October 15th Newsletter

Weekly Newsletter

Besides the autumn poets sing,
A few prosaic days
A little this side of the snow
And that side of the haze.
~Emily Dickinson

To access this week’s full newsletter please visit http://waldorfpittsburgh.org and follow the Newsletter Link on the Home Page or access it directly here:http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/october-15th-newsletter/

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Wed 10/20 • Early Childhood Parent Education Evening 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Thu 10/21 • Enrollment Committee Meeting 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Fri 10/22 • Kindergarten Pumpkin Patch Field Trip 8 am – 12 pm

Sat 10/23 • Bulb Planting Party 9 am

Mon 10/25 • First Grade Parent Evening 6 pm – 8 pm

Tue 10/26 • Board Meeting 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Wed 10/27 • Waldorf for Adults, 7 pm – 9pm

The 10/28 • Bloomfield Halloween Parade 7 pm

Fri 10/29 • PA Hot Lunch

GENERAL NEWS

Early Childhood Education Experience

Please join the Early Childhood Faculty on Wednesday, October 20th, from 5:30 pm – 8 pm for a discussion on sleep.   Please RSVP to the Front Office by Monday October 18th with your child’s slipper size.  Childcare will not be offered.

Please follow the link below for more information:

http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/early-childhood-parent-education-evening/

Waldorf for Adults

On Wednesday, October 27th, Ms. Goodman will be offering a watercolor experience from 7 pm to 9 pm in the school auditorium.  Adults are welcome to partake in this illuminating activity, for $10.   Childcare will not be provided.

To learn more, please follow this link:

http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/waldorf-for-adults/

Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent-teacher conferences are Wednesday, November 3rd and Thursday November 4th.  Please be sure to stop by the bulletin board outside the Front Office, or call Emily at the Front Desk to sign up for a conference time.  Drop in childcare is not available.

Grades Substitutes Sought

Anyone who is interested in becoming a substitute teacher for the Grades Program should come to a brief 45 minute orientation on Friday, October 29 at 11:00am.  We will convene in the meeting room on the Second Floor (formerly the Third Grade classroom).  Please RSVP to Mr. Hare at jbhare1@gmail.com

Business Office News
Those parents that have opted for Plan B tuition payments have the second payment due on November 1st.  Any questions should be directed to Laura Baker, Business Manager at lbaker@waldorfpittsburgh.org.

PA News Halloween Parade This year our School will be leading the parade.  Parents and children march with the Waldorf banner and distribute treats to the children lining the route.  Assembly will occur on October 29th at the corner of South Winebiddle and Liberty Avenue at 7:00 pm. To read more information, please follow this link: http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/bloomfield-halloween-parade/

Volunteer Opportunity
One Volunteer is needed to manage the Boot & Shoe Exchange.    Please let Veronica Harris (jeffandv2000@yahoo.com) or Ashley Comer (ashleybcomer@gmail.com) of the Parents Association know if you are interested in this easy volunteer opportunity. To learn more, please follow this link: http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/volunteer-needed-for-shoe-exchange/


PA Meeting Changed
Please note that the PA meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, November 16th at 8:30 am has been moved to Saturday, November 13th at 10 am, in the Library.

Forest Garden
The store will be transitioning prices to make shopping easier and cut down on digging for change.  Prices marked will now be with tax included.  Signs are posted around the store as a reminder.   Please follow this link for further information: http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/forest-garden-changes/

Winter Fair
The Winter Fair Committee is currently accepting donations of good or services for the Silent Auction.  Please contact Chis Papa at chris@christopherpapa.com with donation information. Volunteers are still needed in various areas of the Fair.  Please contact Joanna Papa at joannapapa@yahoo.com or Christina Frasher at cmfrasher@gmail.com to find out ways to help.

PA Volunteers
Thank you to the all the parents who have recently answered the calls for volunteers.  To find out how to contribute, please contact one of the Parent Association co-Chairs, Veronica Harris (jeffandv2000@yahoo.com or 412-781-2048) or Ashley Comer (ashleybcomer@gmail.com or 724-518-6524). To read more, please follow this link: http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/pa-volunteers-needed/

Grades News

A Poem by Sofie Sabo
My tree is the movement of the seasons.
In fall it is working hard to let go as if it
were a mother trying hard to let go of each leaf
like a mother letting go of each child.  Some will wander away
as though the leaf  were going to college.  But as quickly
as Fall came winter comes leaving tree bare as though
it was a house vacant with only a mother to
spare.  But then Spring is there.  Then comes the rebirth
of leaves.  Then the tree is contented with all the leaves.
Then summer comes. All the leaves will grow as if they
were children growing up.
And the cycle will go on…

Fifth Grade
Grade Five went to A Taste of India as a part of their Indian Studies block.  Please follow this link to read more and view some photos:
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Fourth Grade
Grade Four went on a tour of Pittsburgh last week, and enjoyed some of the local attractions.  To read more and view photos, please follow this link:
http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/grade-four-explores-pittsburgh/

Expansion Plans

A letter written by Jeffery Dorsey, Expansion Committee Chair, expresses thanks to everyone that was able to attend last Friday’s All Community Meeting where the Expansion Committee presented a comprehensive plan including all essential pieces (pedagogy, enrollment, finance, development, physical plan, interior building/exterior grounds) for expanding our school to the 8th grade.
In the end, the goal was reached: To present a realistic plan to the parent body that illustrates how the school will expand to the 8th grade starting with our first sixth grade next year.

Questions regarding these plans or the committee should contact Jeffery Dorsey at 412-441-1690 or jdorsey641@gmail.com.

For the full letter please follow this link:

http://waldorfpittsburgh.org/expansion-committee-letter

To view the expansion plans, please follow this link:

http://www.waldorfpittsburgh.com/expansion/

Enrollment Office News

JCC Night

A warm thank you to Liz Pentin and Alex Gruskos for volunteering their time at the Jewish Community Center for the Kindergarten outreach program. It was a successful evening with a large turn-out. The volunteers spoke with several families whose children are heading into Kindergarten next year and are interested in attending the Open House.
Next Open House
Please continue to tell friends and family about our next Open House for prospective parents on Saturday, November 13th at 10am. To RSVP, please contact Erin Commendatore at ecommendatore@waldorfpittsburgh.org.

Enrollment Committee Meeting
Join the Enrollment Committee for our next meeting next Thursday, October 21st at 6:30pm. The primary focus will be on recruiting students for the upper elementary grades.

Flier Distribution
Volunteers are still needed to distribute fliers in the Pittsburgh area. Please contact Erin at ecommendatore@waldorfpittsburgh.org for the areas that still need fliers to be hung.

Parent Mentors

Parent mentors are needed. Please contact Erin at ecommendatore@waldorfpittsburgh.org if you are interested in becoming a mentor to an incoming family for the 2011-2012 school year.

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