Alumni Invitation to The Senior Class Play

Alumni Invitation to The Senior Class Play

All alumni, alumni parents, alumni grandparents and friends are invited to …

The Denver Waldorf School Senior Class Play ‘The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder’

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Friday, May 17 & Saturday, May 18
7:00 pm

The Bug Theatre
3654 Navajo St Denver, CO

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Please join fellow alumni, alumni parents and friends before the show from 5:30 pm~6:45 pm
for an informal happy hour across the street on Friday, May 17 at Patsy’s Inn Italian Restaurant!
(3651 Navajo Street)

Stay connected with The Denver Waldorf School!

We want to send you invitations to fun events like alumni gatherings, The Annual Holiday Fair and more.
Please go to the official Denver Waldorf School Alumni Association page and give us your latest, up-to-date contact information.

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‘The Matchmaker’ Play Preview by Mr. David Johnson,
Dramatic Arts Teacher, The Denver Waldorf School
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This year’s senior class will perform Thornton Wilder’s THE MATCHMAKER at the Bug Theater on May 17 & 18 at 7 o’clock. This class has been given exciting theatrical challenges over the past four years and they have met them all with courage, insight and talent.

Their freshman year they performed an adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL to packed houses. Their performance of John Patrick’s
THE CURIOUS SAVAGE was offered with grace and charm. It also allowed them to show off their art and music talents.

Their junior performance of Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT gave them a chance to exhibit their beautiful artistic ability recreating three Edward Hopper paintings as the scenery and gave them a forum to hone their very powerful acting skills. All this work will enable them to take on THE MATCHMAKER, a very fast and demanding farce that was the basis for the 1964 musical HELLO DOLLY.

The themes comically exaggerate the morals woven into the relationships between men and women in the late 19th century and ask us to examine, with a laughing eye, the haves and have-nots in that same time period. The play is a beautiful romp by a master playwright, with two playwriting Pulitzers, who had a keen sense of the karmic paths that all human beings must walk.
Come support and laugh with the class of 2013 as they end their DWS theatrical career on a wonderfully zany note.

(Artwork by Denver Waldorf School 12th grade student Ruta Smith)

Summer Gift Card Program!

Summer Gift Card Program!

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This is a great way to help the school while enjoying the same grocery stores, restaurants, shopping and home improvement stores typically frequented by our families.

Simply purchase gift cards through the school at face value and The Denver Waldorf School will receive a percentage.

Click HERE for the SCRIP gift card order form.

Options include Whole Foods, Sunflower Markets, Starbucks, Target, Subway, Chipotle, King Soopers and more.

Visit the following website to search for additional cards that are available and write in any other cards that you may wish to purchase through the school. The Denver Waldorf School will receive a percentage!

Please place your order forms in the Parent Kiosk at The Denver Waldorf School or give them to Ben Drotar, Development Director.

Anthroposophical Gathering & Lecture on Friday, May 17

Anthroposophical Gathering & Lecture on Friday, May 17

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Time is fast approaching for the gathering with the Western Regional Council of The Anthroposophical Society and the Gautama Buddha lecture next Friday, May 17th. In order to be sure you have a dinner that evening please reply to adamblanning@hotmail.com or caronscanlan@comcast.net not later than this Friday morning, May 10th, 9:00 am.

Having a meal together stimulates conversation and a warm atmosphere. We do hope you will join us for this event!

6th Grade Student Seeking Donations for Burmese Orphanage

6th Grade Student Seeking Donations for Burmese Orphanage

Dhiraj Senior, a 6th grade Denver Waldorf School student, is seeking donations for a small orphanage in Mae Sot Thailand as part of a community service element of The Denver Waldorf Middle School curriculum.

Senior writes: “I am looking for donations for a small orphanage in Mae Sot Thailand. These orphans have no support from the government and the reason why is because they are refugees from Burma (Myanmar), a place that has had civil war for over 60 years. Please donate any baby items, clothing, formula, diapers or even money.”

Senior is collecting the items in the 6th grade classroom and said his family will send the items to friends who live near the orphanage.

Coffee Talk Tuesday: “Who Was Rudolf Steiner and What Does He Want With My Child?”

Coffee Talk Tuesday: “Who Was Rudolf Steiner and What Does He Want With My Child?”

