Weekly Bulletin - Feb 19, 2020
A Seed of an Idea That Will Sprout Soon
We are excited to announce an addition to the school library! We are starting a Seed Library where the community can find seeds to grow at home. We are beginning small with just sunflower microgreens because those can be grown indoors at any time of year with minimal light. Our intention is to expand the Seed Library to include varieties of organic seeds that gardeners can bring to flower - and then participants will return seeds they grow and create a closed-loop system. 
We will host an event to discuss the Seed Library on Friday, March 20, at 8:30am in the school library. Join us, let's grow!
For further information, please contact Alex Purdy at apurdy@washingtonwaldorf.org
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Upcoming Events
Singing Workshop at WWS
TONIGHT - Wednesday, Feb 19 from 7-8:30pm

Christiaan Boele, a leading teacher in the Werbeck singing method, is returning to the Washington Waldorf School this winter. He is offering a 90-minute-long workshop and has time that day for a limited number of 45-minute-long private lessons. First come, first served. The location of the 5 morning slots are TBD. The 3 afternoon slots will be at WWS.
 
$35 at the door or preregister
$30 WWS faculty rate
 
Black History Month Performances

The WWS Music Department invites you to join us every Wednesday in February in the foyer from 8:05-8:25 for special jazz (and jazz related) performances in celebration of Black History Month. You'll hear performances from our talented students, parents, and faculty.

ONE MORE WEDNESDAY THIS MONTH:
  • 2/26 from 8:05-8:25am: Sing Along with Nevin Bender on piano
Day of the Languages - **NEW DATE**
Thursday, Feb 27, 1-3pm

Against all odds and with performers back to full health, our Day of the Languages celebration will happen on Thursday 2/27, starting at 1pm.

As in previous years, the afternoon will be filled with skits performed in German or Spanish, music, dance, clowning and singing. Parents are invited to watch and at times encouraged to participate in this unique event where students are in charge. They will push the limits of farce, humor, and emotional expression beyond the ordinary. That is why only 7th grade students and up attend this show. The Day of the Languages does not aim to be a perfect display of linguistic and acting skills but rather to be an opportunity to venture in the world of languages in various ways, and to take a leap of faith for the delight of others.  

Sing Along!
So you can better enjoy the moment during the performances, here are the lyrics for two of the songs from the program. 
Parent Organization Book Club
Saturday, Feb 29 from 9:30-11am  

Book :  Understanding Waldorf Education - Teaching from the Inside Out  by Jack Petrash

Coffee and light refreshments will be served

Thank you to Jack Petrash and all the parents who came out to hear Jack speak about his book “Understanding Waldorf Education” on February 1st. We will meet again on Saturday, February 29 from 9:30-11am to continue our conversation. This book explains Waldorf education in a very accessible way and sharing with other parents provides support for parents in the community. Come join us to connect and meet other parents. Copies of the book can be ordered online or checked out from the WWS library. Parents from Acorn Hill, Potomac Crescent, and outside of WWS are warmly welcomed.

Email the POSC here if you are interested or have questions! 
50th Anniversary Concert - Sold Out!
Sunday, March 1 at 3pm

For the whole family - a 50th Anniversary concert presented by Time for Three and WWS.
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!**
February

25/ Tuesday
  • Morning Tour for Parents, 8-10:30am
  • Craft & Conversation, 8:30-10am
  • Student Council Pancake Fundraiser, at dismissal

26/ Wednesday
  • Black History Month Music, 8:05-8:25am - Sing Along

27/ Thursday
  • NEW DATE! Day of the Languages, 1pm (Parents welcome. Not open to younger students.)

28/ Friday 
  • Faculty Appreciation Lunch, 11:30am - WWS Library

29/ Saturday 
  • PO Book Club, 9:30-11am - WWS Library
March

1/ Sunday
  • 50th Anniversary Concert, 3pm

3/ Tuesday
  • G9 Parent Evening, 7-9pm

10/ Tuesday
  • 12:30 DISMISSAL, Professional Development Day (aftercare available until 6pm)

12/ Thursday
  • Public Screening of Angst the movie, 7pm
Have you been to Glenstone?
On January 23rd, our senior class enjoyed a trip the Glenstone Museum in Potomac, MD as part of their "History Through Architecture" main lesson block. Last year WWS Parent, Anja Caldwell arranged passes for the seniors to visit. Impressed by the collection and architecture, Barb Bancroft decided to return with this year's senior class.

A few things to know about visiting Glenstone.
  • Admission is free
  • Visitors must be 12 or older
  • Tickets are made available 3 months out and go quickly. You'll see that a few are available through the end of April. Tickets for May go on sale on March 1st at 10am.
In Case You Missed It...
The WWS Kitchen Cooking Channel launched last week. Check out the first episode: Valentine Snickerdoodles , at home with Chef Eron & Sarah.

Spring Parent-Child Classes
Beginning Next Week!
Moon Garden/Parent - Mobile Baby  
Tues, 11am -12:15pm

Star Garden/Parent Toddler – for 16 months to 2 years
Tues, 8:45am – 10:30am
 
Sun Garden/Parent Child – for 2 and 3 year olds
Indoor Sun Garden: Rhythms of Home & Nature: Mon, 8:45am – 11am

Outdoor Sun Garden – Forest Class:
Wed, 9am – 11:15am

Parent Organization News
Cards of Thanks for the Faculty

Parents! Come help the Parent Organization create notes of thanks for faculty on Tuesday, Feb 26. Meet in the lobby from 8:30 - 9:30am to write thank yous for the Faculty Appreciation Luncheon on February 28.

