Weekly Bulletin - Jan 15, 2020
Anatomy of an 8th Grade Classroom
The environment of each classroom is distinct. The elements of each classroom are purposeful - some serious, some scholarly, some practical, some beautiful, some playful. The space created within the walls of each classroom is meant to invite, to relax, to inspire, to allow for learning, to be a known harbor and a laboratory for discovery.
Historic Note:
Last spring WWS received a letter from a museum specialist at the Naval History and Heritage Command saying they were doing "much needed data clean-up" of their loan files. They wrote asking if we knew the whereabouts of a bell that was loaned to WWS in 1972 - they hoped that the bell had moved with us from Hearst Hall on the National Cathedral grounds to Bethesda in 1982.

Through the input of the hive, someone suggested that it might be the bell residing on top of a cabinet in the 8th grade room (upper right corner pictured above). Upon inspection we confirmed that was indeed the bell from the Navy - USS Lorikeet (MSCO-49), brass, with clapper, 12” high x 14” diameter, 54 lbs.

The bell has been with the school for nearly all of our 50 years, but very little is currently known about how or why it was acquired. If anyone reading this Bulletin knows more of the history, we would love to hear from you!
USS Lorikeet (MSCO-49)
January 2020 Events
WWS Adult Education: Nancy Blanning on "Sensing the World and Building the Brain—Partners for Life"
TONIGHT! - Wednesday, January 15 at 7pm in the WWS Library

We commonly believe that human beings have five senses with which to perceive and understand the world. However, modern neurological research and Waldorf Education both tell us that we actually have and use twelve senses. The way we develop these twelve senses during childhood lays a foundation for all of our development for the rest of our lives.

This presentation by Nancy Blanning ( Author, Teacher, and Co-Director of the Sunbridge Early Childhood Teacher Training Program) will offer a framework for understanding the twelve senses and how they develop as "partners" to lay the ground work for how we will live with each other in social, community life. Practical examples and suggestions of how we can encourage our children's healthy development will be shared.

Please RSVP via ParentSquare (current WWS families) or Email Christen Leonard.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Morning of Service Work
Monday, January 20 from 10am-12pm

As we have done in the past, we will gather for a morning of service on MLK Day 2020. All are welcome, but we need a few folks to sign up for specific tasks .

We will:
  • create gifts for children at NIH including felt pencil toppers, tassel necklaces, tic-tac-toe games, notebooks, and felt pencil pouches
  • pack snacks for Cup of Joe
  • make Scarves for Operation Gratitude for our service men and women
  • ...and More!

As your “admissions ticket”, please bring toiletries or infant supplies (diapers, wipes, etc.) for  NCCF .

Please note that most activities are for children grade 1 and up.

If you are not able to attend, but would still like to make a monetary contribution toward the snacks for Cup of Joe, please email Maria Monteverde-Jackson .
Chamber Music Concert
Monday, January 20 from 3-5pm

We are proud to present leading classical performers and bring them right to your doorstep in Washington, DC. Enjoy an afternoon of music by Brahms and Hindemith in an intimate setting that is chamber music. This annual concert is an experience to remember, and we do hope that you will join us

Featuring WWS Parents Joel Fuller ( Violin, National Symphony Orchestra),  Daniel Foster (Principal Viola, National Symphony Orchestra),  David Teie (Cello, National Symphony), and special guest Efi Hamesky, Piano.  
Conversation About Cell Phone Safety
Tuesday, January 21 at 8:30am in the WWS library

Please join us for a conversation on technology and cell phones led by WWS Parent Theodora Scarato . There will be a screening of excerpts from a recent PBS film on cell phones and wireless technology featuring Burt Wolf's interviews with international experts. This is for parents of all ages.

Want easy practical tips and resources you can use? All are welcome!
School Overview Webinar
Thursday, January 23 at 12:30pm

This is an opportunity for those who don't know WWS to get a quick virtual taste of what our school has to offer on their lunch break. Is there someone you know that is interested in WWS but hasn't had the chance to visit? Invite your friends and neighbors!

Thinking Diversity Coffee with the Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice - "Indigenous Voices"
Friday, Jan 31 at 8:30am in the WWS Library

The WWS Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice invites us to collectively consider the importance of indigenous voices with our guest Elizabeth Rule. 

