Waldorf Students: International Math Champions

Waldorf mathCongratulations to Ithaca Waldorf School!

“Ithaca Waldorf School Math Olympiads Score Among Top Students Internationally”

Ithaca Waldorf School  6th and 7th grade students received a perfect score and scored in the top percentiles in this year’s International Math Olympiad, in which nearly 150,000 students participated from the United States and other countries.

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Lantern Walk

Seacoast Waldorf School’s

Lantern Walk at Seacoast Waldorf School

Monday, November 10

5:00 pm

  

Martinmas and the Lantern Walk

Young and old unite in song around a roaring bonfire under a dazzling starry sky

Young and old unite in song around a roaring bonfire under a dazzling starry sky

Martin of Tours was a Roman soldier in 4th century Gaul. It is told that while passing through the city gates at Amiens, he found a poor beggar shivering with cold. Martin shared his own cloak by tearing it in half and giving the poor man some warmth. St. Martin has since become the representative of brotherly kindness, sharing light and warmth with all those in need.  November 11th, his day of burial, has long been remembered as Martinmas.

 The story of St. Martin has inspired the tradition of a lantern walk, the sharing of lantern songs and warmth with friends. The younger students make lanterns in their classrooms and join their families in an evening lantern walk.

Lantern Walk at Seacoast Waldorf School

Lantern Walk at Seacoast Waldorf School

5:00-6 pm   Pot luck in the community room. Please bring a salad or main dish to share with your own plates, cups and utensils.

6:00 pm     The community packs up their dishes and brings everything to their cars. Then we gather around the bonfire for verse & singing.

6:30 pm     Children gather around their teachers to receive their lanterns. A designated adult will signal the lighting of the lanterns.  Once families have all their lanterns they may start on the path. It is helpful for each family to bring a “clicker” (long necked lighter) to light and relight lanterns.  As each family completes the walk, they are free to get in their cars and leave.

The Lantern Walk is meant to be experienced solemnly without the distraction of conversation.

If an older sibling accompanies the family we ask that they stay and walk with the family. Please wear appropriate footwear. We will be wandering over ‘meadow moor and dale’ and may find a puddle or two.

Preschooler displays her paper lantern

Preschooler displays her paper lantern

Seacoast Waldorf School Media Policy

I was giving a tour of the school the other day and as we entered each new classroom the parent kept saying “wow!” and as I described the nuances of Waldorf Education he was asking questions, very excited and impressed by what he was seeing and hearing. Then, as we left the building he turned to me and said “This is an amazing education. I just can’t imagine doing the no tv thing.” Needless to say, I was surprised at his candor, and his concerns which led into a conversation about Waldorf and media.  I fear many people dismiss Waldorf education for fear of being forced to give up their tvs!  image

Let me set the record straight. At Seacoast Waldorf School every family, along with the guidance of their child’s teacher, chooses how much media exposure (if any) their children are allowed to have. Waldorf Education is not anti-media, rather, it is pro-imagination.  The reasons we are very thoughtful about how much, what and when our students watch television, play video games or spend time on computers are very deliberate.

  1. The pace of television today is not what it was when we were children. One minute of Sponge Bob Square Pants has the same amount of scene changes as one hour of Mr. Rogers. Rapid scene changes stimulate the flight or flight response in children.
  2. The advertising on television today is designed to have rapid scene changes and create this same excited fight or flight response with the image of the product remaining on the screen for a solid 4 seconds so as to be the most memorable image to the child.  Using such insidious techniques, advertisers are deliberately planting consumer desires for their product(s) into your child’s awareness.
  3. TV, video games and online imagery are larger-than-life. When a child can see the intricate details of a frog’s eye on PBS Nature, eventually they lose interest in playing with just a plain old ordinary frog outside.
  4. When a child is spending hours watching tv, playing video games or staring at a computer screen, they are passively being influenced by someone else’s ideas. They are not creating their own. They are not engaged in imaginative play or cooperative play and are missing opportunities to be doing other developmentally important unstructured play activities.

At Seacoast Waldorf School we require a highly conscientious approach to media. We ask for no television during the school week or at the very least none before school so that when children play at school, their play is original and not a re-enactment of something they have seen.  We also ask that any media be age appropriate and preferably without advertisement such as G rated dvds or On Demand films, avoiding exposing the children to adult content such as news broadcasts or inappropriate television or even radio programming.

You will be amazed at the level of creative play that will blossom in your house when the television is off!  Often the less media a child is exposed to, the less they depend on it or ask for it. Please feel free to ask your teachers for ideas, advice and help if you wish to pursue a more more media-free family life!

Fall Hootenanny Festival!

Join us for a festive children’s morning with live music, crafts, apple pressing, puppet storytelling, sing-a-longs, harvest parade, snacks and more. A fun event for the whole family!

Open to the public and free of charge.

 

Saturday, October 18th

10am-12noon 

 

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Seacoast Waldorf School Celebrates Michelmas and Deeds of Goodness

Last week, Seacoast Waldorf School celebrated the harvest festival of Michelmas. First, with a re-enactment of St. Michael, the protector of humanity, battling the dragon to save the kingdom.

Then, grade school children and teachers gathered on the sunny slope of the early childhood playground to sing and recite verses as the nursery, preschool and kindergarten children and friends and families looked on. The stories and verse contained themes of courage, light conquering dark, inner strength, and deeds of goodness.

Families, students and faculty then moved to the grades playground for an outdoor feast of soup, corn bread, cider and apple crisp and time together enjoying the beautiful sunny day before heading indoors to tour the classrooms.

The Michelmas festival reminds us to both summon and honor the courage displayed each and every day – in noble acts big and strong. It reminds us to perform acts of kindness – to make good choices even when no one is looking and to seek the good in others.

You’re Invited: Auction Fundraiser at Seacoast Waldorf School

Seacoast Waldorf School’s ‘Under the Trees’ spring fling fundraiser is underway culminating in a gala event Saturday, June 7. 

Dozens of live and silent auction items will be up for bid. Proceeds will help offset the costs, which tuition alone does not cover, of running and growing the school. This event is an evening of fun in which families, friends and more come together in support and celebration of Seacoast Waldorf School.

imageAuction items range from fabulous hand painted items to massage packages to gift certificates to donated items guaranteed to delight and surprise.

Cost to attend the gala is $10 per person for tickets purchased prior to the event or $15 per person for tickets purchased at the door.  The event will feature fabulous food from award-winning Tulsi, live music, and a cash bar.  Dress is casual.

Support our school and join us for a night of fun. Tell your friends, family, community.

Click here for directions.  Questions? Call 207-686-3140.

If you are unable to attend and would like to support Seacoast Waldorf School, please visit our School Development page.