Friday, April 19, 2013

Save the Date: Spring Fair 2013

Saturday, May 18th
9:30 am till 3 pm
Dear Families,
The sun is warm and when it hides the showers of rain fall upon us. Spring has come! This, of course, implies many changes for the children at our school: long stretches in the garden, late afternoons at the park, stomping in puddles, watching the bulbs in our window boxes starting to sprout, wondering aloud each morning, What color dresses have these root babies made for themselves? When will they grow? When will all the little buds dotting the tree branches uncurl their green?
It also means that the New Amsterdam Spring Fair is just around the corner!

What we've been up to:
The craft cooperative, the garden committee and the development committee and the teachers and staff have been hard at work creating, planning, plotting, crafting, felting, sewing, knitting, ordering supplies, organizing, building, moving, planting, etc. for this event. We are so excited by the budding of so many wonderful ideas and by the unfolding of so many beautiful items that the children will find at the event, and the items that will be available for sale at our first ever spring fair market!
How you can help:
The organization this year will be slightly different than it has been in years past. This year, each class will be assigned a “shift” to work the day of the event. Your class rep. will be instrumental in guiding you through this. In addition to this class work, there will be ample opportunity for additional volunteering, i.e.: baking, cooking, purchasing, setting up, cleaning up. Sign-Up boards will be posted in the foyer next week and if you have time to help out in addition to the requested 1½ hour time slot per family (keep in mind, this “shift” can be fulfilled by either parent or, if you choose, you may ask a babysitter or friend to fulfill the duty), please sign up! Whatever additional help you can offer will be tremendously appreciated.
Call for crafters:
If anybody feels inspired to try their hands at crafting, the craft cooperative will be meeting Thursdays 10-12, and most Tuesdays 9:30-11:30 (including next Tues, 4/23, check back for additional Tuesday dates). We would be delighted to have you. All are welcome!!! Come try a new thing, take home supplies, bring back wonders…
Remember, the spring fair is an event that the parents put on in honor of our children and our school. It is our chance to give back to the school, to offer a special thank you to our
 community: the children, the teachers, the staff, the board, the founders and one another. It is our showing of gratitude. Springtime always reminds me how much I have to be grateful for.