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Events for May

Events for June

SPECIAL EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS

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  • Puppet show for younger children begins at 10:30 at the Puppet Wagon.
  • Students should wear festive assembly dress.
  • Children in Grades 1-8 will line up with their class teachers promptly at 10:45 along
    the left hand side of the Main Building. Students sit with their classmates during the Maypole festivities and join their families for a picnic lunch afterwards.
  • Parents should bring lunch, a picnic blanket, low camp chairs if desired, and find a spot around the perimeter of the Maypole.
  • All are welcome to participate in the Mayday Mayhem Fiddle Jam in the auditorium from 1-3. Bring your tambourines, cellos, guitars, ukuleles and fiddles as babies through
    grandparents will make beautiful music together!
  • To brush up on your fiddle songs beforehand, pick up a songbook from the Development Office for just $10. All proceeds go to scholarships for Berkshire Strings summer camp.
  • Please plan to supervise your children at all times. All the May Day activities will take place in front of the school until it’s time to head to the auditorium for the Fiddle Jam.
  • Festivities end at 1 pm for those not attending the Fiddle Jam.

ARI & MIA will be at GBRSS on May 25th.  These accomplished young strings musicians, who are instructors at the Berkshire Strings Summer Camp, will give a mini concert for grades 1-8 at 10:45, followed by work with the different grades in their strings classes.  Lucy Wise, who is also part of their group, will be doing some songwriting with the older grades.

Parents are invited to come see Ari and Mia perform at No. 6 Depot on May 24th!

Tuesday, May 24th, 7:30pm ARI + MIA with LUCY WISE CONCERT. “Strikingly beautiful, distinctive and exhilarating, with expressive vocals that will find a way into hearts and minds, Ari & Mia reference the traditions of Southern and Northeastern fiddle music. Ari & Mia performed for our students and led workshops in 2012 and we are thrilled to host them again.

 

MONTHLY REMINDERS

Scrip

Orders and checks are due by Monday, May 9 at 3 pm; delivery is Thursday, May 12.
Elisa Garza Kammeyer, GBRSS Scrip Coordinator; Email: scrip@gbrss.org (mailto:scrip@gbrss.org) ; Phone: (917) 318-1313

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Name:
Email:
Phone:
Delivery – front desk or child’s backpack (name/grade):
Choose store and fill in dollar amount ($25 increments):
LOCAL SCRIP – in store only.
Berkshire Coop (10%):
Big Y (2%):
Guido’s (10%):
Hawthorne Valley FS (10%):
Barrington Outfitters (10%):
Body & Soul (10%):
TOTAL ORDER AMOUNT:

Parent Association

Our last PA meeting is Tuesday, May 3 at 7 pm in the library; all are welcome. We will be selecting new co-chairs and firming up class reps for the 2016-17 school year.

Join us for the last PA Coffee Hour on Wednesday, May 4 in the library after drop-off.

 

EARLY CHILDHOOD

June 9, EC Doll Naming Ceremony- 11:00 and last day of EC- Noon dismissal followed by a picnic.

Our First Grade ready children have been gathering and working together on their dolls. To celebrate this awakening the children make a simple knot doll out of flannel and wool. Working with their hands on a project that unfolds over time satisfies the children and helps them develop new skills and utilized old ones they have learned in Kindergarten. It also helps develop soul qualities like patience and wonder. The persistence and concentration required to pin and stitch and thread (and re- thread again and again) the small needle are newly unfolding capacities. You really can hear every pin drop as we steadily work together! After the children stitch the doll and the bonnet, felt a bunting and finger knit a tie it is time to “birth” the dolls. This process has much magic and reverence surrounding it as the children begin to think about naming their dolls. It is always amazing how the children’s individual personality shines through in the little bundle they create! We eagerly await the Doll naming ceremony. Families and teachers of the children going on to First Grade are invited to attend. It will be followed by our end of year picnic for all EC families. 

 

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NEWS

Music Recitals

Spring recitals are once again approaching – both class and all-school. These are opportunities for students to share their individual and group achievement in music. These events are formal occasions and reflect the many hours of preparation demanded for each performance. We would like to acknowledge the support and encouragement of all the parents who promote the musical education of their children. We would also like to urge you to review the section on “Performance” in our parent handbook (pages 48-49).
May 18 – 3rd grade (2pm)
May 20 – All School Spring Recital (7pm)
June 1 – 4th grade (1pm)
June 3 – 6th grade (1pm), 7th grade (8:30am)
June 6  – 5th grade, (2pm)
8th grade – TBD

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Friday, May 27, our fifth graders will take part in a Greek Olympiad as part of their studies of ancient Greece. The students will be dressed in white tunics as they compete in the events of the pentathlon; running, wrestling, discus, javelin and long jump. Students from five other Waldorf schools will join us. Festivities begin at 10:00 with artistic presentations from all the schools followed by the athletic events. The day ends at 3:00PM.
Taking part in the ancient Greek Olympics is one of the highlights in the fifth grade year.

 

Class Nights

May 4 – 8th grade, 7pm
May 10 – 3rd grade, 7pm
May 11 – 5th grade, 7pm
May 12 – 2nd grade, 7pm
May 18 – 6th grade, 7pm

 

SPORTS

Have you noticed that the baseball field looks different? Thanks to a parent led effort, the baseball field has a new infield, new bases, and a Steiner team ready to field grounders and connect with their bats! We would like to especially thank Rich Lassor of Nature Works for spearheading the redesign of the field. Rich donated an IMMENSE amount of time and effort digging up the field with his equipment, redesigning it, and unloading and raking in the new material. Also lending a significant hand with his equipment and time was Erik Raymond, another Steiner parent and current Steiner boys baseball coach. Please thank these parents for all their efforts when you see them around the school and come by the field to support our baseball team. Home games at 3:30 pm on Mon May 16, Friday May 20, and Friday May 27.

Stay tuned for the field re-dedication ceremony!

See the schedule below.

Call the SPORTS PHONE (413)528-4015, ext. 150 for practice and game announcements. Cancellations or changes are announced by 1 pm of the day of scheduled game or practice.  For other questions, call Krista Palmer, (413)528-4015, ext. 110. See below for school directions to away games

UPDATED SPRING SPORTS SCHEDULE – come to the home games and cheer on the teams!

Girls Lacrosse

Date Team Played Home/Away Game time Return time
May 2, Mon. Pine Cobble Away 4:00 6:30
May 4, Wed. IMS Away 3:45 5:30
May 9, Mon. BCD Away 3:30 5:00
May 13, Fri.  IMS Home 3:30  
May 16, Mon. Dutchess Day Home 3:45
May 20, Fri. Dalton (at BCD Field) Away 4:00 5:45
May 23, Mon. Pine Cobble Home 4:00
May 25, Wed. BCD (6th grade game) Home  3:30   

Boys Baseball

Date Team Played Home/Away Game time Return time
May 4, Wed. Rumsey Hall Away 4:00 6:30
May 11, Wed. IMS Away 3:45  5:45
May 13, Fri. Mt. Everett Away 3:45  5:15
May 16, Wed. Rumsey Hall Home 3 :30
May 20, Fri. IMS Home 3:30
May 27, Fri. Mount Everett
Home 3:30

Practice: Practices are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 3 – 4:40 pm. As usual, the NY Taconic Hills bus will be available from the school at 4:45 pm.

  • Again – Please call sports line 528-4015 ext.150 to check for changes. All changes are made by 1 pm.

 

ADMISSIONS

The next GBRSS Open House will be Friday, May 13, 9:00am. Save the date! Tell your friends! Join Admissions Director Robyn Coe for an insightful tour of main lesson in progress throughout the grades, visit handwork and woodworking studios, and learn more about Waldorf education and the vibrant life of our school. For more information email admissions@gbrss.org or call 413 528-4015 ext 106
Also: Save the Date for our 8th Grade Portfolio Review and Open House, Wednesday June 8 at 9am, a remarkable opportunity to see the work of the graduating class of 2016 and discuss with students what they have learned during their primary education at GBRSS.

 

ADVANCEMENT

Get your Tulipalooza RSVPs in! Jenna will have a table out front on May Day to take last minute RSVPs and sell raffle tickets to win a sleepover at the Stonover Farm Rock Cottage! This fabulous cottage has two bedrooms, a full kitchen, dining and living room, and comes with a scrumptious breakfast. Children can sleep in the upstairs sleeping turret while their parents dance the night away down the hill in the barn! Raffle tickets are just $10 each or $25 for three. The winner will be picked at May Day and you do not have to be present to win.

