Season of Light


Season of light

Hanukkah begins this Sunday, the same day that Advent begins. These festivals of light, while outwardly having no relation whatsoever, can be seen as quite congruent in relation to the human being. December is a time when we pull inside, both figuratively and literally in the northeast, to nourish that which is latent in us. We might find now that we are re-consecrating a part of ourselves that has been hidden or taken from us, or that we are caring for our inner life in a more conscious way. Even more elementally (and apart from any specific tradition), this can be a time when we often feel most alone and furthest from the glorious power of the sun, so we seek to find that light in ourselves and glow from the inside out, shining into the darkness of December.

Over the next month or so as we move through these festivals, you might take time to notice the world around you and see how it is reflected in yourself and your life, challenging you to grow more conscious – conscious of what you can become and of what you might leave behind. Each human being holds a connection to all that builds and inhabits the earth – minerals, plants, animals, and the rest of humanity. One can look at these components week by week, as is often done in Waldorf communities, to bring heightened consciousness to each in its relation to ourselves. Next week, we will consider here the world of minerals. You might enjoy the little poem below as a way to orient in the busyness of these coming weeks.

The first light of Advent is the light of stones–.
Light that lives in crystals, in seashells, and in bones.
The second light of Advent is the light of plants–
Plants that reach up to the sun and in the breezes dance.
The third light of Advent is the light of beasts–
Light that shines in all, from the greatest to the least.
The fourth light of Advent is the light of humankind–
The light of hope, and the light of heart, hand, and mind.


$100,000 Challenge Grant – Progress!

We are currently at $28,197 out of the $200,000 we need to receive a $100,000 donation from one of our generous NAS families. Wow!

$100,000 will give us the head start we need for our growing elementary school. It will help us to find a beautiful, sunlit space as well as support teacher salaries and the Socially Equitable Education program – two core components of our mission and our ongoing success.

What else can we do? We truly will not receive this gift if we don't reach $200,000, so let's look at ways to find supporters of accessible Waldorf education in downtown NYC.

  • Your Peer-to-Peer fundraising pages through Network for Good, our fundraising platform, have been very helpful! It is a super simple way to involve grandparents, friends, and family. You set your own goal, share why NAS is important to your family and the world, and share the link via email and/or social media. Please contact Frank at if you want help setting up your page.

  • Talk to your employer about matching gifts. This is an EASY way to contribute additional funds.

  • Send our fundraising video (See it here!) to people who care about social justice and building a better future for the whole community.

  • Share our WINTER AUCTION page with everyone you know and let them know it is a fundraiser for your child's school.

  • The only people who shouldn't hear from you about our fundraising efforts are parents at one of our local Waldorf schools. These schools are doing their own fundraising, so let's support them by not asking their parents to support us too.

Don't be shy! Supporting New Amsterdam is not just about your child, it's about building a healthy, safe, and sustainable future. That could be of interest to anyone! Be in touch with us if you need any help with materials, language, or information to talk to potential supporters. Thank you!


Our Winter Auction goes live at 2pm today!!!

If you’re still finalizing a donation, please send it to us as soon as possible to add to the live auction! (



Latke Day
Tuesday, Dec. 4
Homemade latkes for all classes!

Courtesy of Moti Lebovich

Book Study Group
Monday, Dec. 3

Coffee Friday
Friday, December 7

Good coffee. Good people. Meet downstairs.

Winter Fair Set-Up Day
NO SCHOOL - Early Childhood
Grades 1-3 Early Dismissal at 1pm

Friday, Dec. 7

Winter Fair!
Saturday, Dec. 8

Garden Work Day Tomorrow!


Please join the garden committee Saturday, December 1st from 10am to 2pm to spruce up El Jardin. No experience necessary!

Help out at the Winter Fair

We need volunteers to help set up and run the fair! Set-up day is Friday, December 7 after 1pm (please, no children during set-up).

Fair positions (candle-dipping, cupcake-serving, cider stand, etc.) are in shifts from 10am-12pm and 12pm to 2pm. We need plenty of help, so please sign up if you can at the front desk.


Please welcome Tal, Dror, and Amit Mann to our New Amsterdam family. Amit joined the Juniper Class last week after her family arrived in New York from Israel. Feel free to reach out to get to know them better at


Saying farewell to Saja as she sets off on her travels.


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

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! 

Thank you Helena Kubicka De Braganca for taking these beautiful photographs of the Willow room!

Belle Savransky