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33rd Annual Waldorf Faire
Saturday, November 25, 2017
10 am – 5 pm

Our Annual Waldorf Faire is a warm, festive and family oriented occasion that is well attended by adults and children alike. The adults will find a fabulous selection of unique artisans in our Artisan Market and for the children, we have heartwarming crafts and activities.

Wholesome soups and sandwiches are available to purchase in our Café, as well as a wonderful selection of desserts and baked treats.
Admission is $2 for adults; children are free.
Tickets for children’s activities are available for purchase at The Faire. Hope you can join us!

On a Saturday in early September many of our Early Childhood Faculty spent the day at the Springbank Old Tyme Fall Fair talking to people about our school and Waldorf Education. This was a great community event to be part of as there were so many activities and seasonal traditions for families to enjoy. A special thank you to Miss Alison for making this happen.

Sierra Maidlow, Community Engagement and Development Coordinator

What a joyful beginning to our school year! The Faculty and children returned to our school last week filled with excitement and eager to connect with friends old and new. By Recess of the first day, all of the Classes had already slipped quickly and easily into the routine and rhythm of the school day. It is a wonder to behold how readily and contentedly the children settle into their school life. As you wander the halls, the classrooms and the playground, you can hear the bubbling up of school life: “Grade 2 is the best Class ever!”; “Kindergarten bread is way better than the bread at home.”; “You know, Mom, the Fun Olympics were way funner than I thought they’d be.” - high praise indeed from a Middle School boy! The children’s spirit and light fills our school and our hearts.

Thank you to all our parents for your hard work getting your children ready for the return to school. Especially with these continuing hot days, it can be hard to move away from long days filled with swimsuits, bicycles and fun to the more structured (and earlier) school days. Your work to ensure the children are well rested, well fed and ready for the school day is vital to their learning and so greatly appreciated by all the Faculty. As we move into the shifting Fall weather, please ensure that the children are also prepared for whatever may come our way, be it heat, rain, hail or snow – all possibly on the same day.

We are delighted to welcome several new Faculty members this year. Dr. Larry Glatt is joining us in the dual role of Pedagogical Co-Administrator and Middle School Music teacher. Larry is a long-time Waldorf Class Teacher and Waldorf Music Teacher, having taught in both Ontario and New York State, as well as having a PhD in Guitar Performance. We look forward to both his pedagogical leadership and his enthusiasm for music.

Katelynd Franken is joining us as our Grade Two Class Teacher. You may recognize Katelynd as she was in our school for three weeks last year completing her Waldorf Teacher Training Practicum with Ms. Ghali. Katelynd brings to us a considerable experience in working with social dynamics within the classroom and a deep commitment to Waldorf education.

Early in July, Ms. Brooker made the difficult personal decision to return to her native Australia. Clare is very grateful for the time she spent at our school. She feels a deep love for her students, the parents and the school and will be continuing with Waldorf education in Australia. We wish Clare all the best in her journey. Apryl Sponholz is joining us as our Grade Four Class Teacher. Apryl is from Alberta but has recently taught at a Waldorf School in Tasmania where she took her Class from Grade One to Grade Eight.

In the Kinderwing, there are two new Assistants: Carolina Mendes and Carol Hawkwood. Carolina has completed her Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Training at the West Coast Institute and has two children in our school. Carolina is working with Ms. Rose in the Fairybells Kindergarten. Carol is a CWS Alumni Parent and will be working with Ms. Tina in our Early Childhood Aftercare program.

Welcome one and all!
Warmly and with best wishes for our new school year,
Larry Glatt and MaryWyatt Sindlinger, Pedagogical Co-Administrators


Kaffeeklatsch? What is a kaffeeklatsch?
“Kaffeeklatsch” is a great German word meaning a casual social gathering for coffee and conversation. This year, we invite you to a handful of kaffeeklatsch’s to enjoy some artistic activities, to meet fellow parents and Faculty, and to share some conversation about various topics Waldorf.

Our first kaffeeklatsch of the year will be held on Friday, September 29th. There are two parts to the morning and you are welcome to attend either or both – whatever interests you and works for your day. We will start at 8:45 am singing with Dr. Larry Glatt. After singing, we will break for tea. We will finish with a conversation about the role of music in Waldorf education. Shortly after the kaffeeklatsch will be our Michaelmas Festival Celebration and you are invited to stay and attend the outdoor Michaelmas pageant and kite-flying.

