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October 24, 2018
 
Pumpkin Carving
This Friday, October 26th, the 1st - 8th grade children will be carving pumpkins for our event on Saturday.  Please send your child with labeled pumpkin carving tools in a bag.  The 8th grade will help their 1st grade buddies carve their pumpkins.  Kindergarten and Preschool classes will either be pumpkin carving or doing a pumpkin activity. Thank you to Durst Organic Growers for generously donating half of our pumpkins this year!
 
Handwork Circle continues to meet every Friday from 8:30-10:00am
Please come out and join our Handwork Teacher, Dahlia Haberman, for handwork and conversation. We meet in the room to the left of the preschool classrooms, look for the gold sun. All are welcome and no experience needed.
 
DWS Halloween Protected and Perilous Paths-Saturday, Oct. 27th
Our All Hallow's Eve Event will take place this Saturday, October 27th. The Protected Path will run from 5:10-8:30pm and the Perilous Path will run from 6:30-9:00pm.  Tickets are $5/child and may be purchased in the school office. We invite families to come enjoy dinner and music either before or after their tour time. The café and music will open 5:00pm-9:00pm.
 
Our evening will include the Protected and Perilous Paths, our wonderful 7th grade café, live music and a bonfire. The 7th Grade Café will sell chili, cornbread, homemade macaroni and cheese and treats.   Children fourth grade and younger enjoy the "Protected Path," a journey through the world of vignettes, fairy tales, and far-off lands.   On the "Perilous Path" we give children a chance to venture into the world of darkness alone, in a way that is both safe and a bit challenging.  The students in fifth grade and older travel the Perilous Path one by one, facing challenges to be overcome along the way. The path ends with their own separate gathering including a bonfire & snacks.
 
We encourage costumes, but No commercial "character" themed costumes, scary masks/full face makeup or weapons. 
  
No School on October 29th
School is closed for a scheduled In-Service Day on Monday, October 29, as teachers and staff will visit other schools. Please note there will be no drop in care available on that day.
 
Trick-or-Treat for Unicef
Boxes will be available in the breezeway on Tuesday, October 30th to support your child's trick-or-treating efforts to help raise money for Unicef. Boxes will be collected in special bins Thursday - Friday after Halloween. Thank you for your support of this important cause! Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF began 68 years ago as a way to help kids still affected by World War II. Since then, millions of children across the United States have gone door to door on Halloween with UNICEF collection boxes, calling out, "Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!" The annual tradition of Kids Helping Kids® - involving donations big and small - has helped to raise more than $175 million since 1950.
 
6th Grade Christmas Tree Fundraiser
Our 6th grade class will be selling Christmas trees again this year to our school families and the greater community. These trees come fresh from a family farm in Oregon and are beautiful. The 6th graders have a table set up Tuesday and Thursdays after school selling trees, garlands, and wreaths. Order forms are also available in the office and the deadline to order is November 13th. Please take a few forms and hand out to neighbors and friends too!  Flyer can be found here
 
Our Annual Giving Campaign will begin next Tuesday, Oct. 30th! 
Thank you for being a part of this amazing school community! Information will be mailed to families by next Tuesday and we hope you will take a minute to fill out and return the Annual Giving envelope right away. We have been offered two very generous $5,000 "Challenge Grants" from two anonymous donors which we will receive when we reach 100% participation in this year's Annual Giving campaign.
 
It is easy and secure to give online now at  www.daviswaldorf.org/support-dws.  Your gift will be divided between each class if you have multiple children in the school. We will also have a table set up outside the office with Annual Giving cards to send to family and friends. Just stop by, fill one out, and we will pay for postage and get it in the mail. In addition, we'll be emailing out a letter and link you can forward to family and friends to include them in our Annual Giving Campaign.

Dia de los Muertos Display - November 1-2nd
Día de los Muertos is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and in other cultures around the world. It is a time to honor friends and companions who have passed on. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where it is a national holiday. The celebration at Davis Waldorf School takes place this year on Thursday and Friday, November 1-2. We will set up a display near the front of the school where students and community members can display photos and mementos of loved ones. Students may bring their picture/item to class on Thursday morning, November 1st.
 
High School Options Night - November 9th
Join us on Friday, November 9th from 6:30-8pm in the DWS Multi-Purpose Room. We'll have representatives from area high schools who will introduce our parents and students to post-graduation options and information about what their schools offer. This evening is designed for our Middle School classes, but parents in lower grades are welcome to attend.

Green Wood Needed
The woodworking program at DWS is in need of green (fresh-cut) wood. Would prefer three or four pieces that are greater than 6" in diameter (either branch wood or trunk wood), and a foot or more long. Most kinds of hardwood or fruitwood are fine. If you see something in your neighborhood, or if you are planning on removing a tree please contact Bill Critchfield, bcritch@att.net
 
Daylight Savings Time Ends - Sunday, November 4th
It's time to "fall back"! Remember to turn your clock back an hour on Sunday, November 4th.
 
Conversation with Ute Luebeck - Postponed!
We scheduled this talk for Friday, November 2nd, but are postponing it until January. A new date will be announced as soon as we have it confirmed.
 
