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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.
UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, January 15
3:30 pm

Thursday, January 16
3:45 pm

Thursday, January 16
3:45 pm

Thursday, January 16
7:15 pm

Thursday, January 16
7:30 pm

Friday, January 17
8:30 - 10:30 am

Friday, January 17
10:45 am
Festive Dress

Friday, January 17
2:00 - 3:00 pm

Friday, January 17
3:30 pm

Friday, January 17
4:30 pm

Friday, January 17 and Saturday, January 18

Saturday, January 18
9:00 - 10:00 am 

Saturday, January 18
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Monday, January 20
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 21
3:30 pm

Tuesday, January 21
3:30 pm

Tuesday, January 21
4:00 pm

Wednesday, January 22
3:45 pm

Wednesday, January 22
7:00 pm

Thursday, January 23
3:45 pm

Thursday, January 23
7:30 pm

Friday, January 24
3:30 pm

Saturday, January 25
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Saturday, January 25
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sunday, January 26
1:00 - 4:00 pm


REMINDERS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS


Financial Aid Reminder
If you are planning to apply for financial aid for the 2014-15 school year, the deadline for application is Friday, January 17 (a 2-day extension has been made). Applications are made online at sss.nais.org. If you have any questions, please contact Allyn Weiser at 610-933-3635 ext. 120 or aweiser@kimberton.org.


Waldorf Weekend
It's not too late to register for this weekend's workshop! Don't miss this opportunity to learn about the foundations of Waldorf Education, enjoy a delicious organic lunch, and learn about Rudolf Steiner's insights into human development.

Click here to register now; the fee is just $50 per personPlease only sign up if you can commit to attending the entire workshop (Friday night and all day Saturday).

Here's what one workshop attendee had to say: "This weekend gave me just what I was looking for: a great balance of practical and philosophical aspects of Waldorf Education presented in a cohesive way."


All-School Open House
The Faculty and Staff would like to warmly invite all of you to attend our upcoming All-School Open House on Sunday January 26, 2014 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm in the Gymnasium.

For the first time in a long while, we will also be offering mini Main Lesson sessions in the Lower School, Middle School and High School. In addition to these experiential sessions, you will can enjoy individual program area tours (Early Childhood and Kindergarten, Lower School, Middle School and High School), meet and share your questions with our faculty, interact with students, parents and alumni, view samples of student work, and participate in a student and alumni panel discussion.

Perhaps you have a Lower School child and would like to learn more about the Middle School, or perhaps you have a Middle School student and would like to gain some further insights into our High School. Perhaps you have not yet had the opportunity to hear one of Kevin Hughes' inspirational presentations on Waldorf Education, or perhaps you are a Rosebud family and have not yet met our Kindergarten faculty or seen our beautiful Kindergarten. This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about what lies ahead and be re-inspired by all that Kimberton Waldorf School has to offer. 

Help spread the word about this event and bring a friend, neighbor, or family member. Enjoy delicious refreshments provided by our very own Food For Thought Program. We do also provide childcare in our Kindergarten for children 2 to 7 years of age. Please RSVP in advance to sign up. For more information or to RSVP, contact Admissions Director Lael Rasch at 610-933-3635 x 108 or by email at admissions@kimberton.org.

We are also still looking for volunteers to help with setup, cleanup, and refreshments so feel free to contact us with any offerings.


Winter Camping 2014
Kroka Expeditions and Kimberton Waldorf School invite your children to participate in the 9th Annual Winter Camping Journey, "Fire and Ice." The journey will be held from February 14 through 19, 2014, for students in Grades 7 through High School. Guiding the journey will be Mr. Dill and Kroka instructors.

On this trip, we will experience the traditional way of life and travel in the winter wilderness, as generations of native people, explorers, and trappers of a bygone era once did. We will begin by meeting at the Kroka Base Camp in Marlow, New Hampshire. In the comfort and warmth of our lodge, we will prepare for the trip, pack gear and go over what we need to know to travel safely and comfortably in snow country. We will ski and snowshoe through the forest and over frozen lakes, carrying our gear in packs and on toboggans. Establishing our camp beside a frozen beaver pond, we will set our canvas wall tent and make a fragrant floor of fir boughs. We will cut and split fire wood, chop a hole in the ice to get water, and finally set our meal to cook over the wood stove or open fire. At night, the stars and the moon will illuminate the scene of a winter paradise with ice crackling in the cold and snow blanketing the firs. There will be stories, songs and great conversations in our candle-lit canvas wall tent. For the next three days we will live in our new home in the woods, learning winter camp craft, making snow shelters and practicing the ways of people and animals in the winter. We will explore nearby mountains and lakes, looking for beaver, coyote and moose. Sooner than we will wish, it will be time to break camp and leave this enchanted world behind.

