It is so joyful seeing our community engaged with work and play here at Davis Waldorf School. I love catching others in service to our school and hope we say often enough how grateful we are. One of my favorite things is greeting parents and students each morning as they arrive at school; connecting for even a brief moment to recognize one another and exchange well wishes. Walking around campus during the day I see the love and compassion faculty, staff, students and parents have for our school.
Just before the holiday, I caught two 3rd graders working strenuously in the Grove, raking leaves and taking good care in their pile making. I caught a few 2nd grade students scouring through the Lost and Found items, hoping to return them to their rightful owners.
Lavender Preschool parent Reza Assakereh replaced the corrugated overhang covering the preschool decks and parent Gabriel Silva's family built new boot racks for the class - just in time for the rain! Our first grade class also now has boot racks, being put to good use, built by parent Tiffany Colby-Telford. The most recent gift of service was made in the 7th grade classroom by the 7th grade parents, a beautiful facelift. And there are many parents working tirelessly behind
the scenes preparing for our upcoming Annual Auction on March 16th. Thank you!
I know there are many I am not remembering to recognize, but I send out my deep gratitude to you all for being a part of our school and truly becoming a part of our deeper community of caring, compassionate and giving families. It is a wonderful space to come to work every day!
Please take a few minutes each time our Update and Bulletin goes out, it is filled with information you may not receive otherwise as we try to keep emails to a minimum. Copies can always be found on our website.
Happy New Year!
Jenn Short, Director of Community Development
Please join us at our January Parent Council Meeting this Thursday, January 17th. Our Parent Council Rep to the Board, Christine Crawford, will be presenting our tuition setting process, answering any questions and receiving feedback. We encourage all parents to attend this very informative meeting. We will also be going over upcoming events and talking about our Annual Auction.
Minutes from the last meeting may be viewed
. Parent Council meetings are held at the home of Ceri and Ezra Beeman, 334 I Street in Davis, from 5:45-8:00pm. We enjoy a potluck dinner, please bring an item to share. For more information contact our Parent Council Chair, Gina Murphey at
New Hot Lunch Forms and ChickPeas for Lunch on Thursdays!
The 7th grade is now offering an additional lunch on Thursday's by locally owned ChickPeas Mediterranean food. They are serving vegan/gluten-free falafel, pita bread, homemade hummus, and a rotating Middle Eastern side of freshly cut and well-seasoned vegetables.
Hot lunch forms are available
, on our website, or in the office.
After School Electives
There are still a few spots available in this session's after-school electives - we are offering Woodworking with Mr. Critchfield on Mondays and Painting with Ms. Marta on Fridays. Please sign up in the office, Click
for the form.
Updated School Calendar with New Dates
We did not have a date set for our Spring Strings Concert/8th Grade Solos when the school year began. The concert has now been scheduled for Friday, May 24th at Brunelle Theater from 7-8:30pm. This concert highlights students in the 4-8th grades, however the entire school community is invited to attend this lovely evening of music.
In addition, we need to change the date for our end-of-year "Volunteer Appreciation Event." The date is moving from Thursday, May 30th to Friday, May 31st at 1pm in the Multi-Purpose Room. Click
for revised calendar, make sure it replaces the old one you have hanging on your fridge!
Welcome to our New Students and Families
We would like to introduce Sky Zhen, a new student in the 3rd grade class. He and his parents, Chenxi and Lei, are new to Davis and very happy to discover the Davis Waldorf School.
We are so happy to welcome Anaiya Hilbert to our Morning Glory Kindergarten classroom. Her sister has been in the Lavender Preschool classroom and parents, Rachel and Martin, had been waiting for a spot to open up.
We would like to introduce Roman Meyers to the 1st grade class. Roman loves games, playing with his dogs, riding bikes and swimming. We are very excited to see Roman learn and grow at the Waldorf school!
There are a couple students visiting other classrooms and we hope to welcome them soon!
