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Hooray for Aydin Gates!!!  He won the Taos County Spelling Bee!  He will be representing Taos County at the State Spelling Bee in March.
Snow Days   

In general, Taos Waldorf School follows the Taos School District snow closures/delays.  We will always call into KTAO and send out an email announcing if we are closed or have a delay.  Please check in the mornings if there snowy weather.  If there are more than 3 missed days due to weather we have built in make up days in the spring.

Frozen Pipes Update
Many hours and plumbers later we are waiting on the insurance company to finish paperwork.  All of the plumbers are lisensed.  Before the classrooms are opened up to student use we will make sure all repairs are made — carpeting will be replaced and pipes upgraded.

Cleaning at our school

School upkeep is a coordinated effort with many parents working hard to ensure that our classrooms are a beautiful environment for our children to learn in.  There are cleaners scheduled to clean every classroom and bathroom every day of the week.  In addition to daily cleaning there is a Deep Clean that will happen on Friday.  We are meeting once a week as a cleaning group plus having email check-ins.  We are excited to contribute to our beautiful school.  If you have any questions about the cleaning please contact Emily in the office on Wednesdays.



Coffee Lecture:  Media and Storytelling
Thursday, Jan. 31st, 9am

Join Miss Beth for an intriguing conversation on the effects of media on our families, and to gain a deeper understanding of the value of storytelling.  All Welcome!  Coffee and baked goods plus great company

Peruvian Cultural Evening
Thursday, Jan. 31st 6-8pm.

You are invited for  a night  of  music  and  story telling,  come hear  stories  from  our  sister school  in the  Sacred  Valley in  Peru!  Check it out on http://www.kusikuwsay/
There is so much  we can learn  from  listening  to the stories which  Roman  and  Fielding have to share.
Roman  is  a natural  story teller,  a musician. You can  bring your  children  and  enjoy  community.

Non-Violent Communication Workshop
This Friday, Feb. 1st 6-8pm.

This workshop will focus on Practicing NVC skills.  It will build on our October workshop, however newcomers to NVC are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Cost: $15 per person – or pay what you can. All money raised will be donated to TWS.

Cake Decorating Workshop with Mikayla and Nancy
Friday, Feb. 8th, 12:30-3:30 in the School Kitchen

Pre-register by February 1 (this Friday).  Learn how to decorate a cake, cupcakes – have fun with frosting!  Learn how to make those cupcakes that always sell right away at bakesales.  Suggested donation of $15.

Patricia Griffin and Fiona (1st/2nd) and Rhodri (Gnomes)

Judit and Carlos and Teresa (4th/5th)

Many warm greetings to our new school families.  Please say hello and see what you can do to offer some help when you see them around the campus!
Thank you
A special thank you to Leah Wilde who is always willing to help with whatever needs to be done!

A Peek into our 1st/2nd grade Curriculum 

We have enjoyed our math block this month.  We have been working on memorizing odds and evens, skip counting, and multiplication.  We have been living in the world of the math gnomes – Blue – as a crisp, clear sky (Subtraction Gnome), Red – the shade of an apple in autumn – (Division Gnome), Yellow – as warm as the sun (Multiplication Gnome), Green – the color of a blade of grass (Addition Gnome) and Purple – the color of King Equals.  Those gnomes must spend a great deal of time organizing the beautiful minerals that they mine.   

Taos Waldorf School

Next month we will take a peek into the 8th grade curriculum!

Upcoming Events for January and February.

Coffee Lecture: Media and Storytelling with Ms. Beth
Thursday, January 31st 9am
All welcome!
Come enjoy coffee and a baked good while learning more about the Waldorf curriculum and being part of our community!
Peruvian Evening
Thursday, January 31st 6-8pm
At Taos Waldorf School
Peruvian   music, stories  about  our sister school.    
Cake Decorating Workshop with Mikayla and Nancy
Friday, Feb. 8th 12:30-3:30 in school kitchen
Pre-Register by Feb. 1st (this Friday)! Learn how to decorate a cake, cupcakes – have fun with frosting!
Suggested donation of $15.

An Evening of Non-Violent Communication


Presented by


Rebecca Porter
I have been a NVC practitioner for over 6 years. I have attended the CNVC International intensive training, The Living Energy of Needs training and more recently, completed the Compassionate Leadership training. I am mother of a 2 year old and have spent the last 8 years as a Child care provider and instructor here in Taos. I am currently part of a weekly NVC practice group and consider the NVC language to be a vehicle to the trans formative consciousness. I strive to bring presence to my parenting and daily life by connecting with the life energy that flows through each of us in the form of feelings and needs. This is my first offering of NVC to parents and I am excited about the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience.

