May 8, 2017 Newsletter

Hello MLWS Families…
One week into the merry month of May, it feels like we are coming into the home stretch of the school year, with all of the events and activities! What a delight it was to witness the Eighth Grade’s Artistic Presentation this past Saturday. Please read on to learn more about what is unfolding within our school community…

PARENT COUNCIL UPDATE
Parent Council continues to work on the projects that the College and parents identified as priorities. Our next Parent Council meeting will be Wednesday, May 10, 5:30-6:30pm. Please join us for the last meeting of the school year and share your perspective, as we begin planning for next year.

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS:
Tuesday, May 9, 6:30pm: Seventh Grade Play
“Rounding the Cape of Storms” — All are welcome!
Thursday & Friday, May 11 & 12: “Waldorf School Tour”
MLWS Recorder Ensemble and Chamber Ensemble travel to Philadelphia for performances at the Philadelphia Waldorf School and the Circle of Seasons Waldorf School.
Tuesday, May 16, 6:30pm-8:30pm: All School Meeting
An opportunity for your voice to be heard and for your questions to be answered. Please plan to attend!
Friday, May 19, 7pm: Spring Music Share
Please join us, in the New Paltz High School Auditorium.
Wednesday, May 31, Time TBA: Fifth Grade Play
“Gilgamesh” — All are welcome!
Saturday, June 10, 11:00am: Eighth Grade Graduation
Please join us, in the Studley Theater at SUNY New Paltz.

AWSNA NEWLETTER
The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America publishes Inform, a newsletter sharing information about activities, events, and news relevant to Waldorf Education. The link to the May 2017 issue is on the AWSNA website:
https://waldorfeducation.org/default.aspx?RelID=624379&issearch=newsletter
and also at:
https://waldorfeducation.org/Customized/Uploads/ByDate/2017/May_2017/May_3rd_2017/Inform_May_201710776.pdf
AWSNA also publishes E-NEWS, an online newsletter that highlights news and events of interest to the Waldorf community. You can have E-NEWS delivered to your email inbox by signing up on the AWSNA website.

A PEEK INTO THE CLASSROOM

From Mrs. Workman: The Kindergarten is looking forward to our regatta at the end of the year. The children love to work with wood and, at this time of the year, when they are budding with new energy and looking forward to the Summer water play, it is a great artistic project.

From Mr. von Moritz: The Seventh Grade has been busily working on “Rounding the Cape of Storms,” a play that takes us back to the time of Portuguese exploration and circumnavigation of the African continent. Augmenting this topic, we also examined the geographical aspects of Africa and South America, as well as Renaissance recorder music and a South African hymn which eventually became the South African national anthem. The overwhelmingly rich landscape of the 7th grade curriculum also afforded us to get acquainted with Martin Luther, the rebellious monk and one of the titans of the German language, who dared to openly and successfully challenge the Catholic Church and some of its practices. Order and harmony were restored when we, again and again, constructed geometric forms based on the “Golden Section,” one of the principles applied by all well-known Renaissance artists.

April 26, 2017 Newsletter

Hello MLWS Families…

At last, it truly feels like Spring has arrived! Please read onto learn more about what is blossoming within our schoolcommunity!

PARENT COUNCIL UPDATE

Parent Council continues to work on the projects that the College and parents identified as priorities. Our next Parent Council meeting will be Wednesday, May 10, 5:30-6:30pm. Please join us for the last meeting of the school year and share your perspective, as we begin planning for next year.

A PEEK INTO THE CLASSROOM

From Ms. Loshak: In First Grade, we are coming to the end of our last math block for the year. All four processes have been introduced and are practiced daily. We are counting in circles, stomping and clapping odd and even numbers,using sticks and beanbags to count in 2’s, 3’s and 4’s, and standing on cushions and desks to count in 5’s and 10’s, allthe while weaving stories to bring life to our math work.

From Ms. Jee: Before Spring break, the Fourth Grade was in a Local History and Geography block, walking the streets of Old New Amsterdam, hearing the click of Peter Stuyvesant’s peg leg throughout the building, imagining what life was like in the area before our country was established. Moving forward in time, we looked at the local industries that came to define our area: the tarpaper shacks of the Huckleberry pickers, the grist stone carvers, Rosendale Cement and the D. and H. Canal. We visited the D. and H. Canal museum, and trudged through the snow down the five locks walk. We saw a working model of how the locks once filled with water to allow the barges to move through. Since classes resumed, we have moved into a Human Being and Animal block, and will take another trip to High Falls on Monday to observe and draw the animal sat the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary.

MLWS RECORDER AND CHAMBER ENSEMBLES SPRING CONCERT SCHEDULE

“Happy Spring! Concert”

Sunday, May 7, 3pm @ Redeemer Lutheran Church onRt.32 across from SUNY New Paltz

“Waldorf School Tour”

Thursday, May 11, 12:15 @ Philadelphia Waldorf School

Friday, May 12, 10:15 @ Circle of Seasons Waldorf School

MLWS Music Share

Friday, May 19, 7pm @ New Paltz High School

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS:

Monday, May 1: Mayday Celebration at Deyo House Lawn

(Raindate: May 8) The Kindergarten will dance beginning at 10:45am, Grades 1-8 will dance beginning at 11:15am. Dancing will be followed by a bring-your-own picnic lunch!