Coffee and light snacks to be served.

If you cannot attend on Tuesday but want to send in a note of gratitude, drop your cards in the POSC mailbox in the main office or e-mail them to Sarah Vakkur at vakkurstudio@me.com
Faculty Appreciation Luncheon - Friday, February 28
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Dear Parents,
 
Once a year, WWS families honor our hard-working, dedicated and beloved faculty and staff by offering them a delicious luncheon.  This year's luncheon will be held next week on Friday, Feb 28th in the school library.  It’s a lovely event where we get to thank our faculty with our home made dishes. Please let your Class PO Rep or your POSC ( posc@washingtonwaldorf.org ) know the dish you will bring so we can keep track! 
 
Suggested courses:
  • Children's Garden: Desserts (i.e. baked goods, truffles, chocolate bars, fruit salad)
  • Grades 1-2: Appetizers, each serving 8-10 people (i.e. samosas, pirogues, sushi, crab rolls, shrimp cocktail, hummus, terrine, dumplings, crostini, etc.)
  • Grades 3-4: 5 Salads (2 grain or other starch, 1 vegetable, 2 green salads)
  • Grade 5: Flower arrangements (1 large and 5 smaller arrangements for the tables)
  • Grades 6, 7 & 8: 8 Entrees each serving 8-10 people, served at room temperature or in a crockpot (i.e. stews and soups in a crockpot, sandwiches, wraps, quiche, risotto, carved roast meat, etc.)
  • High School: Desserts and cold drinks (i.e. baked goods, truffles, chocolate bars, fruit salad, Italian sodas, sparkling water, etc.)

The main way to help out and thank our faculty and staff is by cooking and bringing a dish for the luncheon . If you ALSO want to come see the feast and help out that morning or at lunch this is a great and easy event for volunteering. We have a lot of fun setting up, arranging the room and dishes, and getting to witness the faculty and staff enjoying themselves! 

With gratitude,
The POSC
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Classifieds
For Sale: Stroller and Kid's Bicycle Seat

Thule RideAlong Lite - Never Used!
This seat, unfortunately, did not fit on our bikes. "Robust and reliable rear-mounted child bike seat designed for daily commutes and adventures around town." Retail: $179 Asking: $150

Baby Jogger City Mini GT Single Stroller - Bought new in 2014, Gently Used
Current model is $339 on Amazon. Asking: $200
  • Front wheel suspension and lockable swivel front wheel for long distance strolling
  • Baby jogger patented quick fold technology allows you to fold your stroller with one hand
  • Padded seat reclines to a near flat position with mesh seat top and retractable weather cover

Email Alia or call/text 240-476-8225
Online Spanish Course About the Effects of Technology on Kids Brain Development
From Carina Castro Fumero, pediatric neuropsychologist ( WWS Parent )

For the past 15 years, Carina Castro Fumero has specialized in the area of mental health and children’s well-being, focusing primarily in sharing the latest developments in neuroscience with parents and giving guidance on how to put this knowledge into practice for the benefit of the cognitive development of the little ones.

Her online course (in Spanish) about the effects of technology on kids' brain development is available on the Udemy platform:

Events
5G, Cell Towers and Cell Phones - Learn about 5G science, policy & lawsuits.
Thursday, Feb 20 from 6:30-9pm  
Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Rd, Potomac, MD (Community Room)

Over 152 cities in Italy have passed resolutions to halt 5G. Did you know Montgomery County has filed suit against the FCC for not updating their regulations on allowable levels of 5G and wireless radiation? Theodora Scarato ( WWS Parent ) is also part of new litigation against the FCC. Scarato will review the latest policy and current lawsuits moving forward at the federal level relating to 5G as well as two major scientific publications on 5G just released in 2020. If you want to learn more about 5G and get your questions answered, this is for you. 

Environmental Health Trust is a scientific think tank focused on environmental health. Learn more at EHTRUST.org
2020 American Craft Council Show - Fine Ceramics
Feb 21-23

Please visit Ana Cavalcanti ( WWS Alumni Parent ) of Fine Ceramics at the 2020 American Craft Council Show Baltimore, booth 4001-3. 

  • Friday, February 21, 10am-8pm
  • Saturday, February 22, 10am-6pm
  • Sunday, February 23, 11am-5pm

Baltimore Convention Center
1 W Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21201

Promo code: BWI2020GUEST

For more information visit CraftCouncil.org or call 800-8363470
Webinar: How do teens feel about our hyperconnected world? 
Tuesday, Feb 25 at 7pm
from Theodora Scarato ( WWS Parent )

Take My Phone, Please!
College Students on Devices, Anxiety, and Real Connection

In the ongoing conversation about smartphones and teen anxiety, there’s often an important voice missing: teens themselves! So in   this month’s Action Network Live! , we’re putting adolescents front and center. 

Join us, media professor and Action Network advisory member Joni Siani, and Joni’s students for a conversation about the role of devices in young people’s lives and what it takes to be well in a hyperconnected world. 

Waldorf School of Baltimore - Waldorf Fair
March 6, 6:30-9pm
March 7, 10am-4pm
Join the Waldorf School of Baltimore community for their annual Waldorf Fair!

This fun-filled weekend attracts over 600 families from across the state of Maryland and features:
Artisan wares, live music, a Spring Faerie’s Grotto, a children's shopping room, family crafts, jump rope making, marionette shows, food trucks, and much more!

Entry price is $2 for everyone over two-years of age.
Admission is free on Friday to adults 21 and up.
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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