Please read the Updates!
Davis Waldorf School emails an Update and a Bulletin every month with important information for families. The Update is sent out the 2nd Wednesday of the month and the Bulletin is sent out the 4th Wednesday of the month. The Update is a longer, more detailed newsletter while the Bulletin includes reminders. Both are very important to read through as they keep our community up to date and connected with each other.
First grade walking through the Sunflower Arch created by their parents
Back-to-School Night
What a wonderful gathering last Friday for our Back-to-School Picnic! Families and teachers enjoyed picnicking on the lawn, listening to our Davis Waldorf School Fiddlers led by Strings Teacher Angela Kost, and Contra Dancing with Caller Talib Huff. Thank you for spending this evening together as we finished our first week of school.
Driving Safety
Please be extra mindful when driving in and around our campus, watching for bikes and pedestrians at all times. We have placed a stop sign at the exit of our parking lot as a reminder to stop and look both ways on the way out.
School Directory Deadline
The school directory approval sheet that you received in the Back-to-School packet is due Monday, September 17th.  If you would like to edit your listing, please return the form to the office.
Field Trip Paperwork Reminder
Classes are already heading off on field trips and chaperones must have an up-to-date Auto Form, DMV driving record, and a Volunteer form (if you have not been livescanned) on file. Please stop by the office to pick up the forms and get them in early!
Middle School Morning Study Hall
If Middle School students (grades 6-8) arrive at school between 7:45-8:15 a.m., they must go to Morning Study Hall.  Students should meet in Mr. Gomes' 7th Grade classroom until Thanksgiving Break and are required to sign-in upon arrival. They may not leave campus. At 8:15, after study hall, students will go to their respective classrooms.
Sunflower Aftercare and After-School Reminders
If you need to sign up for "drop in" care please call Debbie Hicks in the office at 530-753-1651 or email   Several of the days are close to or at full capacity and there may not be room for your child. If your child is on contract, but is not going to attend that day, please call Debbie so she can open the spot to others. 
Please also remember that children should not be on campus without supervision of a teacher or parent after school. Please be prompt and remind your child if they get to/from school on their own to head home after dismissal. A student may check out their sibling from Aftercare if pre-arranged by the parent and the office, but may not stay on campus unsupervised.
Holiday Care Contracts
Junebug and Sunflower Holiday Care Contracts for the rest of the year are available in the office and on our website using this link. Please fill out the contracts early as a minimum number of children are  needed or care will be canceled.  Forms should be returned to the office.

Now with Guacamole!
The year is off to a great start and so are our hot lunches. The seventh grade would like to inform parents that the Burrito /Chips and Salsa lunch on Tuesdays will now be served with an optional serving of guacamole.  You can find the lunch forms  here.
Suggestion/Complaint Forms
In addition to the process of communicating outlined in our Communication Policy, we now have forms available in the office and on our website if you would like to submit a written suggestion/complaint. Forms may be turned in to the office or dropped in the lock box outside the office.   Click here to access the form.
Visiting Artist Peter Bruckner will be at DWS next week!
Waldorf-educated artist and educator Peter Bruckner will be a guest artist/teacher at Davis Waldorf School next week.  Our students and teachers both have the wonderful opportunity to learn from him.  Mr. Bruckner will lead a two-period painting lesson for each class, Grades 1-8, following up with a meeting with the class teacher. We are so excited about the wisdom and skills he will impart to our students and teachers.
In addition to working with students and teachers, Mr. Bruckner will be offering several opportunities for parents -- including a free painting class, an evening lecture, and an in-depth painting workshop. Don't miss the opportunity to learn from this master!
Free Painting Class for Parents with Peter Bruckner
Sunday, September 16, 2:00-4:30 p.m.
This course includes a general introduction to Painting and the Waldorf Curriculum and will feature a 1.5 hour painting lesson introduced by a 1/2 hour talk. Coffee, drinks, snack at arrival and during break. Free. Please RSVP with Debbie in the office so we know how many to expect (walk-ins ok.)
Celebrating Festivals of the Year in a Multicultural Community: A Lecture with Peter Bruckner in the Multi-Purpose Room
Friday, September 21, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Suggested donation, $10 
Waldorf Schools around the world honor life and diversity through seasonal and traditional holiday celebrations best known as festivals. Come join Peter Bruckner for a lively presentation spanning many cultures. No reservation required.

Salt - Mercury - Sulfur
The Three Alchymical Processes Translated into Meditative Painting Exercises: A Weekend Workshop with Peter Bruckner, Saturday, September 22, 8:30-3:00 p.m.
No previous skill or artistic ability is required.  T uition: $130, plus $20 for materials and equipment, paid in advance. Limited enrollment-Your check (or payment over the phone) reserves your place. Please make checks payable to DWS or call 530-753-1651.  A light lunch, snacks and beverages will be provided. 

