Weekly Bulletin - Feb 5, 2020
Black History Month
Thoughts from Jennifer Page, Faculty Chair

A dear friend recently said to me, “You see in the world what you look for.” This is at the same time both simple and profound. In the midst of Black History Month, however, it brings to mind some of the lenses through which we view the people around us. For example, a black man in a hoodie conjures up assumptions and stereotypes, often negative ones, in some people who encounter him. Last year at this time, Cephas Williams initiated a social media campaign called 56 Black Men to challenge these stereotypes. Williams photographed 56 black men all wearing black hoodies, and titled each photo, “I Am Not My Stereotype.” In small print below each photo, the occupation or life work of that individual is described. Each man has a positive life story, one which is irrelevant to the black hoodie he chooses to wear. As Williams stated in a 2019 interview with BBC News, “[The campaign] serves as a reminder that for every black man you see represented doing something negative, there are 56 of us that aren’t.” You see in the world what you look for.

Throughout the school, you will find displays of many African Americans who have made a difference in our country and the world. I encourage you to read about these Americans with your children as you circulate through the halls. You can see a display of the 56 Black Men campaign in the high school hallway outside the music room. (Thank you to Bonnie McClelland for arranging the displays.) 

Black History Month Performances

The WWS Music Department invites you to join us every Wednesday in February in the foyer from 8:05-8:25 for special jazz (and jazz related) performances in celebration of Black History Month. You'll hear performances from our talented students, parents, and faculty.

  • 2/12 from 8:05-8:25am: WWS KnightLights - a cappella gospel & spirituals
  • LUNCHTIME on 2/12 (12:40pm): HS Drumming Ensemble with Kweku Owusu, 12:40 in the auditorium
  • 2/19 from 8:05-8:25am: Robert Coleman - jazz guitar
  • 2/26 from 8:05-8:25am: Sing Along with Nevin Bender on piano
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!**

6/ Thursday
  • Morning Tour for Parents, 8-10:30am

7/ Friday
  • Feb 7-9 - NO CLASSES for the High School, Kimberton Basketball Tournament

11/ Tuesday
  • Craft & Conversation, 8:30-10am

12/ Wednesday
  • Black History Month Music, 8:05-8:25am - KnightLights
  • Black History Month Music, 12:40pm - HS Drumming Ensemble

13/ Thursday
  • G4 Parent Evening, 7-8:30pm **Note that the BigSis calendar showed an outdated date and has been updated.

14/ Friday
  • NO CLASSES for the Children's Garden & Lower School, Parent Teacher Conferences

17/ Monday
  • NO CLASSES, Presidents Day

19/ Wednesday
  • Black History Month Music, 8:05-8:25am - Robert Coleman

20/ Thursday
  • Day of the Languages, 1pm (Parents welcome. Not open to younger students.)

25/ Tuesday
  • Morning Tour for Parents, 8-10:30am - Sing Along
  • Craft & Conversation, 8:30-10am
  • Student Council Pancake Fundraiser, at dismissal

26/ Wednesday
  • Black History Month Music, 8:05-8:25am

28/ Friday 
  • Faculty Appreciation Lunch, 11:30am - WWS Library
Spring Parent-Child Classes
Beginning Late February/Early March
Moon Garden/Parent - Mobile Baby  
Tues, 11am -12:15pm

Star Garden /Parent Toddler – for 16 months to 2 years
Tues, 8:45am – 10:30am
Sun Garden /Parent Child – for 2 and 3 year olds
Indoor Sun Garden: Rhythms of Home & Nature: Mon, 8:45am – 11am

Outdoor Sun Garden – Forest Class:
Wed, 9am – 11:15am

50th Anniversary Concert
Tickets are going fast!
For the whole family - a 50th Anniversary concert presented by Time for Three and WWS. Band member Nicholas Kendall is a WWS alumnus . Time for Three is renowned for their charismatic performances in venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and The Royal Albert Hall. Space is limited.

Tickets are $20 per person, which will cover the costs of the event.
Students through Grade 8 are free (ticket must still be reserved).
Watch the Time for Three NPR Tiny Desk Concert - you'll see this is not one to miss!
50th Anniversary Outdoor Shakespeare
Get Involved!
As part of our 50th anniversary celebration, the school will stage a production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, performed by members of the WWS community. The performance will take place Saturday, June 6, on the grounds of the school. Rehearsals will be 2-3 times per month beginning in February.

Please let Jane Christenson, high school theatre arts teacher, know if you are interested in being a part of the production.   jchristenson@washingtonwaldorf.org
Parent Organization News
**Volunteers needed** for the Faculty Appreciation Luncheon - Friday, February 28

Once a year, WWS families honor our hard-working, dedicated and beloved faculty and staff by offering them a delicious luncheon. This year's luncheon will be held on Friday, February 28th in the school library. It’s a lovely event where we get to thank our faculty with our home made dishes.

