Weekly Bulletin - Dec 11, 2019
10th Grade English "Destroy a Book" project as part of Fahrenheit 451 study
from Liva Golman (HS English Teacher)

As an adolescent, I found myself fascinated by an annual exhibition, put on by a local art gallery, in which each artist transformed a plain wooden box into a work of art that expresses a range of experiences, ideas, and emotions. One transformed box in particular has stayed with me: a pile of ashes on a flat wooden tray.

Heroism and justice are among the various themes explored in the 10th grade English curriculum. One of the texts we study is Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, which has led to many lively discussions on censorship, symbolism, personal responsibility, and the human thirst for knowledge. When planning our book study, I reached back to my experience of the ashes on the tray and decided to ask the students to destroy (and subsequently transform) a book. Each 10th grader plans their destruction of a hardback book, carefully linking the intended results to their individual understanding of Bradbury's cautionary tale. Fire, naturally, tends to feature heavily, as do symbols from the text such as the salamander, phoenix, and mirror.

This year's "Destroy a Book" projects include a world on fire, Montag's evolution towards freedom, parallels between a gun and a book of poetry, two flipbooks, and more.

Please come and view all of the projects, which will be on display in the front lobby beginning Friday.
December Events & Happenings
Craft & Conversation
Tuesday, Dec 17 from 8:30-10am

Craft & Conversation is an ongoing handwork group that meets every Tuesday morning in the school lobby from 8:30–10am throughout the year. The group creates handcrafted items to gain experience in Waldorf crafting, to support the Fall Bazaar, and to work on other projects as well. Please stop by and join our craft circle. No prior experience necessary to participate - we have projects for any skill level!
Parent Organization Holiday Meeting
Thursday, Dec 12 from 8:30-9:30am in the front foyer  

Please join us TOMORROW for our monthly open Parent Organization meeting. This month we offer the usual coffee and baked goods along with festive holiday cheer.
 
Agenda items include: 
  • We invite all Bazaar Coordinators to come so we can thank you in person for your leadership!
  • Faculty Chair Jennifer Page will share a few words and answer questions you may have.
  • We will thank Carolina Carvalho Cheida for all her hard work and wish her a warm farewell as she heads back to Brazil soon. 
  • We will also share info on bookclub, carpool, and more!

Hope to see you there!
Thinking Diversity Coffee with the Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice - "Indigenous Voices"
Friday, Dec 13 at 8:30am

Elizabeth Rule, PhD will join us for this conversation on "Indigenous Voices." Dr. Rule is an enrolled citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. She serves as the Assistant Director of the AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy, Director of the Semester in Washington Politics Program, and Faculty in Residence at the George Washington University. She is also a Postdoctoral Fellow in American Studies and the Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies Collaborative at American University.
Evergreen Spiral - Open to the Community
Friday, Dec 13 at 1:15pm

Current families, alumni families, and community friends are invited to walk the evergreen spiral this year. Each participant is given a candle to light and add to the path of the spiral. This contemplative activity is a time of peaceful reflection giving us an opportunity to connect to our inner light as we approach the winter solstice and the darkest days of the year.

**The first 25 seats booked very quickly. We've been able to expand and are offering a few more spots. Please RSVP below to reserve your place.

**Given the nature of the event, there will be no late seating .
Carol Sing
Saturday, Dec 14 at 5pm

The Carol Sing is a beloved WWS tradition. All are welcome to join us in the beautifully decorated WWS auditorium to sing seasonal songs from a variety of faith traditions, accompanied by our community orchestra. Come early though, since the auditorium is always packed. This is an occasion to warm your heart and soul, and set you in the mood of the season.
Shepherds' Play
Thursday, Dec 19 at 7pm
The WWS faculty warmly invites all members of the community to this year's Shepherds' Play on Dec 19 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. 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
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!**
December

12/ Thursday
  • Open Parent Org Meeting - All parents welcome, 8:30-9:30am
  • G1 Parent Evening, 7pm

13/ Friday
  • Thinking Diversity Coffee with the Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice, 8:30am
  • Evergreen Spiral - Community Day, 1:15pm (Please RSVP)

14/ Saturday
  • Community Carol Sing, 5pm

17/ Tuesday
  • High School Open Morning, 8am
  • Craft & Conversation, 8:30-10am
  • WiW Parent Evening

19/ Thursday
  • Shepherds' Play, 7pm

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

*WINTER VACATION*
CLASSES RESUME on MON, JAN 6
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.
Steiner & Waldorf Books Sale
If you are still in need of holiday gifts for friends, family, or your children, stop by the Steiner books sale in the foyer this week:

Thursday at drop off & 2:30-3:30
Friday at drop off & 12-1:30
Winter Parent-Child Classes
Winter Parent-Child Classes are enrolling now!

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

Moon Garden - Parent & Mobile Baby (crawling babies to confident walking)
Dates: January 7 – February 11
Time: Tuesdays, 11:00 AM -12:15 PM 

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

Sun Garden - Parent & Child (2 and 3 years)
Dates: January 6 – February 10 (No Class January 20)
Time: Mondays, 8:45 AM – 11:00 AM 
50th Anniversary Cookbook
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.  
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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