November 2021 WSL Monthly Communique

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Monday, November 8th – Parent Association Meeting: 8:45 – 10:00 AM

Please join the Parent Association for our monthly meeting to discuss upcoming Faculty Appreciation initiatives, Winter Faire, and more*! Kindly note, this month’s meeting will be held in the Cafeteria

*Minutes from the October PA Meeting can be found below

If you would like to receive the PA meeting agenda + minutes, please send an email to Madyson Haskins at madyson.haskins@waldorflouisville.com to be added to the mailing list.

 

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Friday, November 12th – Lantern Walk (Grades): 7:00 PM @ WSL Rock Creek Campus

The Grades Teachers will be holding class-specific Lantern Walks on Friday, November 12th. Beginning at 7:00 PM, teachers will start by telling the story of St. Martin in their individual classrooms and class-specific walks will begin shortly afterward, staggered by 5 minutes. Kindly note, the Grades Lantern Walk is a student-only festival.

 
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Saturday, November 13th Martinmas / Lantern Walk (Early Childhood): 5:30-6:30 PM Foxhollow Farm (8905 Hwy 329, Crestwood, KY 40014, USA)

The Early Childhood Teachers are excited to host you and your families as we celebrate the changing of the seasons with a special off-campus event… this year, our 29th annual EC Lantern Walk will be held at Foxhollow Farm! The festival will start promptly at 5:30 PM with a brief song and the walk beginning shortly afterward. Family members are welcome to participate in the walk with their own lantern*. 

*A map of Fox Hollow and a flyer with more details can be found below!

 
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 * Wednesday, November 17th – Board of Trustee Meeting: 6:30-7:30 PM

WSL’s monthly Board of Trustees’ meeting is open to the community*. Anyone may join to hear updates from Faculty and Board about the school’s governance and operation, including overviews and updates on Enrollment, Marketing, Finance, Development, Grounds and Facilities, and Administration. The meeting includes open discussion at the end, and an opportunity for attendees to ask questions or make relevant comments.
Zoom Details: will be made available early next via email and the WSL website calendar.
*Minutes from the October Board of Trustee Meeting can be found below!
 
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Tuesday, November 23rd – Grandparents & Special Friends Day (virtual)

Grandparents & Special Friends Day is a treasured tradition at WSL. The extraordinary circumstances of this year have required all of us to adapt and rethink many of our treasured traditions, including this one.

Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our children, and their loved ones’, we have decided not to host our favorite friends on campus this November due to COVID. While we are disappointed that we cannot gather in-person, we still want to give a hearty ‘thank you’ to those who pour their time, love, energy, and resources into our children and our school through a special virtual offering*! On Tuesday, November 23, from the comfort of your living room, we will be inviting you and your child’s grandparents/special friends to preview samples of the learning and experiences, and infectious joy of your extraordinary children.

We hope you and your families enjoy this year’s virtual offerings, and we look forward to the day when we can welcome you to campus in-person!

 *Please stay tuned for an email on November 23 for more information.
 
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Tuesday, November 23rd – Middle School Bake Sale: 2:45-3:15 PM

The Middle School students are hosting their second bake sale on Tuesday, November 23 during pick-up. They will be located in the parking lot – please proceed through pick-up as usual so we keep traffic flowing as smoothly as possible. They will be offering individually packaged items. All proceeds go toward the Capstone Trips. Please bring cash.

 

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 * Tuesday, November 30th – Giving Tuesday

Even in times of economic uncertainty, we each have a deep reserve of generosity and every act of generosity has the power to create new opportunities for those in need. People around the world have the opportunity to come together to show their generosity in a variety of ways during #GivingTuesday—performing random acts of kindness, fundraising for important causes, and amplifying the voices of marginalized peoples. 

So how can you participate in #GivingTuesday this year?

1. Save the Date by setting a calendar reminder to participate in #GivingTuesday on November 30, 2021 

2. Bookmark this link to make a charitable donation in support of our Variable Tuition program and help make Waldorf Education accessible to more children and families in Louisville* 

3. Collaborate with local organizations by hosting a holiday food (non-perishable), clothing, or toy drive 

4. Share this message with family and friends to join you in unleashing the power of generosity on November 30 

*If you have already made a donation to WSL during the 21-22 school year, thank you so much – we are tremendously appreciative of your philanthropic partnership!

WE'RE HIRING!

Substitute Teachers

We are in need of substitute teachers for both our Early Childhood and our Grades program. If you, or someone you know, might be interested in becoming a substitute teacher in one of our programs, please contact our Business Manager at angeline.green@waldorflouisville.com for details. Thank you! 