Joanna Magee
I obtained my Master of Social Work degree at the University of Toronto in Canada in 1999. I practiced social work with adolescents and children and their families for seven years, both in Toronto and here in Taos, in a variety of settings using a number of different therapeutic interventions and paradigms. When my first son was born almost four years ago, I choose to stay home to raise him and his little brother. I have been practicing NVC for the past year and a half as a member of a NVC practice group. While I have facilitated parenting groups in the past, this will be my first time running a NVC workshop. I look forward to introducing NVC to you.

Cost: $15 per person – or pay what you can. No one turned away. All money raised will be donated to Taos Waldorf School.

This workshop is based on Marshall Rosenberg Ph.D’s work Nonviolent Communication.

*Visit for more information on NVC*


January Taos Waldorf Newsletter


We will be sending out a monthly Newsletter — please let us know if there is any information that you want to see in next months!
Update on The Giving Letter and fundraising!We started the school year with a very conservative and tight budget.  This included specific fundraising goals throughout the year.  So far things have been going well and we are even a little ahead of schedule!  This is great news!   A huge thank you to everyone — folks recognize that we have something special and want to support it!
The Leadership Council met over the winter break.  Many things were discussed including redoing our school literature for next year, parent involvement and most importantly, where we see our school in three years.  The Leadership Council is a small group of parents and faculty who are in an advisory role — helping support the vision of Taos Waldorf School.
There will be several Coffee Lecturesover the next few months –please join us for these gatherings.  They are a great opportunity to learn more about Waldorf education and be part of our community.  There will also be tours of the classes which is a great way to see the curriculum in action and get a greater understanding of what your child will be learning in the next few years!

Water, water, water….cold, cold, cold….pipes, pipes, pipes….

After colder than usual temperatures, the pipes in our 8th/1st/2nd grade classrooms froze. Many plumbers and many hours later we finally have the pipes repaired. We are still waiting on the insurance to make additional repairs.  In the meantime, the classes have moved into temporary locations (1st/2nd is in the Golden Gallery and 8th grade is in the Music Room). We will keep everyone informed and updated.  A huge thank you to the many folks who have worked so hard on this — the Hammonds, Craig Simmons and others!

Library Display

There is a beautiful display at the Taos public library for the month of January. The display is of some of our students amazing lanterns and watercolors – joy, light and peace are being shared with our whole community.  We hope everyone can make it over to check it out! 

Santa Lucia

was celebrated before winter break.  The 8th graders made gingersnap cookies for everyone and went from classroom to classroom singing.

The Taos School District Spelling Bee
was on Friday, January 11th.  Congratulations to all of our spelltacular spellers who participated!  A special Congratulations to Aydin Gates, who won FIRST
place in the district spelling bee!   



to Chrystie Richardson and family, Harmony and Serena in the Gnomies, Edan in 1st grade and Kai in 4th grade. They have just moved here from Arizona.  Welcome to MacClaren Scott and Randy Roch and their daughter, Isla in the Gnomies!   Please give them a warm welcome when you see them around the campus!    


Thank you! A special thank you to the Zamani family for all of their hard work and involvement over the past few months! We wish you the best in Oregon.


Festival of Lights was a beautiful gathering before the winter break.  It was a wonderful way to start our holiday break and a great reminder of why we choose to send our children to Taos Waldorf School -Thank you to our incredible Teachers!


 A Peek into our 4th/5th grade Curriculum:  

After studying ancient India we moved to North America with the focus of taking in a full sweep of the whole continent with the different biomes from tundra, to taiga, to arid deserts, to tropical coastlands and the grasslands in between. The children studied some of the specific plants in these areas as well as animals typical to them.  We worked through some of the US and Canada’s landscape and culture with the juxtaposition of Native American legends and the travels of John Muir. Similar to our ancient cultures and civilization blocks, in geography we work with the idea of how a place changes people and how people change a place.


Freehand Geometry was a first for this year and the children did very well with it; having a background of form drawing for the last couple of years served them well. Some of the goals of this block included identifying and drawing lines, angles and polygons with accuracy (without a straightedge); working with the circle and degrees within them; they have started a growing list of geometry vocabulary that they will continue to build on; they explored a historical context for geometry (which means “earth measure” in Greek) and thourghly enjoyed the stories about the rope stretchers of ancient Egypt and about Euclid from Athens.


There was a story about Euclid teaching a geometry class on parallel lines in Alexandria and how the then-ruler, Ptolemy the 1st, came to a beginning lesson and in frustration said, “A king doesn’t toil like an ordinary slave! Teach me a geometry lesson fit for a king!” And Euclid calmly replied, “There is no royal road to geometry; the lesson is the same for all — we all start at the beginning. Have patience.”  

