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What is a Lantern Walk?

The Lantern Walk – The Celebration of St. Martin

In early November, our Lantern Walk affirms symbolically that light can continue to shine even as the light and warmth of the sun are waning. Now light and warmth come more from our homes, and from the fellowship of friends and family. Carrying a light into the darkness in the company of others – as we do during the Lantern Walk – can be reassuring.

American Waldorf schools have adopted the Lantern Walk tradition from its European heritage. The walk is celebrated around the time of Martinmas, November 11.

From France comes the legend of St. Martin, who as a young man passed under an archway in the city of Amiens and found a destitute beggar there. Martin tore his own cape in half, to cover and warm the beggar. After a dream the following night, Martin was convinced he was to devote his life in service of all humankind, and became the patron saint of beggars and outcasts. A gentle and unassuming man, he brought light and warmth to all those whose lives he touched, hence his association with the lantern.

Lantern Walk Mother & Child

DWS Soccer Players Head to State Championships

DWS Soccer Players Head to State Championships

Three High School students from The Denver Waldorf School have been playing on the Denver Christian Boys team this season. Senior Xilal Rima and Juniors Ian Connolly and Matthew Douglas-May will take the field in two playoff games this weekend in Colorado Springs. They are a strong team and beautiful to watch. If they win this weekend, more tournament games will follow. We wish them the best of luck!

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The DWS Junior Class Presents…

The DWS Junior Class Presents…

Junior Class Play Flyer

Friday & Saturday, Oct. 25th & 26th at 7 pm

In ancient times, knowledge was given through stories and parables. Humans instinctively knew the symbols and meaning hidden in the yarns that storytellers told.

As man matured and developed the capacities of reason, our understanding went from instinct to thought. Stories flowed from picture images to the abstract. The way to hold this thinking was through the development of an abstract alphabet, to written words, to books.

Books then allowed us to form our own pictures, to create dialogue human to human.
It has taken thousands of years to form this knowledge. What if it all suddenly went away? What if we were not allowed to read books and form our own pictures? What if we were not permitted to leave the cinema and talk with one another about what we experienced?

What if our feelings were spoon-fed to us, and our thinking took place without perspective?
Initially, Fahrenheit 451, a novel by Ray Bradbury, was a protest against censorship and government overreach during the Joseph McCarthy/House Un-American Activities (HUAC) Committee hearings of the late 1940s and early 1950s. The play is an updated version that takes on the power of technology and the two-dimensional nature of television. 

The 11th Grade will perform this fast-paced, challenging play on Friday and Saturday, October 25th and 26th at 7:00 p.m. in the Ginny Boone Oppenheim Festival Hall. All are invited and encouraged to support our students’ performance of this important work.

by Mr. David Johnson, Director

Back-to-School Preparations

Back-to-School Preparations

It’s that time of year! The Denver Waldorf School administrative offices are buzzing with activity as we prepare to welcome all of our new families and welcome back all of our returning families.

Emails with information and forms will be sent out on Monday, August 5th. If your student’s 2013-14 registration is complete and you do not receive your Back-to-School email, please contact Christa Gustafson, Main Office Manager, at 303-777-0531 x 100 or dws@denverwaldorf.org. We’re looking forward to a great year!

A Waldorf Spotlight on Rachel Ladasky

A Waldorf Spotlight on Rachel Ladasky, The Denver Waldorf “Bluebell Garden” Nursery

476095_10151122445125550_1500954163_o-1The Denver Waldorf School is opening a second, off-site nursery school to enhance our early childhood education program and meet the growing demand for Waldorf education in our area. We have located a church site at 17th and Dahlia in Park Hill and, if all goes according to plan, The Denver Waldorf School will open “Bluebell Garden” in fall of 2013. In preparation, The College of Teachers has offered Rachel Ladasky, Morning Glory Lead Assistant, the position of Lead Nursery Teacher and she has accepted.

6881168698_afe57bd532_o-1Rachel first came to The Denver Waldorf School as an intern in Morning Glory Kindergarten and then worked as a substitute and Lyre Assistant. She attended a Waldorf nursery school herself and was also a volunteer French teacher and substitute at River Song Waldorf School for two years. Rachel holds a BA in French and Education from Colorado State University and a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Waldorf Education from Antioch University New England. Congratulations, Rachel!

A Conversation With Rachel Ladasky …

Hi Rachel! Tell us about the name for the new nursery site?

“Bluebell flowers are known as fairy thimbles. As the fable goes, you ring a bluebell to gather the fairies in the forest. Bluebells are such delicate, sweet little flowers. They have this connection to the fairy world and the spirit world and that’s right where the little children are, still connected to the heavenly realm.”

Why did you want to become a Waldorf early childhood education teacher?

“In early childhood, everything is new and magical and exciting to them and watching it unfold is just incredible. The Denver Waldorf School Nursery Program is such a bridge between home life and Kindergarten. It’s their first experience of school, the whole world is new to them and they’re safe and secure. There is beauty everywhere and it’s a good place to be. I get to help them grow into themselves and be happy and secure.”

What are you most looking forward to next year?

“I’m really excited to have my own class and I’m really ready for it.
The space is so sweet and warm and cozy, it’s the perfect space to hold the children and gently introduce them to Waldorf education.”

You have spent time in more mainstream educational environments ~ what draws you to Waldorf education?

“Waldorf is so much more heartfelt and purposeful. Not just with the children but among the faculty as well. There is no way I could go back after experiencing and seeing first-hand the love the teachers here have for the children. Having such a strong philosophical foundation that we’re all working out of is so unique. To be in a school that honors the children’s development to help their growth versus focused on what they need to know, that is truly beautiful.
Here, it’s magical and it’s fun and it feeds my soul.”
~Interview by Jennifer Parker, Community Development Coordinator

Fall 2013 Middle and High School Cross Country

Fall 2013 Middle and High School Cross Country

runningclubCalling all runners!

The Denver Waldorf Middle and High School Cross Country teams are beginning to gear up for the fall season.

Our inaugural season last fall was a success and we’re looking for our second year to be even better. If you are interested in participating on the Cross Country team next fall, please let Jennifer Parker know at communicate@denverwaldorf.org so that we can add you to our email distribution lists.

All you need is a pair of good running shoes!

Informal, optional practices for both Middle School and High School runners will begin on Tuesday, July 23 and will occur every Tuesday and Friday morning from 7:00 am ~ 8:00 am.

The team will meet at the Boat House at Washington Park. Just show up when you can. Depending on the interest, we may increase the frequency of the runs after the first couple of weeks.

Formal practices will begin Monday, August 19 (time and location TBD).
The first race of the season is Thursday, Sept. 5.

For questions or summer workout ideas, please contact any of the coaches:

Oza and Milan Klanjsek – oza_miki@comcast.net
Tim Williams – timbobwilliams@gmail.com

We hope to see you there!