Weekly Bulletin - April 22, 2020
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As we celebrate International Mother Earth Day we reaffirm our commitment to promote Harmony with Nature to achieve a just, sustainable, and prosperous society. (from the UN Earth Day message)
7th Grade Poetry From the Observation of Nature
Each morning, the 7th graders submit a nature observation - something that causes wonder. They each chose their favorite, personal observation and were tasked with creating a poem about "hope" using these fragmented myriad responses. Each poem was a little different though they all used the same material.

I Look Into the World
by Bonnie (7th) using the words of the entire 7th grade

just a few hundred years ago, there were lush green forests, barely touched by humankind and alive with plants and animals
Torrents of rain hurtled down, bleeding from a mighty gash across the flank of the ominously dark sky, filling the air with cool moisture
the clouds won’t clear, they hang over the sky mockingly like a great, grey blanket, shielding us from the sun
Then sunlight breaks through, touching the leaves and grass, making them grow upwards
Hopefully the sunshine will last through the day, but no…
The sky opens up once again, and down comes the rain. It is heavy but, over quickly
The weather seems to change every day as if it has its own personality, its own thoughts, unpredictable as the waxing moon.
each day you can see the plants changing and growing
the trees sway in the wind and I see the leaves flutter and fall
Dew drops on pink petals against grey clouds.
The birds sing outside and the flowers flourish around me.
Though the air is cold, the bright sunlight warms up everything
changing temperature so quickly while a human body takes a long time to adjust.
the trees bloom, bringing new life even in this time of mass death.
The contrast of the setting sun to the dark night sky is beautiful.
although the tree is almost dead, it still blooms every year, as if making one last effort.
How do the clouds just float around all day? The shapes fill my eyes
like really big turtles, all over the sky, floating in midair
My imagination taking over 
A bird’s nest in a helmet that is hanging sideways.
The tiny bird waiting for its mother
The little things we notice as we look out into the world.
Virtual Golden Gala
Our Golden Gala - Now Virtual, Now Free, New Date
While we had hoped to postpone the gala until a later date, it now looks as though it won't be possible to hold an in-person gala this year. Instead, we will be launching our online silent auction and our Buy-In Party sign-ups this Friday, April 24.  Look for an email launch! We will also be hosting a live-streamed gala on Saturday, May 16 to raise money for the WWS Fund, which will raise money for financial aid and covers the gap in our operating budget. As the coronavirus wears on, the support of our extended community is needed more than ever and we hope you will consider being part of this important community event. More details coming soon!
Grandparents & Special Friends Day
Sadly, Grandparents and Special Friends Day will be canceled this year.

To mark the day, we will send a special Bulletin to Grandparents and Friends with good wishes and descriptions of what we are doing while the building is closed. If you would like your child's grandparent or special friend to receive this Bulletin, please send us their name and email address .
Family Bingo Night
Coming Soon! Community Zoom Bingo - Saturday, May 2

A week from Saturday, Family Bingo Night! There will be prizes! We will send out a community evite with information about purchasing game cards in the next day or two. Learn more
Our Community of Creators
More than ever, folks are exploring ways to use digital tools and virtual experiences to express themselves and connect with others. Our community is no exception and we'd like to share just a few video creations we know about. Let us know if you are working on a project!
Earth Day Crafts
This week, Josie (12th) is posting Earth Day related craft videos on Instagram.

Beeswax Stop Motion Animation
The Dimmer - Sieghart family (WiW, 3rd, 10th) created a beeswax stop motion animation to encourage smiles to go viral!

You're Not Alone
Alex (CG Assistant Teacher) and her partner created a song called "You're Not Alone" and they paired the song with a video made up of photos that Alex's mother took, daily photographing the DC area during pandemic.

Amazing Grace
Michael Kramer  (Class of '07) is creating a musical journal during this time. Here he plays "Amazing Grace" .

Time After Time
Some good 80's vibes with  Brendan Finucane  (Class of '00) covering Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time".

https://youtu.be/m2-58byzs2Y
#HumanityInConcert
Nick Kendall (Class of '97) and Time for Three - who gave such an amazing concert for our 50th Anniversary - are sharing their talents as part of the #HumanityInConcert movement.

Updated College Acceptance List
A few colleges were cut off at the end of the list we published last week and another has been added...