8:45 to 9:30 am – Singing with Larry in the Atrium
9:30 to 9:45 am – Tea and break
9:45 to 10:30 am – Conversation about Music in Waldorf Education
10:30 to 10:45 am – Morning Recess in the Grade School
10:45 am – Michaelmas pageant outside at the Amphitheatre

We look forward to seeing you on Friday the 29th!
Larry Glatt and MaryWyatt Sindlinger, Pedagogical Co-Administrators

A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood
We would like to thank everyone for your support and participation in this year’s 31st Annual Run & Walk! With the last-minute change of location (due to a grizzly bear in Griffith Woods Park!), we weren’t certain how the event would unfold, but we are so pleased that both the Run/Walk and the luncheon were so well received. Our volunteers were quick to readjust their roles as required and our school community infused the event with so much spirit and excitement. And we must not omit mention of the great weather.

Race Results
We had an amazing 145 runners and walkers participate this year, and for the first time in the 31-year history of this long-running event, the Founders’ Cup trophy was awarded to two classes: Class Five and Class Six. Congratulations!

A Round of Applause
  • To each family, and to all friends, alumni, and faculty who were able to join us.
  • Class Five for making the race medals, and Mr. Nybo for firing the medals in the kiln.
  • Mr. Carter for starting off the morning with a group warm-up, and for Emceeing the Awards Presentation at the luncheon.
  • Gord’s Running Store for providing the race bibs and draw prizes.
  • Dean Blahut, our Acting Chief Course Marshall, who went above and beyond his role to ensure the run was a success.
  • Brad Spence, our Chief Registrar, for keeping things well-organized and running smoothly at the staging area.
  • Erica Welsh, our Kitchen Coordinator, who ran the kitchen with such heart and dedication.
  • Our appreciation to all our Soup-Makers for the nourishment.
  • To all the staff and faculty for your support in preparation for the run and for helping to spread the word about the last-minute location change.
  • To each and every one of our amazing volunteers (and their support teams) who form the inner workings of this event and who make it so fantastic – thank you, thank you, thank you!

With gratitude,
Sierra Maidlow, Community Engagement and Development Coordinator

It has been a very rich and full first three weeks of school!

Many new children and families have joined us in Preschool with Ms. Karen and they are beginning to settle into their new world. The Kindergarten children are enjoying their morning walks with Ms. Rose and their outdoor playtime with Ms. Alison and Ms. Miriam. All of the Kindergarten Classes have had (or are about to have) their Michaelmas picnics.

The Grade One children were introduced to their new Class Teacher (Ms. Lordo) and classroom during the Rose Petal walk on the very first day, and then were welcomed into our whole school by their Grade Nine Buddies at the Rose Ceremony Assembly at the close of that week. Since then, Grade One has been working hard to learn the rhythms and routines of “The Big School”, including how to raise your hand, push in your chair, and line up for Recess. The children have also started their first Form Drawings. Grade Two and Ms. Franken have also been working on classroom routines and delving into the mathematical operations and the story of the “King of Ireland’s Son”. Grade Three is a hive of activity with harvesting their garden, visiting Bar U Ranch for a day, dyeing wool for weaving, and making soup, bread and butter, and fruit crisp for their Harvest Feast – all while listening to Old Testament stories, writing their own stories, and moving ever forward with math with Ms. Ghali.

Grade Four and Ms. Sponholz began their year with a Main Lesson Block on Local Geography and History. Grade Five and Mr. Carter have been exploring the wonder of the world of Botany from lichen and moss to mushrooms and trees. The Class headed out on their first field trip of the year last week to the Botanical Gardens in Silver Springs. Grade Six began their year with a Main Lesson Block on Ancient Rome. Their paintings of a Roman aqueduct are on the bulletin board outside the classroom. I encourage you to take a wander by and see how unique each painting is, even though the subject is the same for the whole Class.

