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September 5, 2012
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Governance 2

The Results Are In!

BTSThank you to the 44 parents, faculty, and staff who responded to our Feedback Survey regarding our 1st Annual Back to School Night!

We had a great turnout for our 1st all-school, parent-only event.  Just FYI: This event did not replace a Back-to-School Picnic.  The picnic is sponsored by the PO and you can see more about that in the next text box below.

It was wonderful to hear that the majority of those who attended thoroughly enjoyed the evening.  We received some fantastic ideas to make next year's event even better.  Here are a few of the suggestions...
  • Change to a Friday night or Saturday afternoon
  • Provide childcare
  • Make sure sound system is loud enough
  • Provide lighting if event is held in the evening
  • Give new parents a 30-minute orientation prior to the event and provide them with color-coded name tags so everyone knows who is new, so that they can be warmly welcomed
  • Introduce all of the faculty and staff
  • Provide handouts about Resource Fair and Curriculum Overview before program
Want to read more about the suggestions and kudos? Check out the Feedback Summary.

Parent Organization Kick-Off!!

EWS Parents 2Meeting: 
September 12, 2012
at 7pm in the Eurythmy Room

Be the Change You Want to See at EWS...

The Parent Organization is an important part of a healthy,
inclusive, and vital school and provides a forum for parent ideas, concerns, and participation. The EWS PO gives parents a chance to support the school and is the bedrock of a vibrant community.

This first meeting’s purpose will be to establish the PO’s mission and to begin the development of community goals and committees.

Is your class represented?  Ask the parents of your class if 1-2 parents are willing to attend to report back to your class.  All parents are encouraged to attend, but the goal is to ensure every class is represented.

The 2012-2013 Parent Organization is seeking coordinators and volunteers for the following committees...

The Heads Committee serves in the leadership role of the Parent 110_80_KJP_Portrait_for_social_sustain 3Organization (PO), acting as a resource and as a conduit for information to and from the school leadership to the parent body as a whole. This branch also organizes groups and events to support parent education about our school, Waldorf education, and our community.  In the past, this group has sponsored author, Kim John Payne, Waldorf 101, a Nutrition Series, and, back in the day, they had an outstanding workshop calendar for the greater community - check this out!

The Hearts Committee works to nourish and bring families togetherDSC03529 3 with food, socials, and support – helping to nurture a culture of mindfulness in which all feel welcomed and appreciated. These efforts are realized through activities such as family game nights, the back-to-school picnic, meals for community members in need during an illness, death, or birth, new parent events like open houses, the coffee table baked goods...  These are folks who love to take care of others and have plenty of TLC to share.

The Hands Committee contributes direct physical outreach to our DSC_0589 4school, from labor and handwork to gardening, and site beautification. This active group supports the healthy functioning of our vibrant community.  Out of this group, the Annual Winter Faire and the Annual Gala are born!  These are events our community loves.  With more volunteers, they become events that are do-able, fun, and more amazing year after year.

Members choose their niche – choose one activity, event, or project to put your heart and soul into this year.  Any amount of time is appreciated!

Membership and Leadership:

Coordinator Term – One year (May through May).  Since last year's hiccup in the PO structure, we have been striving to get our parents back to creating the beautiful traditions we all so dearly love.  Currently, there are only a handful of active members despite every parent being a member of the PO.  It is our goal to have at least 1-2 class representatives attending PO meetings and helping to recruit volunteers for different endeavors. Let's make 2012-2013 an amazing year for our community!  Doing what WE want the way WE want to do it...please join us next Wednesday.

Winter Faire Brainstorming Gathering!

DSC_0063 2Have ideas about Winter Faire 2012?  Can't commit to a lot of work but want to brainstorm with others and help with forming the vision of this year's Faire?  Interested in a specific activity or role for the Faire?

Join us for a brainstorming, fun and non-commital gathering on Wednesdday, September 12, 2012 at 3:30pm in the kindergarten playground.  Bring the kids to play while we chat!



After School Activities

Jazz Band Practice This Week!

jazzband Contact: Anyone interested in after-school Jazz Band should contact Erich Lieth (, 919.270.3440).

Practices: The Middle School band (grades 6-8) will rehearse on Thursdays at 3:30 and the High School band (grades 9-12) at 4:30.

Performances: Rehearsals begin September 6. Both bands will perform for a number of events throughout the year, beginning with Carrboro Music Festival on September 30. The band is open to a variety of instruments.