American University (3) · Bard College · Bentley University · Chatham University · Clemson University (2) · Colgate University · Colorado College · Colorado State University (3 / 1 honors college) · College of William and Mary · Connecticut College (2) · Dickinson College (2) · Drexel University (3) · Earlham College · Eckerd College · Emerson College · Elon University · Fordham University (3) · George Mason University · Goshen College (2) · Goucher College (2) · Guilford College · Hamilton College · High Point University · Hofstra University · Ithaca College (2) · James Madison University · Juniata College · Kenyon College · Lafayette College · Lewis and Clark University (3) · Mary Baldwin College · McDaniel College · Miami University of Ohio · Michigan State University (2) · Mount Holyoke College · Mount St. Mary’s University · Northeastern University · Oberlin College · Occidental College · Penn State University (4) · Quest University (Canada) · Reed College · Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute · Savannah College of Art and Design (2) · St. Mary’s College of Maryland - Honors College of MD (3) · Suffolk College · Syracuse University · Temple University · Towson University · University of Arizona · University of California Davis · University of California San Diego · University of California Santa Cruz · University of Colorado, Boulder (2 / 1 Honors) · University of Colorado, Colorado Springs · University of Connecticut · University of Delaware – Honors · University of Maryland, College Park (4 / 1 Scholar) · University of Michigan · University of New Hampshire (2 / 1 Honors) · University of North Carolina, Wilmington · University of Oregon · University of Pittsburgh · University of Texas, Austin · University of Vermont (2 Honors) · University of Washington (2 Honors) · Ursinus College · Virginia Tech · Washington College · Whitman College
Zoom Hang Out With Chef...
In case you missed it...

Chef is sharing cooking videos from home. Last week was pizza and there will be more to come.

Zoom Hangout

Chef Eron misses all of the kitchen volunteers and would also love to connect with future kitchen volunteers! Join Chef Eron for a Zoom hang out. Log on and tell him how much you miss him and talk about some other things if there is any time left. ;)

Wednesday, April 29th at 2pm 

Email Chef for the Zoom info: epicus@washingtonwaldorf.org
Deadline Extended!
Preorder the 2019-2020 Yearbook
Preorder Your Copy of the 2019-2020 Yearbook by April 30!
Full color coverage of Children’s Garden through 12th Grade & events 
 
We will have a 2019-2020 yearbook and are working with TreeRing for how best to have orders delivered. 
 
In the meantime, y ou can still Preorder Online  by April 30, 2020 (Deadline Extended!)

Yearbooks can only be ordered through the  TreeRing website .
Please Note: TreeRing’s website works best in the Chrome internet browser.  If you visit the website directly, the school pass code is: 1015278619434770
Yearbook ad space is for sale now ! Your ad, with copy, is due Monday, April 30, 2020 .  Ad space can be used to congratulate your child/the class, thank a teacher/the school, or advertise your business. For more information on ad size and prices, visit: https://www.washingtonwaldorf.org/giving-together-we-thrive/yearbook-ad-purchase-information/
A limited amount of ad space is available on a first come, first served basis (Class of 2020 and Class of 2024 get first dibs!) – so please reserve your ad space by emailing  Caitlin Mackenzie , Yearbook Club Sponsor, as soon as possible. 
 
Please contact  Caitlin MacKenzie , Yearbook Club sponsor, with any questions. Thank you and enjoy!
Parent Organization News
The POSC invites all parents to our next online Parent Organization Gathering over Zoom next Friday, May 1st from 4-5pm.   
Please mark your calendars and join us! Zoom information will be emailed to the community next week. All are welcome to come and say hello for a few minutes if you cannot stay for the full hour! 

Community Networking Event   It would be wonderful to create a list of parents in the community who have a small business or do freelance work. If you are a contractor, landscaper, architect, garden designer, life coach, nutritionist, etc - please join us next Friday at the PO Gathering to share your business with the community. We know these are tough times for small business owners and our community can support local businesses perhaps if we know about them! Feel free to e-mail your business info to the Parent Organization Steering Committee at  posc@wasingtonwaldorf.org  ahead of time so we can start typing up a list. 

