Weekly Bulletin
October 7, 2020
Penetrating through all my being's depths
there wakes a hopeful longing,
and as I look within I find
that as a gift of summer's sun it lives,
a seed of warmth in autumn's chill,
a spring of strength within my soul.

Verse 27, Calendar of the Soul
-Rudolf Steiner
Michaelmas Celebration
Virtual Michaelmas Assembly
Thursday, October 8 at 2:30pm

Not to be missed!

Come celebrate the Michaelmas season with us Thursday, Oct 8 at 2:30 pm. Our zoom webinar will feature singing, music, a slideshow, two faculty speakers, and a few student guests as well!

This event is open to current families, and all students in grades 1-12 are invited to attend. You will receive a zoom webinar link prior to the event via ParentSquare.
Michaelmas At Home

See last week's Bulletin for suggested Michaelmas activities that you might do at home. Please send photos of your Michaelmas at Home celebrations to: agoodyear@washingtonwaldorf.org
Faculty Song
This song was recorded by the WWS faculty and presented at our virtual school opening assembly in September 2020.

Many thanks to Nevin Bender for coordinating rehearsals and recordings and to Daniel Sohn for creating the video! https://vimeo.com/465820351
Kingdom by Don Jamison
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). 
October

8/ Thursday
  • Virtual Michaelmas Celebration, 2:30pm
  • G1 Parent Meeting, 4:30pm

13/ Tuesday
  • Craft & Conversation, 10am (see below)

17/ Saturday
  • PSAT (WWS students only)

19/ Monday
  • Dr. Daniel Einstein talk on resilience and health, 7pm

20/ Tuesday
  • Early dismissal, 12:30pm

21/ Wednesday
  • G10 Parent Meeting, 7:30pm
Coffee Breaks with Jennifer
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Fridays from 10-10:30am - Online

Jennifer Page, Faculty Chair and Head of School, is hosting coffee breaks on Friday mornings. This is a time for questions and general discussion. Grab a warm beverage and join Jennifer online. Zoom details are sent weekly through ParentSquare.
Craft & Conversation
Calling All Fall Bazaar Crafters!
Tuesday, October 13 from 10am-12pm

Fourth and sixth grade parent Vanessa Beckman will host a crafting party in her backyard on Tuesday, October 13 from 10am-12pm. For safety, this crafting event will be limited to six people. To RSVP, please contact Vanessa at vanessa.ruth@gmail.com. Vanessa will communicate about supplies and plans.
Virtual Talk about Resilience and Health
Virtual Talk about Resilience and Health by Dr. Einstein
Monday, October 19 from 7-8:30pm - Online
 
Dr. Daniel Einstein, MD, an anthroposophic doctor, will virtually join with our community to speak about resilience and health through the lens of anthroposophic medicine. Dr. Einstein brings a comprehensive, integrated approach to medicine which involves observation of and insight into the whole human being. We are excited for Dr. Einstein to share his knowledge and expertise with us which he has developed over the years with Waldorf schools and Waldorf families. 
 
Dr. Einstein brings a broad experience of medical expertise. After volunteering in free clinics and studying at the Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine, Dr. Einstein earned his MD from Case Western Reserve Medical School in 2008. His residency focused on family and integrative medicine. At Avena Botanicals in Rockport, ME, Dr. Einstein was introduced to biodynamic agriculture and anthroposophy. His medical practice, called Holistic Einstein, established in 2012, is located in Freeport and Rockport, ME, where he also has a connection to the Ashwood Waldorf School. He is board certified in family, integrative, and anthroposophic medicine. More information can be found at his website.
 
We are excited for Dr. Einstein to bring his knowledge and expertise to us. Please join us on Monday, October 19 from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. The login information with the Zoom ID will be sent via ParentSquare.
 