Eric Leith

Jazz Band Director

String Band Started This Week!

Emerson Waldorf string bandAbout: The EWS after school string band had a year's hiatus last year but will begin again in September!  Traditional "Old Time" string band music is a longstanding tradition in North Carolina.  It is an American style with roots in Europe and west Africa.  Our ensemble invites children into that world by giving them the chance to play traditional tunes in an ensemble setting.  We will mainly focus on what are referred to as "fiddle tunes".

Who Can Join: This ensemble is open to all who are confident players.  To participate, melody instrumentalists (violin, mandolin) should be able to read notation and/or play well by ear.  Rhythm instrumentalists (guitar, banjo) should have a good knowledge of chords and be able to change quickly and smoothly.  Cello/bass players should be ready to play a lot of pizzicato.

Our main goal will be to enjoy playing together.  Students should be ready to practice tunes at home so that our after school sessions can be for working on our ensemble sound and simply enjoying the music-making together.  I will give the students resources such as sheet music and access to recordings so that they can come more or less prepared.  Past ensembles have performed for our school community and have made CD recordings.

Practices: The ensemble will meet on Tuesdays from 3:30 - 4:30.  We will have a six week session that begins Tuesday, September 4 and ends the Tuesday before fall break.  The fee for participation is $60 per child for the six weeks.  We can handle a minimum of six and a maximum of ten participants.  If your child is interested, please let me know.

Jason Child

Music Director

School Community Events

Michaelmas Celebration Coming Up

DSC03507Our community, along with Waldorf schools the world over, will celebrate Michaelmas on the afternoon of Friday, September 28, 2012 on the athletic field. Students in grades 1-8 are to wear flame colored shirts - yellow, red, or orange. High School students to wear white. The Early Childhood will celebrate in the morning in class.  More details will be shared in the next 3 Emersonians about this amazing festival!  

Rudolf Steiner Reading Group

steiner 5We are a small group of parents interested in learning about what Steiner had to say about… well, everything. 

Steiner thought that there were spiritual powers behind the forces of nature, and he spent his life working toward the enlightenment of humanity.  As we grow, we move from self-perception to observing the outer world of soul and spirit.  Steiner refers to this as a path from self-knowledge to world-knowledge, compassion, and love.  This is powerful.  If you are interested in learning more, please join us for our reading group.  We are beginning to read From Beetroot to Buddhism, which is a compilation of lectures Steiner gave to  the workers at the Waldorf Company in 1923. 

Email for more information. We have been meeting at Ingeborg Boesch’s house at 9 on Monday mornings after drop-off.  

Eurythmy for Parents and Friends

ews1067KPOEurythmy classes will start up again Wednesday, September 12.

We hope we will be joined by many new parents.  No prior experience is necessary. 

Classes are from 8:30 am - 10:00 am Wednesdays.  Come and enjoy!

"Movement in Tune with the
Rhythms of Life"

Sept.  12, 19, 26,
Oct.    10, 24, 31,
Nov.     7, 14, 28,
Dec.     5, 12

Cost:  $110 (can be paid in installments and benefits the Eurythmy program for students at EWS).

For more information call Eve Olive at 919-489-2564.

Healing Arts with Dr. Rentea

Attend the Friday Night Lecture with Dr. Rentea...Dr Rentea 4

Friday, September 7, 7-9pm
Advances in Anthroposophical Medicine

Please view the flyer for all of the details and cost.

School Information

Did You Know?  EWS School Library...

Dear Parents,

books 3The EWS Library for students and parents is spread among all the classrooms and the Office.

Books may be borrowed for a period of 3 weeks, after which we ask that they be returned.  Books taken from classrooms should be returned to the book return bins in the classroom from which they were borrowed.  Books from the office may be placed in the Library Box in the Office.

PLEASE NOTE:  If books are not returned after three weeks, parents will receive an email notice asking that the book(s) be turned promptly.  This notice will include the cost of replacing the book.  If a book is not returned after the second notice, the cost of replacing the book(s) will be charged to a family’s TADS account.  Please help us keep the library current by borrowing responsibly.

