Weekly Bulletin - Jan 29, 2020
Pictured: Work from our high school Calligraphy and Paper Cutting elective. Artists: Ella, Danielle, Elizabeth, and Lei Lei.
High School Electives
Wednesday electives are a great chance for our high schoolers to learn something new alongside other students from across the grades. Electives change yearly and one of the advantages of the small school environment is that our selection of electives is frequently informed by student interests.

In today's Clowning class we asked the students what they thought were the best things about having elective classes (the teacher left the room). The students particularly liked that they get to make a choice based on their own interests, and that electives give them a chance to take an interest further than just a surface understanding. They also appreciated that electives are on Wednesday, providing a nice variation in the flow of the week.

Current electives: Clowning (with Laurent Andre), Debate (with guest teacher Mr. Hall), Math Modeling (with Nick DeVinney), Painting (with Barb Bancroft), Theater (with Jane Christenson), Calligraphy and Paper Cutting (with Liva Golman), and Newspaper (with Valerie LeBlanc) which produces The Waldorfian .
Upcoming Events
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
Parent Organization Book Club With Jack Petrash
Saturday, Feb 1st from 9:30- 11:30am

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.
Black History Month Jazz 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

We begin next Wednesday, February 5 with our very talented parent and alum Michael Kramer, jazz guitarist for the United States Army Band.
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

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 Book Club 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

13/ Thursday
  • G4 Parent Evening, 7-8:30pm

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

17/ Monday
  • NO CLASSES, Presidents Day
Green Meadow Middle School Basketball Tournament
What a weekend was had at the Green Meadow Tournament! The middle school girls and boys basketball teams showed up with team spirit like no other. Each game was met with good sportsmanship and earnest efforts.

Our girls and boys teams won 2 out of each of their 3 games. Emmett and Caleb took 2nd and 3rd place, respectively, in the boys free throw competition.

Thank you to those families who were able to make the trip... the Knights' cheering section had a palpable energy that carried our teams as they played!
Special gratitude to Aglaia Benni, Shelly and Andre Hackman, CJ Leonard, and Julie Wendt for making sure that our kids were always cared for and well fed. 
50th Anniversary Concert - Don't miss out!
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
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.  
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
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
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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