Monday, December 15, 2014

Thank You for Helping to Make the Holiday Auction a Success!

Thank you for Your Support!

We are grateful for everyone's efforts in putting together another successful Holiday Auction. Together with the launch party at VON Bar we raised $21,400 for our school. So much generosity and giving went into this: families who donated items, solicited items, bid and outbid, gave their time in preparing, running, and closing out the auction. Proceeds will be used to support our school's operating expenses, provide tuition assistance and offer our teachers continued training and education.

We are processing all of the orders and preparing to distribute auction items to winning bidders this week. 

Hugs and thank you to all!

Monday, December 8, 2014

New Amsterdam Partners with Doma Na Rohu Dec 15-22

New Amsterdam is partnering with Parent-Owned restaurant  Doma Na Rohu for a week long fundraising event. Buy a voucher at school. Enjoy Doma's delicious food at discount and a portion of the proceeds will go to New Amsterdam! (more details below)

 December 15th - December 22nd

27 Morton Street, NYC
(at Seventh Avenue South)

Thank you to Evelyn and Michael Polesny for this generous support!

The deal — Buy an adult brunch ticket for $10 or a child brunch ticket for $6 at New Amsterdam any time during drop off or pick-up. You will receive a Doma/NewAm Week voucher.

THEN -- Bring your voucher to Doma during New Amsterdam Week and you'll pay just $10 for a full brunch.  That includes  brunch entrée, coffee/tea/cappucino and an orange juice or mimosa!  (Normally about $23.)  Kids get a $6 brunch from our kids menu with a hot chocolate or OJ or apple cider.  

Want to come for dinner?  Buy an adult dinner ticket for $12 or a kid's ticket for $10.

Adults get an appetizer, an entrée with two sides, a drink of your choice (wine, beer or n/a drink) and a dessert for $20 (normally about $45).  Kids get a kids' dinner with drink and a kids' dessert.

You can buy tickets for friends and family to use that week too.  All the voucher revenue goes directly to New Amsterdam!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Winter Fair at Brooklyn Waldorf School December 6th 11am-5pm

This Saturday, December 6th, 11am-6pm, the Brooklyn Waldorf School presents their annual Winter Fair. It is an all day event, so you may have time to join them before or after the Spiral of Light Festival at New Amsterdam. With a Puppet Show, Winter Crafts, Children's Games, Holiday Gift Shop, and Petting Zoo, the Brooklyn Waldorf Winter Fair is a fun way to welcome the holiday season.

Holiday Festival at The Fellowship Community ~ Green Meadow

A joyful holiday event for all, the Fellowship community is offering a holiday festival and holiday gift sale this Weekend, 
Friday afternoon 2pm-7pm , 
Saturday 10am-7pm
Sunday 10am-3pm

New this year: a holiday puppet show performed by the Fellowship Community Puppeteers. 
Admission is Free!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Parent Lecture with Lisa Romero

Finding Healthy Community In A Waldorf School
Our children. Our world. Ourselves.

An Open Lecture with Lisa Romero

Wednesday, December 17th 
Location: 62 Avenue B
Time: 7:00pm
Donations at the door gratefully accepted

LISA ROMERO is a complementary health practitioner and adult educator who has applied anthroposophy to her practice since 1990 and delivered education enriched with anthroposophy since 1998. Since 2006 the primary focus of her work has been teaching inner development and anthroposophical meditation and has written a book “The Inner Work Path – A Foundation for Meditative Practice in the Light of Anthroposophy”.
Lisa lectures and presents workshops and retreats on the inner work and anthroposophical meditation for professional and personal development. These are offered throughout the year in many communities within Australia, Asia and the United States. Lisa’s capacity to deliver esoteric wisdom with insight and understanding allows her to meet diverse needs of communities and professions.
For several years Lisa was the lecturer for Health and Nutrition and Male/Female Studies at Sydney Rudolf Steiner College (Parsifal College) where she now continues to lecture the tutors on inner development. She also designed and facilitated the Educaredo Towards Health and Healing course. This training ran eight, year-long courses working with therapists from all modalities as well as Waldorf teachers to bring the practical application of therapeutic and pedagogical methods. She continues to teach in numerous trainings and seminars for several organizations.

