Weekly Bulletin - October 10, 2019
Fall Haiku from the 10th Grade
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The 10th grade is currently undertaking a study of various poetic forms in English class, and reading and writing poetry in many styles. 
rustling oak leaves
swaying chestnut tree branches
coffee on the breeze
flannel in crisp air
leaves crunching with every step
stuffing and pie wait
a cool crisp fall breeze
leaves elegantly descend
vibrance in the air
the rustle of leaves
animals store and prepare
a busy feeling
apples fall gently
from their trees into baskets
they turn into pies
Annual Meeting & Dinner
Annual Meeting & Dinner – October 15, 6-8:30pm

All parents and faculty members are invited to gather together in the school auditorium on October 15th at 6pm. Dinner will be served and we will have a chance to hear about the “state of the school”. There will be presentations from the Trustees Council, College of Teachers, Parent Organization, and various committees, as well as time for questions and answers. Please join us for this time to celebrate our community, reflect on our school accomplishments, and imagine and consider our hopes for the future. This is an adults only event.

School Calendar
October

11/ Friday
  • GD 8-12 Contra Dance, 6:30-8:30pm

12/ Saturday
  • Songbirds Parent Meeting, 9-11:30am

15/ Tuesday

  • Craft & Conversation in the WWS Foyer, 8:30-10am
  • Annual Meeting & Dinner, 6-8:30pm

17/ Tuesday

  • High School Open Day, 8am-12pm

22/ Tuesday

  • Craft & Conversation in the WWS Foyer, 8:30-10am
  • 12:30 Dismissal for Students (aftercare available until 6pm) - Professional Development Day

23/ Wednesday

  • Children's Garden Parent Evening

24/ Thursday

  • Adult Education: Screening of PBS Documentary on Cell Phones, 7:30pm

25/ Friday

  • Social Justice Coffee, 8:30-10am

29/ Tuesday

  • All School Morning Tour, 8-10:30am
  • Coffee with the Faculty Chair, Jennifer Page, 8:30am

31/ Thursday

  • NO CLASSES - School Wide Parent Teacher Conferences (childcare for conferences only)

November

1/ Friday
  • NO CLASSES - School Wide Parent Teacher Conferences (childcare for conferences only)

5/ Tuesday
  • All School Open House, 4-6pm
  • Adult Education: Dr. Melissa Greer, D.O. & anthroposophic doctor speaking on anxiety, 7pm 

7/ Thursday
  • G8 Parent Meeting with High School Faculty, 7pm
Fall Bazaar Preparations
All Aboard: Sign Up for Your Bazaar Shift Today!

Our 50th Fall Bazaar is around the corner - we can almost smell the cinnamon sticks and star anise of the beloved Candle Craft, almost see the scores of smiling children flocking to the Pocket Ladies and Wizards. But we need your helping getting there.  This is that special time of year when we ask each and every parent to sign up for a shift  - staffing class activities at the Bazaar, cleaning up after the event, or setting up the day before. For those who choose to help set up on Friday, November 22, after the 12:30 (half day) dismissal, childcare will be available. 

Win a Gift Certificate! To sweeten this year’s call to duty, the Development Office is once again offering fantastic incentives: Sign up by midnight on October 26 to be eligible for a $50 gift certificate to the Bazaar’s Waldorf Store, and by midnight on November 2 to be eligible for a $30 gift certificate. 

Sign up starts today.   Ready…set…GO!
A Sneak Peek of This Year’s Bazaar!

