Weekly Bulletin
December 16, 2020
Message from Jennifer Page
Oh, the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we've no place to go
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
Looking out my window today, I was reminded of this 1945 song that has become a regular part of winter holiday tradition. This year, it says more to me than usual. This is a love song that speaks of lights turned low, corn for poppin’, and being held tight. It ends with, And as long as you love me so, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. As a metaphor for today, it reminds me of the importance of relationships and the little moments with the ones we love. We all will miss something this holiday season. For me, it is singing every week with my beloved church choir, something I haven’t been able to do since last March. In this season, we would be singing for the Lessons and Carols and multiple Christmas services. For you, it may be foregoing some other cherished holiday tradition, or not being able to spend time with extended family or close friends. But the simple intimacy of the old Let It Snow song reminds me to hold my family tight this year and to cherish the moments together, whether virtually or in person. This year we will create new memories and new traditions. 
8th Grade Play Preparations
The Scarecrow and His Servant
Thursday, Dec 17 at 7pm

While this year has presented challenges, it has also afforded the 8th Grade the luxury of some time to create! How to present an 8th grade play on zoom, socially distanced - and masked? We hope that you will be entertained by our unexpected solution. We hope that farce will be an antidote to the dark of this time of year, and to the cynicism that plagues our news. The 8th grade invites you to our performance. It is suitable for all ages and will introduce you to a story that may become a tradition itself!
A Sneak Peek...
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). 

16/ Wednesday
  • G7 Parent Meeting, 7pm

17/ Thursday
  • Winter Webinar Assembly, 2pm
  • 8th Grade Play, 7pm

18/ Friday
  • Zoom "Hallway" Holiday Music, 8:40am
  • 12:30pm Dismissal

**NO CLASSES - Winter Break - Dec 19 - Jan 3**
Upcoming Events
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! A link will be sent through ParentSquare.
8th Grade Virtual Play
Thursday, Dec 17 at 7pm

An adaptation of Philip Pullman’s The Scarecrow and His Servant
(Suitable for all ages)

The 8th grade is busy re-imaging our traditional 8th grade play for our times. The story is rollicking, and their presentation varied and enthusiastic. This will be a play like no other, in every way you can imagine. Look for an invitation with a link next week!
Friday Morning Holiday Music
Friday, Dec 18 8:40-8:55am

This time of year, the school foyer usually rings out with music. This Friday morning join us on Zoom for some "hallway" holiday music... a festive holiday sing-along! A link will be sent through ParentSquare.
Community Book Club
Our next book for a mid to late January Zoom conversation is The House on Mango Street/La Casa en Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. Written in 1984, it is the story of a Latina girl growing up in Chicago. Hailed as a classic, it is a "funny, beautiful book" at 110 pages.

Please email Susan Walsh if you would like to be added to the club mailing list:
A Look Back
Led by Nevin Bender and woven together by Daniel Sohn, here are three virtual choral collaborations that our community created in 2020. We were recently contacted by the Whatcom Hills Waldorf School in WA asking if they could share one of our videos in their year end assembly. It was nice to look back and listen again to these moments when our virtual student and faculty voices were joined in song... We hope you enjoy revisiting them too.
High School Chamber Singers - Take Me Back Josephine
School Closing Faculty Song, Spring 2020 - Wester Caputh
Faculty Welcome Song, Fall 2020 - Kingdom
ONE FUND - Together we Thrive
Your gift matters! We depend on our entire school community of families and alumni to support the One Fund. If you haven't yet made your gift, it's not too late! Now more than ever, the Washington Waldorf School can use your help to continue our mission in 2021.
There are several ways to give because this is not a "one size fits all" situation. Everyone is facing different challenges, and whatever way you think is best to support the School at this time can make a huge difference! And, if you make your gift by December 31, 2020, it is fully tax deductible in the 2020 tax year.

  • Ask your employer if they offer matching gifts.

If you have any questions about any of these ways you can give, or are looking to connect deeper with the School, please do not hesitate to reach out!
Yard Signs Have Arrived!
Our new yard signs have arrived from the printer...

If you have a good spot to display a sign (pictured), please email Alia Goodyear and we will deliver a sign to your yard!
Thank you for spreading the word!
Alumni News
Earlier this year, we shared an article in DANCE Magazine from Broadway dancer & WWS alumni Brian Spitulnik (Class of 2001) reflecting on his experience with the shut down of Broadway. You can continue to follow Brian's pandemic story in this feature interview on Fox5 New York.
Note that this is a public video on Facebook. It may prompt you to create an account, but you do not have to do so in order to see the video. Simply "cancel" the prompt.
Do you have alumni news to share? Email: alumni@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.  
Classifieds & Notices
Online Ornament Making Workshop

Victoria Mansuri, WWS alumna (class of 1988) and long-time Waldorf teacher, is offering online ornament making workshops for the holidays. Share a creative experience with loved ones near and far as Victoria guides you with patience and good cheer! For more information about Victoria and her creative online offerings, check out her website: byourhandscreate.com
Get Ready for the Holiday Season With The Bacon Elf!

Order your Cured & Crisp bacon - from Chef Eron - today!

