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A MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN OF SCHOOL

March 2014

Dear KWS Community:

Dare I say it, but it looks like spring is actually on its way. I’m not sure I remember a more challenging winter (which seemed like it would never end). One harbinger of spring at Kimberton Waldorf School is the 8th grade play, which is performed just before Spring Break. The play is traditionally a Shakespeare play, and this year’s 8th grade class is presenting The Taming of the Shrew. It is a big production, with sets to build, lines to learn, and action to be blocked. Ms. Tarsio, our 8th grade class teacher, and Ms. van der Stok-Fried, our eurythmy teacher, direct the play. The set is based on an Elizabethan set design, and the implementation and construction of the set was guided by 8th grade parent Gary Arthurs. Public performances are this coming Thursday, March 20 and Friday, March 21 at 7:30 pm in the Lower School Theater. 


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A Peek into Our Classrooms

It has been an eventful month 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.

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High School Musical Reflections

The build-up and excitement of this year's musical has come to a close. With the memories of Thoroughly Modern Millie still fresh, we have asked the senior cast members to express their feelings on what being a part of the high school musicals have meant to them. We commend our senior cast members for their enthusiasm and leadership, and invite you to click below to read their sentiments.
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Parent Education Program Videos Available Online

Kimberton Waldorf School provides meaningful parent education programs designed to help parents understand the growth and development of their children. We are pleased to announce that our recent parent education program videos are now available online. These workshops feature speakers addressing various topics in child development and education, including: Media Consciousness Discussion with Harlan Gilbert, Adolescence and Waldorf Education Discussion with John Wulson, Science through the Grades, and How Reading is Taught in a Waldorf School.
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Red Cross Blood Drive 

Wednesday, March 19, 1:00-6:00 pm

It is not too late to sign up to donate blood during the annual Red Cross blood drive being held tomorrow at Kimberton Waldorf School.
Signing up for a time slot can be done online using the link below, in the High School office, or via email at hgustafson@kimberton.org. The event is being held in the High School Library; walk-ins are welcome the day of the drive.

CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT

A KWS high school student committee is helping with the blood drive this year. Please support them, and especially the Red Cross by donating. There is an urgent need for blood in our region due to the severe winter weather and inability of donors to get to sites and scheduled drives. Thank you for your consideration!
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Parent-Child Class

April 11 through May 30
Fridays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Our Joyful Parenting class was designed to reignite for you and your family the true joys of parenting. In a homelike environment, we will discover together how to best meet the needs of your developing child. Each week your child will experience bread baking, social interaction with other young children, creative free play, seasonal circle songs, puppetry, storytelling, and more. This class is designed for children age three and under and their caregivers. Class size is limited; we encourage you to register today.
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Discover the Waldorf Difference at Our April Open House

Sunday, April 13 at 1:00 pm

We invite all community members (current families, prospective families, alumni, and friends) to attend our All-School Open House — a free event designed to be educational and enjoyable for all.

Families will have an opportunity to learn (or be reminded) about the unique advantages of a Waldorf Education for children in grades Pre-K through 12. Visitors will tour the school's campus; meet faculty, students, parents, and alumni; view samples of student work; participate in a panel discussion; and gain an understanding of Waldorf Education through inspiring faculty and student presentations.
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Kirtan Benefit Concert with David Newman (DurgaDas) and Mira

Saturday, April 19 at 7:00 pm

Join chant artist David Newman (DurgaDas) and his wife Mira for a joyful and moving evening of chant (Kirtan) at Kimberton Waldorf School. Kirtan is a transformational and joyful yoga mantra practice, using the power of sound and devotion to uplift the mind and open the heart. David Newman (Durga Das) and Mira are widely recognized chant artists who travel throughout the world spreading love, and uplifting others through Kirtan, sacred song and the devotional aspects of the Yoga path known as Bhakti Yoga. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

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Kimberton Waldorf School Summer Camp – Sparking Imagination, Wonder, and Exploration

June 16 through August 15

Are you looking for a summer camp that offers your children magical days filled with outdoor adventures, arts and crafts, creative play, picnics, games, and more? Look no further than Kimberton Waldorf School. Our summer camp offers a wholesome environment where children have the opportunity to enliven their sense of wonder, soak in the natural world, and create memories to last a lifetime. We offer 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. The 2014 summer camps run from June 16 through August 15. Spaces are filling up fast; register today! 

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Get Back To Your Roots: A Reunion Celebration for KWS/KFS Alumni and Friends

Saturday, June 14, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Please mark your calendars and plan on attending this fun-filled event which will provide an opportunity to reconnect with friends and share memories of the "good old days," while seeing the many changes that have taken place at Kimberton Waldorf School. Whether you are celebrating your 5th reunion or your 50th reunion, it's cause for celebration as we come together and toast to friendship, lessons learned, and those to come. We invite you to "Get Back to Your Roots" and have a good time while doing so. Click below to read more and register today.

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Alumni Spotlight

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 Esther Walser Walsh '86, Kimberton Waldorf School music teacher.
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Update from the Board of Trustees

The next Board meeting is scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, March 19. All community members are encouraged to attend the open portion of the meeting. 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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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 19, 1:00 pm — Red Cross Blood Drive
Wednesday, March 19, 7:30 pm  Board Meeting
Thursday, March 20 and Friday, March 21, 7:00 pm — 8th Grade Shakespeare Play
Friday, March 21, 8:30 am — Morning in the Kindergarten
Saturday, March 22 at 9:00 am Rosebud Garden Story Hour
Friday, April 4 - Sunday, April 6 — The Future Conference
Friday, April 11, 2:00 pm — Rosebud Garden Tea & Play
Sunday, April 13, 1:00 pm — All-School Open House
Saturday, April 19, 7:00 pm — Kirtan Benefit Concert
Tuesday, April 22, 7:00 pm — Sustainability Series
Thursday, April 24, 11:30 am — School Assembly
Thursday, April 24, 6:00 pm All-Community Dinner
Friday, April 25, 8:30 am — Morning in the Kindergarten
Friday, April 25 - Sunday, April 27 — Senior Project Presentations
Wednesday, April 30, 7:30 pm  Board Meeting

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