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November 21, 2012
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Thanksgiving Assembly

ews1834KPOFrom 1st to 12th grade, the classes perform a song, a riddle, a poem, movement – something that reflects their skill and curriculum.

TODAY!  November 21
11 am - 12 noon
(Pick-up at EWS is at 10:10am)
All School Assembly
Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (ERUUF)
4907 Garrett Road
Durham, NC

The Spiral of Light

Spiral 2012 Flyer

Spiral of Light
The days grow noticeably shorter, the frosty winter nights approach their longest, and we all begin to yearn for the light that so recently illuminated our lives. To symbolize this yearning, the students from Kindergarten through Grade 8 participate on Friday, December 7, 2012, in a light festival called The Spiral of Light. Grades 4 through 8 will walk the Spiral during school hours. Kindergarten and Grades 1-3 will walk it in the evening.

In the Brown Wing, a spiral path is laid out of boughs of evergreens. Moss and crystals are placed on the greenery and stars of gold shine along the path. A single candle in the center of the spiral lights the room. One at a time, the children walk the spiral. As each child approaches the entrance of the spiral, they receive a white candle in a shiny red apple, which they carry along the path.They light their own candle from the center candle and then turn to walk back out. On the journey back, they place their light upon a gold star. Gradually, the whole spiral becomes aglow with candlelight. Music softly plays as the children quietly leave the room followed by their parents.

Parents, please check the schedule below to know what time your child’s Kindergarten or Grades class gathers in the High School building. It is very important to arrive on time. The festival is carefully prepared, and the door will not be opened once the festival begins. Enter the building silently and bring your child to his/her teacher, who will tell a seasonal story to students while you wait quietly in the hallway. When ready, you will be led to the Brown Wing. The class teacher and students will quietly follow you and will sit on benches around the spiral. After the festival is complete, please gather your child’s belongings and wait in front of the Brown Wing for your child’s apple and candle. We ask you to hold this quiet and reverent soul mood as you make your way home and end your day. Thank you again for your support.

Gathering Time (in the HS Emerson Room)                 Start Time
5:00PM – Ms. Robin ………………………………………..5:15PM
5:25PM – Ms. Ameli ……………………….………………..5:40PM
5:50PM – Grade One ………………………………….……6:05PM
6:15PM – Grade Two………………………………………..6:30PM
6:40PM – Grade Three …………………....………………..6:55PM
Greens Needed for Spiral of Light!
Parents, please contact Ms. Comaniciu, Ms. Rogers, or Ms. Guinan if you or anyone you know has greens to donate from downed trees and branches. This would be a tremendous help.

EWS Annual Fund

Season of Giving


During this week of Thanksgiving, please give thanks to our school – ever beautiful and vibrant and balanced in a way that nurtures human beings who seek to bring about positive change in our world.  

Whether you have children or grandchildren at EWS, have been a child here, or are a friend of EWS, click below to DONATE NOW to our Annual Fund!  EWS – Be the Change!

Click for the Link

Other Ways to Give...

Emerson Waldorf School Full Page

Holiday Faire Buzz...

Help Us Advertise the Faire

candle votive 2We have a link on our new website to let you know about all of the exciting activities and wonders that will be at the Faire. 

The link is at the top of the Home Page and reads "HOLIDAY FAIRE".  You will find a link to the Holiday Faire flyer available too. 

Spread the word via voice, email, and social media!  We want everyone in Chapel Hill and surrounding towns to join us for this incredible event!

Holiday Faire Link

Tree Flyer 2012

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10th Grade Play Highlights

10th Grade Play - Brilliant!

10thGradePlayJesse Rabius’ 10th Grade English class pulled out all the stops on Thursday and Friday last week with a stellar performance of Michael Prayn’s Alarms & Excursions.  This PG-13 rather saucy piece had the audience in stitches.  Kaylen Alexis (Nicholas/Ken), Eva Lie-Nielsen(Nancy/Barbie), Ben Mueller (John/Ken), Meghan Choquette (Jessica/Barbie), and Elea Proudhon (Flight Attendant/Bartender) performed five wacky scenes that followed the relationships between the four main characters. The slideshow below highlights scenes from the bar mix-up, a strange airplane ride, an odd night in adjoining hotel rooms, and two frantic, slightly hazardous scenes in a living room.

