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A MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN OF SCHOOL

September 2013

Dear KWS Community,
 
I would like to welcome you all to our new monthly newsletter, and to the new year at Kimberton Waldorf School! On Labor Day, I spent part of the day walking the KWS campus from the Rosebud Garden through the High School and visiting the teachers in their classrooms as they prepared for the start of school. It was so confirming to me to witness the whole scope of the school, as well as the thought and care that each teacher puts into his or her room and the activities that they have planned to do with the students. I saw teachers organizing their classrooms, doing blackboard drawings, dying curtains with plant dyes, and preparing for academic, artistic, and practical courses. I saw the dedication that our teachers have to bringing truth, beauty, and goodness to the children and young people in their care. It reminded me of why I became a Waldorf teacher 28 years ago, and made me proud to be a part of this school. This education truly is unique---full of depth and meaning that gives the young people who experience it a well-spring of inner richness to take with them for a lifetime! I see that in my own two sons who are now embarking on their college experience, and I am so grateful for it.

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Alumni Event
Waldorf Alumni to Gather in Philadelphia

Join us for an evening of Waldorf alums on Saturday, November 9 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Pageant Soloveev, 607 Bainbridge Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147. The venue is an art gallery in the Bella Vista section of Philadelphia. It will be hosting a national Waldorf art exhibit, which will be on display from November 9 through November 10. KWS faculty members Kevin Hughes and Cara Graver have each had work selected for this juried art show! We can't wait to see a vibrant mix of alumni from our many schools to share stories, experiences, and memories. This is a great opportunity to catch-up with old friends and network with new connections. Food, drink, raffles, and great conversation can be expected. 

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Rose Ceremony Welcomes First Graders

Each school year at Kimberton Waldorf School begins and ends with a Rose Ceremony. In the fall, it is the role of the new Twelfth Graders to present roses to the budding First Graders as they begin their journey through the grades. On Friday, September 6, each First Grader took the hand of his or her Senior buddy with quiet reverence, and together they walked through the Gymnasium, slowly approaching the stage. Then, one by one, each Twelfth Grader took a rose and presented it to his or her new First Grade buddy. Finally, Laura Turner and Matt Kearis---two of our Senior Class Advisors, offered a rose to Sudha Gutti, our First Grade teacher.

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Jharna
KWS Junior Appointed to Advisory Board

We are delighted to announce that Jharna '15 has been selected to serve on Chester County's Girls Advisory Board (GAB) for the year 2013. The GAB program provides high-school girls living in Chester County with the opportunity to learn about the deep and varied needs in their communities while engaging in strategic grant making. The Chester County Fund for Women and Girls is a grantmaking and education foundation dedicated to addressing the needs of women and girls in Chester County, PA. For more than 16 years, the Fund has raised awareness about the critical needs of women and girls, and has awarded over $1.6 million to 52 non-profit organizations. Through GAB, the Fund aims to educate a new generation of young women about the importance of philanthropy, community service, and the positive difference each girl can make on the lives of others.

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Kurdish Education Advisor to Visit KWS

Nesreen Barwari, an adviser to the Minister of Education in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, is slated to visit Kimberton Waldorf School on Friday, October 4 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. She is in the process of introducing Waldorf Education to the Kurdistan region, and has chosen to visit Kimberton Waldorf School to learn more about this unique educational opportunity.

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Kimberton Waldorf Celebrates Michaelmas

Michaelmas, traditionally celebrated on September 29th, commemorates the deed of the Archangel Michael, who with his angels fought against the devil and the powers of darkness.  Michael hurled Lucifer down from heaven for his treachery and cast him into the earth. This saint is usually depicted with a shield and lance or fiery sword, gazing outwards while subduing the dragon underfoot. Sometimes he is shown holding a scale with which he weighs the souls of men.

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Volunteering at Kimberton Waldorf School

Volunteering your time to support the students and staff of Kimberton Waldorf School is a wonderful way to connect with the larger community! Opportunities abound and are broad-ranged, running the gamut from welcoming new parents, to preparing or serving lunch in our organic school lunch program, to helping increase community awareness about Kimberton Waldorf School. There are options for anyone's schedule. To sign up as a volunteer, please complete the Volunteer Interest Survey.

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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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