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. 
Click on the name of the event to see the location, RSVP information, etc. Event information may change, but we will do our best to keep the website calendar as up-to-date as possible.
PICTURE OF THE WEEK - 6th GRADE ON BLACK MOUNTAIN
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UPCOMING EVENTS


Wednesday, May 7
3:30 pm

Wednesday, May 7
3:30 pm

Wednesday, May 7
3:45 pm

Wednesday, May 7
3:45 pm

Wednesday, May 7
7:30 pm

Wednesday, May 7
7:30 pm

Thursday, May 8

Thursday, May 8
3:45 pm

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

Friday, May 9
9:30 am

Friday, May 9
2:00 - 3:00 pm

Friday, May 9
3:30 pm

Friday, May 9
3:30 pm

Friday, May 9
3:45 pm

Friday, May 9
7:00 pm

Saturday, May 10
7:00 pm

Monday, May 12
3:45 pm

Monday, May 12
7:30 pm

Monday, May 12
7:30 pm
9th Grade Parent Meeting

Tuesday, May 13
3:45 pm

Wednesday, May 14
7:30 pm

Thursday, May 15
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Thursday, May 15
10:00 am

Thursday, May 15
3:45 pm

Thursday, May 15
7:30 pm

Friday, May 16
8:00 - 9:00 am

Friday, May 16
8:00 - 9:00 am

Friday, May 16
8:30 am - 10:30 am

Friday, May 16
7:30 pm

Saturday, May 17
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Saturday, May 17
7:30 pm


REMINDERS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Parent Survey
Many of you may remember that last year we asked you to complete a survey. Your responses were very useful in the school’s continuing journey of improvement. The survey process was so helpful that we have decided to make it an annual event.
This year, we are sending you several links. The first link will take you to the broad general set of questions about the school as a whole. We ask that everyone complete those questions, no matter where in the school your child or children are. Then we ask that you follow the link for the section of the school your children attend and answer those questions. If you have more than one child in a section, please go through the questions for each child. We realize this is a somewhat cumbersome process, and are grateful for your patience! We would like to have the surveys completed by the end of the day today, May 7.






So we are asking that each of you take at least two surveys before May 5. The opinions and experiences you share are extremely helpful, whether positive or of concern. Please be as honest as you can. A note about confidentiality: Please feel free to respond anonymously. The survey results seen by the administration will be compiled without attached email addresses.

Many thanks for all your energy, time, commitment, and other contributions to our school. We couldn’t be here without you.

Sincerely,
Kevin Hughes, Dean of School
For the Governing Team

Katie Hynes
For the Board of Trustees

New First Grade Teacher for 2014-15
We are pleased to announce that our new First Grade Class Teacher for 2014-15 is Eleanor Seidman. Eleanor is a very experienced Class Teacher with 25 years of classroom teaching and is deeply rooted in Waldorf Education. We are enthusiastic about welcoming Eleanor as a faculty member and anticipate that she will greatly enrich our school. Eleanor 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!

Class Photos
Class photos are scheduled for this Thursday, May 8. A flyer from the photographer has been sent home with students. The cost of an 8x10 photo is $9.  Please enclose payment, either cash or check payable to “Showstopper Photography,” in an envelope marked with student’s name, grade, and number of photos being ordered. Thank you.

"Cuisine Sauvage" - Eat the weeds!  
Please join us on Tuesday, May 20 at 7:00 pm in the Garden Building to learn about some of the wild edible and medicinal plants which grow throughout our region during the spring and summer months. We'll be identifying some of the most common wild edibles of the season, learning about harvesting and  the preparation of wild foods and discussing the beneficial uses of some of the plants in nature's "Farmacy."
To really know and understand nature, we must observe it! This workshop will teach you how to put on your "foraging glasses" - helping you to learn how to safely collect edible and medicinal plants (as well as the important conservation techniques which help to ensure future harvests and how to manage invasive plants through harvesting/using them.)
This event benefits the Olliff Scholarship Fund, and the suggested donation is $20. Space is limited. To register to attend this event, please email Melissa at permanentfuture@gmail.com or call 484.949.1600.

Community Spirit Fund
Below are the current standings for the Community Spirit Fund parent challenge. It turns out we have some extra honey bears, so we would like to award them 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%
Rosebud Garden Families   93%
1st Grade Families               93%
Kindergarten Families          88%
6th Grade Families               80%
2nd Grade Families              80%
10th Grade Families             78%
11th Grade Families             78%
5th Grade Families               70%
4th Grade Families               67%
9th Grade Families               63%
8th Grade Families               58%
3rd Grade Families               58%
7th Grade Families               53%

Senior Project Concert
Over the past year, Maggie Hite has been putting together a band for her senior project. The band will be putting on a concert at 7:00 pm on May 10 in the Gymnasium, which is free and open to the public.They will, however, be taking donations towards the Neely Fund to support a fellow student who was in a skiing accident. The content is appropriate for all ages and we hope to see a lot of you there!

Senior Play
The 12th Grade proudly presents Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters for three performances: Thursday May 15, Friday May 16, and Saturday May 17. All performances begin at 7:30 pm in the Lower School Theater. "I think man ought to have faith or ought to seek a faith, or else his life is empty, empty. . .To live and not to understand why cranes fly; why children are born; why there are stars in the sky. . . You've got to know what you're living for or else it's all nonsense and waste.” - Chekhov (Act 2)

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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