For more information, go to or pick up a flyer in the office. 
Play, Connect, Grow
2018-19 Parent Child Classes begin this week!
Have a little one at home or know someone who does? We have a few openings in our nurturing weekly Parent Child classes which start this week on Thursday and Friday, September 13 and 14. Gather with other parents and caregivers in a safe space carefully arranged for creative play. Our experienced facilitator, Simone Demarzi, leads four classes for a variety of ages of children from birth-3 and their parents or caregivers. We'll have 3 sessions again this year. More information at To register, call our office at 530-753-1651.

First Parent Council Meeting for the 2018-19 school year!
Please join us next  Thursday September 20th, 5:45 - 8:00 p.m. at Ceri and Ezra Beeman's home,  334 I St , Davis.
Parent Council is open to every parent/guardian at our school. Please feel free to drop in and get involved. Our meetings take place on the third Thursday of the month and offer time to connect with other families in our Waldorf community. Our meetings are potluck style. Please feel free to bring a dish, if you would like.
Contact our Parent Council Chair, Gina Murphey, for more information.
Michaelmas Festival - Friday, September 28, 11:45am in the Grove
Long ago, in a faraway place, a kingdom lived in dread and fear of a loathsome beast that was eager to devour any human or animal that dared to cross its path.  Bright shining meteors flashed through the night sky, offering strong iron to forge a sword to tame the evil dragon and defend the right.  What knight would courageously wield this sword to tame such a beast?
Come see our new Michaelmas Play to find out!  This play is  developmentally-appropriate for children in the grades, not for younger siblings from the Kindergarten and Preschool who might be frightened by the dragon (these classes hold separate, age-appropriate Michaelmas events).
The play begins at noon in the Grove.  All grades 1-8 have a part in the play.  Please arrive in time to park at the church and walk to the campus by 11:45 a.m.  After the play we will celebrate by picnicking with the class and eating Sun Cakes made by each class. Students will then return to class to be released to parents after the final handshake at 1:00 p.m. Parents are warmly invited to join. 
History of Michaelmas Festival
Michaelmas is most commonly celebrated in Europe, but the message of courage in the face of evil is universal and timeless. Michael is an archangel mentioned in the Bible, Apocrypha, and the Koran. He appears as a spiritual figure and protector of human kind, inspiring strength and courage. The motif of the dragon conqueror can be seen in Chinese art, in Apollo and the serpent, in Krishna slaying demons, and in the story of Saint George and the Dragon. Michael overcoming the dragon with his sword of light is an image that calls us all to be courageous, to take command of the dragon and transform it. The students learn that everyone has their own "dragon" - fear, greed, thoughtlessness, or apathy. Michael's qualities of courage, compassion, and steadfastness can be an inspiration to greatness.
Bring your friends to join our DWS family
We have openings in some of our grades classes for next year. We are offering a $500 referral credit to next year's tuition to any family who refers a friend that completes the enrollment process. Questions? Contact Jody Roach, Director of Finance and Operations at
Anne Frank Exhibit at Sacramento Waldorf School September 17th - 27th
Community tours available
Sac Waldorf School is hosting the International Traveling Exhibition Anne Frank: A History for Today. Sac Waldorf high school students will be leading the tours and motivating people to engage in a conversation to support the main premise of the exhibit: that, even today, the life of Anne Frank still provides us with valuable lessons.

The worldwide tour of the exhibition is coordinated by the Anne Frank House in collaboration with local partner organizations. Please click here to make reservations,
Community Handwork Circle begins Friday, September 21st
Our DWS Handwork Group led by Dahlia Haberman will be meeting every Friday beginning September 21st after drop off in the Handwork/Tutoring Room located up the far left steps of the Preschool Building (look for the gold sun!). We will be working on projects to donate to our soon to open School Store "The Acorn Basket", as well as projects for other events and fundraisers. You are also encouraged to bring your own project to work on.  All are welcome to come and enjoy the conversation and handwork! No rsvp needed.
The Nova Institute's Indigenous People's Weekend Gathering - October 5-7th
The Davis Waldorf School community is invited to this gathering with respected indigenous educators and healers to share their native wisdom and look at how we can enhance the Waldorf curriculum with renewing ideas. This gathering will take place at the White Feather Ranch Retreat Center in the Sierra foothills. For more information and fees, please visit or call 240-418-6569.
Schoolwide Clothing Exchange - Saturday, October 6th,  9am-1pm
Now that the seasons are changing, it's a perfect time to go through your closets! Parent Council will be hosting our first community clothing exchange on Saturday, October 6th from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room. This is a free exchange of all gender/all age clothing, raingear, and Waldorf inspired toys. Items should be brought to school on Friday afternoon (10/5) and laid out on tables/racks in the MPR. We ask that items be clean natural fibers, in good shape and free of non-Waldorf logos. All leftover items will be donated to a local charity. For more information, please contact Jenn Short,
Progressive Dinner - Saturday, October 13th - Tickets Still Available !
If anyone missed the opportunity to purchase tickets to the Progressive Dinner at the auction, there are still some tickets remaining. The dinner is hosted by DWS families in support of our school and will be held on Saturday, October 13th from 5-10pm. For those who didn't experience this event last year, the Progressive Dinner includes a three-course meal, with each course served at a different DWS family home (all in Davis). The price includes delicious appetizers, gourmet dinner, wine pairings and a festive social atmosphere. Last year we ended the evening with desserts, music and an outdoor fire.   It's a wonderful way to get to know other members of our DWS community and we encourage our new families to sign up! Cost is $75/person and all proceeds go back to the school.
For questions or tickets, please contact Jenn Short, Director of Community Development, at
Community Mural Project - Saturday, October 13th
Muralist Danielle Fodor is working with the North Davis Community on a community mural project and Davis Waldorf School will be participating in this neighborhood project by coordinating live musicians for the painting day on October 13th. The project runs along the North Davis bike path where many of our families ride to/from school.  If you are interested in providing or participating in the music offerings, please email Jenn Short at . Families are also encouraged to come out and help with the painting. For more information about the project, visit .
All Hallow's Eve Event - Saturday, October 27th - Save the Date!
Davis Waldorf School will host its annual Halloween Gathering on Saturday, October 27th with tours from 5:30-8:30 p.m. through our Protected Path (all ages) and Perilous Path (grades 5-8). The evening will also include live music, a bonfire and a soup dinner by the 7th grade class. More details to follow, mark your calendars!
Easy ways to help Davis Waldorf School Fundraise - SCRIP
Nugget Scrip Program - gives up to 4% depending on monthly purchases. Cards are available in the school office and we can even help you through the simple online sign up process. Multiple cards may be signed up under the same account to combine purchase totals. You Nugget card can also be used at the Woodland Food For Less.  Click here to register,

