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!

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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!
 
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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

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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.

 

 

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ST LUCIA FESTIVAL CELEBRATION
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.

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Celebrating the Festival of Michaelmas

Earlier this month, the students, faculty and administration – joined by parents, grandparents, family and friends – gathered together to celebrate Michaelmas.

A little-known festival, Michaelmas is observed at Waldorf Schools across the globe and celebrates St. Michael, the protector of humanity, who according to fifth century tradition, in battle tames a dragon to save the kingdom. Because the celebration falls near the equinox, it is often associated with the beginning of autumn and the shortening of days.

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Seacoast Waldorf School first graders celebrating St Michelmas in song

In keeping with tradition, this year’s Michaelmas celebration took place in Seacoast Waldorf School’s playgrounds and outdoor spaces and began with the grade school children and teachers reciting verses and singing as the nursery, preschool and kindergarten children and their 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 gathered at picnic tables for a delicious outdoor feast of soup (made by the children), corn bread, cider and apple crisp and time together enjoying the beautiful sunny day before heading indoors to tour the children’s classrooms.

The Michaelmas 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 be a champion for others, to look for the good in all and to always strive toward our fullest human potential.

Rose Ceremony Celebrates Seacoast Waldorf School’s First Day

DSC_0881The Seacoast Waldorf School 2015/2016 school year commenced Wednesday morning, September 9th, with the annual Rose Ceremony. Students, families and faculty gathered in the school’s veggie- and flower-filled gardens to welcome the new first grade class through the grade school.

Each first grader walked over a wooden bridge and was then greeted by a fifth or sixth grade student who presented the child with a red rose – a tradition repeated at Waldorf schools across the globe.

The grade school children then formed a sunflower bridge over the first grade class as the proceeded to their classroom to begin the new school year.

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Seacoast Waldorf School, founded in 1999, is one of over 1,000 Waldorf schools worldwide with over 90 years of experience offering inspired education. Waldorf education is one of the fastest growing independent school movements in the world.

Since opening its doors at its current location, 403 Route 236 in Eliot, Maine, Seacoast Waldorf School has nearly doubled enrollment. The school is now is the planning stages for a construction project in 2016 to add a middle school, community auditorium and more. Click here to learn more about our Capital Campaign and plans to expand the school.