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Warm greetings from Kusi Kawsay and welcome to current news of the school as it continues to grow and thrive.
KUSI KAWSAY NEWSLETTER Fall 2013
Warm greetings from Kusi Kawsay and welcome to current news of the school as it continues to grow and thrive. It feels wonderful to have so much to share about the growth and change in the school community.
Please take a moment to see what is happening with students and recent graduates. A new classroom for 8th grade students has been completed and the school year is in full stride. We are also pleased to share news of successful fundraising and an organizational step forward now possible because of the support of so many generous donors.
As you know, this newsletter aims to help keep the school connected to an international community that has developed through the inspiration that Kusi Kawsay provides us all. Their sustaining vision combined with our interest and support makes this creative and appropriate education of a new generation of Andean students possible. And we believe these students carry gifts from their culture that are badly needed in the world today.
Information on the successes and choices of Waldorf alumni
Excerpted from "Life After Waldorf High School"
By Abraham Enten
"Education Toward Freedom" is one of the most important principles of Waldorf Education. Many schools use this phrase as a motto or as a key principle in describing themselves in brochures and other public material.
Walk into a Waldorf-inspired classroom and you will be struck by a fragrant presence of the arts. Watercolor paintings hanging on their drying racks, colored pencils neatly tucked into a student knit pouch, and recorders humming as a bird perches outside the window on the class birdhouse – all these and more are part of specialties taught at appropriate times throughout the elementary and middle school years. Arts are also woven into everyday curriculum. Classroom activities such as circle time and main lesson books have central roles in student’s learning. Main lesson books are the most commonly used evaluation tool for teachers and student’s palette for displaying their achievements. Here, students capture lesson content and expressively record their day’s learning. Yes, even a child’s ‘textbook’ is an artistic expression and is beautiful to experience.
The World of Waldorf video series shows children and teachers in their Waldorf schools. The Sanderling Waldorf School in Encinitas, CA is a wonderful example of Waldorf principles put into practice.
Each student begins their day with a greeting, eye contact and a handshake with their teacher. They enter a classroom full of natural light, natural materials and bright colors. During circle time the students and teacher sing a welcome song, followed by active learning. The students physically move during instruction, clapping hands, performing sequential actions or tossing balls.
Snow days! Same as the public schools, listen to KTAO (101.9FM) for updates. Let it snow, let it snow!!!
12.19.2013 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Festival of Lights
12.23.2013 - 01.03.2014
Winter Break, no school
01.07.2014 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Coffee Talk with Andy
Martin Luther King Day. No School
02.04.2014 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Coffee Talk with Allison, first grade readiness
President's Day. No School
02.18.2014 - 02.21.2014
Waldorf Teacher Conferences, no school
03.03.2014 - 03.14.2014
03.04.2014 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Day of Play and Learning