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Farmer Barry is going to Fire the Kiln!

Taos Waldorf School 6th grade class may make pottery pieces for our end of September Arts and Crafts fair. Farmer Barry is doing his part to support them in their endeavors by seeing if our old white kiln will work. Please do your part by making a donation today.

Thanks Barry!

We deeply appreciate your support.
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We Need a New Office Manager. Is It You?

The Perfect Candidate…
Has exceptional organizational skills
Is highly computer literate
Is friendly and cheerful in a wide variety of circumstances
Has a flexible schedule
Is passionate about TWS!

For full job description, see below.   Thank you!
Job Description: Office Manager  
- Oversees all aspects of school office functioning

- Maintains strong, positive community relations in all aspects of office-related work from phone calls to walk-in visitors to outreach events

- Participates in marketing/development and administrative duties as needed

- Works closely with Coordinator, Board members, Faculty and other staff as needed to fulfill day-to-day requirements of businesslike atmosphere within a Waldorf school

- Trains, schedules, and manages office volunteers

- This is a half-time position. Full-time may become a possibility as school develops

- Full tuition remission for child/ren at Taos Waldorf School

Hired By
- The Board of Trustees upon recommendation by the Hiring Team. The interview process will be conducted by the Hiring Team, who will recommend a candidate to the Board. The Hiring Team will include members of the College of Teachers, the Faculty, the Advancement Team, the Parent Council, and the Board of Trustees.

Reports To
- School Coordinator

Evaluated By
- Evaluation team, which will include a member from the College, a member from the Advancement Team, and a member from the Board of Trustees, will on a yearly basis prepare an evaluation which will be submitted to the College and the officers of the Board

Duties and Responsibilities
1. Work independently and in tandem with the Coordinator in a variety of circumstances while keeping key staff and Board of Trustees up to date on activities.

2. Attend staff/faculty meetings as required.

3. Supervise, schedule, and coordinate office volunteers.
We can’t wait to hear from you! email

Join Us to Learn More about Waldorf Education

Introduction to Waldorf. Inner & Outer Education, 6:30-8pm
Inner life & Adolescence talk, 9-10:30am
Music work group, 11-12:30pm
Visual Art session, 2-3:30pm
Inner life from Adolescence to Adulthood discussion, 4-5pm
Experiencing Math Inwardly talk, 9-10:30am
Math in Early Grades & Middle School work group, 11-12:30pm
Visual Art & Number Sense session, 2-3:30pm
Math Experience: Inward & Outward, 4-5pm
Enabling the Inner life, Enlivening Thinking talk, 9-10:30am
Developing the Astral Life concluding discussion, 11-12:30pm
Families who are new to Taos Waldorf School are required to attend the Thursday evening session.
Recommended contribution is $40 for all four days or $20 for one day. Thursday evening is free to all. Please pay what you can.
Click on the link below to RSVP.  

Register Now!

I can’t make it

For more information please contact Taos Waldorf School at 575-751-7750 or

Thank you for your time and response. Hope to see you there!

Joanna Magee,
TWS Events Coordinator.

THIS WEEK AT TWS. Reminders and Updates for May 15, 2013

TWS Clayday!

This Saturday,May 18th
10am to 2pm

Yes once again it is time to get a bit of work done around the beautiful 11 acre site of the Taos Waldorf School.  Thanks again to Chrystie for being the initiator of these site spruce-ups.

This time around I thought a little change in theme would be called for.  After all what is the deal with all this work theme all the time?  Rather than a work day let’s have a clay day and still make progress on our beautification goals.  That’s right, come on down between 10am and 2pm and help me make some clay ollas to get water (in a very efficient way) to our front garden beds.  All will be explained on Saturday.  All you need are some clothes you can get clay on (don’t worry it washes out) and a good sense of humor (tends to stick with you once you have one).  There are also other tasks to be worked on too for those so inclined.  I’m personally excited about moving some of our chicken fencing to open up the opportunity of gardening some new areas and giving our chickens a cleaner space.  We also are scheduled to get a load of mulch and there may be some blunt shoveling/moving of material needed.  We’ll see how it goes.  Bring a shovel if you can and as always some good work gloves, sun protection, and a potluck dish to share if you are so inclined.  Though one thing that is not allowed is wearing yourself out.  After all we need all our energy resources to go party at the Taos Waldorf School fundraising party at the Taos Mesa Brewing Company Saturday the 18th from 7pm on to listen to Big Swing Theory in all their glory.  So the theme of the day would seem to be support Taos Waldorf School by playing in clay and dancing with good company.  Sounds good to me, see you all there.

