Weekly Bulletin
December 9, 2020
Seasonal Festivities
Our Children's Garden carried on the tradition of hosting a Winter Spiral walk for the students last week - outdoors!

Read about creating your own Winter Spiral at home in last week's Bulletin. You can also read our recent sponsored post with KidFriendly DC about various ways to celebrate light in dark times.

Enjoy & Share!
Thanks to everyone who joined in for the Seasonal Sing-along on Saturday!

Special thanks to the Festivals Committee for coordinating the event, to Nevin Bender for leading the singing, and to all who presented: The Bechmann family, Noelle & Jonah Fuller, Maria Monteverde-Jackson, Julian Paine, Debbie & Chuck Spitulnik, Lelia True, Vanessa Vargas, and Sasha Woodward.
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). 
December

10/ Thursday
  • G3 Parent Meeting, 7pm
  • G4 Parent Meeting, 7:30pm

11/ Friday
  • Coffee Break with Jennifer Page, 10am

14/ Monday
  • Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice Coffee, 10:30am
  • G8 Parent Meeting, 7pm
  • G1 Parent Meeting, 8pm

16/ Wednesday
  • G7 Parent Meeting, 7pm

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

18/ Friday
  • 12:30pm Dismissal

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**NO CLASSES - Winter Break - Dec 19 - Jan 3**
Upcoming Events
Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice Coffee
Monday, Dec 14 at 10:30am 

A Window Into the Classroom - One class’s action inspired by history studies and the importance of perspective.

8th grade students will share a project inspired by material used in the classroom and explain why it was an important action to them. Kate Knuth will give some insight into the faculty's anti-racist curricular work. A link will be sent through ParentSquare.
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!
Have You Visited the Washington Waldorf School Online Spirit Wear Store?
Our online spirit wear store is open!

Shirts, hoodies, bags, masks, and more! You can order your essential WWS items just in time for holiday gifts, with direct delivery to your home. 
A Note About Evergreen Orders
If you have not received your order, please email Bonnie McClelland who will look into it. Your original order confirmation email was from Sherwood Forest Farms (no_reply@sherwoodfundraiser.com), should you wish to check on your order.

Thank you and enjoy the beautiful, fresh evergreens! 
ONE FUND - Together we Thrive
Our GivingTuesday campaign was a great success and we are so grateful to everyone who participated.
If you didn't participate, 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.

  • Donate a Cash Gift Now Any gift, no matter how big or small, can make a huge difference for our School today. Plus, with the recent passage of the CARES Act, every American can donate up to $300 tax-free, whether or not you itemize deductions. 
  • Donate a Non-Cash Gift: There are many ways to give back that can benefit you as well! You may want to consider making a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) gift from your IRA, transfer of stocks, or give from a Donor Advised Fund and receive more than 50% in tax savings. Please contact your financial advisor for more information.
  • Participate in the Combined Federal Campaign. Federal employees can donate to WWS quickly and easily through payroll deductions. Use the CFC code #80332 to select the Washington Waldorf School as your charitable beneficiary.
  • Ask your employer if they offer matching gifts for charitable donations. Many employers will match your donation to the School
  • If you shop at Amazon, go to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7003486 when doing your online shopping and 0.05% of your total purchase will be sent to WWS to support the ONE FUND.

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!
Word of Mouth & Yard Signs
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Do you know that word of mouth is the number one way that new families find independent schools? 
 
New families find WWS in a number of ways but nothing can top hearing a first hand account from a friend or even someone you meet in a park (this happened with an inquiry that came in recently!). If you know someone who might be interested to learn more about WWS, please let them know about our upcoming informational webinars.
Do you have a soft spot for our community and a good spot in your yard for a sign?

If you can bring some attention to our wonderful community by displaying a yard sign (pictured), please email Alia Goodyear and we will deliver a sign to you!
Thank you for spreading the word!
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
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.

Boys Hockey Skates

Recreational hockey skates - used fewer than 10 times. Sizes 8.5 and 7.5. Runs big. Stainless steel blade; microfiber lining. $40
Household Furniture and Goods for Sale
Great for setting up a new home or filling gaps. All in very good condition, most things are 2-3 years old. Happy to provide photos or details of anything of interest and will gladly discuss a price for a group of items. All items will be available for pick up in Chevy Chase, mid to late December. Contact: hannahbleby@hotmail.com.

Items: IKEA pull out bed (twin to queen size) with two mattresses and three large drawers (black brown) · Small Ikea desk and molded plastic swivel desk chair (black brown) · Upholstered swivel desk chair (soft brick red) · Small standing chest freezer (white) · Bedside table and lamp (white) · IKEA leather Poang chair (dark brown) · Small mid century couch with chaise (dark brown) · IKEA 6 drawer dresser (natural pine) · IKEA standing lamp (cream) · 2nd standing lamp (back and white) · Snow shovel · Rake · Outdoor broom · Wire three shelf pantry rack · IKEA Small square coffee table (birch color) · Breville espresso coffee machine · Ninja blender · Bose speaker dock for iPhone · Children’s convertible indoor pool/ping pong table and accessories
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