Newsletter September 17, 2010

Weekly Newsletter                                              September 17, 2010

Smile, breathe and go slowly.  ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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Tue 9/21 • Finance Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm

Thurs 9/23 • Enrollment Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm

Fri 9/24 • St George Play, 11:45 am in the auditorium

• All Grades Picnic 12 pm – 1 pm

• Festival of Courage, 1:15-2:45 pm

Sat 9/25 • Michaelmas, 11:30 am – 3 pm

Mon 9/27 • Development Committee, 6:30 pm

Tue 9/28 •Board Meeting, 6:30 pm

Fri Oct 1 • PA Hot Lunch


Michaelmas and Festival of Courage

On Friday, September 24th, the Grades will perform the St. George and the Dragon play at 11:45 am in auditorium – all parents are welcome to join the first grade and watch Grades 2 – 5 perform the epic story of St. George and the Dragon.

All families are invited to the All Grade School Picnic will be held from 12:00pm to 1:00 pm in the Front Yard.

The Festival of Courage will be held from 1:15 pm to 2:45 pm.  Parents are invited to watch the Grades Students as they participate in feats of courage to show their strength and determination just like St. George (parent volunteers are needed: please contact Anne Clair Goodman for information on how to help:

The Annual All School Michaelmas Potluck Picnic at Hartwood Acres, will be held from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday September 25, 2010.

Bring a dish to share, blankets, and kites to join in the festivities and enjoy this harvest time picnic on the Hartwood Acres grounds close to the Mansion.  Apple pressing will be available; participation requires a bag of apples and a container for the cider.  There will be four hay rides ($2 per rider donation requested) beginning at 12:30 pm.

Potluck Assignments (please provide information about whether dishes have meat or dairy and if they are gluten free):

*        Side or Salad Dish: Last Names beginning A – F

*        Main Dish: Last Names beginning G – P

*        Desserts: Last Names beginning Q – Z

Flatware, napkins, and plates will not be provided; families are expected to bring their own.  For more information, see below link,


A paper copy of the Directory will be going home with the children on Monday

Forest Garden

Forest Garden store is now open for business.

Payment policies are the same except IOU’s will now be acceptable for 10 days and then the school will send an invoice if not paid in full.  Include the receipt and payment (with 7% tax) in an envelope and place into slot in file cabinet.  Thanks for supporting the store.

Development Committee

The Development Committee is looking for some enthusiastic people to help in planning and fund raising activities for the school.  Come to the meeting on September 27th to discover ways to help.

Business Office News

The Business Office has published the Extended Care billing policies.  Please refer to the link to view them in their entirety:

Enrollment Office News

Enrollment Committee Meeting
Those interested in finding out how to help marketing the school to prospective families, or wish to fulfill more volunteer hours, should attend the Enrollment Committee Meeting on Thursday, September 23rd at 6:30 pm in the school library.

Morning Garden

There are still openings in the Tuesday and Wednesday weekly parent-child classes. Please continue to tell all family and friends who have a child 18 months through 4 years of age about this wonderful opportunity.

Little Friends
There are still openings in the two – day 8 am -12 pm sessions.   Again, for those who are in need of childcare on Thursday and Fridays, please contact the Enrollment Coordinator. Little Friends is for children 18 months through 4 years.

Open House
The first Open House of the season is at 6 pm on Wednesday, October 6th. This is an opportunity for adults only who want to learn more about Waldorf Education. Please help spread the word and invite everyone who may be interested.


Why Waldorf Works
One of the many beautiful aspects of a Waldorf School is that learning is not limited to the insides of a classroom. By spending a significant amount of outdoor time, children learn, play, and are rejuvenated by the fresh air. In the article, A Trail Guide to Mindfulness, is emphasizing the importance of spending time outside and the ability for each of us to really connect with nature. Noticing the sights, taking in the sounds, and being truly present nourish us as it states in the article, “physically, emotionally, and spiritually.”

The article provides ways that adults can heal themselves through nature. By immersing themselves in nature, exploring their creativity in the outdoors, and nurturing a child’s love of nature.

To read the full article, go to:

Pitt Classes Utilize Waldorf School Building

This past summer a class from the University of Pittsburgh’s Architectural Studies Department utilized the school building for a window restoration course, taught by facilities Manager Brendan Froeschl.
A second course from the same department is going on this fall on Tuesday and Thursday nights and is being taught by Jeff Slack of the architectural firm Pfaffmann+Associates.  This course is a research and documentation class that will document more of the history of the building in order to prepare and submit a formal application to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission for the building to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


PA Hot Lunch

Volunteer hours are available alternating Fridays for the PA hot lunch.  Please contact Ashley Comer at for information.

A Secretary is still needed.  For more information visit


Lavender Nursery

In the Lavender Nursery the children tip toe to the table like little mice to quiet themselves for snack time.  First, they listen to a little verse:

There is such a little mouse

Who lives in such a little house,

Out at night she softly creeps

When everyone is fast asleep.

But at the very break of day

She quickly, quickly runs away.

The verse is followed by a wholesome snack of brown rice, cornmeal biscuits and apples, or bread.

Fifth Grade

Fifth Grade has kicked off our school year with a study of botany. We've investigated Photosynthesis, fungus, lichen, algae, and moss along with the relationship of the bees to the plants. Please visit the second floor landing for all the chalk pastel pictures of mushrooms:
For photos and more information visit:


Volunteering for the Enrollment Committee
Volunteers are needed for the East End Co-Op’s Art Harvest Festival on Sunday, September 26th. It begins at noon and ends at 5 pm, and volunteer openings are available throughout the entire event. Please contact Erin Commendatore at for information about volunteering for this outreach event.

Kitchen Help Needed

The back kitchen on the First Floor is in need of a thorough cleaning.  This can be used as a volunteer opportunity; please contact the Front Office with any questions.

Items Needed for Donation

Crib Sheets


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