The Waldorf Weekly

March 4, 2015

Summer Camp


Spark a Summer of Imagination

Enroll today and be the FIRST to experience our new campus that some are calling Philadelphia’s “Hogwarts”.

Stories, crafts and forest treasures.

Organic snack and lunch included.

July 6 – August 14, 2015
Monday-Friday, 8.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Summergarten models the gentle rhythm of Waldorf Kindergarten that so lovingly nourishes the child’s developing coordination, cooperation and creativity. Each week offers a theme that explores nature or one of the four elements.



School Event

Our Spectacular 8th Grade

8th Grade Circus Showcase

Saturday, March 14, 2015
1 p.m.
Gilpin Hall (the gymnasium) on New Covenant Campus

Admission:  $5/person, $15/family of 4

Invite family and friends to enjoy the show in support of our exceptional 8th graders in one of their final appearances as students of our fine school.


Waldorf Wolves Basketball

Our very own Waldorf Wolves Basketball Teams has had their best season ever.  Our last home game is tonight, please come cheer us on!

3:30 p.m. Boys vs Parents
4 p.m. Girls vs Parents
4:45 p.m. 8th Grade Co-ed vs Parents


Special Subjects Presentation

March 26th – Grades 1 and 3
Baird Hall, 2 p.m.

April 2nd – Grades 2 and 4*
Baird Hall, 2 p.m.

Prepare to be in awe as students in Grades 1 through 4 showcase all that they have learned in Eurythmy, Games & Movement, Music and Spanish.

*Grade 4 will not present Music & Chorus


Parents Association

Full Circle Fundraising

Important Dates for Fundraising Events

March 16thDonate your Recylebank Points. We still need to raise $900 in points. Let’s make it happen!

April 24th – Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day. Make sure the office has the contact information for your grandparents and special friends. Invitations coming soon.

May 30th – Save the Date for our Spring Auction


School Fundraisers

In the News

Community Meetings

Health Advisory

Developing Diversity

So Noted...

Spring Forward

Despite the cold air, ice and snow on the ground and predictions for more, one of the harbingers of spring – Daylight Saving Time – begins this weekend.  Remember to set your clocks one hour ahead before you turn in on Saturday night.

How Much Waste Does a Little School Generate?

On the last day of school before the mid-winter vacation, our school participated in a waste audit conducted by Alisa Shargorodsky of Zero Waste Consulting, who is also a 7th grade parent.  The purpose of the audit was to collect information to create a waste disposal plan at 6000 Wayne Avenue, and to inform the work of the school’s Sustainability Committee at the new site.

On Friday, February 12 everyone was encouraged to make use of the makeshift containers set up to collect mixed paper, glass and plastic and compostable material.  Regular trash went into waste cans as usual.  Participation was high and there was a lot of excitement generated about recycling.  After school, Ms. Shargorodsky donned some gloves and sorted through every container, stopping to weigh and record the contents so that she could extrapolate for one week the amount of waste the school creates. The results were surprising.  Before the audit I predicted that most of the school’s waste would be recyclable paper.  What we found was that we produced more compostable material than either mixed trash or recyclables (see chart).  This is good news.  At 6000 Wayne Avenue we can look forward to creating and using compost in gardening and landscape projects while we reduce the cost of waste hauling. It’s a winning outcome for our new campus, for the planet, and for our budget.  Thanks to Alisa Shargorodsky for working with us, and thanks to every teacher, staff member and student for participating in the audit.

Brenda Ridley, Director of Administration


Waste Category Weekly average in pounds
Mixed trash 91 lbs.
Compostable material 188 lbs.
Paper recycling 102 lbs.
Commingled recyclables 37 lbs.

A Message from the Leadership Team



March 12, 2015
Classroom Observation Morning
8:30 am to 10:30 am
March 17, 2015
Town Hall Meeting
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
March 20, 2015
Clothing Exchange
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
School Closed - Parent Teacher Conferences
8:15 am to 5:45 pm
March 21, 2015
Clothing Exchange
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
March 23, 2015
School Closed - Faculty In Service Day
12:00 am to 12:00 am



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