Weekly Bulletin
January 6, 2021
Each week the WWS faculty meeting closes with the sharing of a verse by a faculty member. Offerings have a wide range of style, tone, and cultural representation. Yesterday's meeting was closed with the Prayer of St. Francis. In light of the violence in our Nation’s capital today, we ask you to join us in holding these sentiments in your hearts.
Campus Improvements
Over Winter Break our facilities and operations staff were busy continuing to make improvements that support the health and safety of our community. Improvements include: construction of additional outdoor classroom spaces, upgrades to our technical equipment and live streaming capabilities, and the acquisition of additional toilets, outdoor desks and chairs, and other equipment and supplies.
Verizon trucks fill our parking lot as we upgrade our livestreaming capabilities.
January Admissions Events
As you may know, we follow the AISGW timeline for school admissions which means that new applications for the '21-'22 school year are due January 31st!

We have a few remaining admissions events in January. If you are interested in learning about some aspect of WWS with which you are unfamiliar, you are welcome to join.

Word of mouth is the primary way that new families find independent schools. Please share these events with anyone you think might be interested!
Virtual Open Houses with Teachers
Children's Garden Virtual Open Houses
  • Seedlings class (2 yo) - Mon, Jan 11 at 8pm Register
  • Songbirds/Sunflowers (mixed age K) - Wed, Jan 13 at 7pm Register

High School Virtual Open House

Overview Webinars
Children's Garden Overview Webinar
  • Friday, January 22 at 12:30pm Register

Lower & High School (Grades 1-12) Overview Webinars
  • Friday, January 8 at 12:30pm Register
  • Tuesday, January 19 at 12:30pm Register
A Few Yard Signs are Still Looking for Homes!

If you have a good spot for a sign (pictured), please email Alia Goodyear and we will deliver a sign to your yard!

Thank you to those families that are displaying our yard signs!
Thank you for spreading the word!
School Calendar
Staying Up to Date With Our School Calendar

You can view the full calendar online either on the website , in ParentSquare , or in the BigSis portal (these 3 platforms are synced from the same calendar). 
January

6/ Wednesday
  • G2 Parent Meeting, 8:30pm

8/ Friday
  • Coffee Break with Jennifer Page, 10am

11-12/ Monday - Tuesday
  • NO LOWER SCHOOL CLASSES - Professional Development/Tech Prep for Lower School

14/ Thursday
  • G3 Parent Meeting, 7pm
  • G4 Parent Meeting, 7:30pm

15/ Friday
  • Coffee Break with Jennifer Page, 10am

18/ Monday
  • NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • G8 Parent Meeting, 7pm

20/ Wednesday
  • NO SCHOOL - Inauguration Day

22/ Friday
  • Coffee Break with Jennifer Page, 10am
Upcoming Events
Community Book Club
Our next book for a mid to late January Zoom conversation is The House on Mango Street/La Casa en Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. Written in 1984, it is the story of a Latina girl growing up in Chicago. Hailed as a classic, it is a "funny, beautiful book" at 110 pages.

Please email Susan Walsh if you would like to be added to the club mailing list:
A Message of Thanks from the Lakota Waldorf School
This year we donated the net profits of $1010.19 from our HS evergreens fundraiser to the Lakota Waldorf School. 

They write: ...Please know that your generosity has increased our capacity to create and sustain a unique learning environment - one that strengthens that cultural identity of Lakota children while it also nurtures the individuality of each child and prepares them to meet the world. 

As you may already know, Wacante' ognaka - the Lakota word for Generosity - is one of the four Lakota cultural values that sits at the foundation of all our Waldorf educational activities. it not only refers to the sharing of material goods or financial support but to giving that comes from the heart in the form of comfort, compassion, and kindness. Please know that to us your gift is a reflection of this heart-inspired generosity, and that we are deeply grateful to hold this special place in your heart. 
 
Thank you to everyone who participated in our fundraiser! We hope that you have enjoyed the evergreens, and that you will make a note in your calendar to buy from us again in mid-October of 2021.  
Head of School Search
Thank you for spreading the word about our search for a new Faculty Chair & Head of School who will move our school forward in its mission to cultivate each student’s capacity to think clearly, feel compassionately, and act purposefully in the world.