It was beautiful to see how the children found ways to measure the freehand drawings we were doing to create not only beautiful geometrical drawings, but ones that they could accurately measure and check without outside measuring instruments. Our ladder broke on the play yard and they jumped into a rebuilding project with enthusiasm; there was a wonderful moment after we had a lesson on the 3, 4, 5 knotted rope that the rope stretchers of ancient used to find a perfect right angle: we were outside with pencils and papers to draw out and measure what we would need for the new ladder and I asked the children to find where the right angle would be and they were having a hard time at first. Then one child shouted out that there was an “invisible” angle formed from the ground and that the ladder was the hypotenuse; when they all noticed this they set into a flurry of work to draw out their ladder plans with vigor and excitement.


From Geometry we moved into ancient Persia and heard the stories about the god of light, beauty, and goodness — Ahura Mazda — and his follower Zarathustra who struggled against the evil forces of Ahriman. In these stories the children heard about the struggles, resistance and polarities the people found in their transition from a nomadic life into a settler’s life in a dry land that would only yield fruit through hard work and dedication. Irrigation, domestication of animals and transformation of the land only came through that hard work and devotion to their god.

We continued eastward into what was called Mesopotamia, “the cradle of civilization,” located in the fertile land between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. With this richness in land man shifted into a mercantile culture — a shift from the very spiritual world of ancient India into this world, still influenced by gods, but in a different and more material way. They heard about the strict and clear laws of Hammurabi, how scribes recorded the movement of the stars and planets to form the calendar, and then they heard one of the oldest written-down stories, The Epic of Gilgamesh. The children were drawn into this story of friendship and begged to have stories told into snack time. The whole class mourned when Enkidu died and later when Gilgamesh died of a broken heart in his search for the meaning of life after death.


Next month we will take a peek into the 1st/2nd grade curriculum! 

Happy Holidays December Announcements

Monday, December 17th At 5:30.  Festival of Lights All classes perform. Plus a Yummy Bake Sale.  At St. James Episcopal Church.

Reminder, there is school for the rest of the week after the Festival of Lights thru 12/20. We will resume school on Monday January 7th, 2013!

The Annual Giving Letter has been sent to all of our friends and supporters.  We have raised more than $12,000 so far!  Please take a moment and make a donation too – any amount is appreciated and makes a difference!

If you are making any purchases from Amazon please go through and at no extra charge to the purchaser Amazon will donate a percentage to Taos Waldorf School.  Spread the word.

Hello from Taos Waldorf School Board of Trustees

Of course, we all understand that these times are financially challenging for many of us, so if you can’t make your tuition payment on time, please let Allison or Judith know, and we will all work hard to find a solution that works.

I’m taking the time to send this message out repeatedly because we really do want to keep the school functioning as well as it has been. This has been a very successful year, given the circumstances that we inherited. Most families have been able to pay on time, we’ve made payroll every month, we’ve met every fundraising goal to date, and so far we’ve been operating under our projected budget.

As I mentioned in my last letter, we owe great thanks to Jesus Hernandez, who came in during the summer and helped the finance committee decipher the records from years past and create our budget for this year. Now we also owe great thanks to Lizzy Hendricks, who joined the board a few months ago and who has graciously volunteered to act as our interim treasurer.

Please don’t forget to start all of your on-line shopping at TWS earns a percentage of every purchase made, and the percentage increases for every item bought within the calendar month. December could be a great month for us, especially if we get our number of items purchased up early in the month, before people start making those large Christmas purchases. We love free money for our school, and this is a really easy way that you can help.

Thank you all so much for being such a wonderful community.

Andy Salamone
TWS Board of Trustees President

Taos Waldorf School November Update

School photos.  Orders need to be in the office today.  The make up day is tomorrow — November 20th.  
Morning Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 29th in Golden Gallery with Silke.  Coffee and muffins and conversation!

Holiday Cards — -there is a sign up sheet in the office.  Sign up for cards with your child’s artwork — only $12 for a set of 6.  
Advent Spiral will be on December 1st after Kris Kringle.

Holiday Ornaments — do you know an artist?  Are you an artist?  We have glass globes waiting to be decorated and sold at our silent auction on December 14th at the TCA at the Robert Mirabal concert.
Robert Mirabal concert on December 14th and 15th at the TCA.  Benefits to go to our school!  Tickets are available at the TCA, they are $20 each.  What a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday season!
Festival of Lights is on December 17th at St. James Episcopal Church.  Each class will be sharing music and song to celebrate the holidays!

Kris Kringle Holiday Faire

Kris Kringle Holiday Faire

Kris Kringle is on December 1st, 3-5pm.  This is a great opportunity to clean out your toy cupboards, clear off your shelves of ‘stuff’ and bring in GENTLY USED TREASURES FOR THE GNOME NOOK.  We need everyone to bring in items for the kids to purchase as gifts for their family and friends in the Gnome Nook.  We also need wrapping paper and tape.  Please bring in items to the office.  
Twinkle Star Cafe at Kris Kringle will be serving soup, quiche, chili and sweets…please sign up to bring in something at your class room door. 

