Hello MLWS Families!
The beginning of February is the halfway point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox, also known the cross-quarter day. Whether you celebrate Groundhog Day, Candlemas or Imbolc, this means winter is officially half over! The days are perceptibly longer, the reappearance of the light is beginning to be apparent and Spring will be upon us soon enough. Parent Council is pleased to share this issue of the newsletter with the community, which includes a Parent Council update, highlights activities of various classes and other school-related topics, offers Classified listings and provides information about upcoming events in the community.
PARENT COUNCIL UPDATE
Highlights of current projects in the works are as follows:
- The Welcome Committee has been established and is currently finalizing details for its first open Q&A forum geared towards supporting new families in their first year at MLWS. Stay tuned for more info.
- A workshop for parents on the topic of the Four Temperaments is coming soon.
- The idea of a parent-led “Fix It” day was proposed and is in development, with the goal of coming together to give a little extra TLC to various areas throughout the school buildings.
- A How-To Guide to inform parents about the various events and activities that occur as they move through the grades (such as Work Shares, Music Shares, Michaelmas, Clothing Sale, etc.), and their roles and responsibilities in relation to these events and activities, is in development.
- A Welcome to MLWS Packet for new families is also in development.
Parent Council will hold our February meeting on Wednesday, February 14, 3:15-4:15pm*. Please consider attending the February meeting to share your thoughts, ideas and concerns, and to learn more about the various Parent Council initiatives in the works. Help our community thrive. Many hands make light work!
*Please note that contrary to the schedule announced at the start of the school year (which indicated meetings would alternate between 3:15pm and 5:15pm start times), for the rest of the 2017/2018 school year, Parent Council meetings will be held from 3:15pm until 4:15pm, based on attendance during the first four meetings. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Mountain Laurel Demystified
QUESTION: When will Mountain Laurel Waldorf School have our School Photo Day?
ANSWER: The school has been communicating with photographer Roy Gumpel, MLWS alumni parent, about scheduling our School Photo Day. He will be our photographer and School Photo Day will take place in late February or early March. Stay tuned for more details!
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Calendar of School Events
Friday February 9, 6:00pm:
Parent-sponsored screening of “Take Back Your Power”
MLWS Community Room. This award-winning documentary investigates so-called “smart” utility meters, uncovering shocking evidence of in-home privacy invasions, increased utility bills, health & environmental harm and more. These meters are all over New Paltz, including at MLWS. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
Monday, February 12, 3:15-4:15pm:
Parent Council Welcome Committee Q&A Session
New parents, and any parents with questions, are invited to attend this event and ask questions you may have about MLWS. Experienced MLWS parents will be present to answer questions and offer support.
Tuesday, February 13, 4:30-5:30pm:
A Peek at Eurythmy Through the Grades
Andrea Marti will offer a free eurythmy workshop for interested parents in the MLWS Community Room. Please RSVP to 845-255-0033 to reserve a space in the class and secure childcare if needed.
Wednesday, February 14, 8:30-10:30am:
Community Craft Circle
MLWS is introducing a weekly Craft Circle for parents interested in sharing handwork skills, ideas and projects. Whether you are new to handwork or you are an experienced pro, please join us every Wednesday from 8:30am to 10:30am in the Handwork classroom as we create in community. For more information, please contact Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, February 14, 3:15-4:15pm
Parent Council monthly meeting
Thursday, February 15 & Friday, February 16 at 6:00PM
Boughton Place, 150 Kisor Rd, Highland NY 12528
8th Grade Play
Will & Whymsy: 16 Dramatically illustrated Sonnets of Shakespeare
A Peek Into the Classroom
From Mrs. Liebowitz:
The Sixth Graders have sculpted eagles, which are on display on the first floor of the school. The eagles are part of a trilogy, along with the lion and the bull, creating a picture of the human being—head, heart and hand.
The Annual Giving Campaign is in full swing and our goal is $25,000!
Many thanks to those who have contributed already—we are off to a great start! We have a colorful chart in the school lobby depicting donations by grade. The children are enthusiastic about monitoring their classes’ progress; every class with 100% will have an ice cream, sushi or pizza party. The Annual Giving Campaign plays a crucial role in supporting the day-to-day financial needs of Mountain Laurel Waldorf School. Please consider giving today by clicking here.
Our second annual Spring Gala is coming up on April 14th. The event will feature an online auction that will open three weeks prior to the event. We are currently accepting donations of auction items. In-kind services are also welcome. For more detailed information and to see current auction items please visit the Gala website at http://bit.ly/mlwsgala2018 or contact Carly Fridlich at email@example.com.
We are excited to announce that Skydive the Ranch has donated a tandem skydive to this year’s auction!
Notecards featuring MLWS Student Artwork
We are currently selling note cards that feature Mountain Laurel student artwork. Makes a beautiful gift for someone special and supports the school! Cards come in packs of 10 with envelopes and cost $20 per pack. Three choices: kindergarten 2017 watercolor art; 8th grade class of 2016 various works; and 8th grade class of 2016 scratchboard art. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase cards or with questions.
Here are other ways you can help support the school:
Did you know Mountain Laurel Waldorf School participates in Smile.Amazon.com? If you shop at Amazon.com, go to smile.amazon.com and register to support Mountain Laurel Waldorf School. Amazon will donate a percentage of the money you spend to Mountain Laurel. It is an effortless way to support the school at no extra cost to you.
Mountain Laurel also participates in Mighty Nest, an online store that sells natural, organic and non-toxic products. You can buy items from various categories such as home items, wellness, lunch storage, gifts and many more. Go to mightynest.com and register to support Mountain Laurel Waldorf School. 15% of everything you spend is donated to the school!
Hudson Valley Seed Company
Be on the lookout for our annual partnering with the Hudson Valley Seed Company sale of spring seed packets. Proceeds from sales are split between the Hudson Valley Seed Company and Mountain Laurel Waldorf School. Order forms will arrive home with students this month. It’s just about time to get those spring crop seedlings going!
Ms. Loshak on the Airwaves!
Our very own Second Grade teacher Rachel Loshak is now the host of Stories on Sundays, 4-5pm, on Radio Kingston (WKNY / 1490 AM). This is a program for children and families featuring stories and songs from fairy and folk tales to myths and legends as well as stories with a connection to our local heritage and history and the occasional special guest!
Ms. Loshak’s husband, Morgan Taylor, creator of the Gustafer Yellowgold family music video series, also has a weekly family music show, RadioCake, Sundays, 5-7pm, on Radio Kingston, during which he brings his blend of sophisticated musicality and whimsical childview to the local community.