Weekly Bulletin - September 18, 2019
Tomorrow is the global celebration of 100 years of Waldorf education.
A Day to Celebrate Waldorf Education Around the World
The first Waldorf school opened its doors in September 1919 in Stuttgart, Germany. The school was created for the children of workers at the Waldorf-Astoria Cigarette Company where the factory owners, Emil and Berta Molt, worked with Rudolf Steiner to establish the school. Their goal was to find a new method to educate children that fostered more humane values than were evidenced by the ravages of World War I.

The ultimate goal of Waldorf education is to foster compassionate, free thinking individuals who are able to forge their own path toward the betterment of the world. Steiner and the Molts hoped their approach to education would inspire students to be catalysts for social renewal.

The Waldorf education movement has grown over 100 years to include about 1,100 schools and over 2,000 kindergartens around the globe. Tomorrow we celebrate Waldorf education as a global family.
Waldorf-Astoria factory workers in 1919
Did you know that a series of films about Waldorf education has been created as part of the Waldorf100 celebration?
You can view the films and read more about the projects and celebrations happening around the world to commemorate this momentous milestone!
Join the Global Waldorf100 Celebration Via Livestream
Tomorrow there is a day long celebration in Berlin that will be live-streamed so anyone can join. We plan to have the live stream running in the school lobby during the day tomorrow - feel free to stop by!

Photo Copyright: Sebastian Greuner
Pre-order your commemorative WWS 50th Anniversary & Waldorf100 Ornament/Magnet
Celebrating 50 years at WWS and 100 years of Waldorf education worldwide, this ornament/magnet will be available at the Bazaar (Nov 23rd!). Did you know that Bees & Trees is a core project theme for Waldorf100?
Pre-order for $15!
$20 at the Bazaar
School Calendar
Please note that some future calendar dates/times have changed . Please review the full calendar to ensure you have the most up-to-date version - published 9.12.19!

18/ Wednesday
  • G6 Parent Evening

19/ Thursday
  • Waldorf100 Anniversary
  • G5 Parent Evening

24/ Tuesday
  • Craft & Conversation in the WWS Foyer, 8:30-10am
  • Whole High School Parent Evening

25/ Wednesday
  • Coffee with Jennifer Page (Faculty Chair), 8:30-9:30am - Come meet the POSC leaders and join a conversation about our school festivals.

27/ Friday
  • Michaelmas Celebration (rain date Oct 4th) 

30/ Monday
  • NO CLASSES – Rosh Hashanah


1/ Tuesday
  • Craft & Conversation in the WWS Foyer, 8:30-10am

3/ Thursday
  • MS & HS Parent Evening - The Self Directed Child, 7-9pm (HS students invited)

8/ Tuesday
  • Craft & Conversation in the WWS Foyer, 8:30-10am

10/ Thursday

11/ Friday
  • GD 8-12 Contra Dance, 6:30-8:30pm

12/ Saturday
  • Songbirds Parent Meeting, 9-11:30am

15/ Tuesday

  • Craft & Conversation in the WWS Foyer, 8:30-10am
  • Annual Meeting & Dinner, 6-8:30pm
Michaelmas is Next Week!
September 27, 12:45-3pm (rain date: Oct 4)

The Michaelmas Festival is a cornerstone in our school year, as it is for Waldorf schools around the world. At WWS we mark the day with all sorts of games and activities of strength, skill, and courage. The celebration begins for the students at 12:45pm on the blacktop. We begin with a dragon pageant, performed by 9th graders and a sword dance performed by the 7th graders. Mr. Elfstrom will set up his forge and become a blacksmith for the afternoon. The day will conclude with a four-way tug of war on the lower field, and all parents are invited to come watch the tug of war event.

Please note that activities are intended for our students in grades 1-12 only. Younger siblings may observe the festivities, but should stay with their parents.

Volunteering at Michaelmas
Parents are invited to volunteer during Michaelmas - this is a wonderful way to help out and witness this special day! Your assistance making butter, serving popcorn, or leading jump rope will help make this festival a memorable day for lower school students. It is super fun to help out with these activities and we promise it will be a good time! Questions? Please  email  the POSC.
Celebrate Michaelmas With a Hand Silk-Screened T-Shirt!
Tomorrow is the last day to order!

The 8th grade has silk-screened dragon t-shirts to celebrate the courage of the Archangel Michael and to raise money for their Spring trip. Show your inner power and support the 8th grade by purchasing one of these fantastic t-shirts! 

Available in Youth S, M for $15 and Adult S, M, L, XL for $20

To order, pick up a form at the front desk (or from an 8th grader) and leave your completed form and payment in the envelope at the front desk. You can also email your order and PayPal payment to the class parent, Rachel Rudy, at rachel.e.rudy@gmail.com. Orders will be accepted through September 19.  