This year's Bazaar activities are sure to bring joy to all. Here is a sneak peek of a few (of the many) activities that will be offered at the Bazaar this year:
  • Children and adults alike are sure to enjoy the peace and tranquility of candle craft, where they will decorate a candle with beeswax shapes and items collected from nature. 
  • The crystal cave will delight the little ones with its sense of wonderment and mystery. 
  • The castle catapult will have the children cheering as they catapult a felt ball over the castle wall and wait with anticipation as the drawbridge lowers and reveals a special surprise. 
  • This year in wood craft activity, children will have an opportunity to construct and bring home a bee mason house made of wood and bamboo. 
  • In felt craft, hand-dyed felt gnome hats will be sewn up and adorned with all sorts of delightful decorations and then worn throughout the halls of WWS. 
Craft and Conversation
Craft and Conversation is an ongoing handwork group that meets every Tuesday morning from 8:30–10am throughout the year. The group creates handcrafted items that are sold during the Fall Bazaar and works on other projects as well.
 No experience is necessary to participate - there are projects for any skill level! 
7th Grade Visitors from Guatemala
On Tuesday, Oct 8, the WWS 7th grade hosted sixteen 7th grade students and four teachers from the Colegio Waldorf in Guatemala. This annual visit is a highlight for both 7th grade classes. The Guatemalan students, wearing hand-made animal masks, presented a popular song from Guatemalan folklore and brought typical Guatemalan gifts. The WWS students presented in Spanish about Halloween, Thanksgiving, and games they enjoy. They also performedan original skit and then there was a poem recitation (in German) from the students who study German. The two classes attended music class and games class before enjoying a delicious family-style meal for lunch. The afternoon was rounded out with a hike down to the river. Cookies and cider were shared upon their return and the lovely day came to an end in song. It was a meaningful and fun experience for the students to communicate in English and Spanish and connect with other Waldorf students from another country - especially during this 100 year anniversary of Waldorf Education.
Support the 8th Grade Class Trip!
Spirit Day Bake Sale - Friday, Oct 11th After School

Parents will sell popcorn, cider, and treats on the front plaza after school on Friday. Treats will also be available starting 3:30 at the HS soccer games on the lower field.
Adult Education
Film Screening & Community Conversation
PBS: A Short Guide to Cell Phone Safety and Wireless Radiofrequency

We use cell phones and technology everyday. We want our children to use technology responsibly but often feel overwhelmed. What are strategies that we can use at home to minimize potential risks? What are over a dozen countries educating parents on cell phone safety? 

Date: Thursday, Oct 24, 2019
Where: Wasington Waldorf School
Time: 7:30

A Community Conversation:
WWS is excited to host this film screening of a 2019 PBS series on cell phones, wireless, sleep, cancer, and addiction featuring Burt Wolf interviewing international experts. Several US states and countries have now passed laws to investigate the health effects of wireless technology and have issued practical information on how to reduce risks and promote healthier technology. Resources for parents include common sense practical strategies. Medical doctors recommend addressing technology to support sleep, memory and learning in children.
Parent Organization News
The POSC would like to thank all the parents who came out to the Children's Garden & Lower School Tea on Tuesday. It was really nice to meet a few new parents and welcome them to our community. Thank you to Jennifer Page for sharing some words with the parents along with the POSC.

The next Children's Garden & Lower School Tea will be on Thursday, December 12 after drop off - hope to see you there! 
Explorations Course Starts Tomorrow
Center for Anthroposophy "Explorations" at WWS
Oct 2019 – March 2020

Don't miss this opportunity to dive deep into the foundational principles of Waldorf education!

The "hub" of Explorations is a series of weekend workshops (one a month), with seminars and webinars as satellites to the hub. Led by seasoned Waldorf teachers, the workshops focus on artistic media such as drawing, painting, sculpture, speech, singing, as well as spacial dynamics and eurythmy. The intervening study seminars will devote their attention to some of the basic texts of Steiner and those who have come after him. Teachers for this Explorations series include: Michael D’Aleo, Douglas Gerwin, Allysun Sokolowski, and Debbie Spitulnik.
Cost is $2,200. Needs based  scholarships  are available.
Dr. Melissa Greer to Visit WWS
Dr. Melissa Greer, D.O. will visit the school November 4-8. She will observe in several Lower School and Children's Garden classes and will focus on working pedagogically with the faculty to deepen their observations skills. We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with a specialist who has a holistic view of children and an understanding of Waldorf education.

