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A MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN OF SCHOOL

May 2014

Dear KWS Community:

I know that some of you had the opportunity to see the Senior Project Presentations at the end of April. I think everyone there was impressed by the work of our twelfth graders. The projects are an opportunity for our students to engage in independent self-education, as the students take up an area of study to pursue over the course of the year. Click below for photos and videos of these projects and to read more.


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Garden

It has been a eventful spring for Kimberton Waldorf School students! We invite you to take a "peek" into our classrooms and gardens and see what our students are up to. Click below to view photos.

Alumni

Kimberton Waldorf School alumni enrich the world around them. We are proud to shine a spotlight on some of our alumni to showcase their stories, career development, interests, accomplishments, and milestones. This month's featured alumni spotlight is Maya Cosentino '04. Maya is celebrating her 10th reunion this year!
Three Sisters Play

May 15 – May 17 at 7:30 pm

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. All performances begin at 7:30 pm in the Lower School Theater. This play is appropriate for sixth grade and up.

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Sunday, May 18 at 3:00 pm

We are excited to announce that Community Music School in Trappe is featuring an exhibit of Kimberton Waldorf School student artwork, now through June 9. The Gallery at CMS features exhibitions by some of the finest visual artists in our region. The opening reception will be held this Sunday, May 18 at 3:00 pm; patrons are invited to stroll through the Gallery and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and light hors d'oeuvres. The reception will be followed by a CMS student showcase concert at 4:00 pm, featuring solo performances from piano, vocal, and string students, and award winning chamber ensembles and wind students. Please join us for an enjoyable evening of art and music.
 
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Saturday, June 14, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

May and June are notoriously busy times of the year, with calendars filling up with graduations and a myriad of events that are cause for celebration. We fear that the busy spring season has kept our KWS/KFS alumni and friends from registering for the upcoming reunion celebration. Right now we are faced with a dilemma – due to the low number of registrations, we are concerned that there won't be enough attendees to hold the reunion. Please visit our website and RSVP by Thursday, May 22 to ensure we have enough registrations to hold this fun-filled event, which includes a delicious menu of local foods, garden tour, trivia competition with prizes, and more!

Please, reach out to friends and classmates and ask them to register today. Let's give it a final push and make this year's reunion a memorable occasion. Click below to register.


If you sign up and we do not have the required number of attendees to host this year's reunion, we will refund your payment.
China
Dean of School to Visit China

Kevin Hughes, Dean of School, will be visiting China later this month at the invitation of Ivy International Group. Kimberton Waldorf School has partnered with Ivy International, an international student recruiting agency. Kimberton Waldorf School and four other schools from the U.S. have been invited to participate in their spring recruiting tour. Kevin is excited for the opportunity this presents for our school, but is sad that he will be missing our end of the year activities, such as the eighth grade ceremony and the senior graduation. He will return on June 9.
 
College News

The college acceptances and merit scholarships have arrived in the mailboxes of our seniors, who have experienced a high level of success in college acceptances this year. Many have received merit scholarships, which are based on a student’s grade point average, recommendations, and achievements, rather than on financial need. Merit award offers totaled more than $345,499 per year for the Class of 2014! We congratulate all our students on their fine work and wish them the very best. We invite you to view college acceptances by clicking below.

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Welcome

Our new first grade teacher is Eleanor Seidman. 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 Alexander, Middle School Office, 610.933.3635, ext 1. We are also pleased to welcome Sean Cook as our new Woodworking teacher, Dan Smith as our new Chemistry and Math teacher, and Mimi Koelle as our new Director of Development. Click below to learn more about each of our newest community members.

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Turtle Creek Seed
KWS Alum Featured on Popular Blog

Lia Heitzman Babitch '97 was recently featured on the Good Food Jobs blog, The Gastrognomes. Lia is the Seed Garden Manager at Turtle Creek Seed, located at Camphill Village in Copake, New York. In the article, Lia shares here memories of growing up on a community farm, and discusses how her current agricultural role was not only the perfect fit, it was her destiny. Click below to read more.
Spirit Fund

Keep an eye on your mailbox! Our second appeal, "3 more reasons why..." will arrive soon to anyone who has not yet given to this year's campaign. It's not too late to participate! Payments are due June 30. We depend on the generosity of parents, grandparents, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends to allow us to continue our very special pedagogical program, as well as the precious community life that unfolds beyond the classroom. This community effort helps provide programs and services that, without funding, would simply remain beyond our reach. No gift is too small. Please consider making a contribution today. Click below to help.

