The Waldorf Weekly

November 19, 2014

A Message from the Leadership Team

It Takes a Village

At WSP you will often hear some version of the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.”    In its latest iteration, the proverb has taken the form, “It takes a village to make Philly Waldorf’s signature event a success.”  The latter variation of the proverb refers to the Holiday Fair, our school’s largest community event of the year, which opens this Friday night and continues through Saturday afternoon. The village metaphor implies that no child grows up by him or herself supported solely by his or her parents.  Likewise, we can’t host a successful Holiday Fair without our “village” – every parent, teacher, staff and Board member, alumnus, or alumnus parent; it takes ALL of us, working side by side to create the magical experience that is the Fair.  Veteran parents will tell you that volunteering at the Fair is one of the best experiences they’ve had here.  Yes, it’s hard work to pull off an event of this magnitude, but the Fair also offers wonderful opportunities to build community for a small investment of 2 hours of your time.  The payoff: rich conversations; fun; forging new friendships with other parents; meeting our alumni and teachers you might not know; doing something that benefits our school; and watching the happy faces of Fair-goers as they take in the sights, sounds, and smells that we’ve grown used to.

In each of the past three years, over 400 visitors have passed through our doors to attend the Fair.  That means lots of lunches, lots of coffee, lots of items made to sell by parent volunteers and students and, hopefully, lots of sales for the wonderfully creative artisans who look forward to our Fair each year.  When you finish your two-hour work shift, be sure to peruse the shopping rooms.  There you will find Kurt Walser with his fabulous made-by-hand chocolates; handmade leather shoes; local honey and 32 other vendors with unique art, wearables, and must-haves.  Children can enjoy puppet shows, candle-dipping, and a shopping room of their own where they can purchase affordable gifts for family and friends. And remember to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a beautiful quilt made by Eurythmy teacher and “sewist extraordinaire,” Anna Ziegner.

So, join us at the Fair.  Wear your Waldorf tee shirt, bring your school spirit to whatever job you’re assigned to, and help us build community while you have fun helping our school.  It does, indeed, take our village to create the Fair, and we need everyone.

See you in the lunch line on Saturday!

P.S. Grown-ups can dine and shop on Friday night from 6-10 p.m. (no admission).  Fair hours on Saturday are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. with $5 admission for adults and children over 14 (including volunteers).

- For the Leadership Team, Brenda Ridley, Director of Administration

Full Circle Fundraising

Are You Volunteering for the Holiday Fair?

We are so grateful for all of the help, patience and can-do spirit to organize the Fair. Now, just one final request for volunteers if you haven’t signed up already.

And don’t forget to:

  • Sell the last of your raffle tickets
  • Invite everyone you know
  • Get ready to have fun

Friday, November 21st, enjoy an evening of dinner, shopping and live entertainment – adults-only to allow parents some time to shop and dine

Saturday, November 22nd, join us for delicious, homemade food and baked goods, a Grand-Prize Raffle, and many wonderful children-friendly activities

Both days feather beautiful items for sale from more than 30 artisan vendors as well as our own unique school store, The Whispering Wood.

An Important Holiday Fair Reminder Concerning After-Care:

We are NOT able to accommodate drop-in requests for aftercare this Friday, so please read below and PLAN AHEAD!!

  • School will close at 1pm this Friday, 11/21
  • To greatly help the whole school please pick up your child promptly at 1PM
  • Aftercare is being provided free-of-charge for your kindergarten through 3rd grade child if you are volunteering for a 2-hour shift on Friday afternoon from 1PM – 5PM. Please contact Allison at by Thursday at 9am to sign your kiddos up.
  • Children in 4th grade and up who are in the Holiday Chorus will be in the care of Mandy Rogers-Petro at rehearsal until 2:30PM. If you are helping set-up, your child is in 4th grade and up and NOT participating in the Holiday Chorus, please make arrangements for him or her, or plan to have him or her help you.
  • For those of you who have your children in aftercare on a regular basis, you will be able to pick up at your usual time.

Parents Association

Help Us “Beet” Hunger this Holiday Season

The Delaware Valley is one of the hardest hit by economic recession areas nationwide.

There are 900,000 people facing hunger in the Delaware Valley alone, with children paying the price.  One in every three children live in poverty and about 27% of Philadelphians live below the poverty line. Each year, more than 900,000 individuals are at risk of food insecurity while more than one third of households that access emergency food have one or more adults working but still have a hard time making ends meet.  This crisis is happening in our urban centers, our outlying rural communities, and our own backyards.

