The Waldorf Weekly

October 29, 2014

A Message from the Leadership Team

“Who are you?”  This is a question our children get asked over and over as they move through the dark and wind of Halloween night.  They stand hopefully at the door of a neighbor or stranger with their little bag and are asked to explain and define their choice of persona.  Halloween is a time of trying on different traits; scary, strong, sweet, ghoulish or utilitarian; of going out into the world and meeting the night with the moods and spirits it might contain.  There are obstacles we must meet in this- our own fears, our shyness to say ‘Trick or Treat…’ the practicality of walking around in a grand costume that was not really designed for movement and then the question, ‘Who are you?’

For the school too we are at the point of meeting neighbors, meeting prospective families, meeting the world and saying who we are.

– Last week finished with a very successful and well-received Open House during which over 50 new families came to meet our school.  Thank you to all staff, faculty and families who came out to volunteer their time, talents and love for the school to support this event.

–  School Chair, Kerry Hoffman has been meeting with the schools closest to our new home in Germantown to begin building a relationship and understanding there; again showing who we are to the world. (see the blog update for more information on this.)

-Eighth grade students have begun the process of visiting and applying to high schools, using the identifying markers of grades and transcripts coupled with their amazing personalities and some of their work to put themselves out there in the world in a new way.

-Faculty Chair Erin Semin and teacher Patricia Cornelius went to the River Valley Waldorf School to attend the regional delegates meeting for the Association of Waldorf Schools (AWSNA) keeping up with our neighboring schools and exploring themes we have in common.  Patricia has also begun work on our Self-study document in preparation for our Accreditation with AWSNA coming up next year.  This document (which will probably number in the hundreds of pages) is a comprehensive answer to the question “Who are you?” and will cover all aspects of our community make-up, practices, programs, policies, governance and organization, goals and challenges.  At the end of the process we will host a visiting team of educators from AWSNA and other schools to show off who we are in practice in relation to who we claimed to be on paper.  The ultimate goal of this process is the receipt of Full Member status in AWSNA (we are currently considered a Candidate School on the way to full-membership,) and accreditation by the Middle States Organization which recognizes approved private schools in our area.

-Internally teachers are preparing for Parent Conferences on Nov. 7th and 8th.  This is the time for parents and teachers to sit together and compare notes on who the children are in their becoming.  What each student presents academically, socially and developmentally allows us to hold for them the image of who they are and where they might be headed in the future.

This time surely has its challenges for us. It takes courage and presence of mind to fit in all of the necessary meetings and conversations, have all of the points examined and carefully considered then take a deep breath and state who we are.  As we embrace the rush of the autumn winds and chill night air we can relate to the hesitancy of the children as they say who they are.  The more we say it, the more we work to place our feet into the future and find our voice the fuller and richer our community will be.

– For the Leadership Team, Erin Semin, Faculty Chair

Community Meetings


Discover High Schools

For Middle School Families
Tuesday, November 11th 7.00 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.


This evening is designed to help address questions relating to testing, high school applications, school choice and transitions. For parents of 6th, 7th and 8th graders. RSVP –



7.00 p.m.                             Welcome and Introductions
7.05 p.m.                             Admissions Testing, Brenda Ridley
7.15 p.m.                             Admissions Process Overview, Brenda Ridley
7.35 p.m.                             The things we have learned, Alumni Parents
8.15 p.m.                             Q&A
8.30 p.m.                             Close


Handwork Classes

Learn to Knit

Monday and Wednesday
3.15 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.

Saturday Classes
10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.


Woodworking Classes

After-School Classes
Grade 4 and up
Thursdays, 3.15 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.
$10.00 per session

Evening Classes
Adults and Children 14 and above
Thursdays, 7.00 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.
$20.00 per session


Parent Handwork

Free Knitting Classes
Mondays in the Applied Arts Room
8:15 am – 10:00 am


Developing Diversity

Full Circle Fundraising

New Slow City: Living Simply in the World’s Fastest City

Learn how William Powers was able to live the slow, simple life in the hustle and bustle of New York City. Powers and his wife jettisoned 80 percent of their stuff and moved into a 350-square-foot “micro apartment” in Greenwich Village. Discovering a colorful cast of New Yorkers attempting to resist the culture of Total Work, Powers offers an inspiring exploration for anyone trying to make urban life more people- and planet-friendly.

The Penn Book Center will donate the proceeds of all books purchased by Waldorf parents attending the event to the Annual Fund.

When:  Thursday, November 13th, 6 p.m.

Where: Penn Book Center,130 S. 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

What:  William Powers talks about his new book, New Slow City: Living Simply in the World’s Fastest City.

Watch the book trailer.

Holiday Fair

November 21st and November 22nd

It takes a village for the Holiday Fair to be successful. As such, every parent from every family is requested to give at least 2 hours of time to work at the Holiday Fair. You can volunteer on the sign-up sheets which are located on the bulletin board of the main school entrance. Your Class Reps will also be in touch with more information and reminders.

Questions? Maggie Davis, Holiday Fair Chair


Another Way to Give to Our School is WHILE YOU SHOP!

Did you know…

  • Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase costs when you connect your account to the AmazonSmile program? You can use all features: Wish Lists and Prime – just click HERE to get started.
  • 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.

Share these shopping tips with friends, grandparents, aunts, uncles and neighbors for more impact!

Buy what you need, give to our school.

Health Advisory

School Event

So Noted...

Clean out your closets…

The Fall/Winter Clothing and Book Swap is coming up.

Donations can be dropped off in the Snowdrop Nursery hallway starting on Monday, November 3rd.

Warm clothing in all sizes (infant to adult) and children’s books will be accepted.

The exchange will take place on November 7th and 8th during Parent/Teacher Conferences in the Applied Arts classroom.


Community Directory

The 2014-2015 School Community Directory is now available. Class teachers will be distributing them this week via the oldest child enrolled.

School Fundraisers

Bagels are Back!

The 7th grade is offering Rolings Bakery Bagels for 2nd to 8th grade school snack every Tuesday from November 4 through December 16, 2014.
Bagel Order Form



In the News














8   PA Clothing Exchange
7   School Closed – Conferences
10   School Closed – Faculty In-Service
11   Discover High Schools
15   Lantern Walk
21   Early Dismissal – Holiday Fair
22   Holiday Fair
26   Early Dismissal Thanksgiving
27   School Closed – Thanksgiving
28   School Closed – Thanksgiving




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