Dear Taos Waldorf community,
My name is Andy Salamone, and I am the newly-elected president of the Taos Waldorf School Board of Trustees. Our school year has gotten off to a vibrant and exciting start, and as we begin to settle in to our new fall routines, I thought it might be helpful to give the parent body an update on some of the inspiring things that have been taking place in our school community and to talk a little bit about the overall functioning of the school.
If you were at our fabulous all-school gathering and ice cream social last week, some of this is going to be repeat information, but there's new news within as well.
Visit our booth at the Taos Farmer's Market every Saturday morning from now through the end of the season. TWS community members new and old alike have joined forces to put together some great produce, jams, chutneys, and other fun items that will last through this winter and beyond. Proceeds go to fund the tuition of students otherwise not able to pay, and also to the Teacher Care Fund.
It's a great way to support the school, get out for some sunshine and fresh air on a Saturday morning, and run into some friends.
SEEKING SUPPLIES: the Farmer's Market team is always on the lookout for new and/or used jars, pectin, and other canning equipment. Please see Stacy Hammond or Guiditta O'Rourke for details.
Here are a few quick updates for this week:
This weekend TWS will have a presence at the Farmer's Market. Produce, canned beans, jellies, apple chutney and more will be sold. Silke will be there grinding grain and telling the story of the apple fairies. The Farmer's Market team is in need of canning jars, sugar or honey (preferably organic), 3 tablecloths, vases for flower displays, help harvesting beans or flowers. Please see Stacy Hammond or Erica Lannon to donate, share, or help.
We hope your first two weeks in school have been fantastic. Most of us are just beginning to get back into to the rhythm of the school year, so its a great time to check in with a few updates and "getting oriented" bits of information. Thanks for helping us get the year off to a great start!
Information on the successes and choices of Waldorf alumni
Excerpted from "Life After Waldorf High School"
By Abraham Enten
"Education Toward Freedom" is one of the most important principles of Waldorf Education. Many schools use this phrase as a motto or as a key principle in describing themselves in brochures and other public material.
This is the front of the free T-shirt that you can pick up at the Taos Waldorf School office and wear to the hearing tomorrow Morning to show your support for the Taos Mountain Charter School.
These shirts were graciously donated by a TWS parent who supports the new charter school. We have all sizes, so come on by, or call 575-751-7750.
Thanks for your support!
We are already gearing up for another blessed year at the school, and even before our first day, there are efforts underway to raise funds, clean up the school, and bring fresh eyes to the beautiful campus. This weekend, August 11th and 12th, there is a huge yard sale being held, as well as a bake sale with juice and coffee. We have a lot of clothing items but could use more donations! What a great time to go through the closets and garage and let go of those things that are no longer serving us... and help raise funds in the process! Anyone can donate items to the front of the old handwork room (new 6th grade).
Walk into a Waldorf-inspired classroom and you will be struck by a fragrant presence of the arts. Watercolor paintings hanging on their drying racks, colored pencils neatly tucked into a student knit pouch, and recorders humming as a bird perches outside the window on the class birdhouse – all these and more are part of specialties taught at appropriate times throughout the elementary and middle school years. Arts are also woven into everyday curriculum. Classroom activities such as circle time and main lesson books have central roles in student’s learning. Main lesson books are the most commonly used evaluation tool for teachers and student’s palette for displaying their achievements. Here, students capture lesson content and expressively record their day’s learning. Yes, even a child’s ‘textbook’ is an artistic expression and is beautiful to experience.
The World of Waldorf video series shows children and teachers in their Waldorf schools. The Sanderling Waldorf School in Encinitas, CA is a wonderful example of Waldorf principles put into practice.
Each student begins their day with a greeting, eye contact and a handshake with their teacher. They enter a classroom full of natural light, natural materials and bright colors. During circle time the students and teacher sing a welcome song, followed by active learning. The students physically move during instruction, clapping hands, performing sequential actions or tossing balls.
Snow days! Same as the public schools, listen to KTAO (101.9FM) for updates. Let it snow, let it snow!!!
Children's Art Show
12.19.2013 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Festival of Lights
12.23.2013 - 01.03.2014
Winter Break, no school
01.07.2014 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Coffee Talk with Andy
Martin Luther King Day. No School
02.04.2014 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Coffee Talk with Allison, first grade readiness
President's Day. No School
02.18.2014 - 02.21.2014
Waldorf Teacher Conferences, no school
03.03.2014 - 03.14.2014