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September 20, 2019
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2019-20 School Calendar
 
Friday, September 20 - Saturday, September 21:
Grades 3 & 4 Overnight Farm Trip

Sunday, September 22:
YEA! Festival, 2:00pm

Monday, September 23:
Grade 4 Parent Evening, 7:00pm
Ms. Annie's Parent Evening, 7:00pm

Tuesday, September 24:
Grade 6 Parent Evening, 7:00pm

Wednesday, September 25:
Annual Fund Community Coffee & Breakfast Bites, 8:00am
UF Game, 4:15pm
Grade 5 Parent Evening, 7:00pm

Thursday, September 26:
Inman Park Annual Fund Launch Brunch, 8:45am

Friday, September 27:
Michaelmas

Saturday, September 28:
Board and Core Work Session, 9:00am
MLL Round Table, 9:00am

Monday, September 30:
Grade 8 Parent Evening, 7:00pm

Wednesday, October 2:
Coffee Wednesday, 8:00am

Thursday, October 3:
Sun Circle Giving Breakfast, 8:30am

Friday, October 4:
Substitute Teacher Training
Family Game Night & Potluck, 6:00pm

ANNOUNCEMENTS 


FALL MORNING GARDEN 
The fall session of our Morning Garden program will begin in early September. The program will be offered on the Inman Park campus (Jolie Luba, teaching) and on our Decatur campus (Gabriela Muresan, teaching). This program is for toddlers and their parents to enjoy a rhythmic morning of songs, movement, handwork, snack, and play. Parents learn from each other, sharing life experiences and insights while modeling for their children the joy of meaningful activity. Applications can be completed here.

PIZZA MONDAY
Consider giving your grades/middle school child the gift of Avondale Pizza Cafe pizza every Monday through December! A Gluten-free option is also available. Contact Latonia Yarbrough with any questions at finance@waldorfatlanta.org.
Click here to sign up and pay.  You can also look for the pizza link under links on ParentSquare.

PARENTSQUARE
Parents can now post to their child's class on ParentSquare!  Please note that with this feature on, everyone in the class will be able to read any comments made when responding to a post.  If you would like to send a private message to your teacher or another parent, please select "direct message" instead of "post."  
 
Now that most parents have registered in ParentSquare, please go into your user account profile and make sure your information is visible to the communityYou will need to do this from the desktop version, not on your phone. Click on the tiny pencil beside each line - name, email, phone number, and address.  If it doesn't say visible beside each line, your fellow parents and your teachers will not be able to see your information and include you in some of our communications.  We will not be printing a directory now that we have ParentSquare, saving us time, money, and trees!  AND the information is current, unlike a printed directory.
 
Also in the user account profile, you can select your notification preferences.  Please be aware that the default setting is "digest" notification, meaning you will receive all messages at the end of the day.  If you would prefer to receive your emails/texts as they are sent, you can change your setting to instant.  
 
If you have any questions about the ParentSquare features or setup, please contact Kathryn Macken.

WSA COMMUNITY


COFFEE WEDNESDAY
THIS Wednesday, September 25th

Drop your children off and join us for coffee and conversation in the carpool area, right outside of the Education building.  Grades 7 + 8 will greet coffee drinkers with an offering around 8:20.

YEA! FESTIVAL - WSA ORCHESTRA
THIS Sunday, September 22nd at 2:00pm

The Decatur Arts Alliance again selected our WSA Middle School String Chamber Orchestra to perform at the YEA! event.  Our students will be performing Sunday, September 22nd at 2pm.  Join us for a musical treat and show your support for the orchestra students. This wildly popular event will take place in Harmony Park in Oakhurst Village.  More information about the event can be found here.

MICHAELMAS

Friday, September 27th

Michaelmas in the Grades
We are looking forward to many of you joining us for our opening Michaelmas festivities which begin with a gathering at the field located on Inman Drive next Friday at 12noon.  Parents may enjoy singing Michaelmas songs along with our students before we all watch the Dragon chase followed by the annual Michaelmas play presented by Grades 1-8.  This community gathering will last approximately 30 minutes.
 
The students will then eat lunch with their classes and enjoy an afternoon of games and activities with their teachers.  Regular dismissal procedures will be followed.

Michaelmas in Early Childhood (Decatur and Inman Park)
The Early Childhood children celebrate Michaelmas in their own classes. Stories are told, songs are sung, and verses are spoken of people working hard, using physical strength to harvest crops, to make food to eat, and to find that inner courage to tame their own dragons and help others. 
 
The children take onion skins, marigolds, and other gifts of the earth to transform white silks into rays of sunshine just as we hold rays of warmth in our hearts through the chilly winter. We can count on the earth and the heavens to work together to help us be strong, to accomplish great deeds for each other.
 
Some of the classes get together to share bits of circle.  Others have a special snack or picnic. Everything is festive when the golden silks peek out of baskets or flutter from capes in the wind.
 
Because the celebration for the Grades includes a dragon chase and larger groups of people, the Early Childhood teachers suggest that the young children do not participate in the Grades event for Michaelmas. The experience of Michaelmas in the Early Childhood program is very rich and appropriate for their age group. We recommend a restful afternoon for the children, allowing the images and feelings of our celebrations to be kept alive in each child.

SUPPORT WSA

 

Now that we have officially celebrated Waldorf 100 with over 1200 schools worldwide this week, we turn our focus towards celebrating our school’s role in Waldorf Education’s 100-year legacy. Next week is the community launch of this year’s Annual Fund - Celebrate 100! - Celebrate 100! is a 100-day campaign with the goal of 100% community participation to raise over $100,000.
 
