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20 Nelson Road
Ithaca, NY, 14850
United States

607-256-2020

School Events


Oct
3
3:30 PM15:30

All-School Open Community Meeting

Coming up on Thursday October 3rd from 4 - 5:30 pm is the All School Community Meeting. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll lean over to your neighbor and whisper I wish I could travel back in time and attend this school!
As always, the faculty, administration and staff are preparing to present all the information. Yes, all of it. What happens in your child's music, farm, movement & games, handwork and Spanish lessons? We will tell you! How does Waldorf pedagogy meet your child at every developmental stage? We've got that covered.
Please don't miss this most important and entertaining meeting of the year. It's where the meat is . . . (and by 'meat' we mean, you know, information; call it 'plant-based content' if you prefer).

AfterSchool care is provided for this meeting. Please contact the IWS office if your child(ren) will stay.

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Back to School Potluck & Contra Dance Party
Sep
21
5:00 PM17:00

Back to School Potluck & Contra Dance Party

The Parent Council formally invites all family and friends to our annual Potluck and Contra Dance Party on September 21st from 5-7pm . This free event is an opportunity for all our community members to both welcome and reunite with new and returning families in a fun and exciting way. There will be live music and food from 5-6 and from 6-7 onwards we will be cranking up the fiddles and strings to back local contra dance legend Casey Carr as she calls the dances. No experience is needed to participate, just wear comfortable shoes and bring a healthy appetite and head towards the music in the Great Room for a memorable evening of dancing and delight!


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IWS Work Day & Potluck
Sep
15
2:00 PM14:00

IWS Work Day & Potluck

The IWS Parent Council, faculty, and administration would like to invite you to roll up your sleeves and pitch in for this Work Day. School has started but there is still some work to be done before we roll into the fall! It is an expectation at IWS that each parent give at least 10 hours of your time throughout the year to support the school- this is a great way to get started. Work crews include: mulching paths and gardens, painting the girls, boys, and adult bathrooms, a carpentry project or two, staining decks, trail clearing and maintenance, and bonfire building.

What to expect:

Sunday September 15th, 2019 from 2 - 7pm (if this isn't already in your Google or iCal calendar and you want events to automatically show up, go to: https://www.ithacawaldorf.org/academic-caldendar)

2 - 5 pm - families and children all welcome but there are some experienced adult only projects so sign up for a work crew that fits your skills, interests, and ages of your children!

5 - 7 pm - Potluck dinner and bonfire in the fire pit (weather permitting)

There will be snacks and beverages available all afternoon and at 5pm we'll wrap up the work crews and start the potluck dinner

We hope this will be a fun way to get to know other families in our school community and support our school at the same time. Projects will commence rain or shine so please dress appropriately (ie. rain gear, boots, work gloves, painting clothes, etc.)

Please sign up for a work crew AND a potluck item or two here: https://signup.com/go/SgAzfjM Please, NO PEANUTS and LABEL all food with ingredients! All cold food will need to stay cold in cooler chests on ice and hot food will need to stay hot in the oven, a thermal tote, or plugged in until 5pm so please plan what you're bringing accordingly.

We are still working out exactly what is needed and what we have so stay tuned for specific requests for supplies, materials, and tools needed. Please plan to bring whatever gear you have for the crew you sign up for ie. wheelbarrows, clippers, pruners, work gloves, wheelbarrows, shovels, etc.

If you have any questions, please e-mail me directly at erincollinsharner@gmail.com. I look forward to seeing you at the Work Day!

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Sep
11
8:30 AM08:30

Parent Council Meeting

Join us for this first Parent Council meeting of the year. All are welcome, and in fact encouraged, to attend! Whether you are a new or returning parent, you are a a member of the IWS Parent Council. Make your thoughts and ideas known — we invite sharing and new directions for our volunteer efforts.

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Jun
7
11:00 AM11:00

Summer Assembly

Join us on the last day of school for a fond farewell celebration with student performances, and a special treat from the grades 6/7 class: a real medieval feast! The menu will include a Pig Roast, Potage & Bread. Families are also welcome to bring their own picnic lunches.

