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Ithaca, NY, 14850
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Parent News

Bulletin 11.23.17

Arabez Smith

Consciousness lights the world, giving it meaning

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 . . .

And so, on this glowing day, accept our gratitude for your participation in our joyous community, and our invitation to continue to bring your warmth and generosity to all of our endeavors. This may take the form of a donation on #GivingTuesday, or some much needed evergreen boughs for the Advent Spiral!

Upcoming Events & Activities

November 22 – 24                         Thanksgiving Break – NO SCHOOL

Tuesday November 28th               Giving Tuesday!

Friday December 1st                      Advent Spiral – *see schedule below

Tuesday December 5th                Community Sing!

 Wednesday December 6th         Parent Council – 8:30 am


Giving Tuesday – November 28th

As part of our fall campaign, the Ithaca Waldorf is participating in #NYGivesDay. Please support our efforts by following the first link to donate OR even creating your own fundraising page by clicking on the second link.

From David Whitmore, Board President:

Please consider a new gift to the school this fall.


To achieve these exciting goals, we need to meet our campaign goal of $200,000 by December 31, 2017. With your generosity last year, and that of the wider Ithaca Waldorf community, we have already raised over $155,000. In order to build on this momentum, a generous donor will match all gifts, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000, as part of Giving Tuesday (#GivingTuesday) on November 28, 2017. 


Will you help the Ithaca Waldorf School flourish from its strong roots?


Will you help provide the space, courses of study, and talented faculty and staff necessary to fulfill our vision? 


Contributions of ALL sizes are gratefully accepted. Please make checks payable to the Ithaca Waldorf School and note "From Strong Roots" on your check memo. If you prefer to pay by credit card (and even make recurring monthly donations), you can do so 


Advent Spiral – Friday, Dec 1st             Evergreen boughs still needed!

Next Friday, you may join us for one of the most magical festivities of the year. All children will have an opportunity to walk the spiral, and spread the light in their hearts as we approach the darkest days of the season. If you have evergreen boughs to contribute to this special event please bring them next week, so that we can create the spiral on Thursday. Parents are welcome to watch the children in silence on the following schedule:

8:30 am – Grade 2

9 am – Apple Blossom Class

10 am – Peach Blossom Class

11 am – Cherry Blossom Class

11:45 am – Grade 1

1 – 1:30 pm – Parents & Teachers

1:30 pm – Grade 5/6

2:15 pm – Grade 3/4

Please visit our website for a brief description of the event.

Ribbon Ceremony & a Blessing on Our Addition

Stay tuned for a time and date – most likely Thursday, November 30th at 2:45, we will enter the new space with song and ceremony, blessing its completion as well as the many activities and festivals it will house in the years to come!