Many thanks for you help,

Dee Anne Lamb and Nancy Trueblood
EWS Volunteer Librarians


Celebrating Michaelmas

St Michaelmas 2012Observing seasonal turning points is one way our school establishes a yearly rhythm for the children. This also serves to remind us of the universal connection to the natural world we all share, even with our diverse cultural and spiritual traditions. All over the world, the festivals of the year are celebrated as conscious nourishment for the soul. At the Emerson Waldorf School we strive to celebrate the festivals with beauty and reverence, evoking the mood of each event through art, music, stories, poems and songs. Each year the rich Waldorf curriculum offers opportunities for children to celebrate different festivals from around the world.  Michaelmas, the Feast of Michael, is a festival that we celebrate yearly as a school community.

Through the ages, Michael has been a companion to human kind. He is known biblically as "the Countenance of God" and the guardian of the Hebrew nation; it is said that he appeared to Mohammed during his life.  In Eastern Europe and England, Saint George is known as the representation of Saint Michael here on Earth.

As summer fades into autumn’s chills, the earth exchanges the blazing rays of sun for leaves aglow, like embers hissing and crackling as the fire burns down. Darkness and coldness draw nigh, and we retreat to our hearths, to our vibrant inner life.  We start to wear protective clothing to guard against the chills, as though nature itself has become hostile. If we experience the seasons in nature so clearly, might we imagine also the seasons of the soul, or inner life, of each living human being? Within ourselves we also experience light and warmth, darkness and cold with all the accompanying ranges of color and degrees of temperature. These qualities might be considered "moods of the soul." We can think of the light/warmth quality as open, expansive and sympathetic and the cold/darkness as hardening, contractive and antipathetic, much like the difference between courage and fear. One could imagine this season as an inner re-enactment of the battle of Michael and the dragon, or "the facing of the darkness." Most of us have a sense of "the dragon" in our times. Symbolically, for each of us, it tends to represent our worst possible fear, real or imagined. It lives within each of us.     

During this season, we are called to look at this image of the dragon ... alone. Saint George, with the help of the Archangel Michael, tames the dragon and leads it towards the service of humankind. The living experience of the ancient legend can be summarized as pure, simple, honest belief in the triumph of The Good.  

FarmNews 3

Join Us At the Farm!

Welcome GnomeThere's a whole lot happening at Emerson Farm.  For weekly updates with pictures, come check out

If you would like to get involved, come join us every Tuesday morning from 8:30 to 10:30.  Young children are always welcome.  Volunteers are entitled to 3 "garden dollars" each time they come, for use at the weekly Tuesday Markets.

Tuesday Markets run from 7:45am to 8:45am and 2:45pm to 3:45pm every Tuesday.  Reminder email announcements with available vegetables every Monday. 

HighSchoolNews 3

High School Parent Evening Tonight!Whole HS 3
All parents of 9th-12th graders, join us for the high school parenting evening Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 7-9pm.  Tonight we will gather together for introductions of new and returning faculty. Parents will receive a "picture" of the year from their class sponsors.  The high school faculty are looking forward to connecting with you and hope parents will make every effort to attend.

GradesNews 2

A Moment of Crafting

Gr 4 Girls Handwork Outside

ECNews 2

Donate Your Children's Books for Nap

booksnapWe are looking for donations of any children’s books that can be used for our Nap Program up in the Early Childhood. Please bring your donations to the Lower School Office with a note that specifies it is for the Nap Program, and we will give them to Radha McNamara.  If you have any questions about what kind of books are needed, please contact Radha directly at . 

Thank you. – Radha McNamara

Sports 2

Sports This Week

soccer1Wednesday Sept. 5
Soccer:  Scrimmage at Home vs. Triangle Collaborative School 4:00
EWS Players should be on the field ready to warm up by 3:30.
MS Cross Country Meet at Durham Academy.
4:00 Walk Through and 4:30 start
Bus leaves at 3:30
Thursday Sept 6
No sports
Friday Sept 7
Co-ed  Soccer practice 3:30-5:00
HS cross country 3:25-5:00
MS cross country 3:25-5:00

Classifieds 2

Events and Classes

Carrboro Century Center
Free and Open to the Public
Saturday Evening, September 8th, 7 - 9 PM
Concert Pianist: Kara Choi
for more information:

Family Yoga at Hillsborough Yoga
9am Saturday, September 8th. Come to this special yoga class for parents with children! Children 2 years and up to 7 are welcome to come to our Parent and Child Yoga class (older siblings welcome). Children are FREE when accompanied by their parent or guardian. More information at our website or call us at 919-732-3051.

