Newsletter October 29th, 2010

Weekly Newsletter                                                          October 29th, 2010

What is a friend?  A single soul dwelling in two bodies.  ~Aristotle

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Mon 11/1 • Plan B tuition Payments Due

Wed 11/3 • Facilities Doing

Wed 11/3 and Th 11/4 • Parent-Teacher Conferences, no school

Fri 11/5 • Teacher Visiting Day, no school

Fri 11/12 • Martinmas Celebration

Sat 11/13 • Discover Waldorf Open house, 10 am

Sat 11/13 • PA Meeting, 10 am

Mon 11/15 • Finance Committee Meeting 6:30pm – 8:30 pm

Th 11/16 • Board Meeting 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm


School Closing and Delay Policy

During extreme weather conditions and power outages, the school might be closed or delayed.  If the school decides to close or delay the start of school, we will announce this decision through local media outlets and we will contact parents directly through the CampusWire service.

The school would like to ask that during the winter months especially that parents remain observant of the weather conditions and check the road conditions every morning before proceeding to school.  In the past, the school has closed or been delayed due to inclement weather including: snow or ice accumulation, cold or frigid weather, and windy conditions.

Please refer to the link below to read further:

Enrollment Office Update

Current parents are needed as New Parent Mentors. This is a great way to obtain volunteer hours. A brief training will be available for parents who are interested in becoming mentors to all new, incoming parents for the 2011-2012 school year.  Please contact Erin Commendatore if you are interested.

Please check the email the Front Office sent on Monday, October 25th. The Enrollment Committee needs parents who are interested in giving testimonies about the school. Answer the questions within the email and respond back to Amber Barnato at

The next Discover Waldorf Open House for prospective parents (adults only) is on Saturday, November 13th beginning at 10 am. Please show your support for the school by attending. Contact Erin Commendatore to let her know you will be there.

Why Waldorf Works

As the holidays approach, some of us may be thinking about gifts for our children. In Sally Jenkinson’s article, Toy Stories, she reminds us about the simplicity that children need for their imaginative, interactive play.  To read the entire article, look at this fall’s issue of Lilipoh- copies can be found in our school’s library.

Front Office Staffing Change
Lizz Leonard will be returning to the Front Office on Monday, November 1st, next week.   She has been on maternity leave for the past three months, and we are excited to have her return to the position.  Please welcome Miss Lizz back to the school and stop by to look at her baby photos.

Emily Hanser has been substituting for Miss Lizz at the Front Desk since September, producing the newsletter and announcements and keeping our website updated.  We would like to thank her for her service to the school and for rising to the challenges of stepping into a new job.

Staffing Changes
Extended Care Program
Rebecca Rowland will be stepping down from her position as the extended care coordinator.  We would like to thank Miss Becca for her wonderful service to the school, and we will miss seeing her smiling face in the afternoon hours.  A search for a new extended care coordinator is underway.  Please see our employment section for more information.

First Grade Assistant
Rebecca Derry will be joining the First Grade classroom as the assistant to Ms. Holtz. Ms. Derry recently moved to Pittsburgh from Baltimore, where she was coordinating an outdoor education program.  Please take a moment to welcome to Ms. Derry to our school.

Facilities News

The next Facilities Doing is Wednesday, November 3 from 5:00p until 8:00p.  Contact Brendan Froeschl for more details, at

If you have any desire to contribute to facilities projects at other times, remember that Brendan is around until 8:00pm every Wednesday evening and from 8:00 until 4:00 on Saturdays.  Contact Brendan for more information.

Please refer to the link below for further information:

Third Grade Muffin Sale

This Friday, October 29, the third grade will hold  its muffin sale. Each Friday during snack we will be selling muffins for just 75 cents in order to raise money for our farm trip in the spring. This week we will be selling pumpkin muffins for all to enjoy.

Early Childhood Update

The Early Childhood Discussion Group was held in the Morning Garden room and in the Library on Wednesday, October 20th.  The group drank Sleepytime Tea and ate wheat rolls while the article “Sleep” was discussed from the publication “Heaven on Earth”.  While comparing stories on bedtime rhythms, fifteen families and Early Childhood Faculty members sewed felted wool bedtime slippers.

Volunteer opportunities

Grades Tutoring

The Grades are in search of reading tutors for grades students, the tutoring would be scheduled during the school day.  This would be a great way to complete volunteer hours and spend time with our wonderful students.

Woolly Garden

One volunteer is needed to serve as the point person for the WSG @ WSP (Woolly  School Garden at the Waldorf School of Pgh).   All materials for the wall garden are already at the school and only needs to be implemented.  Contact Veronica Harris or Ashley Comer at or

Winter Fair

The Winter Fair Committee is currently accepting donations for the Silent Auction.  If you have goods or services to donate, please contact Joanna Papa at or call 412-715-4235.

Hospitality Committee

The Hospitality Committee is looking for a few more volunteers to help with the occasional preparation of refreshments for Appreciation Brunches and Discover Waldorf Open Houses.   Please contact Veronica Harris ( if you might be able to help with food preparation or set up/clean-up on event days.

For further information, please follow this link:

Annual Fund Drive

Every year the school must support its mission by asking the community for additional funds to close the gap between operating expenses and tuition income.  To accomplish this, former and current community members are asked for additional financial donations during the school’s Annual Fund Drive, which is starting today!  A packet is being mailed to each of you, which contains a letter from the President of the Board of Trustees, Alex Gruskos, ( and the school’s Annual Report, both of which detail our accomplishments in 2009-10.

The faculty, board and administrative staff are all committed 100% to contributing to the Annual Fund Drive, and we would like to ask the same of each of you – to give what you can to support our exceptional form of education.  Please return your Annual Fund Drive pledge card to the school with a donation of any amount.  Donations can also be made on-line at   We are grateful for your participation at any level, and if each and every one of us participates, it will be easy to reach our fund raising goals.

Founder Visits School

On Thursday, October 28th, Cindy Naomi Call visited our school.  Naomi was a founding member of our school, and she was very pleased to be able to visit what her vision has become.  The community thanks her for her dedication to that dream, and for the direction she gave to it.

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