Tulipalooza silent auction summer camp sneak peek:

  • A week at Camp Omi’s renowned arts day camp for children aged 4.5-13 in Ghent, NY
  • a 2-week session at Camp Cody, a traditional New Hampshire sleepaway camp, for a new family.  Good for 6/26-7/9/2016 or 8/7-8/20/2016, for either boys or girls aged 7-15.  The minimum bid is $1,500 and the winner pays a one-time registration fee of $300 to Camp Cody.  This is more than a $3,500 value and someone could get a really good deal on a two week sleepaway camp.  Three of these prizes are available!
  • two weeks of sleepaway summer camp at Ballibay Arts Camp in Northeastern PA.  Winner pays $200 insurance fee to the camp.  Choose from Arts (session 2&3), Rock band (session 2&3), or Dance (sessions 1&2) sessions beginning 7/10 and 7/24. A $3,100 value; the bidding will start at $500.
  • Berkshire Strings Summer Camp in French Park run by our own Erika Ludwig
  • GBRSS Summer@Steiner
  • Berkcirque Circus Camp in downtown Great Barrington
  • A week of day camp at Kutsher’s Sports Academy
  • A week of day camp at Blue Rider Stables

 

ADMINISTRATIVE NEWS

Job Opportunities

Please see our website for Current Employment opportunities  and information for 2016 Fall Apprenticeship Program.

 

SUMMER PROGRAM

Brochures for Summer @ Steiner program are available at the front desk. Summer@ Steiner runs for 6 weeks starting on June 29 and ending August 7. There a $50 discount for Steiner families (Steiner rate is $225 a week). Certain weeks and groups are filling up quickly! We look forward to spending a wonderful summer with your children.

Berkshire Summer Strings, July 11-15, French Park in North Egremont. A program for youth 8 – 16 with one year of study on a string instrument; includes violin, viola, cello, guitar, mandolin or banjo. Friendly instructors share their love of traditional music and teach songs that will become your friends for life. Directed by Waldorf Strings Teacher, Erika Ludwig. More information and registration at www.berkshiresummerstrings.com

Check out the list of Summer Camps available in the Tulipalooza Silent Auction in the Advancement box above and get some great deals on summer camps while supporting the school!

 

OTHER NEWS

Spring in the GBRSS Garden!

“No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow”   Proverb

As Spring begins to life her head in the garden, we welcome your support and presence as we prepare for planting and projects. We are working the soil, planting, seeding, spreading biodynamic preparations and other general garden maintenance.

1) Volunteers needed in the garden:

We are in need of some extra helping hands in the garden! Come join Farmer Hadley any afternoon MondayThursday before pick up. Any time you could offer would be most helpful and appreciated.

As well, we are looking for volunteers for specific building projects such as constructing fencing, trellises, gates, benches etc. If you would like to volunteer your time or materials towards these efforts, please contact Farmer Hadley.

2) Spring Cleaning:

As you are spring cleaning, there are a few items we could use in the garden:

Garden Wish List

o   Garden Items/Tools- birdbath, hand trowels, digging forks, shovels, watering cans, wheel barrows or garden carts

o   Perennials- As you are dividing or thinning your perennials for spring, we welcome flowers, medicinal and culinary herbs, strawberries etc.

Please contact Hadley Milliken at garden@gbrss.org or (413) 717-2475 to sign up for volunteering or material and plant donations.

Thank you for your support, Farmer Hadley

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April Calendar and News 2016 https://gbrss.org/april-calendar-and-news-2016/ https://gbrss.org/april-calendar-and-news-2016/#respond Thu, 31 Mar 2016 20:12:48 +0000 http://gbrss.org/?p=16839 SPECIAL EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS Tuesday, April 5: Turtle Tree Seed Delivery The Turtle Tree Seeds that you have ordered will be lovingly packed out by the 6th Grade this week and available for pick up at the front desk on April 5th or will travel home with your children (whatever was indicated on your order […]

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April

SPECIAL EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS

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Tuesday, April 5: Turtle Tree Seed Delivery

The Turtle Tree Seeds that you have ordered will be lovingly packed out by the 6th Grade this week and available for pick up at the front desk on April 5th or will travel home with your children (whatever was indicated on your order form). Thank you for your support and happy growing!
~ Farmer Hadley

 Don’t forget, May Day is on Sunday this year

May 1st is on a Sunday this year and our May Day tradition takes on a weekend twist. We will begin the festivities with a puppet play at the puppet wagon at 10:30. The show will wind its way over to the maypole at 11:00 for music and dancing with the good and merry Evers Whyte as our emcee. All are welcome to partake of a picnic lunch between 12 and 1, and a special new addition to May Day (when it’s on Sunday) is the May Day Mayhem Fiddle Jam 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the auditorium. All ages are invited with their instruments (including maracas and tambourines) for collaborative expression of our springtime reverence. The “May Day Mayhem Jam Session fiddle songbook” is available for purchase in the Advancement Office for $10 a book with all monies collected going to support the Berkshire Summer Strings Youth Scholarship Fund.

AND THANK YOUS

To all who make Café Night what it is;
On behalf of the entire Parent Association, I would like to express the sincerest gratitude for your participation in making this year’s Café Night an amazing success.  It was a fun-filled night with great performances of both seasoned talent and those new to the sport.
I very much appreciate the balance that we seem to have struck between a true community-building event and a fundraiser that supports our PA efforts.  We brought in just over $3500 this year thanks to the performers’ work in bringing our spirited audience a wonderfully entertaining night.

You are all such a great part of our GBRSS community.  I can’t say thanks enough!!
With gratitude,
~Maggie Taylor and the rest of the GBRSS Parent Association

And to all who helped with Grandparents and Special Friends Day – Our hearts were warmed to see all the special friends and relatives who traveled far and wide to visit their students last week. Please let them know how much we appreciated and enjoyed their participation in the event, and invite them to join the festivities on May Day.

 

Tick Check poster

MONTHLY REMINDERS

Every day at your house: Tick Checks – 

We are trying to be vigilant about tick checks after outside activities. Lyme disease is a very real threat in the tri-state area and the children need to be reminded to do a thorough tick check at home once a day.  School “tick checks” only cover clothing and exposed areas, but students would be well advised to do a full body tick check before bed.

PA Coffee Hour- Wednesday, April 6

All are welcome, please join us in the Library after drop-off.

Scrip Orders due Monday, April 11

PA Meeting is Tuesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. in the library; all are welcome. The March meeting minutes can be found here.

 

 

EARLY CHILDHOOD

Saturday, April 9 10:30 a.m. Puppet play and Open House in Early Childhood Building

Early childhood teachers present the puppet play “The Straw Broom,” a story about little gnomes who learn about spring cleaning, followed by  playtime in the classroom and an opportunity for parents to learn more about early childhood programs at the school.

 

 

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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NEWS

Getting Ready for High School

The lower school will hold a “Getting Ready for High School” evening for 5th6th and 7th grade parents the Thursday after spring break,  April 28, at 7:00 p.m.
GBRSS middle school science and math teacher Lynn Arches, who has also been a college and high school advisor for 20 years and earned her Ivy League College Counseling certificate from Harvard University, will discuss preparing students for high school, including building focus, will forces and a routine that supports high school and college prep, entrance tests for private and boarding high schools, and how to choose the right school for your teen.
For more information, contact lynnarches@yahoo.com.

8th grade play “The Twelfth Night”, April 15 -17

The community is invited to the 8th Grade’s performance of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

Thursday, April 14 at 10:50 a.m.

Friday, April 15 at 9:00 am and 7:00 p.m.

and Saturday evening, April 16 at 7 p.m.

 

SPORTS

Call the SPORTS PHONE (413)528-4015, ext. 150 for practice and game announcements. Cancellations or changes are announced by 1 pm of the day of scheduled game or practice.  For other questions, call Warren Palmer, (413)528-4015, ext. 110.

Preliminary Spring Sports schedule – come to the home games and cheer on the teams!!

GBRSS 2016 SPRING SPORTS SCHEDULE – updated 3-31-2016

Girls Lacrosse

Date Team Played Home/Away Game time Return time
April 13, Wed Dutchess Day Away 4:00 6:30
April 25, Mon. BCD Home 3:30
April 29, Fri Pittsfield Away 4:15 tba
May 2, Mon. Pine Cobble Away 4:00 6:30
May 4, Wed IMS Away 3:45 5:30
May 9, Mon. BCD Away 3:30 5:00
May 13, Fri IMS Home 3:30
May 16, Mon. Dutchess Day Home 3:45
May 20, Fri Dalton (at BCD Field) Away 4:00 5:45
May 23, Mon Pine Cobble Home 4:00
May 25, Wed BCD (6th grade game) Home 3:30

Boys Baseball

Date Team Played Home/Away Game time Return time
April 13, Wed North Canaan Home 3:45
May 4,  Wed Rumsey Hall Away 4:00 6:30
May 11,  Wed. Indian Mountain School Away 3:45 5:45
May 13, Fri Mt. Everett Away 3:45 5:15
May 16, Mon Rumsey Hall Home 3:30
May 20, Fri. Indian Mountain School Home 3 :30
May 27 Fri Mt Everett Home 3:30

Additional Baseball games may be scheduled between Steiner and local town teams that use the Steiner Field. Stay tuned for game dates.

