Staff Changes

Staffing Changes by Judy Lucas, Administrative Director

blue-waldorf-logoThis is the time of year when we say a fond farewell to staff who are leaving and announce new staff for next year.

As you may already know, Trent Price, Lead Assistant in Woodrose Preschool/Kindergarten, and his family will be returning to Oregon.
Kimberly Rickards, Nap Assistant, will become the new Woodrose Lead Assistant.

Kimberly has been involved with teaching since 1990, has worked in three different early childhood settings, and has been working in Woodrose for over a year.

Rachel Ladasky, Lead Assistant in Morning Glory Preschool/Kindergarten, will be opening a new off-campus nursery for The Denver Waldorf School called “Bluebell Garden” in Park Hill. Her Lead Assistant will be Mary Ray, currently serving as Nap Assistant in Morning Glory. Rachel and Mary have worked together for over two years in Morning Glory. Mary began working in an early childhood setting in 2001 and has led a parent-tot class as well.

Jessica Tamayo will be the new Lead Assistant in Morning Glory. Jessica completed her Waldorf Teacher Training at Sunbridge Institute (with our own Jen Palmer, Starflower Nursery’s Lead Teacher) and has taught or assisted in three other early childhood settings.

We have not filled all three nap assistant positions, but are close. We will give you an update once all three positions have been filled.

Alicia Rigsby, our piano accompanist, will be pursuing a license to teach music. We have appreciated her musical professionalism and her ability to sight read and we wish her best. We are still looking to fill the piano accompanist position.

Elizabeth Harden will be completing her project in transitioning administrative staff into a new integrated software system. We will be looking to replace her with a part-time registrar position.

Julie Vogel will be a full-time student next year, so we will be looking for a new Games Teacher for Grades 1 – 3.

Judy Lucas, Administrative Director

Community Invitation: Buddha Lecture

Community Invitation: Buddha Lecture

Our community, friends and neighbors are invited to a lecture on Rudolf Steiner and Buddha this Friday night, May 17 at 7:30 pm, organized by the Denver Branch of The Anthroposophical Society.

Rudolf Steiner spoke about Gautama Buddha with the greatest reverence and respect. He brought images of Buddha’s life and work far beyond the usual picture of him receiving enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree.

Wotan, John the Baptist, Jesus of Nazareth and Francis of Assisi all had profound relationships to Buddha. We will hear about Buddha’s origins as well as his service to humanity after he attained Nirvana.

7:30 pm Friday, May 17
The Denver Waldorf School
940 Fillmore Street
Denver, CO

7:00 pm Saturday, May 18
Kelly’s Barn ~ 1360 Sumac, North Boulder 80304

Donations to cover costs accepted at the door.

Speaker Linda Connell is a member of the Western Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America and an active member of the Los Angeles Branch.


2013 Senior Prank!

2013 Senior Prank

The Class of 2013 got together yesterday to pull off a prank on the faculty and students of The Denver Waldorf High School. Luckily, those bright seniors made up for all the mayhem (that they themselves had to clean up!) by filling the high school faculty teacher’s room with flowers and putting flowers in every classroom and on the desk of everyone in administration. There were even lovely flowers downstairs in the kitchen. Well played, seniors!




















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’


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

The Bug Theatre
3654 Navajo St Denver, CO


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.

‘The Matchmaker’ Play Preview by Mr. David Johnson,
Dramatic Arts Teacher, The Denver Waldorf School
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!

Stock up on gift cards before summer break!discount-gift-cards-01

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


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 or 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

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


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

downstairs in the Aftercare Room
The Denver Waldorf School
940 Fillmore Street
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!





























































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!