Essentially Lisa’s work springs from the inner work, meditation and exercises together, with a dedication to the path of unfolding consciousness. She brings a depth of insight that is reflected in the experiences and changes of the participants who share in this work.

Spiral of Light, Saturday Dec 6th, at 62 Avenue B

Spiral of Light on Saturday December 6th.

Please join us for this quiet and reverent festival wherein the children are invited to walk a candlelit spiral with calm footsteps, to share their light with others, and honor the season...


10:00am Parent and Child Program : Parents are invited to walk the spiral (parents only please)

10:30-11:30am Bridge : Puppet show, tea and play while parents walk the spiral

11:30am - 12:30pm 3 Day Nursery : Puppet show, tea and play while parents walk the spiral

3pm Kindergarten (Miss Patricia and Miss Abbe) : Puppet show and children walk the spiral
4pm Kindergarten (Miss Morgan and Miss Anna) : Puppet show and children walk the spiral

4pm First Grade : Puppet show and children walk the spiral

5pm Apple Village : Puppet show and children walk the spiral

Thank You For Coming to the Plant Dye Cafe Last Saturday!

We want to thank everyone who joined us for "Plant Dye Cafe: Star Silk Veil with Beeswax Batik Printing and Indigo Plant Dye." We had a wonderful time, learned new skills, and helped raise funds for our school!

We hope to see you at the next Plant Dye Cafe Workshops: Friday Dec 5th and Friday Dec 12th!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Our Holiday Auction is Open! Let the Bidding Begin!

 Our Holiday Auction is Open! Let the Bidding Begin!

Every year our school parents create this incredible auction to benefit school programs. We are grateful for everyone's unfailing support. We could not have made this happen without each and everyone of you.

And now it is time to start bidding!

You will be sure to find a holiday gift for everyone on your list: Handmade toys? Check. Beautifully crafted accessories and apparel? We've got 'em! A weekend getaway for you and your family in the Hamptons or Upstate? A family friendly getaway in Palm Springs? Yes and yes. Fulfill all your holiday shopping needs, and give a little something back. And be sure to include a gift (or two) for yourself.

The Holiday Auction is open to all. Please check it out online:
and pass the link on to your family and friends. 

With Deep Gratitude,

The New Amsterdam Holiday Auction Committee

Monday, November 17, 2014

Upcoming Plant Dye Cafe Tutorials

Dear Families,

Please join teacher Kaori Fuller for Our Upcoming Plant Dye Cafe Tutorials!

Friday December 5th, 9-12 at 62 Ave B

"Plant Dye Scarfs, Landscape of Colors - Plant Dye Printing"

We will gather leafs, herbs, vegetables, place them directory onto the silk and create a landscape.  Please bring some flowers, vegetables, herbs or leafs for this project.

Price $75 includes materials: a silk scarf & all dye materials
$50 for New Amsterdam Parents!

Friday December 12th, 9-12 at 62 Ave B

"Plant Dye Scarfs, Landscape of Colors - Plant Dye Printing"

We will gather leafs, herbs, vegetables. Place them directory onto the silk and create a landscape. Please bring some flowers, vegetables, herbs or leafs for this project.

$75 includes materials: a silk scarf & all dye material
$50 for NA parents!!

All proceeds will benefit New Amsterdam School

We hope you will join us!

Past Tutorials

Saturday, 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm at 62 Ave B

"Star Silk Tutorial, Beeswax Batik and Indigo"

We are walking into the season of the darkness, and because of the darkness we are able to see the stars. This Plant Dye Cafe tutorial will combine beeswax indigo printing and indigo plant dyeing to create your own Star Silk

Please sign up at the front desk, or email Kaori at

Price $150 includes all materials (1 veil or two play silks)
Limit 10 participants: adults and children over the age of 6 only for this session please.

