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February 2014 Calendar

6 / Thursday

  • Children Garden Coffee/Tea After Drop-off
    8:30 am – 9:30 amCG Hallway
    Please join us for coffee/tea and conversation after drop off.

  • 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.

8 / Saturday

  • Storytelling Workshop with Debbie Spitulnik
    9:30 am – 12:00 pmLibrary
    Enhance the stories you tell every day in your personal and professional life by learning and experiencing the methods given to us by Marie and Rudolph Steiner. The gift of storytelling maybe one of life's most powerful skills and is a cornerstone of Waldorf Education. A story well told can make us laugh, weep, swell with pride, or rise with indignation. This workshop will include discussion, study, and practical application of ways to unfold the imagination and touch the heart, soul, and mind of your listener. Debbie is a veteran Waldorf teacher, and is now the third grade class teacher. She is also a long-time student of creative speech formation, and completed the program in Speech and Drama through the Artemis School of Speech and Drama in the U.K.

11 / Tuesday

  • High School Open Day
    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.

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

  • The Nine Year Change, with Gloria Leon
    7:30 pm – 9:00 pmLibrary
    The 9-year change is a time of awakening to the world in a new way. The paradisaical world of childhood suddenly comes into sharp contrast with the inner experiences of the child. This letting go can be fearful, sorrowful or painful yet allows a firmer grounding on the earth. A new melancholy may appear in your sunny child. The curriculum of third grade meets the child in a special way, by reinforcing the strength and goodness of the earth and the work that we do upon the earth, the child feels grounded, centered and more content with their surroundings. Gloria Leon is the 6th grade class teacher at WWS. She was previously the class teacher for 8 years for the Class of 2012.

12 / Wednesday

  • Observation Morning
    8:00 am – 10:30 am
    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. Contact Enrollment Director, Lezlie Lawson, for more information at 301-229-6107 x154 or by email at llawson@washingtonwaldorf.org

13 / Thursday

  • Day of the Languages
    1:15 pm – 2:45 pmWWS Auditorium
    Parents invited

14 / Friday

  • LS & CG Parent Teacher Conferences as needed, HS Classes in Session
    2/14/2014 – 2/14/2014
    No classes for CG and LS HS classes in session

17 / Monday

  • Mid Winter Break, No Classes
    2/17/2014 – 2/17/2014

18 / Tuesday

  • Mid Winter Break No Classes
    2/18/2014 – 2/18/2014 Session

20 / Thursday

  • Day of the Languages
    1:15 pm – 2:45 pm
    Rescheduled from February 13. All welcome for this fun and informative look at languages at WWS.

22 / Saturday

  • An Introduction to Devotional Painting, with Laura Summer
    9:30 am – 4:00 pm
    An Introduction to Devotional Painting, with Laura Summer, registration required. Suggested donation: $60-125 flyer What is devotion? What happens when we devote ourselves to something through painting and drawing? What do we learn about the “object” and what do we learn about ourselves? Can I present an experience for my viewer without pictorial images? How can sacred art be contemporary, and expression of an experience in the present? As we enter the 21st century, can we find ways to work devotionally in painting? Using a variety of media—watercolor, pastel, collage, ink, crayon, and poetry—we will explore these questions. No previous experience is necessary. The techniques we will use are very forgiving and exercises can be worked at many levels. Both beginners and advanced painters are welcome. SUGGESTED DONATION $60-120. All of the work at Free Columbia is based on an understanding of the importance of creating a free cultural space; therefore there are no set tuitions. Rather, we offer suggested donation amounts based on what it costs to run courses. If you prefer it is possible to make a monthly pledge to support Free Columbia rather than making a one-time donation. Laura Summer is co-founder of the Free Columbia Art Course, a year-long program based on the fundamentals of painting as they come to life through spiritual science. Her approach to color is influenced by Beppe Assenza and Rudolf Steiner, and also by Goethe’s color theory. She has been working with questions of contemporary religious art for 16 years. Her work, which is found in private collections in the US and Europe, has been exhibited at the National Museum of Catholic Art and History in New York City and at the Sekem Community in Egypt. She is a founding member of The Experimental Art Collective and Raising Matter-this is not a gallery. Contact Steve Smith at ssmith@washingtonwaldorf.org or 301-229-6107 x123.

25 / Tuesday

  • Parent Evening, Sunflowers and Songbirds
    6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Supper at 6. Meeting to follow at 7:30

26 / Wednesday

  • Parent Organization Meeting: Media Through the Ages
    8:30 am – 10:00 amLibrary
    Carol Petrash, an expert in childhood education, and the Children's Garden Co-Chair for Program and Development, will speak on media and the young child. Jennifer Robinson, 8th grade Class Teacher, received her MS Ed. degree in Waldorf Class Teaching from Sunbridge College in July of 2009, where she wrote her master's thesis on media. She has a keen interest in the adolescent and is a wonderful resource on how to encourage a healthy relationship with media. She will focus on media in adolescence.

  • Health Through Singing Workshop w/ Christiaan Boele
    7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
    Christiaan Boele, master singer and pedagogue visiting from Europe, will lead “Health Through Singing” on Wednesday, Feb 26 and Thursday Feb 27 from 7:30 – 9 pm. These singing exercises are designed for those who feel they can’t sing at all to those who sing regularly. Christiaan teaches out of a strong understanding of anthroposophy; the course delves into all aspects of physical and spiritual health, with the human voice central. The cost for the two-evening workshop is $50 in advance (or $60 at the door). Advance registration checks should be made out to Christiaan Boele and mailed to: Nevin Bender 8106 Carroll Lane Silver Spring, MD 20910 For further information, visit Werbecksinging.com, or contact Nevin at nevinflp@aol.com

27 / Thursday

  • Waldorf Approach to Foreign Languages
    8:30 am – 10:00 amTBA
    Come for this interactive presentation on how we teach foreign languages at the Washington Waldorf School! Our overarching goal for our foreign language curriculum is threefold: to develop the ability to communicate in another language; to acquire appreciation for, and understanding of, other cultures; and to promote flexibility in thinking. Please join the teachers for German and Spanish middle and high school classes on Thursday morning to hear more about the program and to get a taste of foreign language learning! The focus will be on Spanish and German from 7th grade and on, though all parents are welcome.

  • Health Through Singing Workshop w/ Christiaan Boele
    7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
    Christiaan Boele, master singer and pedagogue visiting from Europe, will lead “Health Through Singing” on Wednesday, Feb 26 and Thursday Feb 27 from 7:30 – 9 pm. These singing exercises are designed for those who feel they can’t sing at all to those who sing regularly. Christiaan teaches out of a strong understanding of anthroposophy; the course delves into all aspects of physical and spiritual health, with the human voice central. The cost for the two-evening workshop is $50 in advance (or $60 at the door). Advance registration checks should be made out to Christiaan Boele and mailed to: Nevin Bender 8106 Carroll Lane Silver Spring, MD 20910 For further information, visit Werbecksinging.com, or contact Nevin at nevinflp@aol.com