Each order of $50 or more will receive the Cured and Crisp Bacon Elf T-Shirt. Make sure you order the T-shirt with the rest of your yummy stuff and then enter the promo code BACONELF at checkout.
Anthroposophical Society - Greater Washington Branch
Holy Nights 2020-21
from Nancy Foster

The Branch Festivals Group invites you to participate in a four-part observance of the Holy Nights. Since we cannot gather in person, we will celebrate at a physical distance, but united in spirit.
Participants will read together – but each in our own home – three lectures by Rudolf Steiner, in preparation for a poetry workshop on Zoom led by poet and teacher Tina Daub. Our reading will be a deed we each carry out in the knowledge that others 
in the community are also reading. We suggest you let us know that you plan to participate; on the day before each lecture-reading, we will email those who have responded, so that you can be mindful of your reading companions and have a sense of connection.

To respond, please email nfoster14thst@gmail.com.    
A Season of Reveling with the Washington Revels

This year the glow may come from our screens rather than the flaming Yule log, but the warmth is just as real.

Take hands with us in this “Season of Reveling” for a journey from the Autumnal Equinox to the Winter Solstice and beyond that winds through holidays and celebrations that brighten our lives and the lives of our friends and neighbors!

Get Sale Price SAT/ACT or Academic Tutoring from a Waldorf Alum

If you’re looking for college admissions exam or academic tutoring for your student, try booking your tutoring with a Washington Waldorf alum! Aubrey Tingler (WWS Class of 2011) is currently working with Applerouth Tutoring Services, which is holding their annual December sale through 12/23.

Aubrey is thoroughly trained in Applerouth’s proven methods and understands the Waldorf teaching style. Aubrey is currently a master’s student in the University of Maryland’s Marine Estuarine and Environmental Sciences program. She holds an undergraduate degree from Emory University in Environmental Sciences and a minor in English. Her tutoring specialties include: the SAT, ACT, and PSAT; math through algebra II; biology; English, essays, and writing skills; and Spanish.

To book with Aubrey, visit Applerouth.com and request Aubrey Tingler as your tutor when booking online or over the phone. Contact Aubrey for more information: (330) 603-0585 or aubreyetingler@gmail.com
Traditional Irish Fiddle for Violinists

Baltimore-Washington Academy of Irish Culture, co-founded by Mitch Fanning and Alex Boatright, is offering an Irish fiddle class next semester, Jan 9 - May 22 on Zoom. The classes are designed for young violin players with a minimum of two years of study who want to learn more about Irish music and fiddling. Irish music, primarily dance tunes such as jigs, reels, hornpipes, polkas, are great fun to play! Classes will be taught traditionally - by ear - and will explore various rhythms, scales/modes, ornamentation, bow technique and regional styles. Students will have fun learning and be well-prepared to play in traditional Irish sessions when it is safe to meet and play together in person again.   

Explore Irish music and traditional Irish fiddle playing in the new year with Mitch!  

Saturdays, 4-5pm 
Jan 9, 16, 23, 30 | Feb 6, 13, 20, 27 | Mar 6 13, 20, 27 | Apr (3), 10, 17, 24 | May 1, 8, 15, 22

Tuition: $285
Teacher: Mitch Fanning | Read Bio | Contact: jmitchellfanning@gmail.com

Customizable Wooden Wine Rack For Sale

*New* 40 bottle configurable, natural wood wine rack for sale. We started to put it together before we realized that it wouldn't fit in the cabinet where we intended it to live. www.jkadams.com/product/ash-modular-wine-rack/wooden-wine-racks

Paid $120, asking $80.
Contact Alia Goodyear
Tutor Without Borders - Tutoring and Educational Support Services for Middle and High School Students
Middle School: English, History, Math, Science, and French
High School: English, History and French
Any age: French (lessons, conversation, tutoring)
Hello! I provide virtual tutoring and educational support services to middle and high school students across the country. Along with academic subject teaching, my expertise includes helping students with study skills, time management, and homework support. I aspire to instill a curiosity and love of learning in all of my students. In these times of remote learning, it is vital to tailor sessions to students’ needs and specific learning styles. 
Born and reared in Washington D.C., I have a BA in Political Science and Geography from the University of Vermont, and a Masters of Education from Antioch University. With 10 years of classroom teaching experience, I have worked in Baltimore public schools, as a tutor and substitute teacher in multiple D.C. private schools, and as a Waldorf class teacher from 2012-2019 in Southern Oregon. I have recently returned to live on the Oregon coast after traveling the world, including a multi-month stint at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. 
Catherine Dixon (former WWS substitute teacher)
catherinedixon1@gmail.com | (202) 669-2867
Fiber Craft Studio Holiday Sale
shared by Ildi Horovitz

Fiber Craft Studio is a wonderful, creative place that offers the Applied Arts Program and the Waldorf Handwork Teacher Training program.

They have started their holiday online sale with beautiful plant dyed gifts and materials for your holiday gifts.
Nejm Benessaiah (WWS Parent) Debut Album
from the Benessaiah-Calis Family
Announcing the release of my debut album: Chimaera!
Getting music via Bandcamp is the best way to support artists directly, especially on Friday, where they get 100% of the proceeds. For less than the price of a cup of coffee! Please stream and save on Spotify if that's where you listen, as that will convince the algorithms to put the album on the big playlists. Share with friends if you like it! 

This album represents a moment in time of profound change in my life, of digging deeper, beneath despair to find true joy, passion, colors from family, music and nature. There are networks of deep fibers, silicon circuits, tissues, salty tears and itching tendons which long to rub together in time with syncopated rhythms, deep grooves, shimmering bells and new blossoms sprouting on old forgotten tales.

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