Advent | The Light of Animals

Week of the Animals

Moving from the week of the plant world into the week of the animal world feels like an exciting moment, and it is! Animals have both a depth of feeling life and a conscious connection to their senses not generally associated with plants. Animals can move their location in space in reaction to both their outer and inner environments, and they can have inner movement too. Sometimes we say, "I was moved by such and such." Our feelings and emotions can be affected by events in the world or in ourselves. Animals can also thoroughly enjoy a tasty treat and a brisk belly rub. Think of your cat stretched out in the sun, luxuriating in the warmth. We can feel that way too!

So this week, we can ask ourselves if we allow ourselves to be moved. Are we aware of the influence our inner and outer environments have on our emotions, and that our emotions have on us? Do we notice and take pleasure in the sensory world? In this busy holiday season, it can be easy to either overlook the influence of our emotions and become reactive or to shut down and say bah humbug. And who hasn't had the third cup of eggnog and later regretted it? Yet we can take a moment to reflect on the place our emotions have in our lives and be thankful that we can enjoy the warmth of the sun and the sweetness of the eggnog.

Have a wonderful holiday break!




Some of you may know Ms. Brigitte Choura from years past when she assisted in our early childhood classrooms. Beginning in January, Ms. Brigitte will return to New Amsterdam as our new Seedlings Lead Teacher! Brigitte completed her year-long study of “Birth to Three” at Sophia’s Hearth Waldorf Early Childhood Center in Keene, New Hampshire in 2015 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Theatre from Muhlenberg College. She joined New Amsterdam School as a Robin’s Nest assistant her first year and a parent/child assistant her second year before taking leave and having a child of her own. We are thrilled to welcome her back to teach both of our Seedlings classes beginning January 16. In her parent/child work, Brigitte strives to create a space of reverence where we as human beings can consciously come together and behold the children in their unfolding and deepening. Brigitte also attends births as a labor doula and works in the field of therapeutic arts for adults living with developmental disabilities.


We are steadily climbing towards our $200,000 fundraising goal to receive a generous $100,000 match grant, but need your help to get there! We are continuing our efforts to achieve 100% participation from our families here at New Amsterdam School, and now have the Juniper classroom leading the way! If you have not already donated to the Annual Fund, please join us by making a donation today.

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If you’re interested in a giving a stock donation to New Amsterdam School, please use the information below and direct any questions to Donors are required to sign an authorization with their broker to donate stocks.

Account Name: The New Amsterdam School

Account #: 850-03505

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New Amsterdam Holiday Social
Wednesday, Dec. 19

Winter Assembly
Friday, Dec. 21

For parents of first, second, and third graders, as well as Juniper families going to first grade next year. Grades children will perform.

See you back at school on January 7, 2019! We hope you enjoy a celebratory & restful holiday break.

A Talk with Liz Baring: "Thinking with the Heart" (Learning How to Listen Empathatically to Your Children)
Wednesday, Jan. 16

A few magical moments from our Winter Fair:


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! 


New village peeps for 1st-3rd graders


New Village Peeps enrollment is open! Easily enroll online.

Monday: Handwork

Tuesday: Children’s Choir

Wednesday: Drama

Thursday: Movement + Mindfulness

Friday: Arts & Games

Belle Savransky