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February and March Events and Dates

 
BULB SALES
 
Our spring bulb sale is HERE!  Everyone should have received their order forms (there are more in the office if you need one).  All orders should be returned to the office by March 4th with the money collected.  This is a wonderful way to make Taos Beautiful and raise money for our school at the same time! 
 
 
APPLEBEE’S PANCAKE BREAKFAST
 
The 8th grade is hosting a fundraiser for their class trip to Chicago.  There will a yummy pancake breakfast on March 9th at Applebees.  Tickets are only $7 and available from any of our 8th graders — please come and support their fundraiser!
 
 
COFFEE LECTURE ON FEBRUARY 28TH
WITH MICHELLE: BIRTH ORDER.
 
Come and learn about the importance of birth order in our families, plus it is lots of fun meeting others in our community while enjoying coffee and a sweet!  Did you know that your birth placement in your family holds clues to your personality and who you are!
 
 
YEARBOOK
 
Our school year book is going to be amazing!  It is time to order your yearbooks to get the best deal — if you order by March 15th yearbooks will be $35.  After March 15th all yearbooks will be $45.  Order forms will be out at classroom doors and in the office from March 4th through 11th.  These beautiful keepsakes are invaluable treasures!
 
 
 
INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL RENEWAL
AND BOB MONSEN
 
 
We are incredibly excited and privileged to be hosting Bob Monsen from the Institute for Social Renewal!  He will be here March 8th and 9th working with the entire school community to help us move towards our commitment to depth, vitality, and energy for TWS and its future.  He has helped over 27 Waldorf schools over the past 20 years turn around financially — we are looking forward to benefiting from his wisdom and suggestions! All TWS parents are strongly encouraged to attend.
 
 
ENROLLMENT
 
Enrollment for all grades and early childhood will begin in March.  We are looking at a strong future for our school and growth in our community!
 
 
ADVANCEMENT / FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE
MEETING: FEB. 26TH at 9am.  ALL ARE WELCOME!
 
What does Advancement mean? It is all of the work that we do to move the school forward, including fundraising, community outreach, advertising, enrollment drives, and anything that helps us share the excellence of our school with the outside world while advancing our mission to provide the best education possible for our children.
 
 
SPRING GIVING
 
Our spring fundraising drive is getting underway!  TWS will be reaching out, not only to the school community, but also to our friends and supporters everywhere for funding support of our operations and expansion.   Each member of the Board and Faculty has committed to donating at least $20, and we are asking every family to do the same!  If you are able to donate more -WONDERFUL!  If you are unable to donate $20 at this time – NO PROBLEM, BUT PLEASE DO DONATE WHAT YOU CAN. 
This spring our goal is 100% participation by TWS families!
 
 
EASTER EGG TREES
 
We are taking pre-orders for  our incredibly beautiful and artistic Easter Egg Trees.  These trees will be beautiful works of art.  They are $100.00 a tree with 10-12 hand decorated eggs.  PLEASE BRING IN ANY ORDERS TO THE OFFICE BY  MARCH 4TH.  THEY WILL BE DELIVERED MARCH 15TH.   If you are unfamiliar with the TWS Easter Egg Tree there are pictures in the office.
WE NEED 6 DOZEN EGGS THAT HAVE BEEN BLOWN OUT TO HELP WITH THIS FUNDRAISER — PLEASE BRING IN A DOZEN!

Good News from Taos Waldorf School

 

Remember – no school Monday, September 3!  It’s Labor Day!

Other calendar items of note:

THIS THURSDAY, SEP. 6:  ALL-COMMUNITY BACK-TO-SCHOOL GATHERING AND ICE CREAM SOCIAL! 5:00-7:00

Please bring a favorite dish, with recipe to share, for a potluck at 5:00pm.  Ice cream and school updates to follow at 5:30pm.  Need child care?  Register in advance by calling the office at 575.751.7750 or e-mailing at twscoordinator@yahoo.com.

September 27:  Michaelmas in-school celebration for students

September 28:  Havest Festival all-community celebration

 

Frequently Asked Questions

There is a lot going on these days….and often not enough opportunity to get caught up with everyone on everything.  So, with no further ado, here are answers to some frequently asked questions.