Composting Class for Parents with Gardening Teacher Alisa Haller
Saturday, November 10th, 10am-12noon, School Garden
Come learn about the benefits of composting and how to easily create your own backyard composting system from yard waste and kitchen scraps. This will be a hands-on workshop with our Gardening Teacher, Alisa Haller. As we work to build a compost pile we will discuss various methods of composting so you can design a system that best meets your needs. We will learn what to add to piles as well as what to leave out. We will also learn how to finish off compost and the best ways to apply it to your garden soil. You will leave feeling confident about maintaining healthy compost piles, year-round-ones that do not give off offensive odors and provides reliable nutrient rich "black gold". Your garden will love the healthy organic boost compost gives your plants and your soil will need less water. Come join us and make composting a part of your commitment to the environment!
 
This class is $25/person and proceeds go to support our Gardening Program. Please sign up in the office. Minimum of 6 people.
 
Parent looking for Taste Testers - Weekend of November 10-11th
Hanne Sivertsen, a 5th grade parent is leading a consumer taste test of mild onions and would like to offer all adults over the age of 18 a $20 gift to participate in the taste test at her home. She encourages everyone to donate the money back to the school and hopes she will get a large number of Waldorf parents, teachers, etc. to participate. To sign up, please email Hanne at sivertsenhannekristine@gmail.com.
 
School Photo Make-Ups - Wednesday, November 14th
Our professional photographer, Wendy Baker, will be at school on November 14th at 11am for make-up pictures of those students that missed Photo Day in September. Wendy's policy is that she will give a full refund on returned packages, no questions asked, but she will only retake a photo if there is a technical error and the quality of the image is unacceptable. She will not retake for expressions, clothing, hair styles, etc. If you have questions, please call the office at 530-753-1651.
 
Reminder for Sunflower Aftercare Parents
If you need drop-in care, please sign-up on the clipboard in the office, or call/email the office at 530-753-1651 or office@daviswaldorf.org. Also, if your child is contracted for care and something comes up and you won't be coming, please let the office know. Otherwise, we will be searching for your child after dismissal and calling for information. Additionally, if you let us know, we may be able to accommodate another child who needs drop-in care. Thank you for your help!
 
Get a $500 Tuition Credit
We are still offering a $500 referral credit to this year's tuition to any family who refers a friend that completes the enrollment process. 
 
Tuition Payment Note
Dear parents, if you are using your bank's Bill Pay system to make your SMART Tuition payment, please change your Family ID on your check's memo line to reflect the new year. Your family ID can be found on your SMART invoice.
 
Thank you, Vatrena King, DWS Bookkeeper, books@daviswaldorf.org
 
AmazonSmile Scrip Bonus Donation from October 29-November 2
AmazonSmile is having its largest bonus donation promotion to date from October 29-Nov 2. They won't be announcing the promotion until October 29th, but if you are planning to make any big Amazon purchases in the next few weeks this would be a great time to order and have a larger percentage go to Davis Waldorf School.
 
DWS is now on Instagram!
Be sure to follow us: @DavisWaldorfSchool. To access you must download the Instagram app on your phone. Create an account and once you are logged in to your account, search DavisWaldorfSchool and select the "follow" button.
 
Friends of Davis Waldorf School Facebook Page
Follow us on the Friends of Davis Waldorf School Facebook page. To access, click the following link https://www.facebook.com/groups/daviswaldorf/, click "Join Group". You may need to wait 24 hours until your request to join has been approved.
 
Submissions for our Updates/Bulletins
If you have an item to include in an upcoming newsletter, please email Jenn Short at development@daviswaldorf.org.
 
Current Job Opportunities at DWS
We are currently recruiting for the following positions:
  • Office Coordinator 
  • Early Childhood Teachers/Aides Extended Care Program
  • Early Childhood Extended Care Director
  • Morning Care Provider - Yard Duty for 4th/5th grade
  • Piano Accompanist for Eurythmy Classes
Click here for job descriptions and details.
     
Dates to Remember

10/25 - Parent Child Program 9:30am
10/26 - Morning Glory Daddy Day Pumpkin Carving 8:30am
10/26 - Climbing Rose Pumpkin Carving & Picnic
10/26 - Parent Child Program 9:30am
10/26 - Grades Pumpkin Carving
10/27 - Halloween Festival
10/29 - No School, In Service Day
10/30 - Annual Giving Begins
11/01-02 - Dia de los Muertos
11/01 - Parent Child Program 9:30am
11/01 - 1st Grade Parent Mtg 6pm
11/02 - Parent Child Program 9:30am
11/07-9 - 4th Grade Field Trip
11/07 - 5th Grade Parent Mtg
11/08 - 8th Grade field Trip
11/08 - Parent Child Program 9:30am
11/08 - 3rd Grade Parent Mtg 6pm
11/09 - Kindergarten Lantern Walk
11/09 - Parent Child Program 9:30am
11/10 - Compost/Recycle Workshop 10am
11/10 - Family Ways Series, Warmth: Warm Heart, Warm                        Hands, Warm Words -- Why are they Essential?
11/12 - No School, Veteran's Day
11/13 - Board Meeting 6:30pm
11/14 - School Tour 8:30am
11/14 - Photo Make-up Day 11am
11/14 - 2nd Grade Martimas Lantern Walk 6pm
11/15 - Parent Council Mtg 5:45pm
11/15 - Parent Child Program 9:30am
11/16 - Parent Child Program 9:30am