News from the Parent Council March 10, 2018
Hello MLWS Families!

Although cold and snowy weather has returned to us briefly, Spring and its energies of rebirth and renewal are just around the corner. Parent Council looks forward to channeling this energy into support for our school. In that vein, we are 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 community.

Highlights of current projects in the works are as follows: 

  • The Welcome Committee has been established and held its first open Q&A forum geared towards supporting new families in their first year at MLWS; 

  • A workshop for parents on the topic of the Four Temperaments is in development for late April/early May;

  • A How-To Guide to inform parents about the various events and activities that occur as they move through the grades (such as Work Shares, Music Shares, Michaelmas, Clothing Sale, etc.), and their roles and responsibilities in relation to these events and activities, is in development. If you have any information you’d like to share in this effort, please contact Amy at;

  • A Welcome to MLWS Packet for new families is also in development and will be ready for new families in the upcoming 2018/19 school year.

Parent Council will hold our March meeting on Wednesday, March 14, 3:15-4:15pm* . Please consider attending this meeting to share your thoughts, ideas and concerns, and to learn more about the various Parent Council initiatives in the works. Help our community thrive. Many hands make light work!

* Please note that contrary to the schedule announced at the start of the school year (which indicated meetings would alternate between 3:15pm and 5:15pm start times), for the rest of the 2017/2018 school year, Parent Council meetings will be held from 3:15pm until 4:15pm, based on attendance during the first four meetings. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

In this issue:
Upcoming Events
Basket-Making Workshop
A Peek Into the Classroom
Development Corner

Calendar of School Events

Monday, March 12, 3:00-4:15pm:
Steiner Study Group
Led by Theo Lundin, meeting in the Fifth Grade classroom.

Tuesday, March 13, 4:00pm:
Violin & Viola Recital
Violin & viola students of Marka Young will perform a concert in the MLWS Community Room. Stacey Rosen, piano, will accompany.

Wednesday, March 14, 8:30-10:30am:
Community Craft Circle
Led by Amy DeLeon, meeting in the Handwork classroom. For more information, please contact Amy at .

Wednesday, March 14, 3:15-4:15pm:
Parent Council monthly meeting in the Fifth Grade classroom.

Sunday, March 18, 3:00pm:
Mountain Laurel Alumni High School String Ensemble performance at the Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Paltz, NY. $10 suggested donation.

Tuesday, March 20, 6:00-8:00pm:
All-School Meeting in the MLWS Community Room. We hope you will be able to join us. There will be updates regarding the Eurythmy Program, Personnel, and Site/Buildings, and a Three Streams presentation. There will also be time for attendees to ask any questions they may have.

Wednesday, March 21, 8:30-10:30am:
Community Craft Circle with one-hour basket-making workshop from 9:00-10:00am. Led by Amy DeLeon, meeting in the Handwork classroom. For more information, please contact Amy at .

Basket-Making Workshop
at the Community Crafting Circle
Join us March 21 at 9:00am in the Handwork classroom for a free one-hour mini-workshop on making baskets from a variety of materials and techniques. Various techniques will be demonstrated, and written instructions will be provided. Stop by and get inspired! Whether you are new to handwork or you are an experienced pro, please join us e very Wednesday from 8:30am to 10:30am in the Handwork classroom as we create in community. For more information, please contact Amy at .

A Peek Into the Classroom
From Mr. Lundin:

As you listen to stunning orchestra performances at MLWS Music Shares, have you ever wondered where early formative musical experiences take place at MLWS? On a recent morning at MLWS, you could have heard the First Grade resounding with the music of our singing and of our new pear wood flutes. To arouse the class’s anticipation, we heard a tale of how our new flutes are gifts from a far-away pear tree that has come over the ocean (perhaps from Sweden?). Musical notes, sung by differently-sized birds on their seven favorite branches of this pear tree when it was alive, were preserved in their sequence in the wood after the tree was tragically cut down. As a result, these Choroi flutes made from this tree’s wood embody these birds’ musical legacy. The class is captivated by these flutes’ musicality and brims with enthusiasm about learning new songs to play.
Development Corner

Our Spring Gala is coming
up next month!

Our second annual Spring Gala is coming up on April 14th . The event will feature an online auction that will open three weeks prior to the event. We are currently accepting donations of auction items. In-kind services are also welcome. For more detailed information and to see current auction items please visit the Gala website at or contact Carly Fridlich at

 Please join us for a festive evening of 
Dinner & Drinks
Contra Dance with live band and caller (ERIC HOLLMAN) 
Silent Auction • Fun!RAISING 

Tickets are on sale until April 3rd ! (Pre-sale only)

The Annual Giving Campaign is in full swing
and our goal is $25,000!
Many thanks to those who have contributed already—we are off to a great start! We have a colorful chart in the school lobby depicting donations by grade. The children are enthusiastic about monitoring their classes' progress; every class with 100% will have an ice cream, sushi or pizza party. The Annual Giving Campaign plays a crucial role in supporting the day-to-day financial needs of Mountain Laurel Waldorf School. Please consider giving today by clicking here .
Notecards featuring MLWS Student Artwork

We are currently selling note cards that feature Mountain Laurel student artwork. Makes a beautiful gift for someone special and supports the school! Cards come in packs of 10 with envelopes and cost $20 per pack. Three choices: kindergarten 2017 watercolor art; 8th grade class of 2016 various works; and 8th grade class of 2016 scratchboard art. Please contact to purchase cards or with questions.

Here are other ways you can help support the school:

Amazon Smile

Did you know Mountain Laurel Waldorf School participates in ?  If you shop at, go to and register to support Mountain Laurel Waldorf School. Amazon will donate a percentage of the money you spend to Mountain Laurel. It is an effortless way to support the school at no extra cost to you.
Mighty Nest

Mountain Laurel also participates in Mighty Nest, an online store that sells natural, organic and non-toxic products. You can buy items from various categories such as home items, wellness, lunch storage, gifts and many more. Go to and register to support Mountain Laurel Waldorf School. 15% of everything you spend is donated to the school! 

We are the village. This is a listing of Mountain Laurel families navigating difficult times who need our community’s support and practical help with meals, rides, and more. To make additions to the list for future newsletters, please submit details to Meredith at

STUFF (For Sale, For Free, ISO…)
ISO Boys Hiking Boots Size 4 (possibly a half-size smaller or larger would work). Text Lisa at 845-430-4633 or email

For Sale :
Antique mahogany sewing table. It can be used as a kitchen table. Two drawers on one side. $400 Contact Kiki (845)332-7257

For Sale: Land in Stone Ridge, NY Three Individual sites, each with B.O.H approval for a 3-bedroom single family home. Underground electric to each lot already in place. Great location -- private but close to Stone Ridge amenities. Please see link below and email us directly if you need more information - email:

Traditional Figure Drawing for Teens Offering 14 to 19 year olds an opportunity to hone their figure drawing skills at the 10 Horse Art Center (five minutes outside of New Paltz). The 12-week class covers anatomy, proportion, composition and perspective, with the goal of creating accurate drawings of the clothed human figure from direct observation. Contact Alex Canelos at 845 255-7612 or . For details, visit  . Adult classes also available. ( )

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, 

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.

Private Drum-Set Lessons Amir Ziv (Head of the Drum Department at the New School University's Jazz & Contemporary Music Program) is now offering students of all ages private lessons from his home studio in Kerhonkson. Serious students only. For more details and to set up a time to speak on the phone or in person, please email: To view Amir’s bio:

Music Composition with ‘Famous Waldorf Alumna’
Have you ever wanted to write a piece for recorder? Maybe a piano sonata? Or even a symphony? My name is Stephanie Ann Boyd, I’m a symphonic composer in New York City, and I went to the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor. You can find me on the list of Famous Waldorf Alumni, and my music is being played all over the world. I teach music composition lessons via Skype and I have helped over 100 people write their first pieces. I charge $100 an hour, and I have financial scholarships for those who need them. You can read more here: and you can contact me at:

Tutoring Ashley Sapir Lathrop is offering tutoring for children in reading and literacy skills. She holds dual master’s degrees in elementary education and literacy, with certification in both areas. Whether it is decoding, phonics, comprehension, fluency, or simply finding more comfort with literacy skills, Ashley finds fun and meaningful ways to help children shine. Ashley is available year round for tutoring, at an hourly rate of $60, and can be reached at (845)519-5067 or

Valentine and Wilder's Pet-Sitting Service
Experience with cats, fish and guinea pigs, but 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 

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 informarion, email or call/text 631-848-1599.

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, , 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:

Postpartum Wellness: Restoring Your Pelvic Floor
A workshop for Mothers of ALL ages!
Sunday March 18, 2018, 10am – 12:30pm , $40 before March 1, $50 after
Hudson Valley Midwifery/Stockade Wellness, 14 Hurley Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401
To register or for more information: 413-320-9380

Learn about your amazing and resilient Pelvic Floor:
what is it? what does it do? → discover your anatomy
Take home understanding, experience and information :
how does the Pelvic Floor repair? → learn a healthy and restorative movement practice

Looking for a reason to stay in shape this winter, while meeting other MLWS parents?
Let's form a team of MLWS Parents to participate in the 2018 Rock the Ridge 'endurance challenge'. This Mohonk Preserve fundraiser caters to all abilities. We'll divide the course into equal parts that each team member (or twosome) can walk/jog at their own speed. To prepare, we'll schedule once per month group training walks. Interested? Contact Mischa Cohn:

Wellness: Holistic, Drug-Free Asthma and Allergy Relief. Buteyko Breathing Method is the most effective drug-free approach for the management of asthma, other breathing related problems, anxiety and panic attacks. Technique can be practiced by children and adults. Anna Yashayeva, RN, Dip BBM. . 917-750-2652 

Naam Yoga Classes with Renée at The Living Seed in NP: 10:00-11:30am
All levels welcome! Call 917-655-2540 for more information.

Welcome Wellness MLWS parents Liz Duncan-Gilmour, Callie Hershey and Nancy Hoose invite you to experience Ondamed® PEMF therapy. Liz and Callie founded Welcome Wellness after our children achieved remission from neurological Lyme Disease with the help of Ondamed® therapy. Our team has seen the benefits from Ondamed® therapy with issues including stress management, sleep disorders, sports injuries and surgical rehab, Lyme disease and other chronic and degenerative issues. A one-hour session generally costs $75, but MLWS families will receive a special “friends and family” discount. We are located across the street from MLWS at 29 South Chestnut St., Suite 201. Please call to learn more. Liz: 845-616-2709, Callie: 914-456-5406, Nancy: 518-269-6357.

Waldorf-Anthroposophical Tours in Europe
Two European tours with Waldorf/Anthroposophical themes are being offered by Sarnia Guiton of Sophia Services for 2018.

In Search of Knights Templar in Portugal  The Knights Templar are well known for their activities in Jerusalem and the Holy Land in the Middle Ages following the First Crusade. Their demise in 1307 is also well known. What is not so well known is the belief that their activities in Portugal, working with Bernard of Clairvaux and Portuguese Templar Kings over several generations, formed a Kingdom of Conscience with laws that are echoed in Rudolf Steiner’s Threefold Social Order.  FULL

In Search of the Future - in Hungary, Romania & Bulgaria Anthroposophy was planted in these Eastern European countries early in the last century. Communism kept it underground prompting it to grow strong roots. At the end of that era, it grew strong and firm above ground and blossomed with joy that it could now be free. We have known none of that in the West. On this tour we will explore what has been happening anthroposophically in Eastern Europe in the last 25 years, and if we have anything to contribute or to bring back home from our experience.

For more information, please contact: Sarnia Guiton, 604.740.0676,