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.
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!!
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!)
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Join us for a workshop and discussion based on the keynote lecture by Michael D'Aleo, in collaboration with the Namgyal Monastery.
Join us for a lecture with Michael D'Aleo on the topic of Physics, Buddhism and Anthroposophy!