Kris Kringle Poster

Taos Waldorf School Weekly Update – November 8

Taos Waldorf School Weekly Update – November 8


A shining example of parent partnership has shown up on our campus.  You may have noticed it coming and going from the early childhood building:  gone are the days of sagging hinges and bare wood exposed to sun and harsh elements.  In their place is a beautiful, hand-forged artisan gate, complete with a freshly oiled wooden frame.  This is thanks to the work of artist, innovator, and parent Jim Stoner.

waldorf gate

In Jim’s words, “My personal thought behind the design: the central bars represent the child, and the outer bars are the layers of growth and knowledge through the years”.  As with all works of art, the imagery and design may evoke different meaning for each individual who experiences it; this, also, is part of the artist’s offering to the community.

Please join us in celebrating the work of Taos Waldorf School parent partner Jim Stoner, who has made our campus a more beautiful and fascinating place.


visit Jim’s website here


Understanding the Temperaments

 A TWS Community Workshop

What is “a choleric”?  Which group loves lists?  Who is so very tempted by sweets?  Which children can’t stop moving?  What does all this have to do with my child, anyway???

Come get to know the concept of The Temperaments and how it used in the
Waldorf curriculum.  An informative, engaging evening suitable for newcomers and Waldorf “old-timers” alike!  Open to all.

Friday, November 16, 6p-8p
TWS Community Room

$15 suggested donation
no one turned away due to funds
register in the office, or via e-mail




Are you an artist – of any age – who would like to sell his or her handmade and/or Waldorf-inspired
goods in a warm, friendly environment designed to support our school?  Come into the office and let’s talk!  We hope to support not only tuitions, but the creative economy in general – not to mention college funds!  

And don’t worry – our store will also carry all the essentials: beeswax, modeling clay, watercolor paper, color pencils – the works.  We look forward to seeing you all there to kick off a creative holiday season!

How to Make Flower Fairies with Beeswax
an article from Mercurius

waldorf flowers

General Tips

Modeling waxes are hard and have to be kneaded strongly with warm hands to be made malleable. This process can be made easier for smaller children by pre-warming the modelling wax in warm water. It may be helpful to tell or read children a story while they are holding and kneading the wax in their hands to make it malleable.

Pedagogical Aspects

Transforming the hard modelling wax into a soft, malleable form is a valuable sensory experience for children that trains their imaginative abilities and wakens their creativity and feeling for form. By kneading rhythmically, children also train their fine motor skills. This not only promotes skillfulness and dexterity – like all rhythmical movements do – but also positively influences their speech and thought development.

Modelling Flower Children

Sculpturing flowers with modelling wax is a special treat for young and old alike. Each individual models according to his or her own personal skills and abilities.
The younger a child is, the more natural and uninhibited one should let it be when using its imagination to create forms. In the case of older children, it could be
helpful to first take the time to observe with them the forms of blossoms and leaves. Are they heart- or spear-shaped, round or elongated? How many petals does the flower have, what kind of stamen and buds? These observations can stimulate ideas about how to create the clothing, flower, hat, arms, etc. In the following example of a “Rose Child” the step-by-step modelling procedure is described.  
First of all, make a main body, to which all the other parts will be attached.  It should be good to handle and have a wide standing base. For this, knead white modelling wax until soft with your warm hands and shape it into a roll about 8 cm long; then model the roll into a cone so that it gets a wide standing base.

Shape an oval form for the head.  Using a small piece of yellow modelling wax, shape a thin band and place on the head as hair; spread gently over the back of the head using your warm fingers. Then connect the head and body pieces with the help of a match.

For the skirt, shape five very thin red and five very thin pink rose petals.  They
should be shaped like rose leaves and be almost transparent.  First overlap, press and attach the red, then the pink-coloured petals to the “waist”, carefully curving each petal outwards to create a blossom..

For the arms or sleeves of the dress, shape two elongated petals, fold together like a sleeve and attach at shoulder level.  For the collar or ruff, use green modelling wax to shape seven spear-shaped leaves about 15 mm long. Place and attach around the neck by pressing.

For the hat, shape five very thin rose-shaped rose petals. Make a yellow ball about the size of your fingernail, press it flat with your thumb and attach the hat leaves to this circle of wax by overlapping and pressing firmly. For the stamen, make tiny yellow balls.  Then form this part into a blossom and carefully attach to the head with a piece of sticking wax. 


By following this procedure you can create flower children for every type of flower. The blossoms of the different flowers are particularly suitable for the hats. The
arms can be shaped like the leaves or can look like stems. You can make the dresses in the form of leaves or blossoms.