September News

September 19, 2016

Hello MLWS Families…

Welcome to the start of the 2016-17 school year!  We hope things are off to a smooth start in your  household. This year, Parent Council will be  publishing a biweekly newsletter, which will include  a Parent Council update, highlight some of the  activities of the various classes in the school and  provide information about upcoming events in the  MLWS community.

PARENT COUNCIL UPDATE

Parent Council held our first meeting of the year on  September 14. We identified several priority  projects to focus on this year including: The  Enchanted Walk, a Welcome Committee for new  families, a Parent Council presence at MLWS public  events to support new enrollment, Faculty  Nourishment, Food Drives at Music Shares to  support Family of New Paltz, and this bi-weekly  newsletter to keep parents informed. Please  consider attending the October meeting or offering  your time to one of these projects.

A PEEK INTO THE CLASSROOM:

From Mrs. Workman: The Kindergarten has been  busy preparing for Michaelmas, dying silks and  making capes to wear when we attend the play. And  some of the children who will move up to the First  Grade next year have started finger-weaving hats,  and it is very special for them and us.
From Mr. Neel: The Third Grade has heard the first  seven days of Genesis, which is a slow build to a  very long story. Now that humans are on the scene,  let the trouble begin! As part of our building block,  we are hoping to build a play structure in the lower  play yard and are seeking donations of any type of  lumber, so long as it is not pressure treated.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Friday, September 30, 12:00pm (Please arrive by  11:50am): The second grade will perform the  Michaelmas Play in the MLWS school yard,  followed by the Games of Courage at Hasbrouck  Park field at 12:30pm. Don’t forget to dress in the  Michaelmas colors: Red, purple and gold!
Wednesday, October 5, 5:00-6:00pm: The next  monthly Parent Council meeting in the MLWS  Community Room. Thanks to all who came to our  first meeting. We hope to see you at the next  meeting, so please put it on your calendar!
Thursday, October 27, 7:30pm: “Technology,  Artificial Intelligence, and Waldorf Education”, a  presentation and conversation with Gary Lamb  about the developments in technology, artificial  intelligence, and game universes and potential  effects in home and school settings. This event is  sponsored by the MLWS Executive Committee.
Ongoing: Sunflower Garden Parent/Infant/Child  Play Group is enrolling for the Fall 2016 8-week  session, which meets on Fridays, 9:15-11:15am.  Please see the school’s website for more details.

SAVE THE DATE…

Sunday, October 30: Enchanted Walk
A Halloween-time event for K through 2nd grade
Early November: Annual Clothing Sale
Please set aside your hand-me-downs to donate
Wednesday, November 9: Lantern Walk
A seasonal event for K through 2nd grade
Thursday, November 10: Parent/Teacher Conferences
Saturday, November 19: MLWS Open House
Who do you know who might like to attend?
Tuesday, November 22: Thanksgiving Work Share
A sampling of the work of the students, Grades 1-8

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.”