All are invited to an upcoming…

Parent Council “Coffee Talk” with Rev. Jim Hindes
on

“Who Was Rudolf Steiner and
What Does He Want With My Child?”

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Next Tuesday, May 14
8:45am ~ 10:30am

downstairs in the Aftercare Room
The Denver Waldorf School
940 Fillmore Street
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This will be an enlightening, inspiring and humorous discussion of
Rudolf Steiner, anthroposophy and the impulse that founded Waldorf Education. Rev. Hindes, a Christian Community priest in Denver, author and scholar, has the ability to discuss anthroposophy in accessible terms and is willing to entertain any questions.

Photos: The 2013 Walkathon!

Photos: The 3rd Annual Walkathon!

Everyone is encouraged to continue contributing to The 3rd Annual Walkathon ~ the website will be up through May 24th to accept donations to the school.

This year the Walkathon was a simple, wonderful event. Many people from our community came out to support our school and enjoy a bright and lovely, if a bit chilly, day.

The Solar Coffee truck was on hand providing coffee and tea to warm up the walkers. The 5k run, organized by 6th Grade student Dan Henkel, was a success with runners coming early to race. The lunch, provided by Sazza Restaurant was fantastic. Perhaps the most moving memory was the older middle school children showing the youngest nursery school children how to take a ribbon and dance around the Maypole. Adorable!

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Welcoming New Families

Welcoming New Families

new_familiesSeveral new families to The Denver Waldorf School got together today to brainstorm ways to build community and reach out to families new to our school.

Thank you to Woodrose Parent Kelly Church for organizing and hosting at her home!

Every year The Denver Waldorf School Parent Council, a group focused on drumming up community-building ideas and communicating with parents about the school, creates a “New Parent Guide” to help new families navigate our school community.

The “New Parent Guide” is a humorous peek into our school community from the parent’s perspective. The “New Parent Guide” is great for new families ~ and veterans of our community may learn something new as well!

Shining Mountain Parent Education Talk: Reimagining Money

Shining Mountain Parent Education Talk: Reimagining Money

Our friends at Shining Mountain Waldorf School in Boulder have an interesting Parent Education talk planned Tuesday, April 30.
Here is the information from their Community Update, reproduced below with thanks to Shining Mountain!

Reimagining Money

money_can_healA talk by Mark A. Finser, Chairman of the Board of RSF Social Finance
Tuesday, April 30 from 7-9 PM in the
Shining Mountain High School Assembly Hall, $10

After years of our working to bring Mark Finser to Shining Mountain Waldorf School, now he is coming!!!

Members of our community who have heard him speak say they left transformed. It has changed the way they relate to their financial world and how money works in their lives.
This presentation is for those who have savings to invest as well as those who persevere and borrow to pay tuition. Mark talks about the spiritual and energetic aspects of money
in our lives. He explains how even a few hundred dollars invested in socially conscious projects can create positive changes in the world that we cannot even begin to imagine.
RSF Social Finance is inspired by the work of Rudolf Steiner and is deeply aligned with the Waldorf education movement. Mark’s father, Siegfried Finser, wrote the book “Money can
Heal” and was a founder of RSF Social Finance. Please click here (or go to Amazon.com) for a preview of the inspiring content of Mark’s presentation, which is very similar to his
father’s book. For more information on RSF Social Finance, please see:
http://rsfsocialfinance.org/

This lecture is open to the public, so please invite your friends!

Confessions of a Screen Junkie on Screen-Free Week

Confessions of a Screen Junkie on Screen-Free Week

by Jennifer Parker, Community Development Coordinator
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I have a confession to make.

Next week’s screen-free challenge is going to be tough.

Here’s the challenge: No iPad, smart phone, laptop or texting. No Facebook, no Twitter, no Angry Birds, no Mad Men and no Downton Abbey. No media, no radio in the car, no magazines.
For one whole week: Monday, April 29 ~ Sunday, May 5.

Next week is all about raising our consciousness surrounding how much time children in particular spend absorbing mass media and in front of screens.

Now comes the confession.

The truth is, I cannot do a full media blackout for one week.

This annual, national screen-free week, organized by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, is endorsed by The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America, President Barack Obama, and numerous public and private schools.

