Newsletter for November 12, 2010

“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”
~Franklin Delano Roosevelt

To access this week’s full newsletter please visit www.waldorfpittsburgh.org and follow the Newsletter Link on the home page or link to it directly here http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/newsletter-for-november-12-2010

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Fri 11/12 • Martinmas Celebration/Lantern Walk and Coat Drive, 5:30 pm, Frick
Environment Center

Sat 11/13 • Discover Waldorf Open House, 10:00 am
• PA Meeting

Sun 11/14 • Morning Garden Lantern Walk, Auditorium, 4:45-6:00 pm

Mon 11/15 • Finance Committee Meeting, Library, 6:30-8:30 pm

Tue 11/16 • Board Meeting, Library, 6:30-8:00 pm

Wed 11/17 • School Nurse Visit, 10:30 am
• 4th and 5th Grade Parent Evening, , 6:30-8:30 pm

Thu 11/18 • Enrollment Committee Meeting, Library, 6:30-8:30 pm

Fri 11/19 • PA Hot Lunch, 11:00 am, $4.00, Pizza, apple, and carrots. Gluten-free
and dairy free options will be available.

Sat 11/20 • 4th and 5th Grade Performance, Market Square, 10:30 am
• Holiday Family Photos with Vince Noe, Auditorium, 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Sun 11/21 • Holiday Family Photos with Vince Noe, Auditorium, 9:00 am-3:00 pm

GENERAL NEWS

Martinmas Coat & Blanket Drive
As part of our school’s tradition of community service, extra coats and blankets are being collected to donate to the Salvation Army A collection bin has been placed in the school’s main hallway. The drive will conclude with a final collection at the Frick Environmental Center during the Lantern Walk.

Martimas Celebration and Lantern Walk
The celebration will be on Friday, November 12th beginning at 5:30pm at the Frick Environment Center, 2005 Beechwood Drive. We will begin with warm drinks, with the walk led by song to follow. Dress warmly and stay with your children at all times. This event involves a journey through the woods in the dark, so backpacks or slings are recommended for small children.
Full article available at http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/martimas-celebration-and-lantern-walk/

Holiday Family Photo Opportunity with Photographer Vince Noe
Third Grade parent Vice Noe will be shooting family photos in the school auditorium on Saturday, November 20th and Sunday, November 21st from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. This opportunity is open to all school families, faculty and their friends, relatives and pets.
Full article available at http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/holiday-family-photo-opportunity-with-photographer-vince-noe/

Winter Fair
The Annual Winter Fair is swiftly approaching on Saturday, December 4th. Admission is $8.00 per person and $32.00 per family. Young children (2-years-old and under) are free. This event is open to the public, so please invite your family and friends.
Full article available http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/winter-fair-2010/

Elemental Arts
Elemental Arts presents “Calendar Days” paintings by Taye.
Flier is available here http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/elemental-arts-featuring-taye/

FROM THE ENROLLMENT OFFICE

Why Waldorf Works?
In Barbara Sokolov’s article, There’s More to Reading than Meets the Eye, she looks closely at both Waldorf and non-Waldorf approaches to reading. She states, “Besides the superficial process of decoding words on a page, there is a corresponding inner activity that must be cultivated for true reading to occur. Waldorf teachers call it “living into the story.” To read the full article, go to: http://www.whywaldorfworks.org/02_W_Education/documents/Theresmoretoreadingthan.pdf

Full article available at http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/why-waldorf-works-4/

Open House
An Open House for prospective parents will be held this Saturday, November 13 at 10:00am. Please tell all friends and family who are not enrolled about this event. Current parents are also welcome to attend. Early Childhood and grades presentations will be given, followed by a tour throughout the school. Childcare is not available at this event.

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.

Morning Garden Winter Session Registration deadline
The next weekly Morning Garden session starts on Tuesday, November 30th/Wednesday, December 1st. For all current weekly Morning Garden families, please submit the re-enrollment form that was given to you in October. If the re-enrollment form is not submitted to Erin Commendatore or Barbara Grance by 3:00 pm, Friday, November 12th, then your spot will be opened up to the public.

