult words. To read the article, go to: http://www.simplicityparenting.com/images/Holiday_Season_Putting_the_Genie_Back_in_the_Bottle.pdf.

Full article also available at http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/why-waldorf-works-5/

Enrollment Committee

The next Enrollment Committee Meeting has changed from Thursday, December 16th to Monday, December 13th. This is a pot-luck evening located at Randy and Paige’s home. Please contact Randy to RSVP no later than Friday, December 10th at randall.bartlett@gmail.com

Full article also available at http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/enrollment-committee/

Thursday tours

Tours are led every Thursday morning beginning at 8:45am.  Please let any prospective families know about these tours.  The tours are also a great way for Little Friends and Morning Garden families who haven’t seen the entire school to get a fuller picture of our school.  Tours are open to current families as well.

Full article also available at http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/thursday-tours-2/

Enrollment Committee Book Club

The first book series discussion will be held on Tuesday, January 18th at the Wiegman-Bartlett house at 7pm. The book we will be discussing is Simplicity Parenting, by author Kim John Payne. Take some time this holiday break to get some reading done. Kim John Payne will also be speaking here in the spring.
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Full article also available at http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/bookclub/

EARLY CHILDHOOD NEWS

Morning Garden Two-Day Transition Class

As winter nears and Jack Frost is nipping at our toes, our Transition Class is also changing into a class without the parents. We look back on the Fall and the many activities we worked on together as we got to know each other and formed our class. Full article available at http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/morning-garden-transition/

GRADES NEWS

In the Fourth Grade

Grade Four has just completed our first math block of the year. Full article available at http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/in-the-fourth-grade/

Holiday Caroling

The 4th and 5th graders will be singing at Canterbury Place again this year at 10am on Tuesday, December 14th.

Full article also available at http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/holiday-caroling/

EXTENDED CARE NEWS

Currently, the Extended Care program is searching for a permanent program coordinator.  Any questions about Extended Care scheduling should be directed to Miss Whitney at extendedcare@waldorfpittsburgh.org As a reminder, there will be no Extended Care on December 17th due to the early dismissal.

VOLUNTEERING

As a reminder, parents looking to fulfill volunteer hours should visit the school website’s volunteer page at http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/volunteer for current and upcoming volunteer opportunities at the school.

Winter Fair Volunteers

Snow is in the air and Winter Fair is here. Saturday’s Winter Fair is looking to be another great one, however, there are still a few things that are needed from the community to be sure that this year’s Winter Fair is a success. For volunteer and donation needs visit http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/winter-fair-volunteers-2/

Possible Mentor Families for 2011-2012

For those families who are interested in mentoring incoming families next school year, please contact Erin Commendatore. A short training will be held in the spring.

FUNDRAISING

Annual Fund Drive

Since the Annual Fund Drive packets went out the end of October, about 30 different donors have produced $4,908 in annual fund donations as of 12/2/2010.  Many thanks to everyone for their generosity.

Full versions of all of the above articles can be found at http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/tag/newsletter12-3-10/

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