Weekly Bulletin - Dec 18, 2019
An Abundance of Yarn
Handwork teacher, Barbara Buchman, describes the introduction of knitting to the first graders in terms of togetherness and abundance. Yesterday, the students were each given a skein of yarn that they wound into a large ball... one that seems like it could go on forever.
Shepherds' Play
Thursday, Dec 19 at 7pm
The WWS faculty warmly invites all members of the community to this year's Shepherds' Play tomorrow at 7pm.

The Shepherds' Play is one of three “miracle plays" called the Oberufer Plays which originated in central Europe in the Middle Ages. The plays were passed down orally through the generations until an associate of Rudolf Steiner wrote them down in the late 19th century. Rudolf Steiner and the teachers in the first Waldorf school in Stuttgart performed these plays, and they have since been performed at Waldorf schools throughout the world. The Shepherds' Play is offered as a gift from the WWS faculty to the community. It is always fun for the students to see which parts their teachers play...

Please join us for an evening of witty language, singing, physical comedy, and moments of wonder. The Shepherds' Play is suitable for all ages.
School Calendar
Staying Up to Date With Our School Calendar
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**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!**

19/ Thursday
  • Shepherds' Play, 7pm

20/ Friday
  • 12:30pm DISMISSALWinter Vacation *NO AFTERCARE*

January 2020 Events
Preschool & Kindergarten Saturday Open House
Saturday, January 11 (snow date Jan 18)

An opportunity for the whole family to meet with Waldorf early childhood teachers, see a puppet play, and participate in Waldorf classroom activities.

This is a great opportunity to invite friends and neighbors with young children to learn more about WWS. Pick up a postcard to share at the front desk.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Morning of Service Work
Monday, January 20 from 10am-12pm

As we have done in the past, we will gather for a morning of service on MLK Day 2020. All are welcome, but we need a few folks to sign up for specific tasks .

We will:
  • create gifts for children at NIH including felt pencil toppers, tassel necklaces, tic-tac-toe games, notebooks, and felt pencil pouches
  • collect toiletries for the National Center for Children and Families
  • make scarves for Operation Gratitude for our service men and women
  • ...and more!

As your “admissions ticket”, please bring toiletries or infant supplies (diapers, wipes, etc.) for  NCCF .

Please note that most activities are for children grade 1 and up.
Chamber Music Concert
Monday, January 20 from 3-5pm

You are invited to attend a Chamber Music Concert, in the intimate setting of a WWS family's home.

Featuring WWS Parents
Joel Fuller (Violin, National Symphony Orchestra),  Daniel Foster (Principal Viola, National Symphony Orchestra),  Adria S. Foster (Principal Flute, Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra), and  David Teie (Cello, National Symphony).
Winter Parent-Child Classes
Last call to register for Winter Parent-Child classes!

Pass the word on to any families you think might be interested...

Moon Garden - Parent & Mobile Baby (crawling babies to confident walking)
Dates: Jan 7 – Feb 11
Time: Tuesdays, 11am -12:15pm 

Star Garden - Parent & Toddler (16 months to 2 years)
Dates: Jan 7 – Feb 11
Time: Tuesdays, 8:45 – 10:30am 

Sun Garden - Parent & Child (2 and 3 years)
Dates: Jan 6 – Feb 10 (No Class Jan 20)
Time: Mondays, 8:45 – 11am 
Artisan Bench Raffle
You could win a beautiful bench built by our woodworking teacher, Tove Elfström . Mr. Elfström designed and built the ash and mahogany bench over a period of six years. Raffle tickets are $50 with a maximum of 60 to be sold.

Tickets are available in the Development Office or front desk.

Winner will be announced at the Spring Gala.
50th Anniversary Cookbook
WWS Spirit Pop-Up Shop
Still hoping to find that perfect holiday gift? Stop by the WWS Spirit Pop-Up shop in the WWS foyer. 
December 18, 19, and 20

One size fits all Anniversary Cookbooks and Travel Mugs, and youth, adult and women sizes in the ever-popular "Gnome Evolution" T-shirt, and new "Swoosh" logo performance shirt. Complete your holiday shopping in one stop!
Parent Organization News
Thanks to the new POSC members and farewell to Carolina!

Many thanks to the parents who joined the Parent Organization Steering Committee (POSC) this fall (Kelly Foster, Amanda Willis, and Yvonne Rock Takahashi) - we now have 6 members on the POSC representing all 3 areas of WWS!

The POSC wants to give a very warm thank you and farewell to Carolina Cheida as she moves back home to Brazil over the holidays. We appreciate her dedication to the POSC, the Diversity Committee, and to the lunch program! We will miss her!
Pictured left to right (with the name of POSC member and grades of their children at WWS): Carolina Cheida (G1), Amanda Willis (WiW), Susan Holdsworth (G12) , Yvonne Rock Takahashi (WiW), Kelly Foster (G6), Sarah Vakkur (G11 and G7) 
Parent Organization Book Club

The POSC is launching a new Book Club in 2020 for parents, faculty, and staff. The group chose a book that explains, in a very readable way, the foundations of Waldorf Pedagogy and how it is applied throughout the grades:

Understanding Waldorf Education - Teaching from the Inside Out by Jack Petrash ( Former WWS Faculty and Alumni Parent ).

