Newsletter September 3, 2010

Weekly Newsletter                                                                                     Sept 3, 2010

Departing summer hath assumed
An aspect tenderly illumed,
The gentlest look of spring;
That calls from yonder leafy shade
Unfaded,  yet prepared to fade,
A timely caroling
-~ William Wordsworth, September

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Mon 9/6 • Labor Day, No School

Tue 9/7 • Morning Garden Begins

• New Parent Orientation, 9 am, Auditorium

Wed 9/8 • Facilities Doing, 6 pm, Yellow House play yard

Tue 9/14 • Fourth and Fifth Grade Parent Evening, 6:30-8 pm

Wed 9/15 • School Warming, 7 pm, Auditorium

Wed 9/17 • PA Hot Lunch, 11:45 am, Second Floor landing



The next Newsletter will be issued on September 17th..

Using the New Website

School communication has shifted from the long, text based newsletters of the past to a more easily accessible blog format on our redesigned website at To access the newsletter from your email, simply click on one of the links at the top or bottom of your Newsletter highlights email, or click directly on the link to the article you wish to read.

September birthday wishes

Please follow this link to see those children and staff celebrating their birthday in September:

Traffic Patterns during drop-off and pick-up times

During morning drop-off, buses and parents of Kindergarten and Grades children can now drop off their children in the circular driveway from 8-8:15 am.  A member of the administration and the two Kindergarten Assistants will be available to receive the children and escort them into the building. Please enter through the entrance to the driveway on Winebiddle Street and exit onto Coral Street.

Parents who are walking their children into school in the morning can enter through the Grades playground gate and use the back courtyard entrance, or they can walk their children through the Winebiddle gate. Parents walking their children into the school should not be walking their children in through the Coral Street exit where buses and cars will be exiting the circular driveway.

Early Childhood parents who are driving their children may enter the school’s parking lot through the Coral Street Entrance and then walk their child into the school.

During the noon pick-up time for Nursery, Kindergarten and Little Friends children, the parking lot will be closed at 11:45- 12 pm.  Please note that if you are parked in the lot at this time, you will not be permitted to move your vehicle between 11:45 and 12 pm.

During the 3 pm dismissal time, children taking the bus will be escorted to the Coral Street to meet the buses.  Children whose parents are picking them up will escorted to the courtyard for pick up.

New to the School

Several new employees have joined our staff this summer.  Please welcome them to our community.

  • Administrative Assistant:  Julianne Faria
  • Enrollment Coordinator: Erin Commendatore
  • Extended Care Coordinator: Rebecca Rowland
  • Little Friends Coordinator:  Juliet Harkness
  • Fourth Grade Teacher:  Paige Wiegman
  • Kindergarten Teacher: Christina Chirdon-Jones

For more information about each teacher and their background, please visit

New Assistants in the Early Childhood Program

There are a few new faces amongst our early childhood staff this year.

  • Coral Bell Kindergarten assistant: Edna Santos
  • Lavender Nursery: Eva Barinas
  • Extended Care: Whitney Phillips

In the Little Friends program, please welcome the following new assistants:

  • Rainbow Room: Michaela Lynch
  • Peach Blossom Room: Erica Butler, Phil Jacoby and Nina Barbuto

New school nurse for the 2010-11 school year

Beth Beringer will be replacing Barb Murphy as the school nurse this year.


A new arrival in the Front Office

Lizz Leonard, our Front Office Manager delivered a healthy baby boy on August 7th. Benjamin Pierce Leonard weighed in at 6 Lbs 11 oz.  Mother and child are doing well and are expected to visit the school in the near future. If you would like to send a meal to Miss Lizz and her family, a meal sign-up sheet has been placed in the Front Office.

While Miss Lizz is on maternity leave, Emily Hanser, a current parent at the school, will be filling in at the Front Office until the end of October.

Transportation Change Form

When your child’s method of return transportation is changing from an established routine, please use the Transportation Change Form to inform the school of your child’s pick up schedule for that day.