But as the Community Development Coordinator for The Denver Waldorf School I need to be on my computer, reading my email, and connecting with our community via our website, Facebook and Twitter.

Plus, this screen-free week comes during the last week before our school’s largest annual fundraiser, The Denver Waldorf School 3rd Annual Walkathon, and the staff will be busy all week drumming up support online, emailing the community and putting out updates on Facebook.

So I can’t give up screens entirely next week.

But I CAN do a modified “media diet” ~ avoiding media and screens when it’s not necessary for work.

Therefore, next week, when I go home to my family, I intend to make some changes to my usual routine.

We have decided as a family to take up The Denver Waldorf School’s Screen-Free challenge and avoid any forms of media or screen time when we’re at home.

We have tentative plans to play cards in the evening together, get organized, plan out a few camping trips for this summer and clean our house. We may take turns taking a walk in the evening, and we have plans to get a babysitter for at least one night to go out for “date night.” I’m hoping to pick up a knitting project I’ve been neglecting and get our family photo album in order. Our class is even tossing around the idea of a parents-night-out that week.

The weekend will be more eventful, with our spring community event The 3rd Annual Strides for Stars Walkathon on Saturday, May 4. There will be a Maypole, chair massages, a delicious $5 lunch, croquet and more.

Ours will be more a personal “media diet.”

But I’m still hoping to reap some of the personal benefits that Dr. Thomas Cooper spoke about when he visited our school this Fall.

Dr. Cooper, author of “Fast Media, Media Fast” challenged families of The Denver Waldorf School to unplug from all media for a period of time. Cooper said such media free chunks in our lives would help us rediscover our personal identities, sharpen our senses, save us time and money, and help us tap into hidden talents.

Facing The Screen Dilemma: Young Children, Technology and Early Education

The Denver Waldorf School is committed to raising awareness about the impact of screen-time and educating our community about alternatives that will support the healthy development of children and foster joy and peace within families. Too much screen-time is now also being linked to many childhood learning disorders, including loss of focus. Addiction centers are cropping up in the United States at an alarming rate to help wean people off media addictions.

Two studies by the Pews Research Center and Common Sense Media released in November found widespread belief among teachers that technology is affecting students’ ability to focus.

Waldorf schools around the world have recognized for years the impact that screen-time has on children, including difficulty in developing gross and fine motor skills, visual disorders, social and behavior problems, and other developmental problems.

As Douglas Gerwin, Director of the Center for Anthroposophy and Co-Director of the Research Institute for Waldorf Education, wrote in a recent article, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: Mind Over Machinery,” electronic media is a tool that should serve humans, rather than the other way around.

Gerwin asked the question: At what age do children gain the developmental skills necessary to handle what the media is throwing at them? If they are engaging in media, what are they not doing? The fear is that children who should be moving, creating their own mental pictures and engaging in lived experiences, are instead sitting in front of a screen, absorbing content created by others who likely did not consider what was developmentally appropriate for children.

According to academics, our technology and media-driven culture has had significant consequences for community building.

Political scientist Robert Putnam wrote in his book “Bowling Alone” that television has drastically eroded participation in civic enterprises, clubs and volunteer groups. While more people in the U.S. are bowling, they are “bowling alone,” figuratively and literally, rather than in groups since the television set became a household fixture. This has had a huge effect on communities and volunteer groups.

Of course, mass media and technology aren’t all bad. There is much to love about the technological tools that have become so much a part of our everyday experience. However, key is carving out time to unplug once in a while and reconnect with ourselves, our families, our friends and our community.

Modify screen-free week to suit your family: Could you do just one day? Could you unplug at home but stay connected at work? Get creative and think about ways you can incorporate the spirit of screen-free week into your family routine.

The Denver Waldorf School would love to hear what your family has planned.

What is your family doing for screen-free week?

We’d also love to hear your thoughts coming out of this experience for our upcoming Newsletter. Good luck, have fun and please email communicate@denverwaldorf.org with any insights on your experience!

Sincerely,
Jennifer Parker
Community Development Coordinator
communicate@denverwaldorf.org

New Kids!

New Kids

There are a few new “kids” in our community. goat

Check out these very cute pictures of Cassie Wilkinson’s new baby goats. Samoa, the mama goat, had three little boy kids.
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