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A MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN OF SCHOOL

December 2013

Dear KWS community,

At the end of last month's Dean's letter, I expressed gratitude for Alarick and Mabel Pew Myrin, who founded our school in 1941. The unique quality of Kimberton Waldorf School, and the school's strong connection to the land is a legacy of the Myrins' interest in agriculture and education. Before they founded Kimberton Waldorf School, they founded a school for organic and biodynamic agriculture on this land. They recognized that in an age of increasing industrialization of agriculture, that a new kind of agriculture needed to be developed that provided healthful food to people. That school did not last, but a legacy of the Myrins' interest is the farm that surrounds our school, which is dedicated to using organic and bio-dynamic farming techniques, and our school which has gardening and agriculture as a core component of our curriculum. In fact, the original name of our school was Kimberton Farms School, which is a reflection of the importance the Myrins saw in the connection between agriculture and education. Gardening and farming has been a part of the school's curriculum from the beginning, and is not just a passing educational fad for the school.

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Community Spirit Fund

Every year we count on the generosity of parents, grandparents, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends to make our annual fund campaign a success. This community effort helps us provide a range of educational programs and services that, without funding, would remain beyond our reach. Your gifts are the key to continuing the excellence of the programs of Kimberton Waldorf School and the precious community life that unfolds beyond the classroom. Every gift counts; please consider making a donation today.
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Magic of the Season

Advent, from Latin adventus, meaning "the coming," is the period including the four Sundays just before Christmas. It signifies the coming of the end of one season and a start of another. Advent is celebrated through assemblies each week leading up to the winter break. Each Monday morning during Advent, the children are gathered together to listen to a special story, share in song, and light the Advent candles. Click below to read a passage written by Dan de Angeli '76.
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Martin Luther King Celebration

Friday, January 17 at 10:45 am

Each year we celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a school-wide assembly organized by the Diversity Committee. Students will gather together in the morning to honor King's life and work for human rights through songs, speeches, and stories. In the afternoon students will have the chance to engage in a variety of creative activities that focus on bridge building, social inclusion, and social justice. Grades 8-12 will have the opportunity to hear an inspiring presentation from a Martin Luther King scholar and Professor of Poetry from Ursinus College and participate in a wide array of freedom school activities including African dance, music of the movement, human rights law, meditation, spoken word, and more. Parents are warmly invited to attend the assembly at 10:45 am.

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All-School Open House

Sunday, January 26 at 1:00 pm

We invite all community members (current families, prospective families, alumni, and friends) to attend our All-School Open House. Tour the 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. Childcare is available upon request.

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Tempus
Tempus: A Social Entrepreneurship Conference

"The Time is Now"
March 14 -15, 2014

This conference for high school and college age young adults will provide insight into the impact that a socially driven or responsible business can have. At Tempus, successful social entrepreneurs will share their stories and what their personal motivations were to start their businesses. Come join us at Kimberton Waldorf School on March 14-15, 2014 and be inspired by other people's commitment to making this world a better place.

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Parent Education Programs

Kimberton Waldorf School provides meaningful parent education programs that help parents understand the growth and development of their children. Parent education is offered through meetings, workshops, speaker events, informal get-togethers, open houses, and more. These programs are open to everyone interested in learning more about Waldorf Education, including parents, teachers, and community members.

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A Peek into Our Classrooms

It has been a busy 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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Alumni News

Waldorf Alumni Gathering in San Francisco
Friday, December 20 at 7:00 pm

Join Waldorf alumni from schools around the world at a holiday reunion at San Francisco Waldorf High School. For alumni, alumni parents, faculty and staff, this event will offers the opportunity to make new connections, share stories, experiences, and memories!

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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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