Painting Exhibition!  Tessa Guze, who attended EWS grades K through 5th, has a show, Beginner's Mind: Painting with an Open Heart, on display at the Durham Arts Council through September 7th,  Tessa is currently in South Korea teaching English.  Her parents. Jon and Karen, mounted the show for her.   Hope you can join me in celebrating her success!  (Joanne Dahill) 

Free Yoga Week Sept. 11 -15th.
Join EWS parents, Sommer and Paul Sobin for a week of Free Yoga at Carrboro Yoga. for full schedule of day and evening classes. Align, open, strengthen, connect body-mind-and heart. Learn more at

"Rudolf Steiner's Mystery Dramas: The Wildest Dramas Ever Written" Lecture is Friday, 9/28 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., followed by a workshop on Saturday, 9/29, from 9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m.  The lecture and workshop content will be basically the same. On Sat., we will read a few scenes from the first two plays and discuss – workshop/seminar style – and I will tell a bit of the story in-between and perhaps what happens later. We will follow the thread of Johannes and Maria and only briefly mention Strader and Capesius, Felix and Felicia. I will introduce all the major characters in the introductory lecture on Fri. night, where I will leave plenty of space for questions.

For Sale

Children's Violin for sale - used and in great condition. Call Kelly Calegar: 919-361-0691


A Blissful Back to School Special!
Treat Yourself to a Head, Neck & Facial Massage-just $45. Relieve Tension, Release Stress, Relax & Rejuvenate. Drop off your children and drop into the Stone and Spa Home Studio just down the road off Mt. Sinai.  For Appointments w) Shoshanna book online 703.307.1523 
Sign up for the Stone & Spa newsletter to receive monthly bodywork specials!

Are you deficient in Vitamin D?
"Vitamin D Is possibly the most important thing you can do to improve your health and save yourself from many chronic diseases" -David Servan-Schreiber, M.D.,Ph.D
Take the Vitamin D Quiz at
(Joanne Estes, 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)

Composted Cow Manure For Sale
4 Cuyds, $125, delivery beyond 10 miles of Calvander extra. 968-1123

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.

Dragonfly Natural Toy and Craft Store 
Register for our Saturday, 9/8 workshop - Block Crayon Drawing with Ameli Fairman-Evans 2-3:30pm $25.  Like us on Facebook or visit our website for more information.  Call Charlotte or Danielle with questions at 919.265.9734.
(EWS parents Charlotte Schnetler and Danielle Tanzer).

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 (337) 230-6100    General pediatrics & pediatric infectious disease consults Dani Mouawad (337) 230-5100. General Pediatrics & Integrative Medicine. (Rula and Dani Freiji-Mouawad)

NICK'S PLUMBING AND MORE offers residential plumbing, electrical, carpentry, and welding solutions for those jobs you can't do. Large and small jobs accepted.   Nick has been an EWS parent for 12 years and a skilled handyman since 1980. Free estimates and fair fees. Call Nick at 336-684-7407. (Nick Schneider)

PIANO LESSONS EWS choral/eurythmy accompanist and former EWS parent, Beth Shirey, has openings in her piano studio.  Children, teens and adults are all welcome.  Please call 919-969-9545 or email for more information.

We have your back to school essentials such as re-usable food containers, water bottles, lunch bags, art supplies and other kids gear – all carefully selected to be well designed, safe, BPA Free, non leaching and responsibly produced.  We help make the “green” choice simple and easy.  We hope to see you soon!
Please see the attached link  to print out your coupon for a FREE gift (Colored eco pencil set or jumbo beeswax crayon set) and an extra 25% OFF any regular priced item!
You are not required to present a coupon – all you need to do is mention Emerson Waldorf School when you shop at TWIG.  Please see Kelley Wiley in the lower school office or email if you do not have a printer and would like me to print it out for you.


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.

Room to Rent? 
Miss Radha is looking for a room to rent asap. This is her 4th year working at EWS. She is sweet, talented, and easy to get along with. Contact her at

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 for 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 any 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

In This Issue


Farm News
High School News
Grades News
EC News

School Staff
Steve Bennet 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

Dates to Remember

5th 7pm HS Parent Evening
6th Jazz Band Practice 430
7th Friday Lecture 7pm
8th 12th Gr Maine Trip!
10th Winter Faire Meeting
11th 8th Gr  Parent Eve
12th PO Meeting 7pm
13th 3rd Gr Parent Eve
13th 7th Gr Parent Eve

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