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Educational Improvement Tax Credit

Did you know that you could benefit your Pennsylvania business and at the same time give children of lower income families the opportunity to experience the education at Kimberton Waldorf School? The PA-EITC Program will be accepting new applications on July 1, 2014. Applications should be submitted online that first day. This is a tax credit, not a tax deduction. It's a "win-win"! For more information, contact Nancy Coe McLane by email at nmclane@kimberton.org or by phone at 484.614.7428.
Waldorf Education

Immerse yourself in inspiring Waldorf Education this summer! With offerings of interest to everyone, these wonderful courses and workshops provide the opportunity to learn more about Waldorf Education. For further details about the Sunbridge Institute Summer Series 2014 Courses and Workshops in Chestnut Ridge, New York and Renewal Courses 2014 at High Mowing School in Wilton, New Hampshire, click below.
Summer Camp
Summer Camp: A Summer of Wonder

June 16 through August 15
18 months old through 7th grade

At Kimberton Waldorf School summer camp, our days are filled with all the delights that only summertime can offer: picnics in the shade, nibbling on ripe berries from the raspberry bushes, collecting wildflowers, and climbing trees. Children have the opportunity to soak in the natural world by tending to the garden, digging in the sand, and splashing in the water. Each day, each week, magical moments and memories will be experienced to last a lifetime. Don’t wait – click below to register today!
Kimberton Waldorf School

The next Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 28. All community members are encouraged to attend the open portion of the meeting.

Board meeting agendas are usually published a few days before each meeting. The agenda will be posted in the description of the calendar event on the school website.

To read the minutes from recent Board meetings, please click below.


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Susan Cantrell Gilchrist
In Memoriam 

Susan Cantrell Gilchrist (Born Susan Cantrell, December 26 1947) let go of this life on April 19, 2014 with deep gratitude for the rich full life she enjoyed these 66 years, the opportunities to love so many wonderful people, to experience some beautiful places, and to have some interesting adventures along the way.

Our condolences to the Kehoe family on the death of Patricia Kehoe. Patricia was a long-time member of the Kimberton community. She had children and a grandchild who attended KWS, and worked in our community, most recently as a rhythmical massage therapist.

We also offer our condolences to Mary Hirsch on the loss of her mother, as well as to Allison Hunter on the loss of her father, and to Peg Savage on the loss of her grandson, Nick Berger.
Painting

Waldorf Today – the world’s largest Waldorf newsletter – recently shared an article "Painting with Children in Waldorf Schools." Children in Waldorf schools are fortunate recipients of a rich curriculum which enlivens and strengthens their emerging capacities for thinking, feeling and willing. Painting throughout the elementary school years enhances the healthy manifestation of these faculties as well as the child’s social relationships. This article shares some information about the direction a painting lesson may take.
Senior Project

The senior project presentation is the culmination of in-depth, individual research and exploration of a topic over the course of the senior year. The twelfth grade class recently presented their senior projects, sharing their experiences and processes with the community. Projects this year varied from Wild Edibles to Building a 3D Printer to Music Production and a Custom Off-Road Go-Kart. Click below to read more, view photos, and celebrate the hard work and great successes of our graduating class!
Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 15 - Saturday, May 17 Senior Play
Friday, May 16, 8:30 am Morning in the Kindergarten
Sunday, May 18, 3:00 pm Opening Reception for KWS Student Art Exhibit  
Tuesday, May 20, 7:00 pm Sustainability Series
Wednesday, May 21, 11:30 am  All-School Assembly
Wednesday, May 28, 7:30 pm Board Meeting
Friday, June 6, 10:00 am Community Tea
Friday, June 6, 11:00 am — Rose Ceremony
Saturday, June 7, 2:00 pm Class of 2014 Graduation
Saturday, June 14, 11:00 am — Alumni Reunion

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