Friday, May 5: Oaks Day – School Closed
Monday, May 8- Friday, May 12: Teacher Appreciation Week
Monday, May 22 – Friday, May 26: Spring Arts Week (performance details will be sent separately)
Wednesday, May 24: Board of Trustees Meeting 6:30pm Via Zoom (meeting information to be sent separately)
Monday, May 29: Memorial Day- School Closed
Thursday, June 1: Last Day of School- Noon Dismissal
Thursday, June 1: 8th Grade Graduation- 6:30pm in the gym
Please note all dates are subject to change
Our Auction is Two Weeks Away!
We invite you to join us in supporting our campus wide transformation, which will kick off at our Woodland Wonderland Spring Auction & Gala.
Ways to Get Involved - Woodland Wonderland
Our Woodland Wonderland: Spring Gala & Auction is made possible by:
Summer Camp at WSL
From camps with a focus on culture, to nature to handwork to movement and for kids ages 4 through rising 8th grade there’s something that will make every kid jump for joy! Learn more about camp theme weeks, times, and more when you click the image above!
Welcome Spring with WSL May Festival and Faire
Our Early Childhood Program is Growing!
WSL is excited to announce that we will be adding an additional Early Childhood classroom in the 2023-24 school year. Ms. Fern Erhard will be moving from our Extended Care Director to a Lead Teacher position in our new mixed-aged kindergarten classroom (ages 3-5). Ms. Fern will be assisted by Ms. Leslie Windell. We are thrilled to welcome Lavender Kindergarten to our morning program offerings.
Fern has always loved spending time with children–as a big sister, nanny, theatre director, preschool teacher, and eventually a Waldorf teacher. She has worked at various Waldorf schools since 2013 and returned to the beautiful WSL in 2021. She is so excited to step into this new role.
Fern holds a BA in Creative Writing and is currently enrolled at Sophia’s Hearth Waldorf Teacher Training program, where she is completing her Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Certification. Fern spends her free time caring for her sweet baby, doing partner acrobatics, hiking, needle felting, gardening, and writing.
Additional Early Childhood announcements: Ms. Ravina will not be returning as an assistant in Morning Glory Kindergaten. We will miss her calm presence but are excited to support and encourage her business as a doula, caring for new mothers. We are also pleased to welcome Ms. Courtney Shaheen as our new morning assistant with Ms. Michelle next fall. Courtney has been a long-time substitute teacher and parent at WSL.
Extended Care is hiring! Ms. Minelly and our most recent extended care hire, Alyssa Monk will be returning next fall. We are grateful for their kind and compassionate care and guidance for our children. We are currently looking for an Extended Care Director in our afternoon programs as well as an additional afternoon assistant. Job positions are posted here.
WSL Attends The Regional Pentathlon
On 4/25, WSL students joined together with fifth graders from seven other Waldorf Schools in the Southeast Region, to compete in a beloved rite of passage!
The Fifth Grade Greek Pentathlon is an annual event that brings together Waldorf schools throughout the world, for demonstrations of athleticism, friendship, and peace. The children participate in five events; javelin, discus, long jump, wrestling, and relay race. All children compete together, and contestants are judged not on speed or accuracy, but on the beauty of their efforts. The Fifth Grade trains all year for this spring event, while, in the classroom, their teachers lead them through a study of the mythology and history of Ancient Greece.
The Fifth Grade child is at a major turning point in their development, as they prepare to move from the Lower Grades into Middle School. They are nearing the end of childhood proper and the beginning of adolescence. The Pentathlon helps mark this transition as a major step forward for the child in independence and accomplishment, serving as a beautiful culmination to their years in Elementary school.
It is here that we pause to mark and celebrate childhood in full flower before our young ones move into the next phase of their journey.
A hearty congratulations to our Fifth Grade on a job well done!
WSL Community Members Turn Heads at KMAC Couture
Former WSL handwork teacher and parent Angela Davis designed a dress of epic proportions from book pages for this year’s KMAC Couture fashion show, a fundraiser for the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. Her model was Tammy Carpanini- former WSL teacher, current parent and board member! It was wonderful to see the stunning beauty of the design walk the runway and see the connection between Waldorf style handwork (for which Angela has won several awards) and the high-fashion world!
Of the dress (made from three copies of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) Angela said, “My goal was to create a statement about the importance of reducing stigmas surrounding mental health and actively illustrate the transformational process of therapy. Over 500 hand cut and hand-painted butterflies were made to create the train of the dress, and the dress itself was made of paper using multiple design and sewing techniques. “
Congratulations to them both on this incredible success!
To learn more about the design, the artist and the process, visit this link to hear Angela interviewed on her creation: https://www.artebelladaily.org/artebella/2023/4/13/artists-talk-with-lva-april-13-2023#
Community Education - Open to All!
My Week In Dornach: World Teachers Conference
For those who do not know, Dornach and the Goeteanum are the headquarters of the movement founded by Rudolf Steiner known as anthroposophy, or the wisdom of humanity. Two weeks ago the World Teacher’s Conference was held at the Goetheanum and I was lucky enough to be able to attend, along with teachers from over 60 countries. I had the chance to talk with teachers from Taiwan, Tanzania, Australia, Japan, Russia, Peru, Argentina, and Portugal, along with many others from schools nearby in Europe for whom travel to Switzerland is only a short car ride away. The keynote speakers and workshops brought key ideas which continue to inspire and intrigue me. Other insights came from the experience of just being in this remarkable place.
Read about Jennifer Sparks’s full experience at the blog post here!
Alumni-Held Event on Campus
Attend a day of intention with Jen Fields, along with her business partner Ellen Martin, a Waldorf School of Louisville Alumni. Learn how to manifest with ease or heal and nurture your mind, body, and spirit by working with cacao, a sacred heart-opening plant medicine. Jen is a writer, channel, teacher, and shamanic practitioner who helps you tap into the divine loving support that is available to all.
Manifestation Masterclass: This workshop will help you understand the Law of Attraction and learn reliable manifesting practices that bring about positive results. We’ll do fun exercises and cover the sticky places that hold most people back. The workshop focuses on positive vibrational alignment to help you bring about real change in your life. You’ll be able to stop leaving out important steps so you can begin to manifest what you truly desire with ease.
Sacred Cacao Ceremony: Join us in a heart-centered journey with cacao. Cacao is a sacred heart-opening plant medicine (non-psychoactive) that allows us to connect deeply with the earth, our community, and the Divine. Our ceremony is designed to help you release negative emotions and connect with your inner self. Ceremony brings the sacred into the present moment. We come together in sacred space for a time of reverence, gratitude, and deep connection. Bring comfort items like a mat and blankets to get cozy for a group ceremony that includes a ceremonial serving of cacao, guided meditation, breathwork, music, and time for journaling or reflections.
Feel free to join for just one offering or jump in on all of the fun Saturday, May 20th! A percentage of the proceeds from both events will be donated to the Waldorf School of Louisville!
To register or learn more, visit our website:
As part of our conscious work to move forward with care and concern for those who are the most vulnerable and marginalized, please click below to read the letter from WSL’s Faculty and Board of Trustees regarding our DEI (Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion) work.
If you are a WSL community member you are automatic members of CA!
Did you know we have a Facebook group for family and friends of WSL?
It’s a great way to share and keep updated about what’s happening in our community.