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Parent News

Bulletin 3.7.19

Arabez Smith

Emptying myself, cosmic thinking enters, awakens love

 

Upcoming Events

 

Friday March 8th                                         The Wizard of Oz  6 – 8 pm

Saturday March 9th                                   The Wizard of Oz  2 – 4 pm

Wednesday March 13th                             Community Sing  8:30 am

Friday March 15th                                      **Parent-Teacher Conferences  NO SCHOOL

Monday March 18th                                     IWS Board Meeting  5 – 6:30 pm

Wednesday March 20th                             Equinox Walk  3:30 pm

Thursday March 28th                                  Curriculum Night  6 – 7:30 pm

 

            **Please contact the office if you will need childcare at the time of your conference on March 15.

 

The Wizard of Oz

From Mrs Myers:

The Grades 6/7 class is pleased to announce our Class Play--The Wizard of Oz. This family friendly musical is filled with delightful characters from Munchkinland and Oz.  Dorothy and her new found friends, the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lioness seek help from the Wizard of Oz to find strength, courage and a way back to Kansas. Their plans are foiled by the Wicked Witch of the West and her sidekicks, Hocus and Pocus (our play does not have the scary flying monkeys or guards) and together, the friends defeat the witch and their dreams come true over the rainbow.  

Show times:

Friday, March 8th 6:00-8:00 PM

Saturday, March 9th 2:00-4:00 PM

There will be an intermission. 

 

The Waldorf class play is a beloved part of our year for all children. We work together as a class to build the set, create costumes and transform the magical characters. The children learn that they must work together and every part is extremely important.  We all count on each other!  

 

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Friday, March 15th is set aside for parents and teachers to meet and discuss the experience of the child in the classroom. Please let us know in the office if you will need childcare at the time of your conference. Also, if you have not signed up for a meeting time, you may do so on the sheet posted at your child’s classroom door.

There will be NO SCHOOL on Friday, March 15th.

 

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  

Here we are last year, mixing and sprinkling the Biodynamic preparation 500 (like an herbal remedy for the farm) on the land as we walked.

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Curriculum Night RESCHEDULED:

Thursday March 28th  6 – 7:30 pm

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!

Lost & Found, now or never!

Our Lost & Found collection is quite generous at the moment, so please take a minute to go through the box in the foyer, under the front window to find missing items. These few small treasures are on my desk in the office if they look familiar . . . We will deliver remaining items to a local donation center on the 15th.

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Community News

 

·         Land Access & Reparations Workshop  Join us in welcoming Leah Penniman, author of Farming While Black and co-founder of Soul Fire Farm, Thursday March 7th at 6:30 pm in the Tompkins County Library. $5 suggested donation

See attached flyer and link:

 https://groundswellcenter.org/events/landaccess/

 

·         Dalcroze Music and Movement Workshop  with Emma Shubin, Eurhythmics instructor.

Follow this link to a description of the event, hosted at Opus Ithaca:

http://opusithaca.org/classes-ensembles/flute-dalcroze-workshop/

 

·         100% Grass-fed Organic Beef Raised on Miss Karen's farm, on land which has been organic for more than 50 years, these cattle eat only grass. IWS SALE: 20 lbs of ground beef or roasts (or any combo of the two) for $100. Ground meat is prepared in 1 lb packages. Please contact Karen Lonsky to place an order: klonsky@ithacawaldorf.org

 

·         Guitar Lessons with Sue Terwilliger Sue Terwilliger, the IWS Guitar Ensemble instructor, is a world traveled guitarist with a Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College and 15 years of experience teaching. Her approach blends teaching universally important skills with what excites and motivates an individual student, drawing from rock, pop, blues, jazz, classical and world music. Her private instruction rates are $25/half hr, $37.50/45 min and $50/hr.

 

Bulletin 2.28.19

Arabez Smith

Thinking embraces the joy of becoming

 

Upcoming Events

 

Thursday February 28th                          Financial Aid application deadline

Friday March 1st                                         Pizza Lunch! $2 a slice

Monday March 4th                                     Grades 3/4/5 Class Meeting  3:15 pm

Tuesday March 5th                                    1st Grade Readiness Parent Meeting 4 – 5:30 pm

Wednesday March 6th                              Parent Council Meeting  8:30 am

Friday March 8th                                         All School Community Sing  8:30 am

Wizard of Oz – The Musical!  6 pm

Saturday March 9th                                    Wizard of Oz – The Musical!  2 pm

Friday March 15th                                      **Parent-Teacher Conferences  NO SCHOOL

            **Please contact the office if you will need childcare at the time of your conference on March 15.

 

First Grade Readiness – Parent Meeting

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.

 

Parent Council Update

Next 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.

 

Follow the Yellow Brick Road . . .

Coming up fast is this year’s musical production, The Wizard of Oz, brought to you by Mrs Myers grades 6/7 class. Come and enjoy one of two possible performances: Friday March 8 at 6 pm, or Saturday March 9 at 2 pm.

