Weekly Bulletin - Feb 26, 2020
Pictures from past senior project presentations.
Save the Date for Senior Project Presentations!
Senior Project Presentations
Class of 2020
Friday, April 17 at 7pm

Some of our Seniors elect to do an independent senior project where they can delve into a topic that particularly interests or inspires them. The process begins with a proposal in the spring of their 11 th grade year. Once their project is approved, they can work independently and elective class time is provided during the 2 nd & 3 rd quarters of their senior year. Valerie LeBlanc (High School English Teacher) sponsors the overall program and each student has a faculty mentor. The process culminates in a public presentation of the projects for the community.

This year's topics:
  • Eve, First Responders in America: Emergency Medical Services
  • Brandon, Combustion Engines: Their History, Uses, Issues, and Alternatives
  • Josephine, Aquaponics: The Future of Sustainable Agriculture
  • Elliot, EB Lawns: Creating Small Businesses
  • Maria, Fashion, Climate, and Individual Responsibility
  • Sophia, Kuchipudi: A Classical Indian Dance Form
  • Annabelle, Lost in Translation: Linguistic Relativity
  • Emanuele, Crime, Italian Style: The Mafia 
  • Lua, Propaganda through the Lens of Cold War America
  • Sonja, The Economics of Menstruation
Good News for the Class of 2020!
Despite the increasing competitiveness of most colleges and universities, our students continue to stand out in the college admissions process. Our visiting
college representatives frequently remark “I wish I’d gone to a school like this!” after visiting WWS and learning about our curriculum and students.

Below is a list of college acceptances for Class of 2020 as of today. Many of these come with substantial merit aid. Our students will hear from more schools in the next few weeks and all should have heard by April 1st. Stay tuned!
Upcoming Events
Day of the Languages - TOMORROW
Thursday, Feb 27, 1-3pm

Against all odds and with performers back to full health, our Day of the Languages celebration will happen on Thursday 2/27, starting at 1pm.

As in previous years, the afternoon will be filled with skits performed in German or Spanish, music, dance, clowning and singing. Parents are invited to watch and at times encouraged to participate in this unique event where students are in charge. They will push the limits of farce, humor, and emotional expression beyond the ordinary. That is why only 7th grade students and up attend this show. The Day of the Languages does not aim to be a perfect display of linguistic and acting skills but rather to be an opportunity to venture in the world of languages in various ways, and to take a leap of faith for the delight of others.  

Sing Along!
So you can better enjoy the moment during the performances, here are the lyrics for two of the songs from the program. 
Parent Organization Book Club
Saturday, Feb 29 from 9:30-11am  

Book :  Understanding Waldorf Education - Teaching from the Inside Out  by Jack Petrash

Coffee and light refreshments will be served

Thank you to Jack Petrash and all the parents who came out to hear Jack speak about his book “Understanding Waldorf Education” on February 1st. We will meet again on Saturday, February 29 from 9:30-11am to continue our conversation. This book explains Waldorf education in a very accessible way and sharing with other parents provides support for parents in the community. Come join us to connect and meet other parents. Copies of the book can be ordered online or checked out from the WWS library. Parents from Acorn Hill, Potomac Crescent, and outside of WWS are warmly welcomed.

Email the POSC here if you are interested or have questions! 
50th Anniversary Concert - Sold Out!
Sunday, March 1 at 3pm

For the whole family - a 50th Anniversary concert presented by Time for Three and WWS. Reception to follow.
Lower School Instrumental Concert
Wednesday 4, 3:30pm 

The Lower School instrumental music concert is on Wednesday, March 4 at 3:30 pm . All of our instrumental ensembles in grades four through eight including Middle School Guitars and Middle School Recorder Ensemble, will be performing. We hope you're able to join us for an afternoon of timeless classics and fun contemporary selections.
 
Notes for parents:
  • Students should bring concert dress to school that day. They will have time at 3pm to change into concert dress and warm up for the concert.
  • Class teachers and music faculty will be aiding in this transition time, so you don't need to pick up your children until after the concert (approximately 4:30 pm).
  • If you are unable to attend the concert or pick up at 4:30pm, please make sure your student knows to go to aftercare until 6pm.
School Calendar
Staying Up to Date With Our School Calendar
You can view the calendar online either on the website , in ParentSquare , or in the BigSis portal (these 3 platforms are automatically synced from the same calendar).
**If you use the .pdf version of the calendar, please check in from time to time to make sure you have the most up to date version!**
February

27/ Thursday
  • Day of the Languages, 1pm (Parents welcome. Not open to younger students.)

28/ Friday 
  • Faculty Appreciation Lunch, 11:30am - WWS Library

29/ Saturday 
  • PO Book Club, 9:30-11am - WWS Library
March

1/ Sunday
  • 50th Anniversary Concert, 3pm

3/ Tuesday
  • G9 Parent Evening, 7-9pm

4/ Wednesday
  • LS Instrumental Concert, 3:30-4:30pm

10/ Tuesday
  • 12:30 DISMISSAL, Professional Development Day (aftercare available until 6pm)

12/ Thursday
  • Public Screening of Angst the movie, 7pm

19/ Thursday
  • Morning Tour for Parents, 8-10:30am

20/ Friday
  • Eighth Grade Play, 7pm

21/ Saturday
  • Eighth Grade Play, 6pm
Wrapping Up Basketball Season
The basketball season will come to an official end this weekend. The high school boys team will participate in the 73rd Annual St. Anselm's Invitational. Other schools competing in the tournament include St. Anselm's, Avalon, Cornerstone, Paul Charter, Don Boscoe, Washington Latin and WIS. The boys first game will be Friday 2/28 at 7pm. Saturday and Sunday times will be determined after the games on Friday.
The high school girls basketball team finished first in the PVAC South Division with a PVAC record of 13-3 (19-5 overall record). The girls team was led by seniors Lua, Maria, Josie, and Sonja. This was the girls first South Division Championship win since 2014. Congratulations to the whole team on a great season and job well done!

