The Waldorf Weekly

October 15, 2014

A Message from the Leadership Team

Maintaining Health in the Face of Fall and Winter Illnesses

The leaves are changing, the air is becoming cooler, and the days are growing shorter as we enter one of my favorite seasons, autumn.  It is a time of harvest celebrations, festivals of courage, and Halloween – where we get to change our outer images to have some fun.  Along with the change of temperature and the celebrations, the onslaught of viruses and illness come on with full strength. It is as if they have been waiting all summer to catch us when we least expect it or when we are so busy we are not ready for them. At this time our bodies begin to struggle to meet many demands including, but not limited to, keeping a regulated body temperature when the outside temperature changes dramatically by the hour; mustering the energy to get out of bed when it is still dark out so we can get out of the house for work and school; finding time in our very busy schedules to slow down and enjoy friends and family or solitude in order to enrich our souls and life forces in preparation for the coming months when all of these influences will increase.

It is important that we adults keep in mind the demands that our children face daily, whether they are natural or the result of societal changes. Our community strives to support building healthy physical, emotional, and mental development in the children.  We cannot prevent illnesses from coming toward us, and it is important to note that they also offer health-giving qualities in the form of challenges to help us grow stronger. The fall 2014 issue of Lilipoh Magazine focuses on the subject of health care and how we can keep ourselves healthy in a changing culture.  It is worthwhile, mind-opening reading that can stimulate your thinking about your own home rhythms.

Making good food choices is one cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle for both adults and children.  If you’re wondering how to feed your family well in this “in-a-New York-minute-culture”, join the Parents’ Association and their guests from Weaver’s Way Cooperative for Coffee and Conversation, this afternoon from 3:30 – 5:30 in the auditorium.  The Coop’s April Lea will be joined by Megan Haupt of Food Nerd Jr. for a discussion of nutrition basics and a return to fresh food for busy families.

At school and at home we can continue working together to strengthen healthy children with regular rhythms, wholesome snacks, and by teaching healthy self-care practices like hand washing and resting at home when we’re ill so that, when those autumn and winter viruses ensnare us, we can endure them and emerge healthier in the spring.

Best wishes for warmth, joy and health.

– For the Leadership Team, Kerry Hoffman, School Chair

Community Meetings

Biodynamic Study Group

We meet on Tuesday, October 28th at 7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. in the 8th Grade Classroom.

Whether you are interested in a full year of study  or just one meeting – drop-ins are welcome. For more information contact Sasha Swzyze-Dews at


New Home Updates

IMG_5431School Chair, Kerry Hoffman, writes a bi-weekly blog post with all important news and information about our school’s relocation to 6000 Wayne Avenue in September 2015.

In the latest update read about a Town Hall meeting planned for Monday, December 8th  at 7.00 p.m in the school auditorium. We’re developing a relocation plan that encompasses everything from new furniture to the hiring of the moving company and would like to provide a preliminary overview for our community. Read about this and more on the WSP blog, Loving Learning.

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Coffee & Conversation Series…tonight!

IMG_3653Coffee and Conversation Series – Eat, Sleep, Play!

Join the first in a series of three Coffee and Conversation talks from the WSP Parent’s Association.

April Lea of the Weavers Way Coop Wellness Department and Megan Haupt of Food Nerd Jr. for a discussion of nutrition basics and a return to fresh food and herbs geared toward kids in busy families. Demystify healthy food and empower yourselves to address common family needs right in your kitchen! April and Megan have been practicing and teaching about fascinating food and plant-based health for years and look forward to sharing their knowledge with the Philly Waldorf community.


Date: Wednesday, October 15th
Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Auditorium
Who: Open to the public!  Bring your cousin, your neighbor, your coworker, share on Facebook!

RSVP to ASAP for free childcare (available only for enrolled WSP students)


Rock your T-shirt and Volunteer!

IMG_6889Admissions is seeking Volunteers!

Clover Market Volunteers
October 19th
10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.

Help in the crafting booth. It’s fun, it’s fabulous, it’s free!
Assist little children in making peg dolls.
Parents and students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade – rock your shirts, volunteer and share your love of Philly Waldorf!

Open House Volunteers
October 25th
9.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.

Admissions is looking for greeters, bakers, florists, and parents to hold conversation and tours with prospective families. You can really make a difference! Please show what a truly amazing community we are by supporting the Open House.



Sunday Stroll in Germantown

Explore our new neighborhood with this self-guided tour.  Starting at the Tulpehocken train station, past historic homes, shops and the library. End at the Chelten train station or carry on to the playground at Cloverly Park.

Organized by the Parent’s Association, pick up a map from the school office. On foot or on bike, bring friends and enjoy a few hours walk in our new neighborhood.


Developing Diversity

Annual Diversity Survey

Thank you for your response.  145 completed surveys have been received and the survey is now considered closed.

We’d like to share survey feedback with you in the coming weeks. In the meantime, to contribute to our work with feedback, questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to talk to a Diversity Committee member.

The WSP Diversity Committee:
Debra Basso, John Berkowitz, Alex Borders, Jennifer Persinotti, Elena Winston


Full Circle Fundraising

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

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School Fundraisers

Rain Date Scheduled for the 8th Grade Yard Sale

Saturday, October 25th, 8.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.

27 E. Mermaid Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19118

Drop donated items anytime between 3 and 4 p.m. at 27 E. Mermaid Lane.


In the News

This Week’s Top-Ranked Education Articles

The American Academy of Pediatrics advises against screen time for toddlers; however, story time is now often on a tablet. Jessica Kourkounis for The New York Times reports: Is E-Reading to Your Toddler Story Time, or Simply Screen Time?

John Hattie is Professor of Education at Auckland University, New Zealand. Known for his educational research, here he talks about homework and extra-curricular activities. Homework in Primary School Has an Effect of Zero.

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15   Coffee and Conversation
20   Yoga for the Annual Fund
25   8th Grade Yard Sale
28   Biodynamic Study Group


8   PA Clothing Exchange
7   School Closed – Conferences
10   School Closed – Faculty In-Service
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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