Friday, October 12, 2012

Announcements: Week of October 12, 2012

- A Note from the Board 
Thanks to all the parents who filled the kindergarden room on October 3 for our first community meeting of the school year. It was the most packed meeting we've ever had and the energy in the room was palpable and good as we shared the state of the school, got you all to sign up for committees, and answered questions. As a board, we feel really good about where we're at coming into this year and look forward to growing parent involvement and improving all of our communication back and forth. Thanks as well to those of you who we've been able to chat with in the past two weeks. Your enthusiasiam for the meeting, as well as your suggestions for making it even better we're really helpful and appreciated.


-Parent Lecture
Monday, October 15th at 7:00PM
"Truth, Beauty, and Goodness: Building an Environment for the Young Child"Please join us in an evening of discussion and exploration as we look into how these concepts affect our daily lives and the environment of our young children. We will also look into how to support our individual journeys and these life questions. Parent lectures are open to everyone, invite your friends! Facilitator: Lisa Bono.

-Parent Study

Wednesday, October 17th at 9:00AM

-Upcoming Admissions Events & Volunteer Opportunities

Open House: Thursday, October 18 7:00-8:30PM 
The Open House is for parents only and is a time to tour our classrooms, meet our teachers and participate in an in depth discussion about our programs and Waldorf early childhood education. Parent Volunteers are so helpful at these events. Please let me know if you would like to help at one of our upcoming events. Contact:
For more information on each event and how you can get involved, see the blog post,

-Upcoming Events at Nearby Waldorf Schools
Saturday, October 20
The Green Meadow Waldorf School and Waldorf School of Garden City will both be hosting their Fall Fairs on Saturday, October 20th in Garden City NY (Nassau County) and Chestnut Ridge, NY (Rockland County). For more information on each event, see the blog post,

-Garden Updates & Events

There will be a meeting in the Parent Lounge on Wednesday, October 17 at 11AM. The Annual Clothing Re-sale Week to benefit the garden will take place on Monday, October 22 through Friday, October 26 in the Parent's Lounge. Collection of gently used items will begin Wednesday, October 17. Also planned is a Family Garden Workday followed by a BYO Picnic in the meadow on Saturday, October 27th. Be sure to check the blog for the latest in garden updates and further information about these events.

-Holy Mama/Holy Papa
Beginning Wednesday, October 31
For more information on joining this group that supports, honors and inspires the inner life of mothers and fathers, see the blog post,

-Save the Date: Lantern Walk

Friday, November 9th 
We will celebrate our first festival of the school year. Join us in the Garden for this year's Lantern Walk.

-Weekly Article: A Video on Media and the Young Child by The Marin Waldorf School

For our community here at New Amsterdam, it can be helpful to look at how other Waldorf schools approach the topic of media in their schools and communities. At the Marin Waldorf School they created a video that expresses their perspectives on media exposure during the childhood years. Perhaps it will provide useful context for our ongoing conversation around media and the effects it has on children. See the article and video on the blog, 

-For Last Week's Announcements