Great Thanks,

Barry Doucette
Grounds and Garden
Taos Waldorf School     

Coffee is available in the school kitchen at dropoff.  Come check out the exotic varieties, have a cup, and take home a pound!


“Turn in your Accessible to All tuition adjustment paperwork.  Hurry!  You’ll get a doughnut.”
-somebody important

Flashmob Coffee

You never know when a mob might form to do something interesting.  Around here it’s fundraising!

Check out our “Flashmob Cafe”, springing up where you least expect it – to offer espresso beverages to benefit TWS!  Every day this week at dropoff, and most days at pickup, too.  Don’t be surprised if the occasional baked good is available as well.

Just follow the signs, have some fun, and enjoy that end-of-year whiff of freedom!

TWS Garden Wish List

Manure: Right now I’m in a soil creating frenzy. Soil is currently being lost on site from a number of different factors. Compaction, high winds, soil exposure, are all variables that create soil loss. Bringing manure on site and composting it is presently the best way to get immediate needed nutrients into our soil ecology. If you have a source that can be brought onto sight, especially if you have a way to move it here please let me know.

Molasses Unsulphured (preferably blackstrap): The Taos Waldorf microorganisms will sing your praise. A great ingredient for compost tea, storing homemade bio fertilizers, has many agricultural uses. Cheers!

Brown Sugar Organic: An integral part for fermenting bio fertilizers. Many techniques I’ll be using in first years come from the discipline of Korean Natural Farming and really compliment Biodynamic practices. These techniques will help jump start our soil ecology and produce high quality food, plants, and flowers. Can give all the power of conventional fertilizers without the unsustainable repercussions.

Wooden Barrels: Not a necessity though is the best thing for mixing up Biodynamic Preparations. Since we are a Waldorf school I figured we should have the optimum setup for this type of growing. So if anyone has some wood barrels around and are not using them, donate them and watch us make Biodynamic Vortex “Magic”. Anyone who has made Biodynamic Preparations knows what I’m talking about.

Food Grade 55 gallon Barrels: Well, maybe not a direct gift from nature though are sure handy for bio fertilizers, compost tea, grey water systems, and a number of other important functions.

Garden hose washers: I love our beautiful Taos County Water. Help me preserve it. Too many of our hoses have leaky connections. We need more washers.

Clay source: Do you know someone digging a foundation, maybe a well, or some other structure and has a large pile of natural clay as a repercussion they need to get rid of. Please contact me. Clay has great potential here at Taos Waldorf. We can use it on site for natural building projects, paints/plasters, as an agricultural aide, cover for compost piles, or for other art projects. Just a good resource to have on site for many applications. Light colored high alumina natural clays are preferred for agricultural uses though am interested in any natural clay that is readily available.

Potting soil: Good potting soil is very welcome right now. Please no miracle grow or fox farm brand, even though they do say “organic”. My preferred commercial potting soil of choice is “Happy Frog” brand from Taos Hydroponic (may also be available elsewhere though don’t know). Also the components of potting soil are welcome. That is perlite, sand, peat moss (although is very unsustainable), coconut coir. In the future we’ll be able to move away from bought potting soil or components for potting soil, we’re just trying to jump start a slow seasonal start this year.

55 gallon metal drum: Well there is some talk about me giving workshops on making rocket mass heaters. These are super efficient wood stoves that can give the same amount of heating with only about one tenth of the wood used and are virtually smokeless. To do this I’ll need a couple 55 gallon metal drums. Not a huge rush and would prefer just a resource for them as it would be best for me to not have to store them on site for long periods of time. Thanks.

Bee Swarms: If you ever spot a swarm of bees by all means contact me as I would love to collect this pest problem from you. If you already keep bees and need to split a hive and care to share, I would love to be on the receiving end.

Flower Bulbs and Seeds: Well some people have mentioned the love Waldorf has for plenty of beauty and color, I knew you all were my kind of people :) Some flower bulbs would be helpful to get it all started I and our future bees thank you. Day Lilly, Gladiolas, Dahlias all welcome. Morning Glories, Mini Carnations, Holly Hocks, all great. Any information from you green thumbed folks is welcome. If you have other flower varieties you know about that would do well at the school please come talk to me.