Amazon Smile- gives .5% of purchases to our school. To register, visit and search Association for Waldorf Education in Davis. Click select and continue through the online process. They will remind you to always use your amazon smile account in order for funds to go to our school. - to register your credit cards click and a portion of purchases made at participating business will automatically go to Davis Waldorf School. Percentage given depends on the business.

* We are continuing to look into additional merchant contribution programs-if you have one you'd like us to know about please email Jenn Short at
DWS is now on Instagram!
Be sure to follow us: @DavisWaldorfSchool. To access you must download the Instagram app on your phone. Create an account and once you are logged in to your account, search DavisWaldorfSchool and select the "follow" button.
Friends of Davis Waldorf School Facebook Page
Follow us on the Friends of Davis Waldorf School Facebook page. To access, click the following link , click "Join Group". You may need to wait 24 hours until your request to join has been approved.
Parent Handbook and Communications Policy
Most families have received the newly updated 2018-2019 Parent Handbook and Communications Policy. If you have not and would like a hard copy, please stop by the office to pick one up. They are also available on our website and can be found here
Submissions for our Updates/Bulletins
If you have an item to include in an upcoming bulletin, please email Jenn Short at one week before the next publication for approval.
Urgent: Job Opportunities Currently Open at DWS
Morning Care Providers (2)
We have immediate need for two morning care providers from 7:45 - 8:30 a.m. daily, Monday - Friday.  Duties include supervising children on playground before school, ensuring that playground rules are followed.  This job is perfect for a parent who enjoys children and is an early riser.  One provider would supervise grades 1-3 in the mornings on the 1-3 grade playground, the second provider would supervise grades 4 and 5 on the playground by the grove.   If you are interested, please fill out an online application. 

  • Must pass Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and Child Abuse Reference Check (CAIC) background clearance. 
Please send a letter of interest, a resume and a list of at least three professional references to: .
Piano Accompanist for Eurythmy Classes
The Davis Waldorf School is seeking a piano accompanist for our classes in Eurythmy, a particular form of movement/dance/language expression.  We need someone who is skilled at playing, enjoys working with children, and can also sight-read.  The music is not particularly difficult, and shouldn't require any practice on the part of the pianist.

Our classes are on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:55 - 2:50 (with a 45-minute lunch break).  We are paying $20 per hour for this service.
  • Must pass Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and Child Abuse Reference Check (CAIC) background clearance.
Please send a letter of interest, a resume and a list of at least three professional references to: .

Dates to Remember

09/13 - Parent Child Program 9:30am
09/14 - Parent Child Program 9:30am
09/15 - 5th Grade Parent Mtg 10:30am
09/16 - Peter Bruckner Parent Painting Workshop 2pm
09/18 - 4th Grade Field Trip
09/19 - 3rd Grade Field Trip
09/19 - 6th, 7th, 8th Grade Parent Evening 6pm
09/20 - Parent Child Program 9:30am
09/20 - Parent Council Mtg 5:45pm
09/21 - Parent Child Program 9:30am
09/21 - Peter Bruckner Public Lecture 7pm
09/22 - Peter Bruckner Painting Workshop 8:30am
09/24-25 - 7th & 8th Grade Field Trip
09/25 - Morning Glory Parent Mtg 6pm
09/26 - Photo Day 9:30am
09/27 - Parent Child Program 9:30am
09/27 - 3rd Grade Parent Mtg 6pm
09/27 - 2nd Grade Parent Mtg 6:15pm
09/28 - Parent Child Program 9:30am
09/28 - Michaelmas Festival