Welcome to the Midweek Messenger.
This weekly email contains need-to-know information for all parents.
Please read carefully and make a note of any relevant details. 
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PICTURE OF THE WEEK - SENIOR PLAY

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UPCOMING EVENTS


Wednesday, May 21
11:30 am
Festive Dress


Thursday, May 22
11:00 am

Friday, May 23

Friday, May 23
8:00 - 9:00 am

Friday, May 23
6:30 pm

Monday, May 26
Memorial Day

Wednesday, May 28
7:30 pm

Friday, May 30
8:00 - 9:00 am


REMINDERS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Class of 2014
We would like to congratulate the seniors and wish them well in their future endeavors, which we look forward to hearing about in the years to come! The Graduation Ceremony will be on Saturday, June 7 at 2:00 pm in the Gymnasium, and everyone is welcome. We are delighted to have Neil Sicherman as our commencement speaker. Neil has been a KWS parent for many years and is a past member of the Board of Trustees.  His work is in the field of leadership training and economics.

The eighth grade will have their ceremony acknowledging the completion of their lower grade years on Wednesday, June 11  at 7:00 pm in the Lower School Theater. For those eighth graders returning to KWS in the fall, we look forward to welcoming you back then. For those whose paths lead them elsewhere, best wishes and know that you are always welcome back for events, visits, and to re-join the class. 

Field Day
Come out and cheer on the students at Field Day this Friday, May 23! Events for grades 3 through 12 begin at 10:45 am. Some of the events for grades 3 through 6 are the Sack Race, the Potato Relay, and the Softball Throw. Events for grades 8 through 12 include Bumper Ball Wrestling, Water Balloon Dodgeball, and the Leap Frog Race. Following tradition, the 7th grade will be providing lunch and snacks.
After lunch, we will have the Tug-of-War (grades 8 through 12) the Grand Relay (grades 4 through 12) and the Sports Assembly (grades 6 through 12.) Students should plan to wear appropriate athletic attire in their team color, either blue or white. Students should also come prepared with a hat, water bottle, and sunscreen. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to see our students in action!

New First Grade Teacher for 2014-15
Our new First Grade Class Teacher, Eleanor Seidman is looking for a two-bedroom apartment with storage space to rent beginning July 15. If you know of anything, please share that information with Kay in the Middle School office. Thank you!

Soccer Coach
KWS is seeking a Middle School Boys Soccer coach for Fall 2014. Practice is held three times per week, and the season runs from late August through most of October. Contact the Athletic Office for details at 933.3635, ext. 131.

Dads Night
We are celebrating Dads Night this Friday, May 23 at John and Tara Romanowich's house at 10 Brighton Way, Chester Springs. If you are new to the school, or if you have never been to a Dads Night, this a fun event for any dads from Kimberton Waldorf School. There is no agenda and no fee---simply a bonfire, beer, soda and great food. All you need to do is show up, rain or shine anytime from 6:30 pm or later. We have a great time at these events and we especially love to have new dads attend. We have several covered areas outside so we are fine even if it rains. Hope you can make it!.
Seth Bacon, 

Varsity Girls Lacrosse
KWS’ record was 4 wins and 4 losses in the regular season, landing the team in 3rd place in league standings. On Monday, May 19, the team was propelled to the final by upsetting the 2nd place team, Collegium Charter School in the semi-finals, edging CCS by 1 goal, with a final score of 9-8. Junior Annie Jones led the offense with 4 goals.
This team made some amazing progress throughout the season, and really made their coach proud! With no subs on the sidelines, these girls played the WHOLE game, every game, and really gave it their all until the very end.  They should all be commended – 

Cheye Flores
Maggie Hite
Emily Zegel
Rosie Biffis
Juliana Davis
Annie Jones
Mariah Lehmkuhl
Anuschka Mangei
Kathryn Miles
Meghan Skuse
Sherry Zhao
Kayla Franklin

Congratulations!

Health Assessments
The school has changed its reporting procedures for the mandatory yearly student health assessments (height and weight, vision, etc.) that take place throughout the school year. Parents will receive letters in the mail only if the screening results are outside of the recommended range, or if a student does not pass the screening (vision/hearing). Health “report cards” will no longer be sent home at the end of the year for every student. If you have any questions or would like to review the screening results at any time in the school year, please contact Heather Gustafson at hgustafson@kimberton.org. Dr. Fried will be at KWS on Thursday, May 22 from 11:00 am until 12:00 pm. He is conducting brief student physicals for children with signed pink permission forms (who were not seen by a private doctor). A registered nurse will be assisting Dr. Fried. Please contact Heather Gustafson with any questions.

Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program
Learn how to benefit your business and many children of lower income families who will gain opportunities through an amazing education at Kimberton Waldorf School! The PA-EITC Program accepts new applications on July 1, 2014. For more information, contact Nancy Coe McLane via email at nmclane@kimberton.org or by phone at 484.614.7428.