 

Hiring Update for 2019-20

We are delighted to report that we have several applications from internal and external candidates for the grades teaching positions, and the Hiring Committee is busy with ongoing interviews. If you have any questions at all about the progress on this front, please contact the Hiring Committee Chair, Lori Freer at lfreer@ithacawaldorf.org.

 

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  

Here we are last year, mixing and sprinkling the Biodynamic preparation 500 (like an herbal remedy for the farm) on the land as we walked.

[image]

 

Curriculum Night RESCHEDULED:

Thursday March 28th  6 – 7:30 pm

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!

 

 

Community News

·         Land Access & Reparations Workshop  Join us in welcoming Leah Penniman, author of Farming While Black and co-founder of Soul Fire Farm, Thursday March 7th at 6:30 pm in the Tompkins County Library. $5 suggested donation

See attached flyer and link:

 https://groundswellcenter.org/events/landaccess/

·         100% Grass-fed Organic Beef Raised on Miss Karen's farm, on land which has been organic for more than 50 years, these cattle eat only grass. IWS SALE: 20 lbs of ground beef or roasts (or any combo of the two) for $100. Ground meat is prepared in 1 lb packages. Please contact Karen Lonsky to place an order: klonsky@ithacawaldorf.org

·         Guitar Lessons with Sue Terwilliger Sue Terwilliger, the IWS Guitar Ensemble instructor, is a world traveled guitarist with a Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College and 15 years of experience teaching. Her approach blends teaching universally important skills with what excites and motivates an individual student, drawing from rock, pop, blues, jazz, classical and world music. Her private instruction rates are $25/half hr, $37.50/45 min and $50/hr.

 

Bulletin 2.14.19

Arabez Smith

The world shines with the light of my thinking

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Upcoming Events

 

Friday February 15th                        $150 Early Bird Discount ends TOMORROW

February 18th -22nd                          EC Winter Camp CANCELED

                                                                   NO GRADES CLASSES

Monday February 25th                     IWS Board Meeting 5 pm All Welcome!

Tuesday March 5th                             1st Grade Readiness Parent Meeting 4 – 5:30 pm

Friday March 8th                                 Wizard of Oz – The Musical!  6 pm

Saturday March 9th                             Wizard of Oz – The Musical!  2 pm

 

Final Day for Early Bird Enrollment Discount

So many of you have already navigated our new enrollment process beautifully – thank you for your patience as we get ourselves up to speed in the office.

To receive the $150 Early Bird Enrollment Discount, you will need to complete the following steps by end of day tomorrow:

·         Follow your personalized link to TADS and complete the enrollment forms

·         Submit your deposit and Supply Fee to the office (or via direct deposit on the TADS website)

·         Follow the Agreements link and select your payment plan

Families applying for Financial Aid will have until February 28th to complete that application on TADS and submit all necessary forms. Please don’t hesitate to find support in the office at any time – we can loan you a laptop, help with uploading documents, you name it!

It’s Maple Sap Season!

Here the 6th and 7th graders introduce the first grade to the tools of the trade:

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IWS Seeks Qualified Grades Teachers

The Ithaca Waldorf School currently has openings for teachers in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades. Please support our search for the perfect candidates by sharing this link to our job postings on social media:

https://www.ithacawaldorf.org/employment/

Ms Meehan will continue at IWS as the Music Teacher. We are so lucky and grateful to have Ms Meehan's skill and warmth in this capacity, and to have had Mrs Lesser's careful guidance and continued participation on the IWS Music Advisory Committee. We will, however, be seeking a new second grade teacher. Thank you for your understanding and support as we fill these openings with capable new teachers!

 

Curriculum Night RESCHEDULED:

Thursday March 28th  6 – 7:30 pm

 

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!

 

Community News

·         100% Grass-fed Organic Beef Raised on Miss Karen's farm, on land which has been organic for more than 50 years, these cattle eat only grass. IWS SALE: 20 lbs of ground beef or roasts (or any combo of the two) for $100. Ground meat is prepared in 1 lb packages. Please contact Karen Lonsky to place an order: klonsky@ithacawaldorf.org

·         Guitar Lessons with Sue Terwilliger Sue Terwilliger, the IWS Guitar Ensemble instructor, is a world traveled guitarist with a Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College and 15 years of experience teaching. Her approach blends teaching universally important skills with what excites and motivates an individual student, drawing from rock, pop, blues, jazz, classical and world music. Her private instruction rates are $25/half hr, $37.50/45 min and $50/hr.

·          Winter Ball   Miss Angie Beeler and Miss Devon Buckley cordially invite you to join us for a joyful evening of family fun. Offerings of snacks and cash donations will be accepted. Families are welcome to bring the children to dance to fun music and play together in our fanciest threads to chase the Winter Blues away and dance in the Spring! See attached flyer.

 

 

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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