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  The Waldorf School of Cape Cod  Community Newsletter 
March 8, 2017
 
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Dinner & Variety Show
Friday, March 31 at 6 pm
Sign-up to participate now!
Students, sign up now to participate in our annual Variety Show. Individual and Group acts are welcome - singing, dancing, playing an instrument, acting - whatever your talent, we would love to be entertained by you. A great way to get on stage if you don't have an "act" is to be one of our emcees and introduce the acts as they appear. 

Lisa Supka (Zach, Class 8) will direct the talented acts. Rehearsals will be scheduled on Tuesday afternoons or during recess. A final Tech/Dress Rehearsal is scheduled for Tuesday, March 28 from 3-5 pm.

Sign-up sheets will be available in school. Classes 3/4 through 8 may perform, and everyone is welcome to attend. Seating is limited, so tickets will be pre-sold. More information to come, including details on the Mexican-themed dinner prepared by Chef Peet! Proceeds benefit the Class 8 end-of-the-year-trip fund.

SAVE THE DATE
THURS,
MARCH 9
Re-Enrollment Contracts Due
 &
Tuition Assistance Applications Due

Friday, March 10
Faculty
In-Service
NO SCHOOL

Weds, March 15
Logo Day
Classes 6-8

Weds,
March 15
Board Meeting

Thursday,
March 16
6:30 pm
Arts Night
Open House

Friday,
March 31
Variety Show




 
The Fifth Grade Experimental Garden Bed
A Report by the Class on Findings to Date

This is the first time I have taught the class we now call Botany in the Garden. I have to admit that when Mr. Schofield asked me to teach this weekly class to fit in with the Botany theme in the curriculum, I was thrilled with the idea of having this experienced, hard working class as field hands. I quickly realized however that, with only one class a week, an emphasis on Botany would require we focus more on study and less on work. However, the ability to work efficiently in the garden has been vital to conducting a year-long experiment that involves soil improvement, planting, watering, observation, measuring height and weight, harvesting, graphing, writing and analysis. 

Here is the class report on their progress to date:    

We, as a fifth grade class, are doing an experiment on seeing how different soil supplements work. We have used worm compost, extra food compost, alfalfa pellets, plain soil and all of the supplements together. We have planted kale and carrots in the soil. We have been harvesting and weighing the kale and we have also been measuring the height of the kale and carrots. We are seeing which supplement works best.The carrots are still growing, so we haven't weighed or harvested them yet.   

On  October 5 we started the experiment on which fertilizer works best for carrots and kale. We split into groups. We dug the fertilizers into sections of the bed. We used sticks for dividing the sections. We used popsicle sticks to label each section. 

When the carrots emerged they looked like little rabbit ears and were about half the size of a clover and three times shorter than a clover. Some of them were so small you couldn't see them, and, when they were accidentally pulled up, their roots were the size of a piece of hair. It took 15 days from the time we planted the carrot seeds until the time they emerged. 

We did a height test on  November 17. When we measured the tallest kale plant in each bed we found that "all" did the best, alfalfa tied for best with worm compost, and "none" was third and compost was last. 

The first kale harvest was on  December 7. Alfalfa had 16 ounces, vermicompost had 13 ounces, "all" had 12 ounces, compost had 11 ounces and "none" had 2 ounces. Altogether we had 3 pounds and 6 ounces.

The second kale harvest on  February 2 did not do as well. The first group harvested compost and had 10 ounces. "None" was not as successful with 2 ounces. Alfalfa was average with a weight of 7 ounces. Vermicompost was the most successful of them all at 11 ounces. "All" was in the average group just like alfalfa at 7 ounces. Altogether we had 2 pounds and 5 ounces. 

The first two harvests were 1 month and 24 days apart. Altogether from both harvests we had 5 pounds and 11 ounces. 

After totaling the results of our first and second harvest we arrived at a surprising total for the section with no soil amendment. We got only 4 ounces from this section! Many people come to Mrs. Allsup pondering how her garden flourishes and she asks them what soils amendments they use and they say none! 

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A note from Mrs. Allsup: Still to come: one more kale harvest (today), removal of the kale plants in order to allow the carrots to develop, and harvest of the carrots. 

I think of fifth graders as advanced gardeners because their experience in the garden in early childhood and grades one through four has developed understanding and skills that they use independently. I asked them recently how we might remove the kale plants to allow the carrots to grow. The students realized on their own that we would have to cut the kale at the root line rather than pull them because the kale is intermixed with the carrots and pulling the kale would disturb the carrots' roots.  

