Weekly Bulletin
November 18, 2020
Fall Bazaar 2020
A lovely display graces the front of our school to go along with our virtual bazaar.
Visit Our Online Store Today!

The WWS Waldorf Store is where we showcase handwork by members of our community, as well as a wide assortment of Waldorf toys, books, art supplies, and a great deal more. This year, we've moved our store online. We couldn't put everything online, so we have curated a collection of popular items and have considered some winter activities. We hope you will do much of your holiday shopping at the Waldorf Store. Not only are there no crowds and no shipping costs, but you will also receive everything before Thanksgiving AND you'll be supporting our school. 
  • Purchase a Candle Craft kit and join a Candle Craft zoom gathering on Saturday
  • Purchase a felt Gnome Hat and/or felt Crown kit
  • Purchase a raffle ticket for a Thanksgiving Pie from Lisa Makes Pie by Sunday
  • Purchase treats and sweets from the online "Bake Sale"
  • Shop at the Waldorf Store online
  • Shop some of our most popular artisans and vendors
Enjoy the online stores of a few of our vendors and artisans!

Download a Fall Bazaar Flyer to share with your local family and friends.
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). 
November

**Fall Bazaar Online Store November 16-25**

18/ Wednesday
  • G7 Parent Meeting, 7pm
  • G11 College Night (online)

20/ Friday
  • Coffee Break with Jennifer Page, 10am
  • Early Dismissal, 12:30pm

**NO CLASSES - Thanksgiving Break - November 25-27**
December

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

3/ Thursday
  • Mindfulness Workshop, 7pm

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

5/ Saturday
  • Seasonal Sing-along Celebration, 5pm
Thanksgiving Food Drives
Items Are Due Tomorrow & Friday
Questions? Send an email to Maria Monteverde-Jackson.
Online Seasonal Sing-along Celebration
Saturday, Dec 5 at 5pm

Send us your favorite holiday and seasonal songs, and we'll pick out a program! Seasonal poetry welcome as well.

Send your suggestions to festivals@washingtonwaldorf.org
Winter Webinar Assembly
Grades 1-12
Thursday, Dec 17 at 2pm

This webinar assembly will include music, a slide show, and speakers. The Winter Webinar Assembly is for current families and students in grades 1 - 12. Not to be missed!
News From the Festivals Committee
The Festivals Committee and the Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice are jointly exploring the festival life in our school community.

A quick survey will go out shortly to current families. We want to learn about the celebrations that are important to your family and to expand the rich festival life of our school. Please be on the lookout and take a moment to complete it!
Head of School Search
As was recently announced, WWS has started the search for a new Faculty Chair & Head of School. The school has affirmed its commitment to reviewing and updating its curriculum through the lens of anti-racist thinking and the new Faculty Chair & Head of School will be committed to actively engaging in this work and prepared to champion it in coordination with our pedagogical understanding of child development. 

We encourage the community to spread the word about the search for this position and help communicate that the Faculty Chair & Head of School must be a visionary when approaching Waldorf Education in all areas including social justice. A successful candidate 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.

Adult Education - Mindfulness Workshop
Thursday, Dec 3 at 7pm (online)

The prolonged experience of COVID 19 has greatly altered our day to day lives, anxiety level, and wellness. It has been especially challenging for parents as we're left balancing our work, our children's education, and our own emotional health. The uncertainty and anxiety impact many aspects of our existence including work productivity, relationships, wellness, and sleep. Mindfulness and meditation are proven ways to manage stress, better navigate challenging emotions, and enhance your relationship with yourself and those around you.
 
In this workshop participants will experience present moment awareness through practicing mindfulness of body, breath and mind/thoughts and learn about ways to develop a daily mindfulness practice. This workshop will also include guidance and information about parenting and building family resilience in the pandemic.
 
