Parent Association News for February 2014

From Hand to Hand
If one were to describe Waldorf school structure using the familiar three-fold sound bites: head, heart, hands, then the board would be represented by the head (the intellectual realm), the faculty would encompass the heart (the artistic realm), and the parents would embody the hands (the active, doing realm).
-Ms. Ilian Willwert, The Waldorf Parent’s Forum

We have to hand it to…

Miss Eva Barinas, for her loving support and dedication to our children and the Waldorf community. Eva came to the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh in 2010. She has served as the assistant in the Lavender Nursery and in each of the kindergarten classrooms, and as an Early Childhood Summer Camp Lead Teacher. She has also played an integral role in key projects and educational initiatives within the school.

One of the children’s favorite experiences with Eva is listening to the childhood stories she tells about herself and her brother. The children really connect with her on a personal level and feel that she is always there to help them. They also love to help her—it is not uncommon for quarrels to erupt over who gets to help her take things to the oven or make soup! The children enjoy the way Miss Eva does things so much that Miss Christina even reports that, when filling in for her at rest time recently, she repeatedly heard, “That’s not the way Miss Eva does it!”

It is with a mix of sadness and pride that we say goodbye to Eva, as she embarks on the next phase of her journey in her new position with The Outdoor Classroom. We look forward to new opportunities to work with her as she continues to share the magic of outdoor experiential learning with the children of Pittsburgh. The parents of the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh are endlessly grateful to Eva for all that she has given to us, and we wish her the best in her future endeavors.

Karen Robertson, visiting eurythmist, not just for her meaningful work with our children, but also for helping parents begin to gain an appreciation for and understanding of eurythmy. We are honored to have had her join our community these past weeks, and hope to see her back in the future!

Lend a hand…

Annual Fund

If you have not yet given to the WSP Annual Fund, please consider doing so today! Remember, this year’s Annual Fund is focused on 100 percent participation: Our goal is to have every family participate at a level that is comfortable to them, whether that be a donation of $5, $500, or $5,000. Please participate at any level you can! Time is running out and we have not yet met our goal of 100 percent participation!

Pledge or donate any time online through WSP’s giving page at www.waldorfpittsburgh.org/giving, or call Julia Sawyer at 412.441.5792 ex 227 to discuss other ways to financially support the school.

Join hands…

Community Potluck

Friday, February 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m., WSP Auditorium

Let’s get together and share a meal in this cold, dark time of the year!  All are welcome, and activities will be provided for children. We encourage families to bring favorite games that children would like to play with their friends.

Please bring a NUT-FREE food item to share with the group. Labels showing ingredients or potential allergens are always appreciated. If you’re able, please also bring bowls/plates/silverware for your own family, as we will have a limited supply available. Coffee, hot tea, and water will be provided. Looking forward to seeing you there!

May Fair

Each year, the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh welcomes the arrival of spring with a traditional May Fair. This year, May Fair will be Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Co-chaired by Emily Hanser and Sarah Dudek, this community-wide celebration will raise the maypole, and delight in the festivity of live music and entertainment (including The Zany Umbrella Circus), healthy foods, and imaginative activities for children of all ages on our school grounds.

In addition to the fantastic traditional activities of previous years, we are introducing a marketplace where local artisan vendors will have an opportunity to demonstrate the skill behind their workmanship and present their goods for sale.

Many volunteer opportunities exist! Are you a parent who is an artist or a vendor or a musician? Can you help with cooking or organizing or decorating? Everyone is needed and NO help is too small! Please contact Emily at imogen1974@gmail.com for further details.

Parent Education
The March 6th PA meeting will kick off WSP’s new parent education series. Join us to learn more about what it means to be a Waldorf parent and what a Waldorf community truly is. More information to come soon.

 Parent Association Meetings
All meetings are from 6-7:30 p.m. This year’s remaining PA meeting dates are:

March 6
April 3
May 1
June 5

New this year! Child care will be provided free of charge from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for all PA meetings, and pizza from Spak Bros. will be provided for the kids. Reserve a child care slot by e-mailing pa@waldorfpittsburgh.org no later than 5 p.m. on the Wednesday before each meeting.

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