Thank you in advance for signing up to bring a dish and cooking at home (if possible!).

Your class Parent Organization (PO) representative will be in touch soon. They are tasked with keeping track of the food so that we can be sure to have enough on hand. Below is a list of suggested courses for each class to make to ensure variety, but please contribute any dish you like!

This is a great and easy event for volunteering. We have a lot of fun setting up, arranging the room and dishes, and getting to witness the faculty and staff enjoying themselves! Sign up today.

Suggested courses:
  • Children's Garden: Desserts (i.e. baked goods, truffles, chocolate bars, fruit salad)
  • Grades 1-2: Appetizers, each serving 8-10 people (i.e. samosas, pirogues, sushi, crab rolls, shrimp cocktail, hummus, terrine, dumplings, crostini, etc.)
  • Grades 3-4: 5 Salads (2 grain or other starch, 1 vegetable, 2 green salads)
  • Grade 5: Flower arrangements (1 large and 5 smaller arrangements for the tables)
  • Grades 6, 7 & 8: 8 Entrees each serving 8-10 people, served at room temperature or in a crockpot (i.e. stews and soups in a crockpot, sandwiches, wraps, quiche, risotto, carved roast meat, etc.)
  • High School: Desserts and cold drinks (i.e. baked goods, truffles, chocolate bars, fruit salad, Italian sodas, sparkling water, etc.)
Bulletin Board
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Waldorf School of Baltimore - Waldorf Fair
March 6, 6:30-9pm
March 7, 10am-4pm

Join the Waldorf School of Baltimore community for their annual Waldorf Fair!

This fun-filled weekend attracts over 600 families from across the state of Maryland and features:
Artisan wares, live music, a Spring Faerie’s Grotto, a children's shopping room, family crafts, jump rope making, marionette shows, food trucks, and much more!

Entry price is $2 for everyone over two-years of age.
Admission is free on Friday to adults 21 and up.
Online Spanish Course About the Effects of Technology on Kids Brain Development
From Carina Castro Fumero, pediatric neuropsychologist ( WWS Parent )

For the past 15 years, Carina Castro Fumero has specialized in the area of mental health and children’s well-being, focusing primarily in sharing the latest developments in neuroscience with parents and giving guidance on how to put this knowledge into practice for the benefit of the cognitive development of the little ones.

Her online course (in Spanish) about the effects of technology on kids' brain development is available on the Udemy platform:

Beautiful, Sunny, 2 bedroom/1 bath, 1000 sq. ft. apartment for rent
$2,295/month - Utilities included!
Available June 1st, 2020

Located directly across the street from The Shops at Sumner Place: Safeway, Starbucks, CVS Pharmacy, Gym, and yoga studio. Ideal neighborhood for walking, boating, and a wealth of outdoor activities.
  • Walking distance to the Washington Waldorf School
  • Beautifully renovated kitchen and bathroom.
  • Directly on the amazing Capital Crescent trail going into Georgetown and Bethesda.
  • Very easy access to Van Ness/UDC, Georgetown, Friendship Heights, and Arlington. Near bus line to Bethesda metro.
Rent includes: 2 car parking, utilities + pool access. Cable ready unit. Coin Laundry at premises. Good size storage bin. 1-month deposit required.

Contact: CP1.mgt@gmail.com or Call: 240-603-3182
Silver Flute and Sheet Music Collection for Sale

Silver flute for sale. In good condition, has been well taken care of, stored in case for past decade and rarely played. Emeritus by Armstrong Elkhart Model 60B 3-2689 - $900.

Sizable classical sheet music collection, for flute. Selling lot. Please contact if you are interested in reviewing the catalog.

Contact Felice at 202-657-8651 or email felice.stadler@gmail.com
Singing Workshop at WWS
Wednesday, Feb 19 from 7-8:30pm

Christiaan Boele, a leading teacher in the Werbeck singing method is returning to the Washington Waldorf School this winter. He is offering a 90-minute-long workshop and has time that day for a limited number of 45-minute-long private lessons. First come, first served. The location of the 5 morning slots are TBD. The 3 afternoon slots will be at WWS.
$35 at the door or preregister
$30 WWS faculty rate

Contact Eszter Szabo ( WWS Alumni Parent ) at  eszabo97@gmail.com
Looking for Morning and After School Childcare

We just welcomed a new addition to our family over the holiday break. We are looking for a loving and joyful person to provide some extra help in the weekday mornings and after school. The duties would be helping care for our soon-to-be 3 year old and newborn (e.g., helping with afternoon activities at home and getting ready for school in the morning). We live a few minutes from WWS. If you have any recommendations or know of anyone who would be interested, we would be grateful.

Contact Parisa ( WWS Parent ) at haghshenasparisa@gmail.com
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
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