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PICTURE OF THE WEEK - SEVENTH GRADE
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UPCOMING EVENTS


Wednesday, April 16
3:30 pm

Wednesday, April 16
3:30 pm

Wednesday, April 16
7:00 pm

Thursday, April 17
3:45 pm

Thursday, April 17
7:00 - 10:00 pm

Friday, April 18

Saturday, April 19
7:00 pm

Monday, April 21
3:30 pm

Monday, April 21
3:30 pm

Tuesday, April 22
3:45 pm

Tuesday, April 22
3:45 pm

Tuesday, April 22
7:00 pm

Tuesday, April 22
7:30 pm

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
6:00 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


REMINDERS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Calendar Reminder
As a reminder, here are the calendar adjustments that were made due to the school days we lost this winter:
  • April 18, Good Friday, was under consideration as a school day but will still be a day off. No change.
  • Friday, June 6 is now a full day of school.
  • Three days were added in June: Monday to Wednesday, June 9 to 11. The 11th is also a full day of school.
  • The Eighth Grade Ceremony will now take place on Wednesday, June 11 at 7 pm.
  • Senior Graduation has not changed. It will be Saturday, June 7 at 2 pm.
Please call 610-933-3635 x 1 or email admin@kimberton.org if you have any questions.

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.

Candles for Nora Neely
Let’s continue to send healing light to Nora and help her family by purchasing colorful Easter egg candles! The candles are 100% beeswax and have an unbleached, lead-free cotton wick. They will be available in the Middle and High School offices during the day on Thursday, April 17 for $5. We will also be selling them at our Coffeehouse on Thursday evening. All proceeds from the Coffeehouse will be going towards the Neely Family Trust Fund. Please come and enjoy an evening of beautiful music and reflection!

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 for one dozen of these lovely candles is just $25 (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!

Housing Needed
The seventh grade is once again hosting a visit from a Polish class from May 2 to May 12. Benjamin Burg, one of our alums, is their English teacher, and their week is filled with wonderful activities and experiences. The students are being welcomed by 7th and 8th grade families, but we are still looking for housing for both Benjamin and a female Polish teacher. Unfortunately, it is not in our budget to pay for the housing, but we are more than happy to arrange for some of the dinners in the evening. It would be good if they were close to school, so that transportation is easy to arrange. Please let us know if you are available to help for even part of their stay. In addition, Lorenz Kraul, a 17-year-old German student, will be doing a practicum at the Kimberton CSA in June. In July, he will be a counselor at the Christian Community Camp. Lorenz is looking for a family to host him from June 10 until the end of July. His family will pay $500 per month for room and board.

If you are available to offer housing, please contact Elisabeth Burgess for more information. Thank you!

Update from the Garden - Plant Sale and Seeds of Change
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.  

Another way to support the garden is to vote! The Kimberton Waldorf School Garden has applied for a grant through the Seeds of Change seed company. They are awarding several large grants to community and school gardens. You can help by voting for us once each day from now through April 21. It's simple - click here and vote! You can only vote once per computer per day, but please remember to vote daily and spread the word!

Kirtan Benefit Concert
This Saturday evening at 7:00 pm in the gymnasium, Kimberton Waldorf School is hosting a Kirtan Chant Concert by two celebrated artists. You and your family are warmly invited to attend and join in what will surely be a unique and fun evening.  More information is included in the attachment. If you have not yet experienced Kirtan, this is an opportunity not to be missed. Children of all ages are encouraged to attend (admission is free for children!) and to participate by bringing along their own drums and/or percussion instruments. Tickets can be purchased in advance by clicking here, or at the door that evening.
We are also seeking volunteers and specific items for the concert. Volunteers are needed for:
Parking
Setup 
Help at the door
Cleanup
Helping musicians unload and reload their truck before (4:00 to 5:00 pm) and after the concert (9:00 to 10:00 pm)
Setting up signs on roads (Saturday morning)
Remember, any High school students may earn hours credited towards community service!
Items needed:
Flowers - two big bouquets for stage, one smaller bouquet for altar
Five flower garlands for musicians 
Deities for altar (representing any religion) Star of David, Saint Francis, Durga, Ganesha, Buddha, Krishna, Mary, etc.
Tea lights and paper bags for votives outside
Indian-style tablecloths for long tables at entrance doors
Meditation cushions and mats

If anyone would like to donate towards the cost of the beautiful flyers and postcard that have been printed, this would also be appreciated! If interested,please email Stacy Falco or call 484.302.9334. Thank you!

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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