May 27, 2020

Upcoming Important Dates

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

Monday, June 8
6th Grade Parent Meeting via Zoom
All updates and email communications related to COVID-19 will be posted at
Messenger At A Glance
Weekly Bulletin:
  • Summer Sessions for 8th Grade
Administrative Announcements:
  • RWS COVID-19 Focus Groups
Community Bulletin:
  • Virtual Friday Gathering, May 29 9:00am
  • Welcome Baby Girl Horton
  • Clare's 8th Grade Project - Yearbook
  • Daphne's 8th Grade Project Fundraiser
  • Waldorf 101 Course, July 5-10
Weekly Bulletin
Summer Sessions for 8th Grade Students
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
RWS COVID-19 Focus Groups
EARLY CHILDHOOD Forum - Monday, June 15 at 6:00 PM

GRADES 1 - 5 Forum - Tuesday, June 16 at 6:00 PM

Grades 7 - 8 Forum - Wednesday, June 17 at 6:00 PM

Join us for updates from school leadership and an opportunity to share your voice, ask questions, and follow up on many of the topics we discussed in our Town Hall on May 6.

Details for the Zoom links and more logistics will be provided later. Thank you for your participation in our community and this important work!

Focus Groups will be moderated by the 19-20 PA Co-Moderators, Lindsey Kirchmier and/or Derek Redwine. Members of school leadership in administration, pedagogy/teachers, and the board will be present to respond to questions. We hope for a lively and interactive opportunity to provide families with updates and hear from you.
Community Bulletin
Join us for Friday Gathering this Friday, May 29 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
Welcome Baby Girl Horton!
Please join us in congratulating Catherine Chen, Seth Horton, and Issa Horton (of the 3rd Grade) who all welcomed Celesse Yu-Lin Horton on Thursday, May 21 at 9:44 p.m. Celesse weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 20.25 inches long. Both mother and baby are home now and healthy!

Anyone interested in bringing meals for the family can contact Robert Schnettler at or click the below link to sign up.

Clare's 8th Grade Project - Yearbook
For her 8th grade project (overseen by Mrs. Pollard), Clare Maury is creating an 8th grade yearbook!

In order to help offset the cost, she is selling ad space.

The yearbook will be 8 1/2" x 11", and each ad will be a quarter page. Each ad will be $25.00. These ads can obviously be for a business or a service, but they can also be a great way to send a message to an 8th grader that you love! As an example, when Clare's mom graduated from high school, she put an ad in her yearbook wishing her younger brother good luck with the rest of his high school years. Send Clare and and her mom Heather ( and ) your ideas. If you have artwork, send that also.

Any questions, contact Clare directly! Thanks everyone.

You can Venmo the $25.00 to Heather at hsmaury70. (Any money exceeding the cost of the project will be donated.)
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
Center for Anthroposophy - Waldorf 101 Course
During the week of July 5-10, The Center for Anthroposophy will be offering:

Waldorf 101: A Course for Early Childhood and Grades Assistants, Parents, Grandparents, Board Members, and Friends of Waldorf Education