SPORTS PHONE: 528-4015, ext. 150 for practice and game announcements. Cancellations or changes are announced by 1 p.m. of the day of scheduled game or practice.  For other questions, call Warren Palmer, ext. 110

      • Notify coaches in advance if your son or daughter cannot participate in sports on any given day.
      • Please call sports line 528-4015 ext.150 for changes. All changes are made by 1 p.m.
      • Boys Coaches- Eric Raymond(860) 248-0995
      • Girls Coach – Krista Palmer (413) 528-4015, ext 150

 

Summer @ Steiner Kayaking at The Grove
Summer @ Steiner Kayaking at The Grove

SUMMER PROGRAM

Brochures for Summer @ Steiner program are available on the bulletin boards in the early childhood building and at the front desk. Summer@ Steiner runs for 6 weeks starting on June 27 and ending August 5. There is a $75 per week discount for Steiner families (the rate for a current student is $200/week). Some weeks and groups fill up quickly, so please register now. We look forward to spending a wonderful summer with your children.

From Camp GlenBrook…

Do you know a 3rd or 4th grader looking for a Waldorf-inspired, residential summer camp? At Camp Glen Brook we offer special sessions for first time campers. What sets us apart?  We are a small camp with a family feel and wholesome farm-to-table food.  Programs for 3rd – 10th graders.  www.glenbrook.org

 

ADMISSIONS

The GBRSS Early Childhood Open House is Saturday, April 9th at 10:30 a.m. and the next GBRSS all-school open house is Friday, April 15, 9:00am.  Save the dates!  Tell your friends!  Join Admissions Director Robyn Coe for an insightful tour of main lesson in progress throughout the grades, visit handwork and woodworking studios, and learn more about Waldorf education and the vibrant life of our school.  For more information email admissions@gbrss.org or call 413.528.4015 ext 106.

 

DEVELOPMENT

SAVE THE DATE
May 14th, 6-11 pm

Tulipalooza 2: the Second Annual GBRSS Gala

Last year’s event was so much fun, and such a success, that we are doing it again! Mark your calendars and book your sitters for a festive night of dinner, drinks, dancing, auction and fun, all in support of our school.

If you are interested in becoming an event sponsor, or have an item to donate to the auction, contact Jenna Lamond at development@gbrss.org.

Wouldn’t it be amazing to stay overnight in one of the beautiful rooms at Stonover Farm? Imagine dancing the night away at Tulipalooza, knowing you can retire to your own private retreat just steps from the party!  There are two suites available for the night in the main house; contact Jenna if you are interested in taking one for the night.

Enter to win a chance to stay in the luxurious Rock Cottage, a breathtaking two-bedroom private house just up the hill from the barn!  Tickets are available in the Advancement Office or at the front desk for $10 a ticket or 3 chances for $25.  The drawing will be held on May Day!

 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE NEWS

Immediate Job Opening

GBRSS is looking for an Aftercare Supervisor on the elementary school side.  Hours are Monday through Friday 3:00 – 5:30, will consider someone with 2 – 3 days of availability. The position involves supervision of children 9 – 14 in and out of doors. Qualified applicants will have experience with young children, some knowledge of Waldorf education is a plus.  Please contact Michael Junkins x 105 or facultyadmin@gbrss.org.

GBRSS Parent Survey

Coming soon.  As part of our commitment to communication and growth, the Board of Trustees and a private firm are developing a parent survey to help inform and guide future initiatives at the school.  We are counting on every parent in a family to take the survey and let their voice be heard.  Keep an eye on your inboxes towards the end of the month–there will be an incentive for each response received!

Reenrollment 2016-2017

Reenrollment contracts were due March 18th. If you are still receiving emails from TADS, we do not have your completed contract.
If you have any questions or concerns about your contract or tuition for next year, please contact the Business office at business@gbrss.org.

 

CLASS OF 2016 News

We are pleased to announce this year’s high school acceptances. Our eighth graders have the following schools to choose from so far:

Independent Day Schools

Berkshire Waldorf High School (Stockbridge, MA)

Independent Boarding Schools

Berkshire School (Sheffield, MA)
Emma Willard School (Troy, NY)
The Hotchkiss School (Lakeville, CT)
Interlochen Arts Academy (Interlochen, MI)
Suffield Academy (Suffield, CT)

Public High Schools

Monument Mountain Regional High School
Chatham High School

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

 

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Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School Announces 2016 First Grade Teacher Renée Far https://gbrss.org/16773-2/ https://gbrss.org/16773-2/#respond Thu, 03 Mar 2016 18:12:44 +0000 http://gbrss.org/?p=16773 45 Years of Waldorf Education in the Berkshires Contact: Robyn Coe marketing@gbrss.org 413.528.4015 x.106   (Great Barrington, MA) March 1, 2016—Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (GBRSS) welcomes Renée Far as first grade teacher for the 2016-2017 school year.  At the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, as at Waldorf schools all over the world, students grow […]

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45 Years of Waldorf Education in the Berkshires

Contact: Robyn Coe

marketing@gbrss.org

413.528.4015 x.106

 

(Great Barrington, MA) March 1, 2016—Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (GBRSS) welcomes Renée Far as first grade teacher for the 2016-2017 school year.  At the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, as at Waldorf schools all over the world, students grow with their class teacher from first through eighth grade, in a progressively deepening relationship that builds on each child’s natural curiosity and the unfolding of each child’s capacities. In accordance with educator, scientist and philosopher Rudolf Steiner’s insights into human nature and the developmental stages of childhood, a rigorous academic curriculum, consistently integrated with fine and practical arts, provides a balanced and engaging education that prepares students for their choice of high school and college, while teaching them to care for themselves, one another and the world.

 

The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School is currently accepting applications for the 2016-17 school year, and will hold a “Meet the Teacher” event for current and potential applicant families to meet Mrs. Far and music, movement, language, games and outdoor learning subject teachers in the first grade classroom at 35 West Plain Road, Great Barrington, Saturday, March 12, 10:30am-12pm. To RSVP and reserve complimentary childcare, contact  Admissions Director Robyn Coe at admissions@gbrss.org or 413-528-4015 x 106.

 

“We are thrilled to welcome Renée Far, a graduate of our Waldorf Teaching Apprenticeship Program, as our first grade teacher,” commented Faculty Administrator Michael Junkins. “In the 45th anniversary year of our school, we have embarked on a stable, mature phase that includes not only stellar teaching for our students, but master teachers mentoring rising teachers in the high standards our faculty holds for both academics and healthy social dynamics. ”

 

Meet the Teacher—Mrs. Far joined the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School’s Waldorf Teaching Apprenticeship Program for the 2014-15 school year. During her in-depth training in the Waldorf teaching apprenticeship program, Mrs. Far has taught all grades under the tutelage of the school’s most experienced senior faculty. Her abilities and versatility in the classroom especially shined this winter when she took on extensive teaching responsibilities for the seventh grade during the class teacher’s absence.  Mrs. Far joins the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School faculty with the full support of the Council of Teachers, administration and Board of Directors.

 

Mrs. Far graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of fine arts degree from Alfred University, New York. Her professional experience in the arts includes work as an art director, multimedia graphic designer and interior designer, as well as chairperson of the Lenox Cultural Council.

 

“Almost from the first moment I encountered Waldorf education, I felt that the most meaningful way I could make use of my arts background and love of history and culture would be to become a Waldorf teacher,” commented Mrs. Far. “I look forward to working with this group of children and families to build a vibrant class community that is mutually supportive, academically strong and creative, to support these children in becoming curious, courageous lifelong learners.”

 

For more information about the “Meet the Teacher” event on March 12 and to reserve childcare, contact Admissions Director Robyn Coe at admissions@gbrss.org or 413-528-4015 x. 106.

 

45 Years of Waldorf Education in the Berkshires—Voted Best School in the Berkshires in 2013, 2014 and 2015, the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (GBRSS) provides hands-on learning, starting with Parent-Child, Pre-K and Kindergarten in the early childhood building surrounded by gardens, fields and woods, through 8th grade in the Lower School, built around the heart of a classic Berkshires timber frame barn. GBRSS’s Waldorf curriculum integrates rigorous academics with fine and practical arts, outdoor learning and three-season intramural sports, preparing students to achieve their full potential in high school, college and the world.

 

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Interviews and high resolution images are available. To schedule an interview with Class of 2024 teacher Renee Far or Faculty Administrator Michael Junkins, contact Robyn Coe at marketing@gbrss.org or (818) 287-1237.

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2016 March Calendar and News https://gbrss.org/2016-march-calendar-and-news-update/ https://gbrss.org/2016-march-calendar-and-news-update/#respond Mon, 29 Feb 2016 14:23:27 +0000 http://gbrss.org/?p=16694 SPECIAL EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS 2nd Annual Turtle Tree Seed Fundraiser for GBRSS Farm and Garden Program Farmer Hadley is excited to announce that you can buy 100% open-pollinated vegetable, herb and flower Turtle Tree seeds through the school and benefit our Farm and Garden Program. Orders are due by Wednesday, March 9. Order forms and seed […]

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SPECIAL EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS

TurtleTreeSeedFundraiser2nd Annual Turtle Tree Seed Fundraiser for GBRSS Farm and Garden Program

Farmer Hadley is excited to announce that you can buy 100% open-pollinated vegetable, herb and flower Turtle Tree seeds through the school and benefit our Farm and Garden Program. Orders are due by Wednesday, March 9. Order forms and seed variety descriptions are available online and at school. Your purchases will inspire your garden planning, support a local biodynamic seed initiative, and boost our Farm and Garden Program. We appreciate your support!

