Turbo Teens: An Evening with Douglas Gerwin, Ph.D
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!
Hooray, we did it! The frigid temperatures outside were no match for the warmth of the 39th Annual Holiday Fair.
Thank you to the students, parents and staff who provided the many helping hands and smiling faces, the comforting smells and joyous sounds and the spirited energy of the day. For me, it was a wonderful reminder of the richness of this Waldorf education and I appreciate how we came together to celebrate that as a community. I am in awe and full of gratitude for the magic we all created together.
I would like to add to our collection of treasured Holiday Fair photos. Please send any photos that you’d like to share to firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out our Facebook page for some snapshots from the day as well.
Over the winter break, I will be asking for a few helping hands to help in taking down the festive decorations. A call to action email will be out soon.
New college search engine based on costs
It may be a bit late for you to fully benefit from this new college search engine, but it might help you compare the colleges that you’re already applying to. CollegeRealityCheck.com is sponsored by The Chronicle of Higher Education and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the interactive search tool takes into consideration factors such as “net price based on actual family income, projected monthly student loan payments, and potential earnings after graduation.” Their byline is: “Compare colleges by facts, not fluff.” Worth a look!
For those of you who will be filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid in order to apply for need-based financial aid, paper versions of the FAFSA are no longer being mailed to high schools. You are strongly encouraged to complete and submit the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. If, however, you would like a paper copy of the application, you may request one by calling toll-free the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243). You can also access a PDF version of the form that you can complete online, print out and mail, or print out, complete by hand, and mail. Read all about FAFSA filing options at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/options.htm.
If you’d like a quick way to determine if you’re likely to qualify for need-based aid, access the Fafsa4caster via a link on the FAFSA home page: www.fafsa.ed.gov. Also, you can access a pdf version of the publication Funding Your Education: The Guide to Federal Student Aid, that includes basic information about student eligibility, the application process, and aid programs at http://www.studentaid.ed.gov/pubs. Also, here’s a good website for understandable explanations of financial aid applications: http://www.finaid.org/fafsa/.
Keep in mind that you can’t file the FAFSA before January 1 (when the current tax year is over), but most colleges need your FAFSA results in February, so aim to file no later than February 15
College Opportunity Fund for all students planning to attend college in Colorado
CollegeInColorado.org provides a link to the application for the College Opportunity Fund stipend that provides a tuition cost break for in-state students attending Colorado colleges and universities.
Send your scores
Remember that most colleges require that you have your standardized test scores sent directly from the testing agency. To send your scores, go online to http://sat.collegeboard.org/scores/send-sat-scores (SAT) and/or www.actstudent.org/scores/send (ACT) and have a credit card handy. (College Board allows students who have taken the SAT with a fee waiver four no-charge score reports sent to colleges, in addition to the up to four reports that you may have requested sent straight to colleges when you registered for the test.) Also, keep in mind that in most cases, you may choose to send either your SAT or ACT scores. A small number of colleges, though, require SAT Subject Test scores in addition to ACT scores. Do your homework and know what your colleges require.
Gap Year Fair
Sunday, January 19, 2014, 1:00-3:30pm
Denver Academy, 4400 E. Iliff Avenue
If you’re even contemplating the benefits of a gap year — stepping off the education conveyor belt for a year to do something stimulating, eye-opening, energizing, and worthwhile, this will be well worth your time, so check it out!
Many reputable organizations that offer gap year programs will be available to offer information and answer questions.
Find out about the organizations involved at www.usagapyearfairs.org/programs
SAT/ACT test dates for early 2014
SAT – January 25th and March 8
ACT – February 8th and April 12th
(While I would like to take credit for all the below information, I must give credit where credit is due. Thank you Kent Denver for the following information. I think there are some great possibilities here and within our own community)
SMART Scholarship (Science, Technology, and Research for Transformation)
SAE Engineering Scholarships
PFLAG Denver Scholarship Program
Join retired DWS teacher and mother of 3 Colette Green for a Saturday morning gathering designed to give parents a taste of what her Simplicity Parenting course has to offer. Based on the teachings of Kim John Payne, author of Simplicity Parenting, these courses emphasize simplifying our homes and our lives in order to strengthen the connections we feel to family, friends and ourselves.
Join the Early Childhood Education Teachers of DWS for a Parent Evening that offers insight into the messages of your child’s artwork:
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.