Grade Seven has moved upstairs to be part of the Middle School with Mr. Murdock. They have been getting to know one another as they start the year with a Block on Voyages of Discovery – a reflection of their own new voyage of discovery into the Middle School and adolescence. Grade Seven is going camping this week and will rock-climb, camp overnight, take an early morning dip in a mountain stream, and climb to the lookout over Barrier Lake. Grade Eight got out early on a camping trip the very first Monday of school. They hiked to Ribbon Falls, camped at Bow Valley campground, and rock-climbed at Wasootch Creek. This was the first time the students had to do their own meal planning, shopping, preparation and cooking – well done! Grade Eight started the year with a Block on Meteorology, with much to study with recent international weather events.

Grade Nine has been studying Environmental Chemistry, they participated in a day-long River Watch program canoeing on the Bow River, and they headed out on this week for an overnight hike to the Stanley Mitchell Alpine Hut.

On top of all of this, the Middle School Sports Program is underway with Cross-Country Running and Volleyball. Both the Junior Boys and Junior Girls volleyball teams participated in a tournament last weekend. We have had Photo Days for Grades One to Nine, for Class photos and individual student photos. The all-school Cross-Country Run & Walk was last Saturday – thank you all for coming – and the soups as always were delicious! Most Classes have had their first Class Parent Meeting of the year, and we’ve had a film and talk on play, from Kim Hunter. The Board is meeting this Thursday night for the first time this year. John Cronin, a Waldorf Woodworking and Upper Grades Science Teacher from New York State visited our school for three days and worked with some of our Senior Teachers. And we had a 24-hour whirlwind visit from Frances Kane (Administrative Director at the Minnesota Waldorf School), who is the Leader of the AWSNA Accreditation Visiting Team; Frances came to talk about and check out all our preparations for the six-member Team’s upcoming visit to our school October 22nd to 25th.

Warmly and with best wishes for our new school year,
Larry Glatt and MaryWyatt Sindlinger, Pedagogical Co-Administrators

Thank you to all the families who shared their time and energy over the summer months to tend to our wonderful Kinder garden and yard. If you have been in the Kinderwing, you may have seen our bountiful harvest. The children have been digging up potatoes, onions, what we think are zucchini squash (but seem incredibly hard), and sugar pumpkins. For some unknown reason, our carrots did not do well this year. The children will be enjoying the produce in delicious soups and cakes in the weeks ahead in their classrooms. Special thanks to the garden organizers Monica Florez, Erin Ryan-Walsh, Carolina Mendes and Jorgelina Gil.

With sincere appreciation,
From all our Early Childhood children and faculty

Golden light is turning grey.
Mists begin to rule the day.
Bare the trees, their branches lift;
Clouds of dead leaves earthward drift.
Through the field the farmer goes,
Seeds of ripened corn he sows;
Trusts the earth will hold it warm,
Shelter it from cold and harm.
The farmer knows that warmth and light
Live there, hidden from our sight;
And beneath a sheltering wing,
Deep below, new life will spring!
Deep below, deep below, new life will spring!
On a clear, bright day, the children and Faculty joyously celebrated the Festival of Michaelmas last Friday morning. The Michaelmas celebration takes place every autumn on a day close to the Fall Equinox and to September 29th, St. Michael’s Feast Day. In our school, we celebrate Michaelmas with our children re-enacting the legend of St. Michael, the sharing of Dragon Bread, and kite-flying.

The legend of St. Michael tells of a ferocious dragon terrifying the villagers. The villagers seek the help of the King and Queen and ultimately of St. Michael. St. Michael battles the dragon but does not slay him; rather, St. Michael tames the dragon and teaches him to live in harmony with the villagers. St. Michael’s message to humanity is not to slay the dragon - the potential for darkness – within us all. To do so would deprive us of the opportunity to choose to live in goodness. Rather, we must overcome our inner dragons with consciousness and the strength of will needed to follow a moral and upright path in life.

Thank you to everyone who made our Michaelmas Festival such a joyous occasion. Thank you, Grade Four and Ms. Sponholz for your magnificent and imaginative pageantry. Thank you, Grade Two and Ms. Franken for your bright shining meteors. Mrs. Ghali and the gnomes of Grade Three forged a wonderful sword. Thank you, Grade Five and Mr. Carter for your lovely music and Ms. Tinckler and Grade Six for the ferocious dragon! Thank you, Middle School students, Mr. Murdock, Ms. Loree, and Ms. Bergfeldt for the very beautiful piece you sang to conclude our Festival Assembly.

