The Waldorf Weekly

June 11th, 2014


Wrapping Up the School Year

8thgrade-painting-6 (2)The last week of school has arrived. You can see it on the faces of the students as they pass in and out of the building. This is the time for wrapping up, cleaning up, tying together all of the many threads from a long and busy school year. 

One practical aspect of this mood is the schlepping of stuff which must take place this week. Teachers have already asked for bags and totes to take home all of the work the students have produced this year. Please do not be put off by the volume of the pile, for inside lies the gems and jewels of interesting things learned, experiences written or drawn about and new capacities having come to fruition. If you are anything like me it takes a week or more to get through the bag but please do allow yourself and your student the time to review and enjoy all that they have accomplished this year.

A (literally long-lost) relative to all of this ‘claimed stuff’ is the veritable mountain of homeless and unclaimed belongings that the school has gathered over the course of the late winter and spring. On Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons there will be two tables set outside at pick-up time for families to reunite with those hats, coats, shirts, water bottles and in some cases single shoes. Please come by or send your student by to sort through and see what might be theirs. Anything left after Wednesday will be donated.

Finally it would be a great shame to think of wrapping up and not mention the ending of a part of their school journey for the Graduates of 2014. Chloe, Sondra, Darwin, Sonny, Emmanuel, Benjamin, Martha Anne and Jameson we congratulate you! Your words and thoughts at graduation, your songs, artwork and performances, jokes and silliness, your work and your growth have not gone unnoticed by our community. We wish you all the best as you step out into the summer and into the world of High School next year. May all that you have met here at our school serve as a good basis for the many adventures you have yet to come!

- For the Leadership Team, 
Erin Semin, Faculty Chair



Help Us Reach 100% Participation!

The Community Quilt Raffle is almost here, and will be help at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 13th – and you still have two more days to enter! Have your gift to the Annual Fund count toward a chance to win the quilt. Make your contribution to the Annual Fund today (or by June 30th at the latest) and your contribution will be matched dollar for dollar. 

Contact the Director of Development, Allison Budschalow at with any questions.



Tristan Stevens KingCongratulations Graduates!

We are tremendously proud of all our students and never more so than on graduation day. We congratulate the success of the Class of 2014 on their entry to high school, and we celebrate the success of the Class of 2010 on their entry to college.  

Class of 2014

Chloe Bartlett, Science Leadership Academy
Sondra Fiorella, CAPA
Darwin Kern, Springfield High School
Sonny Kielblock, La Salle College High School
Emmanuel Martinez-Zuviria, CAPA
Benjamin Owen, still deciding
Martha Anne Smith, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
Jameson Willis-Carroll, Science Leadership Academy

Class of 2010
Clifford Bastian, Central High School, George Washington University
Audrey Bastian, Central High School, Sarah Lawrence College
Sarah Cornelius, Phillips Academy, Reed College
Tessa Kerpan, CAPA, Pratt Institute for Fashion Design and Film
Ben Morrone, Springfield High School, still deciding
Tristan Stevens, Academy of the New Church, George Washington University

Shown above: Tristan Stevens-King, WSP Class of 2010; Valedictorian, Academy of the New Church, Bryn Athyn; Freshman, George Washington University.

Year Book

The 2014 Year Book includes fifty-four pages of photographs and reflections of every class from nursery through 8th grade, and a large section chronicling the graduating class of 2014 through the years. Each book costs $50. Contact Tanya Carmichael or order your book here!


Spring Concert

Peter Price ConcertIn May we were graced with orchestra performances and the sweet voices of all of our students in grades four through eight. Our toes tapped to the tune of Habanera played by the orchestra, and we enjoyed the plucky pizzicato of the symphonic orchestra. Each performance was a well deserved culmination of a year of hard work by both students and teachers. At the helm was Mrs. Mandy Rogers-Petro, music and choral teacher, who deserves the most gratitude and applause. Not only did she teach and direct our students throughout the entire school year, but she also made time and space for a special project with Composer, Peter Price. 

Peter's project, ...begins to whisper, was born from the curiosity of what lies at the intersection of technology or digital media and Waldorf Education. Throughout this school year Peter periodically visited our school to record our choir and other ambient sound at the school. He used these recordings to introduce the concept of engaged listening to children. After the recordings were made he visited some of the music classes to teach our students the art of music composition through the creation of his own unique musical score. It was this composition that we were treated to at the Spring concert. Not only did the students perform something entirely outside of the box but they also helped in the creation of it from beginning to end.  ...begins to whisper allowed our students the opportunity to witness a modern day composer's working process. 

Thank you to Peter Price and his partner, Megan Bridge, who both brought this idea to Mandy and Director of Development, Allison Budschalow Barnes, in an effort to see what is possible when we stop and listen.

This project was made possible by a grant to Peter Price by the American Composer's Forum, Philadelphia Chapter. If you would like to learn more about this dynamic partnership contact Director of Development, Allison Budschalow  


Welcome Our Newest Early Childhood Teacher!

On behalf of the Leadership Team and Faculty, it is with great pleasure that we announce the hiring of Mrs. Zdenka Gottwaldova as Lead Teacher of the new kindergarten class for the 2014/15 school year.

Ms. Zdenka is a trained Waldorf teacher who worked in the Morning Star Kindergarten at our school prior to the birth of her own children. In the past two years she has done a lot of work substituting in the Early Childhood Programs and has completed the Early Childhood certification at Sophia’s Hearth training center in New Hampshire. We are very happy to welcome Ms. Zdenka back as a colleague. She will join our strong team of warm and professional teachers in caring for the youngest members of the school community. 

Class assignments for the Early Childhood Program are currently being worked on and parents will be notified as soon as we have finalized our class groupings.






12   Last Day of School 1:00 p.m. dismissal, EC
13   Last Day of School 3:15 p.m. dismissal, Grades
13   All School Picnic, 1:00 p.m. The Big Field


28   New Family Orientation, 6:00 p.m.


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