Join us for this journey of discovery and connect more deeply with the experiences of our children through this school year and in future grades. The WWS library has a few copies and you also can purchase cheap used copies or new online.

A great book to read over winter break!
Bulletin Board
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The Christian Community and the Anthroposophical Society present the Anthropos production: “The Incarnation of the Logos: An Epic Tale of Christ’s Coming to Earth”
Saturday, Jan 4 at 7pm

At The Garden Chapel UMD
7744 Regents Drive, College Park, MD 20742

The story of Jesus’ birth, childhood and youth will come to life as professional New York actor and storyteller Glen Williamson performs. Harmonizing the accounts of Matthew and Luke and weaving the threads of many traditions into an intimate but cosmic drama - Adam and Eve, Moses, Adonis, Osiris, Isis, Apollo, Krishna, Buddha and Zarathustra all appear in this sometimes astonishing retelling of the greatest story ever told. This saga is based on the Gospels and the work of spiritual researcher Rudolf Steiner and theologians Emil Bock and Edward R. Smith. The performance runs one hour and fifteen minutes.

For more information, contact Carol Petrash ( Former WWS Faculty & Alumni Parent ) at 301-946-9465 or via  Email  or visit The Christian Community website .
Yarn for Sale

Hand spun yarn from wool purchased at the Waldorf Store. Three skeins. 2 green/blue and 1 red/purple. Pay what you can for good karma. 

Text Magali ( WWS Parent ) at 202-415-2702
Sitter Needed for 2.5 Year Old

We are looking for a sitter to spend a couple hours a week - Saturday mornings from about 9:00-12:30 to take care of our very fun and energetic 2.5 year old. If the weather is decent, we'd love for the time to be spent at the playground, walking on the nearby trail, library, etc. so I can prepare our home for the arrival of our second child in March. We'd love the sitter to begin as soon as January 4, 2020. 

There may be some additional ad hoc evenings if that is of interest, but we'd love to begin with Saturdays. If you or anyone you know might be interested, please share this with them. We live behind Northwood High School in Silver Spring, MD.

Caitlyn ( WWS Alumni )

240-506-2586 / caitlyn.shelley@gmail.com 
Mindful Connections to Earth: Workshop for Educators
from Helga Dimmer ( WWS Parent )

World renowned mindfulness educator Maria Kluge will offer a workshop for D.C. area teachers and other school staff on how to help students reconnect with the earth using mindfulness. This workshop is sponsored by the Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School and DC Area Educators for Social Justice as part of the Zinn Education Project Teach Climate Justice campaign. 

Maria went through Waldorf Education in Germany (Munich) and did her mindfulness training with Jon Kabat Zinn.

Each participant will receive a copy of lessons from the Teach Climate Justice campaign and The Toolbox is You hardcover workbook for people of all ages on mindfulness. Registration is free for D.C. Area educators.
For Sale: "Like New" Hockey Skates

Need a last minute gift? Worn fewer than a dozen times – boys size 6 Bauer hockey skates. $25
Contact Maria Monteverde-Jackson ( WWS Faculty & Parent ) via email .
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
Holy Nights 2019-20 
Study and Artistic Exploration
from Jody Grossman ( Former WWS Faculty & Alumni Parent )

The Anthroposophical Society Festivals Group of the Greater Washington DC Branch invites you to observe the Holy Nights in study and in artistic exploration. Two lectures given by Rudolf Steiner will be read and discussed, one on December 27 and one on January 3. Then on January 5, there will be a Holy Nights Artistic Exploration led by Barb Bancroft, WWS High School Art teacher. All are welcome but please RSVP .  

Waldorf Dolls for Sale
12" Waldorf dolls are for sale for $40 each with fine wool hair, soft cotton skin and warm wool stuffing. Each doll wears a removable cotton dress, underwear, felt shoes, and pretty ribbons in her hair. If interested please email Ildi Horovitz ( WWS Parent & Former Faculty ) .
Apartment for Rent - Walking Distance to WWS

5337 Westpath Way
Bethesda, MD 20816

  • Within 3 min walk to Waldorf (utilizing park trail)
  • 1,700 Sq Ft
  • 2 Bedroom and 2 Bath (full)
  • Full kitchen
  • Private laundry room
  • Large living room with fireplace
  • Lots of natural light - large windows
  • Terrace opens up to backyard with view of the Potomac River
  • Fenced in backyard
  • Private entrance
  • Non-smoking

Contact Brian Simpson for more information. (503) 956 - 6833 or by email .
Seasonal Cards by Shelia Harrington ( WWS Alumni Parent )

A note from Shelia:
If you enjoyed the seasonal, festival, and birthday cards at my table during the Bazaar, in the future you can find others at SheilaHarrington.org  or contact me directly via email .
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