Favorite Day of The Year

October 14, 2013 in Inside SWS

I have a confession, and one that I am not terribly proud to share. My favorite day of the year is approaching, and it’s not Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve. It’s the day that Daylight Savings Time ends, and we gain an hour. For me, this is a most wonderful gift – to get 60 minutes of completely unscheduled, totally free time.

Nearly two months into the school year, I am tired. I am guessing that others – colleagues, parents, and children – are as well. Our days are more than full, and when I finally turn out the light on my bedside table, my to-do list spins in my head until sleep comes. I struggle with finding balance in my life, wanting to give my best to my work, my children, my friends and somehow carve out time for myself. Hence my excitement and anticipation of November 3rd and that glorious extra hour.

My challenge, and I would offer ours as a community, is to let go of the “urgency of now.” It sometimes feels as though we run our lives like trains, speeding along a track laid down by others, going so fast that what we pass blurs on by. While we can say we’ve been there and done that, the truth is we did not experience it. We lose our ability to truly see, touch and feel what is before us. Our inner life and our outer life are not in sync, and our capacity to be in relationship with others and with ourselves is diminished.

Ironically, I am sharing below a marvelous and lengthy array of opportunities though which you connect with others in our community. While I encourage you to engage in activities at the school, I also suggest you be choosy. Enjoy planning an event? Attend the kick-off meeting for Inspire! Have a child heading to high school? Come to the High School Transition evening. There’s something for everyone – and an understanding that no one can do it all.

Now back to dreaming about what I’m going to do with that extra hour next month…

Enjoy this long weekend!

Parent Association

Please join us on Tuesday, October 15 at 6:30 pm in Huckleberry Hall for the first Parent Association meeting of the year. We will discuss the role of the PA, Affinity Groups and Winter Faire and would love everyone’s input. We hope to see you there!

Meet the Specialty Teachers

Wednesday, October 16 at 7 pm, Huckleberry Hall. Parents from grades 1, 3, 5 & 7 are invited, as are parents new to the school or parents who missed the event last year. You will find out how the class teachers and the specialty teachers work together to coordinate and enhance the rich Waldorf curriculum for your student.

High School Transition Night for grade 7 & 8 parents

Monday, October 21 at 7 pm, grade school campus, music room. SWS hosts a high school planning evening for parents of seventh and eighth grade students. This adults-only conversation will focus on supporting families as they prepare for the important transition from eighth to ninth grade.

Inspire! Kick-Off

Are you creative, innovative, or just want to have some fun? Join us for the Inspire! 2014 Kick-off on Wednesday, October 23 at 7 pm in Huckleberry Hall. We will reveal our Fund-A-Need for this year as well as brainstorm ideas for the live auction, sponsorships, decorations, and more. We need everyone’s ideas! Something to ponder – We are also ready to get going on class projects for Inspire! If your class is planning to participate or perhaps collaborate with another class, bring your ideas for student-involved projects or perhaps a unique experience your class could offer. This will be a lively evening exchanging ideas and finding ways for everyone to plug in and become part of the fun. Please join us!

Adult Education Evening with Marisha Plotnik – The Evolution of the Math Curriculum in the High School Years

Tuesday, October 29 at 7 pm, high school campus. We will follow one topic in math from grade school into the high school and see how it meets the students in different ways and different years.