Sense of Life


Grades 1-3 Parent Evening
Wednesday, October 10th, 6:30 - 8:00pm

Sugar Maples First Day of School
Thursday, October 11th

Coffee Friday
Friday, October 12th, 8:30 - 9:30am, Free coffee in the parent lounge! Come on down after drop off.

Fix-Up Crew with David
Saturday October 13th, 1:00 - 4:00pm. Meet at the school to fix and repair.

El Jardin Garden Work Weekend
Saturday & Sunday, October 13th & 14th, 10:00am - 2:00pm both days

Whole School Fall Picnic
Sunday, October 14th, 1:00 - 3:00pm


Lecture with Maria Noland
Wednesday, October 17th, 7:30 - 9:00pm


Book Club #1


Developing the Self Through the Inner Work Path in the Light of Anthroposophy by Lisa Romero

Ancient and modern practices are re-enlivened to meet humanity’s evolving needs and to fulfill our present task of cultivating freedom and love to its highest degree.

First meeting Monday 10/15, 8:45 - 9:45am

Book Club #2


Simplicity Parenting is a book by Kim John Payne that offers a pathway to simplify four realms of your home to reduces stress and allow room for connection, creativity, and relaxation. The book focuses on streamlining your home environment, establishing rhythms and rituals, simplifying children’s schedules, and scaling back on media.

We’d love to start a book club focusing on this book. Please let Jennifer know if you’re interested and what time works best to meet.

Second and third graders learning Spanish through song

Second and third graders learning Spanish through song


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

First grade students teaching Ms. Park how to tire swing

First grade students teaching Ms. Park how to tire swing

The 12 Senses: sense of LIFE


Do you know that feeling of just being a bit off, not quite sick, but not well? Congratulations, your sense of life is working! Last week we introduced the twelve senses as way of understanding how we meet and interact with the world. The first four, also called the foundational senses, are the sense of touch (written about last week), sense of life, sense of self-movement (proprioception), and sense of balance (vestibular). The sense of life is often the hardest to describe – you have to experience it for yourself, which is a challenge in our busy, stimulating world. Who has time to check in with herself to see how she's feeling? But interestingly, not taking the time to notice how we are doing is what often leads to us being laid low by a cold for a few days. We can encourage a healthy sense of life in ourselves and in our children by allowing a rhythm to develop at home that provides time for quiet alone time as well as activity. When we are irritated, feeling discombobulated, or anxious, our sense of life maybe be telling us to take the time to reconnect with ourselves through meditation, time in nature, or even just a long slow breath. Making art, singing, dancing – all of these feed the soul and develop a health sense of life too. Your child's teachers provide support to her sense of life through strong daily and weekly rhythms, artistic activities woven throughout the day, and opportunities to have a quiet moment. The hugs don't hurt either!

Follow one of the links below for more on the sense of life.

The Wonder of Childhood: Sense of Life

The Sense of Life from a Medical Doctor’s Perspective

Willow students in their own little world

Willow students in their own little world

Strategic Plan 2018-2024

Thank you all who came and will come tonight to impact the future of New Amsterdam! Your engagement with the faculty and board knits the fabric of the life of the school and brings structure of any plan we might design. I'll be reaching out to every family who was not at one of the parent evenings this week to ensure that the whole community is aware of our plans and has the opportunity to share thoughts and ideas. More on every topic below will be forthcoming, and we will make time and space for community discussions as well. Below is a very brief overview:

  1. New Amsterdam is committed to carrying our students through grade 8.

  2. We have a plan in place to get us there with three main themes:

    Enrollment/Retention/Community: Classes of no more than 16 students in kindergarten through grade 8 gives us healthy enrollment without sacrificing our cozy community experience or individual attention. All three (yes, three!) kindergartens next year will be mixed-age, from 3 to 6 years old.

    Funding: Every year our annual appeal funds the gap between tuition and the bare bones cost of running the school. This year our gap is about $1900 per student. Above that we will begin a campaign for our growing real estate needs. You will hear from TL Popejoy on this.

    Real Estate: As the kindergarten adds a classroom, this will be the last year Ms. En's and Ms. Park's classes will be at 62 Ave B. The search for short term and long term solutions is being led by Kevin Kossi. We have five years left on this lease and so are looking at appropriate spaces for our whole school to grow into. Change is sometimes scary, but its also healthy. Know that we will keep you fully in the loop as things development.

Juniper & Willow students running free in the meadow

Juniper & Willow students running free in the meadow

Get involved at the garden

Garden Work Weekend


Join the garden committee and parent volunteers this Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 2:00pm in planting, plowing, and sprucing up El Jardin (710 E 5th st b/w Ave C & D). No gardening experience necessary!

The Sunday work day will conclude with a whole school picnic from 1:00 to 3:00pm (see flyer), so even if you can’t join in the gardening efforts, please stop by the picnic!

School Picnic this sunday

Willow students sailing at sea

Willow students sailing at sea

Belle Savransky