WELCOME TO WALDORF

Throughout the school year, we will continue to spotlight new WSL Teaching & Administrative Faculty ~ we hope you enjoy getting to learn more about the extraordinary people who have recently joined our community!

Lauren Vinova
Daisy Garden (Pre-K) Assistant

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Lauren Vinova is new to the Waldorf School but not new to education.  She was a public school teacher in Florida and Kentucky for 11 years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education.  She is National Board Certified in Literacy. She has been a stay-at-home mom for the past four years with her triplets and has joined the school this year in Early Childhood as the Daisy Garden (Pre-K) Assistant.   

Ravina Rajkumar
Morning Glory (Kinder) Assistant

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Ravina is excited to join our Early Childhood team this year as the Assistant to Morning Glory (Kinder)! She studied at the University of Louisville and has worked with children for many years teaching both preschool and kindergarten, and it brings her joy to be back in the classroom. She is currently also a birth doula and photographer. Ravina has two children here at WSL, Luna (6) and Koda (3), and it’s been so special the three of them coming to school together every morning. In her free time, Ravina loves to cook, travel, hike, refurbish furniture, and visit thrift stores. 

Elise Pfeiffer
Dandelion (Kinder) Assistant

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Elise Pfeiffer is a Waldorf School of Louisville alumni and has been immersed in Waldorf philosophy her whole life. She recently graduated from Centre College in English Literature and has been a nanny for the past three years. Elise is also a poet, often writing about the landscape and culture of Kentucky, her home. She enjoys spending her free time hiking, canoeing, and being with her dogs outside as well. She brings a wealth of inspiration, curiosity, and enthusiasm to her new position as Dandelion (Kinder) Assistant.

REQUEST FOR DONATIONS

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* Guitar Class – Used Guitar Donations 

Mr. Lanier is hoping to hold a guitar class with the Middle School students and is in need of 6-8 more guitars. If you have a used guitar that you are willing to donate and/or lend to Mr. Lanier, please send him an email at rob.lanier@waldorflouisville.com. Guitars in need of minor repair and/or strings are acceptable.
 
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 * Winter Faire – Angel Room Donations

On Saturday, December 4, current WSL families, extended friends, and WSL alumni will come together for one of our most beloved community events – the WSL Winter Faire. 
A truly magical experience at Winter Faire is the ‘Angel Room’: a self-led shopping experience for current WSL children. For just $1.00, WSL children can pick three trinkets from the Angel Room. Children may go through the Angel Room twice, therefore, we will need a bounty of small trinkets! As such, we are requesting each family donate approximately 10-15 small trinkets to help create a magical Angel Room experience for all our children. We kindly request that all trinkets be made of natural materials (wood, fiber, metal, paper, and stone) – please no plastic trinkets! If you have any questions or would like to confirm your willingness to contribute to this year’s Angel Room, please send Madyson Haskins an email at madyson.haskins@waldorflouisville.com
 
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 * Winter Spiral – Pine Bough Garlands

On Friday, December 10, our youngest children will celebrate early winter with a silent ceremony, Winter Spiral, where they will receive in reverence the light of their own candles. Our Early Childhood teachers will need your assistance in creating the Winter Spiral. As such, we will be requesting donations of pine bough garlands. Details regarding when you should deliver your donations for Winter Spiral will be shared in the coming weeks! 

AMERICAN INDIAN HERITAGE MONTH

WSL Recognizes American Indian Heritage Month

November is a time to connect with the cultural roots of our country, and celebrate the profound impact of the civilizations we inherited the land from. As Thanksgiving draws near, understanding the role of the Native Americans present is important as we take to the table with our families and loved ones.

Text from Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of the American Indian discusses the first Thanksgiving by saying, “The Indians in attendance, the Wampanoag, played a lead role in this historic encounter, and they had been essential to the survival of the colonists during the newcomers’ first year. The Wampanoag were a people with a sophisticated society who had occupied the region for thousands of years. They had their own government, their own religious and philosophical beliefs, their own knowledge system, and their own culture. They were also a people for whom giving thanks was a part of daily life.”

Although the history of Native Americans and settlers has been marred by tension and conflict through time, the heart of the first Thanksgiving deserves to be recognized. Through cooperation and community, two very disparate societies met and enriched the other with their traditions, which is the essence of the celebration we carry on with today. 

Guidelines for COVID-19 Prevention

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

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. 

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