May 20, 2020

Upcoming Important Dates

Wednesday, May 20
2nd Grade Parent Meeting via Zoom - 6:30 pm

Monday, May 25
Memorial Day - No Distance Learning

Thursday, May 28
Board of Trustees Meeting via Zoom - 5:30 pm

Tuesday, June 2
Last Day - Willow EC Class
PA Meeting via Zoom - 6:00 pm

Thursday, June 4
Last Day - Acorn, Oak, Magnolia EC Classes

Friday, June 5
Last Day - Grades Classes
All updates and email communications related to COVID-19 will be posted at
Messenger At A Glance
Weekly Bulletin:
  • Watch it now! Beyond the Classroom Video
  • Summer Sessions for 8th Grade Students
Administrative Announcements:
  • The Sun Fund
Community Bulletin:
  • Virtual Friday Gathering, May 22, 9:00 am
  • Daphne's 8th Grade Project Fundraiser
  • PA Leadership Opportunities
  • Foundations of Waldorf Education Webinar
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Weekly Bulletin
Watch it now! Beyond the Classroom Video
Check out our new Beyond the Classroom video we've put together to show some of the learning from the past two months!

Thank you to Heather & Nate Simon for their work in assembling the video, and to the families who participated and shared clips of your children. If you'd like to participate in the next one, let Valerie Hogan know! 

Marketing and Enrollment Coordinator
Summer Sessions for 8th Grade Students
May 20, 2020

Graduating 8th Grade Students,

We are pleased to offer 3-week long summer sessions in Spanish, Algebra, and Latin for our graduating 8th grade students who wish to prepare a bit more for placement tests or freshman level courses. Time will be spent in review and intensification of key concepts. The sessions will be conducted via distance learning.

All sessions are free of charge.

June 29 - July 3, 2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm (instructional time will be split between whole group zoom instruction and independent work)
Teacher: Kim D'Angelo (Spanish Teacher, Emerson Waldorf School, Chapel Hill, NC)

July 6-10, 2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm (instructional time will be split between whole group zoom instruction and independent work)
Teacher: Katie Bullington

July 13 - 17, 2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm (instructional time will be split between whole group zoom instruction and independent work)
Teacher: Dawn Pollard

Please contact Dawn Pollard to register your 8th grade student by June 15 .
Administrative Announcements
The Sun Fund
The Sun Fund was launched last month to help families in need cover this and next year's tuition costs, and already we have seen success. Donations made go into a pool and that money is awarded out to families who apply for assistance.

So far, we have ALREADY offered awards to  13  families in need!

We are all incredibly grateful for all the donors who have contributed thus far, including current families, alumni parents, teachers, board members, grandparents and our RWS Parent's Association.

Donations can be made and awards can be applied for until July 31st, 2020.

Please contact Nancy Cross or Valerie Hogan for questions.
Community Bulletin
Join us for Friday Gathering this Friday, May 22 at 9:00 am
We look forward to seeing you at this week's Zoom Friday Gathering. Please see Meeting ID and Password below.
See you there!
Meeting ID: 797 3906 8554
Password: 5ewMh4
Daphne's 8th Grade Project Fundraiser
One of our 8th graders, Daphne, is working to create a pollinator garden on the front lawn of RWS. She has designed stickers for sale to help support the cost of plants and materials. See the picture below! Stickers are $5 each and will be mailed to you. To participate you can VenMo Stephanie Rowan (username is Steph-Row-in) or mail the donations to 1930 Mill Road, RVA 23231. (Any money received in excess will be donated back to RWS for further beautification of the school.)

Plants are arriving this week and they will be planting in the next 2 weeks, depending on arrival and weather. All plants are native and chosen to support pollinators throughout the year. 

Daphne Rowan & Stephanie Rowan
PA Leadership Opportunities
The Parent Association of RWS is currently accepting leadership nominations for the 2020-21 school year. Serving in PA leadership is a great way to give back to the school, help build connections, and support our families and staff. 

Click the below link to learn more about each position (Moderator, Secretary Treasurer, Historian):   

If you have any questions, please email
Foundations of Waldorf Education Webinar - Free!
As a small offering to our community and a way to serve those looking for a brief introduction to Waldorf Education this summer, Sunbridge Institute Director of Education, Linda Ogden-Wolgemuth will be presenting Foundations of Waldorf Education, a free, interactive webinar on Friday evening, June 19, from 7:00-9:00 pm (EST)

Discussing the background and highlights of Waldorf Education and especially helpful for new Waldorf teachers, staffers, and parents, Foundations of Waldorf Education will be open to anyone, whether as an add-on to another Live From Home offering or as a stand-alone experience. 

NOTE: While this webinar is free, advance registration is required.