The 8th graders thank you for your support!
Next Wednesday - Join our Faculty Chair, Jennifer Page, for coffee and discussion about our annual festivals. This will be a great way to prepare for the Michaelmas celebration. It will also be an opportunity for everyone to meet the Parent Organization Steering Committee (POSC) leaders and learn more about getting involved with the Parent Organization.
Volunteer in the Library
Do you love libraries ? Do you like seeing the latest books? Do you have an attention to detail?

The WWS Library is seeking a volunteer to help with book shelving and card filing one to two hours a week.

If interested, please email Susan Walsh or stop by the library.
Volunteer in the Kitchen
Part of what keeps our healthy lunch program running smoothly is our wonderful parent volunteers. Be a part of the buzz and hum of a well run kitchen - you just might pick up some new culinary skills! Email Chef Eron Picus to get involved.
Be a School Ambassador
Thanks to those who reached out saying they would post a flyer or send a message to their neighborhood or parenting email listservs. If you are able to help in this way a few times a year, email Alia Goodyear to let us know!
Bulletin Board
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.  
Delicious Yuca Rolls For Sale (now through December) 
Gluten free/vegan adaptation of Brazilian cheese rolls

This is a traditional, gluten-free recipe from Brazil, adapted into a delicious  vegan version that gives parents relief when it comes to intolerances, allergies, or how to provide a simple diet food option among friends and family.

Great for snack time at school or at home. Practical because they come frozen.

Packages with 20 frozen snack size rolls - $10 Delivered at school.

Call, text or WhatsApp Carolina:  (202) 957-3803
5G, Cell Phones, The Wireless Revolution and Health 

WWS parent Theodora Scarato will explain 5G, the state of science on EMFs, current policy initiatives and what people can do in two upcoming presentations and an online webinar.

Silver Spring Library MD

Oct 1 at 6:30 PM Learn more and register 
National Integrated Health Associates - 5225 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Suite 402 in DC.

Sep 26 at 1pm Learn more and register
Epidemic Answers Free Webinar “What Are EMFs? What Are The Health Impacts? What Can Parents Do?

Email Theodora with any questions.
Holistic Healing with Alli Page - WWS ALUMNI

Meet your highest self. Now accepting new clients! Meditation and breathwork sessions for emotional healing and inner peace. Mindfulness coaching for self-compassion and stress management. Waldorf community members can enjoy a free introductory session!

202-524-0949 | Email
Children's Garden Teacher Looking for Room to Rent

Rebekah Miller, assistant teacher in the Children's Garden, is in need of a room rental in the area, preferably close to the school or with connection to the metro. 

She is seeking an arrangement that would start the 21st of September or the beginning of October, lasting anywhere from a temporary rental (a few weeks) to a monthly or multiple month lease.  

Please contact Rebekah at 717-460-0994 or via email
Upright Bass for Sale

3/4 Englehart upright bass with bag and bow. Waldorf family purchased it from Potters Violin. Original purchase certificate available. Asking half price. Call Sandy to inquire. 301-928-8177
Violin for Sale

Former Waldorf family is selling a Rudoulf Doetsch half-size violin with bow, hard case and fitted chin-rest. This is a high quality instrument for fourth grade strings students and beyond. Our violin was purchased locally at Potter Violins, where it sells new for $1,195. Violin is in excellent condition, yours for $650. Text or call: 301-412-5654.
Nanny Available

Our beloved nanny of over 4 years, Nubia, is looking for a new position as our son has started kindergarten. She is a gift beyond measure! She’s been an angel to our family.

Nubia is one of a kind – highly involved, incredibly trustworthy and infinitely patient and loving. I trust her implicitly. We feel like we’re losing a member of our family. I’m happy to answer any questions or just chat more about our experience.
Laura McCoy
301-816-3175 h | 954.790.2797 c
International Waldorf Alumna Seeks Local Room For Jan-Feb 2020
acquaintance of Gabriele Schilz and Drew Joseph

Charlotte Hahn is finishing her bachelor’s degree in International Relations with an internship at the German Embassy in DC Jan-Feb 2020. 
Charlotte grew up on a small farm in Germany, went to a Waldorf school, and has lived many places like Russia, Central America, and Lebanon. She is particularly interested in Human Rights, Refugee Law, and the Middle East. She is independent and organized.

Looking for:
  • max rent $850/mo
  • location < 30 minutes by public transport from the Embassy (in Foxhall).

charlottehahn1995@gmail.com or WhatsApp: +49 176 28707081. 
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