Online Explorations Course This Spring
Registration is now open for a new year of Explorations Online. In this course we will explore together the mission of Waldorf education within the context of today’s changing society. 

Explorations is designed for parents, grandparents, administrators, and new teachers in public and independent Waldorf schools, as well as those teaching children at home. Classes will include artistic work (speech/storytelling, movement, music, and pastel drawing) and contemplative studies on current issues, using Anthroposophy as a method of inquiry. We will look at a holistic view of the human being, self development, and current social and pedagogical needs.

Bulletin Board
How to Submit a Listing
We welcome submissions of community news, items for sale, want ads, etc. Please keep notices to 500 characters or less. Listings will likely be edited. Please submit listings by COB Tuesdays with the subject "Bulletin Submission." Bulletin Board notices generally run for 3 weeks - if space allows - unless other arrangements have been made. There is no charge for listings.  
Classifieds & Notices
SAT/ACT or Academic Tutoring from a Waldorf Alum

If you’re looking for college admissions exam or academic tutoring for your student, try booking your tutoring with a Washington Waldorf alum! Aubrey Tingler (WWS Class of 2011) is currently working with Applerouth Tutoring Services.

Aubrey is thoroughly trained in Applerouth’s proven methods and understands the Waldorf teaching style. Aubrey is currently a master’s student in the University of Maryland’s Marine Estuarine and Environmental Sciences program. She holds an undergraduate degree from Emory University in Environmental Sciences and a minor in English. Her tutoring specialties include: the SAT, ACT, and PSAT; math through algebra II; biology; English, essays, and writing skills; and Spanish.

To book with Aubrey, visit Applerouth.com and request Aubrey Tingler as your tutor when booking online or over the phone. Contact Aubrey for more information: (330) 603-0585 or aubreyetingler@gmail.com
Traditional Irish Fiddle for Violinists

Baltimore-Washington Academy of Irish Culture, co-founded by Mitch Fanning and Alex Boatright, is offering an Irish fiddle class next semester, Jan 9 - May 22 on Zoom. The classes are designed for young violin players with a minimum of two years of study who want to learn more about Irish music and fiddling. Irish music, primarily dance tunes such as jigs, reels, hornpipes, polkas, are great fun to play! Classes will be taught traditionally - by ear - and will explore various rhythms, scales/modes, ornamentation, bow technique and regional styles. Students will have fun learning and be well-prepared to play in traditional Irish sessions when it is safe to meet and play together in person again.   

Explore Irish music and traditional Irish fiddle playing in the new year with Mitch!  

Saturdays, 4-5pm 
Jan 9, 16, 23, 30 | Feb 6, 13, 20, 27 | Mar 6 13, 20, 27 | Apr (3), 10, 17, 24 | May 1, 8, 15, 22

Tuition: $285
Teacher: Mitch Fanning | Read Bio | Contact: jmitchellfanning@gmail.com

Tutor Without Borders - Tutoring and Educational Support Services for Middle and High School Students
 
Middle School: English, History, Math, Science, and French
High School: English, History and French
Any age: French (lessons, conversation, tutoring)
 
Hello! I provide virtual tutoring and educational support services to middle and high school students across the country. Along with academic subject teaching, my expertise includes helping students with study skills, time management, and homework support. I aspire to instill a curiosity and love of learning in all of my students. In these times of remote learning, it is vital to tailor sessions to students’ needs and specific learning styles. 
 
Born and reared in Washington D.C., I have a BA in Political Science and Geography from the University of Vermont, and a Masters of Education from Antioch University. With 10 years of classroom teaching experience, I have worked in Baltimore public schools, as a tutor and substitute teacher in multiple D.C. private schools, and as a Waldorf class teacher from 2012-2019 in Southern Oregon. I have recently returned to live on the Oregon coast after traveling the world, including a multi-month stint at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. 
 
Catherine Dixon (former WWS substitute teacher)
catherinedixon1@gmail.com | (202) 669-2867
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