By the time we celebrate Thanksgiving this weekend, we are entering the cooler and darkening days of autumn. The summer holidays are a distant memory, and in many cases, as we see the routines at home and school running smoothly, we have forgotten the enormous efforts we’ve made as parents and teachers during the back-to-school transition to arrive at where we are now. I feel a deep sense of gratitude to each and every member of our community for the dedicated efforts you all put into your parenting, your teaching, your fellowship, and your colleagueship. We are blessed to have joined together in this task of educating these children. Thank you.

With gratitude and warm wishes for a lovely Thanksgiving,
MaryWyatt Sindlinger
Pedagogical Co-Administrator

P.S. Thank you to all the parents who came to the Kaffeeklatsch on Friday before the Michaelmas Celebration. It was wonderful to hear your voices ringing through the hallways.

What a wonderful Michaelmas pageant last Friday. Thank you to Ms. Sponholz and Class Four for their sterling performance of the Michaelmas play, Dr. Glatt for leading the Middle School choir, and Kyla Maki, Lori Head and Susan Piercy for the amazing dragon bread! Thank you as well to all the parents who attended and helped with our kite-flying efforts. I am filled with light and hope heading into the cool winter months.

Mr. Carter, Grade Five Class Teacher

Our Annual Giving Campaign’s Free Coffee Cart (and Tea) Mornings Begin Next Week
Q: What did one coffee say to the other coffee?
A: Where have you bean?
We, the Fund Enrichment Committee, have “bean” hard at work planning this year’s Annual Giving Campaign. To launch our campaign, we invite all adults in our community to join us for free coffee and tea beginning next Tuesday morning, October 10th from 8:10 to 8:45 am, out front in the Breezeway. Our coffee is generously donated by our neighbours at Waves Coffee.

Look for our coffee/tea cart in the Breezeway between the Kinderwing and the Big School (underneath the Annual Giving hanging banner) each Tuesday and Thursday, first thing in the morning at drop-off time, from October 10th to October 26th. You are welcome to bring any questions you may have about Annual Giving. A member of our Committee will be present at every coffee/tea morning. Of course, you don’t need to have a question in order to get coffee/tea – just drop by for a hot drink and a cheerful start to your day.

BYO cup or mug to help reduce waste, or we’ll have paper cups there for you to use. See you soon.

Friday, October 13th from 7:30 am to 8:30 am

The Fund Enrichment Committee invites you and your family to enjoy fresh pancakes, gluten-free sausages, orange juice, coffee, tea, and the company of your fellow Calgary Waldorf community members on Friday, October 13th from 7:30 am to 8:30 am in the Assembly Room. This is our fun-filled way of kick-starting our Annual Giving Campaign in a community-centered gathering. Our pancakes will be enhanced with real maple syrup from Ontario and butter. We are very happy to tell you that Asako Tanizak, a CWS parent, has agreed again this year to donate and make gluten-free pancakes the morning of our breakfast. Thank you, Asako!

The cost of a full breakfast is still only $6 – it’s $4 for a breakfast without sausages – paid by cash, please. A great deal for a big breakfast – plus someone else does your dishes! This breakfast is made possible by the energy and enthusiasm of our Middle School Student Council, who get up early to help set up our Assembly Room, cook pancakes, serve breakfasts, bus tables/dishes, and help clean up after our meal. Thank you to our many Grades 7, 8, and 9 students who will be helping us in these ways! Our small Committee could not do this annual Pancake Breakfast without you.

New this year, Grades 1 – 9 Main Lesson will not begin until 9:00 am. Our very supportive Class Teachers have agreed to delay the start of Main Lesson to allow enough time for students to enjoy the Pancake Breakfast. Teachers will be in their classrooms at 8:22 am, as always, to welcome their students arriving from the Pancake Breakfast or from home. Students attending the breakfast are asked to go directly to their classrooms after eating, in order to make room for others at the tables. Parents who finish their breakfasts are warmly invited to the Atrium to enjoy coffee, tea and time to visit with other parents.

We look forward to seeing everyone’s smiling face at our Annual Giving Campaign Pancake Breakfast on October 13th!