ReneeFar2015Saturday, March 12, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm – Meet the 2016-2017 1st Grade Teacher

Come meet first grade class teacher Renée Far and handwork, games, movement, music and language subject teachers who, with Mrs. Far, will support the class through eighth grade.

We’ll talk about what it means to be “first grade ready” at the Steiner School, life in first grade, transitioning to grade school, and Renée’s vision for the class.

For more information and to reserve complimentary childcare, contact Admissions Director Robyn Coe at admissions@gbrss.org or 413-528-4015 x. 106.

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2016 Café Night, Saturday, March 12

Come one, come all to our annual adults-only evening of talent and entertainment! Book your sitters now (or contact the Front Desk for a list of available 8th grade babysitters). Prepare to laugh, cry and be amazed by our gifted community. Saturday, March 12, 7 pm-??, GBRSS Auditorium.Suggested admission $10, cash bar, potluck appetizers and desserts. (Check in with your class reps for sign-ups for bringing food and beverages)

Performers contact Laura Whyte at ldanehowerwhyte@gmail.com

Parent Presentation: “The Talk” with Sharon Maxwell, March 14, 7:00 – 9:00 pm Berkshire Waldorf High School

Berkshire Waldorf High School will host an evening for parents. Sharon Maxwell, Ph.D., award winning author of the book, The TALK: What Your Kids Need To Hear From YOU, will educate and support parents as part of a sexual health and relationship curriculum. Students will participate in the curriculum at the high school and at Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (grades 6,7, and 8) beginning the week of March 14. Starting and sustaining a dialogue with our children about healthy relationships is an essential part of parenting, and we recommend that parents of middle school students attend this important evening if they were not able to see Dr. Maxwell when the Parent Association hosted her in the fall.

Dr. Maxwell is an award-winning author, educator, and practicing clinical psychologist. Her work has been featured in TIME Magazine, US News and World Report, USA Today, Working Mother, The Boston Globe, and on NPR, Oprah and Friends, and Fox News.

Grandparents And Special Friends Day, March 23

Every year we invite grandparents and special friends into our school so they can experience Waldorf Education and see their little ones thriving at school. Grandparents & Special Friends Day offers a glimpse into our classrooms and shows visitors just what makes our community so wonderful.

This year we are welcoming guests on the Wednesday before Easter to visit EC and experience all the grades through the in-school Spring Assembly.  The day will begin at 11 for EC visitors and 11:30 for Grades visitors, and end around 2:30 after the assembly. Lunch will be provided.

We need to know whom you would like to invite to this RSVP required event. Send your guests’ name, address and email to Jenna at development@gbrss.org so we can invite them as soon as possible.
Please note that this event is not intended for parents. Parents are invited to the Spring Assembly on Thursday, March 24 at 1:30.

No School Friday, March, 25

 

MONTHLY REMINDERS

Scrip

Scrip orders are due Monday, March 14 and will be distributed on Thursday, March 17.

Parent Association

Our next PA meeting is Tuesday, March 2 at 7 pm in the library; all are welcome. February’s minutes can be found here.
If you can’t make the PA meeting, be sure to join us for our monthly Coffee Hour on the first Wednesday morning of the month, also in the library. From 8-10 am, parents gather to connect and caffeinate!

 

EARLY CHILDHOOD

Free Puppet Shows for children 2-6 performed by GBRSS early childhood teachers!

Saturday, March 19, 11:15am
Snow White and Rose Redpuppets
Mason Library, 231 Main St, Great Barrington
Saturday, April 21, 10:30am
The Straw Broom
GBRSS Early Childhood Building Play time and Meet the Teachers to follow
Sunday,  May 1, 10:30am
The Little Rosebud
GBRSS, Early Childhood Building, May Pole dancing to follow on the lawn – bring a picnic!

 

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NEWS

Class nights: Please mark your calendars

3rd grade – March 8, 7:00 pm
1st grade – March 9, 7:00 pm
2nd grade – March 21, 7:00 pm
4th grade – March 29, 4:30 pm
6th grade – March 30, 7:00 pm

Sports Update from Mr. Palmer

The Steiner basketball season is officially over! We had a great group of students who committed themselves to the game and to each other for the entire season. The boys’ team managed to win a few games during their rebuilding year, most notably a come from behind win versus Kimberton Waldorf at the Green Meadow Waldorf Tournament. The win prompted our Girls’ team to storm the floor in a congratulatory cheer! The girls’ team had a very successful year with 15 players on the team! This was Coach McManmon’s last year as the girls’ coach. We will miss her and thank her for her dedication to the girls and to the game of basketball. I would also like to thank the parents for all their efforts during the season  i.e picking up, dropping off, preparing meals and hosting Moraine Farm basketball players during the MLK tournament. Well, now the only thing left to to do is..

PLEASE TURN IN YOUR CLEAN UNIFORMS BY MARCH 1! ( please DO NOT use bleach when washing)

Spring Sports (Girls Lacrosse and Boys Baseball) begins March 21st.

Elementary School Spring Assembly, March 24, 1:30 pm

Parents are invited to the Spring Assembly which includes offerings from grades one through eight. These class presentations illustrate what the children have been learning, including both main lesson and subject class material. Parents are reminded that assembly dress is required unless the teacher informs a class that they will be wearing special costumes for their offering. Parents are also reminded that unauthorized use of cameras or video equipment is not permitted in order to sustain the mood of this event.

Clean Out your Winter Gear

Do you have cross country ski’s that collect dust instead of snow flakes? We want to update our XC gear so that students have skis that work properly and efficiently. Better gear makes for  a better experience! If you have NNN or SNS cross country skis and boots to donate we will gladly take them along with poles! We want to say goodbye to our classic 3 pin 75 mm bindings.

Thank you,
Mr. Palmer

 

HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

Open House Tuesday, March 22, 7:30 p.m. GB Waldorf High School

This is the last open house of the year. Student work, brief presentation of school programs, questions and answers, and refreshments!

 

ADMISSIONS

The next GBRSS open house will be Friday, March 11, 9:00am.  Save the date!  Tell your friends!  Join Admissions Director Robyn Coe for an insightful tour of main lesson in progress throughout the grades, visit handwork and woodworking studios, and learn more about Waldorf education and the vibrant life of our school.  For more information email admissions@gbrss.org or call 413.528.4015 ext 106.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE NEWS

Reenrollment 2016-2017

Please mark this very important date on your calendar with big red letters and lots of arrows and hearts: Contracts for current students for the 2016-17 school year are due Friday, March 18.

If you intend to apply for sliding scale or tuition assistance, please visit the Tuition Assistance page on our website and follow the instructions there. Tuition Assistance applications are due Friday, March 4.

If you have questions or need assistance to complete these processes, TADS offers both online help and responsive help by phone at 800-477-8237 (9am9pm, EST).
Thank you!

New York Bus Forms for 2016-2017 School Year due April 1

Taconic Hills and Chatham Central school districts deadlines to request bus service for 2016 and 2017 are April 1. The front desk staff will email families who are currently on the list with the form. If you live in one of those school districts and were not previously using transportation but would like to, please email office@gbrss.org.

 

SUMMER PROGRAM

Summer @ Steiner

Brochures for Summer @ Steiner program will be handed out this month. Summer@ Steiner runs for 6 weeks starting on June 27 and ending August 5. There will be a special discount for Steiner families. We look forward to spending a wonderful summer with your children.

Camp Glen Brook Information Session

It may feel far away, but summer is on it’s way. Please stop by at pick-up on Tuesday, March 8 to meet with Jake Lewis from Camp Glen Brook and learn more about Glen Brook’s Waldorf-inspired summer programming.  With activities that engage the will, led by an enthusiastic and experienced staff, Camp Glen Brook has three-week sessions for 3rd through 10th graders located in Marlborough, New Hampshire.

 

ADVANCEMENT

Grandparents And Special Friends Day, March 23

Every year we invite grandparents and special friends into our school so they can experience Waldorf Education and see their little ones thriving at school. Grandparents & Special Friends Day offers a glimpse into our classrooms and gives our guests a better feeling of what makes our community so wonderful.

This year we are welcoming visitors on the Wednesday before Easter to visit EC and experience all the grades through the in-school Spring Assembly.  The day will begin at 11 for EC visitors and 11:30 for Grades visitors, and end around 2:30 after the assembly. Lunch will be provided.

We need to know whom you would like to invite to this RSVP required event. Send your guests’ name, address and email to Jenna at development@gbrss.org so we can invite them as soon as possible.

Please note that this event is not intended for parents. Parents are invited to the Spring Assembly on Thursday, March 24 at 1:30.

Did you go to a Waldorf or Steiner school?
Save the Date for a Waldorf Alumni Event in NYC!

April 7 • 6–9 p.m.
Von Fine Wine & Cocktails (NoHo)
3 Bleecker Street at Bowery, NYC

Mingle with alumni from different Waldorf and Steiner schools from across the northeast and enjoy a fun evening with friends at Von Fine Wine and Cocktails in the NoHo section of Manhattan. This low-key, two-room lair, all candlelit with dark wood and exposed brick offers an extensive selection of wines by the glass as well as fine cocktails.
All alumni—graduates and non-graduates—and their families are welcome to attend this FREE event. Event includes hors d’oeuvres (vegan and vegetarian options). Cash bar for wine or cocktails (21 or older).

