Weekly Bulletin
November 4, 2020
Día de los Muertos
from Señora Tapia

On November 1st and 2nd In Mexico, families gather to remember and celebrate the lives of their deceased relatives and friends. Many families arrange ofrendas in their homes or in cemeteries to invite the souls of the deceased to visit. These altars are colorfully decorated with candles, flowers (the most popular being marigolds or "Cempasúchitl"), photos, food, sugar skulls, Day of the Dead bread and other mementos. It is a time of joyful reverence with music, feasting and celebration.

At WWS, we celebrate the Day of the Dead in our Spanish classes in grades 5 through high school. This year, our 5th and 6th graders and some of our high schoolers have been on campus to celebrate, while some of our other classes have celebrated online. For our altars, our students made paper flowers, decorated skulls and skeletons, wrote calaverita poems, and brought in photos and stories about family members, friends, and pets who have passed. This gives us a wonderful opportunity to remember our loved ones and explore the richness of the Mexican culture.
1st & 12th Grade Pumpkin Exchange
A delightful decorated pumpkin and photo exchange was orchestrated between the seniors and their first grade friends last week...
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). 

4/ Wednesday
  • G2 Parent Meeting, 8:30pm

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

10/ Tuesday
  • POSC Zoom Coffee, 9:30am
  • G12 Parent Meeting, 7pm

11/ Wednesday
  • NO SCHOOL - Veterans Day

12/ Thursday
  • G3 Parent Meeting, 7pm
  • G4 Parent Meeting, 7:30pm

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

**Fall Bazaar Online Store November 16-25**
Last Day! Annual High School Greens Fundraiser Ends Tonight

Tonight is your last chance to order! For your home, for friends and family, delivered right to the door within the two weeks following Thanksgiving. All net profits will go to the Lakota Waldorf School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. You are invited to shop and to share the link.

With thanks from the High School!
ONE FUND – Whole School, Whole Community
Right now our school is working hard to offer in person learning experiences for all grades, in accordance with health and safety protocols. Your gift to the ONE FUND today can help build additional outdoor classroom shelters and purchase equipment. Now, more than ever, your charitable gift to the ONE FUND is essential, and if you make your gift by December 31, 2020, it is fully tax-deductible in the 2020 tax year. Thank you for your support of WWS education which cultivates compassion, responsible action, and courage for truth in each student.

You Can Support WWS in Various Ways

  • Donate stock or securities, and receive more than 50% in tax savings. Please contact your financial advisor for more information.

  • Ask your employer if they offer matching gifts for charitable donations. Many employers will match your donation to the School.
Fall Bazaar 2020
Vendors, Bake Sale, Waldorf Store - November 16-25

In a year like no other, we are moving our vendors and Waldorf Store online. A selection of the vendors who attend on a regular basis will be listed on the WWS website beginning on November 16. The WWS Waldorf Store is where we showcase handwork by members of our community, as well as a wide assortment of Waldorf toys, books, art supplies, and a great deal more. We hope you will do much of your holiday shopping at the Waldorf Store. Not only are there no crowds and no shipping costs, you will also receive everything before Thanksgiving AND you'll be supporting our school. The Waldorf Store is the biggest moneymaker of the Fall Bazaar. 

Feel free to share the store with friends, but please be aware - NOTHING will be shipped, so local orders only.
Thanksgiving Food Drives
As part of our Fall Bazaar activities, we will be holding a food drive prior to Thanksgiving. There are two options for participation:
  • A gift card of any size for Giant or Safeway (only) to be donated to Samaritan Ministries. Please send these to school by November 19th (WWS, 4800 Sangamore Rd., Bethesda, MD 20816, Attn: Maria Monteverde-Jackson)
  • Make snack bags for So Others Might Eat (SOME). It's a great family activity! Bags cost approx. $2.30 each We recommend that you sign up for bags in quantities of 8 based on typical amounts available in packages. Our goal is 800 snack bags - that's only 5 bags per family if everyone participates! Bag drop-off is November 19 and 20 at school. To sign up and for the list of items, go to: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4fafae2ba64-some
Questions? Send an email to Maria Monteverde-Jackson.
Developing Community Engagement
The WWS Parent Organization Steering Committee (POSC) is seeking 5-6 new members for the 2020-2021 school year.
It is important to note that because of the unusual circumstances we are in, the POSC will function as a virtual team this year. It is likely that in person events will not be held and that the team will be tasked with finding creative and fun ways to bring our parent community together.
If you are interested in making a meaningful contribution to the WWS community, please join us for a POSC Zoom Coffee on November 10 at 9:30am when we will share specific information about the POSC. If you have any thoughts or questions about this opportunity please contact Maria Monteverde-Jackson, Director of Events and Community Relations at mmonteverdejackson@washingtonwaldorf.org.
Online Reviews
With so much happening online right now, having strong online reviews can make a huge difference for our school as new families find and explore WWS online. Please consider posting a review on one or more of these sites:

Thank you for your support!
Bulletin Board
How to Submit a Listing
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.  
Classifieds & Notices
The Aspiring Spirit Podcast

From Dr. Kenann McKenzie (Thompson), now at Moraine Waldorf School, MA whose children enjoyed many years at WWS with various teachers as follows: Ian Thompson (Brauer), Ayo Thompson (Andre), and Jian Thompson (Chang).

My son, Ian, was a member of the class of 2022 with Mr. Brauer. In his memory, WWS has held tree plantings, concerts, and more over the years. A new “memorial” created for him is a new PODCAST being piloted. The goal is to share social commentary that is about creating a world focused on the greater Good. The name is “The Aspiring Spirit” and it can be found on all podcast stations, including Apple and Spotify.

Listen to our new social commentary podcast “The Aspiring Spirit”
Farm Delivery (pickup near WWS)
from Torie Gorges

Whiffletree Farm delivers orders monthly (first Tuesday of the month) to the home of a WWS family, just around the corner from the school. They offer meat, eggs, cheese, and a variety of other farm products. Items are local (Warrenton, VA), pasture-raised, non-GMO, raised with sustainable land practices.

Learn more or order here: https://whiffletreefarmva.com/
Trumpet For Sale

Yamaha YTR-2330 trumpet for sale. Decent condition, bought new and used for three years by teenager, who has moved on. Comes with case and mute.

Contact Kirsten Shumway at kirstenashumway@yahoo.com
Brookmont House for Rent

Lovely original stone cape in sought after Brookmont neighborhood. 3+ Bedrooms, 3 Bath, 2000 sf house with au pair English basement suite. $3,800

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