Newsletter October First

Weekly Newsletter                                                          October 1st, 2010

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.  ~Ambrose Redmoon

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

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Fri 10/1 • Sit and Knit 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Wed 10/6 • Open House 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

• Games Night 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Fri 10/8 • All Community Meeting 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Mon 10/11 • Columbus Day – No school

GENERAL NEWS

All Community Meeting

The Upper Grades Expansion Committee has been hard at work throughout the spring and summer.  The committee recently presented a draft implementation plan to the faculty, staff and Board of Trustees, and is now ready to present the expansion plan to the community.

Please join the committee as these exciting new plans are discussed.  For the full article, please follow this link:

http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/all-community-meeting-2/

Campus Wire

All families should have received a test message from CampusWire on Wednesday, September 29th. This service will be used in the future to contact families in the event that school has to be delayed or closed for weather or other reasons.   If you did not receive the message, please contact the school and have the Front Office Manager, Emily Hanser, verify the CampusWire contact information in your child’s student records.

Enrollment Office News

Open House

The first Open House of the season is on Wednesday, October 6th at 6pm. This is an adult-only meeting for those interested in learning more about Waldorf Education.

To read more about this event, please follow the link:

Parent Mentors

The School is looking for parent mentors for the 2011-2012 school year. This enthusiastic group of people will have opportunities to occasionally tour prospective families throughout the school, talk with prospective parents who are interested in speaking with current families, as well as host the New Family picnic next August.

To read more information, please follow the link:

Website Opportunity

Those that have a personal or business website and would be interested in linking our school onto that site, please contact Erin Commendatore.

Games Night

On Wednesday, October 6th the school is hosting a games night for both children and parents. This event is scheduled from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. All families are encouraged to attend; those interested in helping to organize the games should contact Anne Clair Goodman at acgoodman@waldorfpittsburgh.org.

PA News

Winter Fair Volunteer Opportunities

As many of you know, Winter Fair is the Parent Association’s biggest fundraiser of the year, an event where the bulk of the money is raised needed to fulfill our financial commitment to the school ($10k to the operating budget). Please contact Joanna Papa at joannapapa2004@yhaoo.com  or Christina Frasher at cmfrasher@gmail.com for further information.

To learn how you can help, please follow this link:

http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/winter-fair-volunteers-needed/

Martinmas Coat Drive

One volunteer (individual or family) is needed to run the Martinmas Coat/Blanket Drive, continuing our school’s tradition of community service.  If you would like to fulfill some of your volunteer hours in this way, please contact one of the Parent Association co-chairs, Ashley Comer ashleybcomer@gmail.com or Veronica Harris jeffandv2000@yahoo.com

For more information, please follow this link:

http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/martinmas-coat-drive/

Bloomfield Halloween Parade

Every year the school participates in the Bloomfield Halloween Parade.  Parents and children march with the Waldorf banner and distribute treats to the children lining the route.

To read more about the parade, please follow this link:

http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/bloomfield-halloween-parade/

PA Hot Lunch

The next PA Hot Lunch will be Friday, October 15th.

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

Forest Garden

Lifefactory beverage bottles are now available at the store.    New items from Sarah’s Silks and Ostheimer are coming very soon.  If there are any items from Sarah’s Silks, Ostheimer, Kinderkram or any of our regular vendors that you want and are not currently in the store, a special order can be made.  Please email Kristi Pickens at babypicks@verizon.net or Katt Ongkeko at kattongkeko@yahoo.com with questions.

To read more, please follow this link:

Classroom News

SunDrop Kindergarten

The SunDrop Kindergarten celebrated Michaelmas by encountering dragons (during story time), becoming knights (in circle), and making shooting star balls.

To read more, please follow this link:

http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/sundrop-kindergarten/

Third Grade

Grade three is currently in a farming block and has been learning all about farm life and the cycles of the farming year.

To read more, please follow this link:

http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/third-grade/

Employment Opportunity

The Waldorf School of Pittsburgh is seeking an intern interested in
development work. Intern responsibilities would vary over the course
of the year.

Please follow this link for more information:

Items Needed for Donation

The Front Office is moving and is in need of extra lighting.  If anyone has an extra floor lamp, please bring it to the Front Office.  Thank you.

Community Events

There will be an Art Exchange at Perk Me Up Café on Tuesday, October 19th from 6 pm – 9 pm.  For more information about this event, please follow this link:

October Birthdays

Nathaniel Winter – 10/1                                   Rosario Castro -10/11

Caroline Breslin – 10/1                                    Kirsten Ongkeko – 10/13

Emmett Dorsey – 10/3                                    Ella Williams – 10/14

Erin Commendatore – 10/2                             Ayaka Jinno – 10/14

Maggie Davis – 10/6                                       Cali Belomy – 10/14

Holly King – 10/8                                             Lily Perry – 10/22

Abby Hanser – 10/9                                        Lily Baker – 10/25

Maya Winter – 10/9                                         Lucy Hanser – 10/27

James Hare – 10/9

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