Help us Celebrate 100! and join these community launch events:
September 25 – Annual Fund Community Breakfast-bites @ Coffee Wednesday + with Grades 7 and 8 performing. (8 – 9am)
September 26 –Annual Fund Community Breakfast-bites @ Inman Park  (8:45am – 9:45)
 
The Annual Fund Committee lovingly made these Waldorf 100 birthday crowns (much like our sweet Kindergarten birthday crowns) to celebrate Annual Fund gifts or pledges of $100+. If you are inspired to wear a crown for a day (or an hour) to Celebrate 100, we’d love to snap a photo and feature you to help inspire others to reach 100% Annual Fund community participation this year. 
 
 

AFTER SCHOOL OFFERINGS
+ FALL ATHLETICS PROGRAMS


AFTER SCHOOL OFFERINGS:
- Lego begins 10/3. We still need 4 more students to make it happen.
- PlayBall postponed until Monday 9/30  If we do not get sign ups this will be the last postpone and we will cancel.

New program beginning 9/26/19 - Debate Club with Aaron Wright 
Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:00, 6 week session
Grades 7 & 8
Cost: $75
Debate is the art of convincing others to believe as you do, but it is also, more importantly, the art of learning to listen to others to understand why they believe as they do.  Students will learn how to craft arguments to support their beliefs, to respectfully disagree, to try to convince others, and to keep an open mind about new arguments and new evidence. We spend most of each session engaged in debates on topics of interest to the students, and will improve the quality of those debates by studying common logical fallacies and by revisiting what did and did not go well in previous debates.

You can register your child(ren) for After School Offerings or Athletics by visiting ACTIVE

UPCOMING ATHLETICS GAMES:
UF vs. Inman
Wednesday 9/25 at 4:15PM
Location: 160 Dobbs Road, Roswell 30075

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Novak at lnovak@waldorfatlanta.org.

DIVERSITY & EQUITY


WALDORF DIVERSITY DINNERS: Please join us for an intimate dinner with members of our school community! Our first Waldorf Diversity Dinner will be held on Sunday, October 27, beginning at 5:30pm at the home of Sondi Eugene. The dinner is limited to eight guests (adults only). Members of the Diversity and Equity committee will strive to have the guest list be as diverse as possible. Dinner guests can look forward to a short reading, or experience on diversity before the dinner. Your host will provide the main course, and guests are asked to each bring a dish to share. The conversation during the dinner will be facilitated by a member of the Diversity and Equity committee.  Community members interested in attending this dinner should reply directly to the host at seugene@waldorfatlanta.org. Please include your name, age, gender, race, and preferred pronoun. Anyone interested in attending a dinner, but unable to join us on October 27, can hopefully join us at another time for other dinners hosted throughout this school year.

HANDBOOK HIGHLIGHT

Fever Policy

Two of the most common diseases among children are Strep Throat and Scarlet Fever. Strep Throat is the sudden onset of sore throat, headache, fever, and sometimes vomiting. Scarlet Fever is a fine red rash with blanching on pressure; the skin often feels like sandpaper. The rash most often appears on the neck, chest, and beneath the arms.
 
Readmission following Strep Throat or Scarlet Fever requires one of the following:
48 hours of antibiotic treatment and no fever for 24 hours. No fever for 24 hours and a written physician’s statement indicating a negative strep test.
 
Please refer to Strep Throat/Scarlet Fever on pg. 80 of the Waldorf School of Atlanta Family Handbook for a more detailed description of the expectations, tracking procedures and consequences of excessive tardies.

WALDORF100


On September 19, 2019, The Waldorf School of Atlanta celebrated 100 years of Waldorf Education. What an amazing experience to be in community with hundreds of fellow Waldorf and Steiner schools, across the globe!! A very special W100 thanks to parent and photographer Mark Tioxon, of LeahAndMark.com, for shooting the most spectacular action shot of the day!! Take a look!
 
Happy Centennial!
 
Here’s to the next one hundred years!

MEDIA LITE LIVING


1. We had a very enriching event last Friday.  Go view the beautiful stepping stones in the WSA school garden, made by students of mixed ages!  
 2. Adult Only Round Table
         · Saturday, September 28, 9:00-10:30 am
         · Supportive, interactive conversation with other WSA parents, plus resources, to support your family’s media-lite journey.  RSVP by noon next Friday, September 27, a must at samichelson@gmail.com.
        · Facilitated by Sara Michelson, Parent Leader of MLL Parent Network and Grade 7 & Alum. Parent
3.  New section in MLL Weekly Column, Teacher's Corner: read our first story by Grade 7 teacher, Ms. Rubio. Visit MLL section on the WSA website.

Waldorf Articles & Links


Inform (Newsletter for AWSNA)
Waldorf Publications - Library Lady's Corner
Waldorf Today Newsletter
Waldorf Education (Why Waldorf Works)
Essentials in Education Blog
Media Lite Living: Tech Talk Tuesday

ACADEME OF THE OAKS NEWS


SATURDAY CHAUTAUQUA
Our first Saturday Chautauqua with Mr. Pelham is scheduled for Saturday, September 28th. Please RSVP to the evite if you are interested in attending.

Community Partners

Visit our website for information and instruction on supporting WSA through our generous partners.  

 

Goodsearch                                Georgia Natural Gas  
Publix                                           Boardwalk Capital Management  
Target                                           Renewal System Solutions
Amazon                                        Mighty Nest
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