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Piano Benefit Concert
May
9
6:00 PM18:00

Piano Benefit Concert

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About the Piano

This lovely piano was built in Paris about 1911 by Gabriel Gaveau.  The Gaveau family members were French piano makers since the 1840's.  In the early 1900's Gabriel established a new factory, which inherited much of its equipment and design from Erard, one of the most prominent French piano makers.  This piano was surely one of the first, if not the first, of this model produced, as made evident by modifications in the action and the irregular pinblock arrangement. 

The cabinet is veneered with Brazilian Rosewood in a starburst pattern on the lid, originating from the bass corner, and in a double book-matched pattern around the sides of the case.  The brass hardware is solidly and ornately made.  In 2013, Edward Swenson and I took the piano completely apart to repair the soundboard and pinblock, repin and restring it.  I recently installed Ronsen hammers on the piano, as the original ones were at the end of their life.  The Ivory keyboard is completely intact.  

Thanks to the generosity of several kind donors, the piano now has a permanent home at the Ithaca Waldorf School, for delightful concerts such as these.

Joseph Pepper, Piano Restorer

The Music Curriculum at the Ithaca Waldorf School

    The power of music in human development has been proven from every possible angle.  The Ithaca Waldorf School holds music as one of the most fundamental subjects in the curriculum.  The music program strives to use music as a metaphor for life, developing capacities for expressiveness, responsiveness and deep listening.  Each child is provided with the joys challenges and satisfaction inherent to the experience of music. Classical and traditional folk music are valued equally.

    The rhythm of the Early Childhood student’s day is marked by songs; the teachers communicating as much through song as through speech.  In first and second grade, the singing continues and the pentatonic flute and lyre are introduced. The third grade begins with recorders and the understanding of counterpoint through singing and playing rounds.  Also in third grade, each child begins their journey with a bowed stringed instrument. At this point, fine motor skills have been cultivated through handwork and the children have already played and sung together as a group with the earlier instruments.  In Middle School, music continues with advanced string and guitar ensembles.

Your donation today ensures a thriving music program at the Ithaca Waldorf School.  All proceeds will support music lessons and instrument rental for IWS students in need.

THANK YOU for your generosity and your passion for music!!




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May Faire
May
4
11:00 AM11:00

May Faire

We celebrate the spring season with a lively community Mayfaire Celebration filled with song and dance. Our traditional maypole is decorated with brightly colored ribbons and flowers. Families and friends gather for a picnic lunch and flower crown making, followed by maypole dancing and singing, live music performances, games, and delicious, homemade treats. This is often our largest festival of the year, as many friends, neighbors, alumni, and newcomers join our school community to enjoy the outside activities and celebration (after a long Ithaca winter!)

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Screen-Free Week: April 29-May 5, 2019
Apr
29
to May 5

Screen-Free Week: April 29-May 5, 2019

The Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America is an enthusiastic supporter of Screen-Free Week. We know that children need to develop un-“mediated” relationships with the real world through exploration and creative play before engaging with the virtual world. We are grateful to Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood for its leadership and for providing so many excellent resources to families and educator and  hope our WECAN Member programs and communities will actively participate again this year!

Click here for more information on how to get involved.

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An Afternoon of Strings
Apr
6
2:00 PM14:00

An Afternoon of Strings

On Saturday April 6th at 2 pm, we invite you to this annual fundraising concert, which brings together the talents of IWS student and faculty musicians.
This event includes a series of performances lasting one hour, and then a special opportunity for budding strings musicians to share in the experience through an instrument 'petting zoo!'
A brief reception will follow.

In the program this year will be:

The IWS ensembles - string and guitar
Susan Terwilliger - guitar
Ali Diemecke- violin with looper
Piatigorsky Cello Ensemble from Ithaca Talent Education
Augusto, Christine and Ali - string trio

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Curriculum Night
Mar
28
6:00 PM18:00

Curriculum Night

Join the IWS faculty for an evening of sharing about some of the hands on experiences brought to the students from Early Childhood through the grades. This year’s Curriculum Night, A Walk Through the Waldorf Curriculum, offers an opportunity to ‘be a student’ and learn how your child learns here at the Ithaca Waldorf School. Many parents have questions about Waldorf pedagogy and how it ‘looks’ in the classroom. This is your chance to see this philosophy in action, with a particular focus on the practical arts, and ask the teachers themselves how they bring their understanding of the whole child into every lesson.

