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January 2014 Calendar

2 / Thursday

  • Winter Break
    1/2/2014 – 1/2/2014

3 / Friday

  • Winter Break
    1/3/2014 – 1/3/2014

6 / Monday

  • Classes resume
    1/6/2014 – 1/6/2014

11 / Saturday

  • Children's Garden Open House
    10:00 am – 12:00 pmWWS Children's Garden
    Talk with Waldorf early childhood teachers, see a puppet play, and participate with your child in Waldorf classroom activities. For more information or to RSVP, please contact our Enrollment Director, Lezlie Lawson, at 301-229-6107, x154 or at llawson@washingtonwaldorf.org.

  • Blacksmithing for Adults
    2:00 pm – 5:00 pmBlacksmithing Shed

14 / Tuesday

  • Observation Morning
    8:00 am – 10:30 amWWS
    Observation Mornings include a presentation on the philosophy and approach of Waldorf education and visits to five classes to see the Waldorf approach “in action.” The tour spans the grades, observing our youngest students in the Children’s Garden, several Lower School grades, and a class in the High School. Observation Mornings begin at 8 a.m. in the school library and end in the library at 10:30 following a Q & A period. These events are for adults. For more information or to RSVP, please contact our Enrollment Director, Lezlie Lawson, at 301-229-6107, x154 or at llawson@washingtonwaldorf.org.

  • Trustees Council Meeting
    7:00 pm – 9:00 pmLibrary
    All welcome

16 / Thursday

  • G2 Parent Evening
    7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

  • The Transcendentalists with Frank Hall
    7:30 pm – 9:00 pmHumanities Classroom
    This course, based on the main lesson taught to the senior class, will feature four prominent American "Transcendentalists" (the word will be clarified): Emerson (Jan 16), Whitman (Jan 23), Dickinson (Jan 30), and Thoreau (Feb 6), respectively. Each evening session will present a brief biography, followed by the author's inspiring perspective about who we are as human beings in search of the True, the Beautiful, and the Good. We will read aloud and discuss selected excerpts of each author's work, and do some short in-class creative writing. Participants will come to an understanding of new and different ways of seeing the world. You may attend any or all of the sessions. A passionate student of the Transcendentalists, Frank Hall will mark his 30th anniversary teaching high school English at WWS this year.

20 / Monday

  • MLK Community Service Day, No Classes
    9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    We will be packing lunches for Bethesda Cares; making cards and packing snacks for the USO; making blankets for sick children through the Linus Project; collecting toiletries for the Wilkins Avenue Women's Center; and collecting food for DC Central Kitchen. As your admissions ticket, please bring small toiletries and canned or dry goods.

21 / Tuesday

  • High School Open Day will be RESCHEDULED TBA
    8:00 am – 12:30 pmWWS
    High School Open Days are for middle school and high school age students and their parents. The morning begins at 8 a.m. with a presentation about the Waldorf approach for the high school years and then offers an opportunity to sit in on a number of classes for the morning. Visitors are invited to stay for an organic lunch from Chef Eron at 12:30. For more information or to RSVP, please contact our Enrollment Director, Lezlie Lawson, at 301-229-6107, x154 or at llawson@washingtonwaldorf.org.

22 / Wednesday

  • A Science of the Spirit--The Nature and Challenge of Anthroposophy, RESCHEDULED TBA
    8:45 am – 10:00 pmLibrary
    At the root of Waldorf education, one of the fastest growing independent schools in the world, is what its founder termed 'Anthroposophy' or - more descriptively - a science of the spirit. This new methodology and collection of 'research' is a tremendous challenge to the prevailing view of the world that shapes our culture - and our own minds! A 'science of the spirit' is, in a very real way, unprecedented. The very bringing together of the words 'science' and 'spirit' would seem to go against an unspoken understanding in our culture: never the twain shall meet! But what Rudolf Steiner worked to establish was just that: a rigorous, careful expansion of the mode of scientific knowingbeyond the confines of nature and into the realms of life, soul and spirit. His whole life was given over to healing the divide between the human heart and mind and to healing the divide in our human culture between spirituality and science. We will try to explore the nature of this new science and why it challenges us. Parents are encouraged to bring their questions. Patrick's interest has been to bridge the divide between those things which appear to be forever separated: science and religion, the inner life of the soul and the world of things or matter, between human beings and human cultures. In spiritual science, or Anthroposophy, he found the methods to do so. Patrick is an ordained priest in the Christian Community, a world-wide movement for religious renewal that was aided by and ensouled with anthroposophy, is a member of the Anthroposophical Society and a member of the first class of the School for Spiritual science which has its headquarters in Dornach, Switzerland. He is also a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, in Cultural Anthropology (cultural theory), and works and lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife and two daughters.

