updates

A Quick Note From the Taos Waldorf School Board President

We are currently conducting a search for a new treasurer, so if you know of any community members with the requisite experience, please give their contact information to any board member. The board is made up of parents, teachers, and “at-large” members, who are not otherwise directly involved with the school, so your suggestions can include anyone from the Taos community who might be qualified and willing to serve.

In case you missed it in the latest weekly bulletin, our bulb sale was a great success. We actually exceeded our fundraising goal, so many thanks to all who participated. The advancement committee has put together a great calendar of events and fundraisers for the rest of the year, so please keep your eye out for opportunities to help make this year an awesome one for TWS.

Also, I would like to ask that if you are not up-to-date with your payments, please contact Allison in the office immediately. All invoices from August, September, and October should have already been paid, and the November bills, which went out in the middle of October, are due on Nov 1st. As a reminder, if your payment for November (as well as any past-due balance) isn’t paid by November 5th, you’ll get a friendly call from the finance committee, and all payments must be current by November 10th to continue enrollment.

Finally, I would like to offer another huge thanks to you, our awesome community of parents, grandparents, and teachers. Many of you have been giving up your valuable time to beautify our school, prepare it for winter, and keep it functioning in so many ways, and you are very appreciated.

Thank you all so much,

Andy Salamone
TWS BOT President

Taos Waldorf School Weekly Update – October 24

 

Recommended donation of $15.  No one turned away due to inability to pay.

All proceeds to benefit Taos Waldorf School Tuition Assistance Fund.

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An Evening of Native American Celebration
with David and Celestia Carson and special guests

November 3
5-7pm

Please join us for a truly unique and one-of-a-kind celebration of Native American tradition, culture, and warmth.  You will experience a traditional Navajo meal created and served by a grandmother and her family, then gather around the fire for storytelling, drumming, and much more.  Don’t miss this one!
 
Special guests include David Carson, originator of the Medicine Cards, and family.

All proceeds go to benefit Native American scholarships for our school.  If you can’t join us for the evening, please consider contributing any amount to the scholarship fund via the link below. Seating is limited and by reservation only.  Get your ticket now!  We anticipate that this event will fill up quickly.  Vegetarian entrees available upon request.

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WAY TO GO, MISS BETH’S CLASS!  

We surpassed our fundraising goal for the bulb sale!  Our goal was $800, and we just squeaked over the line with a fantastic $805.  Many, many thanks to the 13 families who made this happen, and an extra special thank you to Amanda Zamani, who masterminded and spearheaded the whole project. There will be lots of other opportunities to support the school this year for those who weren’t able to be part of the bulb sale.

 Miss Beth’s class sold the most bulbs, so as promised, they get a pizza party tomorrow!  TWS will make sure each child gets pizza tomorrow, Thursday, as part of the weekly grade 8 pizza sale. If your child will need extra/other food, please send it along.

THANKS, EVERYONE!

Taos Waldorf School Weekly Update – October 13

 
Calling all Artists and Creators
 
Our newly expanded school store will be opening soon in its new location.  Do you make something that might be good to sell?  We hope to feature all manner of goods created by our school community, for our school community.
 
Of special interest will be handmade items or and/or items made from natural materials.  Please contact the office with any ideas, information, or if you just want to bring some things by!

 

UPCOMING EVENTS
 
Non-Violent Communication for Parents
with Joanna Magee and Rebecca Porter
 
October 26
6-8pm

Looking for ways to bring more presence and compassion to your parenting?  Join us for an evening of Nonviolent Communication at the Taos Waldorf School.  Connect with your greatest parenting value, discover the needs that motivate your child’s behavior, increase your vocabulary of feelings and needs and learn to practice presence as a tool for heartfelt connection.
Recommended donation of $15.  No one turned away due to inability to pay.  All proceeds to benefit Taos Waldorf School Tuition Assistance Fund.