All School Open House - Friday, February 1, 6-8 p.m.
Want to peek into the classrooms to see all the fantastic things our children are doing at DWS? Come to the Davis Waldorf All-School Open House! Each classroom from kindergarten-8th grade will be open with samples of work on display (grades only) and light snacks that are representative of the curriculum. The multipurpose room will showcase our grades subjects and our amazing subject teachers will be on hand for you to meet. The Davis Waldorf strings and band performances will round out the experience. Bring a friend or two!!!
Please join us for any, or all of our fantastic outreach events in February (and bring a friend!)*
*Explore Waldorf: 6th, 7th, 8th Grade Tour
January 23, Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.
Wondering what Davis Waldorf School will be like for your child in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades? Please join us for our upcoming Explore Waldorf 6th, 7th, and 8th Grades tour on Wednesday, January 18 from 8:30 am-10:30 am. This tour was created to give you the opportunity to learn more about the amazing academic, artistic, athletic and social benefits a Waldorf middle school education has to offer your child.
*Kindergarten Open House
January 26, Saturday, 9:00-10:30
Please join us for a relaxed morning in one of our beautiful kindergarten classrooms. Children are invited to explore and play in our classroom and play yard and watch a captivating puppet show. Teachers will be on hand to discuss our two-year kindergarten program. All are welcome.
In January, we will begin accepting applications for Fall 2019. Second year Kindergarten is open to children who will be at least 5 years 3 months by Sept 1 (born between 6/1/2013 and 5/31/2014). First year Kindergarten is open to children who will be at least 4 years 3 months by Sept 1 (born between 6/1/2014 and 5/31/2015).
*Davis Waldorf All-School Open House
February 1, Friday, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Experience the richness of a Waldorf education in our Preschool-8th Grade Open House and view student work from our academically rigorous, arts-enriched curriculum. Meet our teachers, tour our campus and visit classrooms -- and come prepared to be inspired! Enjoy food, music and more! Children of all ages are welcome. (Preschool and kindergarten families are welcome to visit our preschool and kindergarten rooms for play and crafts.) A night the whole family will enjoy. All are welcome.
A Special Invitation to our Preschool and Kindergarten Parents
Guided Tour of Kindergarten - Eighth Grade at our All-School Open House
February 1, Friday, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
What does Waldorf student work and curriculum look like? Join us for this tour to find out! We'll be hosting a special Guided Tour of Kindergarten through 8th Grade for preschool and kindergarten parents led by our preschool teacher Jessica Efstratis. She'll guide you through our open house and you will have a chance to hear each K-8 teacher give a brief synopsis of the curriculum and view samples of the children's work. It's a great way to learn about how the Waldorf curriculum builds year over year. Meet in the Golden Poppy preschool classroom at 5 pm. One parent or caregiver (and child) is invited to stay in the preschool while the other joins the tour. For adults only.
*Why Choose Waldorf Education?
February 13, Wednesday, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Multipurpose Room
How do Waldorf teachers, parents and graduates view Waldorf education? This evening's discussion will be sure to be lively, with insights that only those who have experienced Waldorf education can share. Joining us will be two teachers who are passionate about Waldorf education. They will give an overview of Waldorf education and speak about their experience teaching. Also present will be Amy Zuber, current Davis Waldorf parent of a Davis Waldorf of an 8th grader as well as a graduate. We also hope to have a DWS alumni student join us. This evening is sure to be informative and warm. Open to all, adults only please.
*Parent Child and Preschool Open House
February 16, Saturday, 10:30-12:00
Curious what Waldorf early childhood programs are like? Please visit our preschool classrooms for a relaxed morning and meet our Parent Child teacher Simone DeMarzi and our Preschool teacher Mary Nichols. They'll be on hand to answer parents' and caregivers' questions about our programs. Children can play in the classroom and in our beautiful preschool yard -- and participate in bread baking. All are welcome.