We have also invited several IWS alumni to join the event and they will talk about their transitions to local middle or high schools, as well as reflect on the impact of a Waldorf education on their growth as students and as citizens of the world!

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Equinox Walk
Mar
20
3:30 PM15:30

Equinox Walk

Wednesday, March 20th, 3:30-5pm: You're invited to join the Ithaca Waldorf School, the Youth Farm, and the Full Plate Farm Collective CSA for our 2nd annual Equinox Walk around the Farm! We'll meet at the picnic table by the farm after school, and Farmer Ann and Farmer Nathaniel will lead us on a kid-friendly journey around the farm to wake up the land for spring, and be available to answer questions about Biodynamic (Steiner-inspired) farming. Light, veggie-based snacks will be provided. 

 

·         please dress appropriately - it's pretty muddy out there.  All children need hats, snow pants (or rain pants - if it warms up!), mittens, good boots (snow or rain) and scarves (if chilly)

·         please bring a snack if your child has any dietary restrictions, remembering that our school is peanut-free

·         please park in the upper staff lot, as the school lot can be very congested until about 3:20  

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Mar
6
8:30 AM08:30

Parent Council Meeting

This week’s meeting will bring parents together to review & renew our understanding of the mission and role of the IWS Parent Council, and do some planning for an upcoming Faculty & Staff appreciation event.

ALL ARE WELCOME – never attended a meeting before? Let this be your first! Your presence, your ideas and your willingness to help are all invited.

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Mar
5
4:00 PM16:00

First Grade Readiness

At this meeting, scheduled from 4 –5:30 pm on Tuesday March 5th, Early Childhood teachers will describe the child’s transition into the Waldorf first grade. Parents of all Early Childhood and first grade children will enjoy this exploration of the child at this exciting developmental stage.

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Feb
2
11:00 AM11:00

All School Open House

The Ithaca Waldorf School opens its doors to new visitors and the families of IWS students alike, offering an opportunity to tour the classrooms and meet the teachers from Early Childhood through the grades. Sample student work will be on display, from their main lessons in all subjects, including maths, sciences, handwork, Spanish, and Farm as well as arts and literature.

Our administrative team will also be on hand and happy to answer Admissions questions.

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Jan
24
6:00 PM18:00

Curriculum Night

Join the IWS faculty for an evening of sharing about some of the hands-on experiences brought to the students from Early Childhood through the grades. This year’s Curriculum Night offers an opportunity to ‘be a student’ and learn how your child learns here at the Ithaca Waldorf School. Many parents have questions about Waldorf pedagogy and how it ‘looks’ in the classroom. This is your chance to see this philosophy in action and ask the teachers themselves how they bring their understanding of the whole child into every lesson.

Miss Karen will present a painting lesson as it is brought to children in the EC classes.

Ms Meehan will guide us along the musical stepping stones through the grades – no previous musical experience required!

Mrs Myers will lead a copper craft, and explain its implications to her middle school students’ understanding of maths and science.

Several IWS alumni will join the event to talk about their transitions to local middle or high schools, as well as reflect on the impact of a Waldorf education on their growth as students and as citizens of the world!

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Jan
15
to Feb 15

Early Bird Enrollment Open NOW

Warm greetings and welcome to 2019! This year marks the 100th anniversary of Waldorf education worldwide, and the IWS community can anticipate a year of abundance: of space and students, of art and learning, and more than anything else, of spirit. IWS is in a position to share the abundance this year with more than $42,000 available to new families in the form of Tuition Assistance.

And so, infused with this spirit, we are launching Early Bird Enrollment. Families enrolling by February 15th, 2019 will receive a $150 discount from their tuition payment.

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