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PICTURE OF THE WEEK - THIRD GRADE
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UPCOMING EVENTS


Wednesday, April 23
3:30 pm

Thursday, April 24
11:30 am
Festive Dress

Thursday, April 24
3:45 pm

Thursday, April 24
3:45 pm

Thursday, April 24
3:45 pm

Thursday, April 24
7:30 pm

Friday, April 25
8:00 am

Friday, April 25
8:00 am

Friday, April 25
8:30 am

Friday, April 25
7:00 pm

Saturday, April 26
7:00 pm

Sunday, April 27
3:00 pm

Tuesday, April 29
3:45 pm

Tuesday, April 29
4:00 pm

Wednesday, April 30
3:45 pm

Wednesday, April 30
3:45 pm

Wednesday, April 30
7:30 pm

Wednesday, April 30
7:30 pm

Thursday, May 1

Thursday, May 1
3:45 pm

Thursday, May 1
3:45 pm

Friday, May 2
8:00 - 9:00 am

Friday, May 2
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Plant Sale

Saturday, May 3
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Saturday, May 3
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Saturday, May 3
7:30 - 10:30 pm


REMINDERS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS


Dear KWS community,
We are sad to announce that high school math teacher Dirk Wahanik and his family will be moving to California next year. The Wahaniks have family in California, and Dirk will be taking an opportunity to work for a public charter Waldorf school. It has been a pleasure having Dirk as part of our high school faculty, and he will be missed. Students and colleagues all enjoyed Dirk for his friendly, gentle approach and humor. In the past few years Dirk has taken on more leadership roles in the school including service on the Governing Team, and most recently as a member of the High School Core Team. We wish Dirk and his family all the best in their westward move. Dirk has written the following to the community:

It is with both sadness and excitement that I am writing to announce that I have accepted a job teaching math at the Credo School, a Waldorf-methods charter high school in Rohnert Park, California (one hour north of San Francisco). My wife, Heather, is a native of California, and we have been considering moving back to California for a couple of years now. I have been intrigued by the idea of how to incorporate the principles of Waldorf education in a public school system. This opportunity at the Credo School will allow me to work with such ideas firsthand.  

This is a bittersweet decision because I have loved teaching here and getting to know all of the wonderful children, young adults, parents and colleagues that have blessed this school over the years. I wouldn’t have wanted my own children to spend their early childhood anywhere else. One of my regrets with leaving KWS is that my children will miss the many rich and diverse experiences our high school has to offer. My parents are still in this area so you might see me from time to time.Thank you to all of you who have supported my family and me over the years!  

Sincerely,
Dirk Wahanik
High School Math Teacher

Community Spirit Fund
As we near the end of the year, we thought we’d take a moment to update you on the status of the Community Spirit Fund parent challenge! The first class to reach 100% participation will receive a jar of student-harvested honey for each family. It’s not too late to make your gift or pledge. Any amount counts! These funds subsidize every student’s tuition and are crucial to keeping Waldorf Education alive in Kimberton. Please make your commitment today! Gifts can be made online or you can send a quick email to the Development Office to let them know how much you plan to give (payments are due June 30).

12th Grade Families            93%
Rosebud Garden Families   87%
Kindergarten Families          82%
10th Grade Families            78%
6th Grade Families              76%
11th Grade Families            74%
2nd Grade Families             67%
5th Grade Families              65%
4th Grade Families              59%
8th Grade Families              58%
1st Grade Families              57%
9th Grade Families              56%
7th Grade Families              53%
3rd Grade Families              38%

Senior Project Presentations
The High School Faculty cordially invites students, parents and friends of the School to attend the senior project presentations on Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, April 27 at 3:00 pm. The program will take place in the Gymnasium. The projects will be followed by a reception.

The senior project is an elective at KWS. Students interested in doing a project submit a proposal to the project committee in May of their junior year or September of their senior year. Each student has a mentor and faculty advisor to assist with questions and provide feedback. The senior project gives students an opportunity to show initiative and independence while deeply exploring an area of personal interest. In the presentation, students share their experience and process with the community. The senior project represents one of the pinnacles of achievement in each student’s Waldorf education. As such, it is a wonderful opportunity for parents and students to witness the fruits of Waldorf education. We hope you will join us in this celebration of our young people’s work. Following is the schedule of presentations:

Friday, April 25 at 7:00 pm
Cheyenne Flores: Ballet
Ella Clee: Pottery
Emily Zegel: Four Stages in Human Development Through Art

Saturday, April 26 at 7:00 pm 
Samantha Martin: Art
Mitchell Martin: Wild Edibles
Areeya Vasikachart: Stop Motion
Benjamin Bowers: Building a 3D Printer

Sunday, April 27 at 3:00 pm
Ryan Lewis: Custom Off-Road Go-Kart
Nicholas Bolger: Music Production
Maggie Hite: Concert

Reception to follow.

May Faire
The Maypole is up at Kimberton Waldorf School! The May Faire is an annual celebration of spring, and is a "don't-miss" festival for families with children of all ages. Our community-wide celebration offers many fun events, including Maypole dancing, a puppet show, face painting, hobby horse obstacle course, creating May crowns, the cake walk, perennial plant sale, and a play space for parents and small children. Meet the “Pocket Lady” and pick a small treasure from one of her many pockets! The day ends with the traditional boat race (Kimberton Armada) that sets sail on the French Creek; toy wooden boats will be available for purchase. Admission is free, with delicious food and crafts available for purchase. All are welcome!

Seven Stars Shop
The Seven Stars Shop will be open during the assembly this Thursday in addition to the regular hours of Monday, Wednesday and Friday after school (2:45 to 3:45 pm) and Friday mornings during the Coffee Cart.  We are stocked for spring and have some nice things for Mother's Day. Stop by and see what we have!

Community Dinner Canceled
The Community Dinner scheduled for Thursday, April 24 has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience.

8th Grade Fundraisers
This year the 8th Grade is going to the Appalachian Region of Kentucky to participate in the good work of the Appalachian Service Project (ASP). ASP volunteers and staff provide needed materials and also repair or build homes for low-income families in rural Central Appalachia. Our eighth graders will be joining an ASP group assigned to work for a week with a family to provide vital repairs to their home.

To help cover our costs, we are sponsoring a Flower Power summer bulb and bare root plant sale. A catalog detailing the many beautiful available flowers, plants, seeds and other items was sent home last week. Orders can be placed by returning your order form and payment to your child's class teacher, or click here to place an order online. We will be receiving orders through Friday, April 25, and orders will be fulfilled in early May. You may choose to pay an extra $5 to have your order sent directly to you, or the eighth grade will receive and deliver orders to individual classrooms.

You can also support the 8th grade class by purchasing 100% pure beeswax candles. The cost per candle is $2 in any quantity (7" tapers.) To order, simply write your child’s name, grade, and teacher’s name on a slip of paper and submit it to your child’s teacher, along with payment, in a sealed envelope. Candles will be delivered to your child’s classroom, wrapped in tissue paper and ribbon-tied, every Monday afternoon between 3:00 and 4:00 pm. Please contact Susan Campbell at campbell205@me.com or 610-287-2486 with any questions. Thank you!

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 Lower School Theater, 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 terrible 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.

Plant Sale 
Plants organically grown by KWS students will be available for purchase in the school garden on Friday, May 2 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and Saturday, May 3 at the May Faire. They include tomatoes, peppers, herbs and flowers. Proceeds will benefit the school garden.  

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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