Autumn is Here • Michaelmas
SAVE THE DATE
Plant Dye Workshop with Ms. Kaori
Friday, September 28th, 8:45am-12:30pm, $45 materials fee includes 3 silk scarves. Sign up at the front desk.
First Coffee Friday!
Friday, October 5th, 8:30-9:30am, downstairs.
NO SCHOOL - Indigenous People's Day / Columbus Day
Monday, October 8th
Juniper + Willow Parent Evening
Tuesday, October 9th, 6:30-8:00pm
Grades 1-3 Parent Evening
Wednesday, October 10th, 6:30-8:00pm
Sugar Maples First Day of School
Thursday, October 11th
Strategic Plan 2018 - 2024
We need your feedback!
Come to an interactive presentation of our in-process Strategic Plan at the next Willow, Juniper, and Grades Parent evenings on October 9 and 10 from 6:30 to 7:15pm. (Maples and Seedlings parents are welcome to join any of the evenings above.) Board and faculty have been working on this together and now we need parent input to create the strongest New Amsterdam for the future. Light dinner food and drink will be served.
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WHAT IS MICHAELMAS?
The autumn air grows cooler, the leaves crisp and fall, and we feel a sense of purpose perhaps more difficult to ascertain in mid-June when the summer sun shone down on languid, humid days. Although September 29 is officially the day of St. Michael, Michaelmas can be more fully appreciated as a season. As the outer signs of life– bright, warm sun, moist air, and sprouting green plants– fade away, we take the power of summer into ourselves as nourishment to grow our inner strength. Obstacles great in July feel surmountable in October. And our inner resolve to meet the darkness we encounter begins to grow to be as bright as the summer sun. As events unfold in our personal lives and in the life of our nation and world, we can hold the living image of a human being brandishing his sword of iron against the devastation of the dragon. As the days grow shorter, the light within us grows brighter. This is the spirit of Michaelmas.
The celebration of Michaelmas on Friday, September 28th welcomes the new season of autumn, and helps remind us that we have within us the resources to help ourselves and help the world.
EVENTS FOR YOU
As we grow as parents and nurture our children, we must also take time to nurture ourselves. New Amsterdam is offering the following ongoing community enrichment events to create a space for parents to learn, explore, and connect to one another. More events will be added throughout the school year. See more details on our school calendar.
Coffee Friday! Grab a cup of coffee downstairs in the parent lounge and take a minute to mingle, relax, and consume caffeine. It’s the end of the week and you deserve it. No RSVP required, just come on down. Every Friday beginning October 5th.
Anthroposophical Book Study Group + Meditative Drawing (NEW TIME!): This is a great way to dip your toe into the waters that nourish Waldorf education and to learn a quick way to quiet your mind. The group meets monthly on the first Tuesday from 8:45 to 9:45am.
Eurythmy for Adults: A quick 15-minute Monday morning eurythmy class with our eurythmy teacher Brigida Baldszun to bring balance and movement to the start of your week. No experience necessary. Meet downstairs on Mondays at 8:30am beginning October 22nd.
Parent Walk-Through’s: Especially for new families, but open to all New Amsterdam parents. After drop off, quietly tour the classrooms, see our curriculum in action, and explore the essential elements of Waldorf education. This program will be held monthly for in-house families. Tea and coffee provided. Limited to 5 people per walk-through. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org (First Walk-Through: Wed September 26th 8:30-9:15am)
EDUCATING TO FREEDOM: A LECTURE & CONVERSATION
A Lecture with Maria Noland
Wednesday, October 17th
7:30 - 9:00pm
Join us (and bring your friends!) to discuss how an education that fosters empathy, creative thinking, and strength of will can impact society and the world.
I can belong now to myself
And shining my inner light
Into the dark of space and time.
Toward sleep is urging all creation;
But inmost soul must stay awake
And carry wakefully sun’s glowing
Into the winter icy flowing.
-Rudolf Steiner, The Calendar of the Soul (translated by Ruth & Hans Pusch)