The set was amazing, thanks to the Stage Crew and Peter Moyers, who built the set.  Thanks to Brendan Sanders, who 10th Graders now refer to as “God”,  to Elea (merci!) for slaying sound cues, to Mr Moise for his “John Travolta dance moves” – and lastly, an enormous thank you to Ms Rabius for directing the play!

Gr 10 Play Slideshow

How We Use Technology

Computer Science at EWS

DSC_0622The ultimate goal of teaching Computer Science at our Waldorf school is to prepare the students to be able to judge for themselves the best uses of technology. The aim is to cultivate the qualities of literacy, problem solving, judgement, and creativity.

The ultimate goal of teaching computer science at our Waldorf school is to prepare the students to be able to judge for themselves the best uses of technology. The aim is to cultivate the qualities of literacy, problem solving, judgement, and creativity.

Ninth graders are taught basic keyboarding skills.  Electives are offered to 10th-12th graders in a variety of computer applications:  computer graphics, document and spreadsheet software, Power Point and some creative games.  We hope to move toward teaching web site design next year.



Dan Moise
HS Computer Science Teacher

High School Spanish

Expo Centro America

2012-11-16 11.28.07Last Friday, the High School Spanish students shared their "Expo" on Central American countries with the Middle School.  they prepared delicious dishes from their country, and many of them also shared beautiful artifacts and drawings. 

Learning Spanish is so much more than grammar at EWS...students learn that culture, people, music, art, and food all make up what is beautiful about this language.

Senora Fitzgerald was very proud!

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Chloe's Charity Water Results

boy_with_waterThank you to everyone who participated in the Run for Water and to those who donated.  We raised $240, which means that twelve more people will now have access to clean water!

To learn more about charity:water you can visit: or come to my 8th grade presentation on February, from 6-9pm.

Results of the fundraising from the Run for Water can be found at

For kids:
3/4 mile run:  1st place, Tom Viles;  2nd place: Nico Martinez
3K run:  1st place,  Dorian  Alexis; 2nd place, Alden Schertz

For adults:
3/4 mile run:  1st place, Glenn Peirce;  2nd place, Val Martinez
3K run:  1st place, Catherine Belitsky; 2nd place, Laura Guinan & Val Martinez

This Week's Verse

Excerpt from Gift From the Sea

darlyne-a-murawski-close-up-of-a-moon-snail-shell-showing-the-spiralby Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Moon shell ... you will remind me that woman must be still as the axis of a wheel in the midst of her activities, that she must be a pioneer in achieving this stillness, not only for her own salvation, but for the salvation of family life, of society, perhaps even of our civilization.

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Events and Classes

Saturday, November 24, 10am-4:30pm. Whatever holiday you celebrate in December, come out and join our celebration at Blue Skies of Mapleview, the home of Mr. Moyers and Deborah Pearson-Moyers. 

The horses will be decorated for all the holidays and your $40 pre-paid reservation includes a 50-minute ride on a horse, hot cider, home baked sweet (including gluten- and dairy-free options) and a small gift. We've had folks of all ages enjoy their ride on these beautiful animals. Grandmas, dads, and children have all booked together for mounted games and fun on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

If you are looking to book a fun family activity on the Thanksgiving weekend, contact Deborah at 919-933-1444 or to make your reservation. Riders and new riders are all welcome. No age limit!   

