Weekly Bulletin - May 6, 2020
Remote Music Collaboration From the High School Chamber Singers
One of the undoubted delights of being a part of this community is the music we share... in classrooms, at festivals and events, in the lobby to mark special occasions, anywhere we possibly can - and now we can include remotely. Thanks to Nevin Bender (Music Department Chair & Music Teacher) for overseeing the creation of this captivating video of the High School Chamber Singers performing "Take Me Back Josephine" by Brandi Carlile.

Announcing ONE FUND: Annul Fund and Financial Aid TOGETHER
The primary focus at WWS remains to cultivate each student’s capacity to think clearly, feel compassionately, and act purposefully in the world. Our commitment and resolve to our mission has not changed. If anything, it is ever stronger.
 
That’s why, despite and because of the challenging times we are all facing, we ask for your support of the Washington Waldorf School. If you are able to consider making a donation at this time, we would greatly appreciate any and every donation to the ONE FUND. Your gift to the ONE FUND will support the growing need for financial aid as well as the still very real gap in the operating budget. The Washington Waldorf School needs your support now to ensure that our school can not only survive this crisis but thrive. 
 
You can donate now online , or contact Caitlin MacKenzie, Director of Development, by email . Thank you!
Golden Gala Live & Online Auction
Golden Gala Live
Saturday, May 16 at 8pm

We are unable to hold our gala in person, but you can join us online for free on   Saturday, May 16    to raise money for the ONE FUND. As the coronavirus wears on, the support of our extended community is needed more than ever and we hope you will be a part of this important community event. Please register by Friday, May 15 . Enjoy cocktails, videos by alumni and faculty, and a performance by Dan and Jeremy Foster.

Ten More Days for the Online Auction and Buy-In Party Sign-Up
Bid on your favorite items today  and give back to WWS at the same time. 100% of the money raised from the online auction and buy-in parties will go to the ONE FUND, supporting both financial aid and our operating budget in the next year.
 
Bid on an item or sign up for a Buy-In Party by the end of today, Wednesday and you'll be entered into a raffle to win the family game "Ice Cream Empire" developed by alumnus Lars Thorn, and a $20 Starbucks gift card.
Community Projects for North American Waldorf Schools
From the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA)
Paper Star Making Project
In this challenging time when we are apart, we are constantly seeking out ways in which we can join together. With this in mind, we invite you to participate in a continental paper star-making project!

Inspired by Denver Waldorf School, we -- and Waldorf schools across North America -- will be creating simple paper stars that can be hung in your windows providing color, beauty and joy.


For star-making materials, you can order directly from Mercurius/Art Makes Sense , or one of their preferred suppliers

If anyone from the WWS community hangs stars on their window, send a picture to agoodyear@washingtonwaldor.org .
Waldorf100+1 Run! Skip! Dance!
During this time of social distancing, we as a continental Waldorf community are spanning that distance! 

With the Waldorf100+1 Run! Skip! Dance! initiative , Waldorf communities across the continent are invited to join together to virtually move east and west, north and south visiting every Waldorf school in North America -- together. As we cover these 10,000+ miles, each individual or school will be asked to log their miles weekly on Mondays, with filmed updates on mileage and schools “visited” that week shared every Friday.

We launched this project on May 4, 2020 and aim to end our cross-continental adventure on September 11, 2020 -- the 100+1 year anniversary of Waldorf education. 

How it works
Choose your activity/ies ( see activity to mile equivalents )
  • Log your weekly miles.
  • Every Monday, submit your logged miles here.
  • Every Friday, check Facebook and Instagram for a video update on where we have traveled that week!

Please log your WEEKLY miles here every Monday   and help us, as a continental Waldorf community, to visit every Waldorf school in North America!

We invite you to share your moves and activities on social media with us using the hashtags:
  • #Waldorf100plus1
  • #WaldorfRunSkipDance
  • #RunSkipDance

This activity was inspired by the Games and PE/Movement teachers on AWSNA’s Community Hub, with Katie Moran and Justin Ganz of Meristem taking the lead.

We look forward to joining together in activity and supporting our communities to stay active during COVID-19.

If anyone in the WWS community has questions about participating, feel free to contact Judith Graff at jgraff@washingtonwaldorf.org .
Community Events
Waldorf Community Meditation: A Pause for Yourself
TONIGHT Wednesday, 8-8:20pm

With so much going on at home (well, everything these days), it feels as if we have less space to simply pause and be with ourselves and all that is happening.

Please join us tonight as we take some time to simply breathe and be. Michael Danzansky will be leading us in a simple guided meditation practice which will leave you feeling more grounded and present. Michael is a parent and has been teaching yoga and mindfulness for close to 10 years.

Community Book Club Hosted by Susan Walsh
Starting Thursday, May 7 at 7:30pm (meeting every other week via zoom)

Susan Walsh will lead a discussion of the novel The Dutch House by Ann Patchett. Susan will discuss the author and the first part of the book, up to page 122. Come one, come all! (Parents, Alumni Parents, and Grandparents welcome) 

Sign up here to participate.
Bingo Night Fun
Thank you to everyone who joined the WWS Bingo Night this past Saturday! Over 30 families joined for four rounds of bingo. There were prizes and it was a whole lot of fun.