An Evening of Native American Celebration
with David and Celestia Carson and special guests
 
November 3
5-7pm
 
Please join us for a truly unique and one-of-a-kind celebration of Native American tradition, culture, and warmth.  You will experience a traditional Navajo meal created and served by a grandmother and her family, then gather around the fire for storytelling, drumming, and much more.  Don’t miss this one!
Special guests include David Carson, originator of the Medicine Cards, and family.
All proceeds go to benefit Native American scholarships for our school.  If you can’t join us for the evening, please consider contributing any amount to the scholarship fund via the link below. Seating is limited and by reservation only.  Get your ticket now!  We anticipate that this event will fill up quickly.  Vegetarian entrees available upon request.

ONE MORE WEEK FOR BULBS!

Back by Popular Demand!!!  We will be running the bulb sale for one more week. Please pass in your order sheet and all money to the office anytime before next Wednesday, October 17th.  The order will be placed that Friday, the 19th, and no orders will be taken after that.
The bulbs will be delivered about two weeks later, giving everyone plenty of time to get them in the ground before it is too hard to plant. This also gives more of a chance for us to suggest to folks that they can purchase bulb packages to donate to the school to plant this fall for spring flowers! What a great way to add color and life to our
school (please make sure to note if orders are for school beautification).

 
WHO’S GOT A RENTAL?

A friend of TWS is preparing to move to Taos for the winter and is looking for a seasonal rental.   The rental will be for a couple who will be working at Taos Ski Valley for the winter, so reasonable proximity to TSV will be necessary.  If you have a space to rent, or know of any, please contact the office at twscoordinator@yahoo.com or 575.751.7750.

Taos Waldorf School Weekly Update – October 3

 

8th grade apple cider fundraiser

 

The 8th grade continues a solid tradition of fundraising for its spring class trip by creating and selling APPLE CIDERin cooperation with Mikayla’s dad, Farmer Ron. 

Here are the details:

8th grade parents:  come with your child to help harvest apples for the next two Sundays, October 7 and 14,from 10am to 4p at the Ojo Sarco farm.  Dress for the weather and bring a lunch!

The last two Sundays in the month, October 21 and 28, 8th grade students will work together to press the harvested apples into cider. Again, 10a to 4p, Ojo Sarco.

The cider will then be available to sell to the whole community!  What could be better?  Hand-pressed cider made with love.

 
PRE-ORDER YOUR CIDER TODAY ON THE SIGN-UP SHEET OUTSIDE THE 8TH GRADE

 

Price:  8 dollars/half gallon

Please contact Ron Boyd at (505) 927.0150 or greenmanmocs@yahoo.com for more information, or for directions to the farm.  

 

Everybody Loves a Clean Floor
A new vacuum cleaner has moved to the top of our wish list!  Our stalwart volunteer cleaners have put out the call:  please donate to the vacuuming cause!  Ways you can help:  
1) Donate a quality, working vacuum that you no longer need
2) Contribute to the vacuum cleaner fund (no donation is too small – all are appreciated) 
 
3) Approach a merchant that sells vacuums and ask if they might consider donating one to our school, because, of course…..everybody loves a clean floor! 
 

 

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

Kudos to….

The Grounds and Garden teamfor putting together a great plan for creating a strawbale wellhouse to take care of our new well for the winter. 

Alicia Graves for taking care of a last-minute cookie run for today’s bake sale

TWS Community members new and old for throwing a fantastic wedding reception for Marcy and Scott this past weekend
The Farmer’s Market crew for ongoing dedication to getting the food grown in our garden creatively presented and out there in the world – it takes a lot to set up and take down those booths!

Estevan Montoya and Mindy Gumlaw for taking on the management of cleaning at our school – and for helping enthusiastically with so many details

Jenny Kelly for putting out one heckuva Gnomes newsletter

Shining Mountain Waldorf School for donating their van, proceeds to go our school.
 

OFFICE HOURS

Normal office hours are 8:30am to 3:30pm.  Other times available by appointment.

Please note that this week Wednesday, Oct. 3 and Thursday, Oct. 4,  the office will have limited staff due to training and backup staff illness. If you need to make a tuition payment, please do so online at

Thanks!

 

TWS YELLOW PAGES

WHAT DO YOU DO???
Thanks to the enthusiastic leadership of Andy Salamone, Mila’s dad and also Board President, we are putting together a list of TWS community service providers – sort of a “yellow pages”.  The idea is that the more we know about each others’ livelihoods, the more we can support our community.  SO, please go to your class parent rep, and let that person know what you do for a living!  The rep will compile a list, and next thing you know, we will have a handy TWS yellow (green? purple?……turqoise!) pages.

