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Drop-Off and Pick-Up

Drop Off

Drop-off for all students: 7:45-8:00 am
Please ensure your child arrives at school no later than 8:00 am so that they have time to walk un-hurriedly along the garden pathway to get to their classroom or play yard.

If you arrive after First Bell, you must accompany your child to the office to get a late slip.

Bell Schedule

1st Bell: 8:10 am – All students should proceed directly to their classrooms to line up and be greeted by their teacher.
2nd Bell: 8:15 am – Classes begin for all Grades and Early Childhood.

Dismissal & Pickup

Early childhood children must be picked up at their classroom, preschoolers must be signed in and out every day. Grades students can be picked up at the pickup area under the shade structure next to the parking lot.

Classes End    Pickup Starts
Early Childhood    12:30 pm 12:30 pm
Grade 1    2:30 pm 2:35 pm
Grades 2-8    3:20 pm 3:25 pm
High School    3:00 pm (Fri 2:20 pm) 3:05 pm (Fri 2:25 pm)

Early Dismissal/Half-Days

Students may be dismissed early on certain days, for example during parent/teacher conferences. On these days, students will be dismissed at 12:40 pm unless otherwise announced.

Early Dismissal: 12:40 pm


Disciplinary Policies
At aos Waldorf School, we believe that children have a right to a quality education in a safe and caring environment. Our discipline policy starts with the adults of the school and our commitment to work on ourselves and to treat each other and the children in our care with respect. We want to provide children – and adults – with the opportunity to learn from our mistakes and to develop over time an inner-sense of what is right in the moment. Our goal is to create a healthy learning environment by fostering respect for self and others, by providing clear expectations and boundaries and by promoting problem-solving skills among our students. For more detailed information please click the following links:
      • General Discipline Policy

Dress Code
  aos Waldorf School recognizes that all students have intrinsic worth based on who they are and not on what they wear. We want to create an environment in which each student can develop those innate qualities, focus on learning, and contribute in a positive way to the school community. We also believe that pressures related to clothing choice can distract students and undermine the school environment. The dress code adopted by the school encourages self-discipline and is simple to manage. Styles must not interfere with the educational process nor present a safety hazard as determined by the faculty. Disregard for any of these standards will result in the student not being allowed into class and parents/guardian and/or emergency contacts being contacted to pick up student and/or bring an appropriate change of clothes. See the School Handbook for details.

Media & Screen Viewing Policy
The violence, consumerism and passive entertainment that are taken for granted in today‟s mass-media culture do not support the well being of children. The cumulative effect of repeated exposure to television, video games, movies, radio and computers can negatively impact a child’s development. At Desert Marigold, we strongly encourage parents to take full responsibility for determining the type and extent of screen viewing (video games, game-boy, x-box, computers, etc.), and media exposure (television and DVD) their children receive. Your child’s teachers will be providing information regarding media use and your child’s education and engaging you in a dialogue that we hope will be stimulating and rewarding. Our goal in doing so is to do our utmost to create a learning environment that is conducive to active, imaginative learning. See the School Handbook for details.

Our recommended guidelines regarding media use are as follows:
1. For children in preschool and kindergarten: None, or as little as possible.
2. For children in grades 1 – 3: No television, video games, computers or movies during the school week; minimal parent-directed media use on weekends and during vacations.
3. For students in grades 4 – 8: No television or video games or computers in the morning before school; minimal parent-directed media use during the school week; parental involvement in determining appropriate media and computer-use choices at all other times.
4. For high school students: Parental involvement in determining media and computer-use choices.

American Academy of Pediatrics
Mayo Clinic

Recommended Waldorf Reading List

School as a Journey. An experienced Waldorf class teacher describes his experience taking a class from Grade One to Grade Eight. By Torin Finser.

School Renewal. Describes the personal and organization challenges that often face people working together in the Waldorf school environment. By Torin Finser.

Waldorf Education – A Family Guide. A lively selection of many articles on
curriculum, festivals, parenting and much more.

Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: a Call to Action Against TV, Movies & Video
Game Violence.
The title says it all. By Lt. Col. Dave Grossman.

Vision in Action – Working with Soul & Spirit in Small Organizations. Offers
great insight into the stages of development of organizations like ours. By Christopher Schaefer and Tyno Voors.

Republican Academies – Rudolf Steiner on self-management, experiential study and self-education in the life of a college of teachers. A compelling look at Steiner’s perspective that how teachers work together in a school is as important as how they teach in the classroom. By Francis Gladstone.