As an anthroposophic physician, Dr. Greer brings a comprehensive, integrated approach to medicine that has been practiced for nearly 100 years by fully trained medical doctors around the world. Anthroposophic medicine demands a training in both observation of and insight into the whole human being.

Dr. Greer has a BS in biology and French from Butler University and received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Midwestern University in Indiana. She then spent a decade studying anthroposophic medicine and has a certificate in Waldorf school medicine.

She is also trained as a Waldorf teacher and has a special interest in pedagogical and therapeutic work. Since 2015 she has practiced family medicine in Kimberton, Pennsylvania. Together with Dr. Raphael Knauf, Dr. Greer established Carah Medical Arts, a new non-profit community supported anthroposophic medical/therapeutic center in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Greer will speak on Anxiety at 7pm at WWS on Tuesday, Nov 5
Bulletin Board
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FREE: Piano
Chas. M. Stieff "grand upright" piano. Works perfectly, beautiful sound, and in beautiful condition. Includes bench.

Free due to moving, must pick up in Bethesda near the NIH by Oct 13.

Please email Rebecca Doran ( WWS Alumi ) if interested.
Request for donations of newborn clothes and accessories  

Soon we will have a new grandmother in our school community! Her friends, Carolina and Serafina, are looking for a crib, stroller, clothes, and cloth/wooden toys to help them prepare. Please call us if you have one or some of these items to donate.
 
Caroli na: (202) 957-3803
Serafina: (704) 499-7272
Blessing of the Animals in Chevy Chase - Saturday, Oct 5, 10am - 12:30pm
(from WWS Parent Rev. Matthew Kozlowski)

Join Rev. Matthew Kozlowski at All Saints Church in Chevy Chase for a blessing of the animals. This free outdoor event is open to animal lovers of all faiths & traditions. 
Root, Shoot & Fruit: Cultivating Imagination in Childhood - Thursday, Oct 10, 7pm
at Potomac Crescent

Join us for a parent education evening with Douglas Gerwin, Ph.D, to learn about children's ways of learning at different stages of childhood, and how we as parents can support our children. Douglas is a leader in Waldorf teacher education in the US, and has also directed the Research Institute for Waldorf Education and the Center for Anthroposophy. We are delighted to welcome him to PCWS for this talk! Adults only, please. RSVP  
Group Reiki Healing with Alison Babil, LMT - Sunday, Oct 13, 5:30-6:30pm
at The Journey Space , in Glen Echo, MD. 

Healing sessions that are fun and magical! Experience powerful healing in a circle with others. Alison ( WWS Parent ) does Reiki healing with the group and each individual, all while sitting in a circle. Participants may also receive a channeled guide message. Reiki is an energy healing modality that balances physically, mentally, and emotionally.  NOTE: This is NOT a Reiki share or circle. Participants sit back and receive deep healing in a group setting.  
Cost: $30

Contact Alison Babil, LMT via email , at 240-426-3636, or visit her  website .
Potomac Crescent Annual Fall Festival, Oct 19, 1-4pm

Bring the whole family for a wonderful afternoon, with a marionette performance or puppet play, obstacle courses, marble runs, and crafts such as natural silk dying. Tickets available online starting October 2nd or at the door. 
Casting Call: Supernumeraries for the Washington National Opera
(from WWS Parent Adria Foster)

Seeking MEN and CHILDREN (8 years or older) who are good movers and musically adept for two upcoming operas Otello (auditions Oct 2-3, performances Oct 26 - Nov 16) and The Magic Flute (auditions Oct 7-22, performances Nov 2-23).

Supers are paid a small stipend and receive two dress rehearsal passes for guests for the show in which they appear. Studio rehearsals take place at the WNO Studio in Takoma and are typically on evenings and weekends. Tech rehearsals and performances take place at the Kennedy Center’s Opera House.

Email for more information and to submit an application.
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