Weekly Bulletin
February 17, 2021
Some current chalkboard displays around school...
College Acceptances
from Danielle Menditch Roessle, College Advisor
Washington Waldorf high school seniors continue to receive acceptances to a variety of competitive colleges and universities. Not only are our students standing out in the college admissions process, many are receiving significant merit aid. Below is a list of college acceptances for Class of 2021 as of today. The deadline for students to hear from schools is April 1st, so more news to follow in the next few months!
For Our Well-Being...
With the deep freeze of winter upon us, snow and overcast skies may feel like the perfect opportunity to cuddle up under a blanket and take a long winter's nap. But many health experts tell us that, in any season, we have an epidemic of sleeplessness in all ages from adults to young children.

Does your family struggle with consistent bedtime routines, or with having any routine at all? If you have had a child in our Children's Garden, you have likely heard your child's teacher talk about consistent nighttime routines and early bedtimes as part of the healthy "rhythm" (or schedule) in a young child's day that lays a foundation for present and future health and well-being.
With our youngest students, there is a great deal of effort and artistry in the teaching around providing these consistent and healthy environments for the children. Though it may look different as your child gets older, all of our teachers consider the health and well-being of the students throughout the school. In the early years, this promotes physical health and a sense of security in the children and we know that maintaining regular meal times, healthy movement or exercise, and consistent and adequate sleep is good for all ages. Of course, life happens and keeping all these necessary things going can be a challenge for ourselves and our children. Picking one thing, like the sleep habits in our family, can feel less daunting when working to be more rhythmic in all aspects of our family life. So, whether you have toddlers, teens, or your children are somewhere in between, here is some good advice for creating healthy sleep habits in your house and what you can do to your bedroom to promote sleep. Pleasant dreams!
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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). 
February

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

23/ Tuesday
  • G11 Parent Meeting, 7pm

25/ Thursday
  • G1 Parent Meeting, 8pm

26/ Friday
  • Coffee Break with Jennifer Page, 10am
Around Campus...
11th Grade Main Lesson
8th Grade Outdoor Classroom
7th Graders Help Build an Outdoor Classroom
3rd Grade Eurythmy
1st Grade Handwork
Waldorf in the Woods
Retirements
Keep sending your memories and well wishes for John Brauer and Tove Elfström who will retire at the end of this school year! It's lovely to hear from alumni, alumni parents, former faculty members, and friends...

If you missed it, see the retirement announcement in last week's Bulletin.
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Classifieds & Notices
Free barre3 Classes
from WWS parent Helga Dimmer

Feel balanced in body and mind! Certified barre3 instructor and Waldorf parent Helga Dimmer invites you to join her Wednesday and Friday mornings for 45 minutes of movement designed to help you release tension, improve mobility, build strength and feel grounded. Use the code "barre3Waldorf" at the following link to redeem 2 weeks of FREE outdoor and livestream classes. 

Book Discussion Class: Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out
from WWS parent Michael Danzansky

Hello Waldorf - I hope you will consider joining this upcoming discussion class, Mindful of Race. Michael Danzansky is facilitating a 6 week exploration of Ruth King's book, Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out. The book invites us to consider how we relate to race, our unconscious beliefs and preconceived notions, and then how we can use mindful practices to create more compassion, awareness and healing. I hope you can join us.

Wooden Loft Bed for Sale

For Sale: Elegant blond wooden twin loft bed with good head room underneath for a 5 foot tall bookshelf, desk, or couch. $85


Contact Geoff Baker at gbaker@washingtonwaldorf.org
AU Speaker Series Including WWS Parent Irene Calis
Please join the AU Anti-Racist Research and Policy Center, the AU Department of Critical Race, Gender & Culture Studies (CRGC), and the AU Women’s Initiative (WI) in welcoming a series of speakers to our virtual campus in Spring 2021. This Series addresses the question of human freedom from the perspective of the "the damned of the earth," those on the underside of history. Each speaker, engaged in radical intervention across different emancipatory, anti-colonial struggles, will consider how communities are thinking about and forging alternative futures. Speakers include Randolph B. Persaud, S’bu Zikode, Nigel Gibson, Françoise Vergès, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, and Irene Calis.

Virtual Simplicity Parenting Retreat
From: Raelee Peirce, Admissions Director, Emerson Waldorf School and Certified Simplicity Parenting Discipline & Guidance Coach
Simple, practical, values-based tools you can start using right away to help you reduce clutter, create daily rhythms, find needed downtime, and manage screens.

Virtual Student Well-Being Symposium, February 25 at 1pm
from former WWS parent Tiziana De Macceis

Tiziana (now in Italy) let us know that she and her husband are involved with the creation of a new organization focused on student well-being. Mindhamok uses digital learning, webinars, and podcasts working with a network of therapists (psychiatrists, osteopaths, homeopaths, coaches etc). They have a 24/7 helpline, crisis management, and more. 

Be part of the Mindhamok virtual student symposium! Join their expert panel members as they share their perspectives on “the academic year that wasn’t supposed to happen” as well as offering a unique chance to gain new tips on how to improve your well-being as you study during the pandemic. Panel members will also be on hand to listen and respond to questions, thoughts and concerns.

Learn About Safe Technology and the Historic Lawsuit on Wireless 
 
Interested in a meeting to talk about technology safety? Contact WWS parent Theodora Scarato who will be hosting monthly community meetings on tips and tricks to decrease EMF exposure. Scarato's organization has launched a major legal appeal to the FCC regarding their refusal to update 25 year old wireless safety limits. Court proceedings and the press conference are online.  See also this article from WTOP.

Contact Theodora at theodora.scarato@ehtrust.org 
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