The Waldorf Weekly

May 13, 2015

School Event

8th Grade Play is this Weekend

Come see the Class of 2015 in their Final Appearance:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

7.00 p.m.
May 15th and May 16th

Cheltenham Center for the Arts
439 Ashbourne Road
Cheltenham, PA 19012

Donations accepted
Refreshments will be provided by the 7th Grade

Grand Opening Ceremony & Class Tours


Friday, May 29th
7.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m.

Join us for our Grand Opening Ceremony, a special community event to welcome the spirit of The Waldorf School of Philadelphia to our new home. The celebration will be our first event and we can think of no better way to honor our home’s past and welcome its future than to fill the halls with music! For the first time in a long, long time,  Great Hall will be filled with the sound of singing. We really hope you can make time for this special event with your children.


  • Welcome Song from the Faculty
  • Welcome Address and thank you
  • A unique artistic rendition of our school’s journey to 6000-6024 Wayne Avenue
  • Interfaith blessing of our new home

Preceding this very special event, students are invited to tour their new home with their parents or guardians. If you have children in different classes please choose the time frame that works best for your family.

EC and 1st Grade families: If you are not able to attend and your child cannot go with another designated adult, s/he will remain at school with their teacher until regular dismissal time.

Class Tours of 6000 Wayne Avenue with parents or guardians

  • 1:30 p.m.  Early Childhood classes
  • 2:30 p.m.  Early Childhood classes and 1st grade
  • 3:30 p.m.  2nd and 3rd grades
  • 4:30 p.m.  4th and 5th grades
  • 5:30 p.m.  6th, 7th, and 8th grades


Tours of 6024 are planned for Early August

Full Circle Fundraising

The Double-Benefit Campaign

Raise $500,000.00 by July 31st and double your impact.

This Fall we are planting roots, our new home at 6000 Wayne Avenue. In 10 years time it will truly be a home of our own. To ensure our ability to own it outright by 2025, we need your help to raise $500,000.00 by July 31st 2015.

Watch this inspiring short film. It’s the story of our new home. Sharing is always appreciated. Supporters come in many different ways and there may be someone out there who wishes to support our wonderful school.


Ambassador Program: Culture of Creativity

Wednesday, May 13th
 7.00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Applied Arts Classroom, Eagles I Building

Waldorf Education is designed to produce creative thinkers. Subjects are taught in concert with one another – math, reading, science and history are integrated with music, art and movement – creating an educational gestalt. Join first grade teacher, Oleksandra Parashchuk in her talk “Culture of Creativity”.

RSVP required



Thank You from the 7th Grade



The Class of 2016 thanks all who ordered Mixed Bags for the 7th grade fundraiser. We appreciate your support!





In the News

So Noted...

School Photographs

Remember your discount code WSP25 for 25% off your total purchase until May 27th.

To view and purchase Click Here


Transportation Request 2015-2016

If you anticipate needing school bus transportation next year, provided to you by the school district where you reside, please fill out the Transportation Request Form and submit to the main office. Thank you.

Transportation Request Form 2015-2016


Summer Camp

Gardening Summer Camp

4th grade planting

August 3rd – 14th
Monday-Friday, 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Enroll your 2nd – 8th grader to spend an active week or two in an urban garden setting exploring nature, plants, composting and environmentally sustainable practices.

Join field trips to local flower and food producing gardens, visit neighboring gardens to see how bees, chickens and plants all work together to create an urban farm landscape.

Campers will be among the first to help establish the gardens at Philly Waldorf’s new home at 6000 Wayne Avenue, PA 19144.

Space is limited to 12 campers per week so sign up early to be one of the first to get your hands dirty at the new school.

Registration is easy! Click Here or collect a paper application from the school office.

Developing Diversity

Community Meetings

School Fundraisers


The Waldorf School of Philadelphia’s Annual Spring Auction


May 30th, 2015
6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The Great Hall, 6000 Wayne Avenue

This will truly be a celebration of how far we have come and where we are headed.

Here is a taste of some of the items that will be up for auction.  Check back here each week for an updated list.

  • Artwork, dishware and clothing made by WSP parents Andrew Christman, Lisa Hurwitz, Dusty Amodio and Kim Soles
  • One Month of Sleep Training with Dr. Nancy Tarlow
  • Summer camps aplenty!
  • Tickets to the Aquarium
  • A 60 minute massage from Orion’s Light
  • Jewelry
  • Photography sessions and classes
  • Haircuts
  • Swimming Lessons
  • A Back Yard Chicken consultation
  • and so much more!

If you have a donation to make, please do so by May 15th.

We have a great team in place to create this wonderful event, if you are interested in joining, please email Jamie Seibert, Auction Chair, at


Parents Association

A Message from the Leadership Team

Spring is Here and so are the Festivities


The flowers have blossomed, the trees have burst forth in color and now warm weather is upon us too!  There is no denying the spring energy in and around the school buildings and with that comes the pull of all that will happen regarding the end of the school year, the move to our new site and the inauguration of our time at 6000 Wayne Avenue!

Our eighth grade and first grade classes are both busy preparing their plays to share with family and friends.  Notably the Eighth grade will leave campus and spend all next week at the Cheltenham Arts Center rehearsing and blocking  A Midsummer Night’s Dream to get ready for their two public performances on the evenings of May 15th and 16th.  Shortly after that they leave for their adventure out west on their class trip and then home for a short time of review and wrap-up prior to Graduation.  There is a hum and buzz around this group as they see the end of their school journey here approaching.  We invite you to help us surround their last weeks and wish them well on their transitions to high school.

The rest of the classes are busy putting the finishing touches on their class work, fitting in end of year blocks of learning and class trips.  Everyone begs for extra time outside at this time of year as the sun and birdsong make sitting at desks seem like more of a chore. The students, who keep us grounded in the present moment, are the joyful heart of all of the work and effort that teachers, staff, parents and volunteers do to support the school.

What a joy it will be to finally show them the new school buildings!  It is hard to believe but after so many months of work and preparation we are almost ready to do just that.  The school has planned a special weekend of festivities to take place on May 29th and 30th at 6000 Wayne Avenue.  Please mark your calendars for these dates and come join us as the students and wider parent and social community get to come together to celebrate and bless the new site for the first time.  Here is an abbreviated sketch of what you need to know-refer to the information above and messages from your class teacher for more details.

May 29th 2015  

Afternoon and early evening tours of the buildings for students and their families

7pm School Blessing and Welcome Ceremony begins

May 30th 2015

6 pm Silent and Live Auction for adults


For the Leadership Team – Erin Semin, Faculty Chair




December 4, 2015
Parent Handwork
8:30 am to 10:30 am
Meets weekly when school is in session. Everyone is welcome. Contact organizer Carolyn Stanish for more information
December 10, 2015
Classroom Observation Morning
8:30 am to 10:30 am
RSVP Required
Early Childhood Admissions Interviews
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
By appointment with the Director of Admissions
December 11, 2015
Parent Handwork
8:30 am to 10:30 am
Meets weekly when school is in session. Everyone is welcome. Contact organizer Carolyn Stanish for more information
December 17, 2015
Annual Alumni Panel
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
RSVP Required
December 18, 2015
Parent Handwork
8:30 am to 10:30 am
Meets weekly when school is in session. Everyone is welcome. Contact organizer Carolyn Stanish for more information
December 21, 2015
School Closed
12:00 am to 12:00 am



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