ARE YOU A GBRSS ALUMNI?

We’ve created a new Facebook page especially for our alumns (and their families) to keep up on all the latest alumni news, reconnect and reminisce.  Please like our page at facebook.com/GBRSSalumni/ and share it with your fellow alumni!

Steiner Fund Update

GBRSS is so grateful to all of you who participated in our recent Steiner Fund Drive. We are thrilled to report that 124 families have donated to support their child’s school, raising our participation levels to an inspiring 92%! All your gifts not only brought us closer to our goal of raising $85,000, but they helped us qualify for almost $4,000 in additional funds from the challenge grant. THANK YOU.

There is still time to contribute if you didn’t have a chance to do so before the February break.  The Steiner Fund officially closes on June 30th.  Click here to make an online donation, or drop off a check with the Advancement Office.

Did you know that: Board of Trustees and Staff participation is at 100%, Faculty is at 98% and PA is at 93%!

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map_directionsThe Green River occasionally floods the road on both the Seekonk Cross Road and Pumpkin Hollow Road access roads. When this happens, please use the following detour. This happens during exceptionally heavy rains during the Spring thaw or flash flood conditions in Summer and Fall.

Here is the alternate route:

  • Take Hurlburt Road towards Bard College at Simon’s Rock
  • Turn Left onto Alford Road
  • travel two-tenths of a mile Turn Left onto Seekonk Road
  • travel two-tenths of a mile Turn Left onto Round Hill Road
  • travel one mile Turn Left onto Seekonk Cross Road
  • travel one-half mile Turn right onto West Plain Road

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February2016

 

SPECIAL EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS

ADVANCEMENT NEWS

Thanks to everyone who participated in the phoneathon/thankathon last Friday, especially those who made calls, answered their phones, and pledged money to the Steiner Fund. We are so much closer to our goal of 100% participation from our current families, which is important for a number of reasons: contributions to the Steiner Fund help us reach our fundraising goals and create a sense of solidarity. When we apply for grants or solicit major gifts, participation levels are key in showing strong support for the School and convincing donors that we are a good investment. Totals will be updated in the next Week at a Glance.
In case you missed it: Every gift to Steiner of $20 or more that is received by February 12, will trigger an additional $50 donation, thanks to a couple of anonymous donors. While the Steiner Fund accepts donations through June 30th, the challenge grant is only valid until Next Friday. Click here to donate online, or send in a check to the Advancement Office

Adult strings jam with Erika Ludwig

Erika Ludwig hosts a gathering of adult strings musicians in the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School Auditorium from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm on the second Saturday of the month. RSVP to Erika at string.teacher@verizon.net. There is a jam sessions for students on the first Saturday of the month (primarily 4th grade and up), please contact Erika for more information.

 2nd Annual Turtle Tree Seed Fundraiser for GBRSS Farm and Garden Program

Farmer Hadley is excited to announce that you can buy 100% open-pollinated vegetable, herb and flower Turtle Tree seeds through the school and benefit our Farm and Garden Program. Orders are due by Wednesday, March 9th. Order forms and seed variety descriptions are available online and at school. Your purchases will inspire your garden planning, support a local biodynamic seed initiative, and boost our Farm and Garden Program. We appreciate your support!

2016 Gala, May 14th at the Stonover Barn in Lenox

The first Gala committee meeting is Thursday, February 4th at 1:45.  We have a great team in place but anyone who would like to volunteer is welcome to join. Contact Jenna Lamond with any questions or just show up!

 

 

 

MONTHLY REMINDERS

Scrip is now due the 2nd Monday of the month! We are now accepting orders for the February 8th deadline at scrip@gbrss.org.

Just give me your order via email or to the front desk with a check made out to GBRSS Scrip.
Thanks so much! ~Elisa

Name:
Email:
Phone:
Delivery – front desk or child’s backpack (name/grade):
Choose store and fill in dollar amount ($25 increments):
LOCAL SCRIP – in store only.
Berkshire Coop (10%):
Big Y (2%):
Guido’s (10%):
Hawthorne Valley FS (10%):
Barrington Outfitters (10%):
Body & Soul (10%):
TOTAL ORDER AMOUNT:
Our next PA meeting is Tuesday, February 2nd at 7:00 pm in the library; all are welcome. January’s minutes can be found here.
If you can’t make the PA meeting, be sure to join us for our monthly Coffee Hour on the first Wednesday morning of the month, also in the library. From 8:00 -10:00 am, parents gather to connect and caffeinate! (February 3rd).

 

EARLY CHILDHOODpuppetWagon

2016 Spring Puppet Play Series

Saturday, January 30th

“THE SNOW MAIDEN” 10:30 & 11:30am, Matruska Toys and Gifts, 309 Main Street, Great Barrington

Saturday, March 19th

“SNOW WHITE AND ROSE RED” 11:15am, Mason Library, 231 Main Street, Great Barrington

Saturday, April 9th

“THE STRAW BROOM” 10:30am, GBRSS Early Childhood Building, Play time and Meet the Teachers to follow

Sunday, May 1st

“THE LITTLE ROSEBUD” 10:30AM, GBRSS Early Childhood Building, May Pole dancing to follow on the lawn, bring a picnic.

 

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NEWS

All School Music Recital,  Sunday, February 8th, 4:00pm

Students who take private lessons are invited to play in the open-school recital. Children must be signed up the week before by a parent or music teacher. Call Mrs. Mitchell at 274-0138 for more information.

 

SPORTS

Please call the sports line 528-4015, x 150 to check for changes and updates. All changes are made by 1:00 pm.

Basketball Schedule

Boys Basketball Schedule

Date Team Played Home/Away Game time Return time
Feb. 8, Mon. Washington Montessori Away 4:30
2:00 dismissal
6:45
Feb. 10, Wed. IMS Away 4:00 6:00

Girls Basketball Schedule

Date Team Played Home/Away Game time Return time
Feb. 5, Fri. Mount Everett Away 3:30 5:45
Feb. 8, Mon. Washington Montessori Away 3:30
2:00 dismissal
6:45

6th Grade Co-ed Basketball Schedule

Date Team Played Home/Away Game time
Feb. 8, Mon. Washington Montessori Home 3:45

 

ADMISSIONS

The next GBRSS open house will be Friday, February 12, 9:00am.  Save the date!  Tell your friends!  Join Admissions Director Robyn Coe for an insightful tour of main lesson in progress throughout the grades, plus a special tour of the middle school science fair. Visit handwork and woodworking studios, and learn more about Waldorf education and the vibrant life of our school. For more information email admissions@gbrss.org or call 413.528.4015 ext 106.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE NEWS AND OPPORTUNITIES

GBRSS is accepting applications for 2016-2017 Apprenticeship Program to begin in the Fall. Apprenticeships offer a range of opportunities depending on the area of interest:

  • The Class Teacher apprentice will visit main lessons, extra main lessons and assist with recess and transitions, blackboard and main lesson book drawing and preparation.
  • The Subject Teacher apprentice will observe classes and the backbone of the apprenticeship will be practical experience in leading activities and study of the subject.
  • The Early Childhood apprentice will join in the day and experience its rhythms and become a part of the work that introduces parents to Waldorf education.

Our website has additional information about the Apprentice Program and application process.

 

PARENT ASSOCIATION

Cafe Night 2016

Mark your calendars and book your sitters for the most fun night of the winter! Talented parents, faculty and community come together to perform hilarious skits, astounding musical performances, spoken word and more. Think of it as an “Adults-Only” talent show that will have you laughing, crying, and appreciating your Steiner community in all new ways!

We need audience members as well as performers. If you have a talent and are eager to entertain us, contact GBRSS mom, Laura Whyte, who is organizing all the acts: ldanehowerwhyte@gmail.com
There is a suggested admission of $10 at the door, free food and a cash bar. All proceeds benefit Parent Association initiatives. Saturday, March 12, 7 pm-??? in the GBRSS Auditorium.

Our regular monthly Parent Association meeting is on Tuesday, February 2nd at 7:00pm and we will host our monthly Coffee Hour(s) on Wednesday, February 3rd 8:00am – 10:00am. All are invited!

 

HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

Babysitters Available
The following Berkshire Waldorf High School students are available to babysit for you!
The money they make will support their travel to Cuba or Germany in April 2016.
Support these reliable, mature, friendly students by using them to babysit for your children.

And share this to help spread the word to other families who may need babysitters.

Grade 10                                Home                                      Number

Laura Coe                               Chatham, NY                          518-392-2469

Olivia Galiatsatos                   Housatonic, MA                      413-274-5057

Valentino Major                      Lee, MA                                  508-728-5891

Noah Pott                                N. Egremont, MA                   413-528-9409

Abigail Stearn                         Hudson, NY                            518-851-5101

 

Grade 11

Natalie Fernbacher                  Great Barrington, MA             413-645-2184

Liam Kudlick                          Stockbridge, MA                     908-456-6202

Notes from GBRSS’s embedded reporter, Talia Pott on The Berkshire Waldorf School Open House

Last October, 12 eighth grade students from the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School visited the Berkshire Waldorf High School. We were each assigned a 9th grade buddy to shadow. From 8:30 to 10:00 am, we attended a seminar on History through Art taught by Dr. Sagarin. We looked at paintings and sculptures by Michelangelo and Leonardo, and we discussed what the artists meant to communicate through their subjects.