Dr. Rule is an enrolled citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and an active voice on indigenous issues in the DC metro area. She serves as the Assistant Director of the AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy and is also a Postdoctoral Fellow in American Studies in the Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies Collaborative at American University. We are thrilled that Dr. Rule is our guest speaker and we hope to see you there.

Please   RSVP to Christen Leonard or call 301-229-6107, ext. 101
School Calendar
Staying Up to Date With Our School Calendar
You can view the calendar online either on the website , in ParentSquare , or in the BigSis portal (these 3 platforms are automatically synced from the same calendar).
**If you use the .pdf version of the calendar, please check in from time to time to make sure you have the most up to date version!**

15/ Wednesday
  • WWS Adult Education: Nancy Blanning on "Sensing the World and Building the Brain—Partners for Life", 7pm

16/ Thursday

20/ Monday
  • NO CLASSES - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
  • MLK Day - Morning of Service, 10am-12pm
  • Chamber Music Concert, 3-5pm

21/ Tuesday
  • Craft & Conversation, 8:30-10am
  • Conversation About Cell Phone Safety, 8:30am

22/ Wednesday
  • G6 Parent Evening

23/ Thursday
  • School Overview Webinar, 12:30pm
  • G5 Parent Evening
  • G7 Parent Evening

28/ Tuesday
  • Craft & Conversation, 8:30-10am
  • WiW Parent Evening

30/ Thursday
  • G2 Parent Evening, 7:30pm
  • G8 Parent Evening, 7:30pm
Knights Basketball - On a Roll!
The HS girls basketball team defeated Sandy Spring yesterday by a score of 50-48. The team was lead by Seniors Lua Jawdat and Maria Sewall who helped the team overcome a ten point deficit. The girls have won six games in a row and are now in first place in the PVAC South Division.

The HS boys team has won three games in a row and moved into a tie for second place in the PVAC South Division.

Both teams play at JDS on Wednesday January 22. The girls game is at 4:30 and boys at 6:00pm.

**Mark your calendars now for SENIOR NIGHT. January 31 @ Burke. Girls game at 5:00 and boys at 6:30pm. We will recognize our seniors on each team just before tipoff. Come out and support our teams if you can!
50th Anniversary Concert - Save the Date!
Save the Date – March 1, 2020 in the Afternoon
50th Anniversary Concert hosted by WWS and Time for Three.

Defying convention and boundaries, Time For Three (TF3) stands at the busy intersection of Americana, modern pop, and classical music. To experience TF3 live is to hear the various eras, styles, and traditions of Western music fold in on themselves and emerge anew.
Bonded by an uncommon blend of their instruments fused together with their voices, Nicolas “Nick” Kendall (violin, vocals), Charles Yang (violin, vocals), and Ranaan Meyer (double bass, vocals) (as pictured above), have found a unique voice of expression to share with the world. TF3 is renowned for their charismatic performances in venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and The Royal Albert hall. They have collaborated with artists such as Ben Folds, Branford Marsalis, and Joshua Bell, and have premiered works by composers Chris Brubeck and Pulitzer Prize winners Jennifer Higdon and William Bolcom. Check out the TF3 website and their NPR Tiny Desk Concert to learn more.

TF3 member Nicholas Kendall is a WWS Alumnus and cousin of WWS parent and alumnus Dan Foster. Ticket details to follow.
Join the Gala Committee
The Development Office is looking for members of our parent, alumni, and alumni parent community to join the planning committee for our 50 th Anniversary Spring Gala!

If you would like to help with the silent auction, decorations and entertainment, sponsorship, or ticket sales, we need enthusiastic members for all these components of the gala.

Time commitment depends on your schedule! Please email Maria Monteverde-Jackson to indicate interest.
Show Your WWS Spirit
How do you like to show your WWS spirit?

Purchase and pick-up in person at the Development Office.
Parent Organization News
Bookclub With Jack Petrash - Save the date!

Saturday , February 1st from 9:30am - 11:30am all are invited to a book club discussion with Jack Petrash at WWS.