It would not be possible to carry out this 8 month experiment in an outdoor garden during the school year. The fifth grade agricultural scientists are able to do this engaging work because we are one of the few schools in the country to have an all season sunhouse designed for food production.  And a side benefit is that we eat our experiment. Watch for Chef Peet's  next week's Wednesday take home meal for the final kale harvest of this experiment! 
~Kim Allsup, Gardening Teacher
 
Calling all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders - a children's sword dance team is in the works!
We will hold an open workshop for 9-12 year olds next Tuesday evening, March 14, in Woods Hole. Those interested may attend all or part of the workshop. I will teach some basic Longsword figures, including the "lock" or star of swords. If time and interest permit, we will try some Rapper sword and Morris dancing as well.

Pre-registration is required. To register and receive details regarding time and location, please email ellifordjan@aol.com or call 508-540-0865.      ~Jan Elliott, WSCC Traditional Dance Teacher

Photos below:
Morton Juveniles (Rapper), 1929 & Flamborough Juniors (Longsword), 2012

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Outreach Coordinator's Corner
Roxanne King

Re-enrollment forms have been handed out or mailed.
We ask that you return your forms to the office by  March 9th.


Thursday Morning Tea & Handwork
8:20 in the Enrollment/Outreach office
Starting this week during the EOC  Thursday morning tea will be working on handwork projects to sell in Kindercraft - all are welcome to join!

Upcoming Outreach Events

March 18th - Natural Infant & Child Expo in Plymouth

April 29th - Mini-Makers Fair at Mashpee High School
We will have a booth at this event with hands on activities. If you have an idea or want to help at the booth please let me know.

May 12-13th - Ragnar Relay Overnight
Looking for volunteers to help serve food to the relay runners at our stop on the race.

August 20th - Falmouth Road Race


Follow WSCC on Social Media
Our school now has a presence all over social media so we need your help to spread the word. Click on our profiles and follow each one, writing a review on Yelp or Facebook would also be a helpful way you can support our school.

~Roxanne King, Outreach Coordinator
 
Class 8 Kayak Raffle
Raffle to defray costs for the Class 8 end of the year trip. Tickets: 1 for $5, 3 for $12, 6 for $20. Purchase your tickets from Class 8 families, from Class 8 students most mornings at drop off, or during Kindercraft school hours - Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 2 pm until December 15. You may also call 508-420-1005 to purchase with a credit card by phone. Class 8 thanks you for your support!
 
Electives Talent Call                                                
As the calendar would have it, we have only three electives sessions this year. The fall session was a great success and the winter session has begun. The winter session features Wearable Electronics with Dr. Joy Lapseritis and Copper Sculpture with metal-working experts Grace Spencer and Dan Vineis. Volleyball with Ms. Baugh and Winter Gardening with Mrs. Allsup round out the field of offerings. 

We are still looking ahead to spring to give our students some interesting new experiences.  The spring dates are  March 3 , 17, 24, 31 and  April 7 .
 
It's great to be able to plan ahead, so if you have an interest or a skill to share with our Middle School students, please let me know!
 
Electives is a popular enrichment that teachers and parents offer to groups of six to ten  6 th,  7 th and 8 th graders  on Friday afternoons from  1:40 to 2:50pm. Sessions usually take place over 4 or 5 consecutive Fridays, as the school calendar allows.  Teaching an elective class here at the school is a fun and rewarding experience, for both volunteers and students. From playing games to writing stories, to painting, crafts or theater arts, explorations in science or technology, the possibilities are many. If you have questions about whether or not a subject would be feasible or work well for middle schoolers, give me a shout. If you don't have something to share, perhaps you know a friend or family member who does.  
Many thanks! 
Mr. Curtin     tcurtin@waldorfcapecod.org
 
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Looking for Childcare Sharing
I am running the Parent/Child classes this year, and I just had a change in my childcare arrangement, so I am now looking for an affordable sitter or, ideally, another mom(s) who might be interested in childcare sharing. I live in Centerville and I have a 13 month old boy. I work from 8am - 12pm
 
on Thursdays and Fridays and I would love to find someone who could care for my guy during those times in exchange for care that I could provide to you on other days of the week. Feel free to spread the word if you know anyone who might be interested! Or, perhaps someone knows a wonderful grandmotherly type person who would just love to play with a super cute baby a couple times a week! :) Someone in the Barnstable network of towns would be great, but I'm open to families from farther away too!
Leah Green.  Contact email: leahnelso@gmail.com or phone 802-989-1282  