Transplants: I’m hoping to bring as much biodiversity to the school as is possible. Many of you might have local herbs or perennials I don’t know about. I’m always interested in learning what you might know. Come flag me down whenever you are on site. If you are out shopping for your own garden and want to pick up an extra start or flower basket I know we can find an appropriate place here for it. Specifically looking for herb and perennial transplants, everything from oregano and tarragon, to sorrel, lovage, horseradish, walking onion, and jerusaleum artichokes, or anything else you might think of. If you have any currant, mulberry, goji, gooseberry bushes you would be willing to share, any cuttings from the branches can be sprouted if it is put in water. Simply cut, place in water, and bring it on by. I’ll take good care of it. Also raspberry, comfrey, and rhubarb transplants are especially welcome as we have plenty of clay soil for them to break up (something these plants do quite well). Black Locust trees also are handy as they fix nitrogen and can provide good shade for all these other transplants.

Showing Off Our 8th Grade – Tomorrow!!!

Other reminders:

RAFFLE TICKETS!!!  Please sell as many as you can.  It’s an easy, no-brainer fundraiser and if each family sold their whole packets, we’d raise about 5,000 for the school.

FREE DOUGHNUTS in the office for those who turn in their Accessible to All Tuition Adjustment paperwork this week!

Taos Summer Camp

Taos Summer Camp


1st week – June 10th – 13th. “Inch by Inch, Row by Row”
- Garden Activities and Puppetry.

2nd week – June 17th – 20th. “Splish, Splash”
- Water Play & Modeling.

summer camp23rd week – June 24th – 28th. “Over in the Meadow”
- Recycled animal crafts, making butter & cheese.

4th week – July 1st – 4th. “De Colores”
- Spanish songs & tortilla making, grain grinding.

5th week – July 8th – 11th. “Baa, baa white sheep”
- Carding, felting, fingerknitting.

6th week – July 15th – 18th. “Mother Earth to you we’re singing”
- Native stories & crafts.

7th week – July 22nd – 25th. “Once upon a time”
- Fairy tale play with costume making & Performance.

8th week – July 29th – August 1st. “Circus Time”
- Clowns & parade.

Good News from Taos Waldorf School | April 2013

Good News from Taos Waldorf School | April 2013


Newsletters….we are wanting to reach out to our extended community.  Please send any emails or mailing addresses of folks who may be interested in receiving our monthly newsletter.   Are there grandparents who would like to see what is happening in your child’s class?  Friends who are interested in what is happening in our community?  Please let us know of anyone we may share our newsletter.
Our Gnomies, 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th grade students will be participating in the All Schools Childrens’ Art Show, April 4th -6th.  The show will open on April 4th, 10-5 and on April 6th (Saturday) there will be a reception for all students (pizza, balloons, etc) from 3-5pm at Stables.
Summer time fun at Taos Waldorf School with Silke.  Weekly water play, gardening, puppetry, outdoor theatre, music, storytelling and more.  Monday -Thursday, 8:30-1:30pm, ages 3-7 years old.  Cost: $150/week or $40/ day — includes snack and materials.   June 10 thru Aug. 1st.  Enrollment packages available from Silke:
At Taos Waldorf School in the Gnomes Kindergarten
Everyone Welcome…tell a friend and introduce them to our school!  On the 12th: Baking bread, puppet show. On the 19th: plant a seed, songs and stories.
An Evening Lecture
Monday, April 15th, 6-7:30pm
The child of today.  The Adult of tomorrow.
Why music and a connection to nature are essential to the well-being of humans throughout the lifecycle. 


                             One of the beautiful eggs made by our 8th grade that was on a spring egg
                             tree that Taos Waldorf School brought as gifts to our larger community.
                             This one was on a tree for the Plaza de Retiro community.

With Melinda Bateman
of Morningstar Farm 
All of the Gardening Workshops will be held at Taos Waldorf School.
1. April 6th Gardening Basics
2. April 13th What to plant and when to plant it, here in the Taos Valley.   This is a popular topic based on my 20 years of gardening experience in Taos.
3. April 20th Season extension techniques. Get stared earlier in the season and grow crops late into the fall with these ideas and suggestions.

These classes will start at 2:00 pm and finish at 4:30 pm. Cost is $75.00 for all three or $30.00 per individual class.  There will be lots of time for questions anddiscussion as well as an opportunity to create a garden plan for your plot.

4. Biodynamic gardening weekend workshop. April 27th and April 28th.  Saturday we will meet at 1:30 for an introductory lecture. Followed by stirring and applying BD 500. We will finish at 5:00 pm. Sunday we will start at 10:00 am. We will make compost and use the Biodynamic preps. Lunch break from 12:00 to 1:00. Afternoon lecture and discussion. Finishing by 4:00.
Cost is $75.00.

Questions before March 18th by e-mail at

After March 18th call Melinda at 575-779-6056.


