Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Parent Lecture Monday, November 18th 7-8:30 PM

Celebrating the Holidays with Young Children

Please join us as we discuss how we build a relationship to the Holidays and other Festivals.

Topics and questions we will consider include the following:
  • The importance of festivals and how we can use them to enrich our children's lives.
  • What is appropriate for the young child?
  • How can we find our own resonance and meaning for the festivals?
  • How can we establish our own family's traditions and rituals?
Speaker:  Louise de Forest spent many years as a Waldorf kindergarten teacher in Vermont and New York and as an Early Childhood Pedagogical Director at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan.  She now works as a freelance Educational Consultant, travelling extensively throughout the United States and the world.  She trains teachers, mentors, evaluates and speaks.  The happy mother of four grown children she enjoys her home in western Massachusetts when she is not travelling.

Monday, November 18th from 7-8:30 PM
1 Avenue B (at Houston Street)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Upcoming events and announcements for November 5 through November 11, 2013

School is closed Monday November 11th
for a Veteran's Day
We hope everyone enjoys a
wonderful weekend.

Holiday Auction on the Home Stretch

Thank you ALL for your efforts so far.

We’re officially in our final week of soliciting donations, so whatever requests you may have made, or fabulous ideas you’ve had, NOW is the time to follow up, beg, cajole to get things confirmed.

We have wonderful things turning up daily.  Just in – a fabulous opportunity to own an Eli Wilner handcrafted picture frame, a couple of sessions with the extraordinary “Holy Mama”  Jerilyn Brownstein, a special date night dinner at Sant Ambroeus, four tickets to the hugely popular Cheese 101 class at Murray’s Cheese and $100 to spend at Union Market.  We can’t wait to start bidding!

And please mark your calendars for the launch party at VON – Wednesday November 20th, 6 – 8pm, generously sponsored by our families from Von and Murray’s Cheese with complimentary drinks and food.  It’s a great opportunity to get the community together and it’s always a fun evening.

Questions?  Call or email:
We can email letters and donation forms too.  Donations due (ideally) by November 8th.

Grade School & Pre School Open House Thursday, November 14th

Learn more about our Waldorf inspired pre-school and grade school curriculum and how it meets the needs of the developing child.  During the evening we will tour our classrooms, meet our teachers and participate in an in depth discussion about our programs.
RSVP required.  Parents only please.

Lantern Walk this Friday, November 8th

Friday, November 8th
4:30-5:30 PM
El Jardin del Paraiso Community Garden (enter on E. 4th Street btwn Aves C & D)

The lantern walk at New Amsterdam is a celebration taking place halfway between the fall equinox and the winter solstice.

As the sunlight dwindles and night lengthens we gather as a community, outdoors at sunset, to share warm cider and then together find a pathway through the darkness.  We sing traditional lantern songs and are guided by the light of lanterns which the children have helped to make at school and which they carry to illuminate the way. The festival ends quietly as the children receive a small gift from the teachers and a magical experience to carry home and into sleep.