2016 Summer Camps!

Tree house pictureSWS is pleased announce it’s exciting line-up of summer camps for 2016.  Let your child tumble at the circus, become a tiny chef, tap into their inner artist or build a treehouse! Camp dates, costs and detailed descriptions can all be found by clicking here . Online registration and credit card transactions are available through PayPal.

Many of our camps sell out fast so be sure to register early!

Share the love, Share the link!

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Our school, and your kids, need you to spread the word about our brand new GoFundMe fundraiser that just kicked off today! This is the final push of our Capital Campaign. All you have to do is share the link with your family and friends any way you can (think email and social media!) to drum up support for our fabulous new building which doubles the size of our school facilities. Not sure what to say or how to say it?? No problem! Just copy and paste the text below :)
Since the Spring of last year our Capital Campaign Committee has been tirelessly working to raise $1.6 million so that all of our children can benefit from a larger community hall, 3 new classrooms, supporting spaces – more bathrooms, storage and an entry lobby – and the opportunity to continue their Waldorf education through Grade 8. Having raised over $1 million, we are now in the home stretch of our ‘Our Moment Is Now’ campaign!
For the first time in SWS history a GoFundMe page has been launched. Thanks to the amazingly talented Brian Crowley (grade 5/6 parent) we have a wonderfully inspiring video to share with the world. We are asking everyone to share the love and share the link with family, friends, co-workers, aunts, uncles, cousins, second cousins, first cousins twice removed, and anyone else you can think of! Share it on Facebook and Tweet it on Twitter! Let’s let the world see the joy that SWS brings to our children. Please, share the love and share the link!


Most Likely to Succeed

Most Likely to Succeed? New Film Challenges The Way We Think of School

Showing: Wednesday, January 6th at 7pm at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH


Sixty five percent of today’s grade school students will go on to work in jobs that haven’t yet been invented.

That’s according to Most Likely To Succeed, a new documentary designed to challenge the way we think about education.

It argues that the American education system is preparing students for jobs in an economy that no longer exists, and that by focusing so heavily on testing, we’re leaving our children uninspired and unprepared for life after school.

The documentary, sponsored by the Seacoast Waldorf School, will be the featured film in the Portsmouth Music Hall’s Film Matters Series, Wednesday, January 6th at 7pm at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH. To purchase tickets click here 

The film will be followed by a panel discussion with the film’s Executive Producer and the founder of the school featured in the movie. The evening is aimed at getting people talking about a number of questions:

  • In today’s talent-driven economy, where can a truly effective education system take us?
  • What would it look like?
  • What goals must education satisfy to achieve that vision?

Waldorf Education has a one hundred year history of employing the educational techniques featured in the film such as interdisciplinary studies, teacher freedom, focus on critical thinking and creativity, hand-on experiential learning, group collaboration and intrinsic student motivation.



Santa Lucia Swedish Tradition

Santa Lucia Day was celebrated today by the second grade! Led by the oldest girl in the class, the children dressed in white, parade throughout each of the classrooms singing and handing out home made sweet buns to the whole school.

Santa Lucia Day celebrates the life of Saint Lucy and light for the longest night of the year (under the old Gregorian calendar this was the Winter Solstice). This day usually begins before dawn with the oldest girl in the family rising to make St. Lucia buns and to bring these to her parents. She typically wears white, sometimes with a red sash and a wreath of candles on her head. Other girls in the family are dressed in white as attendants and the boys are dressed as “star boys” with pointy star hats. In many Scandinavian countries, this day marks the beginning of the Christmas season and it is meant to bring hope and light during the darkest time of the year.





Summer Fun with SWS!

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I hope your summer is going well and if you are out and about the town you may notice that SWS is associated with lots of summertime family fun this year. As part of our freshly launched Our Moment is Now Capital Campaign, we have sponsored both the Prescott Park Arts Festival and the Cocheco Arts Festival Children’s Concert Series. Details are below. These sponsorships are designed to raise awareness of our school in general and also to aid the process of finding supportive donors in the larger community.

We have already received several donations as part of the Summer Match program where SWS can easily earn an additional $50,000 toward the Capital Campaign! For details on the Capital Campaign and Summer Match program click here. Please share our exciting project with friends and family who may wish to invest in the future of SWS!

Work is continuing throughout the summer with our architectural, engineering and landscape design team. Preliminary drawings are currently being reviewed by the faculty and board of trustees. When the ideas become more solidified we will share those with all of you. In the meantime, the preliminary concept sketches are on display in the school office – feel free to stop in and take a look!

CAF_Facebook_Announcement-2Dover Cocheco Arts Festival Free Children’s Concert Series

This summer Seacoast Waldorf School became a sponsor and member of the Dover Chamber of Commerce. The town of Dover will be offering a Children’s Series of performances at the Henry Law Park Rotary Arts Pavilion every Tuesday starting July 15th.

Mark your calendar for every Tuesday at 10:30am:

Rockin’ Ron the Friendly Pirate – July 14

Rick Goldin – children’s singer – July 21

Little Red Wagon – children’s theater tour group – July 28

Wayne from Maine – children’s singer – Aug 4

BJ Hickman – magician – Aug 11

Rob Duquette – multi-instrument musician of children’s music – Aug 18

Wednesdays in the Garden 9-11am

“Ladies and Gents, Ladies and Gents

Meet Me at the Garden Fence”

Calling all gardeners — beginners and master alike! We will be offering many opportunities for family gardening this summer with the SWS Faculty.

Watering & Weeding Wednesdays

9:00am – 11:00am

August 5, 12, 19

Bring your own snack.

Children are most welcome!

Seacoast birth mattersSeacoast Birth Matters Picnic
Wednesday, July 29th, 11am

SWS is proud to announce that we have recently partnered with Seacoast Birth Matters to offer them space for their non-profit programs supporting local families.  Their first event at SWS will be their annual community gathering in honor of World Breastfeeding Week… to support & promote breastfeeding & local breastfeeding resources. Bring your own picnic lunch if you’d like, desserts & drinks will be provided.  Come celebrate breastfeeding families. All are welcome!  For more information on the terrific services offered by Seacoast Birth Matters visit http://www.seacoastbirthmatters.com/



Annual Spring Fling Gala & Silent Auction May 30th, 7pm!

Spring Fling 2015Join us for the last community night of the school year! Fantastic food, summer libations, lively music and lawn games – all under the twinkle-lit trees in our very own Garden of Ale. Also featured will be a Silent Auction with over 75 items including: handmade lap quilt, youth ski package from Kittery Trading Post, restaurant gift certificates (Book & Bar, Friendly Toast, Kilwin’s and more!), custom made Irish knit sweater, granite garden bird bath, surfboard lessons and wet suit rental from Summer Sessions, spa treatment from Wingate Spa, custom built natural wooden furniture bench and so much more!!

The fun begins at 7pm. All welcome – parents, grandparents, relative, friends and neighbors!

Tickets available in the office or on-line below with PayPal or a credit card.