The following players received all conference recognition:
  • Lua - First Team
  • Maria - Second Team
  • Catalina - Honorable Mention

  • Sebastian - First Team
  • Drew - Honorable Mention
Learn About Waldorf Teacher Training & Explorations
Information Session on Teacher Training and Explorations
Sunday March 8 at 11am

We are excited to announce the possibility of two new opportunities for further study in Waldorf Education through the Center for Anthroposophy (CFA) to begin in the Fall of 2020. One is a new cohort for Explorations. 

The participants from this year's Explorations are finding it engaging and exciting. CFA also hopes to bring Building Bridges to our community. Building Bridges is another step towards a Waldorf teaching certificate or M. Ed. in Waldorf Education from Antioch University.

Please come hear more on March 8th at 11am. Torin and Karine Finser, the current Explorations group, and Debbie Spitulnik will share their experiences and answer questions about the programs. In addition, there will be a gallery showing of the participants' art work from our weekend together. Please contact Debbie ( dspitulnik@washingtonwaldorf.org) or milan@centerforanthroposophy for further information. 
Parent Organization News
Faculty Appreciation Luncheon - This Friday, February 28

Thank you to all who are making this event possible by cooking, shopping, serving, and cleaning.  If you have not already, please let your Class PO Rep or the POSC know what dish you will bring so we can keep track! Please bring all ready-to-serve contributions (nothing to reheat or warm) to the carts in the foyer on Friday morning (and remember to pick them up in the afternoon). 
 
Suggested courses:
  • Children's Garden: Desserts (i.e. baked goods, truffles, chocolate bars, fruit salad)
  • Grades 1-2: Appetizers, each serving 8-10 people (i.e. samosas, pirogues, sushi, crab rolls, shrimp cocktail, hummus, terrine, dumplings, crostini)
  • Grades 3-4: 5 Salads each (2 grain or other starch, 1 vegetable, 2 green salads)
  • Grade 5: Flowers for arrangements (enough for 1 centerpiece and 6 tables)
  • Grades 6, 7 & 8: 8 Entrees each serving 8-10 people (ready to serve at room temperature or in a crockpot to keep warm)
  • High School: Desserts and cold drinks (i.e. baked goods, truffles, chocolate bars, fruit salad, Italian sodas, sparkling water)
 
The main way to help out and thank our faculty and staff is by cooking and bringing a dish for the luncheon .  If you also want to see the feast and help out on Friday this is a great and easy event for volunteering. Maybe you can come at 1pm to catch the end of the luncheon then help us clean up? We need a few more people to sign up - thanks in advance!
 
With gratitude,
The POSC
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Notices & Classifieds
GoFundMe Campaign for Praline Staff Victim of Gun Violence

There has been an outpouring of emotion and a desire to respond as our community has learned that Blanca Coreas, who works at Praline Bakery down the street from WWS, was the victim of gun violence last Saturday. Her teenage son and his friend were killed and Blanca was severely injured by an unknown assailant. Blanca is in the hospital.

Praline has set up a GoFundMe page f or anyone who would like to give to support Blanca and her family.

Nanny Available Starting March 1st

Maria Camila Agudelo Moreno is a positive, confident and reliable nanny with three years of experience caring for children (age 3 to 7) and serving as a domestic worker and au pair. She enjoys playing with kids and is committed to promoting children’s physical, mental, and emotional development in partnership with parents. She enjoys assisting with homework and has experience managing the children’s calendar (school, playdates, appointments, library visits, etc.). She is willing to take on various household duties and has a valid US driver’s license with a clean record. First Aid Certified. Fluent in English and Spanish mother tongue.

Contact: maria.c.agud0503@gmail.com
For Sale: Stroller and Kid's Bicycle Seat

Thule RideAlong Lite - Never Used!
This seat, unfortunately, did not fit on our bikes. "Robust and reliable rear-mounted child bike seat designed for daily commutes and adventures around town." Retail: $179 Asking: $150

Baby Jogger City Mini GT Single Stroller - Bought new in 2014, Gently Used
Current model is $339 on Amazon. Asking: $200
  • Front wheel suspension and lockable swivel front wheel for long distance strolling
  • Baby jogger patented quick fold technology allows you to fold your stroller with one hand
  • Padded seat reclines to a near flat position with mesh seat top and retractable weather cover

Email Alia or call/text 240-476-8225
Events
Waldorf School of Baltimore - Waldorf Fair
March 6, 6:30-9pm
March 7, 10am-4pm
Join the Waldorf School of Baltimore community for their annual Waldorf Fair!

This fun-filled weekend attracts over 600 families from across the state of Maryland and features:
Artisan wares, live music, a Spring Faerie’s Grotto, a children's shopping room, family crafts, jump rope making, marionette shows, food trucks, and much more!

Entry price is $2 for everyone over two-years of age.
Admission is free on Friday to adults 21 and up.
Parent Organized Fundraiser for WWS at Imagination Stage

Many thanks to Jesse Travis ( WWS Parent ) for organizing a fundraiser for WWS through Imagination Stage . $5 for each ticket purchased that mentions the fundraiser will be donated to WWS.

Show: Zomo the Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth
Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 4pm
Fundraiser Code: WashingtonWaldorfFund
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