23 / Thursday

  • The Transcendentalists with Frank Hall
    7:30 pm – 9:00 pmHumanities Classroom
    This course, based on the main lesson taught to the senior class, will feature four prominent American "Transcendentalists" (the word will be clarified): Emerson (Jan 16), Whitman (Jan 23), Dickinson (Jan 30), and Thoreau (Feb 6), respectively. Each evening session will present a brief biography, followed by the author's inspiring perspective about who we are as human beings in search of the True, the Beautiful, and the Good. We will read aloud and discuss selected excerpts of each author's work, and do some short in-class creative writing. Participants will come to an understanding of new and different ways of seeing the world. You may attend any or all of the sessions. A passionate student of the Transcendentalists, Frank Hall will mark his 30th anniversary teaching high school English at WWS this year.

29 / Wednesday

  • Parent Organization Summer Camp Forum
    8:30 am – 10:00 amLibrary
    Featuring: Shelley Goguen-Hulbert, Executive Director, Camp Glen Brook (Malborough, NH) Waldorf summer sleep away camp Carol Kelly, Christian Community (Maryland) Waldorf-inspired summer sleep away camp Calleva (Maryland) outdoor activity and adventure camps Mitch Fanning, CCE Musical Arts and Dance (MAD) Week (Bethesda, MD) Irish-influenced arts day camp Chef Eron Picus (WWS) week-long cooking day camp Taisto Saloma (WWS) week-long sports day camps Wendy Jackson (WWS) week-long Children’s Garden day camps

30 / Thursday

  • Parenting for Puberty with Drew Josepth
    8:30 am – 10:00 amWWS Library
    Participatory workshop led by Drew Joseph, Marriage & Family Therapist Join in playful dialog with other parents about our children’s development into sexually healthy teens and adults. This event will help you clarify your family’s values, speak with kindness and humor about sex, and engage more fully with your kids in this important area of their lives. Waldorf parents and teachers of children of all ages are welcome. Special topic for this meeting: HELPING OUR TEENS KEEP SAFE. Drew Joseph, MA, LMFT, is a Waldorf parent and psychotherapist in private practice. Having worked for years in the area of adult s**ual health and diversity, he helps parents think about sexuality in ways that are consistent with Waldorf education. Please RSVP directly to drew_joseph@mac.com.

  • 3rd Grade play, Noah and the Flood, (also with 1st grade)
    5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  • G5 Parent evening
    7:30 pm – 9:30 pmG5 classroom

  • The Transcendentalists with Frank Hall
    7:30 pm – 9:00 pmHumanities Classroom
    This course, based on the main lesson taught to the senior class, will feature four prominent American "Transcendentalists" (the word will be clarified): Emerson (Jan 16), Whitman (Jan 23), Dickinson (Jan 30), and Thoreau (Feb 6), respectively. Each evening session will present a brief biography, followed by the author's inspiring perspective about who we are as human beings in search of the True, the Beautiful, and the Good. We will read aloud and discuss selected excerpts of each author's work, and do some short in-class creative writing. Participants will come to an understanding of new and different ways of seeing the world. You may attend any or all of the sessions. A passionate student of the Transcendentalists, Frank Hall will mark his 30th anniversary teaching high school English at WWS this year.

31 / Friday

  • MS Basketball Tournament at Green Meadow
    1/31/2014 – 1/31/2014 Green Meadow

  • 3rd Grade Play, (with 1st Grade), Noah and the Flood
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm

1 / Saturday

  • MS Basketball Tournament at Green Meadow
    2/1/2014 – 2/1/2014 Green Meadow