Math Presentation at Shining Mountain
After 11 years of class plays at The Denver Waldorf School, I am at the pinnacle of my acting career there and eagerly rehearsing for my final production. The drama program is a vital part of the Waldorf curriculum. Each year, every class performs a play. In the early grades, our plays were recited as a class in unison and always related directly to our studies. For example, in 3rd Grade we studied the Old Testament and performed the story of Moses.
Each year, the plays are more advanced. Students progress from speaking in unison to sharing parts with other students. By Middle School each student has an individual part. Diverse Middle School productions range from Shakespeare to Broadway musicals. In 8th Grade, our class performed “Fiddler on the Roof,” by Jerry Block. I played the role of Motel the tailor, husband of Tevye’s eldest daughter. This play really bonded our class and showed me that no matter how good my individual performance was, it took the whole class to put on a quality show.
In High School, an even tighter class with more acting ability has enhanced my theater experience. As Sophomores, we put on the comedy “Servant of Two Masters,” by Carlo Goldini. I enjoyed developing better comedic timing, and after the show, a friend said it was so funny, it made him cry.
Our Junior play, Sophocles’ tragedy “Antigone,” provided the test of a more serious role. It was much more difficult to transport myself into the role of a messenger who delivers the news to a father that his son has died. However, playing this sad part made me a better actor.
This year, I am excited to go back to comedy. Our Senior class will be performing “You Can’t Take It With You,” by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman at the Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., on March 6 and 8 at 7 pm. I play the part of Grandpa, an eccentric but happy old man. It will be difficult to embody an old man, but I am excited to meet the challenge.
The familiar comic strip Dilbert has a twisted logic that contemporary readers understand to be an exaggerated version of reality. This year’s Senior class play, George S. Kaufmann and Moss Hart’s Pulitzer Prize winning romp You Can’t Take It with You, might be viewed as the Dilbert of the 1930’s.
Set in a time in history when undercurrents of fascism and communism seemed to threaten American freedoms, this madcap comedy is chock-full of eccentric characters who follow their passions, no matter how absurd they may seem.
These eccentric characters range from Mr. DePinna, who came to deliver the ice a few years back and never left, to Essie, who dreams of being a ballet dancer, to Penny who wants to write plays because a typewriter was accidentally delivered eight years ago.
Penny can’t finish a play and Essie will never be a good dancer, because, as her boisterous Russian ballet coach tells Grandpa, “She stinks.” Grandpa’s response goes to the heart of the play: “At least she’s having fun.”
And that is just the point. Why go through life serving up the daily grind when you could be doing what you truly want to do. Follow your passion! After all, you can’t take it with you.
The Senior class play is one of the jewels in the crown of a graduating class. Let’s support the Class of 2014 by giving them a full house as they take the stage for the last time in their Waldorf careers!
Thursday, March 6th & Saturday, March 8th at 7:00 pm
The Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., Denver
(one door off the SE corner of 37th Ave. and Navajo St.)
In 2005, recent alum Terrill Legueri ’01 initiated the first DWS Alumni newsletter, Wood, Wool & Wax.
“I felt that Alumni really wanted to see what everyone was up to, so when Kristi Fraum [the Development Director at the time] approached me about putting something formal together, I took on the challenge,” Terrill recalls.
These early newsletters provide a great look back in time – browse through all three issues below:
Or maybe it was actually “Spring is right around the corner,” but here at DWS we are getting ready for re-enrollment season. Your family’s packet will be mailed on February 3, 2014. If you do not receive a packet for the 2014-15 school year by Friday, February 7, 2014 please let us know by calling the enrollment office at 303-777-0531 ext. 106.
Tuition and Enrollment Contracts, re-enrollment fees ($350 per student) and Tuition Adjustment forms are all due on Friday, February 28, 2013. Completing and returning your Tuition and Enrollment Contract for each student to the school by this date ensures your student’s place in his/her class.
Tuition and Enrollment Contracts returned on March 1 or thereafter require the regular registration fee of $500 per student. Your registration fee must accompany your completed contract.
Questions? Please contact Leigh Rhysling, Enrollment Director, at 303-777-0531 ext. 106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Early childhood children must be signed in and out every day. If your early childhood student will be absent or late, please let their teacher know.
Do I really need a late slip?