This workshop is facilitated through Zoom by Mick Neustadt LCSW-C, a licensed psychotherapist who teaches group mindfulness sessions and has been practicing mindfulness for 25 years. 
Mick Neustadt is a DC area mindfulness teacher and psychotherapist who has practiced mindfulness for 25 years. For the past decade, Mick has taught mindfulness to people of all ages in weekly groups, schools, and on retreats. Mick's teachings focus on practicing mindfulness in all that we do as a way to transform our relationship with ourselves, others and the world, and to cultivate a greater connection to life.

Mick has offered mindfulness to a wide range of groups including national nonprofits and businesses, psychotherapists, lawyers, nurses, and groups in Israel and the West Bank. In 2013, Mick graduated from the year-long Mindful Education Institute teacher training. He is also certified as a .b Mindfulness Teacher with the U.K. based Mindfulness in Schools Project as well as the Learning to Breathe curriculum for adolescents. In addition, Mick is a Level 2, iRest Yoga Nidra Teacher.

Mick currently works as a psychotherapist in private practice and part-time at the American University Counseling Center and at the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing. 
ONE FUND – Together We Thrive
On December 1st WWS will launch its GivingTuesday campaign to raise funds for the ONE FUND. On this day WWS will be sending out a community wide text and email campaign to raise much needed funds for our school. 
 
One important goal of this campaign is to have 100% participation from our community. The campaign will be fun and lighthearted and will have incentives throughout the day to encourage participation.
 
One of those incentives will be an on campus socially distanced pizza party for the students in each class that reaches 100% participation AND the pizza will be hand delivered by a gnome (or a human in a gnome costume!). Additional “treats” will be revealed throughout the day on Dec 1.
 
Of course every day can be a giving day, and we are truly grateful for all the ways that you support WWS. 

You Can Make a Donation to WWS in Various Ways

  • Make your gift online 
  • Donate stock or securities, and receive more than 50% in tax savings. Please contact your financial advisor for more information.
  • Participate in the Combined Federal Campaign and select CFC code #80332. Federal employees can donate to WWS quickly and easily through payroll deductions. Use the CFC code #80332 to select the Washington Waldorf School as your charitable beneficiary.
  • Ask your employer if they offer matching gifts for charitable donations. Many employers will match your donation to the School.
  • If you shop at Amazon, go to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7003486 when doing your online shopping and 0.05% of your total purchase will be sent to WWS to support the ONE FUND.
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Classifieds & Notices
New Hampshire State Recommendations on Safe Technology in Schools 
shared by Theodora Scarato

The New Hampshire State Commission on 5G issued a final report with 15 recommendations to the Governor. They include several recommendations concerning children and schools such as "replace Wi-Fi with wired technology" and create a state educational campaign so families can practice safer technology at home. Read more about the report at the Environmental Health Trust website.
Chef Eron's Bacon!

Cured & Crisp bacon is a favorite of many of the omnivores in our community. Did you know that you can get Chef Eron’s bacon, breakfast sausage, and tomato sauce hand delivered to your doorstep? Check out the Cured & Crisp website to learn more and order some deliciousness today!
Townhouse for Rent
shared by Caitlin MacKenzie

Lovely 3-bedroom townhouse with basement apartment available for rent for $3,950 starting 11/15. Home looks out on national park land, and is close to plenty of walking and biking trails. 15 minute drive to WWS, downtown, or beltway access! 

Imagination Stage At-home Theatre Experience - The Snow Queen
shared by Jesse Travis

The Snow Queen
Dec 12, 2020 - Feb 28, 2021
Written by Mike Kenny - Adapted from the Story by Hans Christian Andersen
Directed by Janet Stanford

In this adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s famous winter fairy tale, a powerful friendship is put to the test as four narrators bring to life the story of Gerda and Kai, life long best friends whose relationship is broken by the unfeeling Snow Queen. Can Gerda save Kai before his heart is frozen solid? Imagination abounds in this magical story of courage, wit, and unshakable resilience! Best for ages 5+
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