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Ithaca, NY, 14850
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Parent News

Bulletin 02.01.18

Arabez Smith

IWS is offering a vacation camp for Early Childhood students Monday February 19th – Friday February 23rd from 8:30 until 3 every day. The cost is $60 per day, or $250 for the week. Miss Jessie and Miss Jamie will offer activities for children ages 3 – 7 in the EC classrooms and the outdoor playground. Ask for registration details in the office.

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Bulletin 01.25.18

Arabez Smith

Don’t forget to spread the word: this Saturday, January 27th from 11 am – 1 pm, we invite the Ithaca community to make our acquaintance! This is the perfect opportunity to tour the campus, meet our faculty and staff and generally enjoy an introduction to Waldorf education.

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Bulletin 01.19.18

Arabez Smith

We are thrilled to see our online forms populating with returning students – add to the accumulation before February 16th and receive the Early Bird Discount of $150. We also suggest that you complete your Back to School forms at the same time; and we are trying to address your feedback that these forms can be tedious, especially for families with multiple children attending IWS. We appreciate your patience and perseverance with the paperwork while we devise a method of auto-filling forms with the repeated info!

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Bulletin 01.11.18

Arabez Smith

On this unseasonably warm January day let us consider the year ahead, and enjoy a little buzz of excitement. Now that our building expansion is complete, and the grades 5/6 class prepares to move into the new space, we can refocus on the growth of our school in its many other dimensions – refocus, so to speak, on the whole world of possibilities.

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Bulletin 01/02/18

Arabez Smith

The future is a big responsibility, and the future is now. Let us keep in mind that in nursing our own souls we are also giving to the world; or, on a smaller scale, to our children, our school and community. You will find many opportunities to give to and grow with our school in 2018, beginning with these . . .

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Bulletin 12.18.17

Arabez Smith

 As we approach the shortest day of the year, I like to give some long thoughts to the miracles of the physical world; that the globe will pass the solstice on its journey around the sun and we will turn ever closer to it again. Whether or not we celebrate any number of variations on the upcoming holidays, we are moving through a season which is sometimes joyous and sometimes challenging and we can hopefully depend on one another and the inexorable movement of the earth to pull us back into the light.

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Bulletin 12.12.17

Arabez Smith

Welcome to winter. The children are delighted to see the snow, and I hope it stays long enough for some playground fun. Our holiday is fast approaching, and this time of year always offers an opportunity to hone our juggling skills, with family gatherings, travel and work. Let’s promise ourselves to slow down enough to enjoy these few . . .

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Bulletin 12.04.17

Arabez Smith

On Friday December 15th, prepare to be amazed. Crankie Night is a presentation of the Grades 5/6 class and will showcase their creations in light and song. If you have never heard of a Crankie Box, you’re not alone, and you will be so glad that we’re letting you in on the secret; this is an art form that deserves a resurrection, and this class has done the form justice. RSVP if you would like to come for homemade soup and bread at 5 pm, or simply come for the performance at 5:45 pm.

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Bulletin 11.28.17

Arabez Smith

Thanks to this incredible community, we do exist; and better yet, we grow! You are aware by now that this is Giving Tuesday, and our fundraising campaign is galloping along. Enormous heart-felt thanks to everyone who has already made a donation, and to those of you who even created a NYGives page of your own to expand our efforts. Let’s just take today to feel how wonderfully and certainly we do exist!

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Bulletin 11.23.17

Arabez Smith

Our weekly meditation is a good reminder to be conscious of our blessings; all that we are thankful for in spite of challenges on every scale from the personal to the global. In our school foyer the spirit of giving is present in the many boxes filling with donations to the annual food drive hosted by our grade 5/6 class. And celebration is imminent in the promise of our addition extending our space in time for the Advent Spiral and our Winter Assembly! Oh glory be! Space . . .

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Bulletin 11.13.17

Arabez Smith

Greetings on a beautiful autumn day. The recent snowfall has resulted in an energetic shift in the school body – there is an excitement and an anticipation, for which I hope there is some real promise of snow . . .

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Bulletin 11.03.17

Arabez Smith

Now that it truly feels like fall, we will need to take this advice to hold the summer in us like a seed – preferably roasted buckwheat kernels wrapped in wool! Happily we host some of our most heart-warming festivals at this time of year; Dia de los Muertos has just passed, and we look forward to the EC Lantern Walk and the Winter Spiral just ahead.

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11.06

Arabez Smith

The candle flames of these upcoming events which provide warmth and light will guide us into the darker days. And while the weather did not permit us to transform our barriletes through fire, we can appreciate that they are preserved for our enjoyment in the foyer.

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Parent News 10.25

Arabez Smith

Thank You!!

There are so many people to appreciate for their efforts over the weekend, and in the weeks preceding this year’s Harvest Festival. And so many gorgeous moments to capture that I feel this could be a bulletin in pictures – but I’ll simply make sure they get onto our Facebook page for you all to admire at your leisure.

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Parent News 10.13

Arabez Smith

Join us for all the fall fun on Saturday October 21st from 11 am until 3 pm. A festival for everyone; including crafts, a puppet show, horse drawn wagon rides, and food by Dolce Delight! And this will be the perfect opportunity to pick up some pumpkins. You may still volunteer to help by signing up at the bulletin board in the lobby.

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Parent News 9.29

Arabez Smith

A Glorious Michaelmas Day!

With our intern, Alistair Bennie-Underwood, supervising the apple press, we anticipate a flavorfulMichaelmas meal. There will be bread and soup for our bodies, and song to nourish the soul. If you can be here by 2:30 today, September 29th, you may join the celebration.

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Parent News 9.11

Arabez Smith

Greetings on a sunshiny fall day!

Briefly . . . well, it’s hard to be brief when there is so much news to share and so many events upcoming, but I’ll do my best.

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Parent News 5.18

Market Garden Media

GENEROUS MATCHING CHALLENGE GIFT!
An incredibly benevolent and anonymous donor has just given the school a matching challenge gift of $40,000!  

LAST FEW TOURS FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR
Thursdays from 8:30-9:30 am on May 18th, 25nd, June 1st & 8th - invite a friend! 

YES, there is still school on Friday, May 26th!  

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Parent News 5.1

Market Garden Media

Construction Updates
On Tuesday May 2nd at 8:30am please attend our Groundbreaking Ceremony by the chain link fence bordering the construction zone on the west side of the building!

Important Events & Dates
Thursday, May 4: 8:30am - School Tour / 11:15 am EC Dance around the Maypole
Friday, May 5: 8:30am - 12:30pm Grandparents & Special Friends Day PLEASE RSVP by Thursday

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