A New Year Together


Welcome to a new school year at New Amsterdam School! We are excited to step into this year together with a new third kindergarten class, a developing second campus across the street at 41 Ave B, a new upper grade as our pioneering 4th graders lead the way in our vision of growing to 8th grade by 2023, and a growing community with new families joining us in every classroom. This first edition of the Villager will be short and sweet, so let’s start off with a few notes for parents:

Elementary School Families:

• Please be sure that your child’s blue rain pants and coat are left at school. This rain gear should be reserved for use during school hours only. Thank you!

•Reminder: On Friday, 9/20, your children will be heading uptown for a field trip to the Waldorf100 street fair at Rudolf Steiner School! More details are coming soon from your teacher.

Early Childhood Families:

• How do you feel about the school serving lunch this year? Our Food Program Survey is open through tomorrow morning.

• Drop-In Robin’s Nest enrollment will be available beginning Monday, 9/16, for children who are already enrolled in Robin’s Nest at least two days per week. If you need emergency after-school care for a child who is not already in the program, please email Jennifer.

• Please double-check that all of your child’s spare clothes and school items are labeled with their name (last name too, especially if you have a Max or Theo).

A few moments outside with the 1st/2nd grade class…

Garden News

This Saturday, September 14th at 2:00pm, El Jardin will hold its quarterly General Meeting. This meeting is especially geared towards garden members, and welcomes all newcomers. In addition, Adriana Hammonds, an El Jardin steering committee member, is hosting a Garden Workday from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Everybody is welcome to come pitch in with garden tasks such as weeding, or just enjoy the beauty of the meadow and a picnic lunch, now that the mosquito repellers have been hung.

At the meeting, you'll hear updates on our treehouse project. The old treehouse has been disassembled, and Idan Cohen, father of Ellie in Willow and Eve in Maple, has designed a beautiful new structure. Patricia will be there to share details with you. We'd love to get the project started in September, and volunteers will be needed and welcome. You'll also hear from Adriana herself about her trip to Michigan to purchase needed children's garden tools, and what she brought back with her. Ever wonder about the pond? We've got a team in place to begin to work more deeply on this. Our garden fundraiser in June opened up so many exciting possibilities (thank you!), and the more our community gets involved now, the faster they will happen.

So, if you are a garden member, and even if you're not, please feel warmly welcomed to attend this general meeting at a garden which means so much to our children.

-Patricia Carlin, Willow Lead Teacher

free webinars

Children’s Health

The Physicians’ Association for Anthroposophic Medicine is offering the following three webinars to share anthroposophical approaches to common childhood health concerns. Online registration is required; optional donations are appreciated.

#1: What to do when your child has an earache

Nov 13, 2019, 8:30 pm EST / 5:30 pm PST

#2: Finding inner rest in an anxious world

Jan 15, 2020, 8:30 pm EST / 5:30 pm PST

#3 Hints for a healthy diet and balanced digestion

Mar 11, 2020, 8:30 pm EST / 5:30 pm PST

Parenting & emotional health

Kim John Payne, one of our school’s faculty mentors and author of Simplicity Parenting and Being at Your Best When Your Kids Are at Their Worst: Practical Compassion in Parenting created this free online workshop to help listeners discover how to become more calm and confident parents, and have deeper connections with their children. The sessions are video/audio based, so you can listen at times that work best for you.

Emotional Self-Regulation for Parents: An Online Workshop

Coming Up:

Parent Craft Morning
Thursday, Sept 12

Knit, crochet, and sew with Ms. Kaori. All skill levels welcome, no experience necessary.

Coffee Friday
Friday, Sept 13

Free coffee downstairs! Hosted by the Willow class this week.

Garden Workday + Meeting
Saturday, Sept 14 at El Jardin
Garden Workday: 10:00am-2:00pm
Garden General Meeting: 2:00pm

Meditative Monday
Monday, Sept 16

Guided meditation downstairs led by "urban shaman" David Williams, father of Kali in the Mulberry class.

Waldorf School for Parents

Building Parent Support Systems
Tuesday, Sept 17

Led by Wendy Kraus (mother of Lily in 3rd grade) and Kristin Mensing (our handwork teacher and school social worker). Join the first of our new group discussion series on Waldorf education and parenting.

save the date:

No School
Monday, Sept 30 + Tuesday, Oct 1
Rosh Hashanah

Whole School Community Meeting
Saturday, Oct 5

No School
Wednesday, Oct 9
Yom Kippur

No School
Monday, Oct 14
Indigenous Peoples' Day / Columbus Day

Village Peeps


First through fourth graders can still sign up for after-school Village Peeps classes! Follow the link below and use code FARMTRIP at checkout to reduce the price by one week.


On Saturday, September 14, #BikeAveB and Kidical are holding a family bike ride in support of the Bike Av B campaign to add a bike lane on our school’s main thoroughfare. It will be a slow paced, two mile family-friendly route from Tompkins Sq Park to the East River, and will meet at the north side of the park at 9:30am for a 10:00am start time.

Belle Savransky