The Waldorf Weekly (052114)

May 21, 2014


Envisioning the Future at 6000 Wayne Avenue

Mandy, Cindy and Cristina

At the Waldorf School of Philadelphia we strive for balance between keeping up with the speed at which the world works, while preserving the human quality of our social life. We hope the new Weekly strikes that balance as it keeps you up to date on what's happening here at school.

We have been reporting updates to 6000 Wayne Avenue all year long and now you’ll have an opportunity to see our new home for yourself! We invite you to tour the new campus with your fellow class parents next week May 27th-May 30th from 3:30-4:20 pm.

Please note that for safety reasons children cannot be on-site. We have been collaborating with PA conveners, Alex Kujawa and Jamie Seibert to organize adult volunteers for childcare and now have enough volunteers to care for the children on the big field from 3:15-4:30 pm each day. We welcome more volunteers, especially on Friday with the early childhood children. We request that you sign-up for childcare at school or make other arrangements during your visit. Please pack extra snack for your child if they are staying at school and be sure to pick-up your child by 4:30pm. We understand the times offered will not accommodate everyone’s schedules, which is why we will be offering evening and Saturday tours this summer.  

The schedule below corresponds with your eldest child’s class. Logistically, it will be best if you can come on the day offered in the schedule. If you need to come a different day please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Tour Schedule:

Tuesday, May 27th: 6th, 7th and 8th grade
Wednesday, May 28th: 3rd, 4th and 5th grade
Thursday, May 29th: Rising 1st, 1st and 2nd grade
Friday, May 30th: Early childhood

Please email Kerry Hoffman at to sign-up for childcare and with any schedule requests.

We hope the tours will not only give you a chance to see the new site but that they offer an inspiring experience as you walk with fellow class parents, feeling the spirit of the space and envisioning your children together in the beautiful classrooms.

- Kerry Hoffman, School Chair



Six Weeks to Go!

The Annual Fund only has six weeks to go. Have you mailed in or dropped off your contribution yet? You can always give safely and securely online by clicking the donate button our our Ways to Give page. In the 2012-2013 school year, we raised $140,000 for our Annual Fund and had just about the same amount of money go toward Tuition Assistance for families at our school. Please help us maintain the many wonderful programs at our school – curriculum, teacher training, supplies, professional development and tuition assistance – by supporting our Annual Fund.

Questions about our development work?  Contact Allison at



Open Board Meeting, May 21st, 7-8 p.m.

The Board of Trustees provides leadership of economic and community resources to support the school’s mission including strategic planning, governance, budget approval, fundraising leadership and our school’s legal affairs. The Board meets privately on a monthly basis, but once a year opens its meeting to the WSP community.

This month, WSP parents are invited to attend the Open Board Meeting when agenda items slated for discussion include the strategic planning process, school governance reviews, and 6000 Wayne Avenue updates. There will also be an interactive opportunity for parents to ask questions of Board Members about their respective roles on the Board of Trustees. 




Competing in a pentathlon is a rite of passage for all fifth graders in Waldorf Schools worldwide. Strength, commitment and good sportsmanship intertwine with academic lessons about Greek history. True learning through the head, hands and heart. Read WSP Games and Movement Teacher, Treacy Gallagher's review of this year's games on our blog Loving Learning



Two Orchestra Updates

Auditions for Orchestra Placement and Section Placement

Students interested in moving from Symphonia to Chamber should arrange to play a piece with Mrs Cole. Students already have the piece and are welcome to practice at home or in their private lessons. Mrs Cole will determine the make-up and seating for both Symphonia and Chamber orchestras for next year. 

Fourth graders who are taking group lessons have also received an audition piece. Mrs Cole will determine seating in Symphonia for next year on Wednesday, June 4th. Some students may move directly to Chamber based on their audition.

If students are not pleased with their audition performance, they will have another chance either this year or next fall. We do not wish this to be an overly stressful experience for the young musicians. 

Fourth Graders to Join Chamber for Concert

Parents of fourth graders take note that the lesson teachers have teamed up with Mrs Cole and the Chamber orchestra to play a piece for the Spring Concert on May 30th. Students should bring their instruments to the concert and may be asked to arrive early to prepare. More details to follow.




21   Open Board Meeting
23   First Grade Play
26   Memorial Day (No School)
30   Spring Concert


4    Second Grade Play
4    Grounds and Gardens 
5    New Family Orientation
6    Coffee House
8    8th Grade Graduation
12  Last day of School (1 pm dismissal, Early Childhood)
13  Last day of School (3:15 pm dismissal, Grade School)
13  Community Picnic


School Photographs: Pre-register today

Health Forms for rising 3rd, 6th and 7th graders


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