In January, we will begin accepting applications for Fall 2018 for Preschool. Preschool is open to children who will be 2 or 3 years old on May 31, 2018 (born between 6/1/2015 and 5/31/2017).
Our Parent Child program is a weekly parent participation program for children from birth - age 3 and their parents or caregivers. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Have You Had a Change of Address, Email or Phone?
We want to make sure we have the most accurate contact information as we prepare our re-enrollment paperwork. Please come by the office or email Cori Brewer, our Registrar, at
Re-enrollment is fast approaching! We will be trying to save on postage this year by asking parents to come by the office during the week of February 11-15th to pick up re-enrollment paperwork. Packets that have not been picked up will be mailed out on the afternoon of Friday, February 15th. Paperwork is due back to the office by Friday, March 1st to receive the discounted re-enrollment fee of $200/family for Preschool, and $300/family for K-8. After March 1st the re-enrollment fee goes up to $250/family for Preschool, and $400/family for K-8. Get yours in early! For re-enrollment questions, please contact our Registrar, Cori Brewer, at
Fundraising Committee's First Meeting - Tuesday, February 5th
Most schools have a Fundraising Committee that work together to raise the additional funds a school needs on top of tuition to operate. This helps keep our tuition increases stable and ensures we maintain the highest level of teachers and staff, as well as upgrading our campus, preparing for capital improvements and providing tuition assistance when needed. Please join us on Tuesday, February 5th, from 6:30-8pm in the MPR to begin forming our committee.
is an interesting article called Fundraising 101 for Waldorf Schools, we will use this to guide us and I encourage all parents read the information, it explains so much! RSVP to Co-Chair Christina Guzman,
View agenda here.
DWS Board Meeting - Tuesday, February 12th
William & Olds CPAs will be reporting on the DWS annual audit at the February 12th Board of Directors meeting. DWS BOD meetings are open to all members of the community and we welcome your participation. Board meetings start at 6:30pm and are held in the MPR.
We are also looking for interested community members to join the Board as it is important to have a well-balanced Board made up of Faculty, Parents, Administration and community members not directly connected to our school. If you are interested or have someone you feel would serve our school well in this role, please contact Board Chair, Ceri Beeman, at
Heavy Baby Doll-Making Class - February 16th
On Saturday, February 16, 10am-4pm in the MPR, come make a "heavy baby" Waldorf doll - one that your child will treasure. This doll making class is for adults and is perfect for parents with children in the Parent-Child, Preschool and Kindergarten classes. Class fee is $60 and includes all doll-making materials. Please sign up in the office by Friday, February 8th. Minimum of 3 participants needed to hold the class. Questions, contact Dahlia Haberman at
Volunteer Requirements in Early Childhood
We love our volunteers! We would like to share with you that the requirements for volunteering in our early childhood licensed programs have changed. In the past, we have considered parent volunteers as an integral part of our program. As a licensed early childhood program, the State of California mandates specific requirements for volunteers. The school needs to have proof of immunizations (or immunity as determined by a blood titer test) for Measles (the MMR vaccine), Pertussis (the TDAP or DTAP vaccine), and influenza. Parents may provide a written statement declining the influenza vaccine, but the other two are required unless a doctor provides medical exemption documentation. While we are transitioning, the law (SB792) states that a person may volunteer conditionally for a maximum of 30 days if they submit a written statement attesting they have been immunized. All documents can be sent to Jody, our Director of Finance and Operations, at
Information about our Tuition Assistance Program
Davis Waldorf School is a community of shared values within an economically diverse campus. Our Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) is available to all families and is needs based. If your child is 5 on or before September 1st, 2019 then your family qualifies. Tuition Assistance may be offered to families experiencing short-term crises or setbacks or to those who could not otherwise afford to be here. We believe that our entire community benefits from this practice. Tuition Assistance is made possible through the generosity of those families who are able to pay the full tuition. If you have any additional questions please contact Jody Roach - Director of Finance and Operations at 530/753-1651 or
