Weekly Bulletin - May 27, 2020
WWS Students Honored at the Friends of the Yellow Barn Art Exhibition
CONGRATULATIONS to the WWS students exhibiting in the virtual 2020 Friends of the Yellow Barn Annual High School Student Exhibition

A note from Barbara Bancroft (High School Art Teacher):
For the first time ever, this annual exhibition has been posted virtually. So, settle in and enjoy watching this presentation now through September 1st.

Of the fourteen works submitted for jurying this year, seven were accepted, and of these, six were awarded Honorable Mention. We tip our hat to ALL of our earnest high school artists, in recognition of their talent, effort and commitment.

Thanks, all – you’re the best!
Ms B
Enjoy & Share:

Our 2020 participants:
Victor Coleman (12th), Maria Sewall (12th), Christian Bechmann (11th),
Thomas Parra-Gomez (11th), Owen Benson (9th), Catalina Bump (9th),
Roux O'Brien (9th)
WWS Recognized for Recycling and Waste Reduction
The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection has awarded our school a "Business - Outstanding Recycling and Waste Reduction Programs" award for 2020. Read more

In addition to describing our tangible, daily efforts around recycling and waste reduction, they recognized our community in this way: "The school interweaves the natural world throughout their curriculum, so students have an evolving appreciation and understanding of nature and how to live and work sustainably." 
Community Events
Community Book Club Hosted by Susan Walsh
Next Meeting is Wednesday, June 3 at 7:30pm
(note the change of day)
Susan Walsh will lead a discussion of the novel  Bel Canto  by Ann Patchett. Please read the entire book, if possible. Come one, come all! (Parents, Alumni Parents, and Grandparents welcome) 

Sign up here to participate.
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. The graduation will be in a webinar format, so audience members will not appear and you really are invited to come as you are.

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

As with events on campus, photos/screenshots and recording are not permitted.
Graduation Speaker: Frank Hall
We are very glad that Frank Hall will give the address at graduation this year. Many of us already know him as a longstanding and beloved teacher in our high school. He retired from full time teaching in 2018, but has returned by popular demand to teach a current events and debate elective. Mr. Hall received a Diploma in Waldorf Education (Waldorf Institute of Mercy College, Detroit), 1980. He also received an M.A. in American literature, Highest Honors, NC State, 1975. Mr. Hall taught high school humanities at the Detroit and Washington Waldorf Schools for 40 years. He was a founding member of WWS College, and sponsored the first high school class. Along the way he also served as College Chair and High School Chair. Emily, his daughter, is a WWS alumnus. Anna, his wife, is a retired Acorn Hill kindergarten teacher. His interests include astronomy, hiking, tennis, poetry, philosophy, and card magic. Rudolf Steiner’s Anthroposophy has long been an inspiration to him. He taught English and main lessons to the Class of 2020 in their ninth and tenth grade years.           
Parent Organization Zoom Meeting
Wednesday, June 3 from 5 - 5:30pm

All parents are invited to join in the next PO meeting. See details and Zoom link under "Parent Organization News" below.
Community Bingo!
Saturday, June 6 at 7pm

J oin us for a Zoom Bingo Night - Bring your popcorn and your family for an evening activity with the Washington Waldorf School community.

Cards are $5 each. We will use a new card for each game. Families are welcome to purchase one for the family or cards for each person.
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.
Class of 2020 Matriculation
We are thrilled that our seniors have chosen the following outstanding colleges and universities to attend this fall. We wish them tons of luck and cheer them on their way!
  • Brandon ~ VIRGINIA TECH
  • Josephine ~ REED COLLEGE
Scenes From Remote Learning Life
Virtual Senior Play
At Home Field Day
Songbirds Class
Some Songbirds sharing distanced greetings during the last packet pick up.
Parent Organization News
Parent Zoom Meeting - Wednesday June 3 from 5- 5:30pm

Parents from all classes are invited to a short Parent Zoom meeting to talk about end of year teacher and staff appreciation gifts. 
It will be wonderful to work together this year on a thank you from all parents, all across the grades! It is fine to come late or leave early to this open meeting. We also will talk briefly about a possible end of year Zoom Party, inviting all parents, faculty and staff.

End of Year Faculty and Staff Appreciation Gifts - Thank You Elves Needed!

We parents would like to join forces this year and work on a collective thank you for all the teachers and staff. If you would like to help with this project, please e-mail the posc@washingtonwaldorf.org

We do not want to share much info here but would love to hear from all Class Parents and any parent that wants to give thanks to all who work at our school!
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Notices & Classifieds
Article: Art in time of Crisis - Raphael’s ‘Healing’ Madonna  
from Julian Paine (WWS High School Teacher)

Please enjoy this meditation on the most famous of Raphael's 'healing' Madonnas - quite ubiquitous in Waldorf schools on both sides of the Atlantic it seems. As Steiner intended an image like this one to be therapeutic, I thought this challenging time would be suitable moment to offer it for the community.

New J.K. Rowling Story Looking for Illustrations
(from Ms. Walsh, WWS Librarian)

Dear J.K. Rowling fans!

Here is the link where you will find the Rowling's latest story:

"The Ickabog will be published for free on this website, in instalments, over the next seven weeks, a chapter (or two, or three), at a time. It isn’t Harry Potter and it doesn’t include magic. This is an entirely different story.

The most exciting part, for me, at least, is that I’d like you to illustrate The Ickabog for me. Every day, I’ll be making suggestions for what you might like to draw. You can enter the official competition being run by my publishers, for the chance to have your artwork included in a printed version of the book due out later this year. I’ll be giving suggestions as to what to draw as we go along, but you should let your imagination run wild."

Enjoy reading and illustrating,
Ms. Walsh
Learn Irish fiddle, flute, tin whistle, bodhran (Irish drum) and guitar this summer!

Discover the joy of traditional Irish music in small group lessons via Zoom! Learn traditional Irish jigs, reels and hornpipes with a small group (3-5) of your friends
and classmates.
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 or all melody instruments.
Deepen your listening skills, sharpen your ear, gain new technique and have fun learning to play traditional Irish music!
Tuition: 10 classes beginning the week of June 15 through end of summer = $225
Minimum three people per class and no more than five. Exact schedule TBD per group. Financial aid available if needed. 
For more information, please email Mitch Fanning: mitch@bogband.com
Stay well and safe this summer 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
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