Parent Review of ‘The Matchmaker’ Senior Play

Parent Review of Senior Class Play ‘The Matchmaker’

by Lauren Choate, Denver Waldorf School Parent

Greetings Parents,

Go to the Bug Theater tonight. 7 pm. Just go.

I just got home from the Senior Play — The Matchmaker.

Go. Go see it. Go see what our school does and what our kids do. Go be inspired and amused with the amazing words written by Thornton Wilder.

When I was on the Board, I went to as many plays as I could to show my support as a Board member. I quickly realized what a gift it is to attend. I go now because I love going.

Mr. Johnson is masterful at picking plays. If you start attending as many plays as you can, over the years, you will witness not only the maturation of our children, but amazing plays and stories that move your heart, mind and soul. That’s what live theater does. That’s the gift you can give to yourself, your family and friends.

Go. Go to as many Waldorf plays as you can. Bring your kids unless an age is suggested.

Have an adventure. And for those of you who know the play, yes, it’s pudding.

Lauren Choate
Nick’s mom (9th grade)

Mr. Reinhart’s Book of Poems

Mr. Reinhart Authors ‘Missals From Space’

coverMr. John Reinhart, Denver Waldorf High School Language Arts Teacher, has published a book of poetry.

“I remember once informing my parents that I wanted to be an astronaut,” writes Mr. Reinhart, “NASA is unlikely to ever clear me for space flight, but these poems are my exploration of space, inner and outer.”

The first printing is limited to 100 copies, handbound with handprinted covers.


Dawning light of grace
speaking in the stillness
forgotten between bursts
of neon and promise,
grant me strength of patience
for my work yet undone.

Mr. Reinhart is a graduate of The Denver Waldorf High School. He earned a BA in political science from Hampshire College, specializing in social and political movements. He completed his Waldorf teacher training at Antioch University in New England, and received his Master’s in Education in December 2007.

Three years ago, Mr. Reinhart finished assembling and editing a cookbook of his grandmother Natalie Reinhart’s recipes. Almost two years ago, Mr. Reinhart and his brother, Patrick, sat down to record a second album of traditional fiddle tunes. Now comes “Missals From Space.”

To purchase the book, please click here.

Miss Rose’s Photography is Part of Denver Exhibit Near The Bug Theatre

Miss Rose’s Photography is Part of Denver Exhibit Near The Bug Theatre

by Miss Rose, Starflower Nursery Nap Assistant

-2Going to The Bug Theatre tonight or tomorrow for the senior class play?

As an artist I was part of a photography exhibit in the neighborhood of 36th and Navajo St.( near the Bug Theatre.)

One of my entries to this world exhibit is wheat pasted on the wall alongside some incredible artists.

This is an excerpt from The Big Picture blog which is part of the Month of Photography celebration in Denver:

“This show of grand scale contemporary photography exposes the possibility of images as art via email instantly exchanged globally and blown up to large mural proportions. Images gathered from photographers
around the world will be expanded as large Xerox prints and displayed inside galleries as well as posted in approved outdoor locations throughout the city of Denver and sister cities around the globe.”

The exhibit features artists from Syria, Germany France, Italy and across the United States.

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8th Grade Play Review: ‘A Woman Called Truth’

8th Grade Play Review: ‘A Woman Called Truth’

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“It was magnificent! Bravo to Miss Faustina and the 8th grade for taking on that powerful story of Sojourner Truth. They did such a fabulous job and the music was amazing and the movement and the way it also depicts part of what the 8th graders are going through at their age. Thank you, Faustina, and everyone else who was involved!” ~ Miss Cyndi Ross-Smith, Starflower Nursery Lead Assistant

“A Woman Called Truth” Play Review by Robin Mitchell

It is always a challenge to choose a play for 8th Grade students, since so many criteria come into play. For instance, does one look in the direction of Shakespeare or does one choose a more modern writer? Perhaps a musical show comes to mind? The size of the class and the many talents the class has to offer, also needs to be considered. Then again, one needs to assess the educative value for the students.

The Waldorf curriculum offers insight here. Revolutions and upheavals are part of the course of study during 8th Grade. Social change and civil rights issues such as the abolition of slavery and women’s rights are addressed, and their consequences are considered.

The play ‘A Woman Called Truth,’ by Sandra Fenichel Asher, focuses on these issues and challenges the students to delve into the attitudes and consequent actions and reactions of the various characters. Going further than simplistic cause and effect, both cast and audience are offered the opportunity to experience the role of ethics and morality as they play their part in social change.

It was interesting to see how the students managed to explore the characters they were playing, and bring them to life. Naturally, some managed better than others – yet they all played their parts well and the audience had no difficulty recognizing the motivations behind the actions on display. Noteworthy were all the central players – and especially Sydney Lewark – who had the responsibility of bringing this demanding play to life. But this was most clearly an ensemble production which required active participation from everyone in the class.

The effectiveness of this production also lay in its sheer simplicity.

There was no scenery – but well chosen use of the surrounding drapes, a few props and well designed and executed lighting. The costumes were also of simple design, indicating rather than dictating, and therefore more impactful. The use of tableau, of singing, and of simple dance sequences also shaped the various moods and time shifts so well that the continuity of the whole production went seamlessly.

I feel privileged to have witnessed such hard and inspired work from everyone involved.
~Robin Mitchell, retired Denver Waldorf School Eurythmy Teacher

The Class of 2013 Graduation Ceremony & Reception

Class of 2013 Graduation Ceremony and Reception

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All are cordially invited to The Denver Waldorf School Class of 2013 Graduation Ceremony and Reception.

Friday, June 7
7:00 pm—9:00 pm

Central Presbyterian Church
1660 Sherman St Denver, CO

$3 parking vouchers for The Denver Waldorf High School Graduation Ceremony at the Wells Fargo Parking Center (1700 Sherman St.) may be purchased in advance in The Denver Waldorf School business office as on or after May 29th. You may also purchase a $3 parking voucher at the graduation ceremony itself. Parking vouchers must be presented upon exiting the parking facility. Limited street parking is also available. Please note: Without a voucher you will have to pay regular parking fees upon exciting the garage complex.

All are invited to this incredible celebration of our Waldorf seniors and Waldorf education, with music, heart-felt speeches, a student speech and a fabulous reception.

The 2012~2013 Yearbook is Here!

The 2012-2013 Yearbook is Here!

yearbookIt’s that time of year again, and The 2012-2013 Denver Waldorf School Yearbook is printed and ready for you!

This year’s yearbook was created by a group of dedicated 8th graders who worked hard throughout most of the school year to bring you a very creative, Waldorf-inspired representation of this year’s students.

We’re excited to bring you photos of our toddlers to our seniors and a lot of great artwork throughout the grades.

The 8th Grade Yearbook Committee chose a growing tree throughout the four seasons as the theme for this year’s book. The tree starts small in the kindergartens and grows through the seasons and the grades to an impressive full size by the time it reaches the seniors.

The students learned the basics of photography, writing and layout design to put together the book, and I was very impressed with their quickness to grasp new subjects and incorporate their own creativity and artistic abilities into new forms. Head over to The Denver Waldorf School Business Office and see Lori Pucelik, Business Director, or Carolyn Goodman, Financial Coordinator, to pick up a yearbook for your family! The cost is $42 and cash and checks are acceptable.

~ Lydia Fiser, 2012-2013 Yearbook Advisor

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.

Warmly,
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
80206

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.

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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!

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