With the holidays upon us, this is the perfect time to express gratitude to the families, teachers, and staff at Taos Waldorf School.
We have chosen a different path, a unique, and bold way in which to work and more so, to educate our children.
This is a collaborative effort, grand in scale, and one only need look at the joy our children express in coming to school and the warmth in which they are receiving their education to reaffirm our decision to bring them, and ourselves, to this special place.
A Waldorf School does not exist for one, nor can it thrive on the work of one, or a few, but in fact it takes us all to give freely of our time, our passion, our love, and for this I am eternally grateful. Something radical, and wonderful, and enduring is happening at our little school, and this is because of you. For the efforts you put forth and dedication you embody, it is possible.
I am grateful to each one of you and honor the work you do for our collective whole.
Season’s Greetings and may your New Year bring blessings of light, love, happiness, and good health.
This year the kindergarten recognized Miss Silke’s dedication and gentle care with a huge basket of gifts, many homemade with love. All the children where very excited to help her open them! Thank you Miss Silke. You are the heart of our little school.
Thank you so much to Delta at Salon X for allowing us to use her beautiful space. Thank you to Mindy and Estevan for organizing the event and thank you to all the parents, family and friends of Taos Waldorf School who showed up to support our little ones.
We invite you to participate in our Fall Giving Campaign, which aims to raise $50,000.
TWS would like to thank our friends all over the world for continuing to support our school through your generous donations. Like other independent schools, we rely on philanthropy
to fufill our mission and cover any gaps in operating expenses. We know that you appreciate the high quality of the education that we provide, and we could not do it without your support.
Waldorf education aims to create independent thinkers, problem solvers, and leaders. Your contribution not only helps our children find success and fulfillment in their own lives, but it also prepares them to contribute their excellence to the dynamic world that they will face upon graduation.
With our eighteen year history, we have seen the real results of the education we provide. This inspires us to strive to make it accessible to as wide a spectrum of the community as possible. Given the financial reality of our small, rural community, two thirds of our students qualify for tuition assistance making your contribution vital to the survival of our school.
Teachers, staff and parents at Taos Waldorf School are busy shaping the building blocks for our community and our children’s future. It is through your generous support that we are able to do this with such a high degree of success, and we are sincerely grateful for every contribution that you are able to make.
President, Taos Waldorf School Board of Trustees
We deeply appreciate your support.
You can use our secure Paypal donation service to make a tax-deductible contribution today.
Taos Waldorf School and Waldorf Education:
94% of Waldorf graduates go to college, as opposed to the 63% national average.
88% graduate from college
89% are highly satisfied in choice of occupation
91% are active in lifelong education
As a member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America, we are linked to the fastest growing independent school movement in the world.
Taos Waldorf School is asking that each family pass along contact information for five people that you feel have the financial resources and the inclination to donate to our wonderful, 19 year old school. Please include the persons name, email, mailing address, telephone number and relationship to your child.
Your participation in the giving campaign is a simple as returning the contacts you chose to the office. We are inviting you to let the gift of education radiate out and help us to uphold a quality program for the beautiful children in our care.
With Gratitude, Taos Waldorf School Board of Trustees, College of Teachers, the Advancement Committee and the Parent Council
Our delicious dinner was prepared by Taos’s El Gamal restaurant, owned by TWS parents. Our school was proudly decorated by Wendy Price, assisted by many dedicated community members. Miss Beth gave the delegates eggs laid by her chickens and EC parents prepared offerings of farm fresh organic goat cheese and green chilies.
This month we also celebrate our collaboration with several Alliance for Childhood partners who have worked with us intensively in the past year towards a truly inspiring conference. ‘The Unfolding Conference,’ to be held from 23-26 October in Brussels, will bring different professions together to explore how we can join forces in nurturing a culture that will allow each and every child to unfold his or her unique potential and to engage in society. If you can’t participate in the conference, please send us your inspiration and good thoughts which, as you all know, are very real too!
We hope you will enjoy reading our e-newsletter and that it brings you hope and inspiration in this season of unfolding potential.
With warm greetings,
Clara Aerts, Susan Howard, Philipp Reubke IASWECE Coordinating Group
The Unfolding Conference in Brussels Clara Aerts
Imagine a culture where every child can unfold her or his unique potential… Imagine a society where every young person has a voice that is listened to and taken into consideration… Imagine a government that puts with every decision it makes the needs of the child/family as a central focus… Imagine a world that gives every human being the possibility to reconnect to himself, his environment, nature, destiny and spirituality….
Partnership between Training Courses in North England and Vietnam Clara Aerts
A story of wonder….
As a child I never understood the story of the 2 loaves of bread and the fishes – how was it possible that they could feed so many people? Taking up a partnership for one of our projects as the North England Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood (NESWEC) Training Course has done for the Vietnam project reminds me of this story; I believe that in these kinds of gestures of giving selflessly, we can experience something of the miracle that is meant with it. What makes this partnership especially warm and valuable is the fact that it is taken on in a country that is tackling its own financial difficulties. It reminds me of large family tables set where there was nevertheless always space for a few more.
The simple but creative ways in which the North England students have fundraised for their colleagues in Vietnam is heart-warming and it can encourage us in our own trainings or local settings to think of ways to take up such a partnership for one of the IASWECE projects.
Read here the article by Jill Taplin, describing how the NESWEC students took on this partnership and Shirley Bell’s description of the training program in Vietnam.
Too Much Too Soon Janni Nicol, Cambridge (United Kingdom)
In many countries play-based Early Childhood settings are under government pressure to introduce formal learning to young children. To gain more courage to stand for your own personal convictions, you can read the article by Janni Nicol about the actions the Steiner Waldorf Early Years movement is undertaking this month.
Quality in Waldorf Birth to Three Settings Luna Wiedemann, Eckernförde (Germany)
At the final plenum of the Birth to Three Conference in June 2013 in Dornach, there was a lively discussion about quality in early childhood settings and the working conditions and social recognition of birth to three caregivers.