November 2013 Calendar

2 / Saturday

  • Math Through the Grades Workshop
    8:30 am – 12:30 pm / Begin in Library

    Math Through the Grades provides an in-depth look at how math is taught at WWS. Through sample lessons in several grades, this workshop provides unique insight into Waldorf math pedagogy. We will be joined by Jamie York, author of numerous textbooks for use in Waldorf math classes. Light breakfast and snack provided, but RSVP is required. RSVP to or 301-229-6107 x123. Breakfast begins at 8:30, program begins at 9.

5 / Tuesday

  • Parenting for Puberty with Drew Joseph, POSTPONED
    8:45 am – 10:00 am / Library

    How do we prepare our children for both the pleasures and the responsibilities of adult sexuality? In this workshop we'll explore how to support this important part of our children's development from infancy all the way through adolescence. Come to one or to all four sessions! For parents and teachers of children of all ages. Specializing in "people not problems," Drew Joseph is a licensed marriage and family therapist with more than 20 years experience. THIS EVENT IS POSTPONED

6 / Wednesday

  • Observation Morning
    8:00 am – 10:30 am / WWS

    Observation Mornings include a presentation on the philosophy and approach of Waldorf education and visits to five classes to see the Waldorf approach “in action.” The tour spans the grades, observing our youngest students in the Children’s Garden, several Lower School grades, and a class in the High School. Observation Mornings begin at 8 a.m. in the school library and end in the library at 10:30 following a Q & A period. These events are for adults. For more information or to RSVP, please contact our Enrollment Director, Lezlie Lawson, at 301-229-6107, x154 or at

9 / Saturday

  • Children's Garden Open House
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm / WWS Children's Garden

    Talk with Waldorf early childhood teachers, see a puppet play, and participate with your child in Waldorf classroom activities. For more information or to RSVP, please contact our Enrollment Director, Lezlie Lawson, at 301-229-6107, x154 or at

  • Fall Festival and Capital Campaign Launch
    1:30 pm – 4:30 pm / Glen Echo Park

    This year the all-school Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, November 9, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park in Glen Echo, Maryland. Please arrive at 1 p.m. to assure that you and your child(ren) and guests have time to be seated before the program starts promptly at 1:30 p.m.

    For those new to the WWS community, the Fall Festival program typically includes offerings from the Lower School grades from their main lesson work and specialty class work. Students are expected to attend. This year, in addition to our traditional Fall Festival program, we look forward to sharing details of the School’s planned renovations and announcing the launch of Build Our Vision, the Campaign for the Washington Waldorf School.

10 / Sunday

  • Lantern Walk for Nursery Class
    4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

    Meet on playground

12 / Tuesday

  • High School Open Day
    8:00 am – 12:30 pm / WWS

    High School Open Days are for middle school and high school age students and their parents. The morning begins at 8 a.m. with a presentation about the Waldorf approach for the high school years and then offers an opportunity to sit in on a number of classes for the morning. Visitors are invited to stay for an organic lunch from Chef Eron at 12:30. For more information or to RSVP, please contact our Enrollment Director, Lezlie Lawson, at 301-229-6107, x154 or at

  • Trustees Council Meeting
    7:00 pm – 9:00 pm / Library

    All welcome

14 / Thursday

  • Developmental Stages of Childhood: A Road Map for the Journey, w/ Nancy Foster
    7:30 pm – 9:00 pm / Library

    When you are on a journey, especially if you are traveling the route for the first time, it is often helpful to carry a map to consult along the way. Some people also like to study a travel guide. These prepare you for what you will encounter on the trip, alert you to confusing forks in the road, and help you to avoid wrong turns.

    As parents embark on the journey of family life, they naturally hope to be ready for what comes and to meet every situation with equanimity, but if they do not have a good road map, they can become confused or lost at times.

    In this session we will offer you a reliable guide by looking at the stages of child development, from birth to first grade readiness, and the interesting challenges that accompany the child’s (and parent’s) journey through these stages.

    Nancy Foster is a nationally known Waldorf early childhood educator. She taught at Acorn Hill Waldorf Kindergarten and Nursery in Silver Spring for almost three decades. She also lectures, offers workshops for teachers at Waldorf kindergarten conferences, serves as a mentor for new teachers, and is on the visiting faculty of Sunbridge Institute in Spring Valley, New York. She is the author/editor of two collections of seasonal music and verse, Let Us Form a Ring and Dancing as We Sing, as well as In a Nutshell. Dialogues with Parents at Acorn Hill, A Waldorf Kindergarten.

15 / Friday

  • Children's Garden Coffee/Tea
    8:30 am – 10:00 am / Outside CG classrooms

    Join us after morning drop-off in the lower lobby for warm drinks and conversation.

  • G1 & G2 Potluck Supper & Lantern Walk
    4:30 pm – 6:00 pm / Meet in classrooms

    Potluck at 4:30 in classrooms
    Lantern walk at 5:30

22 / Friday

23 / Saturday

  • Fall Bazaar
    10:00 am – 3:00 pm

27 / Wednesday

  • The Life of Rudolf Steiner w/ Cynthia Bennett
    8:30 am – 10:00 am / Library

    Join us in the library Wednesday, November 27, at 8:30 a.m. to hear our wonderful guest, Cynthia Bennett, speak about Rudolf Steiner. Like many of us, Cynthia found the Waldorf school through her children. She was inspired to later become a Waldorf teacher and was a founding teacher in our high school, teaching math and science for 15 years. She has served as both High School chair, and Faculty Chair at WWS. After leaving WWS she taught in the Foundation Studies Program and joined Jack Petrash to start the Nova Institute Teacher Training. The current Foundation Studies students (which any of you can be!) appreciate her as an anthroposophical scholar, fantastic teacher, and gifted guide through the layered and often challenging work of Rudolf Steiner. It is an interesting study that often inspires practical application towards personal discovery and evolution. Who was Rudolf Steiner? How did the Waldorf curriculum emerge out of his life's work? What is anthroposophy, and what does that have to do with our school and our children's experience? Please, bring your questions--the discussion is sure to be lively. As always, snacks and refreshments will be provided. Your Parent Organization Steering Committee.

  • Dismissal
    12:30 pm – 1:30 pm