Weekly Bulletin - Jan 22, 2020
Ideas for Reducing Our Carbon Footprints from the 9th Grade
During 9th grade organic chemistry, the students studied the greenhouse gas effect and learned how our choices can make a difference.
Our school is committed to the concepts of sustainable living on a healthy planet. There are a number of ways that WWS already works towards environmental sustainability, but there is more to do! We have a few big initiatives in the works that will have a significant impact on our sustainability efforts:

  • We have an agreement in place for the installation of solar panels on our school roof within the next few months.
  • We were chosen to participate in a composting pilot program run by the Montgomery Count Department of Environmental Protection, Recycling and Resource Management Division. Our 3rd graders will still manage the composting that we are able to do onsite at the school, but this program will allow us to compost the rest of our food scraps. It's encouraging that the DEP recognized us a strong candidate to help them with their pilot program.
  • A group of High School students has formed the Green and Natural Alternative Representatives (GNAR) environmental club. This dedicated group is currently auditing our school waste, collecting data so they can better understand our current state and help the school reduce consumption/waste and increase recycling.
  • If you are interested in getting involved with sustainability efforts for the school community, please email Gogi Kalka (HS Science Teacher).
Upcoming Events
School Overview Webinar
Thursday, January 23 at 12:30pm

This is an opportunity for folks to join us on their lunch break for a quick virtual taste of what our school has to offer. The webinar is geared towards those who don't know WWS and haven't had a chance to visit one of our open houses or tours.

Is there someone you know that is interested in WWS but hasn't had the chance to visit? Invite your friends and neighbors!

Thinking Diversity Coffee with the Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice - "Indigenous Voices"
Friday, Jan 31 at 8:30am in the WWS Library

The WWS Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice invites us to collectively consider the importance of indigenous voices with our guest Elizabeth Rule. 

Dr. Rule is an enrolled citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and an active voice on indigenous issues in the DC metro area. She serves as the Assistant Director of the AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy and is also a Postdoctoral Fellow in American Studies in the Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies Collaborative at American University. We are thrilled that Dr. Rule is our guest speaker and we hope to see you there.

Please   RSVP to Christen Leonard or call 301-229-6107, ext. 101
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!**
January

22/ Wednesday
  • G6 Parent Evening, 7:30pm

23/ Thursday
  • School Overview Webinar, 12:30pm
  • G7 Parent Evening, 7:30pm
  • G5 Parent Evening, 7:45pm

24/ Friday
  • HS Movie Night, 6-8:45pm
  • Jan 24-25 - NO CLASSES for the 7th & 8th Grade, Green Meadow Basketball Tournament

28/ Tuesday
  • Craft & Conversation, 8:30-10am
  • WiW Parent Evening

29/ Wednesday
  • G9 Parent Info Session on Foreign Exchange, 8:15-9am

30/ Thursday
  • G2 Parent Evening, 7:30pm
  • G8 Parent Evening, 7:30pm

31/ Friday
  • Thinking Diversity Coffee with the Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice, 8:30am
February

1/ Saturday
  • PO Bookclub meeting with Jack Petrash, 9:30-11:30am

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

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

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

17/ Monday
  • NO CLASSES, Presidents Day
MLK Day Service Morning
Thank you to all of the families and students who joined our community service day on Monday . We packed 500 snack packs for Cup of Joe for the disadvantaged. We also created 250 gifts for terminally ill children at NIH, scarves for service men and women, and collected a carload of diapers and other baby products for the National Center for Children and Families. 
50th Anniversary Concert - Tickets Now On Sale!
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).
Parent Organization News
Bookclub With Jack Petrash - Save the date!

Saturday , February 1st from 9:30am - 11:30am all are invited to a book club discussion with Jack Petrash at WWS.

The Parent Organization Steering Committee is excited to have former WWS Class teacher and the author of our book study join us for this morning of reflection and sharing on the principles of Waldorf education. This event is open to the public, and parents from Acorn Hill and Potomac Crescent are warmly invited.

To RSVP or for more information contact the Parent Organization Steering Committee at: posc@washingtonwaldorf.org

You may order a copy of the book online and there are a few copies located in the WWS library as well.
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.  
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
Jack and the Beanstalk Presented by Beech Tree Puppets
Potomac Crescent Waldorf School, 3846 King St, Alexandria, VA 22302

Saturday, January 25 at 11am and 1pm
Tickets available online or at the door

Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum! Join young Jack as he climbs an enormous beanstalk to a castle in the sky. Discover a hen that lays golden eggs, a gilded harp that sings by itself, and a giant with a hearty appetite. Don’t miss this classic English folktale, brought to life with beautifully hand-crafted puppets and sets, along with heart-warming music.

Recommended for ages 4 to 12
Duration: 40 minutes
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
Language Arts Tutoring & Support

Julian Paine (BA, MA, WWS Parent ) is a devoted humanities teacher of 20 years experience from one of the UK's oldest Waldorf schools. He has taught English Literature and Language in main and subject lessons and has also helped students achieve outstanding results in public examinations for university/college entrance. Offering a wide range of individual support, including help with syllabus content and the skills required to improve written composition. 

Text/Call (240) 743 0606, or email julianpaine@gmail.com

Editor's Note: Apologies to Julian for our rushed update which mis-gendered the pronouns in his original posting. Perhaps we need his tutoring help!
ASK THE PROF! College Admissions Essay and Interview Mentorship for rising 11th and 12th graders

Good grades and extracurricular activities alone will not help you to stand out in a competitive applicant pool for college admissions. The college admission essay is one of the most important aspects of a college application.

Get help with your essays and in preparing for the important college interview with Prof Calis ( WWS Parent ) , a longtime college educator and a proponent of Waldorf education. This double-insider perspective can uniquely help to bring out and then weave your story and skills with key aspects of your Waldorf education in a way that is genuine, persuasive, and memorable.

Mentorship options include:
  • Group Workshop
  • One-on-one essay mentorship
  • One-on-one interview preparation

Email askprofcalis@gmail.com for more information. Taking summer bookings.
Extraordinary, Experienced, Warm & Loving Nanny Needed

WWS family looking for an extraordinary, experienced nanny for a 5yo son & 2yo daughter to start full-time as soon as possible. Seeking someone loving, gentle, nurturing, patient, & energetic to welcome into our home and our hearts, who will embrace the honor and responsibility of joining us as a partner in our children's development.
Our children are loving, affectionate, & joyful. We want someone excited to go on long outdoor adventures, nurture imaginative play, and delight in books, songs & spontaneous dance parties!
We prefer someone who prepares nutritious, vegetarian lunches/snacks and helps with housekeeping, laundry, occasional errands. Car required. Email Elissa Margolin elissamargolin@gmail.com or call/text at 202.258.2859
After School Music Lessons

New openings for violin, viola, cello, and flute lessons are available at school on Monday and Wednesday between 3-5pm with Cornelia Florescu ( WWS Middle School Flute Teacher ).

For more info, please email Florescus@msn.com or text 391-793-2709. 
Custom Italian Leather Couches For Sale

Lovely custom down-filled Italian leather couches (KEVIN GIORMANI) looking for a new good home. Asking $3,000 for both.

Contact: Mila Shelehoff ( WWS Alumni Parent ) at 202-716-9602 or milashelehoff@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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