After Morning Meeting, Mr. Giles dragged us through “ninth and a half” grade math. (Ninth and a half is the mid-point between 8th and 11th grades). The class consisted of graphing functions, which we found challenging, although Mr. Giles seemed like a patient and thorough teacher. I guess we have a few things to learn from Ms. Arches before we’re ready to delve into high school math.

Ms. Eliot invited us to sit in on her combined 11th and 12th Grade English class, in which we watched part of the movie, “The Third Man,” which is based on a book by one of Ms. Eliot’s favorite authors, Graham Greene. During lunch, we walked to the Elm Street Market—a welcome change from our usual Steiner lunch routine! When we came back, we participated in part of a chorus class in which Mr. Kelly taught us the Beatles’ classic, “Blackbird Singing in the Dead of Night.”

Then we were invited to an hour- long students-only panel where we got the real scoop on what it is like to be a student at BWHS. We were able to ask questions and hear candid answers from current 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. The takeaway message for prospective students from GBRSS is that the Berkshire Waldorf High School is a very different experience from the lower school.
Last, visitors chose to sit in on one of four electives: Shakespeare (where we could watch the high schoolers rehearse their Fall Festival play, “The Tempest”), Creative Writing (with Stone Court Writer-in-Residence Pankaj Challa), Robotics (ever seen a robot walk through a duct tape obstacle course?) or the student newsletter, The Globe. Can you guess which one I chose?

You can read more High School News in their Winter Edition of the newsletter The Globe or at their web site waldorfhigh.org

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IT’S REALLY COLD OUTSIDE…

How about getting a Steiner sweatshirt or hat to layer your child’s winter outfit? Price is $45 sweatshirt/$20 hat. Lots of adult sizes too. They are in-stock at school. To order email Robyn Coe at admissions@gbrss.org or call (413) 528-4015 ext 106.

 

REGULAR MONTHLY REMINDERS

Scrip

Dear Scrippers,
Due date is for Script this month is Monday, Jan 11th with delivery on Thursday, Jan 14. I’m just selling our 6 local stores – Berkshire Coop, Guido’s, HVFS, Big Y, Barrington Outfitters, and Body & Soul.

Thanks!! Elisa

Coffee Talk

First Wednesday of the Month (January 6), 8:15 – 10:00 am. Please join us.

Rudolf Steiner study group, January 14 & 28 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm

 

EARLY CHILDHOOD

January 12, 7:00 pm Kindergarten class night

January 27, 7:00 pm Nursery class night

Layering Up for Winter Fun by Trice Atchison, Parent-Child Garden Teacher

In winter time The Mitten Song often rings out from the cubby rooms in Early Childhood as the children go through the various steps of dressing warmly for their playtime outside:

Thumb in the thumb place, fingers all together

That’s what we sing, for now it’s mitten weather

Whether they’re wool or made of finest leather

Thumb in the thumb place, fingers all together.

When it comes to young children, Dr. Susan Johnson, pediatrician, Waldorf teacher, author and speaker, says that we can’t rely on young children’s own sense of warmth to determine whether they’re wearing enough layers. Until about age seven, she says, children have little ability to connect with their own sense of cold, one reason—along with their enthusiasm for playing—why they tend to stay in the pool until their lips are blue, or out in the snow until numb. According to Dr. Johnson, under-dressing children for the cold makes them more susceptible to germs and viruses; when their energy is directed at trying to keep them warm, it’s not as free to support their health and development.

At GBRSS, we value outdoor play in all kinds of weather and encourage children to welcome every season. Happy play in wet or frigid weather depends on layering. A layer of thin, non-itchy long underwear next to the skin is a good start. Wool makes a fine first layer; it is a natural fiber, breathes, stays warm when damp, and wicks away moisture from the skin. Woolens are expensive (hand-me-downs are a lucky gift), but you can get through a whole season with just a couple of pairs of long-johns and long-sleeved undershirts. Wool (or a wool/silk blend) doesn’t need to be washed frequently; it repels dirt and doesn’t offer a culture medium for bacteria or spores. The underwear can be hung up overnight to air out, releasing dirt and odor so that it’s ready to wear the next day. With this routine, the underwear can go a couple of weeks without washing. Then it can be washed by hand or in the gentle cycle of your washing machine with a mild soap and air-dried.

If you choose not to use wool or are allergic, then long-johns and a long-sleeved undershirt in another fabric still create a warm base layer close to the skin. “Longies” can be the difference between an enjoyable winter and a miserable one. I once met a woman shivering at the school bus stop who wondered aloud why I didn’t seem so cold. She’d moved here from a warmer climate and didn’t know about long underwear yet, so I told her the secret. She still thanks me when I see her now and then.

Water repellant, breathable outerwear is important, too. Snow pants (or in the milder weather, rain pants) provide that extra protective layer young children need when they sit on the ground to play, roll in the snow, or splash in puddles. Comfortable, non-cumbersome hats and mittens in two different weights (lighter and thicker) will help children be more willing to wear them in the different degrees of cold. And boots that really keep the feet dry are essential. Check the local resale shops—the children grow so fast that clothes in small sizes are often in like-new condition.

It may seem to take more time to “suit up” for the cold than the children will end up spending outside, but the natural light, fresh air and engagement with the elements have such a positive effect on everyone’s spirits all winter long that it’s worth it, every time.

 

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NEWS

After School Ski Program

Our first session starts on Friday, January 8.
On Friday mornings, students should leave their ski equipment against the red shed by the elementary school building. Buses will transport the students to Catamount after school. Parents are responsible for pick up at Catamount by 8:00 pm. Please make sure your child is dressed warmly and has enough food for dinner.

Student Mid-Year Reports

Mid-year reports are due from the faculty the week of January 18 – 22nd. Once they have been processed, parents will be sent an email inviting them to sign-up for BigSIS, which will allow them to create an account and view their students records online.
Parents of 8th graders should contact the office after they have viewed mid-year reports to let us know which schools should receive a copy of their reports for applications.

In-school MLK celebration January 19 @ 10:00 am11:00 am

In-school assembly for the students, celebrating the life of Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Sagarin to Speak on “Our Children, Our Technology, Our Future” January 21, 7:00 pm

Given what we know about the development of children, how can we imagine a healthful future with technology? What characterizes technology as a human creation, and what ethical and educational demands does it require?

Class Nights

  • January 13, 7:00 pm 2nd Grade class night
  • January 19, 7:00 pm 4th Grade class night
  • January 20, 7:00 pm 1st Grade class night
  • January 26, 7:00 pm 6th Grade class night
  • January 27, 7:00 pm 8th Grade class night

 

SPORTS

Basketball Teams dinner with Cape Ann Waldorf School, January 15 @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm

Round Robin tournament with Cape Ann, HVS, January 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

January 29January 30 tournament at Green Meadow Waldorf School

GBRSS 2015-16 BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

Girls Basketball

Date Team Played Home/Away Game time Return time
Dec. 11, Fri. IMS-JV Away 3:45 5:45
Dec. 14, Mon. Hawthorne Valley Home 3:30
Jan. 8, Fri. IMS Varsity Home 3:30
Jan. 11, Mon. Washington Montessori Home 4:30
Jan. 13, Wed. Mount Everett Home 3:30
Jan. 16, Sat. BB Round Robin with Cape Ann
and HVS @ Berkshire School
8:30 am –12 noon
Jan. 20, Wed. Kellogg Away 3:45 5:45
Jan. 25, Mon. Hawthorne Valley Home 4:30
Jan. 27, Wed. North Cannan Home 3:30
Jan. 29-30, Fri./Sat. Green Meadow Tournament All Day TBD
Feb. 5, Fri. Mount Everett Away 3:30 5:45
Feb. 8, Mon. Washington Montessori Away 3:30
2:00 dismissal
6:45

Boys Basketball

Date Team Played Home/Away Game time Return time
Dec. 11, Fri. Indian Mtn School (IMS) Home 3:30
Dec. 14, Mon. Hawthorne Valley (HVS) Home 5:00
Jan. 8, Fri. Mt Everett  Away 3:30  5:00
Jan. 11, Mon. Washington Montessori  Home 3:30
Jan. 13, Wed. IMS JV Away 3:45 5:45
Jan. 16, Sat. BB Round Robin with Cape Ann and HVS @ Berkshire School 8:30 am –12 noon
Jan. 20, Wed. Kellogg Home 3:30
Jan. 27, Wed. North Cannan Away 3:45 5:45
Jan. 29 – 30,Fri.-Sat. Green Meadow Tournament All dayAll day TBD
Feb. 8, Mon. Washington Montessori Away 4:30
2:00 dismissal
6:45
Feb. 10, Wed. IMS Away 4:00 6:00

6th Grade Co-ed Basketball

Date Team Played Home/Away Game time Return time
Jan. 11, Mon. Washington Montessori Away 3:45
2:00 dismissal
6:30
Feb. 8, Mon. Washington Montessori Home 3:45
  • Practices are all at Simon’s Rock 3:00 – 5:00, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays in November and December. Starting in January, practices are only on Mondays and Wednesdays.
  • All home games are at Simon’s Rock, please pick up your child at Simon’s Rock after practices and games.
  • Please park in designated parking area at Simon’s Rock. Do not park in pick-up place.
  • No food allowed in the gym.
  • Spectators must all stay in gym—no children allowed on the track.
  • Please notify in advance if your son or daughter cannot participate in basketball on any given day.
  • More detailed information will be given about tournaments at a later date.
  • Please call sports line 413-528-4015 ext.150 to check for changes. All changes are made by 1 pm
  • Boys Coach – Christian Limberger 413-429-6432;  Girls Coach –Linda McManmon 413-281-4914

 

ADMISSIONS

Our next school open house is scheduled for Friday, January 15 at 9:00 am. We’ve changed school tour dates for the new year to the second Friday of the month, to accommodate many out of town travelers, as well as working parents.