Watch the Bulletin for our next bingo night in late May!
Parent Organization News
Cards from the Faculty Appreciation Lunch in February.
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week 
On behalf of all the parents at WWS, we would like to give a huge thank you and appreciation to all our hard working teachers. Your amazing dedication, deep care, and love for our students is what makes our school so special. We parents are so grateful for your extra hard work during this pandemic as you teach our students remotely. Thank you so much for helping our children keep their school schedule, their live classes, and their connections to you and their friends. We have been very impressed and are very grateful for all your amazing work!

With warm appreciation, 
The Parent Organization
Parent Gatherings - the next one is Thursday May 14 from 5-6pm . Bring your Zoom to the kitchen and let’s cook together! Please e-mail posc@washingtonwaldorf.org for more info. Thanks to the parents who come to these Parent Gatherings so we have a chance to see each other, say hello and share ideas and info. At last week’s Gathering we did some community networking and also talked about a couple ways to support the Seniors and others in the community.

Craft and Conversation 
Anja Caldwell has attended both PO Gatherings and offered to lead Craft and Conversation virtually. Thanks Anja! The new time to include parents who are teaching in the morning is every Tuesday at 3:00pm. Please look for the Zoom invite via Parent Square. 

Community Networking 
Below is some info we started to help networking within the community. If you have a business or do consulting work and want to share it with the community, please come to the next PO Gathering or email us at posc@washingtonwaldorf.org

  • Eli Turner Studios - Eli Turner is a professional photographer who shoots weddings, portraits, bat mitzvahs, etc. Check out his beautiful work at his website below. Eli has a child in 9th and 6th grade, and his wife teaches in the Children’s Garden. If you need any family photos or portraits taken reach out to Eli and he can arrange a safe photography session for you at your house or a local park. www.eliturner.com | www.eliturnerphoto.com | 202-525-7055 | eli@eliturner.com

  • Fiber Art Studio - Anja Caldwell is the other business owner who came to the Parent Gathering. Anja has a child in 10th grade at WWS and she runs a Fiber Art Studio in Potomac. The studio runs classes and camps as well. (I have heard from a Waldorf mom that the camps were great by the way!) Her website is www.FiberArt.studio and is currently closed due to the pandemic. You can buy gift certificates one the home page if you wish, to use at a future date. She has been making masks, buy one/donate one to help pay her studio rent while it is closed. Info is on the website here: https://www.fiberart.studio/face-mask-making
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Parent & Kid Yoga Instructional Video
from Michael Danzansky ( WWS Parent )

This 25 minute video (featuring a WWS parent & kid!) is a helpful guide for yoga you and your children can do together.

https://youtu.be/7zdqPP2aNa0
Support Chef Eron's Work to Feed Homeless Youth at Baltimore Safe Havens

In partnership with the mayors office of children and family success and Baltimore Safe Havens, Chef Eron has been producing and delivering 100 meals three days a week (as of last week). Chef is volunteering his skills, The Brookings Institute has opened their kitchen, and WWS has donated some food, but in order to sustain this Wednesday-Friday lunch delivery through the end of May (and hopefully beyond) donations are needed for supplies.


About The Population Served by Safe Havens
Homeless Unaccompanied Youth, generally ages 14-25, lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. Absent from the custody of a parent or guardian, these young people often share the living space of others or frequent emergency or transitional shelters. They may also live in public or private places not designated for residential use, such as cars, parks, abandoned buildings, or other similar places. Various types of family conflict, such as poverty, the incarceration of a parent or guardian, and unsafe home environments due to sexual orientation, gender identity, or pregnancy can force youth to leave their homes. 
About 40% of all runaway or homeless youth in American who leave their homes identify as LGBTQ. 
Montgomery County and 5G Cell Towers - Free Educational Webinars
From Carol Petrash ( Former WWS Faculty & Alumni Parent
 
We have been hearing a lot about 5G in the news lately. But what is 5G exactly? How is it related to the current 4G and what will it mean for us collectively? Get your questions answered in this informative, objective session on Thursday at 7:30 pm with expert Theodora Scarato, Executive Director of the Environmental Health Trust. She will be joined by Rick Meyer of Montgomery County for the Control of Cell Towers to talk about how Montgomery County is dealing with 5G. Sponsored by  mocoSafeG.org

Webinar: Parenting During an Ongoing Pandemic (from AISGW )
Wednesday, May 6 from 7-8pm

The Parents Council of Washington (PCW), a volunteer organization whose mission is to connect and educate parents in DC-area independent schools, will host a webinar   featuring well-known psychologists and best-selling authors Rob Evans, Ed.D. and Michael Thompson, Ph.D. Learn more


Please consider sending suggested topics in advance to administration@parentscouncil.org or you may pose questions in real time on the webinar.
Looking for Student Housing for Next School Year

Dear WWS Community,

Our family is relocating west while our older son Emanuele (12th) will stay in the DC area to start college in the fall. We are seeking a family that might have a room to rent. The time frame would be 3 to 12 months, starting from July 1st. Thank you in advance for your kind consideration.

With warm regards,
Serafina Orobello ( WWS Parent )
704-499-7272 (mobile)
Flow Yoga Classes
from Michael Danzansky ( WWS Parent )

Flow Yoga Center , has done an amazing job of pivoting during this crisis, putting over 50 live classes per week on zoom. They are also giving free memberships to front liners in hospitals and food stores. I would love for you to take my class on Tuesdays at 12:15 and Fridays at 6pm.
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