Cost: $350, $450, $550 (sliding scale depending on need)
Contacts: Andy Dill, phone: 610-933-3635 x 148, andy@kimberton.org; Raina Gardner, phone: 603-835-9087, website: www.kroka.org, email: school@kroka.org.


2014 Spring Break Camp
Two one-week sessions are offered:
March 24-28, 2014
March 31-April 4, 2014

Kimberton Waldorf School offers a magical spring camp for grades K-4. Join us for fun-filled, active days that allow children to experience life on our farm, in our fields, and through our forests! Children will have the opportunity to help care for our animals, learn how to milk a cow, engage in woodland explorations, build forts, search for animals and their homes, and enjoy adventures in the trails and fields surrounding our school. Our beautiful 425-acre campus offers an environment where children can experience the wonders of nature and wholesome fun. The camp is led by dedicated and talented counselors, who are faculty, students, staff, and alumni of Kimberton Waldorf School. We provide a unique balance of hands-on, teacher-led activities and supervised free play.

Two one-week sessions are offered from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The cost is $265 per week. Extended morning care is available from 8:00 to 9:00 am for an additional $35 per week. Extended afternoon care is available from 3:00 to 5:00 pm for an additional $70 per week. Click here for more information or to register.
        

Call for Volunteers - Tempus
Kimberton Waldorf School and Triskeles invite you to become part of the 2nd Annual Tempus Conference, being held here at KWS March 14-15. We are seeking volunteers to help with setup, parking, event preparation, registration, food preparation and cleanup. If you're interested in learning more about the program or becoming a volunteer, contact Dina Jenney at djenney@kimberton.org.  Don't miss this opportunity! Read more about the conference here.


Donations Needed
The Athletic Department is seeking used bath-sized or beach towels. They are used to mop the floors in the Gymnasium. Towels can be brought to the Athletic Office in the Gymnasium. There will be a box there to leave them. Thank you! 


Transportation Survey
Kimberton Waldorf School is considering the feasibility of offering private transportation for students who live far from the school. Please take our very brief but very important survey, which we will use to make our decision. Click here to take the survey.  


Green Committee
The Green Committee at Kimberton Waldorf School formed in 2008 with the intention of taking on projects to make the campus more ?green? and ecologically sound. Since then the members have accomplished many things including creation of four riparian buffer zones on campus, sponsoring an energy audit on which the school scored highly, working on plans for a solar array to provide electric energy for the campus, sponsoring a Green Fair two years in a row, sponsoring multiple lecturers over the years on various ecological/green topics, offering input on providing ?greener? products for cleaning, solarizing the pump function on the Memorial Garden flow form pond, and much more.

The Committee meets in the evening about once a month. There are currently six dedicated, knowledgeable members on the Green Committee.  We are looking to increase that number and invite anyone who may be interested to attend the next meeting on Monday, February 24th at 7:00 pm in the Faculty Library located on the second floor of the Middle School building. Feel free to contact Allyn Weiser at 610-933-3635, ext. 120 or aweiser@kimberton.org with any questions or ideas. 



Pastured Eggs 
Now available for sale in our kitchen are organic, soy-free eggs provided by Quarry Hill Farm!  Stop by and get some today!


From the Food for Thought Staff
The All-Community Dinners scheduled for January 23 and February 20 have been canceled. We will resume our delicious dinners again in March!


Lost and Found
We have many items in the Lost and Found, located next to the Music Room in the Gymnasium. Items that have been found in the High School have been placed in the closet between the Biology Lab and the Physics Room. Please check these areas, or have your children check these areas as soon as possible for lost items! The Lost and Found areas will be cleaned outand unclaimed items will be donated on Friday, January 17.



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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