Starting in the lower school library, visiting parents will step into classes in session, tour art studios and learn more about Waldorf education, with plenty of time for questions. RSVP at admissions@gbrss.org or 413.528.4015 x.106.  And please let interested friends know about upcoming tours:

  • Friday, February 12, 9:00 am
  • Friday, March 11, 9:00 am
  • Friday, April 15, 9:00 am
  • Friday, May 13, 9:00 am

We’ll also take the school into the community this spring, as Early Childhood teachers perform puppet shows for children ages 2-6, including “The Snow Maiden” on Saturday January 30, 2016, 10:30 & 11:30am at Matrushka Toys and Gifts, 309 Main Street, Great Barrington, and “Snow White and Rose Red” on Saturday March 19, 11:15am at Mason Library, 231 Main Street in Great Barrington. Please join us! For more information email admissions@gbrss.org or call 413.528.4015 ext 106.

 

PARENT ASSOCIATION

Our next PA meeting is Tuesday, January 5 at 7:00 pm in the library. We welcome your participation and input! Please join us on Wednesday morning, January 6th after drop off in the library for our monthly Coffee Talk social gathering.

Café Night:  Book your babysitters now and prepare to laugh, cry and generally be amazed by the talented people in our community. Our annual adults-only talent show is coming up on March 12. Start thinking about your skits and performances and stay tuned for organizer info. This is a night not to be missed–everyone is still talking about last year’s hilarious and heartwarming vignettes.

 

ADVANCEMENT NEWS

Steiner Fund strong! Donations continued to roll in over the holidays, and we are now over halfway towards our goal of raising $85,000. Participation levels are looking good with over 40% of current families contributing to the Steiner Fund. This year we are striving to attain 100% participation from all GBRSS families, and any amount will be gratefully received. We can do it!

Save the Date! The second annual Spring Gala has been in the planning stages, so mark your calendars for Saturday, May 14th.  Once again we are so fortunate to hold this event at the beautiful Barn at Stonover Farm in Lenox, MA. The Gala Committee needs help collecting silent and live auction items, planning, set up and more. Contact Jenna Lamond at development@gbrss.org if you would like to join the committee, or have an item to offer for the auction.

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2015 Dec Calendar

 

FAIR THANK YOU

Huge thanks to each and every one of you for another wonderful Holiday Handcraft Fair! We had beautiful weather and even with the date change and competing fairs that day the turnout was excellent. With everyone’s help, we were able to raise $43,000 for the students, teachers and programs of GBRSS–super impressive for just one day!

We want to say thanks in person, and hear your notes and impressions of this year’s Fair.  Please join us in the auditorium after drop off on Thursday, December 3rd, before the memories fade.

Fair Winners:

Handmade Quilt: Shannon Williams
Community Afghan:  Sarah Drucker
Paddleboard Raffle: The Rydingswords
Big Trip to St. Lucia: Sabrina Ruggiero

There are two sets of tickets still available from the Silent Auction room. If you are interested in either two tickets to a classical music concert at Camphill Ghent, NY on 2/20/16 or four tickets to “Ladies of Laughter” on 12/18/15 at Infinity Hall in Norfolk, CT, contact Jenna Lamond at development@gbrss.org.

 

REGULAR MONTHLY REMINDERS

Scrip

Dear Scrippers,

Get your Scrip orders in now for holiday baking and Christmas presents – they are due by this Tuesday, December 1st!
In addition to our great local stores, the special offerings for the month of December are:
  •  Amazon.com (3%)
  •  Lands’ End (16%)
  •  L.L. Bean (18%)
  •  iTunes (5%)
Just email me back with your order or write it on the check you give to the front desk.
Orders and checks (made out to GBRSS Scrip) are due by Tuesday, December 1st by 3:00 pm. Delivery will be Friday, December 4th.

Parent Association Meeting, First Tuesday of the Month (December 1) 7:00 pm in the Library All are welcome!

Coffee Talk, First Wednesday of the Month (December 2), 8:30- 10:00 am

Please join us to learn all about St. Nicholas Day and some simple tips on how to celebrate at home with your child.

If you shop on Amazon remember to use  smile.amazon.com, Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School will receive .5% of your total purchase.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS

Saint Nicholas – Sunday, December 6

Although St. Nick will not be able to visit us at school this year, he might be able to come to your home. In many countries children put out their shoes the night before (December 5) and they hope to receive a gift of fruit or chocolate from St. Nicholas. Of course he will consult his golden book to review a child’s deeds of the past year and perhaps he may even include a small note of appreciation or suggestion for how to do better in the future. Hopefully, Ruprecht, his companion, will not find it necessary to bestow a lump of coal!

A beloved figure who has endured since the 4th century, St. Nicholas is the subject of legends and stories that show his wisdom and love for children. Our children look forward to his yearly visit and the wise thoughts he shares with them.

Kindergarten Spiral of Light – Sunday, December 6

GB Holiday Stroll – Saturday, December 12

Shop, Sip and Stroll – The GB Holiday Stroll offers many family friendly activities as well as extended shopping hours and live window scenes in the downtown stores. Come join us for caroling, everyone is invited. Meet at Matrushka at 6:45 pm, sing and stroll to City Hall by 7:00 pm for the lighting of the trees. See you there!

The Shepherds’ Play –  Thursday, December 17 , 3:15 pm & 7:00 pm

Contributed by Robyn Coe

The mystery in The Shepherds’ Play, a specifically human mystery, is a timeless story that can be told over and over again, in many ways. But its form in this traditional play has a special charm which, we can only hope, will not get lost as we rush around on the information superhighway. This timeless quality speaks to the sense of wonder in every small child; the unspoiled character of its folk tradition speaks to the adolescent’s deep longing for authority in a chaotic world and its mythic imagination speaks to the free adult spirit. To all ages, it speaks the profound truth of the mystery of human existence.  It is a mystery at once so delicate that we are ever in danger of losing it and yet so diamond-like that we could easily crack our skulls on it. As we are told, even “The wisest head may theron doubt.”  And if, having heard our report, some friend should happen by and ask, “Is it far to go?” there is but one answer we could give: “Till thou comest there!”

Holiday Assembly

On Friday, December 18 at 11:00 am parents and friends are invited to join us in song and celebration of the season. Early Childhood will be dismissed at 10:45 a.m., so that the children can attended the assembly with their parents.

Office Hours closed during the holidays:
The school office will be closed between December 24 to January 2, and will re-open January 5.

 

 

EARLY CHILDHOOD

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A Journey of Light – The Spiral Garden, 
By Beth Oakley,  Former Nursery Teacher

As the season of Advent begins and we move toward the winter Solstice, the celebration of a coming light is acknowledged in the simple and beautiful ceremony known as the the Spiral of Light– which takes place every year in early December at the Steiner School.

Kindergarteners arrive at school with their families shortly after sundown and proceed to the auditorium, which has been transformed by evergreen boughs, music and candlelight. They enter softly into the darkness and sit with their class and families, awaiting their turn to walk into and out of the spiral garden of evergreens, where they will leave behind one lit candle.

The gesture of journeying in and journeying out that is present in the spiral garden offers a picture of the season’s mood to child and adult alike. The children move toward one light–the candle in the center of the garden–but also add their own.

The journey toward the light through darkness kindles an image of strength and inner warmth of spirit. In the journey out, the children leave a light behind, to light the way for others. The addition of the light of each child, one at a time, brightens the room slowly and gradually, until a very dark space has become a glowing renewal of hope for the coming year.

 

From the forest bring the boughs
Of fir and spruce and pine.
Bring them home, bedeck the house
For now it’s Advent time.

Light the candles one by one,
Count off the days in rhyme.
Every day a task well done
For now it’s Advent time!

The Advent Spiral will take place at 4 pm on Sunday, December 6  in the Grade School Auditorium for Kindergarten children and their families.

Parent Child Garden Winter Sessions Begin

  • Sweetpeas and Buttercups: Wednesday, December  2  
  • Morning Glories – Thursday, December 3
  • Morning Glories – Friday, December 4

 

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NEWS

3rd Grade Class Night – Thursday, December 10th  7pm.