Contact Susan Walsh with questions.
For Our Well-Being...
“An empty lantern provides no light. Self-care is the fuel that allows your light to shine brightly.” - anonymous 
Self-Care During Challenging Times

What are you currently doing for your mind, body and spirit during these challenging times? When life presents challenges, our own self-care tends to be the first thing we set aside. But if we are depleted, we can become unable to meet the challenges, or to help others. Here are some resources for simple things that you can add to your daily routine to nourish all aspects of yourself (start small, pick one!). Whether it is meditation, Qi Gong, or just a good night's sleep, we hope you find these suggestions helpful and restorative.

Articles:

Guided Exercises:
Homecoming Zoom-union
Make sure the WWS alumni in your life know about our upcoming Homecoming Zoom-union on Friday, November 13 at 8pm. All alumni and HS faculty are invited!

Didn't receive an invitation? Email Maria Monteverde-Jackson.
Fall Enrollment Events
Do you have neighbors or friends who are curious to learn more about our school?

We have a schedule of upcoming webinars for interested parents to see an overview presentation and engage with Lezlie Lawson (Enrollment Director) in a question and answer time.

Spread the word!
https://www.washingtonwaldorf.org/admissions/visit-us/
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.  
Community Notices
Recommendations to Minimize the Health Risks of Screens 
from WWS Parent, Theodora Scarato

Pal Alto Unified School District in California released an excellent flyer of recommendations called "Safe Use of Technology for Children During Distance Learning." The fact sheet for parents provides easy-to-use tips to safeguard children's health to impacts to children's eyes and health.
CaringBridge Site for Stacey Kornegay and Family

Many of us know and love Stacey Kornegay (Alumni Parent & Former Admin Staff). Heartbreakingly, we've learned that Stacey is facing serious health issues at this time. This site at CaringBridge has information on a Meal Train to help with food, a GoFundMe site to help the family with medical costs, and a place to post messages of support.

Classifieds
Chicken Coop for Sale from WWS Family

Offering to WWS community first. Selling a great chicken coop for $95.00. We just got a puppy and have had to take a break from those sweet pets. More photos available.

Contact Kathleen at kathleenlaya@me.com or 240-281-8099  
Write + Produce Your Song
from Alex Purdy (former WWS CG Faculty)

Virtual 6 week course
Weekly 30 min 1-on-1 and 1 hr group coaching. All ages, all experiences welcome + customization available!

Write (3 weeks)
Express yourself in this fun, creative and personal songwriting experience.
- Explore and find inspiration as we break down your favorite songs.
- Receive individualized feedback and coaching.

Produce (3 weeks)
Bring your song to life in a way only you can.
- Develop production techniques from recordings you love.
- Co-produce your song with a professional producer.

$450 for the 6 week course
Cello for Sale

For Sale: Half size cello, $1100. Please contact Geoff Baker (WWS Faculty) for more details! breadbaker1@gmail.com
2019 WWS Graduates Launch Sustainable Clothing Company

In case you missed the alumni news in the Sep 23 Bulletin, Daniel, Linus, Sydney, and Gretchen from the Class of 2019 have launched a sustainable clothing company called Good Looks. They started this company with the goal of changing the way people think about the clothing industry as a whole. Many of us care deeply about the long term health of our planet but don't realize that 10% of our global pollution comes from the clothing industry alone or that over 85% of all textiles produced each year are sent to landfills. You can learn more on our website, or just google "fast fashion".

Check them out at goodlookscompany.com or on Instagram or Facebook at @goodlookscompany
Alumni Book in Presales

Also in alumni news from Sep 23, Manfred Elfström (Class of 1998) has a publishing agreement with Cambridge University Press to publish his book, Workers and Change in China. Presales are now open for a January release. Manfred is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics, Philosophy, and Political Science at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. Previously, he served as a Postdoctoral Scholar and Teaching Fellow at the University of Southern California’s School of International Relations and a China Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Manfred received his BA from Oberlin College, MA from Columbia University, and PhD from Cornell University.

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