Weekly Bulletin - March 18, 2020
Faculty and staff worked with whirlwind speed to coordinate bags for each student with their belongings, materials, lessons etc. to facilitate remote learning. Bags were picked up from the school parking lot yesterday afternoon and remote learning began this morning.

Special thanks to Scott Nash (WWS Parent) and Mom’s Organic Market
for donating the bags!
Unprecedented Times...
From Jennifer Page's letter to current families 3/17/2020:

...Just as Waldorf education was revolutionary 100 years ago in its purpose and pedagogy, so it is today. 100 years ago, Rudolf Steiner hoped to remedy the ravages of World War I on education and society through a pedagogy that was designed to meet the developing child. The decisions of what to teach, when to teach, and how to teach were grounded in that purpose.

Today we are also faced with a crisis, the ultimate impact of which we can only imagine. 100 years ago, the first teachers had to actively and creatively engage with Waldorf pedagogy in order to educate the specific children who sat before them. Similarly, our teachers have been tasked with applying their creative efforts and pedagogical insights in this uncertain time. I have been humbled by the dedication of our teachers over this past week, and I am all the more grateful for our school. In addition to discussing how to best teach their lessons, the teachers have considered the social needs of their students – the impact of isolation – and how to address those needs in the coming weeks. They have also considered the challenges you as parents will face, and how they can partner with you effectively.... 

I want to express gratitude for our tireless administrative team. The efforts of administrative folks are often not visible, but their work provides essential support to our teachers....

Thank you, parents, for your flexibility, partnership, and resilience as we enter this new educational experience.
Staying Connected
This is new territory for all of us and we want to help our community stay connected. Below are a few ideas and we will learn and share as we go...
Bulletin "Community Messages"
Starting next week, we'd like to try a new section of the Bulletin called "Community Messages." This can be a note of thanks, an encouragement, or perhaps just a different way to share a moment or connect with others. It could even be an a reminder of an inside joke or something fun in code. Messages can be addressed to the whole community, to a group or class, or to individuals.
  • Messages should be 250 characters or less.
  • Send your messages to agoodyear@washingtonwaldorf.org with the subject line: "Bulletin Community Message"
  • You may include a photo.
  • Depending on how many we receive, we may have to limit the number published per week.
Sharing Posters or Artwork
Creating a poster with a message and then taking a photo with the poster can be a fun way to combine hands on creativity and social sharing. Yesterday was WWS nursery teacher, Vanessa Chang's, birthday and the faculty and staff were still able to collectively celebrate...
Social Media
If you happen to capture a moment that you would like to share with the community, consider posting it to one of our social sites with the following tags:
tag the school: @washingtonwaldorfschool
use hashtag: #washingtonwaldorfathome

tag the school: @washingtonwaldorfschool
use hashtag: #washingtonwaldorfathome

tag the school: @DCWaldorf
use hashtag: #washingtonwaldorfathome

tag the school: @washingtonwaldorf
use hashtag: #washingtonwaldorfathome

Women's History Month
Continuing our celebration of March as Women’s History Month, this week we highlight the contributions of women who were fighting for suffrage on two fronts, reaching to surmount both sexism and racism in pursuit of their right as Americans to vote in elections. This recent article from AARP highlights, among others, Maryland suffragettes Augusta T. Chissell (pictured) and Margaret Gregory Hawkins who were recently honored for their contributions in organizing for voting rights. As we celebrate the centennial of women's suffrage we remember those who fought racism as well, sometimes from within the suffrage movement itself. We honor the work of those who fight for equality and representation on all fronts.
Celebrate women’s history month and menstrual equity in March as well as Earth Day in April with a buy-one, gift-one to the school promotion for menstrual cups. Visit The Keeper for more information and to shop their eco-friendly cups, made in the USA since 1987. Enter the promotional code “Waldorf” at checkout and for every cup you purchase one will be donated to the school and available for free in several of the restrooms on our campus (note: cannot be combined with other offers). Thank you for your support of the school and this normal, healthy facet of our community life.
In Case You Missed It...
Now that we have started remote learning, today was the day that the 6th graders finally got their Pi Day math class assignment!

It's not too late to bake a pie and celebrate!

Join our middle school math teacher (and avid baker), Sarah Heirman, and WWS Parent, Lisa Catalone ("Pie Maven" of  Lisa Makes Pie  and designer of our school logo, etc.) as they make a berry ginger pie that celebrates the digits of Pi in honor of Pi Day.

Have you seen a plate like this?
If you are doing a deep clean of cupboards during this time at home, please check to see if you have any school plates. Once we are back in the building, please return them to the kitchen. Chef Eron thanks you!
Preorder the 2019-2020 Yearbook
Preorder Your Copy (ies) of the 2019-2020 Yearbook!  
Full color coverage of Children’s Garden through 12th Grade & events.

You can  preorder a yearbook   with free delivery to the school, if you place your order by April 15, 2020.  Orders placed after the deadline will include the cost of shipping the book directly to the purchaser.

Preorders with free shipping cost $38.21 and will be available at the school for pickup by May 29, 2020. Please contact  Caitlin MacKenzie , Yearbook Club sponsor, with any questions. Thank you and enjoy!
Preorder online !  By April 15, 2020
Yearbooks can only be ordered through the TreeRing website .
Please Note: TreeRing’s website works best in the Chrome internet browser.  If you visit the website directly, the school pass code is: 1015278619434770
Bulletin Board
How to Submit a Listing
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.  
Notices & Classifieds
Feeling overwhelmed? Stuck? Lost? At a crossroads? Considering a career change or taking a completely new direction in life?

Vicky Tay, Holistic Life Coach and WWS parent of three, is offering a discounted rate for 1 hour sessions for members of the Waldorf Community.

What is Life Coaching exactly? Life Coaching is NOT about dwelling in and talking about the past. Life Coaching is about shedding limiting beliefs, assessing the issue at hand, and identifying steps to take in the immediate future to move forward, onward, and upward in a positive direction, to create and live the life you want and deserve to live.

$120/hr. sessions are being offered at a discounted rate of $60. Please text or call Vicky at Yours Truly, Holistic Life Coaching directly at 703-473-5203.
GoFundMe Campaign for Praline Staff Victim of Gun Violence

There has been an outpouring of emotion and a desire to respond as our community has learned that Blanca Coreas, who works at Praline Bakery down the street from WWS, was the victim of gun violence last Saturday. Her teenage son and his friend were killed and Blanca was severely injured by an unknown assailant. Blanca is in the hospital.

Praline has set up a GoFundMe page f or anyone who would like to give to support Blanca and her family.

Nanny Available Starting in March

Maria Camila Agudelo Moreno is a positive, confident and reliable nanny with three years of experience caring for children (age 3 to 7) and serving as a domestic worker and au pair. She enjoys playing with kids and is committed to promoting children’s physical, mental, and emotional development in partnership with parents. She enjoys assisting with homework and has experience managing the children’s calendar (school, playdates, appointments, library visits, etc.). She is willing to take on various household duties and has a valid US driver’s license with a clean record. First Aid Certified. Fluent in English and Spanish mother tongue.

Contact: maria.c.agud0503@gmail.com
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