Mother Earth and her Seed Babies, chalkboard drawing by Ms. Lawson, First Grade class teacher.
JANUARY 30, 2019
Hello MLWS Families!

We hope you are navigating the cold temperatures and winter weather with ease and a sense of adventure. Winter is certainly upon us, complete with ice skating, skiing and, inevitably, school delays and closings! Parent Council is pleased to share this issue of the newsletter with the community, which includes a Parent Council update, highlights activities of various classes and other school-related topics, offers Classified listings, and provides information about upcoming events in the MLWS community. 

Parent Council is not holding monthly meetings during the 2018-19 school year. Instead, we will aim to work on our priority projects in small working groups, which will meet as necessary to advance their efforts. These projects include the Enchanted Walk, Faculty Nourishment, Food Drives at Music Shares, a Welcome Committee for new families, and this newsletter. If you are interested in being involved in one of the working groups, or if you have an idea for another initiative you would like to work on through Parent Council, please send an email to Please consider getting involved and offering some of your time to one of our projects. Many hands make light work!
Calendar of School Events
Friday and Monday, February 1 & 4, 8:45am & 6:00pm
“As You Like It” by William Shakespeare.
Please join us for a performance. The two morning performances of the Sixth and Seventh Grade play are primarily for the students, but there may be seating for community members who cannot attend the evening performances. 

Monday, February 11, 3:00-4:15pm
Steiner Study Group
Led by Theo Lundin, meeting in the Second Grade classroom. Free and open to all!

Friday and Monday, February 15 & 18
NO SCHOOL – Mid-Winter Break!

Saturday, February 23, 10am-12pm
MLWS Open House
Do you know anyone who might like to attend? Click HERE to print a flyer to share with friends, family and neighbors.

Monday, February 25, 3:00-4:15pm
Steiner Study Group
Led by Theo Lundin, meeting in the Second Grade classroom. Free and open to all!
A Peek Into the Classroom
From Ms. Lawson

The First Grade is enjoying the cold winter! We are having lots of fun on our ice skating trips and look forward to many more. We are exploring all four mathematical processes through stories, games and movement.
The children excitedly received their pentatonic flutes, introduced with a special story about the gifts of the wind, birds and trees. They are now learning to play their flutes, which has opened up a whole new facet of their first grade experience.
From Mr. Neel

The Fifth Grade is taking a fantasy road trip! They will be driving across North America, putting at least one toe in the Pacific Ocean, and driving back a different route. Reports on their road trip experience will be presented at a morning assembly coming soon. Stay tuned…
STUFF (For Rent, For Sale, For Free, ISO…)

For Sale: Raw organic wildflower honey. Harvested locally in Summer 2018. $10/lb. Contact David at 845-633-8767.

Chronogram Discount Restaurant App. Chronogram introduces Chronogram Smartcard, offering up to 50% off every meal at dozens of Hudson Valley restaurants. Take a look and download the app at

For Rent: Professional Space available in Uptown Kingston. Several options range from small to large to entire 6 room suite. Contact Todd Mathews at (917)991-3165 or

ISO: Looking to Buy Two Second-hand Adult Bicycles. Ideally looking for cargo type bikes. Contact Anna at


Outdoor Programs with Wild Earth At Wild Earth's weekend and summer programs, children and adults head into the woods and off the trails to meet plants and animals, learn wilderness living skills, create natural crafts, and to build deep connections with friends and inspiring mentors. Learn more about our programs and reserve your space at:

Traditional landscape paintings in oil – Tim Smith
Offering private tuition for adults and 8th grade students in classical oil painting method. To organize a session around your or your child's specific schedule and needs, contact Tim at

Guitar and mandolin lessons with Mr. Steve Bernstein at his home in Gardiner, NY. Children, teens and adults are all welcome. Please call: 845-255-0822 or drop a note in his mailbox (2nd floor) at school.


Personal Assistant Available Ayden Oriana (parent of a child in the Nursery class) is available to support you and/or your loved one's wellness. Elder companionship, errands, pet care, fall prevention services. For more information, email

Pediatric Acupuncture Clinic in New Paltz
Golden Light Acupuncture is a holistic family practice located at 7 Innis Ave. Marika and Michael LaFemina are Licensed Acupuncturists and welcome people of all ages and stages - prenatal support, pediatrics, and adult care. Contact us for a free consultation and insurance benefits check. Call or text us at 845-663-8853 or visit our website to learn more: 

Valentine and Wilder's Pet-Sitting Service
Experience with cats, fish and guinea pigs, but also open to other pets as well! (917) 309-7790 or

Photography for All Occasions Roy Gumpel has been a photographer for more than 40 years. He has done assignments in many different areas, including travel, corporate, environmental portraits, cd covers, studio portraiture, still life, fashion, architecture, documentary projects and film stills. He also shoots video. Roy and his camera were featured in a National Geographic Explorer film about Rt.66. He has traveled extensively and is open to assignments of all kinds. Contact:, 845-544-5373 

Children’s Haircuts Jodie Naccarato-Fanning is a MLWS parent and a hairdresser specializing in children’s haircuts. If you are interested in her services, please contact her at 845-380-8488.

FREE Sustainable Living Consultations Would you like to live a more sustainable lifestyle? Do you need help determining what personal actions have the biggest impact? We offer consulting to help you tread lightly on the Earth and mitigate climate change. This is a free service because we truly believe in building a viable future for all of our children. Samrat Pathania (Waldorf parent) and Dan Guenther are the Climate Consultants. For more information, email or call/text 631-848-1599.

Jason Boyd Contracting Quality craftsmanship with an artistic edge, 25 years experience, Free Estimates,, 845-616-6365

Newburgh Seamless Gutter Owner Jason Fanning is a MLWS parent. Please give him a call if you need any gutter installation or service. 845-236-7873.

Home Inspections: emfs, dirty electricity, radio frequency
Concerned about children’s cell phone or lap top use? Get protection from new electric meters. Get emf readings on prospective new homes. Learn about router signals. Create an emf free sleeping environment. Teach children about safe wireless use. Decrease overall field exposure. Measure offices, cars, dorms. Learn about resources. Public talks. Harrison Barritt,, 845-256-0446

Permaculture Home and Property Designs installed and maintained by Andrew Faust and Adriana Magaña. We help you to adapt your vision to the ecological and geological realities of your site. We have more than twenty years of experience in the region offering the following services: Real Estate Assessment and Land Selection, Installing and Maintaining Ponds and Solving Water Problems, Creating Biodynamic Orchards and Farms, Organic Vegetable Gardens, Off-grid Natural homes and communities, Native Landscapes, Permaculture Forest Gardens. Contact us at 917-584-4588 or see our portfolio and get a quote here: