March 10, 2020
Greetings MLWS Families...

We have shifted the clocks forward by an hour, the days are perceptibly longer and Spring will be upon us shortly, along with warmer temperatures and likely wet weather. Please read on to find out what is blossoming within our school community! We hope you enjoy this issue of our newsletter, which includes a Parent Council update, highlights the 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 delighted to share that we are meeting on a regular basis during the 2019-20 school year. Please join us at our next meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, March 24 at 1:30pm at the school. We will discuss our priority projects and form small working groups which will continue to meet as necessary to advance their efforts. These include Faculty Nourishment, Food Drives, a Welcome Committee for new families, and this newsletter. If you are interested in working on one of these priority projects, or if you have an idea for another initiative you would like to work on through Parent Council, please send an email to us at [email protected]. Please consider getting involved and offering some of your time to one of our projects. Many hands make light work!

Calendar of School Events
Thursday & Friday, March 12 & 13, Morning (exact time TBD), and Friday, March 13, 6:00pm
The Fourth/Fifth Grade class is delighted to perform “The Ramayana” for the community as their class play. Please join us in Jaeckel Hall.

Friday, March 20, 4:30pm: Violin and Viola Recital by Marka Young’s Music Students in Jaeckel Hall
We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 24, 1:30pm: Parent Council Meeting
In the Fourth Grade Classroom/Quiet Room on the second floor of the school.

Friday, March 27, 7:00pm: MLWS High School Alumni Ensemble
Performance at the Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School in Ghent, NY.

Saturday, March 28, 10:00am-12:00pm: MLWS Open House
Who do you know who might like to attend? CLICK HERE to print a flyer to share with friends, family, and neighbors.

Saturday, March 28: MLWS Online Auction Opens
Don’t miss this opportunity to raise money for the MLWS Eurythmy program and get amazing deals on goods and services in the community! 

Saturday, April 18, 5:00pm-10:00pm: MLWS Spring Gala at the Belltower in Rosendale, NY
Live Music by Bernstein Bard Quintet, Swing Dancing (with instruction by Aram Oarcea), Silent Auction, Dinner catered by Main Course Restaurant, Beer & Wine included. This event is not to be missed, so put it on your calendar!

Friday, April 24, 4:00-6:00pm: MLWS Community Social at Twin Star Orchards
Come out and socialize with other MLWS families and community members at Brooklyn Cider House’s local orchard, tasting room and food pavilion, located at 155 N. Ohioville Road in New Paltz. There are picnic tables and a pavilion for gathering, and plenty of room for the kids to run around. Enjoy the award-winning craft hard cider, delicious wood-fired pizza, locally-sourced burgers, and fresh baked goods, as well as excellent company!

Sunday, April 26, 11:00am-3:00pm: Eighth Grade Artistic Presentations
Please support our Eighth Graders and join us for their presentations, at the New Paltz High School Auditorium.
A Peek Into the Classroom
From Ms. MacKenzie:

The Kindergarten children have been painting, finger knitting, and getting ready for spring! This week they were finally able to take off their snow pants. As always, they’ve been busy at play: building, sharing, and filling themselves with wonder while taking in these warmer days. The rising First Grade children are also preparing for a visit from Her Majesty, The Red Queen! There is a lot in store this month for Early Childhood.
From Mr Lundin: 

Back from the Hawthorne Valley Farm trip last month, the Third Grade brings a new self-awareness to the MLWS campus. Whether its the significant lifestyle change from meat-enjoyer to vegetarian, greater ease about expressing oneself verbally, or a startling new enthusiasm about playing stringed instruments, together the class returned with innumerable self-anchoring experiences to treasure. At the closing circle on the last day, the Farm leaders agreed that this group strongly brought two qualities to the week: they were game for tackling any task without fuss or complaint and they were very easy to talk with during mealtime table conversation. As a bonus, because of the exceptionally warm weather this winter, the class was able to add an activity that is normally done in March; maple sap tapping and syrup boiling augmented their mighty week of vital farm life. 
And congratulations to Ms. Gill’s Eighth Grade class on their spectacular performances of “Into the Woods, Jr.”
News & Happenings
The Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra's "Transformation"

The Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra will be performing on Saturday March 14th, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Snow date, March 15th at 4pm) at Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY. The program centers around the idea of transformation. With Richard Strauss’ incredible tone-poem Death & Transfiguration that looks back over the hero’s life and then culminates in his ascent, Wagner’s alternately earthly and celestial Lohengrin preludes, an exciting work by living female composer Missy Mazzoli about the Detroit skyline, and Tchaikovsky’s irresistible Sleeping Beauty Suite, this concert is certain to be a winner. Donna Gray Kushner, one of MLWS’s own violin and viola teachers will be performing with the orchestra. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit:
Fencing & Eurythmy

Did you ever wonder what fencing and eurythmy have in common? Both arts are taught by our teacher extraordinaire, Cezary Ciaglo. Eurythmy is taught as part of the Waldorf curriculum from Nursery through eighth grade and fencing is offered as an after school club. Visit our website for info on our after school clubs:
Waldorf Tour 2020

The Mountain Laurel Recorder Ensemble and Mountain Laurel Chamber Group will be performing at the Berkshire Waldorf School, previously the "Great Barrington Rudolph Steiner School," on Thursday, April 2. We will spend the day with their students, rehearsing music, and sharing food and activities. The day will culminate in a concert featuring ensembles from both schools, followed by dinner in Great Barrington and a sleepover! The concert will begin at 2:00 PM and is open to the public. On Friday, April 3, the MLWS tour bus will travel to the Hartsbrook Waldorf School in the Pioneer Valley region of western Massachusetts for another concert, slated to begin at around 11:00am. 
Calling All Parents!

We are asking our generous families to procure two auction items by March 13th for the Mountain Laurel Waldorf School Online Auction.  Bidding will open Friday, March 28th and will culminate at our Spring Gala on April 18th, where we will swing the night away (details on our Gala are forthcoming!)

Please fill out our online donation form for each item procured. 
Make sure to include a picture with your form!
All proceeds from this year's Spring Gala and Online Auction will go toward maintaining Eurythmy at MLWS. Click here to learn more about Eurythmy. 

Thank you in advance for your support! 
The Annual Giving Campaign

We are off to a strong start for this year's Annual Giving Campaign.
Our goal is 100% participation and we hope you will consider donating today! For more information on why the Annual Giving Campaign is so important
and to Donate click here
STUFF (For Rent, For Sale, For Free, ISO…)

ISO Used Full-size Cello in good condition Please contact Lisa Hansen at [email protected] or at (845)430-4633. 

For Sale: 1/2 size violin With case and bow In good shape. Plays and sounds great. Why rent when you can own? Asking $125. Contact David Gandin at [email protected] or at 845-633-8767.

ISO Families for Locally Raised Meat Share Seeking 3 or more families to purchase a quarter or more (depending on the number of interested families) of a cow from a local farm. The cost is approximately $240 per family for a quarter cow split four ways (25 pounds of meat). Interested families can email Avi Klein at [email protected]

In The Willows is a children’s clothing line designed by Mary Grace Bernstein (Mark’s daughter & Steve’s niece), with a focus on pieces that are functional, comfortable, and stylish and made of natural fibers such as silk, cotton gauzes, linen, woven cottons, pima cottons, merino knits, and corduroy. Please visit her website: or check her out on Instagram: @inthewillows

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:

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.

Nanny Needed New parents looking for a nanny for their 6 month old boy, 3 days a week in the Wallkill/Gardiner area. If interested, please contact Dennis and Talia at 747-333-6470.

Carpentry, Restoration Work, and Building Questions Want to do that project but don’t want to break the bank? Quality work offered at a reasonable rate, fully insured, plenty of references. From framing to finish work, we have the solutions for you. Call Rick 845-332-2567

Experienced babysitter Available weeknights and weekends. Contact Anabel Evans, high school junior and Mountain Laurel graduate, at 845-235-2821. References available.

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 [email protected]

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: [email protected], 845-544-5373 

EMF Home Inspections Get an EMF Home Inspection and understand and reduce unnecessary field exposure for you and your family. www.LessEMFsAtHome.Com[email protected]