News from Mt. Laurel Waldorf School
News from the Parent Council November 14, 2017
Hello MLWS Families!

The clocks have been turned back and we are moving swiftly into the darker months. Thanksgiving is approaching and the Lantern Walk has been rescheduled for this Thursday, November 16 . Shortly after we return from Thanksgiving break, we will be greeted by quiet beauty of the Advent Spiral and hustle and bustle of the Winter Faire . We hope you enjoy this issue of our biweekly newsletter, 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.

Parent Council will hold our December meeting on Wednesday, December 8, 3:15-4:15pm . We will continue to focus on several priority projects this year including: Parent Council presence at MLWS public events to support enrollment, Faculty Nourishment, Food Drives at Music Shares to support Family of New Paltz, a Welcome Committee for new families, and this bi-weekly newsletter. Please consider attending the December meeting or offering some of your time to one of these projects. Many hands make light work! 

In this issue:
Calendar of Events
Third Grade Clothing Sale Success!
A Peek Into the Classroom
MLWS Coffee Hour This Wednesday
Steiner Study Group Continues
Calendar of Events


Wednesday, November 15, 8:30-9:30am
MLWS Coffee Hour
Come join us in the play yard at 6 Elting Avenue! Please bring your own cup, and email if you can bake something to share. We look forward to building a monthly coffee hour aimed at community building, unveiling the mysteries of being new to the community and just enjoying our morning cup together!

Thursday, November 16, 5:45pm arrival / 6:00pm start
Lantern Walk
Get your lanterns ready and stay tuned for more details from the administration about this seasonal event for families with children in Kindergarten through Second Grade.

Saturday, November 18, 10am-12pm
MLWS Open House
Who do you know in the community who might like to attend?

Tuesday, November 21, 1:15pm
Thanksgiving Work Share
Families and friends are invited to this sampling of the students’ work, Grades 1-8, at St. Joseph’s Church Hall. (Please note that all children must return to the school with their teachers following the work share!)

Tuesday, November 28, 1:45-2:45pm
Winter Faire Handwork Group
Join Rosana Workman every Tuesday until the Winter Faire in the back Kindergarten classroom, and make beautiful craft items for the Winter Faire. If you are unable to attend but still want to help, there are “take-home” craft kits available as well. Please see Mrs. Workman to make arrangements.


Sunday, December 3: 4:30pm: K-3 rd Grade / 6:00pm: 4 th -8 th Grade
Advent Spiral
If you have children in both age groups, you are welcome to participate in one Spiral with all of your children!

Saturday, December 9, 7:00pm
Holiday Concert featuring 5 th & 6 th Grade Chorus
Benefit concert for Family of New Paltz/Woodstock at the Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, with other acts.

Sunday, December 10: MLWS Winter Faire
Please help spread the word! Looking forward to celebrating with you there!

Tuesday, December 12: Oberufer Shepherd’s Play
Come out and see the faculty and staff perform in this traditional holiday season play – it is their gift to us!

Friday, December 15: Winter Music Share
Please join us, in the New Paltz High School Auditorium.

3rd Grade Clothing Sale Success!
The Third Grade had their annual clothing sale Sunday, November 12 th . In addition to clothing, shoes, books, games and other donated items, the class ran a bake sale and raffled off two gift baskets. The class is proud to have raised nearly $4,000 , all of which will go into their class account for future projects and expenses. Many thanks to all of the parents and children who helped bring this event to the greater community!

A Peek Into the Classroom
KINDERGARTEN: From Mrs. Workman

This year the Kindergarten celebrated the “Day of the Dead” for the first time. It was a moving experience for all of us. The children demonstrated such a reverence and deep understanding. They joined in singing and remembering loved ones who have crossed over to the spiritual world. Now we are preparing for our Lantern Walk which will take place this Thursday.

