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 - SENIOR PROJECTS
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, May 14
7:00 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

Saturday, May 18
3:00 pm

Monday, May 19
3:45 pm

Monday, May 19
7:00 pm

Tuesday, May 20
7:00 pm

Wednesday, May 21
11:30 am
Festive Dress

Wednesday, May 21
3:45 pm

Thursday, May 22
11:00 am

Friday, May 23

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


REMINDERS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Parent Survey
Sincere thanks to the many of you that have taken our parent surveys this year. However, there are still many of you that have not taken the surveys yet. We are now extending the deadline for the surveys to this Thursday, May 15. Taking the surveys should take no more than 20 minutes of your time, depending on how many children you have here at KWS.

We are using 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.  

Click here to take the survey about the aspects of the school that affect everyone. 

Then we ask that you follow the link for each section of the school your children attend and answer those questions. If you have more than one child in a particular section, please answer the questions for each child. We realize this is a somewhat cumbersome process, and are grateful for your patience!





We are asking that each of you take at least two surveys by Thursday, May 15. 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

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. Watch for the order form to come home with your child/ren soon. 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!

Box Tops for Education
As the end of the school year approaches, don't forget to drop off your box tops in the collection box in the Middle School Office! Did you know that you can also support KWS by shopping online through the Box Tops for Education program? Click here to shop online at over 400 stores. To read more about our affiliate programs, click here

"Cuisine Sauvage" - Eat the weeds!  
Please come to the Garden Building on Tuesday, May 20 at 7:00 pm to learn about some of the wild edible and medicinal plants which grow throughout our region during the spring and summer months. This class will help you to identify some of the most common wild edibles of the season, learn about harvesting and preparation of wild foods, and discuss 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 
A message from Julie Caterson, tenth grade parent:
"Tess continues to blossom and experience transformational positive changes - both intellectually and socially - at Kimberton Waldorf School. She loves going to KWS and often verbalizes how good it feels to have so many great friends with whom to enjoy learning. I love watching her do her homework, as I can see how the assignments inspire her and tap into her natural creativity. Her transformation continues to be astonishing and incredibly gratifying. I am so thankful for her opportunity to attend and benefit from Kimberton Waldorf's environment, philosophy, and fantastic staff. Please consider making your gift to the Community Spirit Fund today, so that the school can continue to provide this level of education!"

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%
Rosebud Garden Families   93%
1st Grade Families               93%
10th Grade Families             89%
Kindergarten Families          88%
6th Grade Families               80%
2nd Grade Families              80%
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 Play
The senior class play is one of the jewels in the crown of our graduating class. We warmly invite you to join us as the twelfth grade proudly presents Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters. First performed at the Moscow Art Theatre in 1901, it is a landmark of modern drama. Three performances are being held: Thursday, May 15, Friday, May 16, and Saturday, May 17. The play is appropriate for Grade 6 and up. "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)

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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