Saturday, May 6, 3-7pm: Eighth Grade Presentations

Please join us, in the New Paltz High School auditorium.

Tuesday, May 9, evening time TBD: Seventh Grade Play

“Rounding the Cape of Storms” — All are welcome!

Tuesday, May 16, 6:30pm-8:30pm: All School Meeting

An opportunity for your voice to be heard and for your questions to be answered. Please plan to attend!

Saturday, June 10, 11:00am: Eighth Grade Graduation

Please join us, in the Studley Theater at SUNY New Paltz.

ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN UPDATE

We are excited to share that the campaign has surpassed the $10,000 mark! Please consider giving, even if you’re only able to give a small amount. Go to mountainlaurel.org and click ‘DONATE’ or hand-deliver or mail a contribution.

Here is an update on this school year’s campaign:

March 22, 2017 Newsletter

Hello MLWS Families…

According to the calendar, Spring has arrived, though you would not know it to step outside. This time of year offers myriad opportunities to emerge from Winter’s dormancy into the enlivening energy of Spring. Please read on to learn what is unfolding within our school community.

PARENT COUNCIL UPDATE

Parent Council continues to work on the projects that the College and parents identified as priorities: a Welcome Committee for new families, Parent Council presence at public events, Faculty Nourishment, Food Drives at Music Shares and this newsletter. Our next Parent Council meeting will be Wednesday, April 5, 5:30-6:30pm. Please join us and offer your time to support one of our projects. We are stronger when we work together!

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS:

Tuesday, March 28, 6:00-7:30pm: Creating Prosperity This thought-provoking workshop with Joanne Leffeld will include discussions about paying for private school and college and about investing in uncertain times. Sponsored by Parent Council. Pre-register ($15/person, $25/couple) or pay at the door ($20/person, $30/couple).

Tuesday, April 4, 5-6pm: Eurythmy for Parents and Faculty Lisa Meisinger will teach eurythmy to interested adults in the MLWS Community Room. A $5 donation is requested.

Wednesday, April 5, 6:30pm: Sex Education and The Spirit A talk with Lisa Romero about Understanding Gender and Sexuality through spiritual insight in the light of Waldorf Education in the MLWS Community Room, $10 at the door.

Friday, April 7: Parent/Teacher Conferences – NO SCHOOL! Meetings with “Specials” teachers will also be available.

Saturday, April 22, 6-10pm: Spring Swing Fundraiser Join us for an evening of fun! Buffet Dinner, Contradance with live music and caller, Silent Auction. Ages 21+. Proceeds to benefit MLWS and Family of New Paltz.

Tuesday, April 25, 6:30pm: A Walk Through The Grades The Pedagogy of Storytelling in a Waldorf Classroom. Stay tuned for more details!

Monday, May 1: Community Mayday Celebration There will be a new format this year, and we will share the details with the community as soon as they are available!

Tuesday, May 16: All School Meeting Please mark your calendars and save the date!

ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN REMINDER

It’s that time of year again… Please consider giving to this year’s Annual Giving Campaign. Even if you’re only able to give a small amount, it’s so important to our school that we get 100% participation. Like most private schools, Mountain Laurel relies on donations, in addition to tuition, to meet annual budgetary needs. (And those classes that reach 100% participation will receive a pizza, sushi or ice cream party for their teacher and students.) All donations are gratefully appreciated, from the most modest to the very generous! Every little bit helps.
In the spirit of community and love for our school, please consider giving! You can go to mountainlaurel.org and click on ‘DONATE’ or you can hand-deliver or mail your contribution to the school.

A PEEK INTO THE CLASSROOM

From Mr. Neel: The Third Grade had a wonderful trip to Hawthorne Valley Farm. They milked cows, slopped hogs, and ate really good food! The children journaled about their experiences, and those compositions became the writing for their workbooks. At the farm they saw how, by the sweat of our brow, and from thorns and thistles, the food in our pantries comes from really hard work. It’s a lot easier to appreciate something if you’ve done the work yourself, and that’s a great lesson!

From Mr. Aram: The Sixth Grade concluded their study of Roman history with a Theater Arts block. The students brought to life “ROMA / AMOR, A Roman Comedy,” written by long time educator Eugene Schwartz. They also had the opportunity to play a large role in designing their own costumes. We are deeply grateful to the wonderful parents who helped with rehearsals, props, stage set, costumes, and driving, without whom none of this would be possible.

September News

March 22, 2017
Hello MLWS Families…

According to the calendar, Spring has arrived, though you would not know it to step outside. This time of year offers myriad opportunities to emerge from Winter’s dormancy into the enlivening energy of Spring. Please read on to learn what is unfolding within our school community.