 

 
Bulb sale continues through October 10!

Please help with this easy and fun fundraiser.  Our goal is for each family to sell 10 packages of bulbs.  They make great gifts!

Turn completed order forms in to your teacher or to the office.

 

 

 
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.

Taos Waldorf School Weekly Update – September 27

 

Harvestfest is a great time to welcome the natural turning inward that comes for all of us as the days get brisker and shorter.  Celebrating together makes this one of the most special times of the year.

Newsflash!  Newsflash!!!  As of end of school today, we have an apple press for the Harvestfest.
 
Bring apples!  Bring apples!  Bring apples!!!

Bulb SaleBULB SALE!
Yes, it’s our fall fundraiser, and what a beautiful one it is. Flower bulbs!

With everything from King Alfred Daffodils to Grecian Wildflowers, we have it all.  Packages are $7 apiece, of which the school gets 52%.  Our goal is for each family to sell 10 packages.   

Pizza will appear in the classroom that sells the most!

Order forms available in your class or the office.

 

COPIER CONTEST CONTINUES……
We’re still looking for a winning idea.  Come on folks, let’s put those sustainability-minded brain cells to work.  

The problem:  a big, expensive coping machine with a lease that lasts until 2015

The goal:  a creative solution that a) saves money, b) maintains relationships, and c) cares for the Earth.

Get those creative juices flowing and send us your idea.

WINNING IDEA RESULTS IN $100 OFF ONE MONTH’S TUITION….AND A SPECIAL SURPRISE!

send your idea to twscoordinator@yahoo.com

 

ADVANCEMENT
Our Advancement Team is off to a great start, with a calendar of fantastic workshops, fundraisers, and community development offerings that few will be able to resist.  Keep any eye out in next week’s full newsletter for details.  Meanwhile, don’t forget:

www.taosstore.com

All purchases are at regular purchase price, and a portion of all proceeds go to the school

advancement

Taos Waldorf School Weekly Update – September 20

Pick Your Team
One of the reasons our school community is so special is the high level of parent engagement.  Your class’s parent rep needs to know which team you will be volunteering for, so please let her know!  

The Parent Council and Advancement Team are working together to develop a FANTASTIC schedule of events for this year, full of workshops, concerts, and other fun things.  

Here’s a hint….cupcakes may be involved….

Stay tuned!!!

 

Effortless Fundraising
Please tell all your friends and relatives, near and far, about the following:

www.taosstore.com:  buy anything, at the regular Amazon price, and part of the proceeds go to TWS

and for locals:

Please get and/or update your Smith’s or Albertson’s cards.  Every time you buy groceries, they make a contribution to our school!  And don’t forget those handy little tokens at Cid’s…

 

Great Idea Contest
We have a problem, and need your help.  

We have a copier.  A big one.  With a lease that lasts until 2015.  Here’s the thing:  the school spends about $800/month on paper copies.  That’s way too much!!!   Breaking the lease is also costly.

What we need is creative genius!  Send your best idea (SEE BELOW) for reducing costs while maintaining relationships and caring for the earth.  

GRAND PRIZE WINNER WILL RECEIVE $100 OFF ONE MONTH’S TUITION….AND A SPECIAL SURPRISE!

send your idea to twscoordinator@yahoo.com

Taos Waldorf School Weekly Update – September 12

 

No Fee Credit Card Payments
Remember the 3% that the school used to charge for credit card payments?  It’s gone.  Please feel free to use your credit card in the office or online at the website to pay tuition or make donations with no associated fees.

Our Amazon Store:  Taosstore.com
Thanks to Andy Salamone, we have an online Amazon store that benefits the school!  When you buy something (most anything, really!) through the store, TWS gets a portion of the proceeds, and there is no extra charge to you.  It’s a great deal.  Please look up www.taosstore.com, and tell your friends.  It’s a great, “no effort” way to fundraise.

Thanks, and have a great weekend.  See you at the Farmer’s Market!