                           The Trojan Horse (4th/5th grades)
If you had any spring bulb sales they are in!  We will have
each student’s order organized in paper bags and in their classroom this week.  Thank you for participating in this
fun fundraiser.
Enrollment /Re-enrollment
Beginning March 12th it is sign up time for next year!  We are excited about kicking off our re-enrollment drive!
Visitor Mornings Every Tuesday
Are you a Gnomie Parent?  Do you have a child in one of the younger grades?  Come visit the upper grades and see the what happens with this amazing curriculum.
Come visit Taos Waldorf School. There are Visitor Mornings on Tuesdays from 9am -10am. See the curriculum unfold, witness the students actively engaged, experience the joy of learning at Taos Waldorf School. We are now enrolling for all classes for the 2013 school year. Please ask about our Accessible to All Tuition Program. For more information or to pre-register for a visitor morning tour call 575-751-7750.  The tour will start at 9am in the school office with a brief overview of the Waldorf curriculum and classes that will be visited that morning.

We have an art show April 26th and 27th in conjunction with the TAO!
It will be held at 1021EE Salazar Rd (in the TCEDC complex) across from the Eco Park soccer field. Each class is working on a different form of art to be sold and 90% of the proceeds will go back to Taos Waldorf School. Are you an artist? We are also looking for donations of art valuing $500 or less. The art will be sold at the art show to help benefit the school. If you would like to donate a piece please contact Estevan at 575-613-3997. We need all art donations before April 25th 2013. There will be an art opening with snacks, wine and music provided by a DJ. Friday and Saturday from 5pm-8pm. ALL STUDENTS WILL HAVE ARTWORK IN THE SHOW!
 Community Work Days!
We are planning a work day in April 20th for spring cleaning! Please note, that there was an incorrect date given for the April Work Party in the March, April and May Calendar sent out last week.  The correct day is April 20th, 10-2pm.   All Welcome!

Yard Sale
Sat. April 27th
Spring is in the air and it is time to clean out our closets. Out with the old so there is room for the new to enter. There is a garage sale/work party scheduled for the end of April, SAT. APRIL 27TH. That gives us almost two months to start sorting through our belongings and collecting items for the sale. All the proceeds will go to fund projects at the school.
So please only bring things that you are willing to donate.  If anyone is interested in lending a helping hand  that would be awesome. Also, if anyone wants to bake goods to sell that could be a delicious way to bring in some moo-lah too. There will be reminders as we get closer.
If anyone feels compelled to help in any way call me, Gaia @ 505-920-8018
Yearbooks are still available!  Order forms are in the office.  They are amazing treasures with pictures of everyone!  $45 to buy your yearbook now.
THANK YOU MINDY GUMLAW!  Mindy has not only joined our Parent Council for the 1/2nd grade, but she and Estevan are also organizing the TAO Art Event for Taos Waldorf School on the 26th and 27th of April!  Plus, Mindy makes really yummy vegan muffins for our lectures!  YAY Mindy!
A Peek into our 1st and 2nd grade 

first grade

 We have spent the month of March learning about saints and noble deeds.  Right now we are learning about St. Francis of Asisis.  As we have learned about St. Frances and his gift of speaking with animals and how he shared all that he had with others, caring for the sick and poor, we have been surrounded with reminders of how to follow his example.  We have encountered coyotes, a bald eagle and elk in our garden area.  And today we befriended a mother horse and colt.
Other projects have included knitting bunnies and self portraits.  We looked deep inside ourselves when on a visit at the Harwood and created beautiful self-portraits.  The staff at the Harwood were so impressed with our students!
A Peek into the Gnomies          


Busy gnomes.
Bring to birth.
Little seeds,
In the earth.
Water, fire,
Earth and air.
In this work,
Have a share
That the earth,
seeds may bear.
…..and in New Mexico strong winds do blow that make strong the roots and help the plants to grow.  The children have been nibbling on the wheat grass in class, serving it in their pretend restaurants.   Wool has been felted into surprise eggs and bunnies are hoping about during circle time and suddenly
disappear just like the song suggests:
“Lippety Lop, here comes a bunny with a hippety hop,
with ears so tall and a tail so small.
It sits up straight and wiggle’s its ears
…..and suddenly disappears.”
Little seeds are being planted outside and we will soon start to dig in the garden and make a keyhole garden with the help of Margarita.
If you are cleaning out ditches and have access to willows we could use them to reweave the walls of the tree house which was built by the current 8th grade as a kindergaprten/1st grade readiness project.
We will encourage the children who seek to show their super powers by digging and working together.