What is happening with the charter application process?

All application activities and community input have taken place.  The next step is to wait until September 19-21, when the official determinations are made as to which charters are approved.

What if the charter is approved?

Then we have one month to negotiate with the state charter division in order to come up with a contract that works for all concerned.  

If that happens, do we become a charter right away?

No.  Charter funding would begin as of July 2013.  That means we would continue to function as a private school this year.  At the same time, this would be a “planning year” for the charter school.  Regular updates would go out to the school community as to progress.  

 

Why do we not have aftercare this year?

Low demand.  With such a small staff this year, we need to make programming decisions that reflect what makes the most sense for the resources we have on hand.  We are encouraging parents to work together to come up with creative solutions for after-school and Friday care needs.

 
How often will be getting updates on all the things that are changing?  What kind of communication can we expect?

There will be one newsletter per month   The newsletter will be more substantive in nature, and often have articles, etc.   On all the other weeks, we will have a “Bulletin”:  a quick rundown of updates and reminders for all you busy folks.  Please let us know how this works – we’ll be refining as we go.

 

Kudos
That means “thanks”, “great work”, “we appreciate what your efforts”, “you are officially recognized”….or all of the above!

Kudos to….

New Board member Elizabeth Hendricksfor renting a carpet cleaning machine for two days to get the classrooms clean, fresh, and ready.

Jesus Hernandez, Andy Salamone, and Judith Cahillfor serving as our tireless, creative, and endlessly committed new finance team.

The Parent Council for pulling together a last-minute bake sale at Cid’s this weekend…..and thanks especially to everyone who baked!

Amanda Zamani and family for weeding and beautifying the front area of the school this weekend.

Emily Cohen, Jesus Henandez, Ted Dimond, and Elena Trujillofor speaking at the charter school hearing, and everyone who came, cheered, and wore fantastic purple t-shirts!

Erica Lannon for holding down the fort all summer with our school garden.  WOW!!!

The entire Hammond Family for setting up, managing, and yes….”striking the set” of the world’s most successul yard sale. 

 

 
 
UPDATES
Important information presented briefly.

 

Please note that TWS is NOT sponsoring an aftercare program this year due to low demand.  If you are interested in coordinating with others for aftercare/Friday care, please contact
Shauna Collins
(Eva’s mom – 1st grade) at 770.7874.
 
The Board of Trustees is growing!  Please welcome our new Board president
Andy Salamone
(Mila’s dad – 2nd grade)
Sarah Beasley
continuing as Vice President
Jesus Hernandez
as Treasurer
Sandy Nelson
as Secretary

Welcome also to members

Dr. Elizabeth Hendricks

 Silke Markowski

 and
Craig Simmons
(Elizabeth Ann’s dad – second grade)

 

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IMPORTANT REMINDERS FROM YOUR PARENT COUNCIL
This year’s parent council is co-led by Emily Cohen and Paymaneh Ghaffari.  Members are Guiditta O’Rourke, Lelia Salamone, and Jenny Kelly.  Here are some helpful reminders from them to get the year started:

1) Dropoff:
  please remember to park your car and walk your child to class and greet the teacher
2)  Drive slowly:
in the parking lot…there are many little ones going to and fro who move quickly – be mindful of safety
3)Committee Sign-Up:
  each parent is being asked tosign up for one helpful team this year.  We have the Grounds Team, the Festivals Team, the Advancement Team, and…yes, the BAKE SALE team.  Please see your parent council rep to sign up.
 
 
School Renewal Learning Circle
starting this fall.  Interested in learning more about what is behind and within Waldorf education?  A learning circle is forming.  Please contact the office at 575.751.7750 or e-mail at twscoordinator@yahoo.com.

“We often tend to limit our explorations of what’s possible by surrounding ourselves with large amounts of information that tell us nothing new.  We collect information from measures that tell us how we are doing – whether up to standard, whether we’re meeting our goals.  But these measures lock us into learning only about a predetermined world.  They keep us distracted from questioning our experience in a way that could create greater possibilities….they don’t ask us to notice what learning is available from all those things we decided not to measure….”  

 
-Margaret Wheatley