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Ithaca, NY, 14850
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Parent News

Parent News 10.13

Arabez Smith

2nd Annual Harvest Festival! (and volunteer opportunity)

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.

On the Calendar

Monday October 16th            IWS Board Meeting – 5 pm. All are welcome to attend       

Wednesday October 18th      Parent Council Meeting (*this is a change in the calendar)

                                                All subsequent Parent Council meetings will be held on the first

                                                Wednesday of the month at 8:30 am

Saturday October 21st           Harvest Festival – 11 am – 3 pm

Friday October 27th               Grades Hallowe’en In-School celebration (please see the description below)

Grades Hallowe’en Celebration

On Friday October 27th, grades children are invited to bring costumes to school with the following guidelines: nothing scary/bloody; no film or tv characters; no full face masks; and no vampire teeth please. We want to respect the younger children’s lower tolerance for spooky.

The children will participate in a costume parade, as well as Hallowe’en songs and games outside between 1:30 and 3 pm.

Skating at Cass Park Begins Monday October 30th

Every year IWS joins other Ithaca area schools for the After-School Ice Skating Program at Cass Park. You may pick up a registration form in the lobby. Please return them to Arabez in the office as soon as possible. You may simply join for the free skate, or sign up your child for weekly lessons.

And an announcement from the CHES Skating Club:

Hello Skating Families,

The CHES Skating Club is going on its 9th season! This would never have happened without the Cass Park Skating Rink.  

You may know the rink has an ongoing campaign for facility improvements and this provides a really fun opportunity to host a Ches Skating Club Alumni Event.

The Enclose Cass Extravaganza Skate-A-Thon is on Saturday November 4 from 2:15-5:00

My kids participated last time and it really fun for them to count their laps and get me to sponsor them. (It is not expected that they will collect other sponsors than yourself, but they certainly can).

Online Reading: Waldorf Today

You can enjoy the most recent issue here:

Interesting topics include Education for Non-Violence, the impact of social media on young children and a very cool gallery of totally inspiring Waldorf architecture in Norway.


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

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

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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Parent News 4.26

Market Garden Media

Construction Updates
Welcome to Arabez, who will be serving as the Project Coordinator at IWS! Arabez will be posting updates on the construction in the lobby and will be sending out periodic electronic updates as well. You can also keep up with what is going on via Facebook and on our Building On tab too!

Important Events
May 2, 8-9:30: Community Sing and Groundbreaking Ceremony - Please join us to share blessings and wishes for our new growth.  

May 4, 11:15: Early Childhood Maypole Dance - with picnic to follow until 12:30. Families are welcome to attend

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Parent News 4.10

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Contracts due for next year!

Safety in the Spring
Please walk on the mulched paths, and use the "crosswalk" to cross over through the split-rail fence to enter the school yard. 

Spring Break is Next Week!
Office will be open BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, next week (April 17-21)


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Parent News 3.27

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  • REMINDER! Please join us for the Joan Moora Lecture & Workshop with author Lea PageLecture is Friday, March 31 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm and the workshop is Saturday, April 1, from 9:00am - 12:00pm. Free childcare will be provided. Please RSVP here
  • Congratulations to Sujata, Carl and Liliasha on the arrival of baby Julia Amrita Rose Gibson on March 20! All members of the family are doing well!  
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Parent News 3.7

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  • Reminder! There is NO SCHOOL THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 10, due to PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES. There WILL be childcare available, provided by Miss Fine, in the Early Childhood Classrooms.
  • Please join us for Adult Eurythmy with Lisa Meissinger, trained eurythmist, Thursdays, from 6-7pm. Cost is $5/class or $20 for all five weeks! RSVP to Lisa via phone or text so she knows there will be enough attendees to hold class. 913.237.9692
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Parent News 2.1

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Save $150 if you re-enroll by March 1st. Please CLICK HERE to re-enroll today!

Tuition Assistance Materials are HERE!!
Please CLICK HERE to learn about the process and start your application TODAY!  Feel free to speak with Karen or Emily if you have questions re-enrollment as TA applicant.

TET Celebration this Friday, February 3rd from 2-4 pm
Please join us in the IWS lobby for this cherished, annual tradition!

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Parent News 1.27

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All Parents

  • Re-enrollment has begun! Please check our website beginning Friday 1/27 for all re-enrollment materials and be sure to re-enroll by March 1 to save $150!

Early Childhood

  • Note! There is no school for Early Childhood Children on February 10 due to a WECAN conference
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