The Parent Organization Steering Committee is excited to have former WWS Class teacher and the author of our book study join us for this morning of reflection and sharing on the principles of Waldorf education. This event is open to the public, and parents from Acorn Hill and Potomac Crescent are warmly invited.

To RSVP or for more information contact the Parent Organization Steering Committee at: posc@washingtonwaldorf.org

You may order a copy of the book online and there are a few copies located in the WWS library as well.
Bulletin Board
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.  
Language Arts Tutoring & Support

Julian Paine (BA, MA, WWS Parent ) is a devoted humanities teacher of 20 years experience from one of the UK's oldest Waldorf schools. He has taught English Literature and Language in main and subject lessons and has also helped students achieve outstanding results in public examinations for university/college entrance. Offering a wide range of individual support, including help with syllabus content and the skills required to improve written composition. 

Text/Call (240) 743 0606, or email julianpaine@gmail.com

Editor's Note: Apologies to Julian for our rushed update which mis-gendered the pronouns in his posting last week. Perhaps we need his tutoring help!
ASK THE PROF! College Admissions Essay and Interview Mentorship for rising 11th and 12th graders

Good grades and extracurricular activities alone will not help you to stand out in a competitive applicant pool for college admissions. The college admission essay is one of the most important aspects of a college application.

Get help with your essays and in preparing for the important college interview with Prof Calis ( WWS Parent ) , a longtime college educator and a proponent of Waldorf education. This double-insider perspective can uniquely help to bring out and then weave your story and skills with key aspects of your Waldorf education in a way that is genuine, persuasive, and memorable.

Mentorship options include:
  • Group Workshop
  • One-on-one essay mentorship
  • One-on-one interview preparation

Email askprofcalis@gmail.com for more information. Taking summer bookings.
Extraordinary, Experienced, Warm & Loving Nanny Needed

WWS family looking for an extraordinary, experienced nanny for a 5yo son & 2yo daughter to start full-time as soon as possible. Seeking someone loving, gentle, nurturing, patient, & energetic to welcome into our home and our hearts, who will embrace the honor and responsibility of joining us as a partner in our children's development.
Our children are loving, affectionate, & joyful. We want someone excited to go on long outdoor adventures, nurture imaginative play, and delight in books, songs & spontaneous dance parties!
We prefer someone who prepares nutritious, vegetarian lunches/snacks and helps with housekeeping, laundry, occasional errands. Car required. Email Elissa Margolin elissamargolin@gmail.com or call/text at 202.258.2859
After School Music Lessons

New openings for violin, viola, cello, and flute lessons are available at school on Monday and Wednesday between 3-5pm with Cornelia Florescu ( WWS Middle School Flute Teacher ).

For more info, please email Florescus@msn.com or text 391-793-2709. 
Custom Italian Leather Couches For Sale

Lovely custom down-filled Italian leather couches (KEVIN GIORMANI) looking for a new good home. Asking $3,000 for both.

Contact: Mila Shelehoff ( WWS Alumni Parent ) at 202-716-9602 or milashelehoff@gmail.com
Yarn for Sale

Hand spun yarn from wool purchased at the Waldorf Store. Three skeins. 2 green/blue and 1 red/purple. Pay what you can for good karma. 

Text Magali ( WWS Parent ) at 202-415-2702
Sitter Needed for 2.5 Year Old

We are looking for a sitter to spend a couple hours a week - Saturday mornings from about 9:00-12:30 to take care of our very fun and energetic 2.5 year old. If the weather is decent, we'd love for the time to be spent at the playground, walking on the nearby trail, library, etc. so I can prepare our home for the arrival of our second child in March. We'd love the sitter to begin as soon as January 4, 2020. 

There may be some additional ad hoc evenings if that is of interest, but we'd love to begin with Saturdays. If you or anyone you know might be interested, please share this with them. We live behind Northwood High School in Silver Spring, MD.

Caitlyn ( WWS Alumni )

Parent Organized Fundraiser for WWS at Imagination Stage

Many thanks to Jesse Travis ( WWS Parent ) for organizing a fundraiser for WWS through Imagination Stage . $5 for each ticket purchased that mentions the fundraiser will be donated to WWS.

Show: Zomo the Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth
Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 4pm
Fundraiser Code: WashingtonWaldorfFund
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