PARENT COUNCIL UPDATE
Parent Council continues to work on the projects that the College and parents identified as priorities: a Welcome Committee for new families, Parent Council presence at public events, Faculty Nourishment, Food Drives at Music Shares and this newsletter. Our next Parent Council meeting will be Wednesday, April 5, 5:30-6:30pm. Please join us and offer your time to support one of our projects. We are stronger when we work together!

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS: Tuesday, March 28, 6:00-7:30pm: Creating Prosperity This thought-provoking workshop with Joanne Leffeld will include discussions about paying for private school and college and about investing in uncertain times. Sponsored by Parent Council. Pre-register ($15/person, $25/couple) or pay at the door ($20/person, $30/couple).

Tuesday, April 4, 5-6pm: Eurythmy for Parents and Faculty Lisa Meisinger will teach eurythmy to interested adults in the MLWS Community Room. A $5 donation is requested.

Wednesday, April 5, 6:30pm: Sex Education and The Spirit A talk with Lisa Romero about Understanding Gender and Sexuality through spiritual insight in the light of Waldorf Education in the MLWS Community Room, $10 at the door.

Friday, April 7: Parent/Teacher Conferences – NO SCHOOL! Meetings with “Specials” teachers will also be available.

Saturday, April 22, 6-10pm: Spring Swing Fundraiser Join us for an evening of fun! Buffet Dinner, Contradance with live music and caller, Silent Auction. Ages 21+. Proceeds to benefit MLWS and Family of New Paltz.

Tuesday, April 25, 6:30pm: A Walk Through The Grades The Pedagogy of Storytelling in a Waldorf Classroom. Stay tuned for more details!

Monday, May 1: Community Mayday Celebration There will be a new format this year, and we will share the details with the community as soon as they are available!

Tuesday, May 16: All School Meeting Please mark your calendars and save the date!

ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN REMINDER
It’s that time of year again… Please consider giving to this year’s Annual Giving Campaign. Even if you’re only able to give a small amount, it’s so important to our school that we get 100% participation. Like most private schools, Mountain Laurel relies on donations, in addition to tuition, to meet annual budgetary needs. (And those classes that reach 100% participation will receive a pizza, sushi or ice cream party for their teacher and students.) All donations are gratefully appreciated, from the most modest to the very generous! Every little bit helps.
In the spirit of community and love for our school, please consider giving! You can go to mountainlaurel.org and click on ‘DONATE’ or you can hand-deliver or mail your contribution to the school.
A PEEK INTO THE CLASSROOM
From Mr. Neel: The Third Grade had a wonderful trip to Hawthorne Valley Farm. They milked cows, slopped hogs, and ate really good food! The children journaled about their experiences, and those compositions became the writing for their workbooks. At the farm they saw how, by the sweat of our brow, and from thorns and thistles, the food in our pantries comes from really hard work. It’s a lot easier to appreciate something if you’ve done the work yourself, and that’s a great lesson!

From Mr. Aram: The Sixth Grade concluded their study of Roman history with a Theater Arts block. The students brought to life “ROMA / AMOR, A Roman Comedy,” written by long time educator Eugene Schwartz. They also had the opportunity to play a large role in designing their own costumes. We are deeply grateful to the wonderful parents who helped with rehearsals, props, stage set, costumes, and driving, without whom none of this would be possible.

Sunflower Garden Parent / Infant / Child Play Group Now Enrolling

Nancy Hoose_sWe are happy to announce the Fall session of our Sunflower Garden Parent/Infant/Child Play Group. The Play Group meets in a nurturing setting where support and friendship grow out of weekly conversations with other parents under the expert guidance of our experienced kindergarten teacher, Nancy Hoose.

The play group meets on Fridays in the Kindergarten from 9:15 am to 11:15 am throughout the school year.

Please contact the school office for more information at (845) 255-0033.

Download the application form for the MLWS Sunflower Garden Parent / Infant / Child Play Group (PDF).

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A Walk through Grades

Mountain Laurel Waldorf School invites you to join their teachers for… A Walk through Grades, on Thursday, February 4th at 6:30 pm (snow date is Thursday, February 4th).

This is a wonderful opportunity to see Waldorf Middle School Education at work. Come join our teachers and staff members for an interactive stroll through classrooms and see student’s work on display. The event is scheduled to end at 8:45 PM

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to 255-0033 x400.

Waldorf Schools Receive Prestigious “Green School” Award

Announced by The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA):

We are thrilled to inform you that Waldorf Education has earned the Green School Award bestowed by the Captain Planet Foundation because of the ways that Waldorf Education incorporates an environmentally sensitive curriculum in every grade. Each year the Board of Trustees of the Captain Planet Foundation “rededicate ourselves to our mission by honoring some of our own outstanding real live, environmental super heroes. This year our Board of Directors chose to present four awards, honoring those who have demonstrated extraordinary environmental stewardship, helping to protect and preserve the natural balance and beauty of our land and actively put forth a significant effort in making the world a better place.”

AWSNA and Waldorf Education is one of the four award selections: the Award Brief can be seen at The Making of an Environmentalist in Waldorf Schools.

“Waldorf educators know by cultivating a personal relationship with the Earth and her resources, young people can develop a genuine ecological consciousness.”