March Workshops at Taos Waldorf School – Institute for Social Renewal.

The Social Mission of Waldorf Education.
Independent, Self-Administered and accessible to All. Friday, March 8. 6:30pm – 8pm

The Art of Concious Conversation.
A Pathway to Social Renewal, Transformation and the Mutuality of Reciprocal Support. Saturday, March 9. 11am – 4:30pm


Child Care Provided. Open to All!
Workshops hosted at Taos Waldorf School by Bob Monsen.
9 Don Ben Romero Road, behind Overland Sheepskin Co. 575-751-7750.

Bob MonesenBob Monsen is an entrepreneur who has owned and operated his own general construction business for over thirty years. He is President of the Institute for Social Renewal, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about Rudolf Steiner’s treaties on threefold social transformation. Bob is a certified organizational consultant and is currently working extensively with Waldorf schools and other educational institutions throughout the United States. Bob is a member of the Social Science Section of the Anthroposophical Society and a former board member of Rudolf Steiner College. He was the board president of the Waldorf School of the Peninsula for over twelve years and was instrumental in creating the ATA tuition adjustment program as a way of supporting independent education that is accessible to all children.

February and March Events and Dates

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! 
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!
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!
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!
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 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!
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.
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!
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.

Important Dates


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.

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 TaosStore.com and at no extra charge to the purchaser Amazon will donate a percentage to Taos Waldorf School.  Spread the word.

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.

Taos Waldorf School Weekly Update – October 26


An Evening of Native American Celebration 

Please join us for a unique evening of traditional Navajo fare, prepared and served by a Native American grandmother and her family.   We will enjoy mutton stew, fry bread, and a full array of nourishing, sumptuous options to remind us all of the health, warmth, and sustenance that accompany a lovingly prepared feast. 

The evening will also include storytelling by the fire, drumming, and so much more!

All proceeds will benefit the Taos Waldorf School Native American Scholarship Fund.  Thanks to the support of this fund, children who would not otherwise be able to attend the school are able to do so.  During these challenging economic times, our school has chosen a stance of social renewal, creating unique and unprecedented opportunities to share our skills, loves, and interests with each other through community outreach events that support all concerned.   We are delighted to have the opportunity to celebrate Native American culture together through the richness of talent, spirit, and beauty present within our school community.

Thanks so much for your support and we hope to see you there!

Donate to Native American Scholarship Fund



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Saturday November 3, 2012 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

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Allison Bradley
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