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 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!


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!


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 and click on ‘DONATE’ or you can hand-deliver or mail your contribution to the school.


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.