Lastly, thanks to all the parents who joined us for the first Parent Gathering via Zoom last Friday.  It was really nice to come together and “see” parents from CG, LS, MS, and HS (including several parents from the Senior Class). We shared information on how we were doing and talked about how we can support our community. Parents of the Senior Class talked about the Senior Projects. A first-grade parent could relate to the 12th-grade parents, as their family was also longing for the special Rose Ceremony with their Senior this Spring. A 4th-grade parent wondered how we could support the Senior Class at this time, with all that is on hold for this very special year. It was touching to see such care for each other, across the grades. Many of us spoke about being grateful to the hard-working teachers who are teaching online. We talked about Craft and Conversation and how we can resume that activity, and also shared some ideas for other things we could do together remotely, like cooking together over Zoom. Please share any ideas you have for the community and how we can stay connected at posc@washingtonwaldorf.org
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.  
Notices & Classifieds
Education Imagined: Supporting Parents, Children & Educators Through This Time of Covid-19
There are 2 online sessions left with Torin Finser, PhD and Priya Mahtani sharing their reflections on the challenges parents and families and educators may be experiencing at this time and listening also to your valued contributions. Thursdays in April.

The intention is to create a supportive space for a rich and nourishing dialogue between us all so that we can support each other and our children during these times. You can find out more about the event on the website .

The event is low-cost as the intention is to reach a global audience and scholarships are available if this is genuinely out of reach. Thank you!  www.schoolofsophia.org/covid19
Looking for Student Housing for Next School Year

Dear WWS Community,

Our family is relocating west while our older son Emanuele (12th) will stay in the DC area to start college in the fall. We are seeking a family that might have a room to rent. The time frame would be 3 to 12 months, starting from July 1st. Thank you in advance for your kind consideration.

With warm regards,
Serafina Orobello ( WWS Parent )
704-499-7272 (mobile)
Flow Yoga Classes - This Week You Can Try Out Free Classes
from Michael Danzansky ( WWS Parent )

Flow Yoga Center , is offering 5 free classes starting this week (4/23).  They have done an amazing job of pivoting during this crisis, putting over 50 live classes per week on zoom. They are also giving free memberships to front liners in hospitals and food stores. I would love for you to take my class on Tuesdays at 12:15 and Fridays at 6pm.

FREE CLASS LINKS
An 8-week Virtual Meditation Class for Women
Releasing stress during uncertain times

Are you feeling anxious, heart broken, angry or stressed? Perhaps some of you are experiencing a slower pace in life as so much has come to a stop. Are you unsure how to navigate this new pace and all the unknowns? How do we open to the complexity of feelings, nourish our understanding and compassion in a new way, and stay grounded? 
These are the questions that we will explore together in this mindfulness meditation class for women. Classes are designed to build solidarity and connection. The benefit of a structured class with a cohort of similar women is a depth of connection to others and yourself. We learn from each other and are inspired by our mutual commitment to living life awake and as best as we can. 
WHEN: Thursdays, April 16 - June 4, 7:30-9 pm 
WHERE: Online via zoom
COST: $259 for 8 weeks

To register, email or call/text Jeanine ( WWS Parent ) at 202-352-3208.
Canoe for Sale

Mad River Canoe and paddles for sale, excellent condition, used no more than three times. Asking $400. View specs: https://www.rei.com/product/750860/mad-river-adventure-14-canoe
Contact Kirsten Shumway ( WWS Parent ) at kirstenashumway@yahoo.com
Postcards to Thank Healthcare Professionals

I am calling in a collection of mini artworks (postcard sized) called "Star Shimmers" to send to hospitals and nursing homes at this time. Each star shimmer will become a gift to a patient/doctor/nurse/all providing healing to those affected by the virus condition, and for the overall healing of the Earth. 

If you are interested in contributing to this mission, please email Rebekah Miller ( WWS Assistant Teacher - CG ) rebekaham5813@gmail.com for further details.
Healthy Adults for Healthy Kids: Self-Care and Modeling in the Time of COVID-19 
from Bonnie McClelland ( WWS HS Coordinator & WWS Alumni )

Our High School uses FCD's services and resources for substance abuse prevention education. They are offering two webinars to support parents during this extraordinary time.

Healthy Adult Role Modeling for Healthy Kids 
Thursday, April 23 from 2-3pm EDT 
Topics will include:
  • How to model and encourage daily protective factors against teen substance use
  • Resiliency tips that teens can apply now and later
  • Making stress management a routine
  • Teachable prevention moments within a family's "new normal"
  • The power of authenticity and effective parent-child communication
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