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.