After School Ski Program

Our first session starts on Friday, January 8.
Those who wish to participate and have not signed up should go to Catamount and let them know that they are with the Steiner program. On Friday mornings, students should leave their ski equipment against the red shed by the elementary school building, ski boots can be brought into the classrooms. Buses will transport the students to Catamount after school. Parents are responsible for pick up at Catamount by 8:00 pm. Please make sure your child is dressed warmly and has enough food for dinner.

Lost and Found

There are plates, pie dishes, and miscellaneous cookware items left over from the fair to be collected. Thank you.

 

SPORTS

GBRSS 2015-16 BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

Girls Basketball

Date Team Played Home/Away Game time Return time
Dec. 11, Fri. IMS-JV Away 3:45 5:45
Dec. 14, Mon. Hawthorne Valley Home 3:30
Jan. 8, Fri. IMS Varsity Home 3:30
Jan. 11, Mon. Washington Montessori Home 4:30
Jan. 13, Wed. Mount Everett Home 3:30
Jan. 16, Sat. BB Round Robin with Cape Ann
and HVS @ Berkshire School
8:30 am –12 noon
Jan. 20, Wed. Kellogg Away 3:45 5:45
Jan. 27, Wed. North Cannan Home 3:30
Jan. 29-30, Fri./Sat. Green Meadow Tournament All Day TBD
Feb. 5, Fri. Mount Everett Away 3:30 5:45
Feb. 8, Mon. Washington Montessori Away 3:30
2:00 dismissal
6:45

 

Boys Basketball

Date Team Played Home/Away Game time Return time
Dec. 11, Fri. Indian Mtn School (IMS) Home 3:30
Dec. 14, Mon. Hawthorne Valley (HVS) Home 5:00
Jan. 11, Mon. Washington Montessori  Home 3:30
Jan. 13, Wed. IMS JV Away 3:45 5:45
Jan. 16, Sat. BB Round Robin with Cape Ann and HVS @ Berkshire School 8:30 am –12 noon
Jan. 20, Wed. Kellogg Home 3:30
Jan. 27, Wed. North Cannan Away 3:45 5:45
Jan. 29 – 30,

Fri.-Sat.

Green Meadow Tournament All day

All day

TBD
Feb. 8, Mon. Washington Montessori Away 4:30
2:00 dismissal
6:45
Feb. 10, Wed. IMS Away 4:00 6:00

6th Grade Co-ed Basketball

Date Team Played Home/Away Game time Return time
Jan. 11, Mon. Washington Montessori Away 3:45
2:00 dismissal
6:30
Feb. 8, Mon. Washington Montessori Home 3:45
  • Practices are all at Simon’s Rock 3:00 – 5:00, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays in November and December. Starting in January, practices are only on Mondays and Wednesdays.
  • All home games are at Simon’s Rock, please pick up your child at Simon’s Rock after practices and games.
  • Please park in designated parking area at Simon’s Rock. Do not park in pick-up place.
  • No food allowed in the gym.
  • Spectators must all stay in gym—no children allowed on the track.
  • Please notify in advance if your son or daughter cannot participate in basketball on any given day.
  • More detailed information will be given about tournaments at a later date.
  • Please call sports line 413-528-4015 ext.150 to check for changes. All changes are made by 1 pm
  • Boys Coach – Christian Limberger 413-429-6432;  Girls Coach –Linda McManmon 413-281-4914

 

ADMISSIONS

Our next school open house is scheduled for Tuesday, January 12 at 9am. Join Admissions Director Robyn Coe for tea and a tour. Visitors will look into classes in session in the lower school and early childhood, visit art studios and discuss aspects of Waldorf education, with plenty of time for questions. Please RSVP at admissions@gbrss.org or 413.528.4015 x.106. If friends are going to be in the area around the holidays, personal tours are also available by appointment.

 

ADVANCEMENT

Annual Appeal/Steiner Fund:

Just three months into the school year, we are well on our way to achieving the goals of raising $85,000 and reaching 100% participation by our current parents, faculty and staff in the Steiner Fund.  So far, 25% of current families (in addition to many grandparents and alumni) have contributed to the fiscal health of our school, for a total of $25,000 in pledges and donations.  Return your contributions (and origami paper) to the Advancement Office by December 31st to enjoy maximum tax benefits for 2015.  The Steiner Fund will accept donations through the end of the fiscal year, June 30th, 2016.

Thanks to everyone who donated or pledged, especially those who gave for the first time!

Any questions about the Steiner Fund? Email Jenna Lamond at development@gbrss.org or Chris Lee at swagmanlee@gmail.com.

Volunteer Plant Tender Needed

Green thumb? Indoor gardens require special sensitivity and attention. GBRSS needs a volunteer to help indoor plants flourish during the winter, and bring spots of color and greenery to our school. Time requirement: about 1 hour/week. If you can help, please call Farmer Hadley Milliken at extension 117.

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Waldorf Education in the Berkshires for over 40 years

Media Contact: Robyn Coe
marketing@gbrss.org
413.528.4015 x.106

Dolls at Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School's Holiday Handcraft Fair(Berkshires, MA) November 9, 2015–Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (GBRSS) invites the community to the 43nd annual Holiday Handcraft Fair Saturday, November 21, from 10am to 4pm at the school, 35 West Plain Road, Great Barrington. The Saturday before Thanksgiving, parents and faculty transform the school into a holiday wonderland of family fun including puppet shows, donkey rides, candle dipping and gifts to make and give, celebrating the joys of a handmade holiday in the Berkshires. Free parking and admission; rain or shine. For more information, visit gbrss.org or call 413-528-4015.

Sharing Delights of the Season–Every family in the GBRSS community comes together to create this festive winter village, from crafting small gifts for the Little People’s Shop, where children third grade and younger can choose gifts for family and friends, to knitting squares that form the Community Afghan, one of many unique items available in the Fair’s Raffle Room. The Handcraft Room, centerpiece of the Fair, offers a large selection of warm handmade items, including winter accessories, soft toys and classic Waldorf dolls.

Playtime at the Fair–GBRSS Early Childhood faculty will perform the classic puppet play “Snow White and Rose Red,” with multiple performances throughout the day. Plus more family entertainment this year with Roger the Jester and Eric Thee Illusionist! Other highlights include the children’s craft room where youngsters can make presents themselves, maple sugar cotton candy, a photo booth with dress-up costumes and the Pocket Lord and Lady, whose many pockets are filled with small gifts.

Pie at Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School's Holiday Handcraft FairTreats for All Ages–Adults will revel in the premium local goods and services at the Holiday Handcraft Fair’s Silent Auction, and have a chance to win a dream vacation to St. Lucia! The Berkshire Country Store stocks one-of-a-kind gifts and gourmet treats, and the cafe serves lunch, warm drinks and desserts. New this year, the Cookie Bar offers the opportunity to fill a container with an array of homemade cookies for holiday entertaining or giving. All Fair proceeds benefit the programs and students of the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School.

Waldorf Education in the Berkshires—Voted Best School in the Berkshires in 2013, 2014 and 2015, the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (GBRSS) provides hands-on learning, starting with Parent-Child, Pre-K and Kindergarten in the early childhood building surrounded by gardens, fields and woods, through 8th grade in the Lower School, built around the heart of a classic Berkshires timber frame barn. GBRSS’s Waldorf curriculum integrates rigorous academics with fine and practical arts, outdoor learning and three-season intramural sports, preparing students to achieve their full potential in high school, college and the world.
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Interviews and high-resolution images are available. To schedule an interview with Handcraft Fair Coordinator Leslie Bisallion, please contact Robyn Coe at marketing@gbrss.org or 413.528.4015 x.106.

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This year, The Wooden Wagon is teaming up with your school for a unique fundraiser. For every order placed in conjunction with your school, we’ll donate 10% back to your school!
Here’s how it works:
1. Shop at TheWoodenWagon.com by Dec. 4th, and choose from our selection of natural toys, arts & crafts supplies, birthday rings and seasonal decorations. You’ll find a full selection of Ostheimer figures, wooden trucks by Fagus, the colorful blocks and puzzles of Grimm’s, stunning wooden spinning tops, hand- crafted German decorations, and much, much more!

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2. Enter your school’s code, GBSTEINER15, in the Company field on the first page of Checkout.
3. Complete your order (and enjoy the free shipping on orders over $30!). Orders generally ship to your address within 24 hours.
4. When the fundraising period is over, The Wooden Wagon will donate to your school 10% of the total orders placed using the school code. It’s a great way to stock up on gifts for the holidays, while helping your school!
5. That’s it. Easy! We look forward to your visit to The Wooden Wagon, and wish your
school great success with this fundraiser!
With best wishes of the season,
The Wooden Wagon Team
*Please note: Fundraising applies to orders placed by Dec. 4th on full-priced items at TheWoodenWagon.com. Any store coupons or specials must be applied to separate orders and will not count towards the school fundraising total.
The Wooden Wagon
1. Shop at TheWoodenWagon.com
2. Enter your code in the Company field at checkout
Your school receives 10% of each order!
TOYS & FOLK ART Your school code: http://thewoodenwagon.com GBSTEINER15

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