Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Holiday Auction Update

Thank you all for your contributions so far … it’s going to be a great auction!

Holiday Auction letters and forms are available in reception, and we’ll be sending you all some more later this week (we can send you an email version too).  We’re hoping that each family can solicit or contribute at least two items, and all donations need to be in by November 8th, so now is the time to be thinking about it!  If you have ideas for donations but no time to ask, then we’d love the details.  Also, we’d love some help with following up leads on the phone or in person, if anyone has time/capacity for that?

For those of you new to the school, the Holiday Auction is one of our key annual fundraising events.  Our fundraising efforts enable us to keep tuition affordable and supports our financial assistance program, as well as facilitating ongoing education and enrichment for our teachers and staff.  The Holiday Auction is also a unique opportunity for the school to reach out to a broader community – to
communicate more about who we are and what we do – as well as offering an opportunity to help us in our efforts.

We welcome participation in the Craft Cooperative as all craft contributions play an essential role in the Holiday Auction, as well as other School Events and the classrooms. The Craft Cooperative is meeting every Friday morning from 9am in the Parent Lounge.  All are welcome – total beginners and experienced crafters alike.

Questions?  Call or email
Jennie on 917 331 9250 (jennie@soulsomefood.com),
Claire on 917-498-4690 szeto@katonahsystems.com,
Barry on 347-387-4401, or
Lynne on 917-697-8830 or lynne.wu@newamsterdamchildhood.org.

Craft Cooperative

Dear families,
Crafting Fridays this fall in the Parent Lounge. All are Welcome!!
The Craft Cooperative is a group of parents, caregivers, staff members and teachers who get together to learn crafting skills, share patterns and techniques, and teach and inspire one another to create! The Craft Cooperative plays an essential role in fostering a hand-made sensibility of our school and craft contributions are important to the Holiday Auction, other School Events and the classrooms.
We will meet formally two Fridays a month throughout the year, and informally on other days. Our first meeting will be Friday September 20th at 9:15 am after drop off in the parent lounge.
This year we will offer a monthly tutorial. We are kicking off this year’s crafting with Essentials of Knitting, taught by one of our own veteran crafters! Claire will begin the first week with ‘Casting On’ and following tutorials will include Knitting, Purling and Casting off. Kaarin will be present as well for back up! Although these tutorials are geared towards complete beginners and advanced beginners, all are welcome, and the level and pace of instruction will be self-adjusting depending on who we are this year.
On Friday Sept 20, we will teach the basics: casting on, knitting and the garter stitch. You will be surprised by how easy it is and by the wonderful things you can make with such simple techniques. 
Later in the year we will have tutorials on:
Sept-Oct: Knitting & knitting the stockinette stitch
Nov: Needle felting
Dec: Hand sewing
Plant-dyeing with Ms. Kaori
Doll making with Clarisse
Other tutorials tbd! And if you have a suggestion or a question, please don't hesitate to contact us!
claire: claire.szeto@gmail.com or kaarin: kaarinvon@gmail.com
Our aim is to inspire a love for craft making and toy making in our community. We also hope to create excellent crafters so we can continue our tradition of making toys for our classrooms, our holiday auction and our spring fair. We also hope to be able to create toys for Waldorf schools in other countries where children do not have funds to buy such beautiful toys.
Please join us and share in the wonderful art of crafting together.

Upcoming Admssions Events

Please share our upcoming events with your friends!

Open House:  An opportunity to see our classrooms, meet our teachers and participate in an in depth discussion about our programs.
  • Thursday, October 10th from 7-8:30 PM
Sample Session:  Parents and their children over the age of two to spend time in one of our classrooms, meet our teachers and learn more about our unique approach to early childhood education.  Sample sessions are limited to six families.
  • Saturday, October 5th from 10-11:30 AM
To attend an event please contact Karen.Talluto@newamsterdamchildhood.org.

If you would like to act as a parent ambassador at an upcoming admissions event please contact me at Karen.Talluto@newamsterdamschool.org.

Holy Mama / Holy Papa Welcome Session

An Introductory Group Session led by Jerylyn Brownstein
Wednesday, September 18th 9:15-11:15 AM
Parent Lounge
What is wisdom?
Wisdom is seeing the whole in the parts,
And in the whole seeing the holy.
--Sufi Teaching
This introductory group session is led by Jerilyn Brownstein, msw, who has been working with parents and their "inner life" for the past fifteen years.
This first group sets the stage for a monthly group of holy mamas and papas interested in growing themselves while they grow their families.
For further information go to: www.jerilynbrownstein.com
What is the sacred wisdom that being a mother/father offers us?
What are the parts? — the parts we can not see, the parts we do not want to see, and the parts that are strong and reflect our deepest essence.
How do we develop the capacities to see and be our whole self, our HOLY self.
FEE: Free
Introductory Group-Free
Monthly Group-Determined by the number of parents committed
A holy mama/papa is aware that parenting is an initiation into wholeness. Meeting, accepting and learning to work with all the parts of our self we meet in being parents – we become healthy, whole, holy.
phone: 845.256.0833 email: sacredmama@aol.com