SIXTH GRADE: From Ms. Gill
The Sixth Grade has been enjoying the crisp days of autumn while weaving between the studies of ancient Rome and economics. These past few weeks we have learned about the human development of economies by experimenting with in-class bartering, developing our own business plans with realistic costs, and understanding our first formula for interest. Many discussions have brewed regarding the banking system, the value of trust, and how interest rates were created after the plebeians in ancient Rome borrowed money upon returning from war. This week we march into the Roman Empire, and practice for the upcoming work share!
Steiner Study Group Continues Every Monday!
Interested in learning more about anthroposophy? Consider joining Mountain Laurel's newly-formed Study Group, which meets on Mondays from 3:00pm-4:15pm in the First Grade classroom. Even if you were not able to attend the first meeting on November 13, you are welcome to attend future meetings. Theo Lundin will be facilitating and the book is How To Know Higher Worlds by Rudolf Steiner. The group is free of charge. Aftercare is available (for a fee). Please bring a cup to enjoy the coffee and tea, which has been donated for this gathering. 

If you are interested in joining, and have not already contacted , please do so! 
And spread the word—this group is open to any and all.

Seeking F/T Nanny Position Mature, experienced child care provider seeking full time nanny position while pursuing part time education. References can be provided. Former nanny to MLWS family. 845.750.5203
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Stroller For Sale Ironman Bob Stroller for Sale, 2012 version. Identical to 2016 BOB which can be viewed at the website Heavy Duty with suspension for trails and running, perfect for Minnewaska carriage trails. Also included is the infant Graco car seat adapter, which allows you to use car seat in the stroller. Excellent condition. $150.00. If interested, please contact Dennis at
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ISO Boys Hiking Boots Size 4 (possibly a half-size smaller or larger would work). Text Lisa at 845-430-4633 or email
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Log Splitter For Sale Troy-Built, 27-ton hydraulic log splitter, vertical/horizontal operation, 160cc Honda engine, coil-wrapped hose, towable. Lightly used. $699.00 (Costs $1,399.99 new.) Contact: Susan - susanbaileyramaty@gmail / 845-532-2466
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Items For Sale
  • Pottery Barn child's bedroom set in white, includes twin bed, double dresser, tall book shelf, and bedside table. 
  • Beautiful queen size sleigh bed in mahogany, barely used in a guest room. 
  • Eight Amish constructed kitchen chairs, tall spindle back in a blond wood. Very pretty and durable. 
If interested please contact Megan, for pictures and prices.
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Free Dell Computer (w/ keyboard, 24" monitor, stand, etc...) I've upgraded my system and am giving away this computer. It is fast and powerful, BUT it needs a hard drive and OS installed (it was previously running as a FrankenMac...). It comes on a rolling stand. The monitor is powered by the computer and attaches with an arm to a desk. If you want it—or any part—you can have it! Call Renée 917-655-2540
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Hearth to Hearth Bread Club CSA : slow fermented, brick-oven baked, fresh bread from our hearth to yours. Sign up for weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly pickup/delivery in Saugerties, Kingston, or New Any questions, email
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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
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Circus Arts classes come to Mountain Laurel! 
Satori Circus Arts will provide after school classes, instructed by Richard Ferrono. Classes will teach tumbling, juggling, aerial silks, partner acro, unicycle, tightrope walking (1 foot off ground with mat), barrel walking, stilt walking and more!
When: Fridays from Sept 29 - Nov 17 
Who: Age 9-12 at 3:15-4:15 PM, Age 12+ at 4:15-5:15 PM 
Where: Mountain Laurel Community Room
Cost: Drop-in welcome at $15
Please call beforehand to see if there is space. 
Register: 845 475 2949 or
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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
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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:
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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 
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Naam Yoga Classes with Renée at The Living Seed in NP!
Tues & Thurs, 10-11:15am (ongoing, from Oct–Dec)
Naam Yoga/Shakti Naam* synergistically merges the precise science of BREATH (pranayama), POSTURE (asana), harmonizing and rhythmic MOVEMENT, MUDRAS (hand posture) and SOUND MEDITATION (Naam). Renee , 917-655-2540
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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.
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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
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Permaculture designs and landscapes created, installed and maintained by Andrew Faust and Adriana Magaña, suited to your vision and the ecology of your site. We use our 20+ years of experience and a great crew to bring you these services: Real Estate Assessment, Land Selection, Natural Building, Native Landscapes, Permaculture forest gardens, Biodynamic Orchard and Tree work, Organic Vegetable Gardens, Ponds and Solving water problems of all sorts. Contact us at 917-584-4588 or visit us at:
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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, 
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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.
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Private Drum-set Lessons Amir Ziv (Head of the Drum Dept at the New School University's Jazz & Contemporary Music Program— view Amir's bio ) 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:
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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:
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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. 

• 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,