THE FUTURE OF OUR SCHOOL
New Amsterdam is in the strongest place it's ever been, and we have a plan for the future. There is no question of whether or not NAS will continue into the future. Your question is: Do I want to be a part of creating this future?
You all by now have heard about the Annual Appeal, sometimes called the New Amsterdam Fund. The fund is a way for parents and community members to invest in this future, knowing that tuition doesn't cover the costs of running the school. Why not just raise tuition by $2000 for each family and cover this cost? Wouldn't that be easier? Our tuition is lower than just about every other non-parochial private school “competitor” in the city, so maybe that could be a solution. But it's not only about money. It's about community. Working together to create auctions, winter fairs, spring awakenings, and us meeting each family to ask what they can freely give to the school, not as a condition of enrollment, but as a personal choice, means something and it weaves us as parents, teachers, and community members into a living, conscious community, not just a collection of adults.
Our choice to work together to build a school for our children is the model our children need to witness, to breathe in, and to live – if we want them to be builders of the future. So don’t wonder if we will be here: we will. We hope you will be here with us!
WE ARE NOW AN AWSNA SCHOOL!
Please join us in celebrating New Amsterdam's admission into the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America! This is the result of a lengthy school self-study and application process during which we described how the core principles of Waldorf Education are living in our policies, classrooms, administration, and board. We are already full members of the early childhood Waldorf association – WECAN. And now our elementary school can officially call itself a Waldorf school, as opposed to being "Waldorf-based." This will lead to our full accreditation by AWSNA in the coming years. Stay tuned!
Calling all butchers, bakers, and candlestick-makers (literally)
OUR WINTER FAIR IS FAST APPROACHING!
December 8th is the day of our annual Winter Fair, and we’ll be joining together in the coming weeks to prepare for this magical day. You may have noticed Food Sign-Up Sheets posted outside of your child's classroom. The Winter Fair Committee is asking each classroom to commit to 4 dishes (2 savory, 2 sweet) to donate to the fair. Each dish should serve approximately 20 people, and will be portioned and sold by us at the fair. Parents can sign up individually, or as groups to cook a dish together. Please see the sign-up sheets for suggested dishes. *Fair food should be made with whole foods only (nuts are ok!), and while low-sugar dishes are ideal, you may use regular flour, sugar, etc. Alternately, if you’d like to make gluten-free or specialty items, please do! Simply give us a list of all ingredients in each dish so that we can inform guests.
Can you make candles? Flower crowns? Pomanders? Plant-dye? Take photos at a photo booth? We’ll be sending out an official volunteer sign-up soon, but if you’re crafty and want to help run a station at the fair, please email Frank email@example.com to learn more about open positions.
SENSE OF BALANCE
The sense of balance, or the vestibular sense, is the fourth and final foundational sense in our series. (The past few weeks we have discussed the senses of touch, well being, and proprioception.) We all speak of "finding balance," “balancing work and life," and life being a "balancing act." Somehow we all know how important this foundational sense is to our health and happiness, yet we rarely feel we have achieved this elusive state called "balance."
Each day in the early childhood, your child's teacher carefully considers how to offer as many opportunities as possible for your child to test her sense of balance, which can result in a few bumps and bruises. How else to find out what "too far" is? Children who have ample opportunity to move freely, climbing trees, walking along trails with roots and holes, stepping along rocky outcroppings, will naturally fall once in a while but they will also develop their sense of balance. This is a challenge for city parents and teachers! We have trips to El Jardin, which help for sure. Yet we need to consciously provide these opportunities because of our city lifestyle.
A Waldorf early childhood program provides these opportunities. A Waldorf first grade provides them too. The first grade classroom has two one-legged balancing stools, and has a homemade balance beam that each child walks several times each day. Ms. Park plans her movement time in the main lesson to include activities such as hopping, standing on one foot, and moving quickly from one position to another, all of which stimulate the sense of balance. When a child can feel secure in his uprightness and no longer needs to stimulate this sense of balance through the near constant movement of the young child, he is able to learn more easily and concentrate more deeply in an elementary school classroom environment. Think of how you can include in your daily life opportunities for your child to find balance in her physical body. Scootering to school can stimulate this sense, with the right scooter, and bicycling is even better. Hiking on even terrain, playing tag and hopscotch, ice skating, skiing, even walking along the edge of a curb – all of these help. And these activities are fun! Having a good vestibular sense developed as children is the foundation for "finding balance" in life. And no, it's not too late for us – get out and play too!
“The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility - these three forces are the very nerve of education.”
SAVE THE DATE
Friday, October 26th, 8:30 - 9:30am
Free coffee! Good company! Head downstairs after drop-off
Eurythmy for Parents
A short 15-minute eurythmy session to start your day, no experience necessary
Monday, October 29, 8:30 - 8:45am
Book Club + Meditative Drawing
Monday, October 22nd, 8:45 - 9:45am (group meets every 2 weeks)
Book: Developing the Self Through the Inner Work Path in the Light of Anthroposophy by Lisa Romero
Wednesday, Oct 31st - Seedlings, Maples & Mixed Age Kindergartens: Please no costumes at school. First, Second, & Third Grades: You may dress up in costumes pre-approved by your teacher
Thursday, November 1st - Professional Development Day
It’s time to pool our skills, talents, and efforts to gather donations for one of our biggest fundraisers of the year, the Winter Auction! From cooking classes to vacation homes, babysitting to theater tickets, healing arts to handbags, our community always pulls together an amazing array of auction items. Please consider what you can give. Even a simple babysitting/playdate is an incredible donation. You can enter donations online through our homepage or the button below.
Ask your friends, neighbors, and local businesses if they’d be willing to donate too! Contact Chelsa with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe and Laurie (Freddie's parents - first grade class) are seeking any leads on an apartment or sublet available immediately. They must leave their building ASAP due to toxic mould. If anyone in our community can help please contact them at Laurkyle@gmail.com
Log your hours!
We are incredibly grateful for the time our parents spend volunteering at NAS. Please remember to log any and all hours you give to the school on the form in the Parent Portal (and linked below). We use these numbers to show how involved our parent body is, which helps our school receive funding and grants.
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!