Weekly Bulletin - May 20, 2020
Golden Gala - Thank You!
Our virtual gala was a big success! Thank you to all our community members, far and wide, who attended -- even from overseas! We had 190 registrations.
 
Thank you to our gala committee: Vanessa Beckman and CJ Leonard , our development committee: Marilyn Noguera , Michael Danzansky , Adria Foster , Stephanie Hanson Lisa Catalone and Catalone Design who helped take the gala from concept to reality. Thank you also to Carla Wheeler for the beautiful cookies in the Swag Bag, to all the alumni who participated in the video, and to Frank Hall for his beautiful poem - and to the faculty who read it. Additional thanks to Taisto Saloma for guiding us through the "raise the paddle" process and to Abby for the impromptu ice bucket dump! And special thanks to Dan & Jeremy Foster for sharing their talents and closing out the evening with a moving performance.

The school wishes recognize Maria Monteverde-Jackson for her tireless efforts adapting and preparing this event and for finding creative and virtual ways to keep us connected.

The "raise the paddle" itself raised over $120,000 for the ONE FUND . The impact of this support cannot be overstated. These gifts will help our families needing financial aid and shoring up our operating budget. We are now $ 67,000 from reaching our ONE FUND goal of $400,000 by the end of June.
Gala Highlights
Faculty & Staff read a poem by Frank Hall celebrating our 50th Anniversary.
Alumni reflect on their fondest memories of their time at WWS.
To close out the celebration, Dan Foster ( WWS Alum, WWS Parent ) and Jeremy Foster ( 10th ) performed the Mozart Duo in G Major for violin and viola, 1st & 3rd movements. Enjoy this beautiful performance!
Thank you to all who have donated to the  ONE FUND over the past few weeks. Your gifts give essential support to our faculty and allow the school to better meet the growing need for tuition assistance.

We need your help as we continue our distance learning program and plan for the next school year. If you are able, please support the Washington Waldorf School with a donation to the ONE FUND at any gift level. You can  donate now , or contact Caitlin MacKenzie, Director of Development,  by email .

Thank you!
Community Events
Community Book Club Hosted by Susan Walsh
Next Meeting is Thursday, May 21 at 7:30pm (meeting every other week via zoom)

Susan Walsh will lead a discussion of the novel The Dutch House by Ann Patchett. Please read through the end of the book. You are welcome to join if you missed the first meeting. Parents, Alumni Parents, and Grandparents are welcome. Please register online. 

Sign up here to participate.
Senior Play
Friday, May 22 at 7pm

The WWS Class of 2020 proudly presents:
The Skin of Our Teeth
by Thornton Wilder

"Wilder's 1942 romp about human follies and human endurance starring the Antrobus family of Excelsior, NJ."  

Please join us for a live webinar performance!

Athletics Awards Online Gathering
Tuesday, May 26 at 7pm 

We will recognize accomplishments and celebrate the year, albeit a shorter one, in WWS middle school and high school athletics. We will share the link in a ParentSquare post soon.
Rose Ceremony Online Assembly
Friday, May 29 at 2:30pm

The first graders have a new way to offer roses to their seniors and to wish them well as they prepare to graduate. We will share information about this "assembly' via ParentSquare soon. 

We are grateful to the first grade (teachers, parents and students) for creating this new form to wish the seniors well at this milestone.

As with events on campus, photos/screenshots and recording are not permitted. 
Senior Graduation via Zoom
Saturday, May 30 at 2pm 

Everyone is invited! Join us, online and by those invisible threads that connect us still, to celebrate this milestone in the lives of the seniors, their families and the school.

Link to join the Webinar:   https://zoom.us/j/97905431917  

As with events on campus, photos/screenshots and recording are not permitted.
Angst, the Movie - High School Screening & Available On Demand
Wednesday, June 3 - Tuesday, June 9

This award winning documentary was created to open a dialogue and normalize - not trivialize - anxiety to allow us to help each other and ourselves. IndieFlix recommends ages 10 to adult, and we recommend middle school age to adult. The run time is 56 minutes, the viewing site offers an "at home" discussion guide and other resources.

The whole High School will have a screening and class forum discussions - June 4. Viewing on demand will be available to the WWS community for free, June 3 - June 9.

We will share viewing information in the Bulletin on June 3.
Celebrating Our Community
Lysol That Jazz
WWS Alum Brian Spitulnik joined his Broadway cast mates from CHICAGO, to create this quarantine version of 'All That Jazz.' (He's the one in the sunglasses with the bottle.)

NSO @ Home Virtual Orchestra: Dvořák's 9th Symphony
The National Symphony Orchestra Musicians - including Daniel Foster ( WWS Alum, WWS Parent ), Joel Fuller ( WWS Parent ), and David Teie ( WWS Parent ) -perform an excerpt from Dvořák's 9th Symphony, "From the New World" as part of #NSOatHome .

Love Sings From Liverpool -Virtual choir
Lisa Bechmann ( Seedlings Teacher & Children's Garden Coordinator ) participated in this international remote choral project out of Liverpool, England that benefits charities that help vulnerable populations in that city.

Community Projects for North American Waldorf Schools
From the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA)
Stars from the WWS community from Bonnie McClelland (top) and Susan Elfström (bottom).
Paper Star Making Project

Inspired by Denver Waldorf School, we -- and Waldorf schools across North America -- will be creating simple paper stars that can be hung in your windows providing color, beauty and joy.