Philabundance is an organization that strives to provide immediate relief as well as long-term strategies for better access to affordable, nutritious food to the needy in the Delaware Valley. Its long term goal is to eventually completely eliminate hunger from our neighborhoods. In 2013 Philabundance distributed 30 million pounds of food to the hungry. They heavily rely on food donations and volunteers.

The PA is happy to announce that starting November 24th, you will see Philabundance boxes in the hallways. Each box holds 100-150 lbs of food. Together, over the next 3 weeks, we can collect 1000 lbs. of food.  Every pound of food we collect will feed one person a full meal. As you prepare for the holidays, give thanks for how fortunate you are and pick up a few extra grocery items that will help feed children and teens in the Delaware Valley that will otherwise be hungry this holiday season.

You most likely already shop locally, now join us in beeting hunger locally too!

High priority items to donate that will feed children and teens:

Canned/shelf stable tuna

Macaroni and cheese

Canned beef stew

Canned chili

Canned pasta/beef ravioli

Creamy peanut butter (plastic containers)

Jelly (plastic containers)

Breakfast cereal

Hot breakfast cereal

Other recommended items:

Canned green beans

Canned corn

Canned fruit


Book Signing

Matthew Christopher’s passion for abandoned buildings came from his interest in the state hospital system and the lives of those who had been impacted by it. This passion bloomed into an obsession with all places that are left behind, from schools to churches to factories and more. The Waldorf School’s new location, the former St. Peter’s, is featured in his new book.

When: Thursday, Dec. 11

6 p.m. – 7 pm    Book signing (free and open to public)

7 pm – 8 pm      Presentation, Q&A ($5 admittance, preregistration encouraged)

8 pm – 9 pm      Reception/Book signing (free and open to the public)

Gershman Y – 401 S. Broad St. Philadelphia, PA

Extracted from press release stated by Matthew Burns of GSD Communications.



4th & 5th Graders Ski for FREE This Winter!

You don’t have to live in PA to take advantage of this program, just ski/ride PA!

Order online now or download and complete the application form. Remember, if we can’t read your writing, your Snowpass might go to the wrong address! Parents MUST sign the application or approve the rules and regulations listed on the back side of the application or online.

2014-15 PSAA 4th & 5th Grade Snowpass Program Brochure 

  • Include or upload  a copy of the child’s 4th or 5th Grade report card, school ID or any other document verifying school grade (last year’s final report card can also be submitted as grade verification too.)
  • Include a 2″ x 1½color photo of child (upload or with printed applications, please PRINT child’s name on back side of photo.)
  • Include a $30 non-refundable processing fee per child (non-refundable). We accept Mastercard and Visa online or checks mailed with an application.
  • Make checks payable to: Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association or PSAA.
  • Regular processing time = 10 to 15 business days from the time the PSAA office receives your Snowpass application regardless of form of submission .
  • EXPEDITED processing time = 5 to 7 business days from the time the PSAA office receives your Snowpass application regardless of form of submission .

School Fundraisers

8th Grade Fundraisers

Annual Sweatshirt Sale

$30.00 per sweatshirt. Proceeds go to the 8th grade class fund.
Limited number available – once sold out, these beautiful, navy sweatshirts won’t be available again until next year’s Holiday Fair!

Exquisite, Hand-sewn Pillowcases for Sale

The 8th grade has hand-sewn beautiful, off-white silk pillowcases and are offering them for sale for only $30.00. The same silk pillowcases retail for about $40.00. They make a lovely gift. Get yours at the Holiday Fair!

Another lovely gift idea? The 8th Grade’s beautiful watercolor cards. These cards come in a set of 12 for $25.00.

Missed the Equal Exchange deadline? Come to the 8th Grade table at the Holiday Fair.

Thank you for supporting the 8th Grade Class Fund.

Developing Diversity

Community Meetings

Health Advisory

School Event

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21   Early Dismissal – Holiday Fair
22   Holiday Fair
25   Basketball HOME Game
26   Early Dismissal Thanksgiving
27   School Closed – Thanksgiving
28   School Closed – Thanksgiving


11   Alumni Panel
12   Garden of Light
22   Winter Break (through Jan. 2)



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