You always need a late slip if you arrive after 8:25. There are some days that I won’t record late students up until 9:00 if the roads are bad, but late slips are always necessary.
Why are late slips always necessary?
To answer this question, I will describe a scenario that often happens:
The bell rings at 8:25. The children come in the building and go to their rooms. The teacher takes attendance, marking your child absent. Your child then arrives and goes to their room without getting a late slip. The attendance is delivered to the office with your child marked absent when in fact they were just late. I call you and say, “your child isn’t at school,” when in fact they are. Although I hate to make that type of call, I always err on the side of caution if I’m not sure why a child is absent. This call can be avoided by using late slips responsibly.
Following are excerpts from our parent handbook:
When a child arrives late, he or she is being asked to jump onto a moving train. Lateness puts the student at a disadvantage and interrupts the class and the teacher. Every effort should be made to have your child arrive at school on time. Students in Grades 1 – 8 who arrive after 8:25 am must check in at the Main Office and obtain a late slip before joining his or her class.
If your Grades 1 – 8 child will be absent, please call the school’s Main Office at extension 100 no later than 9:00 a.m. If your Nursery/Preschool/Kindergarten child will be absent, please leave a message for your child’s teacher. If your High School child will be absent, please call the High School at extension 109 no later than 8:00 a.m.
For the safety of the children it is necessary that they all be accounted for every morning. If a Grades 1-8 teacher reports a child as absent to the Main Office and we have not heard from a parent, we will attempt to contact the parents to make sure the child’s whereabouts is known. Please see the High School handbook for policies specific to the High School.
Planned absences are discouraged. If you know in advance that your child must miss school, please inform his or her teacher and the Main Office Manager. The student is responsible for getting assignments from the teacher before a planned absence. Try to schedule doctor and dentist appointments after school hours.
If you must pick up your children during the day some time before dismissal, you must sign them out outside the Main Office so that we know they are no longer in the building. Children in Grade 8 and younger may not sign themselves out.
Attendance policies for the High School:
Students are expected to arrive five to ten minutes before their first class and remain for the entire day except in case of illness or when an absence has been excused. This means that students are not to leave school early without authorization from a parent or guardian. In the event a student needs to leave school during the school day they or their parent/guardian must sign them out at the main office in addition to informing both the appropriate high faculty and either the HS Coordinator or the Director of Student Services. If a student then returns back to the school they or their parent/guardian are required to sign them back in at the main office.
Skipping classes will result in disciplinary action to be determined by the HS Coordinator and teacher whose class was skipped and/or the Director of Student Services. Students also are expected to attend every school event scheduled for the HS, including festivals and assemblies.
Unscheduled absences should be telephoned in by the parent/guardian to the HS office before 8:00 a.m. A phone call from a student is not sufficient to excuse an absence. Doctor and/or dental appointments should be scheduled for hours outside of school whenever possible. Students who are too ill to be in academic classes are considered to be too ill to be able to attend afternoon and/or extracurricular activities.
Make-up work after absences is at the discretion of the teacher. When absence is for all or a major portion of a block, the teacher will determine how the student may best make up the work. The student is responsible to approach the respective teacher to make up work. A record showing excessive tardiness and/or absence will be brought to a HS faculty meeting for review. Excessive absence/tardiness may affect the student’s ability to fulfill requirements for the class and/or graduation.
It should not be assumed that family vacation times can be extended into school time. Permission to miss school (for college visits, for example) should be coordinated through the HS faculty and administration and must be scheduled well in advance without the assumption that permission will be automatically granted.
When a student is not present in class or on the premises when they are supposed to be, every effort will be made to contact a parent by telephone.
Our High School students have been rehearsing and planning a terrific show for The Denver Waldorf School community to enjoy. Working with experienced performer and DWS parent Craig Zablocki, the students have honed their on-the-fly acting skills and are ready for prime time!
This show will be fun for kids of all ages. Please join us on Saturday, January 11th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm for a great night of surprising theater! Tickets for this event are $10 per person. All proceeds will support the Duk Payuel School in South Sudan. The Duk Payuel School’s mission is to help rebuild war-torn Southern Sudan through education, nurturing and hope for the people’s future.
The Peace Group will also be hosting a bake sale during the improv show to raise additional money. We’ll have all kinds of goodies, including gluten-free and dairy-free. Bring a few extra dollars for something yummy!