Hello MLWS Families!
Warmer temperatures and wetter weather are upon us, as Spring indisputably arrives. Please read on to learn more about what is blossoming within our school community! We are 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.
PARENT COUNCIL UPDATE
Highlights of current projects in the works are as follows:
- The Welcome Committee has been established and held its first open Q&A forum geared towards supporting new families in their first year at MLWS.
- A workshop for parents on the topic of the Four Temperaments is in development for late April/early May.
- 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.If you have any information you’d like to share in this effort, please contact Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A Welcome to MLWS Packet for new families is also in development and will be ready for new families in the upcoming 2018/19 school year.
Parent Council will hold our May meeting Wednesday, May 11, 3:15-4:15pm. Please consider attending the May meeting, which will be our last meeting of the school year, 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.
Calendar of School Events
Saturday, April 21, 10am-12pm
MLWS Open House
Who do you know who might like to attend?
Wednesday, April 25, 8:30-10:30am
Community Craft Circle
Led by Amy DeLeon, meeting in the Handwork classroom. For more information, please contact Amy at email@example.com .
Tuesday, May 1
Community Mayday Celebration
Please mark your calendars and save the date!
Did you know…
QUESTION: I often hear references made to “the College.” What is “The College”?
ANSWER: At the first Waldorf School in Stuttgart, Germany, Rudolf Steiner encouraged the original core of teachers to work into the future within a form based on a spiritual beholding of one another. This group was to aim for consensus, and to make conscious attempts to align through disciplined meditative practice.
At MLWS, The College meets weekly to study the works of Steiner, participate in child studies, and guide instructional theory and practice—the pedagogical life of the school. The College is responsible for the education of the students and the educational vision of our school. The College shares governing responsibilities with the Board of Trustees and the Administration.
Members are faculty and administration who have made a long-term commitment to the principles of Waldorf education , anthroposophy, and the well-being of Mountain Laurel. The College can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org .
One question and the corresponding answer will be featured in each issue of the newsletter. If you have a question you would like answered, please submit it to email@example.com. Please be patient if your question is not responded to immediately. Thank you!
A Peek Into the Classroom
From Mrs. Workman:
With the arrival of Spring, the First Grade-ready children in the Kindergarten class are preparing for their transition to the First Grade. They have started with their Red Queen Journey and are working hard on their sewing projects. The MLWSEarly Childhood program has experienced some positive changes this year. Our lovely Nursery class has been re-established, and Mrs. Fridlich and Mrs. Angelica are the teachers for that program. We have also welcomed several new families into the Kindergarten and Nursery classes. Both classes are starting to prepare our Spring songs for the May Day Festival and we are very much looking forward to it!
From Ms. Jee:
Before spring break, the Fifth Grade concluded their play block with two lively performances of “Persephone and Demeter.” Ms. Jee and Biscuit made guest appearances and the class was supported by actors and actresses from the 7th, 6th, 4th and 1st grades! As we return from vacation, we will be diving back into decimals and continuing our exploration of Ancient Greece through the Adventures of Odysseus and freehand Geometry. As Persephone makes her way back from Hades, and the world comes back to life, we will return to Botany in our final block of the school year.
MLWS PARENTS IN THE COMMUNITY
Sunday, April 29, 3:00pm-4:30pm:
KAIROS: A Consort of Singers Spring Concert
Callie Hershey, Eighth Grade MLWS parent, is pleased to announce that she will be performing with KAIROS: A Consort of Singers in their Spring Concert.
“In The Spirit” features a cappella works based on the spiritual, the ghostly, and the mystical, featuring works by Monteverdi, Lasso, Wolf, Josquin, and more. Holy Cross Monastery, 1615 Broadway (Rte. 9W) West Park, NY. Tickets: $20 general admission; $15 senior; and $5 youth/students with valid Student ID Visit kairosconsort.org to purchase tickets.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 7:00pm-9:00pm:
Attention and Distraction: Digital Technologies and Us
Samrat Pathania, Sixth Grade MLWS parent and former software programmer, is hosting a talk and conversation as part of the Elting Memorial Library’s Science Series.
Attention and Distraction: Digital Technologies and Us: In our global, interconnected world, it is critical that students have the skills to harness the incredible power of digital technologies to enhance human potential for creativity and communication. However, this requires us to be aware of obstacles to learning that they may encounter as a consequence of their use of digital technologies. This presentation looks at some of the deleterious effects of digital tools on cognition, memory, and attention and thus challenges the assumption that Technological Progress = Human Progress.
MLWS MUSIC TEACHERS IN THE COMMUNITY
Saturday May 5, 7:30pm (6:30pm: Shacklett concert preview):
Aaron Bernstein and Donna Kushner, two of our MLWS private music lesson teachers, will be performing with the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, Russell Ger, Music Director.
Restive Reverie will feature Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor with soloist: Kariné Poghosyan and Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 6, ‘Pathétique’. Aquinas Hall, Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY. Youth and students with college ID are admitted free of charge to our Open Seating area only. To purchase tickets, click here.
AND A SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY IN THE WIDER REGIONAL WALDORF COMMUNITY