Fall Fair at the Steiner School ~ Saturday, November 22nd, 10am - 4pm

Take a trip Uptown to the Steiner School for their magnificent Fall Fair!
This Saturday, November 22nd, 10am-4pm

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

~Lantern Walk~ Friday, November 14th, 4:15pm at Tompkins Park

Please join us Friday evening at 4:15 pm in Tompkins Square Park for our

Lantern Walk 

Join the families of our school community for this enchanting festival, in which we honor the change of seasons. We will enjoy an evening of song, warm cider and glimmering light as we walk in procession, carrying our lanterns to guide the way.

This event will take place in Tompkins Sq. Park. We will meet under the big tree on the south side of the park, near the 7th Street entrance.

We hope to see you there!

Faculty and Staff of New Amsterdam School

Monday, November 10, 2014

Semi-Annual Clothing Re-Sale Event to Benefit Our Garden, Nov 17-21 @ 1 Ave B

 The New Amsterdam SchoolnSemi-Annual Clothing Resale Event
November 17th - November 21st
1 Avenue B

Dear Parents,

Please donate your children’s outgrown clothing to raise funds for our garden supplies & family programs. 

Please bring in your clean, carefully chosen pieces of high quality, gently worn children's clothing for our eco-friendly, clothing sale fundraiser. We hope that every family will try and contribute.

Your hand selected contributions may be dropped off at the front desk at 1 Avenue B starting now!!!

Please try to make sure all donated items are in Great condition:
-free of stains--no rips or tears! 
-with working closures & zippers 
-all tags with ages clearly marked 
-and Neatly folded 

Please only donate items that you yourself would gladly purchase !!! 
Whether donating or shopping, please think of our seasonal event as a lovely children’s pop up shop, not a bargain flea market or yard sale!! 

Once the clothing shop has opened, we ask that parents personally place any new clothing donations directly into  their most age appropriate place on the shelf.

1. Donate generously now and throughout!
2.  Browse & Shop Daily for your children and their friends

Most items have a suggested donation/price of $5 per piece or as close as you see fit… Payments can be placed in the cash box on the honor system.

Our fundraiser is conceived with a system that will benefit all, especially Mother Earth 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Experience Our Growing School, Upcoming Admissions Events at New Amsterdam

Experience Our Growing School!

Join Us for an Upcoming Open House or Sample Session
Whether interested in joining our programs this year, or looking ahead to next, our upcoming Open Houses and Sample Sessions provide a variety of ways and dates to come together and experience our growing New Amsterdam School.
Open Houses: A parent-only evening featuring an in-depth discussion about our programs, Waldorf education, and our unique approach to child development. Held at our Grade School, 62 Avenue B (between 4th and 5th Streets)

Stay tuned for our fall Open House information


Sample Sessions: A whole-family event where children enjoy participating in an age-appropriate class while parents observe. The Sample Sessions are held at our Early Childhood building, 1 Avenue B (at Houston Street).
  • Saturday, October 24, 10-11:30am

Rolling Admissions means we are now enrolling for Parent and Child, Nursery, Kindergarten, and First Grade for the current academic year. We are also enrolling for these programs plus Second Grade for the 2015-2016 academic year. Please join us at one of our upcoming fall Admissions Events or contact us to learn more about our programs.

To schedule a tour of our school, or to talk to someone about about the right program for your child, please contact our Admissions Director, Cherish Pratt:
Tel.  212-533-1820
We are looking forward to sharing our programs with you!

Garden Saturdays @ El Jardin del Paraiso, Saturdays 10am-noon Until it Gets Too Cold!

"Bring your gloves, bring your kids to El Jardin del Paraiso, Saturdays from 10am - noon starting next Saturday, November 8th until it gets cold!" 

Saturday in the Garden events will be an opportunity for families and friends to gather, relax and maybe do a little gardening. It's getting cold fast but we may yet have a few chances to work in the garden before the winter is here.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Lecture: An Evening with Michael D'Aleo at the Steiner School Monday November 3 @7pm

Intuition: What We Can Think If We Don't Remember

Please join Michael D'Aleo, co-founder of the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs and Saratoga Experiential Natural Science Research Institute (SENSRI), for a conversation on the true insight and understanding of intuition.

