May 6, 2020









Upcoming Important Dates

Wednesday, May 6
Virtual State of the School Town Hall Meeting
6:00 - 7:30 pm via Zoom Video Conference

Friday, May 8
Virtual Friday Gathering - 9:00 am

May 11-15
Teacher Appreciation Week
All updates and email communications related to COVID-19 will be posted at RichmondWaldorf.com/covid-19-information
Messenger At A Glance
Weekly Bulletin:
  • TONIGHT - Virtual State of the School Town Hall Meeting, May 6 at 6:00 pm
  • Teacher Appreciation Week - May 11-15
Administrative Announcements:
  • Enrollment Updates
  • The Sun Fund
Community Bulletin:
  • May Faire Toolkit
  • Gratitudes
  • Virtual Friday Gathering, May 8, 9:00 am
  • PA Leadership Opportunities
  • Foundations of Waldorf Education Webinar
  • Featuring Students of Class of 2020
Weekly Bulletin
TONIGHT - Virtual State of the School Town Hall Meeting - May 6 at 6:00 pm
Please join members of the Board of Trustees, Administration, and Faculty for a Virtual State of the School Town Hall meeting tonight, Wednesday, May 6th from 6:00-7:30 pm via Zoom Video Conference . The purpose of this meeting is to provide a brief school update, share some announcements, and provide an opportunity for Q&A with the community. We look forward to sharing an evening with you and discussing the health and well-being of our school.  

Chair, Board of Trustees
Please click on the above button or click below link to join the Town Hall meeting via Zoom on  Wednesday, May 6th from 6:00-7:30 pm.

Phone one-tap: US: +13126266799,,97976805452# or +19292056099,,97976805452#
Meeting ID:  979 7680 5452
For this meeting we will use an application called Slido to collect questions in advance. This application allows the community to not only ask questions in advance, it also allows you to vote for the ones you like the most. This will help in prioritizing the discussion topics for our meeting. Please click on the button above to access the application. Once you are logged into the Slido event, you can ask a question under the Q&A tab with the option of including your name or not. There is also a poll on the Polls tab for you to share one or two words about how you are feeling or what is on your mind.
Teacher Appreciation Week - May 11-15
Dear RWS Community, 

Everyone at RWS has done amazing work to adapt to Waldorf Distance Learning, and we're excited to celebrate their efforts during Teacher and Staff Appreciation week.   Parents are invited to participate in a socially distanced way the week of May 11-15 .

For Administrative Staff, Aftercare Teachers, and Substitute Teachers: Please mail cards, notes of appreciation, or sentimental gifts to the staff member at:

Staff name
Richmond Waldorf School
1301 Robin Hood Rd
Richmond, VA 23227

Please note: Parents are asked not to make any in-person deliveries to the school. Also, many staff are working from home with infrequent visits to the school, so please do not send perishable items by mail. 

For Class Teachers and Specialty Teachers, please check with your class representative for details/notes of how these teachers prefer to be contacted, or send notes to the school.  

Thank you all for taking some time to share appreciation for our amazing Richmond Waldorf Team!

For your reference, click here for a list of teachers and staff.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Teacher Appreciation Week Chair
Administrative Announcements
Enrollment Updates
Thank you to so many of you for contacting me about your intentions for next year! If you have not been able to reach out with an update, please do so as soon as you can to let us know where you stand. If you have any questions or concerns, we are here to have a conversation with you. 

Marketing & Enrollment Coordinator 
The Sun Fund
Sun Fund applications are now being reviewed. As a month has now gone by since opening the Sun Fund, we are reaching out to families if we have questions and are beginning to announce awards for families. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Read more at https://richmondwaldorf.com/the-sun-fund/ and if you are able, please consider making a donation to the Sun Fund in support of our fellow community members.
Community Bulletin
May Faire Toolkit
While we are apart, we want to be sure our community is able to enjoy and celebrate May Faire at home.  Ribbons are on the way to our current families for you and your child to make your own May Poles!  On our blog, you will find several resources for celebration ideas including songs, crafts and videos. We've got a wonderful slideshow sing-a-long you will love to watch!

We hope to create a slideshow of our community’s remote celebrations this year, too! If you want to join us, please send pictures of your celebrations to us at 
vhogan@richmondwaldorf.com , and tag us on  Facebook  and  Instagram
Gratitudes
Thank you to Emerson Waldorf School, in Chapel Hill, NC, for the quick response and willingness to share!

Thank you to the parent donation of a Chrome Book, to be used by the class teacher!

Thank you to all for the referral of new students and families!

Interim Director of Administration
Join us for Friday Gathering this Friday, May 8 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
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): https://docs.google.com/document/d/13oF6G_6DRHLCjK2LtdYwFGW8ozLmBQwVzPiRBDq6Xac/edit?usp=sharing   

If you have any questions, please email  pa@richmondwaldorf.org
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.
8th Grade Students
We want you to get to know our 8th graders a little bit better! Each week we will feature students in our 8th Grade Class of 2020. We hope you enjoy this little peek into their time at RWS . . .