The Waldorf Weekly

December 17, 2014

A Message from the Leadership Team

Keeping the Home Fires Burning…

So the rush and press of the last week before Holiday Break is upon us.  Students are bubbly and full of expectation for last minute surprises, class celebrations, reuniting with family and family friends at week’s end.  Teachers and staff are juggling all of the last projects and ends of learning blocks, organizing performances, sales and celebrations.  Parents too are busy keeping up with all of the tasks that need to be done, things brought in and brought home again, shopping, prepping and cooking.  If there ever was a time to lose oneself in the rush and tumble of life-this time of year surely presents it!

Also at this time we get the quiet moments of reflection- the little lights burning in the darkness.  Students are participating in this aspect of the season through Garden of Light, Santa Lucia and classroom Chanukah celebrations.  The Apple Tree kindergarten was also treated to a special Zul celebration of last week when Manya Sonam, a Buddhist monk joined them for a candle lighting ceremony.  So many moments of making a quiet space for the inner flame of interest, love, reflection and self-mastery to balance the outer rush of life and events.

We would like to thank all of the parents and volunteers who have made these weeks manageable and successful.  Those who baked, greeted, welcomed, stood outside with smile on their faces and helped us hold the practicalities of the festive time.  We also wish everyone a restful, nourishing and enjoyable break and holiday season.  Whatever way your family celebrates we wish you warm moments together in the weeks to come!  May the lights shine as the year turns so that we meet again in January renewed and with joy.

[Though the school offices will be closed or on reduced hours for much of the break one can still stay updated by checking out the website, Facebook page or the Blog (Loving Learning) for events, news and reading.  An update about the new site and report from our recent Town Hall meeting can be found on the blog for you to review.]

- For the Leadership Team, Erin Semin, Faculty Chair

School Event

Save the Date for MLK Day of Service

On Monday, January 19, 2015 at 9am we will be working to support our partner in Germantown once again this year. Face to Face is a multi-service organization that offers free human services to more than 2,500 low income and homeless individuals each year. Please email Diana DuHaime with questions:



Re-Enrollment for 2015-2106

Dear Philly Waldorf families,

The school year is moving along at an astonishingly swift pace. It’s hard to believe but already we must begin the re-enrollment process for 2015-2016, our school’s first in our new home!

We will begin re-enrolling after the holidays on Monday, 5th January 2015. This year we have decided to re-enroll via an online form. An email will be sent to you on 5th January with details and a link. Meanwhile, here are the key dates for re-enrollment and tuition support applications –

– 5th January    Re-enrollment opens.

– 5th January   Deadline for First Grade applications

– 16th January  Deadline for re-enrollment decisions

– 26th January  Re-enrollment contracts will be sent out by the Business Office

– 12th February  Deadline for Tuition Assistance applications

– 12th March      Tuition Assistance notifications

Please reach out to me with any questions you may have.

Wishing you a happy holiday season and good wishes for the year ahead.


Alex Borders
Director of Admissions

Parents Association

Full Circle Fundraising

Don’t “leave money on the table” for our school!

We are only 25% of the way toward our Match! Help us meet our goal. If you have not yet given your gift this year, there’s still time and it’s easy.

Give to the school that loves you back and double your dollars! Every gift made now through December 31, 2014 will help us match a generous gift of an anonymous donor within our school community up to $10,000. Your gift today will count more than you can imagine – $100 becomes $200 and $250 becomes $500 and so on.  

New and Easy Way to Give: Become a monthly sustainer

If you would like to make a monthly, recurring donation (example: $10 a month) please click the Donate button on our website and enter the amount that you would like to give each month and check the box “Make This Recurring (Monthly).”

Remember The Waldorf School of Philadelphia as you buy your holiday presents. Did you know…

  • Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase costs when you connect your account to the AmazonSmile program?
  • Target will donate up to 1% of your purchase price to our school when you link your REDCard? The Waldorf School of Philadelphia’s Group ID is 126486. You can link your card online or at a kiosk at any store.


School Fundraisers

Class of 2016 Bake Sale

Today at 3:15 p.m. the 7th Grade will host their last holiday bake sale by the dismissal area behind Eagles II.

Pick out some delicious, home-made pizzelles, sweet breads, cookies and chocolate! Come treat yourself or someone you love and support the Class of 2016.






Hot Chocolate Tuesdays

The WSP Class of 2017 is happy to announce


8 oz. of luscious hot chocolate made with

organic 2% milk, genuine cocoa,

and just the right amount of organic sugar

served in a custom-designed, keepsake mug!

Orders will be taken through December 19th

for delivery every Tuesday at lunch

January 6th through February 10th (6 Tuesdays).

(Students in Grades 2 – 8, teachers and staff may place orders. Order forms are available outside the 6th grade classroom.)

In the News

Community Meetings

Health Advisory

Developing Diversity

So Noted...

Office Hours and Other Important Information

Office Hours During Winter Vacation

The school’s offices will be open on a limited basis over the winter holiday break and parents are advised to call ahead if they need to come to the school.  The schedule is as follows:

Monday, December 22 – Business Office open from 9 a.m. till 1 p.m.  The School Office is closed.

Tuesday, December 23 – School Office open from 9 a.m. until noon.  Business Office closed until January 2.

Wednesday, December 24 through January 1 – Offices closed.

Friday, January 2 – Business Office open from 9 a.m. till 1 p.m.


Because the building will be closed, visitors should call when they arrive.  To reach the Business Office, dial (215) 248-1662 x 224.


Last Chance for Finding Lost Items

Trying to locate that missing jacket or sweater?  It might be in the school’s Lost and Found.  Parents are encouraged to check for lost items by Friday afternoon.  The Lost and Found is located on the third floor of the main building. Items left in the Lost and Found after Friday will be donated to a local charity.

Children’s Scholarship Fund Now Accepting Applications

The Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia, a private non-profit dedicated to offering families more school options, is now accepting applications for scholarships for the 2015-2016 school year.  Four-year scholarships are awarded on the basis of a lottery to eligible students in kindergarten through 8th grade.  Applicants must be Philadelphia residents and meet CSFP’s income guidelines.  For more information or to apply, visit  The deadline for applications is March 1, 2015.




December 22, 2014
School Closed
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
December 23, 2014
School Closed
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
December 24, 2014
School Closed
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
December 25, 2014
School Closed
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
December 26, 2014
School Closed
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
December 27, 2014
School Closed
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
December 28, 2014
School Closed
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm



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