October 5, 2020
Hello MLWS Families...

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! We hope things are off to a smooth start in your household. This year, Parent Council will once again publish this newsletter, which will include a Parent Council update, highlight activities of our classes and other school-related topics, offer Classified listings, and provide information about upcoming events in the MLWS community.

Parent Council will be holding monthly meetings via Zoom during the 2020-21 school year. We will also hold smaller working group meetings via Zoom to work on our priority projects, which will be scheduled as necessary to advance these efforts. These projects include a monthly Brown Bag Lunch Series (via Zoom) featuring MLWS community speakers , Grounds Beautification Projects, Food Drives, a Welcome Committee for New Families, “Art or the Elderly” Community Outreach, and this newsletter.

If you are interested in being involved in one of the working groups for a priority project, or if you have an idea for another initiative you would like to work on, please send an email to us at Please consider getting involved and offering some of your time to one of our projects. Many hands make light work!
Calendar of School Events
Monday, October 12: Federal Holiday – NO SCHOOL!

Friday, October 16, 12:30-1:30pm: MLWS Parent Council meeting via Zoom (For the Zoom link, please email

Tuesday, October 20, 1:00-2:00pm: MLWS “Brown Bag Lunch Series” with guest speaker Bevin Gill, former MLWS grades teacher and current MLWS parent

Friday, October 23: Staff Development Day – NO SCHOOL!

Monday, November 2, 7:30-8:30pm: MLWS Parent Council meeting via Zoom (For the Zoom link, please email

Wednesday, November 11: Federal Holiday -- NO SCHOOL / Parent-Teacher Conferences
A Peek Into the Classroom

In past years, the newsletter has often featured highlights from two classes in each issue, offering a glimpse into what the classes are working on. Because parents aren’t able to be in the school building this year, we are starting off the year sharing an image of every classroom in the school, to offer parents a sense of what the inside of the school building looks like this year!
Ms. Zoe and the Mountain Dandelion Nursery classroom
Ms. Prim and the Mountain Garden Kindergarten classroom
Ms. Kahlia and the Mountain Rose Kindergarten classroom
Ms. Tomoko and the First Grade class
Ms. Turner and the Second Grade class
Ms. Lawson and the Third Grade class
Mr. Lundin and the Fourth Grade class
Ms. de Jong and the Fifth Grade class
Mr. Evans and the Sixth Grade class
Senora Marta with Mr. Neel’s Seventh Grade class
Mr. Wish and the Eighth Grade class
News & Happenings
Announcing the Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series

The MLWS Parent Council is excited to announce the launch of a monthly virtual Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series, on the second Tuesday of each month from 1pm to 2pm. Through this series we are hoping to create a stronger and more connected parent body at our school, by offering a social opportunity to touch base with each other as well as providing information about our school, Waldorf education and the broader community of like-minded organizations and individuals. Each month will feature a speaker on a different topic.

Please join us on Tuesday, October 13 for the first event in the series, at which Bevin Gill will speak about the role of the class teacher in a Waldorf school and also about her experience and general observations on Waldorf education as seen through her various roles. Bevin's 8th grade class graduated from MLWS in June 2020, and she taught that cohort of students from 1st through 8th grade. She is also the parent of a current MLWS 7th grader and a current 10th grader who attended MLWS through 8th grade. A Zoom link will be provided closer to the date of the event. We hope to see you there!
The Fund for Mountain Laurel
We are raising money for Mountain Laurel Waldorf School to offset the unexpected costs of outfitting our campus with necessary equipment and staff that enabled us to welcome our students and faculty back to campus for full-time, in-person learning during the pandemic.

If you are in a position to give a monetary donation to our Fund for Mountain Laurel, please do so today. We encourage you to share the donation link with anyone you think may be compelled to help our cause, including extended family and friends.

Click here for more information and to donate.

We thank you for your support!
STUFF (For Rent, For Sale, For Free, ISO…)

For sale: Learning Tower, gently used, natural color, with playhouse kit, asking $100 or best offer (retails for $200 new). “The Original Learning Tower has been carefully designed to provide a secure environment to stimulate a child’s imagination and allow it to blossom. By raising a child up to counter height, it nurtures a child's innate desire to be independent and to participate alongside his or her parents and siblings, whether it’s to help out with nightly dinner preparations, bake special holiday recipes, or get crafty.” Email, text or call Dana at 845-532-9968 or for more information, photos, etc.

For sale: Wooden train tracks with trains We have a large box overflowing with wooden train tracks and trains (think 'Thomas') that we would like to pass on to someone who has a child/children who will love these trains as much as our children did! Please contact Patty at for more information, photos, etc.

For Sale: Solid Teak Desk with one drawer and a shelf underneath. 1950's original imported from Singapore. Measures: w29"/H30"/D 20". Selling for $150.00 Please contact Susan at for more information, photos etc.

For Sale: BARCINO chairs - 4 stackable chairs originally designed in 1964. Known as one of the 200 best products of the 20thCentury - a design classic! Lightly used. Selling as a set of 4 for $250.00 ($700.00 if bought new) Please contact Susan at

For Sale: EMECO 1006 Navy Counter Stools - Originally created in 1944 for the US Navy but seen since in many deisgner hotels and restaurants! Made in USA of hand brushed recylcled aluminium. Very resilient material. Selling at $700.00 for 2, or $1,200.00 for all 4. ($895.00 each if bought new) Please contact Susan at for more information and photos

For Sale: LOG SPLITTER - Troy-Bilt, GCV 160, 27 US Ton.
Vertical/Horizontal operation. Selling for: $600.00 ($1,399.99 new) Please contact Susan 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.



Valentine and Wilder's Pet-Sitting Service Serving the greater New Paltz area. Experience with cats, dogs, guinea pigs, mice, turtles, fish, chickens and cows. Email, text or call Seana at 917-309-7790 or