Weekly Bulletin - Jan 8, 2020
Getting Things Done Over Winter Break
Please join us in a big shout out of thanks for our facilities team - Craig Ludtke and Bacilio Ramirez, who worked over the break to keep our school beautiful and safe. Their projects included fixing floor tiles, clearing the roof of leaves, painting, coordinating with plumbers, and more. If you see them around school please be sure to thank them for all they do all year long for the upkeep of the building and grounds!
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.
WWS Adult Education: Nancy Blanning on "Sensing the World and Building the Brain—Partners for Life"
Wednesday, January 15 at 7pm in the WWS Library

We commonly believe that human beings have five senses with which to perceive and understand the world. However, modern neurological research and Waldorf Education both tell us that we actually have and use twelve senses. The way we develop these twelve senses during childhood lays a foundation for all of our development for the rest of our lives.

This presentation by Nancy Blanning ( Author, Teacher, and Co-Director of the Sunbridge Early Childhood Teacher Training Program) will offer a framework for understanding the twelve senses and how they develop as "partners" to lay the ground work for how we will live with each other in social, community life. Practical examples and suggestions of how we can encourage our children's healthy development will be shared.

Please RSVP via ParentSquare (current WWS families) or Email Christen Leonard.
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
  • pack snacks for Cup of Joe
  • 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.

If you are not able to attend, but would still like to make a monetary contribution toward the snacks for Cup of Joe, please email Maria Monteverde-Jackson .
Chamber Music Concert
Monday, January 20 from 3-5pm

You are invited to attend a Chamber Music Concert, in the intimate setting of the home of WWS parents, on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 3pm. The program will include music of Hindemith and Brahms. 

Featuring WWS Parents Joel Fuller ( Violin, National Symphony Orchestra),  Daniel Foster (Principal Viola, National Symphony Orchestra),  David Teie (Cello, National Symphony), and special guest Efi Hamesky, Piano.  
Conversation About Cell Phone Safety
Tuesday, January 21 at 8:30am in the WWS library

Please join us for a conversation on technology and cell phones led by WWS Parent Theodora Scarato . There will be a screening of excerpts from a recent PBS film on cell phones and wireless technology featuring Burt Wolf's interviews with international experts. This is for parents of all ages.

Want easy practical tips and resources you can use? All are welcome!
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!**

9/ Thursday

11/ Saturday

14/ Tuesday

15/ Wednesday
  • WWS Adult Education: Nancy Blanning on "Sensing the World and Building the Brain—Partners for Life", 7pm

16/ Thursday

20/ Monday
  • NO CLASSES - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
  • MLK Day - Morning of Service, 10am-12pm
  • Chamber Music Concert, 3-5pm

21/ Tuesday
  • Craft & Conversation, 8:30-10am
  • Conversation About Cell Phone Safety, 8:30am

22/ Wednesday
  • G6 Parent Evening

23/ Thursday
  • G5 Parent Evening
  • G7 Parent Evening

28/ Tuesday
  • Craft & Conversation, 8:30-10am
  • WitW Parent Evening

30/ Thursday
  • G2 Parent Evening, 7:30pm
  • G8 Parent Evening, 7:30pm
50th Anniversary Concert - Save the Date!
Save the Date – March 1, 2020 in the Afternoon
50th Anniversary Concert hosted by WWS and Time for Three.

Defying convention and boundaries, Time For Three (TF3) stands at the busy intersection of Americana, modern pop, and classical music. To experience TF3 live is to hear the various eras, styles, and traditions of Western music fold in on themselves and emerge anew.
Bonded by an uncommon blend of their instruments fused together with their voices, Charles Yang (violin, vocals), Nicolas “Nick” Kendall (violin, vocals), and Ranaan Meyer (double bass, vocals), have found a unique voice of expression to share with the world. TF3 is renowned for their charismatic performances in venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and The Royal Albert hall. They have collaborated with artists such as Ben Folds, Branford Marsalis, and Joshua Bell, and have premiered works by composers Chris Brubeck and Pulitzer Prize winners Jennifer Higdon and William Bolcom. Check out the TF3 website and their NPR Tiny Desk Concert to learn more.

TF3 member Nicholas Kendall is a WWS Alumnus and cousin of WWS parent and alumnus Dan Foster. Ticket details to follow.
Join the Gala Committee
The Development Office is looking for members of our parent, alumni, and alumni parent community to join the planning committee for our 50 th Anniversary Spring Gala!

If you would like to help with the silent auction, decorations and entertainment, sponsorship, or ticket sales, we need enthusiastic members for all these components of the gala.

Time commitment depends on your schedule! Please email Maria Monteverde-Jackson to indicate interest.
Show Your WWS Spirit
How do you like to show your WWS spirit?

Purchase and pick-up in person at the Development Office.
Bulletin Board
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.  
After School Music Lessons

New opening for violin, viola, cello, and flute lessons are available at school on Monday and Wednesday between 3-5pm with Cornelia Florescu ( WWS Middle School Flute Teacher ).

For more info please email Florescus@msn.com or text 391-793-2709. 
Custom Italian Leather Couches For Sale

Lovely custom down-filled Italian leather couches (KEVIN GIORMANI) looking for a new good home. Asking $3,000 for both.

Contact: Mila Shelehoff ( WWS Alumni Parent ) at 202-716-9602 or milashelehoff@gmail.com
Tutoring & Support for Language Arts

Julian Paine (BA, MA) is a devoted humanities teacher of 20 years experience from one of the UK's oldest Waldorf schools. She has taught English Literature and Language in main and subject lessons and has also helped students achieve outstanding results in public examinations for university/college entrance. Offering a wide range of individual support, including help with syllabus content and the skills required to improve written composition. 

Text/Call (240) 743 0606, or email julianpaine@gmail.com
Its a Dr. Hauschka Facials weekend!

Winter is a perfect time for a skin boost with a regenerative facial and make adjustments to your daily regiment for the cold and dry weather. Rehydrate your skin. You’ll look & feel better! Natural and Holistic, Dr. Hauschka products use the forces found in nature in their exceptionally effective products and treatment methods.

Have skin problems? Get them professionally addressed using Dr. Hauschka Holistic Method and products. Get a facial and a body wrap for head to toe deep cleansing and skin renewal. Ask about an Infrared sauna. Limited availability, so call soon!

Denise Lair will see clients in her Brookmont Church studio Jan.10-12: (Friday - Sunday) by appointment. At this time there are still appointments available each day this coming weekend!

Call, text or email for more information: 434-365-0409 |  DeniseLair2@earthlink.net
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 )

Mindful Connections to Earth: Workshop for Educators
from Helga Dimmer ( WWS Parent )

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
5:00 PM  7:00 PM

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
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 .
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