Latin and Ancient Greek Tutor. Available to work with students on an individual or small group basis at a mutually convenient location. The study of classical languages facilitates a more thorough understanding of modern ones such as English, and plays a significant role in producing more sensitive readers and writers. By studying Latin and Greek, students also considerably improve analytical and problem-solving skills, in addition to cultivating their vocabulary and memory. For more information regarding lessons, please contact Julia Messersmith by phone 774-722-0947 or e-mail  ( julia.messersmith@gmail.com).    
Pear Stalk Farm EGGS FOR SALE, at WSCC on Fridays. Farm fresh eggs from chickens and ducks pasture raised on certified organic/non GMO grain.  Chicken eggs $6/dz; Duck eggs $7/dz. Call or email Tim to place your order 508-333-3332 or pearstalkfarm@gmail.com

Certified Wilson Language tutor with knowledge of Waldorf values and learning philosophies available for individual and small group lessons.  Located in Mashpee, I can meet with children at WSCC or another convenient location.  The Wilson philosophy delivers an evidence-based reading and writing curriculum through a structured, multi-sensory practice.  I will work collaboratively with Class Teachers to assess students' progress and specific needs.  Many Waldorf students have experienced success combining these approaches, especially children with Specific Learning Disabilities such as dyslexia.  Please contact Sharon Baird, sharonjbaird@aol.com or 774-236-9021 for more information.   

 

4 WAYS TO DONATE WITHOUT OPENING YOUR WALLET!
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Don't forget Smile.Amazon! 
Remember to Smile before you shop at Amazon ... type Smile.Amazon.com every time you shop. If you have already added items to your cart and  remembered you forgot to Smile, you can still open a new window and type Smile.Amazon and it will go back to the page you were on. If you are new to Smile.Amazon, you must choose to support the Waldorf School of Cape Cod -type Waldorf School of Cape Cod and it will appear as "Waldorf Association."


Do You Shoparoo? 
I'll ask an easier question: do you grocery shop? If you purchase food and you have a smartphone, then you can Shoparoo. It's a new way to fundraise for our school. Download the free app to your smartphone, snap a picture of all your grocery receipts, and they add up to free money for the school. How does it work? Why do they do it? How much can we make? All of your questions will be answered on this webpage: https://shoparooapp.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/categories/200174204-Shoparoo-FAQ
The main website is www.shoparoo.com, but the FAQ page has all the details. If you are ready to sign up immediately, use this referral code: glan3542


Box Tops Box Tops for Education
Please snip those box tops and bring in what you have already collected ASAP. We send BoxTops twice a year. A collection container is at the front desk.
We will be sending them in during the month of October, so keep saving!

 
Stop & Shop A+ Rewards Program
Your grocery shopping can pay money to the school, too, and you don't need to purchase anything specific. A portion of every dollar you spend goes to the school. Please go online to http://stopandshop.com/savings-and-rewards/rewards-program/aplus/ and log in to your Stop & Shop account to see if your card is still registered, or to add it. New cards can now be added online.
We should be receiving this year's check soon!


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Waldorf School of Cape Cod

 

Mission Statement

 The Waldorf School of Cape Cod is dedicated to nurturing the intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual growth  of each child so they may continue life's journey as free, capable and independent individuals. We are committed to the ideals, educational philosophy, concept of human development, and spiritual impulses set forth by Rudolf Steiner.

 

Philosophy Statement

 The Waldorf School of Cape Cod cultivates in the children a feeling of wonder, reverence for life, and respect for self and others through our curriculum, festivals, and sense of community. The teachers, staff, parents  and friends work together to support the children as they move forward in their intellectual, emotional, and social development. 

 
Watermarks

Watermarks is published on Wednesdays throughout the school year and distributed to all currently enrolled families, faculty, staff, and board members. The deadline for submissions is Monday at 3:00pm. Email articles to Sue Salvesen at adminassistant@waldorfschool.cc All submissions should include your name, phone number, and email address. Submissions are subject to editing, and items that are not time-sensitive are printed as time and space permits. Annual subscriptions for those families not currently enrolled in the school are available for $25 to help offset the direct costs for paper, printing, and postage. Email subscriptions to Watermarks are free.