For star-making materials, you can order directly from Mercurius/Art Makes Sense , or one of their preferred suppliers

Send a picture of your stars to agoodyear@washingtonwaldor.org
Waldorf100+1 Run! Skip! Dance!
During this time of social distancing, we as a continental Waldorf community are spanning that distance! 

With the Waldorf100+1 Run! Skip! Dance! initiative , Waldorf communities across the continent are invited to join together to virtually visit every Waldorf school in North America -- together.

We aim to end our cross continental adventure on September 11, 2020 -- the 100+1 year anniversary of Waldorf education. 

How it works
Choose your activity/ies ( see activity to mile equivalents )
  • Log your weekly miles.
  • Every Monday, submit your logged miles here.
  • Every Friday, check Facebook and Instagram for a video update on where we have traveled that week!

Please log your WEEKLY miles here every Monday   and help us, as a continental Waldorf community, to visit every Waldorf school in North America!

We invite you to share your moves and activities on social media with us using the hashtags:#Waldorf100plus1 #WaldorfRunSkipDance #RunSkipDance

If anyone in the WWS community has questions about participating, feel free to contact Judith Graff at jgraff@washingtonwaldorf.org .
Parent Organization News
Many thanks to Julie Wendt who came to last week’s Parent Gathering to talk about nutrition. She gave us a lot of good information and tips. Thank you, Julie! More information on Julie, nutrition, and health coaching can be found at her website: juliewendtnutrition.com

Summer is Coming - Are You Ready? 
Some parents have expressed interest in sharing ideas for this summer. We can talk about this at the next Parent Gathering in June - but in the meantime we can share ideas and resources on the WWS Parents list serve. To join the Washington Waldorf Parents Listserv, send an email to: wwsparents-subscribe@yahoogroups.com . Contact  posc@washingtonwaldorf.org if you have any trouble joining.
Bulletin Board
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Notices & Classifieds
Violinists! - Discover the joy of traditional Irish fiddling in small group lessons this summer via Zoom!

Learn traditional Irish jigs, reels and hornpipes with a small group (3-5) of your friends.
 
Tunes will be taught traditionally - by ear.  Recordings will be provided at least a week
in advance and sheet music will be made available as a follow up. Build your listening skills, sharpen your ear, gain new fiddle technique and have fun learning to play traditional Irish music!
 
Tuition: $225 for 10 classes beginning the week of June 15 through end of summer.
Min: 3/ Max: 5. Exact schedule TBD by group. Financial aid available if needed. 
 
Bring your friends and make some new friends this summer! At its heart, Irish music is social. Let’s build more bridges through music!
 
For more information, please email Mitch Fanning at mitch@bogband.com
 
Stay well and safe and keep music alive in your hearts & homes!
Alumni Available for Tutoring Help
from Nathan Kulesza ( WWS Alum )

I am currently looking for tutoring or babysitting jobs. I am majoring in education and love working with kids and hope to one day be a Waldorf teacher myself. Are you, or a family you know, looking for someone?
 
Nathan Kulesza
301-219-0985
Free PEP (Parent Encouragement Program) Webinar this Thursday
from the POSC

This week's webinar,  Help Wanted! Getting Kids to Take on Household Tasks , is scheduled for Thursday, May 21 at noon ET. Getting kids to help around the house can be more daunting than just doing all the chores ourselves. But, that makes us stressed, overtired, and resentful! And, it prevents children and teenagers from learning important life lessons. Discover ways to engage all family members in contributing positively to household responsibilities while building their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.
Parent & Kid Yoga Instructional Video
from Michael Danzansky ( WWS Parent )

This 25 minute video (featuring a WWS parent & kid!) is a helpful guide for yoga you and your children can do together.

https://youtu.be/7zdqPP2aNa0
Support Chef Eron's Work to Feed Homeless Youth at Baltimore Safe Havens

In partnership with the mayor's office of children and family success and Baltimore Safe Havens, Chef Eron has been producing and delivering 100 meals three days a week (as of last week). Chef is volunteering his skills, The Brookings Institute has opened their kitchen, and WWS has donated some food, but in order to sustain this Wednesday-Friday lunch delivery through the end of May (and hopefully beyond) donations are needed for supplies.


About The Population Served by Safe Havens
Homeless Unaccompanied Youth, generally ages 14-25, lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. Absent from the custody of a parent or guardian, these young people often share the living space of others or frequent emergency or transitional shelters. They may also live in public or private places not designated for residential use, such as cars, parks, abandoned buildings, or other similar places. Various types of family conflict, such as poverty, the incarceration of a parent or guardian, and unsafe home environments due to sexual orientation, gender identity, or pregnancy can force youth to leave their homes. 
About 40% of all runaway or homeless youth in America who leave their homes identify as LGBTQ. 
Montgomery County and 5G Cell Towers - Free Educational Webinars
From Carol Petrash ( Former WWS Faculty & Alumni Parent
 
We have been hearing a lot about 5G in the news lately. But what is 5G exactly? How is it related to the current 4G and what will it mean for us collectively? Get your questions answered in this informative, objective session on Thursday at 7:30 pm with expert Theodora Scarato, Executive Director of the Environmental Health Trust. She will be joined by Rick Meyer of Montgomery County for the Control of Cell Towers to talk about how Montgomery County is dealing with 5G. Sponsored by  mocoSafeG.org

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