Rudolf Steiner School, NYC, New York, Steiner, school, Waldorf, science, high school, middle school, intuition, michael d'aleo, remember, memory, community, education

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Conversation with Jon McAlice, Wednesday, October 22nd, 2-3pm

Please join Jon for a conversation about the Waldorf School movement and emerging governance structures. Jon will join us again in the coming months if you cannot make tomorrow's last minute meeting. We will meet informally tomorrow at 1 Avenue B, 2-3pm. 

Jon is the author of the book, Engaged Community: The Challenge of Self-governance in Waldorf Schools

'All education is self-education and, as teachers, we can only provide the environment for children's self-education… where children can educate themselves according to their own destinies.' -- Rudolf Steiner 

Jon McAlice argues that for teachers to help children 'practice the art of self-education', they must themselves model confident, honest self-governance. He shows how this ideal can come about by teachers, parents and students working together. He addresses issues of trust and colleagiality, authenticity, and self-development, and provides the tools and language that schools will need to make progress in this important area. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween Lantern Walk at Green Meadow Waldorf School

Sponsored By The Threefold Community

Halloween Lantern Walk

Friday, October 31, 5:30-7:30pm

This is an event for children and their families, an enchanted walk through a world of light and darkness, populated by sprites, fairies, kings, queens, and a menagerie of otherworldly beings.
Location: Courtyard of Green Meadow Waldorf School, 307 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY. Parkingat Green Meadow and behind the Hand 'n' Hoe, 241 Hungry Hollow Rd.
Fee: Donations to support Helping Hands and People to People will be gratefully accepted.
Information: Contact Daniel Bieber at

Hawthorne Valley Farm & Art Exhibition at La Mama Galleria

Hawthorne Valley Farm and Art Exhibition
October 29 to November 15, 2014
Wednesday through Sunday, 1:00 to 7:00 pm.

Artists’ Reception

Wednesday, November 5, 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres featuring
Hawthorne Valley Farm products 
provided by The Cleaver Co.

Musical entertainment by Quiet in the Head

La MaMa La Galleria
47 Great Jones Street, New York City
(between Lafayette and Bowery)

to Lauren at 518-672-4465 x 231 or via email:

"Hawthorne Valley Farm and Art is a mixed-media exhibition of works inspired by life on our 400-acre biodynamic farm in rural Columbia County, NY.
Diverse aspects of Hawthorne Valley include: a dairy farm, Waldorf School, artisan foods, public art programs, on-farm education, and social and ecological research initiatives; from photography and sculpture to painting and collage, Hawthorne Valley celebrates the unique environment that is our farm – a place based on genuine human relationships, good food, wonder and love of nature, and continued commitment to self-development and lifelong learning in a social context."

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fall Fair at The Waldorf School of garden City

Garden City, One of our local Waldorf Schools, is holding a Fall Fair this Saturday. A wonderful way to spend the afternoon on their beautiful grounds.

Tea School Days

Shop "Tea" at form October 13th-19th and you can sign up New Amsterdam to receive a portion of the proceeds! It's an easy, fun way to give back! 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Open Play at Our Parent and Child Space

Open Play
19 Clinton Street
New York, NY 10002

We warmly invite you to sign up for Open Play Sessions at our Parent and Child space on Clinton Street, beginning October 20th.
Mondays         1:30pm to 3:00pm
Tuesdays         3:30pm to 5:00pm
Wednesdays   1:30pm to 3:00pm
Fridays           1:30pm to 3:00pm  

2.5 to 7 years old

Important Information:
Each child will need to be accompanied in the play space by a parent or caregiver. The parent or caregiver is responsible for the child's safety throughout the play session. The child's family will need to sign a liability/agreement form, before their child begins his or her first play session with us.  A faculty member will be on site to let you into the space and acquaint you with the room.

Please email to reserve your spot for the open play session. You will receive an email confirmation for your play session, if there is an available spot.

Each play session can have up to 7 children playing in the space.

  1 session    $20 
  5 sessions   $95
10 sessions   $190
20 sessions   $360