PA Meeting, September 16, 2010

The first PA meeting of the school year is scheduled for Thursday, September 16th, 1:30-3pm.

2010-2011 Parent Association Officers

Co-Chair: Ashley Comer (

Co-Chair & Parent Representative to the Board: Veronica Harris (

Treasurer: Greg Romeo (

Parent Representative to the Board: David Nash (

We are still looking for a candidate for Secretary.  For more information visit

Woolly School Garden fully funded by PA

The Parent Association contributed the final funds needed to take advantage of the company’s donation matching program, and we are now fully funded!

Forest Garden News

The Forest Garden grand re-opening date will be Monday, September 13th


Faculty Summer Training

Many of our Facutly were attending professional development courses over the summer.

  • Jeanne Crelli, Nursery, Waldorf teacher training at Rudolf Steiner College
  • Selena Holtz, First Grade, Waldorf Teaching Certificate from Antioch University New England and First Grade intensive teacher training course at Sunbridge Institute.
  • James Hare, Second Grade, Second Grade intensive teacher training course with Eugene Schwartz.
  • Paige Weigman, Fourth Grade, Fourth Grade intensive teacher training via webinar with Eugene Schwartz.
  • Holly King, Second Grade, Waldorf Teacher Training at Sunbridge Institute.
  • Anne Clair Goodman, Fifth Grade, renewal course at the Rudolf Steiner Institute

Rose Ceremony

All of the Grades students were welcomed back to school at the annual Rose Ceremony where the First Grade students were invited up on stage, one-by-one, to receive a rose from a Fifth Grade student.

Extended Care News

All parents who wish to use the Extended Care Program must submit a $30 application fee with their application

Contractual use of the Extended Care Program for September will be billed by the Business Office on Tuesday, September 7th. All contractual use of Extended Care must be paid in advance is due the first day that your child uses the program.

October charges for contractual use of Extended Care will be sent to ECSI, the school’s external billing agency and invoices will be sent to parents after September 15th.

Occasional use of the Extended Care Program is invoiced at the end of every month after care is received. You are also welcome to leave payment at the time of service or in advance of the time of service.

For complete information on Extended Care billing for September and October, please read


Outreach Event at the Co-Op

The Enrollment Office will have a table and items to sell from the Forest Garden at the 5th Annual East End Food Co-Op Art Harvest on Sunday, September 26th, 12-5 pm.

First Open House, October 6th

The first Open House of the school year is scheduled for Wednesday, October 6th, 6pm.

Enrollment Committee meeting September 23rd

Please plan on attending our next Enrollment Committee Meeting on Thursday, September 23rd in the library.

Morning Garden program openings and open house

Morning Garden weekly classes still have spaces available.  The ten-week Fall session begins on September 7/8.

The first Morning Garden Open House of the school year is scheduled for Wednesday, October 6th beginning at 6pm. Please RSVP to Erin Commendatore ( no later than October 1st.

Yarn tasting event at the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival

On Saturday, Oct. 2, the Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival’s inaugural Yarn Tasting will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Churchill Valley Country Club. Sample hundreds of yarns from each yarn company.

Friendship House Tour September 19th

On Sunday, September 19th from 10am-5pm several Friendship homeowners open their doors during the Friendship House Tour. For tickets, call (412)-441-6147 x7.

Make-up New Parent Orientation September 7th

Make-up New Parent Orientation on Tuesday, September 7th at 9am in the Auditorium is offered for all new parents who were not able to attend the New Parent Orientation offered at Back-To-School night


Fence building at the next Facilities “Doing”

The next Facilities Doing will be held on Wednesday, September 8 at 6:00 pm to complete the wooden fence.  It would be helpful to bring the following tools: circular saw, cordless drill, tape measure, speed square, and any other building tools.

Kitchen cleaning volunteers needed

Please consider lending a hand in giving the kitchen a thorough cleaning.  Barbara Grance will be in there working on the afternoons of September 7th and 9th.

Enrollment Committee Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers who would like to become part of our committee. For more information view

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