Parent Education: Overcoming Nervousness Thursday, April 2nd

seacoast 1400 x740 - 3Join us for a Seacoast Waldorf School Parent Education evening with renowned education and child development expert Douglas Gerwin, PhD.

Thursday, April 2nd


Community Room, Seacoast Waldorf School

Tickets $15

Already a century ago, Rudolf Steiner predicted that people of the modern age would suffer increasingly from three kinds of nervousness. In this interactive evening session, Douglas Gerwin will explore the nature of these 3 conditions and lay out 10 strategies to overcome them. Nervousness cannot (indeed should not) be prevented or avoided since––by being embraced––it can become a source of inner fortitude. Like so many contemporary conditions, what may first be experienced as a drain on one’s energies or as a daunting shadow may in fact conceal hidden strength and lasting light.

Douglas Gerwin Douglas GerwinPh.D., has taught history, literature, German, music,  and life science at college and Waldorf high school levels for over 35 years.  As Director of the Center for Anthroposophy (CfA), he divides his time  between adult education and teaching adolescents, as well as mentoring  Waldorf schools across North America.

Himself a Waldorf graduate, Douglas is the founder of the Center for  Athroposophy’s Waldorf High School Teacher Education Program, as well  as the first Executive Director of the Research Institute for Waldorf  Education. He is author and editor of nine books on Waldorf education, as  well as numerous articles on education and anthroposophy. His most recent publication, released this year, is a collection of articles entitled Trailing Clouds of Glory: Essays on Sexuality and the Education of Youth in Waldorf Schools. Douglas resides on the outskirts of Amherst, Massachusetts, with his wife Connie, a Waldorf high school teacher of mathematics.


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Free Children’s Fairytale Morning Sat. March 14th!

Magical Fairytale Morning at Seacoast Waldorf School, March 15th

Magical Fairytale Morning at Seacoast Waldorf School, March 14th

Seacoast Waldorf School invites all children and their grown-ups to a wonderful morning of story-telling with puppets, live music, ice cream and crafts all with a Fairytale theme! Saturday, March 14th from 10am-12noon. Free and open to the public.        



Winter Warmer Moved to Snow Date 1/25

***Due to the heavy snow, the Children’s Winter Warmer Morning has been postponed to Sunday, January 25th from 10am-12noon.***

There are three very exciting, free events open to the public taking place at SWS during January 2015. We hope you can come to one, two or all three:

Middle School Information Night

– Tuesday night, January 20th at 6:30pm join the SWS faculty in a conversation about what the SWS Middle School years look like. Learn about the advanced curriculum, art, music and sports programs and experience a middle school science lesson demonstration. Learn how the SWS Waldorf middle school prepares students to excel in high school. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers. Free admission.


***Winter Warmer Children’s Morning

– Saturday, January 24th at 10am-12noon  join with local families and enjoy the 2nd Annual Winter Warmer Children’s Morning. There will be crafts, music, food and puppet stories for all.  This is a gift from SWS to the community offered one Saturday each season. Free admission.

Winter Warmer

1st Annual Private School Expo

– Saturday, January 31st 10am-12noon come and take a look at the 1st Annual Seacoast Private School Expo. Meet representatives from area private schools and extracurricular enrichment programs in a “college fair” format. Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, middle and high schools – as well as music, art, sport and nature programs will be on display. Free admission.


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!