Enrollment Committee Meeting
Please join us for our next meeting on Thursday, November 18th from 6:30-8:30pm. This is a great way to fulfill a couple of volunteer hours.

Enrollment Committee Book Club
The Enrollment Committee has planned a Waldorf book club open to all parents. The first book for discussion is Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne. The discussion will be held on Tuesday, January 18th at Randy Bartlett and Paige Wiegman’s home- more details to follow.

EARLY CHILDHOOD NEWS

Halloween Journey
On Friday, October 29, children from our Early Childhood programs ventured throughout the school’s campus for the Early Childhood’s annual “Halloween Journey.” It was an enchanting adventure that was filled with mystery, excitement, and fun for all!
Full article available at http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/halloween-journey-2/

GRADES NEWS

In the First Grade
First Grade is in a math block where we have been spending time experiencing each number. Most recently, we have been learning about honeybees. As an insect, they have six legs, and their honey comb is filled with six-sided figures called hexagons. The number six is so much fun, but wait until we discover the number seven.
Full article available at http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/first-grade/

Fourth and Fifth Grade News
On Monday, November 8 Peggy Yoo of IonSound Project and mother of Anouk in the Nursery, led the 4th and 5th Graders through a musical and artistic experience, introducing the idea of synesthesia (seeing colors when listening to music). The students produced drawings while listening to music and these pieces will be incorporated into IonSound’s performance this Sunday evening. Please consider attending this great event. Visit http://www.ionsound.org for more information.

Día de los Muertos
In celebration of the Day of the Dead, on November 2nd, the 4th and 5th Grade paid tribute to the dead with an alter decorated with homemade sugar skulls, photos and mementos.

Light Up Night Weekend Performance
The 4th and 5th Grade will be singing at Market Square at 10:35 am on Saturday, November 20th in the celebration of Light Up Night that morning. It is suggested by the performance organizers that families carpool if possible.

EXTENDED CARE NEWS

Currently, the Extended Care program is searching for a permanent program coordinator after Rebecca Rowland left the position last week. In the interim, Whitney Phillips will be serving as the program coordinator, and Jesse Landis-Eigsti will be substituting as the Extended Care assistant from 12-6 pm. Please take some time to meet Mr. Jesse and welcome him to our school.

Any questions about Extended Care scheduling should be directed to Miss Whitney at extendedcare@waldorfpittsburgh.org

Because of the Lantern Walk festival this evening, the Extended Care program will be closing early at 4:30 pm.

FOREST GARDEN

Goings on at the Forest Garden Store
There is good news for the mathematically-challenged. Forest Garden will no require you to calculate tax for the items you purchase at the store and all items for sale are now priced to include tax.

The Forest Garden will set up a table with handmade items to be sold to raise money for the 3rd grade farm trip that takes place in the spring.

In an effort to recycle, we would appreciate donations of brown paper bags with handles that can be used for purchases made at the store.
Full article available at http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/goings-on-at-the-forest-garden-store

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.

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.

Leaf Raking Hoe Down
Okay folks it is that time of the year when we really show the school our value as a committee. We rake leaves, and lots of them. The school is looking for as many people as possible are available for raking on both Saturday, November 13th and Sat. Nov. 20th from 9:30 am till noon on the 13th and 9 am to noon on the 20th.
Full article available at http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/leaf-raking-hoe-down/

FUNDRAISING

Holiday Greens Fundraiser
It’s time again for the Holiday Greens Fundraiser. The order forms went home with students earlier this week along with the Winter Fair flier. Additional copies can be found here: http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/holiday-greens-fundraiser/

Annual Fund Drive
Since the Annual Fund Drive packets went out the end of October, we have received $1,735 in donations, which is 3.5% of our $50,000 goal.
Full article http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/annual-fund-drive-2/

Included as an attachment with this week’s email is an amendment to the School Directory for Fall 2010. This amendment will provide the names, positions and contact information for the members of our Board.

Full versions of all of the above articles can be found at http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/tag/newsletter11_12_10/

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