Cold & Flu Season Getting to You?  Discover the Family Physician Kit
doTERRA's Family Physician Kit contains 10 essential oils and blends - the "feel better" essentials that parents need on a daily basis to care for their families.  Join us to learn of the infinite ways that doTERRA's CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils can help you to help your family. Erin Anderson, doTERRA Consultant, from Raleigh will be providing the class.  You are invited to experience doTERRA - Free Class.
Where: Raelee & Glenn Peirce Home (Hosts)
When: December 4, 2012, 7-9pm
Please RSVP: by Nov 30, 2012

Free to a Good Home

We are looking for a home for our lovely tortoise shell cat, Callie.
We adopted her when someone found her wandering around an empty parking lot. She does not tend to be a lap cat but she does like to be petted. She likes to spend the majority of her time outside (especially at nights). Usually she just comes inside to eat and sometimes to take a "cat nap." She has been unhappy with the latest two dogs that we have brought into the house, so we feel obligated to find her a better place. We are hoping there may be someone who lives in the country (or at the very least in a neighborhood that does not have a lot of traffic) and would be willing to adopt our dear cat. Please contact Pat McKenzie at or call 919.308.0721.


Gnome, Fairies, Chickens and Bees, oh my! by ehkarp - This Waldorf parent, from Atlanta, has painted some lovely portraits of Gnomes, Fairies, and other creatures. They make the perfect stocking stuffer or ornament.
All are available at Follow me on FB at for the latest postings. Free shipping for the Waldorf community coupon code WALDORFEMER.

Get the best beef and pork delivered to you at EWS, by the cut!  Grassfed beef and pastured pork raised humanely with no antibiotics, added hormones, pesticides or herbicides.  Call or email for pricelists: or 919-304-4999.  Delivering to EWS every Tuesday that school is in session.

Support a Waldorf family and enjoy beautiful hair at the same time! Put your hair in the hands of artist-hairdresser Nancy Moore. She is good with hair of every kind, yes even curly.  Call for appointment, you may have to leave a message, 919 260-2495. Or make your appointment online,  4905 Pine Cone Drive Durham, NC 27707

Looking for a new or used Waldorf related item... toy, musical instrument, book? Visit The Waldorf Exchange at

Are you living with questions about your life, your relationships, your parenting, your future? Lynn Jericho offers compassionate listening and creative guidance - a Waldorf wisdom for adult needs and challenges. Call Lynn (919-240-4094) or learn more

Are you D-ficient?  Take this quiz to find out AND how to receive a FREE bottle of Vitamin D3.  According to Michael Holick, PhD, MD, and author of The Vitamin D Solution, "Improvement in the world's vitamin D status could significantly reduce risk of many chronic illnesses including cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disease, type 2 diabetes and many deadly cancers as well as infectious diseases including upper respiratory tract infections, influenza and tuberculosis."  (Joanne Estes is a grandmother of 4 EWS students and at 69 she is living healthy, strong and prescription-free!).

Are you looking for a New or Slightly Used Car?
Great Deals for EWS Parents, Friends & Faculty. Call David Rabius, Proud EWS Parent at 919-408-9633  Johnson Lexus @ SouthPoint- 2013 New Lexus Line Up..Certified Pre-Owned Lexus and a wide range of slightly used cars to meet your budget.
(David Rabius)

Create a space that aligns with your dreams! 
EWS First Grade teacher, Shannon Dawn O'Connor happily uses her "super-power" to organize, lazure, simplify or re-create your home or office so that your environment supports what really matters to you.  Shannon received a BFA from Parsons School of Design and studied the Environment and Its Effects on Psychology through Lesley College and has been happily beautifying the world ever since. For free estimates, work samples, or references contact Shannon Dawn @ 919.259.5252 and watch your world transform as it grows brighter and clearer around you! 
"She's got the midas-touch" - Tyler G.
"Everything she lays her hands on turns golden"- Charlotte S.
"Shannon purely sparkles, and your home will too" - Megan W.

Offering illuminating and renewing Dr. Hauschka facial treatments.  Cori Roth, NC Licensed/Holistic Esthetician and Dr. Hauschka retailer.  Please visit for more info.