Field Day Hoagies
Field Day is Friday, May 23 and as is traditional, the Seventh Grade will be selling hoagies for lunch as a class fundraiser. The order forms were sent home with your child/ren last week. A whole lunch (hoagie, fruit, spritzer, cookie) is $7, hoagie only is $6 (cash or check payable to “KWS Class of 2019”). Orders are due by Wednesday, May 21. The Seventh Grade will also be selling snacks on the field during Field Day. There will be no school lunch on May 23.Thank you for your support of the Seventh Grade!

Seven Stars Shop
Do you enjoy spending time with people in the KWS community? Would you like the opportunity to work on a collaborative project to help strengthen and support our community? Do you have business experience or bookkeeping skills you can share? Would you like to volunteer more, but need the flexibility of when/where you do it?
The Seven Stars Shop is looking for a volunteer to help with the financial operations of our school store. Please click here to contact Tara to discuss the details of this opportunity and learn how you can have a meaningful impact on the school and have fun at the same time!

Community Spirit Fund 
A message from a sixth grade parent:
"We have had very positive experiences with the faculty at KWS, and specifically with the class teachers. The educational pedagogy looks at the whole child, and each child is seen as a valued individual. My children have learned to solve problems creatively and see the big picture as well as parts of the whole. The friendships they have formed with their peers are lasting and meaningful, as they transition through the grades with the same group of students and class teacher. They are learning to be good human beings, as well as good students. Please consider making your gift to the Community Spirit Fund today, so that KWS can continue to provide this kind of education for generations to come."

Below are the current standings for the Community Spirit Fund parent challenge. As a reminder, we have a set of honey bears to give to the second class to reach 100% parent participation. Additionally, if we reach 100% parent participation overall, we will do something special (feel free to send suggestions to the Development Office). Gifts can be made online or you can email the Development Office to let them know how much you plan to give (payments are due June 30).

12th Grade Families            100%
10th Grade Families             94%
2nd Grade Families              93%
1st Grade Families                93%
Rosebud Garden Families    93%
6th Grade Families               88%
Kindergarten Families          88%
11th Grade Families             78%
4th Grade Families               70%
5th Grade Families               70%
3rd Grade Families               63%
9th Grade Families               63%
8th Grade Families               58%
7th Grade Families               53%

Winter Family Camp Weekend Raffle
Take a winter break at Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee, Vermont for a fun-filled family camp weekend where there's something for everyone! Children can enjoy activities with their parents, as well as activities designed just for them. Program options include skating on Lake Morey, snowshoeing, snow volleyball, sledding, a ropes course, arts and crafts, and more. Alternatively, you may prefer to relax by the blazing fire in the cozy main house with a good book.
Accommodations for the week will be in comfortable, attractive, warm cabins, each with four bedrooms, and two full baths. Delicious meals will be enjoyed family-style in the sunny dining hall. This is truly a one-of-a-kind family vacation where adventures abound and where friendships are made that last a lifetime.

This package is valued at $800, and includes full tuition for one family from February 13 through 16, 2015. Proceeds benefit the KWS Trail Run, and the drawing will be held at the Trail Run Awards Ceremony on October 12, 2014. The cost is just $5 per ticket or $20 for 5 tickets. Click here to purchase yours today! Please contact Heather Devine with any questions.

Eggs for Sale
Did you know that the Food for Thought lunch program sells local, organic, soy-free eggs? Stop by the kitchen to pick up a dozen for just $5.00.
 
2014 Summer Camp
Kimberton Waldorf School offers a summer camp for children entering grades K-7, as well as an early childhood camp for children ages 18 months to 4 years old. Our 2014 summer camps run from June 16 through August 15, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Our early childhood camp offers a half-day option (in addition to full-day) from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. You may sign up for as many weeks as you wish. Extended care is available for all age groups at an additional cost. Please click here for more details and to register.

Referral Program
You, our parents, are our best advertisers and advocates. To show our appreciation for recommending our school to your friends and family, we have a wonderful referral program. This is our way of thanking you for spreading the word about Kimberton Waldorf School and welcoming new families into our program. How it works: Talk to people about Kimberton Waldorf School. If you refer a brand new (to KWS) family and they enroll a student, you will earn a $500 credit toward your tuition. In order for you to receive the credit, you must tell Lael Rasch the name of the family you have referred within one week of their first contact with the school.



OUR MISSION

Kimberton Waldorf School is dedicated to nurturing the developing child in accordance with the educational principles of Rudolf Steiner. The school supports the unfolding individuality of each child by awakening the child's capacity to meet the world, others, and the self with warmth of heart, clarity of thought, and strength of purpose. It is also our mission to build a diverse community where the spiritual in each human being is recognized and to create social forms that ennoble human striving.

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