Hello May


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2019-2020

Lead Faculty Comings and Goings

At the end of this year, after three years at New Amsterdam, Ms. En will be moving on from teaching to discover what else life has in store for her. She will be seeking a home for her future family, hopefully closer to her parents and siblings in Massachusetts. Carmen Braun will take on the role of class teacher for grades 3 and 4. Ms. En and Ms. Braun know each other already, as they graduated together from Sunbridge Institute, which will help smooth this transition.

Next year we will add a kindergarten class, and to fill the role of the Mulberry room teacher, Ms. Greta Jee will be re-joining the school. Ms. Greta is well-known to our faculty and we are so glad she will be returning!

You can read more about Ms. Braun and Ms. Greta below. In the weeks to come, we will make announcements about assistant early childhood teachers and subject teachers for the grades.

Grades Three and Four:

Carmen Braun

Carmen Braun graduated from Sunbridge Institute with her Waldorf elementary school teaching certificate and from SUNY with a master's degree in K-8 teaching. For the past two years, she has worked nearby at the Waldorf School of Garden City, supporting the school in a variety of roles. Working in depth with first grade in addition to substituting widely and regularly in the elementary school have given Carmen a solid foundation on which to build her own class at New Amsterdam.

Ms. Braun grew up on a farm in rural Wisconsin, caring for animals, playing music, working with wood, and knitting. She brought those varied interests to college at University of Wisconsin - Madison, where she studied nursing, agriculture education, and animal science, ultimately earning a B.A. in anthropology. Following her graduation, Ms. Braun moved to NYC to become a nanny for a family with two, and then three children. She has spent the last nine years raising the children from infancy into early adolescence, finding the experience to be incredibly rewarding.

While working with children is her passion, Ms. Braun also loves to bicycle, work on projects, and do most anything and everything outside. She is honored and excited to join the school next year and looks forward to bringing her love for children and the outdoors to the New Amsterdam community.

Mulberry Kindergarten:

Greta Jee

Greta Jee has been involved in the Waldorf movement since her teacher training practicum began at The Pine Hill Waldorf School in 2007. She earned her Waldorf Certification (K-Grade 8) and M.Ed from Antioch University New England. She has taught in Waldorf Schools in New York State for over 9 years and has served in the capacities of Early Childhood Lead Teacher, Class Teacher, and in on leadership groups of many kinds.

Originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Greta grew up with a strong and perpetual interest in the arts. She attended Washington College, an intimate Liberal Arts school on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. There she received her B.A. in Humanities. As destiny unfolded, she then moved to Camphill Village, in Copake, New York--an Anthroposophical intentional community--where she lived and worked alongside adults with developmental disabilities and underwent a training in Curative Education and Foundation Studies. When Greta returned to the city, she was the founding Kindergarten Teacher (2011-13) at New Amsterdam! Greta also taught at Brooklyn Waldorf School (2013-16), Mountain Laurel Waldorf School (2016-18), and Primrose Hill School (2018-19).

Greta currently lives in the Hudson Valley and plans to relocate to the city this summer. She enjoys practicing yoga, hiking, writing and reading poetry, and visiting the cultural offerings in the city. She is overjoyed to lead the Mulberry Kindergarten class next year!


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Screen-Free Week

April 29 - May 5 is Screen-Free Week!

Join us this week in unplugging from screen-based entertainment and embracing the joys of analog life.

One hundred and thirteen prominent organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America, are joining together this week to turn off screens outside of work and “turn on life.” Although New Amsterdam School always embraces screen-free parenting and learning, we are excited to participate in this intentional digital-free movement. You can join us by turning off the computer at home and taking time with your kids to read, daydream, explore, enjoy nature, and spend time with friends and family. Living and modeling the health benefits of limited screen time begins at home.

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Bike Ave B!

#BikeAveB is an initiative of East Village parents and neighbors aimed at bringing a two-way bike lane to our school’s main thoroughfare, Ave B. Despite being a narrow avenue, Ave B allows two-way travel for cars, but has no dedicated lanes for bicycles. Trucks and commercial vehicles have no curbside loading zones and often double-park in order to make deliveries to the dozens of small businesses along Ave B. Additionally, the closure of the East River bike path as part of the upcoming East River Coastal Resiliency plan will increase pedestrian use of Ave B for many years.

We need a safe, two-way protected bike lane on Avenue B, complete with pedestrian safety improvements!

To learn more and easily sign your name to the #BikeAveB petition, please take a moment to click below.


NEXT Parent Evening

Whole School Parent Evening
Wednesday, May 1
6:30-8:30pm


SAVE THE DATE

Coffee Friday
On hold until June

Grades 2/3 Parent Meeting with New Teacher Ms. Braun
Monday, May 6
8:15-9:15am

Eurythmy Mini-Session (for Parents)
Monday, May 6
8:30-8:45am

A quick 15-minute eurythmy session with Brigida to start your week.

Monday Book Club
Book: Developing the Self Through the Inner Work Path in the Light of Anthroposophy by Lisa Romero
Monday, May 6
8:45-9:45am

NAS Board Meeting
Wednesday, May 9
6:30-8:30pm

Whole School Community Meeting
Saturday, May 11
10:00am-12:00pm

Grandparents Day
Friday, May 17

Spring Festival
El Jardin Garden
Saturday, May 18

School Closed- Memorial Day
Monday, May 27

SPRING GALA!
Tuesday, June 4
Details coming soon...


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We hope for all parents to attend our

New Amsterdam School Community Meeting

Saturday, May 11

10:00am - 12:00pm

Join fellow parents, teachers, and board members to learn about how New Amsterdam functions as a threefold organization, how decisions are made in different realms, what our specific priorities are in the next year for policy development, and how you can make a difference by participating in the life of the school. We hope to offer a garden tour at the close of the event. Bring your lunch and have a picnic! Childcare will be provided from 10am to 12pm. Childcare donations are welcome by not expected.

you can sign up for childcare when you rsvp to your paperless post invite


Begins this weekend!

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SATURDAY MOVEMENT + MINDFULNESS

for ages 3-7 

Saturdays 11:00AM - 12:00PM

(May 4, 11, June 1, 8) ($80, 3 CLASSES)

Led by Danyelle Vilmenay, 3-7 year-old students flow through an imaginative journey of interactive storytelling and renewing yoga poses while practicing peaceful movements, calming techniques, and gratitude. At the end of every class, students use fine motor skills to create beautiful origami art, which promotes hands-on focus and mimics nature.


Enroll Now for Summer

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With eight weeks of school left until the last day of school on June 21st, it’s time to enroll for our summer program. Our program this year will run from July 8 to August 23, and you can customize your child’s schedule by choosing your preferred pick-up time (1pm or 3pm), as well as enrolling for only the weeks you need. Click below to learn more.


Grandparents Day Programs

Grandparents Day is Friday, May 17. Grandparents listed in TADS have been mailed the following programs. Feel free to send these along to your guests, and direct RSVP’s to belle@newamsterdamschool.org.

Early Childhood

Grades 1-3


Summer waldorf courses

for Teachers and Parents


AMAZON SMILE

Did you know that your Amazon purchases could be raising funds for our school? Shop through Amazon Smile to easily help our school:

1. Go to smile.amazon.com

2. Choose New Amsterdam School as your selected charity

3. Shop as normal and a percentage of what you spend is automatically donated to our school! 


Belle Savransky