New Medical Practice 
We are pleased to announce our practice "Integrative Medical" at Haven Medical Clinic on 121 S Estes Dr, Suite 205 D, Chapel Hill 27514. For appointments, you may contact us directly: 
Rula Freiji
919-525-5626 General Pediatrics & Pediatric Infectious Disease Consults
Dani Mouawad
919-525-5625 General Pediatrics & Integrative Medicine.
– Rula and Dani Freiji-Mouawad


Our house is for sale and we want to spread the word around as much as possible so that people will come take a look.
We live in an older established neighborhood (started in the 70s) just minutes from three of the Eno River parks and just over the line from Orange County. It has a great fenced back yard and over 13 different kinds of hardwood trees  It sits on a corner lot, and best of all has not only a double garage that connects to the house but also a finished wired separate garage that is great for storage, a workshop and other wonderful possibilities.
Click Here for the Link

Buying a home?  Selling a home?  Investing in real estate?  HEAD, HEART and 20+ years of HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE giving caring advice and guidance to hundreds of happy home buyers and sellers – let me help you with all of your Real Estate needs! 
Judy Weinstock, REALTOR, EWS Alumni parent.  Joyfully donating to EWS with every sale.  Phone 919-951-1800.

Waldorf families are unique and special. 
You need a realtor who is unique and special too.  Lynn Hayes has been helping Waldorf families for over 25 years, offering caring and sensitive service while supporting Waldorf education in our community.  For MLS searches, community information and lots more visit or call Lynn at 919-968-9989.

Advertising Changes for the Emersonian
We accept small classified-type advertisements. Each submission to the Classifieds should be no more than 6 lines of text, which is approximately 60 words. Each submission costs $5.00. Payment for Community Bulletin Board Submissions should be made by Friday of the publication week. No charge for advertisements of free events or nonprofit organizations. Submit ads to:

General Policy for the Bulletin  
No political or religious advertisements.  No competitive program advertisements.  No fundraisers.  The editors will decide the placement of advertisements.  Submissions may be edited for content and length.  The Emerson Waldorf School retains the right to choose not to print an advertisement.


Public announcements and services offered in the Emersonian or other circulars produced by Emerson Waldorf School are paid advertisements and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Emerson Waldorf School or its employees.

E-Newsletter Design and Graphics
E-Newsletter Content and Layout - Raelee Peirce & Barbara Holloway


Farm News
High School News
Grades News
EC News
This Week's Verse

This Week

Wed, Nov 21         
Half Day –  12pm DISMISSAL from ERUUF

Thanksgiving Assembly at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
4907 Garrett Rd, Durham 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Nursery and Kindergarten check with your teacher regarding school hours for Wednesday, Nov 21st

Thurs, Nov 22   
Thanksgiving Day       
School and Office Closed
Fri, Nov 23         
School and Office Closed
Mon, Nov 26     
Girls (7th Grade) MS Basketball @ HOME vs. Trinity 3:45 pm

Boys (7th Grade) MS Basketball @ HOME vs. Trinity 4:45 pm

10th Grade Parent Evening 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tues, Nov 27    
High School Faculty Meeting 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed, Nov 28     
Campus Tour
Visit Grades 3, 5, 7 & HS
8:30 am - 10:30 am

Eurythmy for Parents and Friends 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Boys HS Basketball vs. Camelot @ JCC
1937 West Cornwallis Rd., Durham 4:00 pm

1st Grade Parent Evening 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

School Staff


Steve Bennett x 11
Director of Administration

Tara Furze x 12
Finance Director

Barbara Holloway
Marketing Director

Ian Ostrowski x29
Facilities Manager

Raelee Peirce x14
Admissions Director

Therisa Pienaar x20
High School Coordinator

Kelley Wiley x13
Communications Director

School Hours

N/K       8:30am-12:30pm
1st-5th  8:30am-3:15pm
6th-8th  8:15am-3:15pm
HS        8:10am-3:15pm

Aftercare N/K    until 3pm
Aftercare 1st +  until 6pm
Office Hours     8am-4pm

Don't Forget!

Tuesday Markets

Zari Weeding Brocolli Patch 3
Tuesday Markets run from 8:00 - 8:45 am and
3:00 - 3:30 pm

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