Weekly Bulletin
February 24, 2021
Pictured are ice lanterns from Judith Graff (Educational Support Teacher), Alia Goodyear (Director of Communications & Marketing), and WWS alum Tatum Joy Hammer who lives in MA where they have excellent icicles!
Ice Lanterns
The weather is warm today, but when we have another dip with freezing temperatures, you might use the opportunity to create an ice lantern.

Instructions:
  • Freeze water in a large yogurt container (or similar). Fill it 3/4 full of water.
  • Put the container outside overnight.
  • If it is frozen in the morning, remove the ice carefully from the container and turn it upside down. What was at the top of the container should be a thick layer of ice, the bottom should be a thin layer and in the middle should still be liquid.
  • Break the thin ice layer carefully and let the water flow out. What remains is a a hollow ice block shaped like a lantern.
  • Place a tea light insight and light it.

Variations: 
  • Do the same with a water balloon as the container and then break it when the outside layer is frozen.
  • Use icicles or other ice formations to create a lantern.
Around Campus
6th Grade Presentations On Elements
10th Grade Printmaking
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

25/ Thursday
  • G1 Parent Meeting, 8pm

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

23/ Tuesday
  • G11 Parent Meeting, 7pm
March

1/ Monday
  • G8 Parent Meeting, 7pm

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

8/ Monday
  • G11 SAT Prep, 1:30pm

9/ Tuesday
  • 12:30 pm Early Dismissal, Professional Development Day

12/ Friday
  • Coffee Break with Jennifer Page, 10am
Strategic Planning Committee Focus Groups
The Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) invites current parents to share and discuss their vision for the future of our school by participating in a focus group. Daytime and evening meeting times will be available. Each focus group will meet once, with additional optional conversations possible further down the road.

Interested parents should contact SPC Co-Chair Jennie Rabinowitz (jr.rabinowitz@gmail.com). Parent feedback will also be solicited via survey or similar means later this year.
Update on Boo-Boo Pup
You may remember the saga of Boo-Boo Pup (they/theirs) from the fall. Boo Boo Pup was lost and then returned to the first grade class accompanied with tales of their adventures around the school.

Boo-Boo Pup has continued be a joyful connection for the first graders, in person and over Zoom. The first graders show their thanks and affection for the little pup by making gifts and building various shelters to ensure that they have a cozy place to live and LOTS of company.
Boo-Boo Pup hanging out with Thalia Times and Paula Plus, math friends who bring a tangible element to the first grade math lessons.
Best For...
Nominations are open until March 7th for the Washington Family "Best For Families" 2021.

Nominate your favorite people, places and things (including WWS) in the DC Metro Area!
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 the Bulletin from Feb 10.
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Classifieds & Notices
Needle Felted Toadstool Tutorial
from WWS Parent Anja Caldwell

Due to the pandemic, I make instructional video tutorials to go with my online classes. Usually I edit them to speed through the chatty parts, to keep them short. This video is unedited and reminds me of counting sheep, or a bit like an homage to Bob Ross, though I am certainly no Bob Ross.

If you are also in need of some mindfulness, enjoy this complimentary copy to make mushrooms to go with your gnomes.

Be well,
Anja Caldwell
Virtual Chiarina Chamber Players Concert
Sunday, Feb 28 at 7:30

We invite you to tune in to a live concert by the Chiarina Chamber Players, featuring performances by WWS parents Daniel Foster, principal violist of the National Symphony and Adria Sternstein Foster, principal flutist of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. Chiarina, an engaging series based in Capitol Hill, is now in its sixth season and is presenting three concerts this spring.

To view the concert, register for free at https://chiarina.org/concerts/fairy-tales/ 
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.

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