- November 8, 2021 -
Crafts Fair Support Needed!

"Many hands make
light work!"
The Winter Crafts Fair is an important fundraiser for the school and we need YOUR help to make it successful!

Please sign-up for your volunteer shift HERE !
The fair will include craft and artisan vendors, a raffle, silent auction, food tent, a children's and school store, roaming entertainment, a quality second-hand boutique and children's activities.

Treats needed!
The craft fair committee is looking for folks to contribute batches of 2 dozen of their favorite confections to the November 19th parent night coffee and dessert, and November 20th craft fair bake sale. Cookies, cakes, cupcakes, whoopie pies, pies, bars, quick breads… any delicious thing you are inspired to bring is welcome!
(Note: To help keep our community Covid-safe, please individually wrap/package each portion prior to drop off!)

Please contact Samantha (third grade Sarah’s mom!):
rule.samantha@gmail.com or by text: (603) 801-7935 for further information if you are interested, and THANK YOU!

Volunteers are also needed to help staff the parent evening coffee & dessert table on Friday the 19th and the bake sale and lunch café on Saturday the 20th! Please sign up HERE!
Second-hand Boutique update:
“Thank you to all the parents who have donated to the second hand sale! We have received some beautiful items. We’ve had a number of questions about what we are accepting for resale: YES! any quality items in good working condition are welcome. Clothing in infant to adult sizes, household items, Waldorf inspired games and toys (please avoid plastic, battery operated or digital media-based items like movie and TV characters) sporting goods, and musical instruments! We also don’t need outerwear to be perfect as long as it’s going to keep children warm and dry. Drop off at 406 Court St on the front porch and text or call Jocelyn at 410-271-6111 with questions or if you’d like to volunteer to help haul, organize, sell or breakdown for the event.”
We expect this to be a magical event! After the lovely, adults-only event on Friday night from 7-9, we will have the following activities scheduled on Saturday from 10-4:
*Guided woodworking session in the woodwork room on the
bottom floor: 11:00-12:30 & 12:30-2:00; 10 students each
session 10 years and up welcome; $10

*Children's craft activities upstairs in the 5th grade room:
10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30; 10 students each session; $3

*Puppet Show, "George and his Lantern" in the upper play
yard under the tent: 10:30 & 11:30; $3

*Create a nature garden, "Earth~Air~Fire~Water" on the lower
playground: ongoing; $5

Note: The fair will be happening both outdoors and on all three levels in the school building at 98 S. Lincoln St. Due to Covid restrictions, we are asking everyone to wear masks indoors and we will have sign up sheets for the children's crafts and woodworking workshops (tickets will be sold for both these activities)
The Lantern Walk
Blackboard drawing by Ms. Morin (2nd Grade)
(K-3 will be walking with parents at the school on Wednesday, 11/10
Throughout the year, our school celebrates festivals to connect us with the cycle of nature, establish a yearly rhythm, and strengthen our community. The Lantern Walk (also known as Martinmas) honors the story of St. Martin, patron saint of beggars and outcasts, who was known for his gentleness and his ability to bring warmth and light to those in need.

As we journey into the darkest time of the year, it is increasingly important for each of us to kindle warmth and light in our hearts. The gently glowing lanterns will give way to the candles of the advent spiral as we draw nearer to the Solstice, showing how our inner light must shine ever brighter against the cold.

During our Lantern Walk, children and parents are invited to gather together as the sun sets, carrying handmade lanterns, symbolizing our own individual light. It may only be a small and fragile light, but every light brings relief to the darkness.

This is a quiet, meditative celebration. Following the lighting of the lanterns, the children will walk through the play yard with their class, singing lantern songs. Parents are asked to walk with their children and to help preserve the mood of the evening by joining in the singing and encouraging the children in reverence and calm.

If your child is not in a class that is participating in the Lantern Walk at school, HERE is a lovely way to celebrate at home (Thank you to Donni Webber, 9th Grade parent.)
"I walk with my bright little lantern,
my lantern is going with me.

In heaven the stars are shining,
on Earth shines my lantern with me.

The light grows dim as we go in
La bimba la bamba la bim."
Parent Council Corner
The Gathering Waters Charter Parent Council is dedicated to being a resource for parent voices in the Gathering Waters Community. Our focus is on volunteerism, open communication, and providing a welcoming space for all parents.
Welcome to the Parent Council Corner! This will be an on-going feature in The Ripple to keep you up-to-date on all the Parent Council happenings.

The Parent Council (PC) is a vital organization within the school with the mission of connection! The PC supports Gathering Waters and its teachers for the betterment of the children attending the school. The PC comes together to solve problems, promote communications within the school community as a whole, discuss issues and to help where volunteer opportunities are best offered.

Our next PC meeting will be this Thursday, 11/11 at 6:30 at the Lower School campus (see the agenda HERE) All Gathering Waters community members are welcome and encouraged to attend. We always take a little time at each meeting for discussion about Waldorf education. If you can't make it to a meeting, check The Ripple for updates on each month's topic.  November's topic is the 1st grade curriculum at a Waldorf school. We will also be discussing The Waldorfy Podcast, self-described as a podcast that "serves to explore and explain Waldorf Education and Anthroposophy."
(First Friday Coffee Hour
put on by the Parent Council)
Announcements and Upcoming Events

  • 4th Grade Parent Evening Tuesday, 11/9 at 6:30

  • Lantern Walk Wednesday, 11/10 for Kindergarten through 3rd Grade.

  • Parent Council Meeting Thursday, 11/11 6:30. Lower School (all welcome!)
  • Reminder! No School Thursday 11/11 Veteran's Day

  • Wednesday, 11/24, 12:30 dismissal
Community Support/Help Needed
Early Childhood Assistant

The Early Childhood Assistant Teacher supports the Lead Kindergarten teacher, working to understand what is needed in the classroom as the two teachers spend time working together. They care for the environment of the classroom, and support individual children when needed. In addition the Assistant is responsible for supporting classroom preparation and cleaning.
Scenes from School
Upper play yard
at the lower school
3rd Grade
crochet offering
Nature's Classroom
(pic credit: Ms. Gomez)
4th Grade painting
The 9th Grade plays the
games that they created
6th Grade blackboard
(apologies to Ms. Motter)
Lower School: 603-733-8970
Upper School: 603-733-8969

Gathering Waters is a K-12 school community cultivating lifelong capacities for creativity, critical thinking, compassionate moral strength, and purposeful action.