Looking to the Future - our Hiring Process
As the New Year begins, our Recruitment committee begins its work of identifying which positions will be open in the fall, then activating our Hiring Process. As a full faculty, we state our intentions and requests in January for the positions we are interested in, then the Pedagogical Support Team in conjunction with the Recruitment Committee review the requests. Positions are posted and then interviews, classroom visits, and practice teaching demonstrations are scheduled as part of the Hiring Process. Once a candidate is selected and a conditional offer is extended, he/she is presented to the Board of Directors for confirmation. Typically,our hiring season spans between February and May, with the goal of hiring the right teacher for each open position no later than June. Traditionally the First Grade is a position we hire for since teachers advance with their classes. Parents and colleagues alike naturally want to know who the new teachers will be and some guesses might be made as to who the person will be. Nevertheless, we are committed to finding the right person for each class and taking the time to do just that. I welcome any questions/feedback and may be reached at
Lauren Hickman, Director of Pedagogy and Programs
DWS Emergency Alert System
We have an emergency alert system in place at our school called "One Call Now". This system allows the Administration to contact every parent at our school by text in an emergency. We would have used this alert last Friday if the Davis Police Department had not lifted the "Shelter in Place" order before school began. We reserve this system for the most serious of emergencies when we need to get an important message to our school community immediately.
Looking for an African Drum
Dear DWS community, 7th - grade is the year of discoveries and so we are exploring the different cultures on our beautiful Earth. We would like to learn and play African drums, that is why we need you today: there may be an African drum somewhere around you we could use for our tribe. We would be glad if you could loan it to us for a couple of months (wooden or metal made drums, not clay please). We can refurbish the drum, fix the skin, so please, show us what you have!
Gratefully, for the 7th-grade class Teacher, David Gomes
Our DWS Fiddlers Out and About in the Community
Strings Teacher Ms. Kost and the DWS Fiddlers had a wonderful time playing for the residents at Covell Gardens before Winter break. Our fiddlers group includes players from grades 4-8th and allows them more opportunities to share their talents and love for music.
Classroom Ultimate Makeover!
During our Winter Break many helping hands renovated, cleaned, and painted the 7th grade classroom. Please stop by and take a look! 7th Grade parent and past DWS Board President, Michelle Byars, spearheaded this effort, spending innumerable hours prepping, painting, and procuring lovely furniture along with husband Steve Byars. Our maintenance staff, Ben Chavez, primed the room with white paint and then Lauren Hickman, Jenn Short, Diann and Helena Gallawa, Bessie Oakley, Marin Byars, Danny Mills, Ila Oakley Bremson, Oksana Jaffe, and Joel Bremson all pitched in to help create a gorgeous classroom! The 8th grade room also got a fresh coat of paint through a technique called Lazuring, the style of painting found in Waldorf classrooms.
DWS Auction Dinner - Coming Soon!
We are deep in the planning of our Annual Benefit Auction and are excited to invite the community to "Davis Waldorf Woodstock 2019" on Saturday, March 16th! This is our one big fundraising event of the year, and we look forward to the support of all families to make this year's event a success. The donation and sponsorship request letter, along with the event invitation, are in the mail and tickets go on sale Tuesday, January 22nd. Thank you to Jenny Gannon, our Golden Poppy Preschool Teacher, for created the fabulous artwork for our invitation!!
There are so many ways to help with our event:
- Make or solicit a sponsorship
- Donate your services or custom made items
- Solicit a donation from a business you frequent
- Donate an experience package, airline miles, babysitting services, monthly food item, eggs from your chickens, whatever you have to offer!
- Provide or build event decorations/props for the Woodstock Theme(think VW bus!)
- Purchase group tickets and invite friends and family(they will bid!!)
- Volunteer to work the event
Click here for invitation and donation/sponsorship information
with questions and to volunteer, or stop by the office and speak with Jenn Short, Director of Development.