Though arts are beautiful they are also edifying. Scanning the research section of our charter will show that the benefits of art infused education have long existed. A recent article shows positive links between art and education from research conducted by the The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The NEA followed lower socio economic, or at risk students, over a period of three to four years and evaluated the impact the arts had on their education. Their study shows the advantage students, particularly at-risk populations, have when they are “intensely involved” in the arts. Children have a greater ability to overcome their own life obstacles when the arts are built into their educational foundation. The article, “Arts Involvement Narrows Student Achievement Gap”, by Tom Jacobs from Miller-McCune, explains the research study and its findings (Click the link below to read this article).

Working Example of a Waldorf School


Students reinforce their bond with each other and their teacher throughout the day with hand and eye contact, song and interactive learning. There is a noticeable lack of distracting technology, both for students and teacher.  Outdoor play and physical exertion is again emphasized through non-traditional sports and group activities

Students also spend quiet time doing handwork and embroidery, project books, drawing and reading. Student projects can be seen throughout the classroom and the outdoor space.

Throughout the video, students and parents talk about the benefits of their Waldorf school and how a Waldorf education seamlessly transitions into home life.

View and be inspired with the full video of the Sanderling Waldorf School here.


Written by Mountain Sage Community School parent and volunteer Dessa Thompson

Enrollment Policies

• An enrollment lottery will be held in February 2013 for available positions in the upcoming school year. Families interested in having their child or children included in the lottery must have completed Intent to Enroll forms submitted by February 10, 2013.

• Parents/legal guardians whose children are selected in the lottery for available positions will be notified the same day by phone of their child/children’s selection. If the parents cannot be reached on the same day, MSCS will continue to attempt verbal notification for the next four (4) days. If parents/legal guardians are not reached during that time, they will forfeit their child/children’s position in the lottery and their child/children’s names will be placed at the bottom of the wait list. Notification in Spanish will be provided for those parents/ legal guardians who have indicated a Spanish language preference.

• Mountain Sage Community School must receive verbal confirmation of acceptance for each selected student no later than five (5) business days after the lottery and/or notification. Should a family fail to respond to the lottery notification after five (5) business days, their child’s name shall be withdrawn and that available spot will be offered to the child at the top of the school’s wait list. If the available position for a student is declined by the parents/legal gaurdians, the student will lose their position. Students may reapply for a position, however their names will be placed at the end of the compiled wait list.

• Within ten (10) days of  accepting an available position via verbal confirmation, parents/legal guardians must complete a School Enrollment Form for each child. This form will be mailed to the address provided on the Intent to Enroll form submitted to Mountain Sage. A letter of official enrollment confirmation will be sent to parents/legal gaurdians after the completed School Enrollment Form has been received by Mountain Sage.

• After available spots for each grade level have been filled by the lottery, remaining students will be placed on an “order drawn” wait list for openings that may arise in the upcoming school year.

• Should a position in the school become available from August 1st to September 25th, parents/legal guardians with children on the wait list will have two (2) days upon verbal notification to notify MSCS of acceptance of those positions. MSCS will attempt to contact parents/legal guardians for two (2) days only during this time period. It is the responsibility of the parents/ legal guardians of a potential student to maintain current contact information with the school.

Kindergarten Eligibility/Options 

• The school will enroll kindergarten students who will be 5 years old by September 15th the year they start kindergarten, in alignment with the Poudre School District enrollment guidelines. Based on the age requirements indicated by traditional Waldorf schools, parents are strongly encouraged to enroll their child in kindergarten only if they have turned 5 years old by June 1st, in the year they intend to begin Kindergarten. Waldorf schools utilize an age requirement that is based on current research for student success.

• MSCS will offer both full-day and half-day Kindergarten positions. The half-day positions will be offered free of charge due to public funding received by the school. Full-day tuition spots will require $310 monthly tuition to cover the portion of the school day not covered by public funds.


Non-Discrimination Policy

Mountain Sage Community School is an equal opportunity educational institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or handicap in its activities programs, or employment practices as required by Title VI, Title IX amd Section 504.

Taos Links

http://www.taospueblo.com – history and information on visiting this 1,000 year-old site.

http://taosmuseums.org/ – link to several of the leading museums in Taos.

www.skitaos.org – Taos Ski Valley link

www.taosvacationguide.com – Taos Chamber of Commerce Site and event calendar

www.taosnews.com – Taos area newspaper

www.tcataos.org – Taos Center for the Arts

www.twirlhouse.com – Twirl Toy Store and Playspace for kids

www.taosgov.com – Town of Taos Visitor Center information and activity calendar


Substitute Teachers needed on an ongoing basis for early childhood/Kindergarten, grade classes, early care and after school care. Work hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM or as scheduled. Pay is $12 – $15 per period or $72 – $90 for a full day.  We are using the Waldorf curriculum, so the approach is to teach in an age appropriate, artistic fashion with emphasis on healthy movement, social inclusion,  artistic expression, phenomenological approach to science, academics and creative play. Interested? Send resume and letter of interest via mail or email.