Waldorf 100 and Postcard Project
AWSNA, The Association for Waldorf Schools of North America, created the "Postcard Project" to help celebrate Waldorf Educatons 100th year. Every school creates and sends postcards to every Waldorf School around the world. Our school began the project last year and we hope to finish mailing our postcards by the end of this school year. We have a binder in the school office displaying all the postcards we have received; it's a very sweet way of connecting with other schools far away to celebrate this momentous anniversary. We will be talking at Parent Council about how best to mail the rest of the postcards as postage is more expensive and varies depending on the country we are mailing to. We have several hundred left to send. If you have an idea, please email
. Parents may also come in to pick up and mail postcards on their own. Thank you for helping!
Thank you 3 Palms Nursery!
Many thanks to 3 Palms Nursery for their donation of over 100 plants to spruce up our landscaping. After 30 years supplying the Davis and surrounding communities with Nursery needs - Phil Kitchen owner of 3 Palms Nursery has decided to retire.
Introducing our new May Faire Festival Chair!
Christina Guzman is very excited to be such a vital part of the school's May Faire Festival. She brings a wealth of energy and organizational skills to this position and will be connecting with Class Parents and teachers in the coming months to plan the event.
We are currently looking for:
- Farm Animals for the petting area. In the past we've had goats, pigs, kittens, chicks/chickens, bunnies, lambs, etc.
- Vendors for our Marketplace - do you have or know someone with goods to sell?
- Parent to help recruit alumni and college student volunteers for the day.
Please call the school office to confirm availability. Ms. Karen, the Aftercare Director, has been having drop-ins without prior notification and approval when she is already over capacity. If you are a contracted family and there are days/times your child will not be attending, please let the office know so another child may be signed up. Thank you for your help! 530-753-1651 or
Please be mindful to not park in any reserved or faculty designated parking space until after 2:00 pm. We have faculty/staff/subject teachers/mentors that come and go throughout the day at different times and need to be able to park quickly to start their work.
Also, when using the front and back parking circle drop off locations in the morning, please pull forward as far as you can to prevent congestion behind you. Thank you for your understanding - it is making a huge difference to the flow of cars coming through for drop-off!
DWS Games Long-Term Substitute
Our Games teacher, Natalie Oltjenbruns, has gone out on maternity leave until the end of the school year. Caitlin Amajor, a previous DWS teacher and current substitute teacher, will be our long-term Games substitute during Ms. Oltjenbruns' absense. Please direct questions to
Morning Care Staff Needed
We are looking for someone to take over our 4-5th grade morning care from 7:45-8:15am each morning. This is a paid position and is great for a parent that may have a little extra time each morning to help out at school. Thank you, Rebecca Mills, for helping the last few months! If interested, please email
We are continuing to look for qualified substitutes for our Sunflower Aftercare Program, grades classes, and our Early Childhood Program. If you are interested, please submit a resume and three professional references to
Looking For Waldorf Inspired Books For Your Home?
Our office has a SteinerBooks Waldorf Education Catalog with a selection of wonderful books for parents, educators, and children. Come by the office to take a look or go online to
to place an order.
Handwork Circle Continues to Meet Fridays from 8:30-10:00am
Please come in and join our Handwork Teacher, Dahlia Haberman, for handwork, coffee and tea, 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.
Why This Skeptical Engineer Trusts Waldorf Education
By Joseph Hartman, Ph.D., P.E.
Did you miss this great article in our last newsletter? Access it here.
Bring Your Friends to Join Our DWS Family
We have openings in some of our grades classes for next year. We are offering a $500 referral credit to next year's tuition to any family who refers a friend that completes the enrollment process. Questions? Contact Jody Roach, Director of Finance and Operations at
Submissions for our Updates/Bulletins
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
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click "Join Group". You may need to wait 24 hours until your request to join has been approved.